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06 November 2014
Commercial Aircraft

First 242 tonne take-off weight A330 starts final assembly

242 tonne A330-300 enters final assembly_2
242 tonne A330-300 enters final assembly_2 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
06 November 2014

242 tonne A330-300 enters final assembly_2

The first 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300 jetliner will be used for certification flight trials, with the second aircraft of this type planned for delivery to launch customer Delta Air Lines in the second quarter of 2015

242 tonne A330-300 enters final assembly_1 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
06 November 2014

242 tonne A330-300 enters final assembly_1

Airbus is completing structural assembly of the first A330-300 jetliner offering 242 tonne maximum takeoff capability at its Toulouse, France A330 Final Assembly Line

Airbus’ 242 tonne A330 variant
06 November 2014

Airbus’ 242 tonne A330 variant

The new 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300 and A330-200 jetliners incorporate Airbus’ philosophy for incremental innovation to provide up to 500 miles additional range for operators, along with a 2 per cent fuel burn improvement

Summary

Continuous improvement to extend the A330 Family market coverage

The final assembly of Airbus’ first A330 with the new 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight (MTOW) capability is underway at the A330 Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is currently completing its structural assembly before the cabin integration phase and will be used for certification flight trials. A second aircraft is being assembled in parallel which is destined for entry in service in Q2 2015 with launch customer for the new weight variant, Delta Air Lines.
Patrick Piedrafita, Airbus’ Head of the A330 Programme said: “I am very proud to see the first 242 tonne A330 at the final assembly stage only two years after launch. This newest, enhanced variant of our popular A330 Family is the basis for the future A330neo and is a concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy in action.” He added: “Airlines operating the new 242 tonne A330 will be able to carry additional payload on longer routes, while at the same time enjoying a very high operational reliability of 99.4 percent.”
Thanks to an aerodynamic package reducing aircraft drag and the latest engine improvements, the 242 tonne MTOW offers an extended range of up to 500 nautical miles and up to two percent reduced fuel consumption. The 242 tonne A330-300 is capable of flying missions up to 13 hours and 15 hours for the 242 tonne A330-200. So far, nine customers worldwide have already selected this option since the launch in November 2012.
The A330 Family includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,300 orders. Over 1,100 A330 Family aircraft are flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics. With numerous on-going product enhancements entering service in the coming years, the A330 Family remains the most cost-efficient and capable widebody aircraft, averaging operational reliability above 99 percent. These enhancements include the more capable 242 tonne take-off-weight variant (available for both the A330-200 and the A330-300), the A330 optimised for regional and domestic routes and the A330neo, The A330 belongs to the successful Airbus Widebody aircraft Family, which comprises the A330, A350 XWB and A380, and uniquely spans the 250 to over 500 seats segment.
242 tonne A330-300 enters final assembly_2  
06 November 2014 France

The first 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight A330-300 jetliner will be used for certification flight trials, with the second aircraft of this type planned for delivery to launch customer Delta Air Lines in the second quarter of 2015

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