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Onboard well-being

Continuous improvement

With the passenger at heart and the airline in mind, Airbus continuously develops the proven A330 cabin to keep it modern and comfortable, while offering the highest possible cost-efficiency. Airbus’ cabin design office also delivers safety enhancements, reliability improvements and new design standards, that all contribute to airline cost saving. 

The A330 is a true widebody jetliner with a 222-inch cross-section that has become the fuselage size of choice for airlines worldwide. This highly optimised design offers the optimum balance between aerodynamic and structural efficiency, providing a spacious cabin and a large underfloor cargo hold capability. 

Through innovative uses of cabin space, the A330 allow a wide variety of seating configurations from high comfort 4-abreast premium classes to more efficient high-density configuration – with no compromise on Airbus’ comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy class. The spacious and comfortable cabin is optimised with the latest generation of sidewall panels which increase passenger space and thermal comfort while allowing a smoother installation and reduced maintenance costs. 

Ranging from the latest seating options for passengers travelling in premium classes, to the Airbus 21st century standard for comfort in long-haul economy travel – 18-inch wide seats – the A330 provides superior comfort in all classes of service. Maximum flexibility designed into the A330 allows operators to meet changing market trends.

A 21st century cabin

Passengers also benefit from the A330’s quiet cabin 

Passengers of the latest A330 generation enjoy a 21st century on-board experience, including line-fit full connectivity, the new full LED mood lighting inspired from the A350 XWB allowing unlimited customiza­tion of colour and intensity, plus 4th-generation high-definition in-flight entertainment (IFE). Innovations in this latest generation include larger screens with full-HD capability, high-bandwidth fibre optics, simplified installation, as well as weight and space saving. Passengers benefit from increased legroom, as a result of the reduced size and number of Seat Electronic Boxes (SEB). 

The latest A330 cabin upgrades also position the aircraft to accommodate new developments of connectivity system. The connectivity platform will be ready to support wireless content streaming to passenger owned devices and future broadband satellite communication technologies.


Continuous improvement

A typical three-class arrangement for the A330-200 seats 247 passengers – with business, premium economy and comfort economy. The longer-fuselage A330-300 accommodates 277 passengers in a three-class layout. The A330neo will feature 10 more seats as a result of cabin innovations that optimize that cabin without impacting seat comfort.  

Cabin enablers like Spaceflex and Smart-Lav available on the A330neo will allow even more efficient use of the aircraft’s volume and length’s thus allowing airlines the flexibility to add seat pitch, more recline space for passengers, additional stowage capacity without compromising on passenger’s comfort.

Enhancing cabin crew operations

Cabin crew in the A330neo will benefit, too. The A330’s state-of-the-art digital cabin management system, called CIDS (cabin intercommunication data system), is being upgraded for the A330neo and will feature the same flight attendant panel as on the A350 XWB. This provides for the control of cabin lighting, heating, announcements and other cabin-related tasks through a touch-screen panel that is quick, simple and intuitive, contributing to fast airport turnarounds and maximising aircraft utilisation. 

On long-haul missions, Airbus has developed a new segregated lower-deck mobile crew-rest, which frees up more space on the main deck for passengers

The development of easy handling galleys, has allowed the A330 to continue to offer a “cabin crew friendly environment.” For example, the new galley inserts developed for the A350 XWB is now available for A330 operators improving meal preparation service, especially for the increasing expectations of Business and First Class passengers without impact on space or weight compared to traditional catering equipment.

Silent and bright

Passengers also benefit from the silence of the quietest twin flying today

The cabin is further enhanced by the application of LED (light emitting diode) lighting technology for reading lights, passenger information signs, cabin signs and ambient lighting – delivering better illumination and longer operating lifetimes at lower maintenance costs.  Additional headroom available on the A330 allows for unequalled overhead storage, giving passengers more space to stow their carry-on bags with minimum disruptions during boarding and deplaning.

The A330’s state-of-the-art digital cabin management system, called CIDS (Cabin Intercommunication Data System), provides for the control of cabin lighting, heating, announcements and other cabin-related tasks.  Thanks to the CIDS’ touch-screen panel, crew operation is quick, simple and intuitive, contributing to fast airport turnarounds and maximising aircraft utilisation. 

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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