On Tuesday 6 November, from Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport, the test aircraft launched for the first time Airbus A330-800 (MSN1888), flying 4 hours and 4 minutes, successfully completing the first stage marking the beginning of its certification.
According to the European manufacturer, the new version and the second member of the A330neo family will be subjected to about 300 hours of testing to develop its certification by the year 2019. His big brother, the Airbus A330-900, recently completed the testing and certification program.
The A330neo, includes two versions, the A330-800 and the A330-900. Both of these aircraft incorporate the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, titanium pylon, new wing surfaces and the already excellent passenger cabin.
The A330-900 will have a capacity of 287 seats in a typical three-dimensional design, while its younger brother A330-800 will accommodate 257 passengers in three categories.
In this respect, the President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Guillaume FauryHe said:
The first flight of the A330-800 is the latest addition to the effective Widebody family. The A330-800 is the spearhead for opening new routes, extremely flexible features, offering an unrivaled economy for airlines, ranging from short to long distance shipments. We look forward to the successful flight test campaign and future certification. "
Until September 2018, the Airbus order book includes 14 customers who have ordered a total of 224 A330neos. Overall, the A330 family has received more than 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,400 A330 aircraft fly today with more than 120 carriers worldwide.
– Airbus (@Airbus) November 6, 2018
Well done in all teams participating in the first A330-800 first flight – great achievement! This aircraft complements our top offer on a large scale. I have every confidence in the value it will give to airlines as an effective route opener for small and large markets. # A330neoFF pic.twitter.com/T7U6ktzYDz
– Guillaume Faury (@GuillaumeFaury) November 6, 2018