Nicolas Sarkozy Airbus “Air Sarko One”

French president Nicolas Sarkozy an Airbus A330-200 dubbed “Air Sarko One”, was approved earlier this month in a low key vote. Reserved for use by Sarkozy and his entourage, the A330 has been bought second-hand from the Air Caraibes airline and is undergoing a multimillion-pound renovation.

While still not quite on the scale of Air Force One 747-200B, when finished the 60 metres (190ft) long and 17 metres high A330,  is expected to have a private wing for the head of state, complete with office, bedroom and bathroom, a meeting room for his staff, and seats for 60 people.  The A330-200 was developed to compete with the Boeing 767-300ER.  Power is provided by two General Electric CF6-80E, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 700 gas turbine engines. It will also have an encrypted communications system to enable the president to discuss confidential matters with his advisers.

Specifications

Aircraft dimensions A330-200 A330-300 A330-200F
Overall length 58.8 m (192 ft 11 in) 63.6 m (208 ft 10 in) 58.8 m (192 ft 11 in)
Height (to top of horizontal tail) 17.80 m (58 ft 5 in)
or 17.30 m (56 ft 8 in)
16.85 m (55 ft 3 in) 16.9 m (55 ft 5 in)
Fuselage diameter 5.64 m (18 ft 6 in)
Maximum cabin width 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
Cabin length 45.0 m (147 ft 8 in) 50.35 m (165 ft 2 in) 40.8 m (133 ft 10 in)
Wingspan (geometric) 60.3 m (197 ft 10 in)
Wing area (reference) 361.6 m² (3,892 sq ft)
Wing sweep (25% chord) 30 º
Wheelbase 22.2 m (72 ft 10 in) 25.6 m (84 ft) 22.2 m (72 ft 10 in)
Wheel track 10.69 m (35 ft 1 in)
Basic operating data
Engines (×2) CF6-80E1 or PW4000 or RR Trent 700 PW4000 or RR Trent 700
Engine thrust range 303-320 kN
Typical passenger seating 253 (3-class)
293 (2-class)
295 (3-class)
335 (2-class)
Range (w/max. passengers) 6,749 NM
(12,500 km)
5,669 NM
(10,500 km)
4,000 NM
(7,400 km)
Cruising Speed Mach 0.82 (871 km/h, 541 mph, 470 knots at 35,000 ft (10.7 km) cruise altitude)
Maximum Cruise Speed Mach 0.86 (913 km/h, 568 mph, 493 knots at 35,000 ft (10.7 km) cruise altitude)
Takeoff run at MTOW 2,220 metres (7,300 ft) 2,500 metres (8,202 ft)
Bulk hold volume (Standard/option) 19.7 / 13.76 m³ 475 m³
Design weights
Maximum ramp weight 230.9 (233.9) t
Maximum takeoff weight 230 (233) t
Maximum landing weight 180 (182) t 185 (187) t 182 (187) t
Maximum zero fuel weight 168 (170) t 173 (175) t 173 (178) t
Maximum fuel capacity 139,100 L 97,170 L 139,100 L
Typical operating weight empty 120 t 122 (124) t 109 t
Typical volumetric payload 36.4 t 45.9 t 69 t

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  1. November 22nd, 2009

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