The A330 benefits from the advanced Airbus cockpit design, which receives high marks from the thousands of pilots who fly Airbus aircraft daily. Cockpits across the company’s product line, from the smaller A320 Family to widebody A330, A350 XWB and A380 are highly similar, and at their heart is the fly-by-wire system, whose digital electronic flight controls improve handling and stability while reducing pilot workload.
BENEFITS TO OPERATORS
Airlines and their pilots can take full advantage of the Airbus commonality concept, making operations training and maintenance easier. This enables significant savings in airlines costs and significant reduction in pilot training time compared with a standard transition course.
A330 Common Type Rating allows pilots to transition from A330 to A350 XWB aircraft in only eight days without full flight simulator sessions. This enables carriers to use a single-fleet flying concept with a pool of pilots qualified for both aircraft, providing increased scheduling flexibility and mobility.
Another advantage of Airbus commonality is a pilot's ability to be current on more than one Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft type at a time. This is known as Mixed Fleet Flying, and enables a properly-rated pilot to switch from A330 widebody operations to single-aisle flights at the controls of the A320 Family. Allowing operations by a common pool of pilots, Mixed Fleet Flying opens new crew scheduling possibilities and provides a mix of flying opportunities that are highly appreciated by pilots.
These Common Type Rating and Mixed Fleet Flying concepts result in significant benefits for airline profitability.
The A330 cockpit also features the latest and best-in-class technology in navigation and flight management systems. Navigational upgrades such as Airborne Traffic Situation Awareness (ATSAW) – which allows for shorter routings, optimised flight levels and more precise approaches – have been implemented.
In addition, the A330 was the first widebody aircraft qualified for Required Navigation Performance – Authorisation Required (RNP-AR), which enables it to access airfields located in challenging terrain and with limited navigational infrastructure. This also allows operation with reduced weather minima, contributes to schedule reliability and positions the A330 for the next generation of Air Traffic Control.
Other major navigation and flight management systems have been and will be implemented to assist pilots such as heads-up displays, weather radar, the runway overrun prevention system (ROPS).
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