Air France Airbus A330-200 jetliner

FILE -- Undated file photo made available by Airbus, showing an Airbus A330-200 jetliner from the French company Air France. An Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris lost contact with air traffic controllers over the Atlantic Ocean, an Air France official said Monday, June 1, 2009. Brazil immediately began a search mission off its northeastern coast. Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, was carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members, company spokeswoman Brigitte Barrand said. The plane disappeared about 186 miles (300 kilometers) northeast of the coastal Brazilian city of Natal, near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, an air force spokesman said. Brazil's air force said a search began Monday morning near Fernando de Noronha, he added, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with Air Force policy. (AP Photo/Airbus) (AP / June 1, 2009)

Some details about the Airbus A330-200 jets, after one disappeared Monday en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
  • According to the Aviation Safety Network, there has not been a fatal accident for this type of plane since a 1994 test flight blamed on the type of the test and its execution by the crew.
  • Twin-engine, long-haul, medium-capacity passenger jet, a shortened version of the standard A330
  • First A330-200 put into service: 1998
  • Number in use worldwide: 341
  • Length: 58.8 meters (190 feet) long
  • Capacity: 253 passengers in standard configuration; 293 in a two-class configuration.
  • Maximum distance: Up to 7,760 miles (12,500 kilometers), allowing it to travel routes such as Paris-Singapore, Paris-Los Angeles or Dubai-London.
  • Airlines using it: include Air France, KLM, Northwest Airlines, Jet Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines.
Sources: www.airbus.com, Aviation Safety Network

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