A330-300HGW

Date:         30 Apr 97 03:19:07 
From:         roger@concord-world-travel.co.uk (Roger Chung-Wee)
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I hear that Airbus will be offering a higher gross weight version of
the A330-300 to provide more competition for the 777-200IGW.  The
A330-300HGW could be available by late 1998.  The MTOW will increase
by 12 tonnes to 230 tonnes and the range will increase by as much as
1,300km to 10,200km.  But the fuel capacity will be unchanged because
the A330-300HGW will not have the A330-200's central fuel tank.  So,
how will the A330-300HGW fly the same payload further than the
A330-300 or a bigger payload over a similar distance?  There must be
something else, maybe more powerful and efficient engines or more
aerodynamic wings.