First A330-800neo Departs on Maiden Flight
The first Airbus A330-800neo has taken to the skies for the very first time in recent hours departing Toulouse.
The aircraft which emerged from the paint line in February is finally today completing its first flight after numerous tests and a period where it did not have a single order to its name. This came after Hawaiian Airlines canceled their order for 8 of the aircraft and moved over to Boeing’s 787.
Since then the A330-800neo has gradually climbed in orders which most recently in mid-October Kuwait Airways signing a purchase agreement for 8 of the aircraft. During the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, Uganda Airlines of Uganda signed a MoU for just two. This means the -800neo has accumulated just 10 commitments, MoUs or orders.
The aircraft is powered by the Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines. These are the engines which recently have recently been revealed to have issues with production and delivery. The cause of this problem is the Trent 1000 durability issues. However, the -800neo is up in the skies and this is a huge plus for the program and also Rolls Royce.
Airbus is currently using MSN 1888 for its certification program. In addition to this first flight, the A330neo is currently going through a busy month with the delivery of the first A330neo in general scheduled for sooner rather than later with TAP Air Portugal. This A330-800neo though will complete almost 300 hours of flight testing to get it certified and ready for operations.
The A330-800 is set to replace the A330-200 and is a re-engined version of the classic variant. The a330-900 will replace the A330-300 and like the A330-800 is a re-engined version. Airbus plans to take the A330neo forward in the future and have many airlines utilize it in their operations.