Workhorse twin

The popularity of the legacy Airbus A330 versions is reflected by a large operator base and continued investments to keep them fresh. Mark Broadbent reports


Hainan Airlines A330-300 B-8117 (msn 1677) exits the runway at Manchester on January 6, 2018. Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region operate 46% of the total in-service A330 fleet according to analysts ICF. Simon Willson/AirTeamImages

January 2018 marked 24 years since the Airbus A330 entered service and the original A330-200 and A330- 300 variants, today marketed as the A330ceo (classic engine option) to differentiate them from the newer A330neo (new engine option) models, have without a doubt been a great success.

Richard Aboulafia, Vice-President of Analysis at the Teal Group consultancy, told AIR International: “It was the first Airbus twinaisle to sell more than 1,000 aircraft and the first twin-aisle in the world to be built at rates above 100 annually.”

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