Airbus launches the shorter range A330-300 'regional'.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Airbus launches a short-range 'regional' version of its A330-300 jet at an air show in China on Wednesday Sept. 25. After years of adding range to its A330, it has put the finishing touches to a "Regional" version of that plane. This is a return to the roots of the A330 which began its career ferrying domestic passengers for French airline Air Inter. Airbus said the new jet would seat 400 passengers and offer cost savings of 15 percent. The plane maker said it designed the new jet to meet high demand in high-density short-haul markets in Asia, and reflect growth in intra-regional trade in Asia and overcrowded domestic routes in places like China and India. Asian carriers fly 44 percent of scheduled wide-body flights, and 77 percent of those stay within Asia. The standard aviation industry workhorses for short-haul and medium-haul flights are the smaller narrow-body, single-aisle jets such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families. But Airbus has begun deliberately scaling back two long-haul designs, the A330 and the future A350, by limiting engine thrust and weight capacity to optimize them for airlines that want extra seats without paying for unused range. The Airbus A350-900 Regional is already on the market since the Paris air show, and in June Boeing launched a shorter-range, stretched version of its 787 Dreamliner called the 787-10. While Boeing's 787-10 will be physically larger than its sister models, necessitating a new...

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