Airbus’s A330neo takes to the skies for the first time

The A330neo is widely expected to keep the crown of the lucrative 250-300 seat market.

On Thursday, in a development that gives wings to Airbus dreams, the upgraded version of its profitable A330 jet that is designed to give Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner a run for its money took to the sky for the first time.

The wide-bodied, long-distance jet taxied and took off from Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters under overcast skies, under the watchful eyes of the top brass of Airbus and Rolls Royce, which supplied the engines.

The A330 family has since long been Airbus’ best seller. Although Boeing’s Dreamliner jets have added to its competition, with the A330neo sporting a refreshing design, Airbus hopes to defend its No. 1 status in the lucrative 250-300 seat market aircraft market.

As per Fabrice Bregier, CEO of Airbus, the jet’s maximum take-off weight has been trimmed by a whopping 4% to 251 tonnes; as a result, the A330neo can cruise longer distance, including Kuala Lumpur to London.

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