Airbus is set to reveal plans for a maximum gross weight increase of its Airbus A330-300 widebody.

The 2t increase, to 235t, will allow the aircraft to operate an additional 120nm (220km) or carry an extra 1.2t payload.

In 2008, Airbus announced a weight increase on its A330-200. At the time, the manufacturer raised the maximum gross weight by an additional 5t to 238t.

Flight International understands that Airbus management will by the end of the year sign off the commercial authorisation to launch the variant.

As of 31 October, Airbus had clocked up 66 net orders for A330s, including 38 -300s and 28 -200s.

Source: Flight International