As of 2015, there are numerous online resources that contain information about the Airbus A330-200, including the Airbus company's official website, Wikipedia and Airliners.net. Information on the A330-200 can also be found on the websites of various airline companies, such as KLM and Emirates.Continue Reading
The Airbus A330-200 has the shortest fuselage of any member of the A330 twin-engine, wide-body family of planes. The first A330-200 airplanes went into service in 1998, although Airbus has made many significant upgrades to the plane's design since that time, which have increased the plane's maximum gross takeoff weight and increased its range. Many of these upgrades were made to allow the plane to better compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In November 2012, Airbus announced that they had increased the A330-200's gross takeoff weight to 242-metric tonnes. Despite the increased weight, this model should be able to fly 350 nautical miles further than the previous versions. This newer version of the A330-200 is set to enter service in 2016, and should also provide increased fuel efficiency due to engine and aerodynamic improvements.
The Airbus A330-200 has a maximum capacity of 246 passengers in a two class cabin layout. The wide-body plane features two aisles, giving it more cabin space than the single-aisle A320 family of planes.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters