So, it did happen : Airbus launched the A330neo as wildely expected : see Airbus press release
Characteristics are similar to what was discussed in this blog on June 1st.
In summary :
– A330-200neo renamed A330-800 and A330-300neo renamed A330-900 have both been launched
-A330neo has 14% fuel consumption advantage vs CEO
-A330neo has 5% airframe maintenance advantage vs CEO (updated maintenance program and new Bleed System).
-A330neo will feature winglets and larger wingspan (around 3m)
-First delivery is expected in Q4 2017
-Farnborough commitments amount to 121 aircraft (interestingly mainly lessors)
To close, a little rendering…