FARNBOROUGH: Cathay to take a ‘good look’ at A330neo

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Cathay Pacific will take a “good look” at the Airbus A330neo before making a decision on ordering the updated widebody, says chief executive Ivan Chu.

“We want to have a good look at the aircraft and see what it can offer,” he said on the sidelines of the annual Skytrax world airline awards at the Farnborough air show today.

Airbus launched the updated A330 with a 252-seat -800neo variant and a 310-seat -900neo at the show yesterday. The aircraft will offer a roughly 14% fuel-burn reduction per seat over the current-generation aircraft.

“Anything that improves the efficiency is good for the airline community,” says Chu.

Cathay is one of the largest A330 operators globally. It operates 37 A330-300s, and its subsidiary Dragonair 18, Flightglobals Ascend Fleets database shows.

The Hong Kong-based carrier has firm orders for six more A330-300s, Ascend Fleets shows.

“We like that aircraft,” says Chu on Cathay’s existing A330 fleet, which it uses for intra-Asia and long-distance flights up to 10h.

Airbus has logged more than 100 orders for the A330neo, with the largest coming from AirAsia X for 50 of the -900neo variant.