Seemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 988 posts, RR: 6 Posted (6 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6254 times:
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I wanted to know which A330 (both -200/-300) has the most range or fly the furthest. I reckon the A330-343X has the most range but I heard the A330-200 can fly the most.
And one last question; could an A330 make LHR to NRT?
A330's have progressively been getting more capable (and heavier).
The ACAP document referred to by Tdscanuck shows the current 233 tonne version of the A330-200 to be capable of 6 750Nm with a payload of around 25 tonnes.
LHR-NRT is 5 200Nm, at which still-air range the 233t A330-200 will lift about 90 000lb (about 41 tonnes, which is a pretty good payload)
Of course air is never still, so I'm guessing about 6 000Nm would be representative of real-world LHR-NRT, at which air range, the payload is around 75000lb or 34 tonnes.
That would equate to around 250 pax plus about 11 tonnes of cargo.
Which I guess means "yes"..
Since the ACAP was published, Trent powered A330's have reduced their SFC by 1.3% and P+W powered ones by around 1%. The Trent improvement should add c. 1 tonne to the payload capability at those ranges.
Of course, next year, airlines will be able to take A330-200's rated to 238 tonnes MTOW, which should make a very useful addition to the already useful range/payload capability that I've described.
Quoting Seemyseems (Thread starter): but I wanted to know which A330 (both -200/-300) has the most range or fly the furthest
The A330-300's are seriously fuel volume limited compared to the A330-200 without the A330-200's centre fuel tank.
As Tdscanuck said, the A330-200 gets within a whisker of MTOW just by filling the tanks - the 1.3% Trent 700 SFC gain should give the A330-200 a ferry range of the order of 9 500Nm - the same as the 748i