Note to Self: this was mainly an experiment with a new building style, wasn't even meant to be made
In response to a decline in A330-300 sales, increased market penetration by the Boeing 767-300ER, and airline requests for increased range and smaller aircraft, Airbus developed the Airbus A330-200. Known as the A329 and A330M10 during development, the A330-200 would offer nine per cent lower operating costs than the Boeing 767-300ER. The plane was aimed at the 11,900 km (6,430 nmi; 7,390 mi) sector, where Airbus predicted demand for 800 aircraft between 1995 and 2015. The project, with US$450 million in expected development costs, was approved by the Airbus Industrie Supervisory Board on 24 November 1995.
The A330-200 first flew on 13 August 1997. The sixteen-month certification process involved logging 630 hours of test flights. The A330-200's first customer was ILFC; these aircraft were leased by Canada 3000, who became the type's first operator.
As Airbus worked on its A330-200, hydraulic pump problems were reported by both A330 and A340 operators. This issue was the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed an Air France A340-200 in January 1994. On 4 January of that year, a Malaysia Airlines A330-300, while undergoing regular maintenance at Singapore Changi Airport, was consumed by a fire that started in the right-hand main undercarriage well. The incident caused US$30 million in damage, and the aircraft took six months to repair. Consequently, operators were advised to disable electrical pumps in January 1997.
AG-1 Beacon, Nav and Strobe Lights
AG-2 Landing Lights
AG-3 Cabin Lights
AG-4 Gear Doors
AG-5 + VTOL Down Flaps
AG-8 Landing Spoilers and Reverse Thrust Toggle
Credits and to Whom helped me
- Power/Weight Ratio 1.069
- Wing Loading 91.4lbs/ft2 (446.3kg/m2)
- Wing Area 3,482.5ft2 (323.5m2)
- Drag Points 77307
- Number of Parts 964
- Control Surfaces 4