Airbus Tianjin (China) Plant Eyes Delivery of First A330 by 2018

Cebu Pacific Airbus A330-300

Airbus Group’s China plant is expected to deliver its first A330 wide-body passenger jet in 2018, one of the company’s Chinese partners revealed on Wednesday. The international aircraft maker earlier entered an agreement with local firms to establish an A330 “cabin completion center” in Tianjin, which already has a final assembly plant for their smaller […]

Airbus, Chinese partners agree on wide-body cooperation

Airbus A330 Production Line

Airbus and its Chinese partners, namely the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Co. Ltd. (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), have signed a framework agreement on setting up an A330 completion and delivery center (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, taking the partnership between Airbus and China a further step forward following the successful […]

China May Buy 50-70 Airbus A330 Jets

China Airlines Airbus A330

Airbus is in talks to sell some 50-70 A330 wide-body jets to China as part of plans to set up a new industrial plant in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market, sources familiar with the discussions said on Tuesday. Airbus has been negotiating for about 18 months to establish an A330 cabin-completion center in China alongside […]

Airbus A330: 1,500 orders and counting

Airbus A330

Airbus on Friday announced that its A330 family of aircraft has surpassed the milestone of 1,500 orders. The company said in a press release that recent orders for the widebody aircraft from Turkish Airlines and Air Lease Corp. have pushed the order total to 1,501. The company announced last year plans to upgrade the A330 […]

Japan’s Skymark to stop flying Airbus A330 in favor of Boeing-only fleet

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Skymark Airlines said it will stop flying Airbus A330 jets in favour of a single-model fleet of Boeing Co 737 aircraft to cut costs after the discount carrier filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday. “We will stop using the A330s from February,” Skymark’s chairman, Takashi Ide, told reporters at a news conference in […]

OPINION: Airbus delivers great wide hope; but what next?

Airbus A350 XWB

A year ago, Airbus’s widebody strategy looked ragged at best. At one end of its offering, the A330 was a two-decade-old programme with a depleting backlog (its thirsty A340 sibling having already been killed off). At the other, the A380 was struggling to expand its appeal beyond Emirates. In the middle, Toulouse’s great hope was […]

Airbus to Build Five A330-Based ‘Beluga’ Jets

A350 Beluga

Airbus Group NV will build five new Beluga transport planes based on its A330 widebody jet as the European plane maker seeks to secure its ability to meet increasing production demands. The first of the new Beluga jets is due for delivery in mid-2019, the Toulouse-based company said Monday. Airbus’s existing Beluga fleet is based […]

Boeing to Go Head-to-Head With Airbus in China

Airbus A330-200

The pre-eminent Chinese air show kicks off next Tuesday in Zhuhai, and both Boeing Co. and rival Airbus are expected to take some new orders. What the new orders may obscure is the difficulties both companies face in the medium wide-body class, where Boeing’s 777 and Airbus’s current A330 are facing some near-term issues. First, […]