2 x 71,100 lbs. ea.
293 (2 class)
192 ft. 11 in.
197 ft. 10 in.
The Airbus A330 uses the same fuselage for six aircraft variants. Pilots who fly the family of aircraft will find nearly identical cockpits and controls in all of the aircraft.
The benefit of the common Airbus A330 design is to minimize expenses while maximizing profits. This is accomplished because Airbus A330 aircraft are designed to operate on routes from regional to international. Sharing the same fuselage keeps aircraft production costs down. Having identical cockpits keeps the cost of pilot training down.
Fly by wire controls, activated by jet fighter-like side sticks, keep the Airbus A330 stable and lower the chance of pilot fatigue. Cockpits are all glass and equipped with the most advanced avionics.
While the 18.5 foot wide airframe offers high passenger comfort, the lower deck cargo areas can carry cargo pallets and containers. The ability to accommodate up to twice the cargo of similar size aircraft makes the Airbus A330 profitable as freight transports when they can not be flying passengers.
The aircraft cabin is the highest in its class. This allows for additional overhead storage capacity and easier access. Airbus tells us that the average interior noise levels in their A330 aircraft are fifty percent quieter than other similar aircraft.
Composites used in Airbus A330 construction reduce corrosion, keep overall weight to a minimum, and provide a strong airframe and wings.
The wings of the Airbus A330 are made to distribute lift evenly over their entire area. This keeps their weight down while providing positive aircraft control from minimal takeoff and landing speeds up to high cruising speeds.
Less drag and weight for the engines to overcome mean greater fuel economy. This translates to lower operating costs.
To date over 1,400 Airbus A330 aircraft of all types have been produced. Over 60 airlines are using them around the world.
Master builder Peter Michel and friends with the Airbus A330 from Rauch-Airliner.com. It has a wingspan of 148″ and a length of 157″. Weight is about 42 lbs. For power it needs a pair of at least 17 lb. ea. thrust turbines.
The Airbus A330 from the Mes-Avions-rc.net has a 148 1/2″ wingspan with a length of 156″. Power comes from a pair of JetCat P80 turbines.