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Name A-330-300
Manufacturer AIRBUS
Body Wide
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Heavy
Type code L2J
Aerodrome Reference Code 4E
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

AIRBUS A-330-300

AIRBUS A-330-300

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


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.

Technical Data

Wing span 60.3 m197.835 ft
Length 63.6 m208.661 ft
Height 16.85 m55.282 ft
Powerplant 2 x GE CF6-80E1 (306kN) or
2 x R-R Trent 772 (300kN) or
2 x PW 4000 (308kN) turbofans.
Engine model General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, Rolls-Royce Trent 700

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 145 kts IAS 175 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.8 TAS 475 kts MACH 0.81 IAS 290 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 130 kts
Distance 2300 m ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 1300 ft/min ROC 1000 ft/min MACH 0.81 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 3000 ft/min MCS 200 kts Distance 1700 m
MTOW 230000230,000 kg
230 tonnes
Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC H Range 56505,650 nm
10,463,800 m
10,463.8 km
34,330,052.519 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A333

  • A333, vicinity Orlando FL USA, 2013 (LOC BS AW) (On 19 January 2013, a Rolls Royce Trent 700-powered Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 hit some medium sized birds shortly after take off from Orlando, sustaining airframe impact damage and ingesting one bird into each engine. Damage was subsequently found to both engines although only one indicated sufficient malfunction - a complete loss of oil pressure - for an in-flight shutdown to be required. After declaration of a MAYDAY, the return to land overweight was completed uneventfully. The investigation identified an issue with the response of the oil pressure detection and display system to high engine vibration events and recommended modification.)
  • A333, vicinity Wom Guam Airport, Guam, 2002 (CFIT HF) (On 16 December 2002, approximately 1735 UTC, an Airbus A330-330, operating as Philippine Airlines flight 110, struck power lines while executing a localizer-only Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach to runway 6L at A.B. Pat Won Guam International Airport, Agana, Guam. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed during the approach. Following a ground proximity warning system (GPWS) alert, the crew executed a missed approach and landed successfully after a second approach to the airport.)

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