Ugh, we repeat this every week.
The orginial A330 / A340 order was placed way back in the early 90's and continually deffered due to financial health and what-not.
In 2001, NW
officially placed a firm order for 24 A330-300's. This came from the order that had been continually deffered. That order was for 36 aircraft and is being cancelled at a rate of 4 aircraft per year. Thus for whatever reason Airbus and their accounting and ordering procedure is why the numbers are so high.
Then in 2002, the order was altered, still for a total of 24 A330's, but a mix of 14 -300's, and 10 -200's.
Deliveries began last summer. Yes 3302 came before 3301, primarily due to test flying and the order of manufacturing over in France.
In 2004, NW
will take delivery of 3 -300's and 7 -200's for a total fleet of 15 A330's by year-end (8 -300's, 7 -200's)
-3306 was delivered in March
-3307 was to have been delivered in April but was damaged due to lightning strikes during test flights in France. Thus requiring repairs, checks, and re-painting, as mentioned it is now set to be delivered at the end of May.
-3308 was delivered this week.
After that, that is all the -300's until 2005. The next delivery (after 3308 when its repaired) will be of the -200 varients arriving sometime in July. Yes they will require initial test flying, crew familarization, and the works. Tenatively they are set to enter revenue service sometime in September on West-Coast - NRT
- and beyond routes. SEA
, and PDX
all will EVENTUALLY see the A330-200 put on routes to NRT
, plus some beyond NRT
flying too. As to which city will get it first, thats anyone's guess and has NOT YET
BEEN OFFICIALLY determined. Yes, PDX
will initially start as a DC-10 and transition to an A330-200 in the fall. SFO
will likely do the same. LAX
will remain 742/744. SEA
is a wild-card, it could stay 742 for a while, or switch to A330-200, all depends on matching capacity with demand. Now I know someone is going to chime in here and say "I heard from my mail-man's dentist who's neighbors with the SEA
station manager for AS
who heard that they were getting the A330-200 FIRST." Well, guess what, you can say that all you want, but IT
HAS NOT YET
BEEN OFFICIALLY DETERMINED WHAT TRANS-PACIFIC ROUTES WILL GET THE ABSOLUTE FIRST A330-200.
End of rant
As for the -300's, here's how it shapes up:
) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA
(Starts May 13)
8) operational spare
* For May the schedule will be slightly different due to the delayed delivery of ship 3308 as mentioned above. For now through May 13, all 4 DTW
flights will operate with the A330. May 13-May 21, Flights 68/67 will operate with either an A330 or DC-10, dependent if the spare A330 is available or in mx. May 22-23 DTW
68/67 will operate as a 747-400. May 24-25, A330 or DC-10, May 26-30 68/67 will operate as a 747-200. After that they should all be A330-300, assuming 3308 is not delayed further.
This is the A330-300 schedule through October. DTW
operates seasonally through October 30th. After this date, DTW
will switch from DC-10 to an A330.
Beyond that, again, NOTHING HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN DETERMINED as to where the next -300's in 2005 will be allocated. You can guess/debate/fight/bicker all you want, you might as well just wait until its been decided by the powers that be.