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Continued improvement

Extra cargo revenue

Airbus invests 150 million euros annually in the A330 programme to deliver continuous innovation to this jetliner product line that result in lower costs and better operations for the A330-300. 

These upgrades – many of which are inspired by Airbus’ latest aircraft programmes – range from weight reductions in the airframe, introduction of modern passenger cabin features, and system improvements to engine upgrades and advanced navigation systems in the cockpit.  They also result in longer maintenance check intervals. 

A further enhancement of the A330 comes with Airbus’ launch of an increased maximum takeoff weight capability to 242 metric tonnes.  With this improvement, the A330-300 benefits from up to 500 nautical miles of extra range, to 6,350 nautical miles (11,750 km.) – with 277 passengers, and carries nearly five tonnes more payload than the previous 235-tonne aircraft.  In operational terms, the increased takeoff weight A330-300 can connect the following new city pairs: London to Tokyo; Frankfurt to Cape Town; Beijing to Melbourne; Beijing to San Francisco; Kuala Lumpur to Paris; and Los Angeles to Dublin.  

Airbus delivered the first 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300 to Delta Air Lines in May 2015. With these enhancements, Airbus has added some 50 per cent more range to the A330-300 since its service entry, while reducing maintenance costs by 20 per cent. 

In addition, the 242-tonne version serves as the development platform for the A330neo (new engine option). With the same fuselage length as the A330-300, the A330-900 new engine option version will incorporate Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and cabin upgrades, as well as aerodynamic enhancements – including new Sharklets wingtip devices and an increased wingspan – to reduce fuel consumption per seat by a further 14 per cent compared to A330ceo (current engine option) aircraft. 

As a further upgrade to the A330 Family, Airbus also has delivered the A330-300 Regional version, which is optimised for domestic operations on routes with large populations and high traffic flows. The A330-300 Regional jetliner is tailored to seat up to around 400 passengers with Airbus’ standard 18-inch wide seat in economy, while offering significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight. Saudi Arabian Airlines became the launch customer for this A330 Family version.

The A330-300 brings Airbus widebody efficiency to airline operations on longer-haul routes.

Versatility and comfort

Another family trait shared by the A330-300 jetliner is providing passengers with superior levels of comfort. Offering a 21st century travel experience, 18-inch wide seats are provided for long-haul economy travel – Airbus’ modern comfort standard – while the latest innovations and upgrades deliver best-in-class comfort for all passengers.  

Airbus’ 222-inch fuselage cross-section also offers large underfloor holds that open up opportunities for extra revenue from cargo. These holds accept industry-standard LD3 containers in side-by-loading, facilitating cargo processing and interlining. In a typical arrangement, six 96-inch pallets or 18 LD3 containers can be accommodated in forward zone; while its aft cargo hold can handle such loads as 12 LD3 containers along with one 96-inch pallet, plus bulk cargo.


Caring for the environment, the A330 Family environmental footprint is better than the standards of today and tomorrow. With its low noise and emissions levels, A330s fly cleaner and quieter – supported by Airbus’ long-term commitment to further enhancing the eco-efficiency of its jetliner product line. 

With the 242-metric-tonne increased maximum takeoff weight version, the A330 brings increased fuel efficiency thanks to aerodynamic refinements and engine enhancements. Also lowering the A330 Family’s environmental footprint are advanced navigational technologies such as Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness (ATWAS) and required navigation performance (RNP) that help optimise in-flight operations.