Airbus’ family of twin-aisle aircraft – composed of the A330, A350 XWB and A380 – is the most advanced and comprehensive fleet line-up in the industry. When deployed together, they can cover an airline’s full widebody requirements – from regional to low-cost flights; and from long-haul service between the planet’s rapidly-growing mega-cities (which are the increasingly-busy hubs of global air travel), to newer routes linking smaller, but equally-distant airports.
These jetliners offer the smartest, most efficient way for airlines to capitalise on the extraordinary growth in medium and long-haul air travel worldwide. As demand on these routes surges thanks to rising wealth levels in emerging economies, some 8,100 new twin-aisle aircraft and approximately 1,600 very large aircraft are likely to be needed over the next 20 years to keep pace, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast.
The A330 remains a big favourite among airline customers around the world, recognised for its superior versatility, cost-effectiveness and reliability. Whether flying a short 30-minute route or deployed on 15-hour long-haul flights, the A330 offers the most efficient option in the 200-400 seat category without compromising passenger comfort (beginning with the airbus standard of 18-inch-width economy seats, available across its widebody family). It is the aircraft airlines can count on, with an average operational reliability rate of 99.4 per cent.
Building on the A330`s proven success is airbus' upcoming A330neo (new engine option) variant. Benefiting from latest-generation engines and aerodynamic improvements, it delivers fuel savings of 14 per cent per seat compared to the already-efficicent A330 baseline version.
Shaping the future of medium-to long-haul airline operations, the airbus A350 XWB has been doing just that since entering commercial service in 2015. It was designed with the market, for the market - resulting in an aircraft that perfectly meets customers' expectations. the twin-engine A350 XWB delivers 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to the previous-generation of long-range airliners.
The double-deck, four-engine A380 - in reliable service commercial since 2007 - is an essential part of the solution to sustainable growth: alleviating traffic congestion at busy airports by transporting more passengers with fewer flights, more efficiently and at much lower cost. The A380's unique size also allows airlines to maximize revenue potential through an optimized cabin - boosting the contribution to profit by up to 65-per cent per flight compared to its nearest competitor. But most importantly, passengers love the A380 and make an extra effort to fly on it again and again. Passenger preference generates improved load factors for airlines.
Airbus widebody aircraft: offering unrivalled low operating costs of the A330; 25-per cent less fuel burn with the A350 XWB; and up to 65-per cent more profit per flight for the A380.