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Fri, Nov 07, 2014

First 242 Metric Ton Take-Off Weight A330 Starts Final Assembly

Continuous Improvement To Extend The A330 Family Market Coverage

The final assembly of Airbus’ first A330 with the new 242 metric ton maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability is underway at the A330 Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France.

The aircraft is currently completing its structural assembly before the cabin integration phase and will be used for certification flight trials. A second aircraft is being assembled in parallel which is destined for entry in service in Q2 2015 with launch customer for the new weight variant, Delta Air Lines.

“I am very proud to see the first 242 [metric] ton A330 at the final assembly stage only two years after launch, said A330 program head Patrick Piedrafita.

"This newest, enhanced variant of our popular A330 Family is the basis for the future A330neo and is a concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy in action. Airlines operating the new ... A330 will be able to carry additional payload on longer routes, while at the same time enjoying a very high operational reliability of 99.4 percent.”

Thanks to an aerodynamic package reducing aircraft drag and the latest engine improvements, the increased MTOW airlane offers an extended range of up to 500 nautical miles and up to two percent reduced fuel consumption. The 242 metric ton A330-300 is capable of flying missions up to 13 hours and 15 hours for the A330-200. So far, nine customers worldwide have already selected this option since the launch in November 2012.

(Image provided by Airbus)

FMI: www.airbus.com

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