Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
20 July 2010
5 November 2009
Also Known As: A330F
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Description: The Airbus A330 is a twin-engine, wide-body, long range airliner capable of carrying between 240 and 350 passengers over a range of 10,400 kilometers (5,600 nautical miles). It provides a high degree of comfort thanks to its spacious layout. The first ever A330 airliner, an A330-300 model, entered service in 1994. Externally, the A330 is similar to the Airbus A340 excepting for the number of engines because both were developed simultaneously by Airbus to meet the requirements of extended and long range commercial aviation in the 200- to 400-seat category. The A330/340 family features optimized performance and design for lower operating costs.
The A330 airliner family currently can be powered by Rolls Royce's Trent 700, General Electric's CF6-80E1 or Pratt & Whitney's PW4000 turbofan engines. In addition to its seating capacity, the A330 airliner can transport cargo (pallets or/and containers) thanks to its voluminous underfloor holds. The cargo capacity is very appreciated because generates additional revenues for the airline. In fact, some airlines have operated the A330 as a freighter with cargo and no passengers onboard at overnight flights. Airbus has also developed a dedicated freighter variant and a conversion program for existing A330 passenger aircraft.
The Airbus A330-200F is a freighter variant derivative of the successful A330-200 airliner. Airbus' Board of Directors approved the commercial launch of this new member for the A330/A340 aircraft family in the summer 2006. This freighter offers a variety of payload and range modes according to the route and its flexible interior allows for a wide range of pallet and container sizes. For example, the A330-200F would carry a 64 metric tons cargo over 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometers) or 69 metric tons up to 3,200 nautical miles (5,930 kilometers) on non-stop routes.
On January 15, 2007, US-based Intrepid Leasing signed a letter of intent for 20 A330-200Fs. The first aircraft delivery was expected in early 2010. On January 16, 2007, India-based Flyington Freighters Ltd placed the first firm order with Airbus for six A330-200Fs becoming thus the launch customer for the aircraft type. The first delivery is due in the second half of 2009. Following these two commitments, EADS' Board of Directors proceed with the industrial launch on January 17, 2007.
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