A330 – North American workhorsePrint
Since the first A330s entered service in North America with Canada 3000 and Skyservice in 1998, the in-service fleet has steadily growth to 104 units. Today’s operator base consists of Air Canada and Air Transat in Canada together with Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines in the U.S. These five operators use their A330 Family fleets on diverse missions. The average sector length operated by the fleet is 3,450 nautical miles (nm) – equivalent to typical Transatlantic sectors from say New York to Milan or Philadelphia to Frankfurt. The flexibility of the A330 Family means that it can also be operated on short sectors, such as Air Canada’s Toronto-Montreal service, which is just 274 nm or on long Transpacifc legs operated by Delta – which include the 5,763 nm route from Detroit to Beijing, which has a 13 hour 45 minute block time.
The superior economics of these aircraft has meant that the North American A330 fleet has grown significantly over the last decade – from 40 units in 2005 to the more than 100 units today. A glance at the route network map flown by the North American A330 fleet shows the sheer flexibility of the aircraft. Hawaiian use their A330-200s from their Honolulu hub to the U.S. mainland, as well as to Asia. Air Transat operate from Canada to the Caribbean; Delta operate the longest A330 sectors on several Transpacific routes, and all A330 operators (excepting Hawaiian) have found the type to be ideal for Transatlantic service, having the optimum payload-range and economic characteristics for the typical 3,500-4,000 nm sector lengths that typify Transatlantic operations.
And not resting on our laurels, the New Engine Option A330s, the so called A330-800neo and A330-900neo will further enhance the performance, range and economics of the A330, when they start to enter service in 2017. Both Delta and Hawaiian have A330neos on order.