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Airbus undecided over A330neo launch at Farnborough Airshow

Still, its strategy chief is confident about orders

Published Sun, Jul 6, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France] Airbus Group has not decided whether it will launch its proposed A330neo jet at this month's Farnborough Airshow but is confident about the outlook for plane orders at the gala event, its strategy chief Marwan Lahoud said.

Airbus has drawn up plans to revamp its biggest-selling wide-body passenger jet to preserve a second front in its competition with the delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner in addition to the new A350.

Mr Lahoud said that "the jury is still out" on whether the A330neo, a more efficient version of the 20-year-old A330 jet, would be launched at the July 14-20 airshow. "The subject is still being discussed," he told reporters on the sidelines of an economic conference in southern France.

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