Airbus A330 Spotting Guide


The Airbus A330 is a wide-body, twin-aisle derivative of Airbus's first airliner, the Airbus A300. The two-engine A330 was developed in parallel with the four-engine Airbus A340, and the two airliners share a number of common airframe, design, and operational components. 

Airbus A330 Variants

The A330-300, the first variant, first flew in November of 1992 and entered passenger service with Air Inter in January of 1994. The overall length of the A330-300 is 208' 10".

Airbus later developed the shorter A330-200 variant, ten fuselage frames shorter than the -300, in 1998. The length of the A330-200 is 193'. The -200 has a taller tail than the -300, and measures 57' in height.

Recent models include the A330-800 and A300-900, both in the Airbus "NEO family".

The A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is an aerial refuelling tanker aircraft based on the Airbus A330-200.

Since its launch, the A330 has allowed Airbus to expand market share in wide-body airliners. Competing twinjets include the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777, as well as the newer Boeing 787.

A330 Model Overall
Length
Overall
Height
Typical
Seating
Range
A330-200 193' 0" 57' 0" 247 7,250nm
A330-300 208' 10" 55' 3" 277 6,350nm
A330-800neo 193' 0" 57' 0" 257 7,500nm
A330-900neo 208' 10" 55' 3" 287 6,550nm


Airbus A330 Orders and Deliveries

Total Airbus A330 orders and deliveries are shown in the table below (through January 2020).

Airbus A330 Model Orders Deliveries
A330-200 (ceo) 660 640
A330-200F (ceo) 41 38
A330-300 (ceo) 785 770
A330-800 (neo) 14 0
A330-900 (neo) 323 45
TOTAL 1,823 1,493

 

Airbus A330 Spotting Tips

Airbus A330 spotter's guide: notched windshield window, two engines (one under each wing), one passenger deck the length of the fuselage, main landing gear fall to the rear, a "bulged' area between the wings, winglets, and a straight fuselage under the tail structure.
Airbus A330 spotter's guide: notched windshield window, two engines (one under each wing), one passenger deck the length of the fuselage, main landing gear fall to the rear, a "bulged' area between the wings, and a straight fuselage under the tail structure.

Comparison of the Airbus A330-200 (top) and A330-300 (bottom). The difference in the number of windows between the two forward fuselage doors can distinguish the two models. Typically, the -200 has 12 windows between the two doors, while the -300 has between 17-18 windows; window configuration does vary.
Comparison of the Airbus A330-200 (top) and A330-300 (bottom). The difference in the number of windows between the two forward fuselage doors can distinguish the two models.


In-flight side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A330-200 (top) and A330-300 (bottom). The tail structure is taller on the -200 than the -300.
In-flight side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A330-200 (top) and A330-300 (bottom)

Airbus A330-200F spotter's guide: the freighter version of the A330 features a large nose undercarriage "blister" to facilitate a level deck during cargo loading and unloading.
Airbus A330-200F spotter's guide: the freighter version of the A330 features a large nose undercarriage "blister" to facilitate a level deck during cargo loading and unloading

Airbus A330neo

The new A330neo family of jetliners incorporates the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with multiple aerodynamic improvements.

Airbus A330neo
Airbus A330neo (photo courtesy of Airbus)

With a range of 7,500 nautical miles, the A330-800neo typically will seat 257 passengers in three classes of service, while offering capacity for up to 406 travellers in a high-density configuration.

The A330-800neo retains the same overall length as the A330-200, i.e, 193'.

The extended-fuselage member of Airbus’ A330neo product line, the A330-900neo, can accommodate 287 seats in a typical three-class layout or up to 440 for high-density configurations. It incorporates the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic improvements including new composite Sharklet wingtip devices, as well as increased lift and reduced drag.

The A330-900neo retains the same overall length as the A330-300, i.e, 208' 10".

The first A330neo prototype, a A330-900neo, first flew on October 19, 2017 from Toulouse. A second A330-900neo and a A330-800neo will also participate in flight testing.

Shown below is a spotting guide for the Airbus A330neo
Spotting guide for the Airbus A330neo

 

Airbus A 330-900 neo (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Airbus A 330-900 neo F-WTTE

 

Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)

Boom configuration on an Airbus A330 MRTT
Boom configuration on an Airbus A330 MRTT

The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is an aerial refuelling tanker aircraft based on the civilian Airbus A330-200.

The A330 MRTT cabin can be modified to carry up to 380 passengers in a single class configuration, allowing a complete range of configurations from maximised troop transport to complex customisation suitable for VIP and guest missions. 

The MRTT can also be configured to perform Medical Evacuation (Medevac) missions; up to 130 standard stretchers can be carried. The main deck cargo configuration allows carriage of standard commercial containers and pallets, military, ISO and NATO pallets.

Standard commercial A330-200s are delivered from Airbus Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France to Airbus Military Conversion Centre in Getafe, Spain for fitting of refuelling pods, booms and and military avionics.

A total of 12 nations have placed firm orders for approximately 60 aircraft, of which 42 had been delivered by the end of January 2020.

French Air Force Airbus A330 MRTT Phénix, Registration F-UJCG (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
French Air Force Airbus A330 MRTT Phénix, Registration F-UJCG
French Air Force Airbus A330 MRTT Phénix, Registration F-UJCG
Airbus 330 MRTT of the UAE Air Force, No. 1302 (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Airbus 330 MRTT of the UAE Air Force, No. 1302 Airbus 330 MRTT of the UAE Air Force, No. 1302
Future A330 MRTT, MSN 1857, for Singapore Air Force, Registration EC-335, arriving for anti-corrosion paint in 2018 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Future A330 MRTT, MSN 1857, for Singapore Air Force, Registration EC-335, arriving for anti-corrosion paint in 2018

 

Side-by-Side Comparison of the Airbus A330 to Other Airliners

The chart below shows how similar the Airbus A300 (top) and the A330 (bottom) are in overall appearance. One significant difference is between the wings and under the fuselage. The A300 is flat under the fuselage, whereas the A330 features a bulge in that area.
The chart below shows how similar the Airbus A300 and the A330 are in overall appearance. One significant difference is between the wings and under the fuselage. The A300 is smooth under the fuselage, whereas the A330 features a bulge in that area.

Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A330 (top) and A340 (bottom)
Side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A330 (top) and A340 (bottom)

Airbus A330 (bottom) and Boeing 767 (top) main landing gear differences
Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 spotting guide


Airbus A330-200 Photographs

Airbus A330-223, F-RARF, of the French Air Force, for the Presidency of the French Republic (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Airbus A330-223, F-RARF, of the French Air Force, for the Presidency of the French Republic
Airbus A330-223, F-RARF, of the French Air Force, for the Presidency of the French Republic Airbus A330-223, F-RARF, of the French Air Force, for the Presidency of the French Republic


US Airways Airbus A330-200
US Airways Airbus A330-200 in a landing approach

 

A330-200 F-HLVL of LEVEL
A330-200 F-HLVL of LEVEL
A330-200 of Tibet Airways, msn 1859
A330-200 of Tibet Airways, msn 1859


Air Caraïbes A330-200, F-HHUB (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Air Caraïbes A330-200, F-HHUB

 

Iran Air A330-200 F-WHUR - ex Avianca msn 1586, EP-IJB - February, 2017 (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Iran Air A 330-200 F-WHUR - ex Avianca msn 1586, EP-IJB - February, 2017 Iran Air A 330-200 F-WHUR - ex Avianca msn 1586, EP-IJB - February, 2017

 

A330-200 CS-TQW - Clean Seas - Turn the Tide on Plastic (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
A330-200 CS-TQW - Clean Seas - Turn the Tide on Plastic

 

Airbus A330-300 Photographs

Airbus A330-300 of Cebu Pacific, msn 1789 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Airbus A330-300 of Cebu Pacific, msn 1789

A330-300 of Thaï Lion, msn 1828 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
A330-300 of Thaï Lion, msn 1828

A330-300 Frenchbee, F-HPUJ
A330-300 Frenchbee, F-HPUJ
Saudia A330-300, msn 1803
Saudia A330-300, msn 1803

Hainan Airlines A330-300, msn 1855 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Hainan Airlines A330-300, msn 1855

A330-300 of LuckyAir (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
A330-300 of LuckyAir

Malaysia Airlines A330-300 - One World
Malaysia Airlines A330-300 - One World
A330-300 of Air China, msn 1807
A330-300 of Air China, msn 1807

A330-300 Edelweiss Switzerland (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
A330-300 Edelweiss Switzerland

Aer Lingus A330-300, msn 1817 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Aer Lingus A330-300, msn 1817

 

Air Canada Airbus A330-300
Air Canada Airbus A330-300


Northwest Airlines Airbus A330-300

Northwest Airbus A330-300


Air Canada Alliance Airbus A330-343
Air Canada Alliance Airbus A330-343
Delta Air Lines Airbus A330
Delta Air Lines Airbus A330

 

For More Information on the Airbus A330

Visit the official website of Airbus Commercial Aircraft

 

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