The A330neo, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has
embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for
As a final step in the aircraft certification
phase, these function and reliability tests, also known as route
proving, will include ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine
Operational Performance Standards) missions, landing at diversion
airports and testing airport handling services.
After a fly-past
over Airbus’ European sites, the A330neo will head for 15 major
airports worldwide over five continents, aiming at achieving 150
flight test hours in three trips.
The cities, and not in any order at all (we are
in process of getting the official order and dates), that the A330neo
will fly to Mauritius, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong,
Manila, New Delhi, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife,
Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Reykjavik. The tour is scheduled to
end on 7 July 2018.
The route proving tests are
performed with the first A330-900 production aircraft, fully
equipped with an Airspace by Airbus cabin and flying in launch
operator Tap Air Portugal’s colours. The aircraft first flew on 15
May 2018, launching flight tests to check cabin systems such as
The route proving tests form part of the
final trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled
for summer 2018.
Today, two A330-900 flight test aircraft and
the TAP customer aircraft are involved in the intensive flight
test programme, which will reach 1,000 flight hours during the
tour of the Airbus plants.
The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent
7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new
A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets.
Airbus A330neo Route