|Overall length||193 ft 0 in 58.82 m|
|Cabin length||147 ft 8 in 45.00 m|
|Fuselage width||18 ft 6 in 5.64 m|
|Max cabin width||17 ft 4 in 5.28 m|
|Wing span (geometric)||197 ft 10 in 60.30 m|
|Height||55 ft 5 in 16.88 m|
|Track||35 ft 1 in 10.70 m|
|Wheelbase||72 ft 10 in 22.20 m|
|Max payload||141.10 (153) lb x 1 000 65 (70) tonnes|
|Pallets or containers||
|Range||up to 4000 nm up to 7400 km|
|Max ramp weight||515.7 () lb x 1000 233.9 () tonnes|
|Max take-off weight||513.7 () lb x 1000 233.0 () tonnes|
|Max landing weight||412.3 () lb x 1000 187.0 () tonnes|
|Max zero fuel weight||392.4 () lb x 1000 178.0 () tonnes|
|Max fuel capacity||25 765 USG 97 530 litres|
|RR Trent 700 x2|
|GE CF6-80E1 x2|
|Thrust range||68 000 to 72 000 lb slst 302 to 320 kN|
Proven in commercial service
Since its service entry in 2010, the world’s most modern mid-size freighter – Airbus’ A330-200F – has established itself as a reliable, flexible and profitable operator on all continents. Major cargo carriers around the world have turned to the A330-200F for long-haul and regional missions as the aircraft has attained a reliability rate of more than 99.6 per cent and in-service utilisation up to 400 flight hours per month.
Customers have praised the A330-200F for its outstanding flexibility, which is further enhanced by the freighter’s full operational commonality with Airbus’ fly-by-wire family of single-aisle and widebody jetliners. In addition, the A330-200F’s large main deck cargo door allows the aircraft to accept all commonly-used pallets and containers, enabling the transport of a full range of cargo – from high-value consumer goods to express packages and perishables.
Ideally suited to the rapidly changing market conditions, the A330-200F is shaping the future of air cargo transport. The flexible mid-sized aircraft offers operators an adaptable cargo strategy with up to 35 per cent lower operating costs per tonne compared to larger freighters, as well as optimised load factors.
The Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) forecasts a demand of nearly 800 new-built freighters during the next 20 years. The A330-200F will satisfy a large percentage of this demand by offering better main- and lower-deck flexibility than the competition, with more range and more lift.
An advanced solution
As a new-generation freighter derived from Airbus' proven A330 jetliner family, the A330-200F offers highly efficient operation with less noise and emissions than the ageing fleets of mid-sized cargo aircraft used in worldwide service today.
The A330-200F offers better payload, range and economics than previous-generation freighters in its class; the A330-200F also provides the full benefits of operational commonality with Airbus’ fly-by-wire family of single-aisle and widebody jetliners. It represents an ideal replacement for obsolete first-generation widebody freighters, and also provides airlines with a highly efficient all-cargo solution to replace services of passenger and cargo “combi” aircraft.
Airline customers with firm A330-200F orders are Etihad Airways (for the Etihad Crystal Cargo division), Turkish Airlines (for the Turkish cargo division) which became the biggest A330-200F operator in 2013, MNG Airlines in Turkey, AviancaTaca (for its Tampa Cargo operation) in South America, Malaysia Airlines which purchased four freighters for the carrier’s MASkargo subsidiary, and Hong Kong Airlines (3 bought back from Aircastle in August 2013 and one operated from BOC).
The first A330-200F provided to a customer was handed over to Etihad Airways during a ceremony at the 2010 Farnborough Airshow. The second receiving Airbus’ next-generation A330-200F was Hong Kong Airlines, while Turkish Airlines became the third in September 2010. MASkargo received its initial A330-200F in September 2011.
Tampa Cargo, which is AviancaTaca Holding’s Colombia-based cargo airline, was provided the first of four A330-200Fs from Airbus in December 2012 – marking the initial handover of this freighter type to a customer based in the Americas.
Leasing and service companies acquiring A330-200Fs to date are U.S.-based Aircastle and Intrepid Aviation Group, BOC Aviation (previously known as Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise) and Synergy Aerospace in Brazil.
In March 2013, the list of international carriers enhancing their aircraft fleets with Airbus’ A330-200F expanded with delivery of the first freighter for Qatar Airways – which was leased from BOC Aviation.
High performance and efficiency
With the capacity and range to profitably serve growing global cargo markets, the A330-200F offers significant opportunities to grow in underserved markets at no additional cost per tonne.
The A330-200F flies 20 per cent further and has a cost per tonne that is 13 per cent lower than its direct competitor. It is capable of carrying 65-to-70 tonnes of payload, with a range that stretches from 3,200 nm up to 4,000 nm.
This modern cargo jetliner utilises a wide range of innovations that make it the most economical and environmentally-friendly freighter in service today. Among these cost-reducing features are the aircraft’s reinforced fuselage and doors, which increase shear and bending/running loads; its use of the latest in eco-efficient engine technologies for reduced CO2 emissions and noise levels; along with a “glass cockpit” and advanced navigation systems for enhanced flight operations.
Its 141 X 101-inch main deck door is electrically-controlled and hydraulically-operated, and is derived from the proven cargo door on A300/A310 freighters. Additional features include the latest in eco-efficient engine technologies for enhanced environmental performance, as well as its “glass cockpit” and advanced navigation systems for improved flight operations.
Overall flexibility has been enhanced with the introduction of Airbus’ versatile main deck cargo loading system, which can accommodate all industry-standard containers and pallets – enabling operators to serve the freight lift needs of varying markets.
The A330-200F can transport up to 23 side-by-side pallets on its main deck, with flexibility for additional arrangements such as single-row loading of 16 pallets, and a mix of 9 AMA containers with four pallets. The spacious lower-deck cargo hold accepts up to 26 LD3 containers, plus 19.7 cubic metres of bulk cargo.
The A330-200F is based on Airbus' popular A330-200 passenger jetliner, and is produced on the same Toulouse, France final assembly line as other A330 and A340 Family aircraft. This ensures a sustained output, providing production line slots to meet market demand.
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