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EASA OK's Increased Take-Off Weight Upgrade For A330-900

251 Metric Ton MTOW Variant Of The A330-900 Offers Much Greater Versatility

Airbus has achieved certification from EASA for its latest A330neo product enhancement enabling longer range: the 251 metric ton MTOW variant of the A330-900. With more range and even better economics, the new variant now offers a significant 650-nautical mile boost in range – or six tons more payload – when compared with the A330-900’s current 242-ton version.

This increase in range responds to evolving market needs, enabling airlines to benefit from the economics of the A330neo for even longer missions – flying efficiently on routes from 20mn to over 17 hours. It also means that now the A330neo Family offers airlines even more flexibility with a wide range of certified MTOW options, ranging from 200 to 251 tons. Corsair will be the first airline to operate this new A330neo. With this new A330-900 offering, operators will have the necessary range and capacity to capitalize on longer routes while rationalising their fleets.

François Kubica, A330 Chief Engineer says: “Airbus is always supporting its customers to find solutions by advancing our products. With the new 251 ton weight variant the A330neo is more flexible than ever to meet their current and future requirements.”

Overall, the new MTOW option makes the A330-900 a good fit for longer trans-Pacific or Asia-Europe routes. The -900 is the longer-fuselage A330neo version, seating 260-300 passengers in a typical three-class cabin configuration.

Certification at the new 251 ton weight for the shorter-fuselage A330-800 – which accommodates 220-260 passengers in a three-class configuration – will take place next year to enable airlines to open up even longer range transpacific routes while delivering the lowest seat-mile cost in its category.

To achieve the 251t capability, Airbus has retained 99% spares commonality, with the MTOW increase achieved through a combination of weight-neutral structural reinforcements and landing gear adaptations.

Modifications to the nose and main landing gear have also enabled Airbus engineers to extend their time-before-overhaul (TBO), prolonging the previous 10-year interval to a new 12-year timeframe, thus resulting in significant maintenance savings.

FMI: www.airbus.com

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