Airbus might make the A330 tanker heavier

Airbus is increasing the maximum takeoff weight for the A330-200 airliner by 10,000 pounds, or 5 tons. The new, 238-ton aircraft will be available after 2010.

Derek Davies, investor marketing director for Airbus, publicly unveiled the slightly heftier A330 at the US Valuation Conference, which I’m attending this morning. (The conference is hosted at the Jury’s Hotel in Washington DC by Flight affiliate Commercial Aviation Online.)

The modification is aimed at making the A330 a slightly more attractive alternative for airlines to the 787, which is already at least 15 months late and currently riding out a machinists’ strike.

I asked Davies if the change could also be applied to the tanker variant of the A330, allowing the aircraft an extra margin of fuel for offload.

He replied: “I think that makes clear sense.”

Davies deferred all questions about the US Department of Defense tanker contract to Northrop Grumman.

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2 Responses to Airbus might make the A330 tanker heavier

  1. John S. 9 September, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    But nothing about adding GEnx-2B engines to the A330?

  2. EG 10 September, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    I wonder if it is now a mute point.

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