The aerospace industry is currently estimated to be worth US$838 billion and predictions are that it will be worth around US$6.3 trillion within the next two decades.
However, the company freely admits that there are considerable challenges ahead and continues to work pragmatically towards increasing efficiency and lowering operating costs.
Newest, Most-Efficient Entry-Level Widebody Has the Longest Range
Just a few weeks ago, on 6 November, Airbus’ A330-800 took to the skies on its maiden flight that lasted exactly four hours, four minutes. Two test pilots and a test engineer were on board.
After the test flight, president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Guillaume Faury confirmed that development of the A300-800 was on track and, as a result of the successful test flight, certification was scheduled for 2019. There will, though, be many more hours in the flight-test campaign as the development program requires 300 flight-test hours!
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans that offer the latest technology, this is the second aircraft in the A330neo widebody family. Described as an “exceptionally versatile “route opener” Faury says it offers “unbeatable economics” for global airlines.
Both the A330-900, which made its first flight in October last year and is scheduled for introduction to the market as early as December 2018, and the new A330-800 can travel further with considerably lower operating costs. Fuel consumption alone is said to be 25 percent lower than the fuel burn of any previous aircraft manufactured by Airbus.
What this means is that the smaller A330-800 will be able to fly as many as 8,150 nautical miles without having to refuel. This will enable airlines to offer non-stop flights between Europe and Southeast Asia and Europe, as well as between the U.S. West Coast on various transpacific routes.
The entry-level A330-800 is able to seat 257 passengers while the larger A330-900 can seat up to 287. Both these highly efficient aircraft have characteristic three-class configurations, and they share the same engines and airframe, as well as cross-crew training.
While the A330-800 is currently ranked as an entry-level widebody aircraft that offers greatest efficiency and the longest-range in the world, the A300-900 is heralded as being able to offer the lowest seat-mile cost in the midsize widebody category.
The first airline to add an A300-900 to their fleet will be will reportedly be TAP Air Portugal. In total, before end September, there were at least 14 customers who had already placed orders for more than 224 A330neos.
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