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A-330neo plane en route to function tests

It will fly over European Airbus sites and visiting 15 cities worldwide

The A-330neo, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations. As final step in the aircraft certification phase these function & reliability tests, also known as route proving will include ETOPS missions, landing at diversion airports and testing airport handling services. After a fly past over its European sites, the plane will head for 15 major airports worldwide over five continents, aiming at achieving 150 Flight Test Hours in three trips.

The route proving tests are performed with the first A-330/900 production aircraft, fully equipped with an Airspace by Airbus cabin and flying in launch operator’s Tap Air Portugal colours. The plane first flew on 15th May 2018 launching flight-tests to check cabin systems such as air conditioning.

The route proving tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for summer 2018.

Today two A-330/900 flight test aircraft and the TAP customer aircraft are involved in the intensive flight test programme, which will reach 1000 flight hours during the tour of the Airbus plants. 

Launched in July 2014, the A-330neo family is the new generation A-330, comprising two versions: /800 and /900. The A-330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A-350 XWB inspired Sharklets.

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