Airbus says A330-800 production 'well underway'
As Airbus prepares for the first flight of the A330-900, production of the second member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, is well underway with the first parts advancing at Airbus sites throughout Europe. These parts include the new increased-span wing now being equipped in Bremen, German, and its new composite Sharklets from KAL-ASD, the fuselage sections in Hamburg, the new titanium pylons in Toulouse, France, and the center wing box in Nantes, France. Production of A330-800 will continue towards start of final assembly by the end of 2017 gearing up to first flight in 2018. With close to 1,700 orders, the A330 has flown nearly 1,000,000 annual flights. Over 1,300 aircraft have been delivered to 117 customers worldwide on wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.