Yesterday Airbus began working on their new aircraft called the a330NEO, there are two models of this plane, which are the -800 and -900.
The test flight for the 330-800 is expected to be in early 2018 with the -900 also preparing for its test flight. Both models will be succeeding the 200 and 300 models.
The 800 will be able to fit 250 seats in a standard configuration while 900 will be able to fit 300 in a normal configuration as a 2-class layout.
Airlines will benefit from 14% less fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330, reduced maintenance costs and A330’s market-leading 99.5% operational reliability. It will also have a bigger cabin interior inspired by the airbus a350xwb.
The Airbus a330neo also features a new wingtip design, also known on the a320neo’s the sharklets! Which will improve airflow and reduce fuel burn.