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The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus.

 

Airbus A-330 Wide-body

The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus. Versions of the A330 have a range of 5,000 to 13,430 kilometres (2,700 to 7,250 nmi; 3,110 to 8,350 mi) and can accommodate up to 335 passengers in a two-class layout or carry 70 tonnes (154,000 lb) of cargo.

 

The A330's origin dates to the mid-1970s as one of several conceived derivatives of Airbus's first airliner, the A300. The A330 was developed in parallel with the four-engine A340, which shared many common airframe components but differed in number of engines. Both airliners incorporated fly-by-wire flight control technology, first introduced on an Airbus aircraft with the A320, as well as the A320's six-display glass cockpit. In June 1987, after receiving orders from various customers, Airbus launched the A330 and A340. The A330 was Airbus's first airliner that offered a choice of three engine types: General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, and Rolls-Royce Trent 700.

The A330-300, the first variant, took its maiden flight in November 1992 and entered passenger service with Air Inter in January 1994. Airbus followed up with the slightly shorter A330-200 variant in 1998. Subsequently-developed A330 variants include a dedicated freighter, the A330-200F, a military tanker, the A330 MRTT, and a corporate jet, ACJ330. The A330 MRTT formed the basis of the proposed KC-45, entered into the US Air Force's KC-X competition with Northrop Grumman, where after an initial win, on appeal lost to Boeing's tanker.

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From the beginning of the TA9's development, a choice of engines from the three major engine manufacturers, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, and GE Aviation, was planned.[24] GE Aviation first offered the CF6-80C2. However, later studies indicated that more thrust was needed to increase the initial power capability from 267 to 289 kN (60,000 to 65,000 lbf).[25] GE enlarged the CF6-80C2 fan from 236 to 244 centimetres (92.9 to 96.1 in) to create the CF6-80E1, increasing the thrust to 300–320 kN (67,000–72,000 lbf).

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Airbus A330 Wide-body

The A330neo ("neo" for "New Engine Option") is a development from the initial A330 (now A330ceo - "Current Engine Option"). A new version with modern engines developed for the Boeing 787 was called for by owners of the current A330. It was launched in July 2014 at the Farnborough Airshow, promising 14% better fuel economy per seat. It will use exclusively the larger Rolls-Royce Trent 7000. Its two versions are based on the A330-200 and -300: the -800 should cover 7,500 nmi (13,900 km) with 257 passengers while the -900 should cover 6,550 nmi (12,130 km) with 287 passengers.

  • History

    Role Wide-body twin-engine jet airliner

    National origin Multi-national

    Manufacturer Airbus

    First flight 2 November 1992

    Introduction 17 January 1994 with Air Inter

  • Primary Users

    Status In service

    Primary users Turkish Airlines

    Air China

    China Eastern Airlines

    China Southern Airlines

  • General Info

    Number built1405 as of 31 May 2018

    Developed from Airbus A300

    Variants Airbus A330 MRTT

    EADS/Northrop Grumman KC-45

    Developed into Airbus A330neo

    Airbus Beluga XL

Airbus A330 Wide-body

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The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus. Versions of the A330 have a range of 5,000 to 13,430 kilometres (2,700 to 7,250 nmi; 3,110 to 8,350 mi) and can accommodate up to 335 passengers in a two-class layout or carry 70 tonnes (154,000 lb) of cargo.

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