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About the
Airbus A330

The Airbus A330 is a large capacity medium to long range airliner seating 250 to 400 passengers.
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During the 1980's Airbus had several further developments in mind for the A300 and A310. Two of the proposals were designated as TA9 and TA11 (TA=Twin Aisle). The four-engined TA11 later became the A340 and the TA9 with two engines the A330. Actually the two models were developed as two versions of one single aircraft type. In June 1987 Airbus Industrie took the decision to start developing both models.
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The Airbus A330 shares the same wing as the four-engined and heavier A340, with only minor differences. Most systems, airframe and flightdeck are nearly identical. The two-engined A330 was intended for medium range flights, the A340 for long range.
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The first version, the A330-300, made its first flight on 2 November 1992, later than the A340. Service entry was in January 1994 with French domestic airline Air Inter (now Air France).
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Airbus initially built one version, the A330-300 which has the same fuselage length as the A340-300. The A330-300 is the biggest Airbus twinjet. Later Airbus developed the shorter A330-200, with fewer seats but greater range than the -300. The A330-200 flew for the first time on 13 August 1997 and entered service with Canada 3000 in April 1998.
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The A330-200 appeared a successful competitor of Boeing's 767-300 and -400 in such a way that Boeing had to look for an alternative. That is why Boeing started developing the new 787.
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Airbus Industrie considers the development of the A330-200F, a cargo version as replacement for the A300-600F of which production ends in 2007.
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Airbus has studied a stretched version, the A330-400 and a further shortened variant, the A330-100. Instead of developing these versions, Airbus Industrie proposed a much improved derivative, the A350, as a Boeing 787 competitor. Later the A350 changed to A350XWB (Extra Wide Body), an all new aircraft with a wider fuselage diameter. The A350XWB cannot any more be considered as an A330-derivative.
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The A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) is a military aerial refueling and transport version of the A330-200. It is selected by the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Air Force and offered to the US Air Force as KC-30.


Airbus A330-200 Swiss Air Lines

Swiss Air Lines, formed out of regional airline Crossair after the collapse of Swissair in 2001, took over the A330-200 fleet of its predecessor.



Airbus A330-200 Corsair

The French airline Corsair is a small operator of the A330-200. The aircraft on the picture is leaving the runway after landing at Paris Orly Airport.



Airbus A330-200 KLM

One of the latest users of the Airbus A330-200 is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The aircraft is photographed at KLM's homebase Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.



Airbus A330-200 Corsair

Iberworld is a small Spanish airline operating Airbus A320s and A330s. The picture shows an approaching A330-200.






Airbus A330 Northwest Airlines
A Northwest Airlines Airbus A330-300 approaches Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.



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