October 6, 2017: Production of the second member of A330neo Family, the A330-800, is well underway with the first parts advancing at Airbus sites all over Europe. These parts include the innovative increased-span wing now being equipped in Bremen (Germany) and its new composite Sharklets from KAL-ASD, the fuselage sections in Hamburg (Germany), the new titanium pylons in Toulouse (France) and the centre wing box in Nantes (France).
Production of A330-800 will continue towards start of final assembly by the end of 2017 gearing up to the maiden flight in 2018.
The A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort besides unmatched range to the 250-seater aircraft market. Together with the larger 300-seater A330-900 they share 99 per cent of commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross crew commonality giving operators a great flexibility to use both aircraft in their networks.
Airlines will benefit from 14 per cent less fuel burn per seat compared to the present A330, reduced maintenance costs and A330’s market-leading 99.5 per cent operational reliability. Passengers will enjoy the new Airspace cabin inspired by the A350 XWB. Besides the In-flight entertainment and connectivity, passengers can look forward to new welcoming entrance area, spacious overhead bins, mood lighting and exceptionally quiet flight.