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Airbus philosophical over loss of sole A330-800 order

Airbus insists the A330-800 still has prospects despite cancellation of the only order for the type, following Hawaiian Airlines' decision to introduce Boeing 787-9s.

Hawaiian had six A330-800s on order but was the sole remaining customer following a previous cancellation of four -800s destined for TransAsia Airways before its collapse.

Airbus says the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered aircraft is "excellent" but claims it was "simply undercut in price" from its competitor.

"You win some and you lose some," says a spokesman for the company, stressing that Hawaiian is still a "valued Airbus customer".

Airbus says the -800 test aircraft is "on track" for first flight in mid-2018 and points out that some 100 carrier operate the A330-200, its predecessor.

It says the A330neo has a "strong outlook", adding: "There are many campaigns ongoing and there are many good candidates for A330neos going forward."

The -800, it adds, has "compelling credentials", including greater range than the 787-9.

Airbus designed the -800 simultaneously with the -900 – the better-selling of the two, with 214 orders – and it says that little investment in development is needed to take the -800 to certification.

"Both the A330-800 and -900 share the same final assembly line stations, tools and equipment, which allows for full flexibility according to market demand," it adds.

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