TOULOUSE, France --- The first A330neo took off this morning at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 09.57 hrs local time, for its maiden flight taking place over south-western France. [91] Forum [41], The first TAP Air Portugal aircraft made its first flight on 15 May 2018; it joined the two previous test aircraft to check the cabin systems: air conditioning, crew rest, etc. About Flightradar24 We look forward to a successful flight test campaign and entry into service of the A330neo in 2018.” Airbus has developed a fast-paced development programme from launch to first A330neo delivery. [9], Airbus unveiled a distinctive cockpit windscreen to be featured on the A330neo, similar to that on the A350,[63] and promised a new interior concept offering a better passenger experience on the A330neo. [52] [71], The A330-900 retains the fuselage length of the A330-300. He also believed that an "A330neo would enjoy a monopoly in its segment instantly", with the Boeing 767 "essentially out of production", the Boeing 757 not replaced while the A321neo and the 737-9 are smaller and had less range, and that launching the A330neo would probably kill the smallest A350-800. [37] It should establish certain maximum operating points and achieve an initial handling qualities assessment including at high angle of attack. [92] Uganda Airlines received their first A330-800neo on 21 December 2020, with the second unit expected in January 2021. It exclusively uses the larger Rolls-Royce Trent 7000. The launch of the new A330-800 in commercial aviation is scheduled for 2019. This gave the -900 a range of 7,200 nmi (13,300 km) and 8,150 nmi (15,090 km) for the -800. The A330 so far The Airbus A330 is a wide-body, twin engined, long range airliner which first flew in … The inaugural flight of the jet is the first of a test stage that should last about 300 hours of flight. 19% of A330 operators are already 787 customers though some A330 operators have been dual sourcing from both Boeing and Airbus. [99], Between the 2004 launch of the Dreamliner and the A330neo launch in 2014, the market was split almost equally between both, with between 900 and 920 A330ceos sold against 950 to 1,000 787-8/9s. "[22], The decision to offer the aircraft with only one engine option is not unique to Airbus; the Boeing 777X will come equipped exclusively with General Electric GE9X engines, after Rolls Royce made a bid with its Advance configuration but was not selected. Twitter. [61], The larger 112-inch Trent 7000 is 11% more efficient than the 97.5-inch Trent 700 engine, a 2% loss is due to increased weight and 1% due to additional drag from the larger engine, but the sharklets and aero optimization regains 4% for a 12% fuel advantage per trip. Careers [28] Twitter. The A330neo flight test campaign will make use of 3 aircraft, two A330-900s and one A330-800. It will have a 112 in (284 cm) diameter fan and a 10:1 bypass ratio. Aviation newsletter, Copyright © 2020 Flightradar24 AB | Privacy | Terms, The six-member crew for the A330neo's maiden flight included (from left to right): Flight Test Pilot Engineer Alain Pourchet; Flight Test Engineer Jean-Philippe Cottet; Flight Test Engineer Gert Wunderlich; Experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm; Flight Test Engineer Emiliano Requena Esteban; and Experimental Test Pilot Thierry Bourges [105] Its two versions are based on the A330-200 and -300: the -800 has a range of 8,150 nmi (15,090 km) with 257 passengers while the -900 covers 7,200 nmi (13,330 km) with 287 passengers. [75] The first aircraft, configured with 226 seats including 23 in business class, was to be delivered to Kuwait Airways in March 2020; the airline postponed delivery until the third quarter of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Flightradar24, the new aircraft’s maiden flight took off from Toulouse and spent approximately 5 … [29] By late March 2019, it was halfway through the 300 hours flight-test programme, having completed 44 flights in 149 hours. The first flight is part of the planned 1,100 hours testing of the -900, the larger version of the A330neo. On October 30th, Corsair’s A330neo took its maiden flight out of Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France. The first aircraft will be delivered to TAP Portugal, with other commitments from Delta Airlines, AirAsia X, Hawaiian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Arkia Israel, Iran Air, Aircalin and various aircraft lessors. [4] As Emirates cancelled 70 orders for the A350, Airbus said it continued to work on re-engining the smaller A330. [54][55] The engines were shipped to Airbus in June. The heavier structure allows a transpacific range, and is balanced by a weight-reduction effort, keeping the same empty weight and payload. Hawaiian denied that the order for the A330-800 had been cancelled, but did not dismiss a new deal with Boeing. [104], Between January 2014 and November 2019, the A330/A330neo had 477 net orders (net of cancellations) compared to a total of 407 for all three variants of the 787. The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly, powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. [98] Airbus believes there is potential for the A330neo in the growing long-haul, low-cost carrier sector. Even though the -800 is thought to be a model that does not have a great future, Airbus is confident the market will come around. The Airbus A330neo took to the skies for the first time today, completing a 4 hour 15 minute maiden flight from Toulouse, France. [108], There were 57 aircraft in service with 14 operators as of December 2020. With a six-person test crew aboard, Airbus’ A330neo completes its four-hour maiden flight from Toulouse, France on 19 October 2017. The Airbus A330neo took to the air in Toulouse for the first time on November 19. In April 2020, the production rate decreased from 3.5 to 2 per month due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation, and finished planes were stored while waiting for deferred deliveries. [4] Airbus stated that lower capital cost would make the A330neo the most cost-efficient medium-range wide-body aircraft in the market. [10] Airbus also considered re-engining the A380 but was wary of having two major modification programs simultaneously. [80], Production of the -800 beyond the prototype was in doubt, as Hawaiian was choosing between the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 787-8/9. [60] Development cost would be lower than for a new program as much of the engineering has already been done for the A330-200F, and more volume would be more appealing to express carriers. Back to all videos. Structural assembly was completed by February 2018, having its flight-test instruments installed and waiting for its engines before its 300h flight-test programme. SHARE. The first flight used a -900 and next year they will add the first -800. Customers bemoan the loss of competition among engine makers: Steven Udvar-Hazy, CEO of Air Lease Corporation, said that he wants a choice of engines, but Airbus has pointed out that equipping a commercial aircraft to handle more than one type of engine adds several hundred million dollars to the development cost. [73], Further reconfiguration of cabin facilities enables the –900 to seat up to 460 passengers in an all-economy layout. Cabin optimisation allows ten additional seats on the A330-900 (310 passengers) with 18-inch-wide economy seats. This will comprise 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 campaign – to achieve its EASA and FAA Type Certification around the middle of 2018. MSN1795 was to undertake simulated icing tests and cold-weather tests in Canada, noise assessment, autoland testing and high angle-of-attack, minimum-unstick checks during rotation with a tail bumper. Airbus commenced autopilot, autoland and high-speed performance testing, and was to move on to hot- and cold-weather tests, as well as noise and icing tests, over the following three months. The first "real", fare-paying, passengers that will be able to enjoy the improvements of the A330neo are going to be TAP's, as the Portuguese airline is going to be the launch customer for the type. On its first flight, the A330neo spent 4 hours 15 minutes in skies above France, spending about 90 minutes at 10,000 feet, before climbing to 20,000 feet, and finally 30,000 feet.After a low pass at Toulouse, the flight landed at 12:14 UTC (14:14 local). Air Asia’s A330-900neo’s will carry 286 passengers in a two class layout. [11], In March 2014, Delta Air Lines expressed an interest in the A330neo to replace its aging, 20+-year-old Boeing 767-300ER jets. tweet; SUBSCRIBE NOW! [40] The 251 t MTOW was confirmed by Airbus in November 2017. In March 2018, Hawaiian confirmed the cancellation of its order for six A330-800s and ordered ten B787-9s instead. Get weekly updates on Flightradar24 and have the latest aviation news land in your inbox. [89], Airbus could limit its MTOW to 200 t (440,000 lb) and derate its engines to 68,000 lbf (300,000 N) to optimise for the shorter routes to be targeted by the Boeing NMA, with the A321XLR tackling the lower end of the same niche. October 21, 2017 Share on Facebook. A330neo first flight. The 4-hour flight was a success, according to Airbus, which filmed the event from many angles. As the Boeing 747 chapter ends in the United States, Airbus have a successful first flight of their new long haul airliner, the A330neo (new engine option), in Toulouse, France. [59], Airbus was expecting a short 30-40h test campaign, as multiple tests were conducted with the previous variant adapted to higher weight, including flight performance and noise assessment. 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