|The Airbus A330 NEO|
But...part of me feels quite disappointed with the Airbus decision. Now don't get me wrong, I understand how these things work, and I know that airframers are ultimately businesses and are there to make money, but the avgeek in me screams out for more. I know that re-engining a solid performing aircraft is a sure fire winner for Airbus and will save them billions in development costs and give them the return that they want, but the dreamer in me wants more!
I recall the most recent first flight of an Airbus aircraft, the A350, and how I watched online as the new aircraft sped down the runway towards its lofty earth defying goal. I knew right well the thing was going to fly and fly well at that because they wouldn't have built it otherwise(!), but there was still a part of me that was nervous watching it and I found myself almost half looking away from the screen, just in case! And then it was up...and the crowd roared...and my soul soared with it!
|First Flight of the A350|
In saying that, I will still look forward to my first flight in an A330 NEO...I am an avgeek after all!