Airbus 330 General Information

The Airbus A330 is a twin-engine wide-body passenger jet made by Airbus, a division of EADS. The versions of the A330 have a range from 7,400 to 13,430 kilometers (4,000 to 7,250 nmi) with a capacity for 335 passengers in a two-class configuration or carry 70 tons (150,000 pounds) of cargo.
The origin of the A330 dates to the 1970s as one of several derivatives designed first Airbus airliner, the A300. The A330 has been developed in parallel with the A340, which share many common cell components, but differ in the number of engines. Both aircraft built fly-by-wire flight control technology, first introduced by Airbus with the A320 and six A320 screen glass cockpit. In June 1987, after receiving orders from several customers, Airbus launched the A330 and A340. The A330 was the first airliner Airbus offered with a choice of three engines: General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and Rolls-Royce Trent 700.
The A330-300, the first variant, had its first flight in November 1992 and entered passenger service with Air Inter in January 1994. In response to dwindling sales, Airbus went with the slightly shorter A330-200 variant in 1998, which has proved more popular. Subsequently developed A330 freighter variants include a dedicated, the A330-200F, and a military tanker aircraft, the A330 MRTT. The A330 MRTT was the basis of the proposed KC-45, KC-X entered the U.S. Air Force competition with Northrop Grumman, where after an initial victory in the Boeing tanker appeal lost.
Since its launch, the A330 has allowed Airbus to expand the market share of widebody aircraft. Airlines have chosen the A330 as a replacement for trijets less economic and bioreactors compared to rivals. Boeing has offered variants of 767 and 777 as competitors, along with the 787, which entered service in late 2011. Airbus A350 will also unveil the airliner market widebody. From September 2011, the A330 order book stood at 1,174, of which 812 had been delivered. The largest operator is Cathay Pacific with both aircraft A330-200 and -300 models. The A330 is expected to continue the sale of at least 2015.


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