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DAY 3

DAY 3

UP CLOSE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST FLOWN WIDEBODY

Since the 1990s, the versatile A330 has carried over 1 billion people

When Peter Sutch, Cathay Pacific’s then Managing Director, placed an order for 10 A330s in July 1989, he could not have imagined just how important this new wide-body plane would be.

By 2011, when Cathay Pacific placed their thirteenth order, this time for 15 A330s, the versatile plane had grown into a whole family of aircraft, and the best-selling wide-body, ever.


“What does the A330 do? It does anything.”

Crawford Hamilton, Head of A330 Marketing in Toulouse, France.

Question: True or false: “The A330 has…”
Flown for nearly 6,000 years...
Carried 13 hippos…
Carried 16% of the world’s population…
Connected cities 30km and 11,150km apart
Flies to bring together people who are apart… and to bring aircraft parts together…

The well-loved plane owes its versatility to pioneering principles developed by engineers at Airbus. Ever since its first aircraft programme, Airbus has taken commonality to a new level, making systems and parts highly interchangeable so that operations, pilot training and maintenance is more standardised and less expensive.

Commonality means new versions of planes grow like a family. The A330 family includes different weight options that make it efficient for short and medium-haul flying, as well as a freighter version, a Multi Role Tanker Transport, a corporate jet... and the head-turning BelugaXL. 

The A330neo, launched in 2014 and delivered to its first customer in 2018, brought further fuel savings, improved aerodynamics, and unbeatable comfort to the mid-sized wide-body.

THE MOMENT TWO SIGNATURES MADE EUROPE FLY

THE MOMENT TWO SIGNATURES MADE EUROPE FLY

France and Germany commit to the A300 programme

SURF THE SKIES WITH PERLAN

SURF THE SKIES WITH PERLAN

Glider conducts research at the edge of space

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