With the exciting addition of a new route to Munich this month on Lufthansa, we thought it would be fun to feature the plane that would be flying to and from this fabulous new destination as May's Aircraft of the Month.
Travellers will be whisked away to historic Munich in a spacious Airbus 330-300, a wide-body, twin-engine airliner. The A330 has many variants besides the -300, including a slightly shorter -200, a military tanker model (A330-MRTT) and a freighter model (A330 -200F) As of January 2013, 618 Airbus 330-300s had been ordered, 443 of which had been delivered, with 441 in operation. The 2011 list price is $222.5 million.
Operators: Besides Lufthansa there are too many to list! Most recent orders were made by Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines and Philippine Airlines. The primary users are Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Air China and Qatar Airways.
First Flight: November 1992, with Air Inter
Cockpit Crew: Two
Capacity: 440 passengers maximum
Cargo Capacity: 162.8 m3 (5,750 cu ft)
Length: 63.69 m (208 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 60.3 m (197 ft 10 in)
Tail Height: 16.83 m (55 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 361.6 m2 (3,892 sq ft)
Empty weight: 124,500 kg (274,000 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 240,000 kg (530,000 lb)
Maximum speed: Mach 0.86 (913 km/h or 493 kn; 567 mph at 11,000 m or 36,000 ft cruise altitude)
Cruise speed: Mach 0.82 (871 km/h or 470 kn; 541 mph at 11,000 m or 36,000 ft cruise altitude)
Range (fully loaded): 11,900 km (6,400 nmi)
Service ceiling: 12,527 m (41,100 ft)
Did You Know? The A330 was Airbus's first airliner that offered a choice of three engines: General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, and Rolls-Royce Trent 700.
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