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A333
Name A-330-300
Manufacturer AIRBUS
Body Wide
Type Fixed Wing
WTC Heavy
APC C
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi


Also manufacturered as:

AIRBUS A-330-300


AIRBUS A-330-300

AIRBUS A-330-300 AIRBUS A-330-300 3D

Image source: IANS

Description

Large capacity long range airliner. In service since 1993. Largest member of Airbus twinjet family (2-engine version of A340). Total of 253 aircraft ordered and 193 in operation (August 2006). The A333 is member of the A330 family of aircraft.

General

Aircraft name A-330-300
ICAO code/WTC A333 / H
Manufacturer AIRBUS
Type Code/APC L2J / C

Technical Data

Wing span 60.3 m197.835 ft
Length 63.6 m208.661 ft
Heigth 16.85 m55.282 ft
Powerplant 2 x 306kN GE CF6-80E1 or 2 x 300kN R-R Trent 772 or 2 x 308kN PW 4000 turbofans.
Engine Model General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, Rolls-Royce Trent

For further details consult EUROCONTROL Aircraft Performance Database:

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A333

  • A333, En route, south of Moscow Russia, 2010 (LOC AW HF) (On 22 December 2010, a Finnair Airbus A330-300 inbound to Helsinki and cruising in very cold air at an altitude of 11,600 metres lost cabin pressurisation in cruise flight and completed an emergency descent before continuing the originally intended flight at a lower level. The subsequent Investigation was carried out together with that into a similar occurrence to another Finnair A330 which had occurred 11 days earlier. It was found that in both incidents, both engine bleed air systems had failed to function normally because of a design fault which had allowed water within their pressure transducers to freeze.)
  • A333, Hong Kong China, 2010 (LOC RE GND FIRE) (On 13 April 2010, a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 en route from Surabaya to Hong Kong experienced difficulty in controlling engine thrust. As these problems worsened, one engine became unusable and a PAN and then a MAYDAY were declared prior to a successful landing at destination with excessive speed after control of thrust from the remaining engine became impossible. Emergency evacuation followed after reports of a landing gear fire. Salt water contamination of the hydrant fuel system at Surabaya after alterations during airport construction work was found to have led to the appearance of a polymer contaminant in uplifted fuel.)
  • A333, en-route, Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, 2009 (WX) (On 22 June 2009, an Airbus A330-300 being operated by Qantas on a scheduled passenger flight from Hong Kong to Perth encountered an area of severe convective turbulence in night IMC in the cruise at FL38038,000 feet 11.582 km and 10 of the 209 occupants sustained minor injuries and the aircraft suffered minor internal damage. The injuries were confined to passengers and crew who were not seated at the time of the incident. After consultations with ground medical experts, the aircraft commander determined that the best course of action was to complete the flight as planned, and this was uneventful.)
  • A333, en-route, West of Learmonth Australia, 2008 (LOC AW) (On 7 October 2008, an Airbus A330-300 aircraft experienced multiple system failure indications followed by uncommanded pitch-down events which resulted in serious injuries to passengers and cabin crew.)
  • A333, en-route, near Bournemouth UK, 2012 (LOC FIRE AW AGC) (On 16 April 2012, a Virgin Atlantic A330-300 made an air turnback to London Gatwick after repetitive hold smoke detector warnings began to occur during the climb. Continuing uncertainty about whether the warnings, which continued after landing, were false led to the decision to order an emergency evacuation on the runway. Subsequent investigation found that the smoke warnings had all been false and had mainly come from one faulty detector. It also found that aspects of the way the evacuation had taken place had indicated where there were opportunities to try and improve passenger behaviour.)
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Further Reading

  • Airbus reference document which provide to airlines, MROs, airport planners and operators the general dimensions of the aircraft, as well as the necessary information for ramp, servicing operations or maintenance preparation: Airbus A330: Airplane characteristics for aiport planning AC, 01 April 2013
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