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Airbus’ A330-800 on track for mid-2018 first flight

The A330-800, the new generation 250 seater from Airbus’ twin aisle family has rolled out of the paintshop on track for its first flight mid-2018.

With a 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) as base variant, the newest member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800 can operate routes of up to 7,500nm and with the recently launched 251-tonne MTOW variant the aircraft can operate ultra-long-range routes of up to 8,150nm.

Together with the 300-seater A330-900 they share 99% commonality, with the same airframe, engines and cross crew training, providing greater flexibility for operators to use either aircraft in their fleet according to network needs in size and range. Both of these widebody aircraft incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, zero-splice nacelle, titanium pylon, new wings and new Airspace by Airbus Cabin.

A new feature of the A330neo wings are the specially developed curved wingtip Sharklets – which draws on the A350 XWB technology, extending the wingspan to 64m.

The manufacturer said: “Airlines will benefit from 25% less fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation competitors, reduced maintenance costs and the A330’s market-leading 99.5% operational reliability.”

Passengers will be able to experience the latest generation IFEC, a new entrance area, spacious overhead bins, mood lighting and quiet flights.

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