A330-200 or -300?

Old Jun 17, 12, 7:51 am
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Question A330-200 or -300?

I have to book a last-minute trip to Europe (again) soon, and my choices are basically the A330-200 or A330-300, both in Economy. Scheduling is irrelevant to me and the price is the same. Which would you choose? Thanks all!
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Old Jun 17, 12, 8:40 am
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A330-200 or -300?

On which airline are you flying? Maybe the cabins are different. If not, I'd stick to the A332 because it's a bit smaller, otherwise there is virtually no difference with these aircraft from a passenger's perspective.
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Old Jun 17, 12, 8:47 am
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Six of one, half a dozen of the other. There's very little difference. The A333 has one more row of EC than the A332 does, if that makes a difference at all.
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They are essentially the same in coach, so I'd pick based on which had more desirable seats open -- such as those in Economy Comfort or exit rows. I'd also consider which flight has better timing. If you're still indifferent, then I'd pick the 332 since it is indeed smaller so loading/offloading is a little faster.
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Old Jun 17, 12, 9:32 am
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If you will be flying Economy Comfort I would chose the A330-300 and try to get seats 10AB or 10HJ. As many have commented on FlyerTalk, those seats are great for long-haul flights. Economy Comfort on the A330-200 starts at a bulkhead wall which I don't find comfortable.

For regular coach class (not EC), there isn't much difference between the two except the number of passengers.

I can't comment on Business Class for either aircraft.
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In BE on DL, the difference is that one aircraft type has the BE divided into two cabins, with some preferring the second minicabin but IME it tends to be filled by families with kids. IIRC the wall is in front of the last two rows of BE, so that it creates more bulkhead seats.
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Just to clarify, I'll be flying regular Economy (not Comfort), and it's kind of last-minute so in general available seats are in the back.
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Originally Posted by nytraveller53 View Post
Just to clarify, I'll be flying regular Economy (not Comfort), and it's kind of last-minute so in general available seats are in the back.
I'd take the 332 if you're towards the back. Fewer people in front of you when it's time to offload.
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According to SeatGuru, the economy class is as follows:
AB330-300: pitch width seating details
Eco Class: 31-33.0" 17.5" 232 seats
AB330-200: pitch width seating details
Eco Class: 32.0" 17.5" 181 seats

Agree with other FT members, AB330-200 is the more desirable one.
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Originally Posted by Dalat767 View Post
According to SeatGuru, the economy class is as follows:
AB330-300: pitch width seating details
Eco Class: 31-33.0" 17.5" 232 seats
AB330-200: pitch width seating details
Eco Class: 32.0" 17.5" 181 seats

Agree with other FT members, AB330-200 is the more desirable one.
Great. I'm going to go ahead and book the A330-200 flight.

Thanks all!
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