Airbus Delivers Its 800th A330-A340 Family Aircraft | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 08.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.20.14 **
** Airborne 08.18.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.18.14 **
** Airborne 08.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.15.14 **

Fri, Mar 16, 2007

Airbus Delivers Its 800th A330-A340 Family Aircraft

Older Twinjet May Benefit From A350XWB Delays

While it's undeniable European planemaker Airbus has seen its share of bad press lately -- with delays to its A380 superjumbo, and the resulting financial crisis at the planemaker and parent company EADS, leading to the shedding of 10,000 Airbus jobs -- the manufacturer hasn't taken the news lying down.

In fact, Airbus has had its share of triumphs of late, as well, including two big impending orders for its upcoming A350XWB. One of the enticements Airbus is offering A350 customers is the opportunity to lease A330 widebodies -- spiritual predecessor to the more advanced A350XWB -- as holdovers until the newer plane is available for delivery in 2013. That policy not only may serve to boost A350 sales... it helps the bottom line on the A330, as well.

This week, Airbus celebrated the delivery of the 800th A330-A340 family aircraft, as Qatar Airways received an A330-200. Airbus also announced a ramp-up in production for the widebody twinjet -- and, to a lesser extent, its less-popular four-engine cousin -- from seven planes and month to nine by the middle of 2009.

"The A330/A340 family of aircraft continues to achieve tremendous success," said Airbus COO John Leahy. "The aircraft family is the first to break the 1000 order mark from more than 85 operators in this market segment. The continued success of this family of aircraft in the market place leads us to increase production rates."

This delivery also marked a milestone in the long relationship between Airbus and Qatar Airways, which operates a fleet of 52 Airbus planes, including 29 A330/A340 passenger aircraft. As ANN reported earlier this week, Qatar is also rumored to be considering adding up to 80 A350s to its order book, as well... which may, in turn, lead to even more A330s.

"The A330 and A340 aircraft family is the core of our fleet and our network development. This delivery is the sign of our long-standing partnership with Airbus which has grown from strength to strength," said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

The A330 has also benefitted from increasing interest in the A330-derived Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for military use. Airbus recently won orders for the aircraft from air forces in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and the aircraft is also in the running for a lucrative tanker contract for the US Air Force.

FMI: www.airbus.com

Advertisement

More News

Barnstorming: Time Flies...

In Fond Remembrance Of My Dear Vicki, Five Years Since Her Loss Hi Folks... In the last five years, you and I have been through a lot. We've watched the fortunes of the aviation wo>[...]

Aero-TV: Honoring Our Legacy - Recrafting Paul’s Game-Changing Baby Ace

A Bit Of History Lovingly Restored To The Sport Aviation World ANN's Michael Maya Charles had to search around at EAA AirVenture 2014 to find this story. The Aeroplane Factory buil>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.22.14)

International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR) is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting Rotary and aviation as an opport>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.22.14): Feeder Facilities

Used by ATC to direct aircraft to intervening fixes between the en route structure and the initial approach fix.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.22.14)

"We pause to remember the life and legacy of an American hero. Bernie's life is an inspiration to those who met him and to all Airmen who will continue to hear his story. Source: C>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC