Welcome to the Unofficial Takeoff and Landing Profiles guide for the A330-300! This gorgeous aircraft comes with two engine variants, the Trent 700 and the GE CF6. Differing from other dual engine, wide body, long haul aircraft, the A330 will be a surprise in regards to its performance in the upper flight levels. The A330 is known for its rather sluggish performance when nearing cruise altitudes. Do not be surprised if you find yourself starting off at a lower cruise altitude such as FL320 for your long haul flight. Be patient and allow it to burn off its fuel before attempting to climb higher. Step climbing will be an absolute must for those long haul flights. Read more about step climbing found here: Step Climbs and Cruising Altitudes | Infinite Flight
This brief guide should get you into the air as well as on your way to a successful landing in just a few minutes. The table below should be pretty self explanatory for the most part, but please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Please read through the notes sections throughout the topic as well as at the end of this tutorial for further clarification on some of the items found within the table.
Bonus: There is a Quick Reference Guide at the end of this tutorial. You’re more than welcome to download and save the PDF for imminent and future use.
Table of Contents
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with ball park speeds, flap settings, and power settings to get you in the air and onto the runway in one piece. These values are not 100% accurate as each flight is different though they will get you very close to actual numbers. Weather, airport elevation, weight, runway length and other factors will affect your these values.
Tests were conducted at Honolulu International Airport (PHNL) /// Airport Elev. 13ft \\\
- Winds Calm
- Runway 08R
- Temperature Standard (15˚C)
- All initial pitch angles were 15˚ nose up until 1000ft. AFE (Above Field Elevation) before pitch was dropped to increase speed
- Heavy Departure/Landing conducted at 80% load. Adjust as necessary.
|Load %||Takeoff Power||Takeoff Flaps||V1||Rotate||Landing Flaps||Final App. ‡||Flare/Touchdown|
|25%||85% = 89% N1||Flaps 1+F||120kts||125kts||Flaps Full||140kts||135kts|
|50%||88% = 91% N1||Flaps 2**||144kts||145kts||Flaps Full||145kts||140kts|
|75%||92% = 94% N1||Flaps 2**||148kts||150kts||Flaps Full||156kts||151kts|
|>75%***||96% = 97% N1||Flaps 2**||149kts||151kts||Flaps Full||163kts||158kts|
- Landing flare pitch should be no less than about 2.5˚ nose up.
- Descent rate should not exceed -1000ft/min on final approach. When fully configured (gear/flaps) extended -800ft/min to -900ft/min is optimal
**Note: Depending on the length of runway, weight, terrain and other considerations, a higher flap setting may be desired.
***Heavy Departures/Landings: Takeoffs over 75% may result in takeoff over Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW). This may also result in runway overruns. This could lead to overweight landings depending on your configuration. Consider all factors and risks.
‡ Note: APPR is disabled for landings greater than the load below for where the Maximum Landing Weight (MLW) lies:
For reference, the flap and various limitations for each setting are listed below. These can also be found in the cockpit of the A330 above the gear lever and gear position indicators.
|Flaps||Speed Limitation||Phase of Flt.|
|3||186 kts||Takeoff/ Appr./Land|
- For 25-50% loads, Flaps 1+F & 2 were used for data
- For 75-100% load, Flaps 2 was used for data
- "Rotate" indicates a speed at which you should commence the rotation. Once positive rate is established, retract the gear. Wait on retracting flaps until 1000ft AGL/AFE
- Takeoff Power - The first percentage is your throttle amount. The second value is the N1 read out as indicated in green above your throttle.
- 100% throttle should never be used. Aircraft in the real world very rarely exceed 100% as this is mainly used for emergencies only.
- 20-25% trim was used to conduct these tests
Note: Fuel flow, thrust and other aircraft performance factors may apply.
If you would like a quick reference guide, you’re more than welcome to utilize this one that I’ve condensed into a 1 page sheet below. It has just about everything you’ll want to know in terms of “What do I use for takeoff/cruise/landing?” and “When do I add/remove flaps or power?”. Below is a screenshot of what this document looks like as well as a PDF download link for that crisp picture and saving for future use.
Airbus A330 Quick Reference Guide.pdf (39.7 KB)
Feel free to add any questions or other helpful tips/pointers that you may find beneficial to others and myself or our helpful community members will gladly address those.
Please also check out other guides I have created for other recently new/reworked aircraft. You may find these useful as well either now or in the future.
Have fun! ✈️