June 09, 2007

Airbus A330

Airbus A330-200 thumbnail imageThe Airbus A330 is a large-capacity, wide-body, medium to long range commercial passenger airliner. It was developed at the same time as the four-engined Airbus A340.

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

The A330's fuselage and wings are virtually identical to those of the smaller A340 variants, although it has different engines. The A330 basic fuselage design is inherited from the Airbus A300, as is the nose/cockpit section and the fly-by-wire system and flightdeck from the A320. Both the A330 and A340 are assembled on the same final assembly line at Toulouse-Blagnac, France.

By the end of February 2007, a total of 680 A330 had been ordered and 459 delivered.

Airbus A330-200 image

TAP (Air Portugal) Airbus A330-200, registration CS-TOE, landing at London Heathrow Airport.
Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in May 2006.

Source: Wikipedia

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