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The Airbus A330 Project Origins
After entered the aircraft manufacturing market with the A300 and its successor the A310, introducing groundbreaking technologies as fly-by-wire, and mastering production of short haul planes with the A320 family Airbus decided in the '80s that it was time to try to produce a long haul jet.
The long haul jet Airbus initially bet on was the A340, a quad-jet, which would be able to fly where twin-jets were still not able to due to ETOPS limitations. However it soon became clear that ETOPS regulations were to rapidly change. Something Boeing had picked up on with the Boeing 777, but Airbus hadn't quite as much.
Once it became clear that this was the case Airbus moved to adjust its design to fit only 2 engines instead of the initial 4. The 2 engine version of the project became the A330. That is the reason why the A330ceo and the A340 look so much alike.
Which A330 Variants Exist?
- ceo Models
- neo Models
When did the Airbus A330 First Fly?
The Airbus A330 after its phase of design and development finally took to the skies on November 2nd 1992. On that date the airliner flew its first test flight. However it only entered service 14 months later with its first commercial flight on January 17th 1994.
Who Was The A330 Launch Customer?
Which are the A330 Main Operators
- China Eastern Airlines (China)
- Air China (China)
- Turkish Airlines (Turkey)
- Delta Air Lines (USA)
- Korean Air (Korea)
- Hainan Airlines (China)
- Saudia (Saudi Arabia)
- Iberia (Spain)
- Qantas (Australia)
- Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia)