Airbus announces lower weight variant of A330
Sept. 26, 2013 Beijing, China - Airbus has unveiled a new lower weight version of its A330-300 wide-body aircraft, designed for use on domestic and regional routes in high-growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows, at the Aviation Expo China 2013.
In comparison with the existing A330-300 variants that cater for longer-range flights of up to 6,100 nautical miles (nm), the new A330-300 regional version will be optimized to accommodate nearly 400 passengers in 18 inch wide economy seats on journeys of up to 3,000 nm.
Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier said the new lower weight A330-300 variant wasspecially designed for regional and domestic use is Airbus's solution for markets with large populations and fast growing, concentrated air traffic flows.
"Operators of the new A330-300 variant will benefit from a proven, mature and reliable aircraft that brings relief to limited airspace, airport congestion and pilot shortage," Bregier said.
With a reduced operational weight of around 200t, there will be a reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs, as a result reducing the overall cost by up to 15 per cent compared with long-haul A330-300 versions.
"Operators of the new A330-300 variant will benefit from a proven, mature and reliable aircraft that brings relief to limited airspace, airport congestion and pilot shortage."
Airbus's new A330-300 variant will feature new A350 XWB and A380 technologies, including cockpit functionalities such as dual head-up display and the latest navigational systems.
The cabin will be feature modern slimline lightweight seats, high broadband wi-fi connectivity, new inflight entertainment, allowing HD TV, LED lighting and full colour mood lighting.
According to the company, China will be one of the most vital markets for the new variant.
"We are announcing the new A330-300 lower weight variant today in China because here we see strong pent-up demand for efficient and reliable wide-body aircraft connecting mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou," Bregier added.