The 3hr 50min hour flight departed from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s Runway 32 at just after 10am local time. After evaluation of test points, including an altitude of 41,000ft and a speed of 330kt, the P&W4000 powered aircraft returned to Toulouse for a flyby, touch-and-go and final landing.
“The A330-200F is the right aircraft at the right time,” Airbus chief operating officer – customers John Leahy said. “We are at the eve of a market recovery, and now is the time for airlines to prepare for future freight growth.”
First delivery to launch operator Etihad Crystal Cargo is in due in August 2010, following EASA and FAA certification in March. Airbus holds 67 firm A330F orders from nine customers.
Airbus says the A330F can carry more than 64 metric tonnes over 4000nm or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3200nm.