Airbus A330

Airbus A330 | London Gatwick | Burgess Hill

The Airbus A330 is a large-capacity medium-to-long-range, wide-body twin-engine jet airliner with some versions having a range of 13,430 kilometres (7,250 nautical miles or 8,300 statute miles), which is about the same distance as flying from London to Chicago and back. It can accommodate up to 335 passengers in a two-class layout or carry 70 tonnes (150,000 lb) of cargo. The A330 dates back to the 1970’s as one of the derivatives of the A300 Airbus were already producing. It was developed at the same time as the A340 which shares many common airframe components however has two engines instead of four. They were both launched in June 1987 and were the first aircraft to be offered with three different engine options. The first flight took place in November 1992 and the maiden flight was with Air Inter in January 1994 with an A330-300.

The A330 incorporates the fly by wire flight control system which was first rolled out on the A320 as well as the glass cockpit flight deck instrumentation system. Airbus delivered the 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific Airways in July 2013 with the average aircraft cost at about £216-240 million each!

Airbus is expected to continue selling the A330 until at least 2020. As of October 2013 the A330's order book stands at 1,266, of which 1,016 have been delivered making it one of the most popular long haul jets Airbus Produce. It’s proved so popular in fact, that the new A350 was initially going to be produced as an “A330 Light” However Airbus has now decided to produce it as a separate entity to the A330 family. Both aircraft share a great deal of commonality; so much so that most Aviation Authorities have given “Grandfather Rights” to existing A330 pilots to fly the new A350 without having to go through another training course.

London Gatwick (Crawley) - Full Motion Level D: Airbus A330/340

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