Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1525 times:
I checked CX's timetable and found out that they are now operating their new A330-300X on routes to Sydney and Melbourne where previously A340-300 had been operated. After US Airways it's now the second carrier operating the A333 on flights lasting longer than 9 hours. And they don't seem to suffer from payload restictions as in such a case a change from the ultra-longhauler A343X wouldn't have made sense.
But I'm wondering about the configurations. A340s are equipped with First and Business Class while (following CX's timetable) all A330 are equipped with Business only. No satisfying First loads or more damand for Business?
Who knows more?
Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
Please don't get me wrong, I meant the A330-300 only, and again only on flights longer than 9 hours. As far as I know Air Canada uses its A333 only from and to YYZ and YUL which can be reached in less than nine hours, but well, I'm not sure about the MUC-YYZ flight. LTU used to fly the A330-300 to the Caribbean in the winter months but they suffered from payload restictions.
Nevertheless, the A333X can do long hops now and there will definitely be more airlines to use that advantage. But that could also weaken the A343's position.
Econojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1436 times:
AFAIK, Malaysia Airlines flies to IST via DXB, otherwise their A330s could not make that without severe payload penalty.
I believe the A330-300s that Cathay flies to SYD with are -300X (or HGW) versions that have a still air range of just over 10000 km compared to about 8800 km for the initial versions. Those figures might be slightly off.