Airbus to increase A330 production

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Airbus A330-900neo artist impression

Airbus is to increase production of the A330 Family from six aircraft to seven per month from January 2017.

The manufacturer says the increase will be approved mid-2016 when component production reaches the required level.

Head of A330 Family Programme, Eric Zanin says: “The A330 has enjoyed additional commercial success in China, Saudi Arabia and South Africa among other countries. Add to that healthy demand for the MRTT [multi-role tanker transport] military derivative and you have an order book that can easily absorb an increase of one aircraft per month.”

The A330 Family consists of the A330-200 and A330-300, the A330-200 Freighter, ACJ330 corporate jet and A330 MRTT. It is also developing the A330 New Engine Option (neo) versions, the A330-800neo and A330-900neo. Airbus will start delivering neos from the fourth quarter of 2017, and it will increase range by 400 nautical miles.