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Airbus A330

Read about the Airbus A330 family and the specifications and features of A330ceo and A330neo jets.

About the Airbus A330

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The Airbus A330 is a wide body twin-engine jet airliner that was created by Airbus. The Airbus A330 has over ten variants (passenger, cargo and military), all of which make up the Airbus A330 family. Aircraft within the Airbus A330 family are usually used on flights that are either medium-haul or long-haul and can carry up to 440 passengers or 70 tonnes of cargo.

The original Airbus A330 model was the A330-300, which flew its first flight in 1992 and started commercial operations in 1994. In 1998, the Airbus A330-200 was created, which was a shorter variant of the plane. Together, the A330-300 and A330-200 are referred to as the A330ceo (current engine operation), these jets are currently being replaced by updated versions A330-800 and A330-900, which are collectively known as the A330neo (new engine option).

 

Technical Spec of the A330 Family

 

Airbus A330-300

Range 11,750 km
Length 63.66 mm
Height 16.79 m
Wing Span 60.30 m
Track 10.68 m
Wheelbase 25.38 m
Max. Cabin Width 5.26 m
Cabin Length 50.36 m
Max Ramp Weight 242.90 tonnes
Max. Fuel Capacity 139.090 litres
Max. Take-Off Weight 242.00 tonnes
Max. Landing Weight 187.00 tonnes
Max. Zero Fuel Weight 175.00 tonnes
Max. Possible Passenger Seats 440
Typical Seating 3-Class 250–290

 

 

Airbus A330-200

Range 13,450 km
Length 58.82 m
Height 17.39 m
Wing Span 60.30 m
Track 10.68 m
Wheelbase 22.18 m
Max. Cabin Width 5.26 m
Cabin Length 45.00 m
Max Ramp Weight 242.90 tonnes
Max. Fuel Capacity 139.090 litres
Max. Take-Off Weight 242.00 tonnes
Max. Landing Weight 182.00 tonnes
Max. Zero Fuel Weight 170.00 tonnes
Max. Possible Passenger Seats 406
Typical Seating 3-Class 210–250

 

 

Airbus A330-800

Range 15,100 km
Length 58.82 m
Height 17.39 m
Wing Span 64 m
Track 10.68 m
Wheelbase 22.18 m
Max. Cabin Width (Main Deck) 5.26 m
Cabin Length 45.00 m
Max Ramp Weight 251.90 m
Max. Fuel Capacity 139.090 litres
Max. Take-Off Weight 251.00 tonnes
Max. Landing Weight 186.0 tonnes
Max. Zero Fuel Weight 176 tonnes
Max. Possible Passenger Seats 406
Typical Seating 3-Class 220–260

 

 

Airbus A330-900

Range 13,400 km
Length 63.66 m
Height 16.79 m
Wing Span 64 m
Track 10.68 m
Wheelbase 25.38 m
Max. Cabin Width 5.26 m
Cabin Length 50.36 m
Max Ramp Weight 251.90 tonnes
Max. Fuel Capacity 139.090 litres
Max. Take-Off Weight 251.00 tonnes
Max. Landing Weight 191.0 tonnes
Max. Zero Fuel Weight 181.00 tonnes
Max. Possible Passenger Seats 440
Typical Seating 3-Class 260–300

Features of the A330

Extra space

The Airbus A330neo gives passengers a minimum seat-width of 17" (Economy Class), with more width in Comfort Economy and Premium Economy and significantly more in Business/First. Additionally, the neo jets give 66% more room in the overhead baggage compartments.

The flight crew rest area on the Airbus A330neo is located on the lower deck of the aircraft, giving more space to passengers in the main cabins. 

In-flight entertainment

The A330neo uses the latest 4th generation in-flight entertainment system, with personalised LCD TV screens and a mix of the most recent and classic entertainment. The A330neo also has fully WIFI enabled, meaning that passengers can keep up with life on the ground by checking emails and their social media channels through their own personal devices. 

Versatility

The Airbus A330 is able to fly any route between 20 minutes and 17 hours, without stopping. This makes it one of the most versatile wide body aircraft in the world.

The plane also offers a number of different cabin classes (differing for each airline), that includes Economy, Comfort Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class. This gives passengers the option to choose a cabin with a service/price balance that's good for them.

Eco-friendly

The Airbus A330neo uses new materials including titanium pylon and composite nacelle. As a result, the Airbus A330neo is expected to burn 25% less fuel than its previous generation competitors. 

Stylish

The A330 cabin is carefully and sleekly designed. The latest generation featured LED mood lighting and smart design.

Hygenic

Toilets on the Airbus A330 feature antibacterial surfaces and touchless technology that stops germs from spreading throughout the cabin.

 

Which airlines use the A330?

There are many different airlines worldwide that use Airbus A330 family aircraft to fly. From Avianca in South America to Alitalia Europe to Etihad Airways in the Middle East and Libyan Airlines in Africa. The airline that currently uses the most Airbus A330 aircraft is Turkish Airlines, with 68 jets within its fleet.

Here's a list of all airlines with Airbus A330 aircraft, as of August 2019

AIRLINE NO. OF A330s
Aer Lingus 13
Aeroflot 22
Aerolineas Argentinas 10
Afriqiyah Airways 3
Aigle Azur 2
Air Algérie 8
AirAsia X 36
AirCalin 2
Air Canada 10
Air Caraïbes 6
Air China 59
Air Europa 12
Air France 15
Air Greenland 1
Air Hong Kong 1
Air Italy 5
Air Leisure 3
Air Mauritius 2
Air Namibia 2
Air Serbia 1
Air Transat 20
Alitalia 14
Almasria Universal Airlines 1
American Airlines 24
Asiana Airlines 15
ASL Airlines 5
AtlasGlobal 3
Avianca 9
Azores Airlines 1
Azul Brazilian Airlines 8
Brussels Airlines 19
Beijing Capital Airlines 11
Berkut 1
Cathay Dragon 26
Cathay Pacific 32
Cebu Pacific 8
China Airlines 23
China Eastern 54
China Southern 47
Corsair 4
Czech Airlines 1
Delta Air Lines 42
Edelweiss Air 2
EgyptAir 11
Etihad Airways 24
European Air Transport 5
EVA Air 12
Evelop Airlines 4
Fiji Airways 6
Finnair 8
Garuda Indonesia 24
Getjet Airlines 1
Gulf Air 6
Hainan Airlines 34
Hawaiian Airlines 24
Hi Fly 2
Hi Fly Malta 1
Hong Kong Airlines 21
Iberia 24
I-Fly 8
Iran Air 2
Iraqi Airways 1
Jordan Aviation 1
KLM 13
Korean Air 29
Kuwait Airways 5
Libyan Airlines 3
Lion Air 3
Lucky Air 4
Lufthansa 15
Malaysia Airlines 24
Middle East Airlines 5
MNG Airlines 1
Nepal Airlines 2
Nordwind Airlines 2
Oman Air 11
Onur Air 11
Openskies 2
Orbest 1
Philippine Airlines 15
Qantas 28
Qatar Airways 34
RwandAir 2
Saudia 32
Scandinavian Airlines 9
Shaheen Air 2
Shanghai Airlines 2
Shenzhen Airlines 6
Sichuan Airlines 13
Singapore Airlines 16
South African Airways 11
SriLankan Airlines 14
SunExpress Deutschland 7
SWISS 14
TAME 1
TAP Air Portugal 18
Thai Airways 17
Thai Lion Air 3
Tianin Airlines 6
Tibet Airlines 5
Tunisair 2
Turkish Airlines 68
Vietnam Airlines 2
Virgin Atlantic 14
Virgin Australia 6
Wamos Air 7
Windrose Airlines 1
XL Airways France 4

 

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FAQs

How many Airbus A330 are there in service?

As of September 2019, there are 1,403 Airbus A330 in service. This includes 619 A330-200s and 746 A330-300s. This number is expected to rise by over 250 in 2020 with the delivery of the Airbus A330neo jets. 

How much does Airbus A330 cost?

The price of the Airbus A330 varies depending on the variation of the model and the design weights and engine choices. Here's an average price list:

  • Airbus A330-300 — $264.2 million USD
  • Airbus A330-200 — $238.5 million USD
  • Airbus A330-800 — $259.9 million USD
  • Airbus A330-900 — $317.4 million USD

How many passengers does the Airbus A330 carry?

The maximum number of passengers that the Airbus A330 can carry is 440. Both the Airbus A330-300 and Airbus A330-900 can carry up to 440 passengers, whereas the A330-200 and A330-800 can carry up to 406 passengers.

However, the number of seats that are actually on aircraft will depend on the airline that uses the aircraft and the cabin class layout that they choose. 

Is the Airbus A330 safe?

The Airbus A330 is a very safe aircraft, it undertakes regular safety checks and has been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Because of its wing design, you can sometimes feel turbulence on the Airbus A330 more than you would on some other planes. However, turbulence relates to discomfort rather than safety and the Airbus A330 is still extremely safe.