From nose to tail, the A330 incorporates the best in Airbus technology and innovation. It is manufactured using the world-leading commercial production techniques, which include advanced composite materials and ultra-light alloys to reduce aircraft weight, ease maintenance and increase airframe lifetime. The A330’s optimised wing design ensures the best takeoff and landing performance in all conditions, as well as high-efficiency flight at cruise.
Airbus innovation is evident throughout the A330 passenger cabin as well. Improvements in interior illumination – including the option for mood lighting – provide the right ambience on even the longest flights. Overhead stowage bins create additional room for carry-on luggage, which helps facilitate passenger boarding and deplaning. Even the area below the main cabin has been the focus of Airbus innovation: the company is a pioneer in utilising lower deck space for options such as crew rest areas and lavatories.
The A330 has state-of-the-art technology, thanks to continuous investment and development of the program.
Ever better for passengers
The A330 benefits from continuous improvements that bring the latest technology aboard, making it a highly attractive aircraft for airlines and their passengers. Airbus operators are now able to offer worldwide broadband connectivity services via the Internet and with mobile telephones. The first line-fit connectivity solution from any aircraft manufacturer is Airbus’ ALNA V2 (AirLine Network Architecture). With this platform, passengers can use their own wireless communication devices such as mobile phones, smart phones and laptops in flight as they do on the ground.
Powering the future
The manufacturers of all three jet engines offered on the A330 have introduced enhancements that lower the amount of fuel burned and reduce maintenance costs.
Such improvements are offered by Pratt & Whitney on the “Advantage70” version of its PW4000 engine, by General Electric with the “Tech CF6” updates to its CF6 powerplant, and on Rolls-Royce’s “Trent700 EP” version of the Trent 700.
The A330 is the first aircraft to be certificated to fly long-distance routes that previously were not authorised for twin-engine airliners. Its approval for flights with ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) of up to 240 minutes allows for improved routings that shorten flight time, reduce fuel burned, lower emissions, as well as enhance schedule reliability.
Additionally, the A330 is 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 and contributes to schedule reliability and positions the A330 for the next generation of Air Traffic Control.
Thanks to its robustness and its proven reliability, maintenance programme intervals have been continuously escalated, based on experience since the A330’s entry in to service.
The latest changes bring the aircraft’s “A Check” at 800 flight hours and the structural check to 12 years, leading to a total maintenance cost reduction of 21 per cent since the launch of the A330 program.
Takeoff weight increase
The A330-200 is now available with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 238 tonnes, a 5-tonne increase of over the previous highest option. This gives a range extension over 300 nautical miles and a payload increase of up to 3.4 tonnes.
Orders & deliveries
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