September 25, 2013 / 5:36 AM / in 5 years

Airbus launches new version of A330-300 jet in China

An A380 aircraft is seen through a window with an Airbus logo during the EADS / Airbus 'New Year Press Conference' in Hamburg January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

BEIJING (Reuters) - Airbus EAD.PA unveiled a short-range “regional” version of its A330-300 jet at an airshow in China on Wednesday, saying the new plane would seat 400 passengers and offer cost savings of 15 percent.

The plane maker said it designed the new jet to meet high demand in high-density short-haul markets.

Sources had told Reuters earlier that Airbus would unveil such a plane at the show.

Reporting by Fang Yan and Jonathan Standing; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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