Shortly after Boeing’s 787 twin-aisle jet program was launched in 2004, Airbus proposed an upgrade of its A330 to counter the threat. The concept was rejected as insufficient by leasing guru Steven Udvar-Hazy and other top customers, however, and the manufacturer ultimately moved forward instead with an all-new airplane, the A350. Last week, Airbus began development of the reengined A330, dubbed the A330neo, essentially killing off one member of the A350 family, the A350-800. And in an ...

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