Modern, versatile and efficient widebody aircraft
Benefiting from over 20 years of continuous incremental innovation, the A330 is the most modern, profitable and reliable family aircraft in the market, providing a tailored solution for every market today and for the future and an ideal complement to its sister aircraft: the all-new A350 XWB.
The A330 Family, part of Airbus’ widebody 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 – the A330-800 and the A330-900, which were launched in 2014.
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 a truly 21st century travel experience. In addition to offering more personal space with Airbus’ modern long-haul comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats for economy class, A330s also provide the quietest cabins in their class and the latest in-flight entertainment – including video-on-demand, and mobile phone and email connectivity via satellite.
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-minute flights up to 15-hour long-haul services, the A330 offers the most efficient option. Spanning 200-440 seats, the A330 does not compromise on comfort, while being one of the most reliable aircraft ever with average operational reliability of 99.4 per cent. Every 20 seconds, an A330 aircraft takes-off or lands somewhere in the world.
NEO: Powering into the future
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 to the A330 Family 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 A330-800 and A330-900 – 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, along with new Sharklet wingtip devices.
The A330neo cabin is also launching the company’s Airspace by Airbus cabin brand. This represents the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, and will be applied progressively across all Airbus aircraft. At the heart of this new philosophy is Airbus’ commitment to passenger well-being, as well as unrivalled operational performance for airlines. Airspace by Airbus encompasses the four key dimensions: comfort, ambience, services and design. More personal space, smart monument and service solutions, and a unique welcome area are combined with Airbus signature design elements to transform the A330neo’s cabin.
Airbus commenced final assembly for the first A330neo, an A330-900, in 2016 and first deliveries are planned for the fourth quarter of 2017. The A330neo will expand operators’ market opportunities with a range capability increase of up to 400 nautical miles.
The platform for developing the NEO is Airbus’ 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330 variant. This upgrade was first applied to the A330-300 – with the no. 1 enhanced A330-300 variant delivered to Delta Air Lines in May 2015 – and subsequently for the A330-200 (in-service from early 2016), allowing operators to carry additional payload on longer missions.
Low operating costs
The A330 is the most cost-efficient aircraft in its class.
Since the first A330 entered service – an A330-300 in 1994 – low operating costs per seat have been the A330 Family’s hallmark. With numerous product improvements applied since its service entry, the A330 remains the most cost-efficient aircraft in its class.
The shorter-fuselage A330-200 seating 247 passengers in a three-class configuration with the versatility to cover all ranges from short-haul to true long-haul, with ideal sizing for point-to-point operations. Meanwhile the longer-fuselage A330-300 comfortably seats 277 passengers in a typical three-class configuration – providing unmatched per-seat costs for its category, maintaining its position as the most economical twin-aisle regional airliner.
Operators of A330 aircraft benefit from the full Airbus commonality concept across all aircraft product lines – enabling streamlined operations, training and maintenance to reduce costs for airlines. This philosophy has been strongly endorsed by the market – with more than 25 customers having ordered both the A330 and A350 XWB since the A350 XWB’s launch.
The A330 Family aircraft also offers a compelling alternative to larger long-range airliners for enabling airline growth as single-aisle operators look to expand operations to twin-aisle aircraft, particularly for those airlines already flying the A320 Family.
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 capabilities enable 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.
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. With five in-service members – the A330-200, A330-300, A330-200F, ACJ330 and A330 MRTT – the A330 Family provides exceptional operational flexibility at the lowest cost, featuring right-sized cabins for the aircraft’s diverse roles.
The development of the A330-200F represents a significant step in building the A330 Family. Based on the proven A330 passenger platform, the cargo version of the A330 has an optimized design to match the needs of cargo operations. It is tailored for long-haul routes and regional operations to feed cargo into hub airports and 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.
Airbus also has adapted the A330-300 to rapidly-growing markets, where the aviation infrastructure is struggling to keep up with surging demand. The A330 Regional, the lower-weight variant (with a MTOW of around 200 tonnes) carries up to 400 passengers on shorter haul missions (up to 2,700 nautical miles), resulting in significant unit cost savings.
The reduction in fuel burn per seat, landing and navigation charges and maintenance costs thanks to these innovations result in an overall cost per seat reduction by up to 26 per cent compared with today’s long-range A330-300 variants. Saudi Arabian Airlines became the A330-300 Regional launch customer, taking delivery of its first of these aircraft in 2016.
The A330 Family’s reliability is proven in-service with the largest operator base of any widebody aircraft – achieving an average dispatch rate of 99.4 per cent.
As one of the most commonly-used widebody aircraft in operation today, the A330 is a true workhorse. Orders for this widebody twin-engine aircraft family have surpassed the 1,600 mark, from over 100 operators flying these aircraft on a range of missions. In commercial service, A330s fly to over 400 destinations around the world each week, efficiently utilised both on established routes and expanding markets.
The A330’s established in-service reputation has allowed Airbus to optimise the scheduled maintenance programme intervals for A330 Family aircraft to further reduce maintenance costs for operators. These improvements comprise a 33 per cent extension of the 'A-check' interval, as well as a 20 per cent extension of the Heavy Maintenance check interval – reducing and synchronising the maintenance visits needed during the aircraft lifecycle.
To continue the A330 Family’s ongoing success, Airbus has continually applied further enhancements to this widebody product line – including improvements derived from its latest programmes.
As an example the A330neo, will share State-of-the-art technology with its sister aircraft – Airbus’ A350 XWB. This includes: composite Sharklets, new-generation engines, latest 4th generation in-flight entertainment, the same flight attendant panel, galley inserts, and cockpit improvements such as heads-up displays and the runway overrun prevention system.
For current engine option versions, Airbus has 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 per cent fuel-burn reduction resulting from enhanced aerodynamics and further engine performance improvements.
Other advantages of the A330 that help improve the aircraft’s performance, efficiency and environmental footprint include its EASA certification for operations “beyond 180 minutes,” and navigational upgrades such as Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness (ATSAW) and the jetliners’ qualification to operate routings and precision approaches with required navigational performance.
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Orders & deliveries
Did you know?
- With more than 1,600 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 1.8 billion passengers have flown on an A330, representing a daily average of 500,000-plus people
- The global A330 fleet has accumulated over 38 million flight hours on more than 8.5 million flights