unveiled a shorter-range version of its twin-engine A330-300 on Wednesday at the Aviation Expo China 2013, as the airframe manufacturer seeks to capitalize on the robust demand in the region.
The new A330-300 variant will weigh about 35 tons (440,900 pounds) less than the standard A330-300, and will feature avionics equipment used in the super jumbo A380 and A350 XWB, according to Airbus
CEO Fabrice Bregier.
“We are announcing the new A330-300 lower weight variant today in China because here we see strong pent-up demand for efficient and reliable wide-body aircraft connecting mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou," said Bregier.
Airbus estimates the regional A330-300 will burn 15 percent less fuel than the current long range A330-300, and will also seat up to 400 passengers with a range of 3,000 nautical miles (nm).
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