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Airbus is still in discussions over raising the maximum take-off weight of the A330neo, indicating that there might be room to pushing it above 245t.

The airframer has based the re-engined airframe on the 242t version of the current A330.

But it has been looking at enhancing the performance of the A330neo – which will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines – by taking the weight to 245t.

Airbus chief operating officer for customers John Leahy, speaking at the Farnborough air show, said the airframer was still in discussion with certification authorities over the proposal.

He would not immediately indicate whether the manufacturer had a launch customer lined up, or whether the company might be in a position to disclose a significant development during the show.

But Leahy suggests that the 245t proposal is not necessarily an upper limit, adding that the manufacturer will “see what [it] can get” out of the airframe’s capabilities.

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