The A330neo is demonstrating its capabilities as
the newest member of Airbus’
twin-engine A330 Family, with flight testing continuing ahead of
its planned service entry in summer 2018.
Two test aircraft
have logged more than 700 hours aloft in the 200-plus flights
performed as of 10 April.
has thus far included cold weather validations in
Kazakhstan in temperatures as low as -27° C., natural icing
testing in the United States, crosswind landing evaluations in
Ireland, a Bolivia-based altitude campaign at 8,000 ft., and
recently-completed hot weather trials in Mexico, which had
temperatures of up to 37° C.
Crawford Hamilton, Head of
A330 Marketing, said the A330neo completes Airbus’ new-generation
product line, which begins with the single-aisle A320neo Family
(A319neo, A320neo and A321neo), increases in size with the A330neo
(including the A330-800 and A330-900), followed by the A350 XWB
(with the A350-900 and A350-1000) and completed with the A380.
“With all these aircraft, we have a true family covering seating
capacities from 140 to over 550 passengers,” Hamilton explained.
“Pilots that fly one of these jetliners are equipped to fly them
all thanks to Airbus’ unique operational commonality, and aircraft
versatility provides the range and flexibility for any type of
The new-generation A330neo, powered by
Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, has a longer wingspan with new
high-efficiency Sharklets and incorporates Airbus’ innovative
Airspace cabin that it has in common with the A350 XWB.
Further improving the A330neo capabilities is the launch of an
increased-range version, with a nine metric tonne increase to the
maximum takeoff weight to 251 metric tonnes. This provides up to
1,500 nautical miles more range when compared to typical A330s in
service today, enabling airlines to open new markets, while
radically improving aircraft economic efficiency.
The A330neo aircraft
integration and flight testing integrated product team (IPT)
leader is Jean-Christophe Bonjour.