Sir....beyond the landing light bulbs....You could not be more wrong!! The A330 shares nothing in common with any of the narrow body Airbus types....nor does it share any commonality with the A300 /310 Series. Actually there is enough differences between systems on the A321 Vs. the 319/320's to create problems on occasion too Check maintenance in LAX has proven that point , too many times The Landing Gear is a standout difference between the A321 and its 320/319 brethren. We get calls from other Airbus operators hourly , in hopes of finding something common...and it frankly never happens!!....ask FedEx or AA for a quick reference example.
Our only North American based dancing partner for the A330 is Air Canada....and we pay through the nose for that!!..as do they , only less often!!
Commonality is between the A330 and 340 Series....and due to engine configurations , that has more than a few limiting factors too. Those factors are something that we at U can Ill-afford for another moment. We are paying heavy dues for Wolf's attempts at being stylish.....remember it was a polish us up for a sell off plan that landed us in this fix. This was not a plan with pro-longed staying power behind it for a scant second.
Wolf may not have had a Plan B....but I hope to heck that Dave is not influenced by those of you....with only perception based opinions to aid in directing our futures. The off-set in Leasing rates...Logistics and Training costs will make the A330....nothing but a bad memory....Should Logic take presedence of perception?.......I hope you folks can live with perceptions fall-out....should your way win out over mine?
Then we can all be looking for another career....or Type-Rating to boast about....just somewhere else using it .