The small and intimate First Class cabin is located in the plane’s nose, behind the cockpit and in front of the smaller one of the two Business Class cabins. [210][211], On 27 August 2019, an Air China A330-300 at Beijing Capital International Airport caught fire while at the gate. Finally, the ‘weird’ ottoman began to shine. [85] In 2012, Airbus expected the A330 to continue selling until at least 2020,[86] with the A350-900 expected to replace the A330-300. There were no TVs – simply no screens in the whole cabin. [108] Each wing also has a 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in) tall winglet instead of the wingtip fences found on earlier Airbus aircraft. [36], The wing-to-fuselage mating of the first A330, the tenth airframe of the A330 and A340 line, began in mid-February 1992. [44], Air Inter became the first operator of the A330, having put the aircraft into service on 17 January 1994 between Orly Airport, Paris, and Marseille. As a result, the aircraft could be 180 minutes (3 hours) of flying time from a diversionary airport during transoceanic services. Airbus hoped for five airlines to sign for both the A330 and A340, and on 12 May sent sale proposals to the most likely candidates, including Lufthansa and Swissair. [25], Similarly, Pratt & Whitney signed an agreement that covered the development of the A330-exclusive PW4168. This aircraft, coated with anti-corrosion paint, was rolled out on 31 March without its General Electric CF6-80E1 engines, which were installed by August. Air Senegal has taken delivery of its first A330-900 from Airbus’ production line in Toulouse. To get to Bangkok I flew Singapore Airlines, howeve… [191], On 15 March 2000, a Malaysia Airlines A330-300 suffered structural damage due to leaking oxalyl chloride, a corrosive chemical substance that had been improperly labeled before shipping. Introduction Booking Qantas Business Class. JAA and FAA certifications were expected by March the following year although approval by the JAA was delayed until April. [134], The A330-200 is a shortened, longer-range variant, which entered service in 1998 with Korean Air. The normal A330-200 undercarriage is used, but its attachment points are lower in the fuselage, thus requiring a distinctive blister fairing on the nose to accommodate the retracted nose gear. [41] The flight was designed to test autopilot response during a one-engine-off worst-case scenario with the centre of gravity near its aft limit. The -800 made its first flight on 6 November 2018, aiming for a mid-2019 type certification and delivery in the first half of 2020. The newly refurbished First Class cabin underlines Oman Air’s commitments to ongoing investment in the comfort of guests on-board. [206] On 7 October 2008, Qantas Flight 72, an A330-300, suffered a rapid loss of altitude in two sudden uncommanded pitch-down manoeuvres while 150 km (81 nmi) from the RAAF Learmonth air base in northwestern Australia. This is as the A340's two engines at each wing provide a more equal force distribution (engine weight) over the wing, while also the total engine weight counteracting moment is located more outboard with more engine weight located further outboard on the wing, hence the wing root bending moment with equal TOW is less on the A340-300 than on the A330-300. The flight lasted five hours and fifteen minutes during which speed, height, and other flight configurations were tested. ], Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era, "A330" and "A333" redirect here. [117] Instead of a conventional control yoke, the flight deck features side-stick controls, six main displays, and the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS), which covers navigation and flight displays, as well as the Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitor (ECAM). [163], The Airbus A330 MRTT is the Multi-Role Transport and Tanker (MRTT) version of the A330-200, designed for aerial refuelling and strategic transport. [88] The A330 became the first Airbus wide-body airliner to reach 1,000 deliveries, and the fourth wide-body to achieve the milestone after the Boeing 747, 767, and 777. Targeting a 2016 introduction, Airbus then estimated a market requirement for 2,700 freighters over 20 years, half of these mid-sized, including 900 conversions. Nuestros 14 aviones Airbus A330-300 y nuestros cuatro aviones Airbus A340-300 recientemente renovados ofrecen una comodidad y una seguridad de primera clase en vuelos de larga distancia. Each … Pursuing this goal, studies began in the early 1970s into derivatives of the A300. As of December 2020[update], A330 orders stood at 1,809 of which 1,511 had been delivered and 1,436 were in operation. Iran Air’s first new A330-200 jetliner – delivered in March 2017 – features a two-class cabin layout that seats 32 passengers in business and 206 in economy RwandAir’s first of two widebody A330 aircraft, received in September 2016, will be deployed on medium- and long-haul routes from the operator’s Kigali home base to destinations throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle-East Here's my opinion on a transatlantic flight Lufthansa Business Class flight aboard an Airbus A330, during COVID-19. It comes in a slightly staggered 2-2-2 configuration. Parties of 3 or more can book adjacent seats together. Another factor was the split preference of those within Airbus and, more importantly, those of prospective customers; twinjets were favoured in North America, quad-jets desired in Asia, and operators had mixed views in Europe. It impresses with wonderful interior design, especially on this sunny morning. In 1998, a newly delivered A330-200 was valued $94 million, rose over $100 million in 2005 but lowered at almost $75 million in 2019 as the market favours the -300 and the A330neo. The cause was traced to metal contamination in the engine's master chip. [173][174], In 1996 Airbus evaluated a 12-frame stretch which would be able to carry 380 passengers over almost 7,000 km (3,800 nmi), the -400, and a "super-stretch" using the A340-600's 22-frame stretch and powered by 400 kN (90,000 lbf) engines, the -600. In summary: I was positively surprised by the Hawaiian business class seat. Sign up to our daily aviation news digest. [136] The −200 is offered with three engine types similar to those found on the −300, namely the General Electric CF6-80E, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, or Rolls-Royce Trent 700. View seat details . There also is no storage area when settled into your seat – like none at all. [63][64] This marked the start of a four-month, 180-hour certification programme. [192], The type's second fatal and deadliest accident, and first while in commercial service, occurred on 1 June 2009 when Air France Flight 447, an A330-200 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean 640–800 km (350–430 nmi) northeast of the islands of Fernando de Noronha,[193] with no survivors. The A330 was Airbus's first airliner to offer a choice of three engines: the General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, or the Rolls-Royce Trent 700. The A330-300, the first variant, took its maiden flight in November 1992 and entered service with Air Inter in January 1994. Airbus A330: The Airbus A330 is a wide-bodied twin-engine aircraft produced by the European aircraft maker Airbus, designed as a medium or long-haul aircraft and developed to replace the A300-600R and to give the Boeing 767-300ER a run for its money. Title: Airbus A330-300 seat map Created Date: 12/19/2016 3:52:07 PM The A330 is the most modern and reliable family of aircraft in the sky, providing a quality solution for every route. The Airbus A330neo ("neo" for "New Engine Option") is a wide-body jet airliner developed by Airbus from the Airbus A330 (now A330ceo – "Current Engine Option"). In November 2012, it was announced that the gross weight was to be further increased to 242 t with the range extended by 350 nmi (650 km; 400 mi) over the 238 t version. [162] This review is the last in a series of flights between Sydney and Barcelona. The A330 MRTT was proposed as the EADS/Northrop Grumman KC-45 for the US Air Force's KC-X competition, but lost to the Boeing KC-46 in appeal after an initial win. As a result, Cathay Pacific self-suspended its 120-minute ETOPS clearance. The version would have a strengthened wing and additional fuel capacity from a 41,600-litre (11,000 US gal) centre section fuel tank. [118][119] Apart from the flight deck, the A330 also has the fly-by-wire system common to the A320 family, the A340, the A350, and the A380. This Airbus A330-300 (333) seats 293 passengers and is primarily used on International routes. On 24 August 2001, Air Transat Flight 236, an A330-200, developed a fuel leak over the Atlantic Ocean due to an incorrectly installed hydraulic part and was forced to glide for over 15 minutes to an emergency landing in the Azores. ILFC would take 10 if it was launched and CIT was interested too. It is complemented by the larger Airbus A350 XWB which succeeded the A340. [13], The first specifications for the TA9 and TA11, aircraft that could accommodate 410 passengers in a one-class layout, emerged in 1982. Follow these easy steps to disable AdBlock, Follow these easy steps to disable AdBlock Plus, Follow these easy steps to disable uBlock Origin, Follow these easy steps to disable uBlock, Try Mighty Travels Premium for free for 30 days, Mighty Travels Premium for free for 30 days, This article is sponsored by Mighty Travels Premium, What To Expect From Alaska Airlines In 2021, Amazing: Easter Weekend In Las Vegas Under $600 In JetBlue Mint From Boston, How American Airlines Became The World’s Largest Airbus A320 Family Operator. A two-wheel nose undercarriage and two four-wheel bogie main legs built by Messier-Dowty support the aeroplane on the ground. [38], The first completed A330 was rolled out on 14 October 1992, with the maiden flight following on 2 November. [207] It was later determined that the incident, which caused 106 injuries, 14 of them serious, was the result of a design flaw of the plane's Air Data Inertial Reference Unit and a limitation of the aircraft's flight computer software. The A330 is the most modern and reliable family of aircraft in the sky, providing a quality solution for every route. Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 Seat: 2A (First Class) At the forward door I was greeted by the service manager and one of the first class flight attendants, and escorted to my seat. You can find parts removed from our own A320, A330, A340, 737, 747, and 757 aircraft. [56] The A330-200's first customer was ILFC; these aircraft were leased by Canada 3000, who became the type's first operator. [91][92] In February 2016, Airbus announced that it will re-increase the production rate from 6 to 7 per month, as response to new A330 orders. 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Emirates has two versions of the A330: one with three classes (first, business and economy) and one with two -- just business and economy. [145], As of December 2020,[update] Airbus had delivered 38 aircraft with no outstanding orders. It competes with the Boeing 767 and smaller variants of the Boeing 777 and the 787. [69] The increased efficiency, however, comes more from the installation of more seats than any weight reduction. [175], In February 2000, the 250-seat A330-100 replacement for the A300/A310 could be launched by year end for 2003 deliveries. [201] On 24 July 2001, two unoccupied SriLankan Airlines A330s were destroyed amid an attack on Bandaranaike International Airport, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. [152] [56], A new vertical stabiliser was introduced in 2004 beginning with MSN 555. [2] The 2018 list price is $238.5 million. [115] When necessary, the A330 uses the Honeywell 331–350C auxiliary power unit (APU) to provide pneumatics and electrical power. Please Support us by turning off your adblocker. Then the company began development on the A330 twinjet in parallel with the A340 quadjet and launched both designs with their first orders in June 1987. [184], By 2012, the 830 A330 in service with over 90 operators had accumulated five million revenue flights and 20 million flight hours, with a dispatch reliability above 99%. This issue was the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed an Air France A340-200 in January 1994. The A330 seats 278 and the seating configuration in the Main Cabin is 2-4-2, and, maybe most important, everyone gets a personal LCD touch-screen monitor. Focus Taiwan reports that Starlux Airlines will be putting a first class on its upcoming Airbus A350 aircraft. [32] At 60.3 m (200 ft), the wingspan is similar to that of the larger Boeing 747-200, but with 35 percent less wing area. The market was lukewarm as airlines like Lufthansa, Hapag-Lloyd and Singapore Airlines were unimpressed by the long-range A330-500, favouring a more refined short-range design. Keep an eye out for newer versions of the A330 in the coming years. [74] Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza developed a redesigned lubrication system to resolve the problem. Delta’s A330-300s feature 34 business class seats in a reverse herringbone configuration. [151] Try Mighty Travels Premium for free for 30 days and learn how you can travel in business class and stay in 5-star hotels for very little. That’s why the -300 has 10 windows extra. On the Airbus A330, Finnair has an unusual [2/1]-2-1 layout in business class, which is split into two sections, a front one with seven rows and a back one with three, which are divided by … It offers a range of 15,400 km (8,300 nmi) with 50 passengers. [63][65] The first delivery was subsequently made to the Etihad Airways cargo division, Etihad Cargo, in July 2010. 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