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​ANALYSIS: How Airbus’s first big twin blossomed into the A330neo

Whisper it, but the recent first flight of a second-generation Airbus A330, the re-engined -900, was tantalisingly close to the 25th anniversary of the twinjet’s maiden sortie on 2 November 1992. Understandably, Airbus hasn’t made much of this historic milestone, but the fact is that the aircraft’s continuing appeal in a market of much younger competitors is a credit to the A330’s original concept which dates back to the 1980s.

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