The A330 is a true widebody jetliner, using Airbus’ 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 true widebody cabin and a large underfloor cargo hold capability.
Maximum flexibility designed into the A330 allows operators to meet changing market trends, providing full comfort in cabin layouts that range from ultra-high comfort four-abreast First Class and six-abreast Business Class to a 7 abreast Premium Economy and an Economy Class cabin with eight abreast that places no passenger more than one seat from an aisle, or an efficient higher-density nine-abreast arrangement.
Space to relax and work
A typical two-class arrangement for the A330-200 seats 246 passengers – with 36 in First/Business and 210 in Economy. The longer-fuselage A330-300 accommodates 300 passengers in a two-class layout, seating 36 First/Business passengers and 264 in Economy.
The innovative use of cabin space allows for such features as the creation of bars and social areas, along with multi-purpose storage zones. For flight crews on long-haul missions, Airbus has developed secure rest areas with bunks, located adjacent to the cockpit.
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.
Take a tour to experience the cabin
Designed-in features permit faster reconfiguration of the A330’s cabin for rapid adaptation to changing market needs and fleet deployment. The A330 has cabin “flexibility zones” for both galleys and lavatories, with provisions for rapid relocation. Galleys can be ideally placed for dedicated service in each cabin, while toilets are able to be situated within large areas of the floor plan.
Cabin improvements introduced by Airbus on the A330 includes newly-designed air conditioning outlets, updated interior styling, mood and lateral lighting, and new interior styling. The result is a passenger environment that is even brighter, lighter and more spacious.
Most recently passenger connectivity and inflight entertainment has been transformed with the A330 becoming the first aircraft with full connectivity IFE and mobile phone services onboard.
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Did you know?
- The A330-200 and A330-300 are almost identical in all but length. The only two other key differences are that the centre tank is activated for increased fuel capacity and an extended fin and rudder on the A330-200
- A330s currently operate to over 300 airports worldwide
- More than 1.1 billion passengers have flown the A330
- Every day, the A330 fleet flies the equivalent of 15 times to the moon
Every minute, an A330 takes off somewhere in the world
An A330 takes-off or lands every 23 seconds of every day