First A-330/800 plane completes its maiden flight
Development on track for its certification in 2019
The first A-330/800 development aircraft to fly, MSN1888, has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 2:35pm local time of today after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and four minutes. The airplane, the second member of the A-330neo Family, is powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. The crew in the cockpit comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Malcolm Ridley and François Barre and Test-Flight Engineer Ludovic Girard. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems and performance in real-time at the flight-test-engineer’s (FTE) station were Catherine Schneider and Jose Corugedo Bermejo. The A-330/800’s development programme will include around 300 flight-test hours, paving the way for certification in 2019. Its larger /900 family member, recently completed its development testing and certification programme which validated the A-330neo Family’s common engines, systems, cabin and flight & ground operations.
The A-330neo comprises two versions: the /800 and /900. Both of these widebody aircraft incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, nacelle, titanium pylon, new wings. The larger A-330/900 will accommodate up to 287 seats in a typical three-class layout, while the /800 typically will seat 257 passengers in three classes. At the end of September 2018, Airbus’ orderbook includes 14 customers who have placed orders for a total of 224 units.
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