Questions tagged [airbus-a330]

A medium- to long-range twin-engine widebody jetliner made by Airbus since 1992.

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Why does the A330 sit nose-down on the ground?

The passenger versions of the A330 have a small but noticeable nose-down angle when sitting on the ground: (Image by contri at Flickr, via russavia at Wikimedia Commons.) In contrast, A330s built as ...
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Why can't an Airbus A330 dump fuel in an emergency?

It was reported recently that the Swiss flight LX18 from Zurich to New York had detected an engine issue shortly after take-off and decided to land back in Zurich. Apparently, the Airbus A330-343 ...
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QF72: How could a disconnected autopilot change the pitch?

So I was reading about flight QF72, where the A330 had incorrect sensor data. The aircraft automatically pitched the nose down twice in response to abnormally high incorrect angle of attack data, but ...
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Why doesn't the A330/A340 have a stickshaker?

When an A330/40 is in alternate law1 and approaching a stall, it has a stall warning composed entirely of a cricket chirp and a voice saying "stall, stall". Most other aircraft, in contrast, have a ...
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Why did AF447 never return to normal law?

Air France Flight 447 degraded from normal law to alternate-2B law when its pitot tubes were temporarily filled with ice crystals, resulting in a loss of airspeed data. As a consequence of being in ...
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Why is the A330neo more efficient than the A350 on shorter routes?

For A330neo Wikipedia page, is written: A330neo enables profitability on shorter ranges where the longer-range A350 and Boeing 787 aren't optimized. For what reasons it is true? A330 and A350 ...
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Why is the A330/A340's angle-of-attack protection disabled in alternate law, even if the AoA vanes are operating normally?

Reading about Air France Flight 447, to quote Wikipedia (emphasis added): ... A second consequence of the reconfiguration into alternate law was that stall protection no longer operated. Whereas in ...
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Why didn’t the Captain of Cathay Pacific flight 780 shut down engine 1 and land with a more reasonable speed?

In the approach phase, engine 1 of Cathay Pacific flight 780 got stuck at about 70% N1 and it forced the crew to do an overspeed landing (230knots). Why didn't they shut it off by turning the fuel ...
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What is fuel consumption of an A330 during climb and descent?

I want to know how to calculate or estimate an aircraft's fuel consumption when climbing from sea level to 15,000 ft, followed by a descent to 10,000 ft. I would like to see an example for an Airbus ...
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What are these small propellers in the A330 MRTT's wings?

In actual flight there are small propellers rotating at the front of these "pillars". What are they? They are visible in this video.
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Where exactly are the pitot tubes positioned on the A330/340?

While going through a document for analysis I came across a statement saying the positions 1 and 2 of the pitot probes are symmetrical on long-range Airbus aircraft but not on their single-aisle ...
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Did Airbus do anything about Qantas Flight 72?

I recently read about Qantas Flight 72 I'm wondering if Airbus did anything else besides release an Operators Information Telex? And I'm also wondering if this threat is still possible today? One last ...
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How A330-200 or 243 would be much safer under the ETOPS terms? [duplicate]

I am flying this week to France in an Airbus A330-200. I have a phobia of flying I have several questions here on the aviation forum. The plane is A330-200 is the one we're going with and I am reading ...
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What other circumstances may cause the autopilot to trip out?

I recently watched Air Crash Investigation, Air France Flight 447. The autopilot handed back control to the flight deck after the pitot tubes temporarily froze. The autopilot knew it was getting ...
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Why does Airbus continue with the A330-800neo despite only having 6 orders?

Airbus rolled out the first Airbus A330-800neo out of the paint shop last week (see press release). Until now, this type has only six orders by one airline (U.S. Hawaiian Airlines, who switched ...
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How was the 'bump' removed from the Airbus P2F?

(Sources: airliners.net, YouTube) How was the 'bump' removed from [the design of] the Airbus P2F? The A330 Freighter based on the A330-200 features a bump / blister / bulge that raises the nose ...
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Why do different sites list different lengths of the lower deck bulk cargo compartment for the A330-300?

From the following two links for Airbus A330-300, the length of "lower deck bulk cargo compartment" has two different values. a) Air China lists the value as 511 cm b) Airbus (see pg. 112) lists the ...
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How do pilots detect fuel contamination in flight?

According to the Aviation Herald, an Alitalia Airbus A330-200 diverted en route "reporting fuel contamination". How can the pilots detect fuel contamination in flight?
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Why does the wing root of the A330 have a pronounced twist?

just wondering what the purpose of the pronounced twist on the Airbus A330 wing root is, I've noticed this on the 380 as well.
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Where to find the various cargo hold dimensions and volumes of transport aircraft, such as the A330-300?

What are the dimensions of the cargo hold on the Airbus A330-300? (In order to check the usable space for containers or baggage.) I'm looking for the internal dimensions of the hold with its ...
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Why weren't the Airbus A330 engines designed with a system to stop their fans?

Why wasn't the Airbus A330 designed to stop its fans (with some kind of 'handbrake')? To clarify, I am specifically talking about the aircraft that flew Air Asia flight D7237. During the flight the ...
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Why does Airbus suppress stall warnings in certain situations?

I was reading about Air France 447 and came across the line: The stall warnings stopped, as all airspeed indications were now considered invalid by the aircraft's computer due to the high angle of ...
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Why didn't the A330neo and A320neo share the cockpit of the A350?

Recently Airbus presented its lastest projects A330neo and A320neo. I'm sincerely surprised about the cockpit, in that it is essentially the same of the original A330, while I was expecting that ...
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Why is the horizontal stabilizer root interface designed this way?

Most large aircraft have a similar design for their trimmable horizontal stabilizer: they connect to the tail cone on a flattened area which allows them to be rotated within some range: From left to ...
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What is the occasional crackling sound on an A330?

On a recent long-haul flight on an A330, at various points during the flight a strange crackling-type noise could be heard through the aircraft. It first happened whilst taxiing for takeoff and then ...
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A330 flown by low cost airline - is 8 cabin crew really all they have?

I'm reading the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on an incident involving an AirAsia X A330 (PDF). The flight in question was intended to be Sydney to Kuala Lumpur so something like a ten to ...
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What is this tube-like thing protruding from under an A330's wing?

I took a flight for a business travel and I saw something new for me on the wing. I highlighted that part in a red circle in the picture below. The aircraft is an Airbus A330-200. What is it and its ...
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Is the A330F main deck cargo compartment pressurized? If not, what is the purpose of the structural cargo access door?

I know there is a related question already asking if cargo holds in general are pressurized. My question is specifically about the A330-243F in the below photograph. That looks like a pressure ...
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What is this hole in the nose of the A330?

In this question, there is an image of a ladder leading to some hole in the bottom of the nose of an A330. What is that hole for? Source
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Why is Airbus proceeding with both the A330neo and A350 XWB?

Looking at the specifications for the A330neo and A350 XWB, it strikes me that the two under-development models of the A330neo are relatively similar in specification to the A350-800, one slightly ...
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What is the angle between A330 body and the ground?

Since the standard A330's nose-down body angle on the ground, the A330F uses a revised nose undercarriage layout to provide a level deck during cargo loading to overcome the issue. What is the angle ...
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How is a 436 seater A330 fuel efficient?

Cebu Pacific is a Philippine low-cost airline , which has 6 A330 in its fleet. The capacity of each of them is 436 . As far as I know, one of the reasons why airlines introduce First Class cabins is ...
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How does an A330 detect stall without airspeed?

On Air France 447 the crew had experienced complete failure of the pitot static system, which meant they lost their readings on their airspeed indicators, but according to the Mayday / Air Crash ...