The aircraft’s certification flight-test campaign was successfully performed by aircraft MSN1888, which completed the programme in 370 flight test hours and 132 flights since its first flight in November 2018.
The A330-800, is part of the A330neo family, with long range. It incorporates Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a 3D-optimised wing and Sharklets using lighter composite materials. Certified initially with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 242 tonnes for a range capability of up to 7,500 nautical miles, the A330-800 will typically seat 220 to 260 passengers in three classes. To date the A330neo Family has won 337 firm orders from 22 operators. The A330neo is the latest addition to the leading Airbus widebody Family, which also includes the A350 XWB.
Maintenance personnel will also benefit from the aircraft’s new Skywise data connectivity features which will help them to predict potential issues before they arise.