Range of the original Airbus A 330-300 with 335 passengers and reserves is between
8340km (with CF6s) and 8600km (with Trents).
Entry into service took place by the end of 1993, the same year the
4-enigine variant A340-300 entered service.
In 2005 the A 330-300 was in use with: Cathey Pacific, Korean Air,
Lufthansa, Thai, Air Canada, China Airlines, Northwest, Philippine
airlines, Qantas, US Airways, Brussels airlines, ...
In 1998 the shorter A330-200 entered service and sold better than the initial 330-300. See the difference between both variants.
A330-300 orders and deliveries
By january 2007 the total number of orders had risen to 260, with 202
aircraft delivered and 201 in service.
By september 2006 the number had risen to 253, of which 194 had been
delivered, of which 193 were still in service.
By january 2006 the total number of orders for an A330-300 had risen to
In september 2005 at total of 241 Airbus A 330-300 had been ordered, of
which 168 had been delivered and 167 were still in operation.
Significant increase in range
Around 2008 Airbus added the central fuel tank an tail of the A330-200 to the A330-300, so the heavier A330-300 had a significantly increased range. This resulted in much additional orders: from Singapore
Airlines, Virgin Atlantic (10), Lufthansa/Swiss, Gulf Air, Turkish
Airlines, Air Asia X, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Finnair, Etihad, Thai
International, Aer Lingus, ...
The A330-300 still doesn't have the range of the A330-200, but enough range to make Frankfurt-Seattle or Kuala Lumpur-London.