Here are some empirical observations about A330-300 range: Two of the longest trans-Atlantic scheduled routes operated regularly by 333s are DUB
) and FRA
) at 3,669 miles and 3,945 miles, respectively. EI
uses only A330-200s on its DUB
route (5,182 miles), having stated that the distance is beyond the range of their -300s. MAN
-Orlando/Sanford is 4,233 miles. Thus, it would seem that the realistic maximum range of a 333 at full payload is about 4,000 miles, and less than 5,000 miles.
As noted by Ap305, the 333s of Skyservice are some of the earliest (lower MTOW) of the type delivered, which may explain the reason for the fuel stop at Bangor on the MAN
-Sanford flight. Stronger than usual headwinds may also be the reason -- on a FRA
non-stop flight in the recent past, due to headwinds we were more than one hour late in arriving at DTW
even though we pushed back on time at FRA
and were climbing out within 20 minutes.