A330neo on route-proving tests

Airbus is carrying out route proving tests for its first A330-900 production aircraft ahead of its expected type certification later this summer.

The company’s newest widebody aircraft is now on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations, with the function and reliability tests to include ETOPS missions, landing at diversion airports and testing airport handling services. It is heading for a total of 15 major airports worldwide, aiming at achieving 150 flight test hours in three trips.

The aircraft, fully equipped with an Airspace by Airbus cabin and flying in launch operator Tap Air Portugal’s colours, first flew on 15 May.

Two A330-900 flight test aircraft and the TAP customer aircraft will be involved in the flight test programme, which is also due to pass 1,000 flight hours. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB inspired Sharklets.


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