Airbus Expects First A330 Orders From China Within A Year

By Jens Flottau, Bradley Perrett
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 30, 2013

A number of airlines worldwide have been urging manufacturers to come up with a large-capacity, short-haul aircraft they could use on trunk routes. Now, Airbus is officially going ahead with the regional version of its A330.

Airbus has been offering the A330 to customers since the time of the Paris air show in June, but had not formally committed to the program. Now it is waiting for orders. The aircraft is mainly geared toward the Asian market and, to a significant extent, toward Chinese domestic routes. That submarket is going to be the largest single traffic segment worldwide by 2032, according to the latest edition of the Airbus's Global Market Forecast (GMF), which the manufacturer released last week.

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