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Airbus NAME: What's That X!  
User currently offlineJulien.M From Belgium, joined Mar 2000, 143 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

I'm wondering for quite a while what does the (X) in 330, 340 names means?
ie: Birdy Airlines has 3 A330-301 (330 serie 300 with GE engines): OO-SFM, -SFN, -SFO.
But what does the X means in A330-300 (X)??
HL7553 A330-323 from Korean Air is a 330 serie 300 with PW engines and the X??

By the way does anyone know where to find a list where you can find detailed explanation of the last digit of Airbus names? (ie: the "1" in A330-301)?

thanks you by advance!
Julien  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2578 times:

eXtended Range.

Thats what it means on the A340-313X.... not sure about the 330.

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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2577 times:

Same meaning on the A330 I think. The last 3 digits of the Airbus codes refer to the engine type fitted to the aircraft I think.

For example:

A320-211 is an A320-200 with GE CFM56-5A1 Engines
A320-212 is an A320-200 with GE CFM56-5A3 Engines
A320-232 is an A320-200 with IAE V2527-A5 Engines


The A340-313 has CFM56-5C4 Engines

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineMinuteman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

I might be wrong on this one, but I always thought the last three digits for Airbus were:

First Digit: series number ("100", "200")

Second Digit: Engine Manufacturer (1=CFM, 3=IAE)

Third Digit: Flight Control Software Revision Number

I'd appreciate it if someone could correct me on this.

User currently offlineJustplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 731 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Minuteman, you are mistaken, and Rick767 has the correct explanation. the second digit is the engine manufacturer (0=GE, 1=CFM, 2=P&W, 3=IAE, 4=RR, and I do not recall what is the one for the joint Pratt/GE engine for the A380). The third digit is the specific engine variant for that aircraft, so the A330-321 has the PW4164, the A330-322 has the PW4168, and the A330-323 has the PW4168A.

"So many planes; so little time..."
User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

Hi, can anyone tell me if Boeing's codes work the same way?

User currently offlineMinuteman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Sure enough... its another engine code, thanks.

As for a list of detailed meanings, I was provided this page.

User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1861 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

The first digit is the model number, the second digit the engine version(1 for CFM, 2 for PW, 3 for IAE and 4 for RR), and the last digit stands for the engine variant(eg PW4168,PW4172,RR Trent 772B etc...)

For example, an A340 can have the following codes:



9V-SVA | B772ER
User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

The GP7XXX on the A380 has the code '6'. Initial models are
A380-841 (RR Trent 900)
A380-861 (GP 7200)

A380-843F (RR Trent 900)
A380-863F (GP 7200)


User currently offlineLarspl From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2146 times:


boeing code's work diferent:

model type customer
737 - 8 K2
(K2 is boeingcode for transavia airlines [the netherlands])
on www.bird.ch/bharms you should be able to find the other codes i think...

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