Airbus prepares to debut first A330-800

Airbus prepares to debut first A330-800

The newest member of the A330neo family, the A330-800, has rolled out of the paint-shop, on track for its first flight mid-2018.

The A330-800 is the new generation 250 seater from Airbus’ leading twin aisle family.

With its 242-tonne maximum take-off weight as base variant, the A330-800 can operate routes of up to 7,500nm.

The A330-800 will leverage the A330-200 proven versatility, popularity and reasons for success offering new generation economics.

Building on the success of the A330-200 with over 600 aircraft in operation, the A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort in addition to unprecedented range to the 250-seater aircraft market.

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Together with the larger 300-seater A330-900 they share 99 per cent commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross crew training.

This gives operators great flexibility to use either aircraft in their fleet according to network needs in size and range.

Both of these widebody aircraft incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, zero-splice nacelle, titanium pylon, new wings and new Airspace by Airbus Cabin.

The most visible new features of the A330neo wings are the specially developed curved wingtip Sharklets – which draw on A350 XWB technology, extending the wingspan to 64m, providing state of the art aerodynamic characteristics.

Airlines will benefit from 25 per cent less fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation competitors, reduced maintenance costs and the A330’s market-leading 99.5 per cent operational reliability.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, having flown close to one million annual flights.

Today, close to 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to 118 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.