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Your Impressions Of The A330-200?  
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7049 times:

Hi there A.netters  Smile

In a little over a week, Myself and Myt332 fly on a Thomas Cook A332 to Cuba!  Big thumbs up This flight is around about 10-11 hours from MAN.

For those guys who have flown on the A330, I wanted to know your overall impression of this Aircraft? Comfort, Cabin Noise, Room etc etc?!

Also how similar is it to the A340 in terms of these above factors?

Best Regards,

Justin  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7001 times:

The 332 is by far the best long-hauler out there! Followed by the 767-200ER.

It is very quiet, not as quiet as the A340 though. I can't tell you anything about the cabin as such, since I have not been on "your" airline.

Have a great time in "evil" Cuba!



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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

My only experience on an A330 was with Emirates, and it was the best aircraft out of their fleet in my opinion. The cabin is nice and spacious and light helped by the 2-4-2 configurartion. I know TCX have 3-3-3 config so you might feel a bit cramped but i'm sure you won't mind that! Are you in the Premium section or economy?

I'll risk being burned to death by posting a link from another site which shows TCX's A330 interior...

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=268037

Mark



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6942 times:

THE most beatyiful jetliner estetical! Nuf said...

Michael//SE



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6906 times:

I have flown on Sri Lankan's A330-200 from London to Colombo and Colombo to Singapore via KUL. I had a great flight on this beautiful and quiet aircraft. If only the cabin is '777' style, A330 will be my no 1 choice aircraft whereever I go.  Smile


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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4121 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6832 times:

Try and get seats near the back of the aircraft because the configuration goes from 3-3-3 to 2-3-2 (well it did on MyTravel any way  Big grin) and there is alot more room in the aisle. Also on MyTravel, they had downstairs toilets in some cabins, which was quite good i thought.

Have a great trip!

-Stephen


User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6809 times:

Love 'em! Out of all the aircraft I have flown on it is by far my fave.
I thoroughly enjoyed my flight on it, it was super smooth.  Smile


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6681 times:

I've been on both TCX 332s albeit when they were still JMC. Legroom was fine for a charter - 30" I believe., and everyone had a free blanket, pillow and bottle of water waiting in their seat (not sure if they still do this though, it was 2 years ago.) I assume you know you will have PTVs, although you don't get the forward and downwards cameras like you do on MYT. On both journeys I sat adjacent to the front of the engines and found the flight to be very comfortable, smooth and above all, quiet - the engines seemed quieter than, say, the 757 when I have been sat in a similar position.

As for comparing to the 340, I don't know, I've never flown on one.



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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

I adore the A332, great aircraft both inside and out.

User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6456 times:

The A330-200 is a fantastic plane.

jeremy


User currently offlineJjpiecuch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6392 times:

A330 is a very nice plane. Have flown them on several Aer Lingus trips between JFK and SNN, and Aer Lingus' cabin appointments make it very comfortable besides. It's also simply a great looking aircraft.

My direct comparison with the A340 wouldn't be quite fair - had disastrous trip R/T between JFK and BRU on 2 of Sabena's A340s in 1998. Scary problems - cabin lights in entire sections going on and off at random (without flight attendant control), all in-ceiling video screens lowering and raising again uncommanded during taxiing and takeoff roll - causing not a few concerned shouts from flight attendants back and forth etc. Also injured my hand in the lavs when the undersink steel door hiding extra soaps etc swung and hit me, and a sharp edge cut me (the retaining latch didn't work - and why would such a door not be covered by safety standards mandating rounded-off edges?). These were probably a combination of airline maintenance problems and glitches with the 'plane itself, but either way didn't instill a lot of confidence.

Again though, loved the 330.


User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6359 times:

IMO the 332 would be a GREAT cargo/tanker jetliner too......
Hopefully to see in the skies soon  Big thumbs up

Michael//SE



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6302 times:

I think its a great plane, especially when you are in Emirates' configuration of the economy class and with PTVs.

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6170 times:

Just one more month to go and this beauty will become a reality!!!!!!!!




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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6097 times:

The A330 es comparable to other widebodies in my opinion, at back in coach it is. When it is a full flight, you are bumping elbows with at least one other person, the seats have the same feel as most others, and I was not impressed with EI's IFE (I was on one of their A333s, so no PTVs). The only advantage over a 777 or DC10 from a passenger perspective is that there is no center seat in the middle bank. IMO, even the A320 series is more comfortable.

User currently offlineEuroLeb From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

A one fine aircraft - and one of my favorites of all time!

Horus, nice EG livery. I don't mind it on MEA's either!!


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User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6006 times:

It also looks wonderful with EVA Air!


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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

Told you it was a decent aircraft Justin!




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User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

One of the best aircraft ever created. By far it is my favourite. Just came back from FLL on Air Transats A330-300 with 2-4-2 seating. Excellent flight, smooth and very comfortable. I went down on the A330-200 C-GITS Azores Glider and it was also great, but it was 3-3-3 seating. I got a good window seat by the wing though so that was the best. If you arent in premium, make sure to get a window seat by the wing. Its the greatest to watch on takeoff and landing.

Regards,
BWIA330

Enjoy your trip


User currently offlineGreatansett From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5795 times:

The best widebody aircraft out there............but the A330-300 is better.


Ron Paul 2012
User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

I think you already know my opinion  Big grin


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Long live the A330!
User currently offlineMotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3205 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Looks great in the South Pacific - hopefully Air New Zealand will order it too!


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MH



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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 929 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

I've only flown the A330-200 twice, on a round trip from Miami to Sao Paulo with TAM. An excellent aircraft! Comfortable, smooth, quiet to fly in, and a great looking airplane to boot! I don't know about Thomas Cook's configuration, but TAM's is very nice.

cheers, Ralph



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User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5483 times:


I've never ridden one, but, it is in my opinion one of the best looking airplanes
in the air..if not the best.


Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineNdebelebev From Sudan, joined Apr 2004, 877 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5452 times:

Hi

I've flown BMI A330-200 MAN-ORD return only last month. Plenty of leg room and excellent IFE with a 2-4-2 configuration. But then again that was a scheduled aircraft. Not sure what it will be like inside a charter one. Sometimes they try to shove an extra seat in.

Regards

Ndebelebev



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

Told you it was a decent aircraft Justin!

Yeah I know  Big grin

Justin  Big thumbs up

PS: Thanks for all your replies  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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