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A firm favourite with passengers, the A330 remains the preferred choice for over 100 airlines worldwide who continue to benefit from its proven and unrivalled low operating costs. From 30 minutes up to 15 hour flights, the A330 offers the most efficient option spanning 250-440 seats, while being one of the most reliable aircraft ever with average dispatch reliability above 99 per cent.
The A330 Family has five in-service members – the A330-200, A330-300, A330-200F, ACJ330 and A330 MRTT – along with two A330neo (new engine option) versions, which were launched in 2014. Together this versatile widebody product line covers all market segments with one twin-engine aircraft Family.
Low operating costs, high efficiency, flexibility and optimised performance make the A330 Family popular with an ever-increasing operator base, as well as passengers – who enjoy more personal space with Airbus’ modern long-haul comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats for economy class.
The right aircraft, right now
Airbus has committed to continuously improving the programme since the A330’s service entry. The company spends approximately 150 million euros each year on enhancements and incremental improvements for the A330 jetliner family.
The newest evolution is Airbus’ A330neo (new engine option), which builds on the A330’s proven economics, versatility and reliability while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14 per cent per seat. The NEO’s two versions – the A330-800neo and A330-900neo – share the same fuselage lengths of today’s A330-200 and A330-300 current engine option jetliners, respectively. These aircraft incorporate latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines with 112-inch diameter fan for a 10:1 bypass ratio, more seats and new cabin features, along with new Sharklet wingtip devices.
Planned for first deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2017, the A330neo will expand operators’ market opportunities with a range capability increase of around 400 nautical miles while carrying more payload. Not only does this widebody jetliner match the cash operating costs per seat of its nearest competitor, the A330neo surpasses it on direct operating costs per seat – and does so while offering greater seat-width comfort in economy class.
In addition, Airbus has upgraded the A330 product line by offering an increased takeoff weight of 242 tonnes. This upgrade first is being applied to the A330-300 – with the first enhanced A330-300 variant delivered to Delta Air Lines in May 2015 – and subsequently to the A330-200 (in-service from early 2016), allowing operators to carry additional payload on longer missions.
Airbus has launched a lower-weight A330-300 Regional version, which is the only widebody which beats the economics of the most efficient single-aisle aircraft. This A330-300 version will be optimised for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth markets – such as China and Asia – with concentrated traffic flows and is sized to accommodate up to approximately 400 passengers. Saudi Arabian Airlines became the A330-300 Regional launch customer with a 20-aircraft order announced in June 2015.
The A330 is the most cost efficient widebody twin-engine aircraft in operation.
The multi-talented A330 Family addresses a full range of operational requirements, including airline passenger and cargo service, VVIP and head-of-state transportation, as well as military airlift and in-flight refuelling.
The varied list of A330 operators around the globe ranges from small and low-cost long-haul operators to the world’s major flag carriers, along with governments and military services, while these widebody jetliners cover diverse routes and missions ranging from 30 minutes to 14 hours.
As one of the most commonly-used widebody aircraft in operation today, the A330 order book has surpassed 1,500 firm orders, with over 100 operators flying these aircraft on a range of missions Airbus is adjusting the A330 production rate to six a month from Q1 2016 as it transitions towards the A330neo (new engine option).
The A330 provides exceptional operational flexibility at the lowest cost – featuring right-sized cabins for passenger, freight, VIP and multi-role military applications. It combines Airbus’ fly-by-wire technology and modern onboard systems with high aerodynamic efficiency for a highly productive aircraft.
The A330 is in-service with more than 100 operators, flying to over 400 destinations around the world each week.
Excellent short field performance and long range capability enables the A330 to be efficiently utilised both on established routes and expanding markets. Its capabilities on medium-haul routes make the A330-300 an excellent complement to Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB.
Airbus’ popular A330 aircraft have become preferred choices for the world’s largest airlines, low-cost carriers, private and cargo operators, and military services.
The A330-200F mid-sized freighter version is tailored for long-haul routes and regional operations to feed cargo into hub airports. The aircraft has flown to all continents with a high reliability rate since its 2010 service entry, with some operators using the freighter up to 400 hours per month.
For the highly-demanding VIP and private markets, the ACJ330 offers top-end luxury, comfort and range; while the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) variant is the most modern aircraft for military services’ in-flight refuelling and airlift requirements.
To continue the A330 Family’s ongoing success, Airbus continually applies further enhancements to this widebody product line – including improvements derived from its latest programmes, such as the A350 XWB. Among these upgrades is the increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 242 tonnes for its A330-200 and A330-300 variants, which offer up to 500 miles of additional range, along with a 2 percent fuel-burn reduction resulting from enhanced aerodynamics and further engine performance improvements.
Also expanding the A330 Family’s versatility will be the A330 Regional. This lower-weight A330-300 version is tailored for regional and domestic operations in high growth areas such as Asia and China, where A330s are already successfully deployed on short- and medium-range routes. The A330 Regional will significantly reduce overall seat-mile costs for operators through important upgrades to its engines, cabin, and design weight, along with the latest cockpit systems.
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Did you know?
- With more than 1,500 total bookings since its launch by Airbus, the A330 is a global success
- The A330’s top 10 customers have ordered this highly-reliable jetliner an average of 8.5 times
- An A330 aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 20 seconds
- Over 1.6 billion passengers have flown on an A330, representing a daily average of 500,000-plus people
- The global A330 fleet has accumulated over 32 million flight hours on more than 7 million flights