28 Facts About Airbus A330


Airbus A330 is a wide-body aircraft developed and produced by Airbus.

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Airbus A330 conceived several derivatives of the A300, its first airliner in the mid-1970s.

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The global Airbus A330 fleet had accumulated more than 60 million flight hours since its entry into service.

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The Airbus A330 is the third most delivered wide-body airliner after the Boeing 777 and Boeing 747.

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Airbus A330 then focused its efforts on single-aisle studies, conceiving a family of airliners later known as the Airbus A330 A320 family, the first commercial aircraft with digital fly-by-wire controls.

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Airbus A330 ultimately found that most potential customers favoured four engines for their exemption from existing twinjet range restrictions and their ability to be ferried with one inactive engine.

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Airbus A330 had developed a common cockpit for their aircraft models to allow quick transition by pilots.

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Airbus A330 briefly considered the variable camber wing, a concept that requires changing the wing profile for a given phase of flight.

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Airbus A330 estimated this would yield a two per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, but the feature was rejected because of cost and difficulty of development.

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Airbus A330 issued subcontracts to companies in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, the United States, and the former Yugoslavia.

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Air Inter became the first operator of the Airbus A330, having put the aircraft into service on 17 January 1994 between Orly Airport, Paris, and Marseille.

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The first customer for the Airbus A330 Regional was announced as Saudia at the 2015 Paris Air Show.

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In December 2014, Airbus announced that it would reduce A330 production to nine aircraft per month from ten, because of falling orders.

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In February 2015, Airbus A330 announced another production rate cut to six aircraft per month in the first quarter of 2016.

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In February 2016, Airbus announced it would re-increase the production rate from 6 to 7 per month, in response to new A330 orders.

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In 2019, Airbus delivered 53 A330s, including some delayed from 2018, and was set to reach a rate of 40 per year, to reflect softer demand for wide-bodies, as the backlog reached 331 - or 8.

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In September 2020, the A330 reached a milestone of 1500 deliveries, Airbus's first twin-aisle aircraft to do so, and the third overall after the Boeing 747 and 777.

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Airbus A330 is a medium-size, wide-body aircraft, with two engines suspended on pylons under the wings.

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Apart from the flight deck, the Airbus A330 has the fly-by-wire system common to the A320 family, the A340, the A350, and the A380.

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Airbus intended the A330 to compete in the Extended-range Twin-engine Operation Performance Standards market, specifically with the Boeing 767.

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Airbus suggested that the A340 and the A330 were essentially identical except for their engine number, and that the A340's experience could be applied to the A330's ETOPS approval.

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In mid-2012, Airbus proposed another increase of the maximum gross weight to 240 t It is planned to be implemented by mid-2015.

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Airbus A330 is planning to activate the central fuel tank for the first time for the -300 model.

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In mid-2012, Airbus proposed another version of the -200 with the maximum gross weight increased by 2 t to 240 t This version had its range extended by 270 nmi and carried 2.

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Airbus A330 started design of a replacement aircraft for the Beluga in November 2014.

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In July 2009, Airbus advised A330 and A340 operators to replace Thales pitots with equivalents manufactured by Goodrich.

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Two hijackings involving the Airbus A330 have resulted in one fatality, namely the hijacker of Philippine Airlines Flight 812 on 25 May 2000, who jumped out of the aircraft to his death.

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On 15 July 2014, a Libyan Airlines Airbus A330 was severely damaged in the fighting in Libya and sustained bullet holes in the fuselage.

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