In aeronautical chartering, Freight is currently at the centre of any team mobilisation.
If our readers are accustomed to seeing the most beautiful civil aircraft and the most powerful jets on
our pages, we believe that they will find it of considerable interest to learn about these cargo aircraft,
whose design and performance are anything but trivial given our passion.
Today, we will talk about an aircraft that is mostly unknown to the public but which offers a summary
of what aeronautical engineers are capable of producing most efficiently; thanks to a fascinating
balance between the current problems to be solved and the issues that we have to assess with
The aircraft manufacturer Airbus is featured here, with its A330-200 F (F for freighter, cargo). With
650 planes in service, the A330-200 F features 30% more volume than any other aircraft in its class.
3 terms describe its competitiveness: Reliability, Flexibility and Cost-effectiveness.
Operational reliability, when Airbus claims that it reaches 99.6% after flying 400 hours per month in
This coupled with the instrument landing system (ILS) for radio navigation which offers a precision
approach to landings according to the authorized category III, especially in difficult weather
Prodigious flexibility thanks to a large modular freight capacity of up to 23 pallets or 26 containers,
allowing any modulation. Airlines can also opt for a combo version allowing them to modulate the
aircraft in passenger mode.
Thus, this versatile cargo changing system offers better cost-effectiveness with 35% lower operating
costs per tonne compared to large shippers with similar options.
To conclude, we should also mention the extensive engineering work put in to significantly reduce
noise and CO2 emissions.
If there were to be a quick, economical and malleable solution to freight transport problems, the
Airbus A330-200F is obviously one of the solutions.
Photo credits :
Creative common 2.0
The very first Airbus A330-200F freighter. Caught at Memphis (MEM). Probably visiting FedEx.
Date 26 February 2010, 18:54
Source Airbus A330-200F
Author Ken Mist from Brampton, Canada