First customer A330neo takes flight

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 16, 2018


The first Airbus A330neo planned to be delivered to a customer has completed its first flight.
The A330-900neo wears the colours of launch customer TAP Air Portugal, and departed Airbus’s home airport of Toulouse for its 4hr 32min maiden flight on Tuesday.
Airbus says MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin, and is equipped with “light” flight test instrumentation to check cabin systems.
It joins two other A330neos in flight test, the first of which first flew on October 19 last year.
Delivery to TAP is planned for the northern summer, Airbus says.

8 Comments

  • Trey Pohe

    says:

    How exciting!

  • Phil C

    says:

    Hope their version of the Trent holds up for them

  • DaDa

    says:

    Shear some of its structure weight and make a shorter version then it is an perfect NMA with a cabin that pleases everyone.

  • Harrison

    says:

    i hope Virgin Australia Or Qantas Order this Aircraft

  • Trogdor

    says:

    @Harrison – I doubt that either will.
    Qantas is wedded to the 787 and will either pick up A350s or 777x’s for ultra long range. Virgin could I suppose, but they need the range and capacity of the 777-300ER on their long haul routes, and I suspect would rather consolidate to a single type (again either 777 or A350) if they wanted to renew their fleet.

  • BC

    says:

    I think the 330neo would work for Virgin Australia. I read they’re going to offer a 251 tonne version of the 330-900 to give it enough range for LAX to the east coast of Australia. That’s all VA really need and it would mean they could standardise on the A330. I think the 777 is a bit too big for VA’s routes, particularly to Hong Kong.

  • Anton

    says:

    I hope an airliner will order the smaller a330-800neo.

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