Airbus A330-300 General
Airbus A330-300
Long range airliner
Unit Cost
US$ 139.6 - 145.5 million
Main Operator
Northwest Airlines

Airbus A330-300

Airbus A330-300 Program Milestones
June 5, 1987
First Flight
November 2, 1992
First delivery
December 30, 1993
Launch Customer
Air Inter
Airbus A330-300 Aircraft Dimensions
Cross Section
18 feet 6 inch (5,64 m)
Wing Span
197 feet 10 inch (60,30 m)
208 feet 7 inch (63.58 m)
55 feet 3 inch (16.84 m)

Airbus A330-300 Weights
Maximum Taxi Weight
Max Take-off Weight
513,675 lb (233,000 kg)
Max Landing Weight
412,265 lb (187,000 kg)
Max Zero Fuel Weight
385,810 lb (175,000 kg)
Operating Empty Weight
275,800 lb (125,100 kg)
Max Structural Payload
105,600 lb (47,900 kg)

Airbus A330-300 Performance
Cruising Speed
Mach 0.82
Maximum Speed
Mach 0.86
Service Ceiling
41,100 ft (2,530 m)
TO run at MTOW
8,550 ft (2,515 m)
Typical Range
5,600 nm (10,371 km)

Airbus A330-300 Seating
One Class
220 Passengers
Two Class
185 Passengers

Airbus A330-300 Powerplants

Example of the CF6-80E1

303-320 kN
303-320 kN
RR Trent 700
303-320 kN

Airbus A330-300

The Airbus A330-300 was developed simultaneously with the four-engined Airbus A340-200. It was launched on June 5, 1987, and flew for the first time more than five years later on November 2, 1992, powered by two GE engines. The first Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330-300 first flew on January 31, 1994. European and US type certification for both types, powered by GE CF6-80E1 engines, was obtained also simultaneously on October 21, 1993. Its first delivery to launch customer Air Inter occurred in December 1993 with entry into service following nearly a month later in January 1994. Certification of the type with Pratt & Whitney PW4164/4168 engines was obtained on June 2, 1994.

The A330 is, obviously, powered by two turbonfan engines mounted underneath each wing. Therefore, 120-minute ETOPS approval was granted in May 1994 with first ETOPS services across the Atlantic started in May 1994 by Aer Lingus. Further extensions of ETOPS to 180 minutes was granted on February 6, 1995 (GE engines), August 4, 1995 (Pratt & Whitney), and June 17, 1996 (Rolls-Royce).

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Airbus A330-300 Design

The design characteristics of the Airbus A330 family (comprising of the Airbus A330-200 and -300) are similar to the Airbus A340 family. Apart from two additional engines on the A340, the systems and avionics are pretty much the same.

Flight Controls

The Airbus A330 is equipped with an electronic flight control system (EFCS). Roll control is accomplished by two individual outboard ailerons and five outboard spoiler panels on each wing. Pitch axis control is accomplished by a trimmable tailplane and seperate left and right elevators. The tailplane can also be mechanically controlled from the flight deck although fly-by-wire computer inputs are superimposed. The rudder is controlled by dual rudder pedals, with dual yaw damping inputs superimposed. High lift devices consist of full-span slats, flaps and aileron droop; speed braking and lift dumping is achieved by raising all six spoilers on each wing and together with all ailerons.

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Wings on both the A330 and A340 are almost identical except for those installed on the latter which are strengthened in the area of the outboard engine pylon together with appropriate modification of leading-edge slats 4 and 5. A common fuselage is shared by all initial versions, except in overall length. Construction is generally similar to that of the Airbus A310 and A300-600 except for the centre-section.


The aircraft is flown by a crew of two on the flight deck. Passenger seating is configured typically in a six-abreast in first class, six-abreast in business class and eight-abreast in economy class, all with twin aisles. The Airbus A330 is certified to carry a total 375 passengers in a fuselage configured with three pairs of Type A and one pair of Type 1 emergency exits, or 379 passengers with four pairs of Type A exists.


Hamilton Sundstrand GTCP 331-350C APU.


The avionics suite consists of the Airbus Future Air Navigation System (FANS-A), comprising Smith's Industries digital control and display system linked to the Honeywell Flight Management System (FMS) and can be retrofitted to all A330's and A340's.


The A330 is powered by two turbonfan engines. There is a variety of engines that can be installed underneath the aircraft. The initial application was the General Electric GE CF6-80E1A2 (64,530 lbf), with the CF6-80E1A4 (64,600 lbf) available on the longer-range version. Alternative engines comprise the GE CF6-80E1A3 (68,530 lbf), the PW4168/A (68,600 lbf), the R-R Trent 772-60/772B-60A (71,100 lbf), the PW4164 (64,500 lbf) and the Trent 768-60 (67,500 lbf).

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Airbus A330 Versions

Airbus A330-200 The Airbus A330-200 is an extended range version of the Airbus A330-300. It was launched on November 24, 1995, and is about 10 frames shorter than its predecessor. It can carry 253 passengers in a typical three class configuration over a distance of about 6,650 nautical miles. The aircraft first flew on August 13, 1997, and was followed by its public debut at the Dubai Air Show in November that same year. First user of the -200 was Canada 3000 who took delivery of its first aircraft on May 29, 1998.
Airbus A330-300

The Airbus A330-300 is the baseline version of the A330 family. It can seat up to 295 passengers in a typical three class configuration. Since October 1993 it is offered with a payload increase of 15,432 lb as well as an increased Maximum Take-Off Weight of 478,400 lb available from November 1995. The first A330-300 was delivered on December 30, 1993, and entered commercial service with Air Inter on January 17, 1994.

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