First A330-800 successfully completes maiden flight

First A330-800 successfully completes maiden flight

The first A330-800 development aircraft to fly, MSN1888, has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 2:35pm local time after successfully completing its first flight, which lasted four hours and four minutes.

First A330-800 successfully completes maiden flight

The aircraft, the second member of the A330neo family, is powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said: “Today’s first flight of the A330-800 is the latest addition to our efficient widebody family. The A330-800 is an exceptionally versatile ‘route-opener’, offering unbeatable economics for airlines – encompassing everything from short to very-long haul widebody missions. We look forward to the successful flight-test campaign, leading to certification next year.”

Towards 2019

 The A330-800’s development programme will include around 300 flight-test hours, paving the way for certification in 2019.

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