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A330neo Launch Operator Completes Maiden Flight

Airspace Cabin Checks Commences With TAP Air Portugal aircraft

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal - MSN1819 - recently completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight. The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017.

MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight Test Instrumentation during its test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest etc.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, performing nearly 1,000,000 flights every year. Today, more than 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to almost 120 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.

Airbus says the airplane offers the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investments in latest innovations, the new generation A330neo is "the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its size category," according to an Airbus news release. The A330neo first delivery is planned in summer 2018.

The A330neos will usher the brand-new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, a consumer-centric cabin developed with passengers at heart and airlines in mind around the four pillars: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design. These cabin options will ensure that the A330neos will set the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value, alongside its widebody partner, the A350 XWB.

(Image provided with Airbus news release)

FMI: www.airbus.com

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