There is a piece of news at flightglobal.com about a test that Airbus is going to do with a 14 Sq Mts of carbon fiber on an A343 (MSN001). After reading the news I wonder is there was any possibility that the A330 family could get the Carbon Fiber fuselage, shaving few tons of weight and making it able to compete head to head with the 787. I do not know how big the investment could be, or if this can or can’t be done, however sounds nice if Airbus switch the skin of this formidable aircraft to CFPR and keep her in production for many more years..
Once again I do not know if this can be done, but based in this piece of news is possible.
Here is the link.