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    • Year
      1906
      2018
    • Length
      47 m
      71 m
    • Height
      13 m
      21 m
    • Width
      1 m
      8 m
    • Diameter
      3 m
      9 m
    • Wing area
      289 m2
      434 m2
    • Wingspan (Beam)
      48 m
      73 m
    • Wing loading
      3 kg/m2
      829 kg/m2
    • Swept
      4 m
      10 m
    • Sweep
      25 deg
      68 deg
    • Aspect ratio
      1
      26
    • Disc area
      1 m2
      460 m2
    • Main rotor diameter
      1 m
      62 m
    • Rotor number
      1 qt
      8 qt
    • Blades per rotor
      4 qt
      5 qt
    • Disc loading
      17 kg/m2
      73 kg/m2
    • Tail rotor diameter
      0 m
      5 m
    • Empty weight
      95680 kg
      143520 kg
    • Max. takeoff weight (Gross weight)
      193600 kg
      290400 kg
    • Loaded weight
      5 kg
      242500 kg
    • Crew
      1 per.
      112 per.
    • Useful load
      26 kg
      90700 kg
    • Payload
      23 kg
      122470 kg
    • Capacity passengers
      1 per.
      400 per.
    • Hardpoints
      1 qt
      2576 qt
    • Ground Speed
      96 km/h
      1500 km/h
    • Max. Speed
      730 km/h
      1096 km/h
    • Сruise Speed
      696 km/h
      1046 km/h
    • Stall Speed
      40 km/h
      258 km/h
    • Landing Speed
      68 km/h
      270 km/h
    • Minimum control speed
      24 km/h
      113 km/h
    • Never exceed speed
      107 km/h
      1050 km/h
    • Fuel Capacity
      111272 l
      166908 l
    • Fuel External
      142 l
      10025 l
    • Power/mass
      0 hp/kg
      23 hp/kg
    • Thrust/weight
      0 kN/kg
      3 kN/kg
    • Afterburning thrust
      29 kN/kg
      980 kN/kg
    • Total Power
      0 hp
      60000 hp
    • Thrust
      512 kN
      768 kN
    • Service ceiling
      10021 m
      15033 m
    • Static ceiling
      3 m
      5485 m
    • Range (Ferry range)
      10744 km
      16116 km
    • Range PTB (Ferry range)
      720 km
      10000 km
    • Сombat radius
      277 km
      7210 km
    • Endurance
      0 h
      150 h
    • Takeoff roll
      20 m
      3200 m
    • Landing roll
      20 m
      2570 m
    • Maximum glide ratio
      7
      43
    • Load factor from
      2 G
      9 G
    • Rate of climb
      1 m/min
      36000 m/min
    • Rate of sink
      36 m/min
      56 m/min
    • Time to altitude
      0 min
      105 min
    • Propellers
      1 qt
      8 qt
    • Prop diameter
      1 m
      6 m
    • Prop blade number
      1 qt
      8 qt
    • Guns
      1 qt
      18 qt
    • Bombs
      1 qt
      250 qt
    • Missiles
      1 qt
      24 qt
    • Rockets
      1 qt
      76 qt
    • Torpedoes
      1 qt
      4 qt
    • Bombs weight
      2 kg
      39000 kg
    • Rockets weight
      1 kg
      48 kg
    • Number built
      962 qt
      1444 qt
    • Price
      183200000 USD
      274800000 USD

Airbus A330

TypeAircraft
Company

Airbus Group

Scheme

Low wing

Monoplane

Geometry
Length (m)
1.9
 
58.8
88.7
58,82 m - 63,69 m depending on variant
Height (m)
0.6
 
17.4
50.1
16,83 m - 17,39 m depending on variant
Wings
Wing area (m2)
1.1
 
361.6
925
Wingspan (Beam) (m)
0.1
 
60.3
95
Weights
Empty weight (kg)
8
 
119,600
276,800
109000 kg - 124500 kg depending on variant
Max. takeoff weight (Gross weight) (kg)
154
 
242,000
575,000
233000 kg - 242000 kg depending on variant
Speeds
Max. Speed (km/h)
25
 
913
28,165
at 11000 m
Сruise Speed (km/h)
52
 
871
3,087
at 11000 m
Fuel
Fuel Capacity (l)
23
 
139,090
320,000
or 97530 depending on variant
Power
Thrust (kN)
1.5
 
640
1,914
2 powerplants 311 - 320 kN each depending on variant
Performance
Service ceiling (m)
0.6
 
12,527
161,544
Range (Ferry range) (km)
4
 
13,430
40,700
5950 m - 13450 m depending on variant
Stat
Number built (qt)
0
 
1,203
43,000
of October 2015
Price (USD)
41.5
 
229.0 million
750.0 million
Introduction 1992
First flight 02.11.1992
The first Airbus aircraft the A300 gave it a nice push allowing to grow and to develop different more powerful and advanced aircraft. After relative success of the A300 and A310 the company decided to focus on the single-aisle (SA) airliners for medium to short range that were more requested. After a real success of A320 family the company returned to wide-body planes without leaving the SA market.
In the 1970s Airbus launched the studies A300B9 which was a larger version of A300. Exactly this aircraft would become A330. The manufacture wanted to construct a direct competitor for McDonnell Douglas DC-10 but with fuel consumption rate. The plane was targeted to market of transcontinental medium-range trunk routes. Later to distinguish the aircraft from its original family it was re-designated as TA9.
One of the main questions during the development of TA9 was the powerplants choice. Three variants were considered: Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, and GE Aviation. But General Electric CF6-80C2 wasn’t powerful enough because the aircraft needed more thrust. After several proposals of CF6-80E1 modifications General Electric agreed to make an engine specifically for the A330. Pratt & Whitney later signed the agreement for development of PW4168 only for the A330. Finally there were variants with engines from every of these companies. In January 1986 Airbus announced that they are on the final stage of construction of the TA9 which is now officially designated A330 and TA11 now officially designated A340.
In March 1987 the first order for A330 was received. The first company that wanted A330 was French inner airline Air Inter placed firm order for 5 twinjets. Also Thai Airways wanted 8 aircraft. Soon after that Airbus announced that it would launch the A330 programme by April 1987. By the June 1987 Airbus had orders for 41 A330.
On March 31, 1992 the first aircraft A330 without its General Electric CF6-80E1 engines was rolled out for static testing. But during it the wings failed and this problem was solved by engineers later. Finally, a fully complete A330 was rolled out on October 14, 1992 and its first flight took place on November 2, 1992.
The aircraft was made as wide-body twinjet airliner with weight of 181840 kg including 20,980 kg of test equipment. The airliner became the biggest twinjet had ever flown. It held this title till the appearance of Boeing 777. The aircraft had MTOW of 230 tonnes. The wings of the A330 were designed and built by BAe and were cantilever wings that swept back at 30 degrees. The wingspan equaled 58,6 m.
The first A330 was put into service on January 17, 1994 by Air Inter. It went between Paris and Marseille. Then with a little delay A330 was delivered to Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Airbus wanted A330 and A340 to compete on the ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operation Performance Standards) market in particular with Boeing 767.
There are several variants of A330 which include A330-300, A330-200, A330-200F and A330 MRTT. The A330-300 is an original aircraft which first entered service. Then a shorter version A330-200 was constructed as a response to sales decrease; it entered service in 1998. A330-200F is in the development now. It is supposed to be a freighter aircraft that will enter service in 2016. A330 MRTT is a military variant of the airliner. It is a tanker for aerial refueling and strategic transport.
The future of the A330 family is clear enough as a new A330neo family is in the development now. The new generation is going to burn 14 percent less fuel and will accommodate 10 more seats. The powerplants are supposed to be Trent 7000 engines delivering 320 kN. In November 2014 the first firm order for A330neo which made Airbus to officially launch the production of A330neo.

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