The first Airbus A330neo on the first flight (video)
The new generation of A330neo aircraft is preparing for "take off" with the operation of the first scheduled flight this week.
19.10.2017 Update: The first Airbus A330neo took off for the first time from the Airbus base in Toulouse today at 09: 57. It is an A330-900neo (MSN1795), the first of three aircraft in the test fleet. It is powered by the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.
The certification program for A330neo will be completed next summer, when the fleet will accumulate over 1400 flight hours. 1100 flight hours will be for the Airbus A330-900, which will receive standard FAA and EASA certification by mid-next year. Plus 300 flight hours for the A330-800 version, which will be certified in 2019.
Initial news: The first Airbus A330neo was assembled, painted and prepared for the first flight, which will take place today.
The new type of aircraft encompasses many of the technological advances of the A350 XWB, based on the popularity and maturity of the Airbus A330 aircraft family.
First Airbus A330neo flight
The inaugural flight will be operated by Airbus A330-900 aircraft. The test fleet will also include an A330-900neo aircraft and an A330-800neo model. Together they will accumulate up to 1400 flight hours for model certification.
The new Airbus A330neo will be powered by 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, which come equipped with Trent XWB technology (also known as A350). The new wings are designed for better aerodynamics and are equipped with Sharklets.
- Airbus (@Airbus) October 18, 2017
More efficient engines and aerodynamic efficiency contribute to low fuel consumption by up to 25% compared to other competing models.
The first A330-900neo airbus will be delivered to TAP Air Portugal, the launch customer, until the middle of the year 2018!