Leg-7 From LKPR Václav Havel Airport we take off for our 7th leg with the Airbus A330. We continue our journey from Prague over the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia all the way to Budapest, the capitol of Hungry to Ferihegy Airport LHBP.
Route: LKPR VOZ PISAM KOVEL STO SNU SASAL SIRDU VAMOG SOMID VALPI MAKAL BILNA KOPAT UPALI TEKVI ERGOM PUSTA LHBP
The Airbus A330 is a medium wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus. The two versions, the A330-200 and A330-300 have a range of 7,400 to 13,430 kilometres and can accommodate between 255 and 400 passengers. The origin of the A330 dates to the 1970s as one of several conceived derivatives of Airbus's first airliner, the A300. The A330 airliners incorporated fly-by-wire flight control technology, first introduced on an Airbus aircraft with the A320. De Airbus A330 is used for busy medium distance routes (A330-300) but also on the intercontinental routes with slightly less passengers (A330-200). The A330-200 was developed to compete Boeing's 767-300ER and to replace the Airbus A340-200. The A330-200 has a shorter fuselage compared to the original A330-300 and improved engines. This increased the maximum range significantly up to 13.400 kilometres. The aircraft was first presented in 1995 and made its commercial maiden trip in 1998. In December 2011 Airbus had 572 aircraft in firm order.
LHBP - Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, or as it is called in Hungarian: Budapest Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülõtér, formerly known as Budapest Ferihegy International Airport is the international airport serving the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, and by far the largest of the country's four commercial airports. The airport is located 16 kilometres east-southeast of the centre of Budapest and was renamed in honour of Ferenc (Franz) Liszt on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth. In 1938 the idea of building a new airport in Budapest was born. The area in the boundary of three settlements, Pestszentlõrinc-Rákoshegy-Vecsés, was assigned as the area of the new airport. The airport was intended as jointly for civil-military-sporting purposes. The work commenced in 1942 but in wartime the civil construction slowed down and then stopped at the beginning of 1944. Towards the end of World War II, many of the airport buildings were damaged. By the end of 1944, Budapest and its airport were under Soviet occupation. In 1947 it was decided that the airport would be reconstructed for civil aviation and the opening ceremony was held in May 1950. The first Western airline which launched a flight to Budapest was KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 1957. In 2012, the airport handled 8.5 million passengers but experienced a significant drop in aircraft movements and handled cargo, primarily due to the collapse of Malév Hungarian Airlines earlier in the year, hence losing a large portion of connecting passengers . Before the collapse of Malév the airline was responsible for more than one third of the air traffic at the airport and about 40% of the revenues at Budapest airport originated from Malév operations. In the wake of the collapse of Malév, RyanAir announced that it would expand its flights to Liszt airport and by the end of 2012 already 60% of the lost Malév traffic had been compensated by RyanAir and another low-budget airliner WizzAir. Since then airliners like Lufthansa, Aegean Airlines and Air Berlin opened scheduled services to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.