Upgraded Airbus A330 to cut fuel consumption

Upgraded Airbus A330 to cut fuel consumption
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Airbus has launched the eagerly-awaited upgrade of its long-haul A330 passenger jet – the A330neo – to meet rising demand for cheaper, more fuel-efficient travel.

The decision to upgrade the A330 with new Rolls-Royce engines was announced on the first day of the Farnborough airshow, a key biennial event in the aviation calendar held near London which sees Airbus battle with rival US giant Boeing for orders.

The neo would cut fuel consumption by 14% per seat compared with existing A330s, and deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2017, Airbus added.

"The A330 is a very important margin contributor for our group. It's also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever," said Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders.

"With our decision to re-engine… we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come."

Airbus has sold about 1300 A330s, of which the vast majority are still in service since the model's launch in 1993. The group has forecast sales of the A330neo at potentially more than 1000 units.

The head of Boeing's commercial planes division brushed aside the latest competition from Airbus.

"We are very comfortable with our product line-up in terms of efficiency, in terms of what value we bring to the market place," Ray Conner told journalists on Monday.

Just before the Farnborough show opened, Boeing said it planned a new version of its popular 737 MAX single-aisle jet that would carry more passengers.

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