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Airbus A330 gains weight

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 30, 2012
Airbus believes the increase to the A330-300's maximum take-off weight will open up routes between Europe and southeast Asia. (Rob Finlayson)

Airbus is offering A330 customers an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) option to extend range and payload, which the manufacturer says will open up more nonstop routes between Asia and Europe.

The A330-300’s MTOW will be increased from the current 235 tonnes to 242 tonnes, enabling range to be extended by 500nm through the activation of the centre wing tank, a feature already integrated into the smaller A330-200.

Airbus believes the extended range capability will open up the potential for more nonstop A330-300 services between southeast Asia and Europe, and will also increase airfreight capacity.

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The option will be available on deliveries from 2015.

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