Airbus has started production on the A330neo by cutting the first metal for the aircraft while also beginning production on its pylon and centre wing-box.
Machining of the first engine pylon is underway at Airbus’ facility in Toulouse, while the OEM’s plant in Nantes began production of the first A330neo centre wing box.
Airbus said the centre wing box rib will have a design that features 330 triangular pockets that promote rigidity and strength whilst remaining lightweight. It also disclosed that the pylon, made from titanium, will use aerodynamic technologies to help it maintain maximum aircraft efficiency.
The A330neo, which will be produced in two variants – the -800 and -900 – is scheduled to enter service in Q4 2017.