The Airbus A330 is a wide-bodied, twin-engine airliner with a maximum service ceiling of 42,651 feet. A highly efficient aircraft designed to operate at medium and extended ranges, the A330 typically cruises at 36,000 feet at speeds just under 570 mph.
The A330 had its maiden flight in November 1992 and began passenger service in January 1994. The first generation aircraft, the A330-300, was originally designed to accommodate 335 passengers or carry 70 tons of cargo. The A330neo, the latest version of the aircraft, features more powerful engines, a more efficient seating arrangement and greater fuel efficiency than its predecessors.