The Airbus A330-800 took to the sky for the
first time on Monday, performing a maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac
Airport that lasted
four hours and four minutes.
Airbus crew for this first flight were Captain François Barre,
Copilot Malcom Ridley, Test Flight Engineer Ludovic Girard, as
well as Flight Test Engineers Catherine Schneider and Jose Angel
As the second member of the A330neo Family, the
A330-800 joins the longer-fuselage A330-900 variant which will soon
be entering airline service with launch operator TAP Air Portugal.
The A330-800 and A330-900 have more than 99% commonality across
the two A330neo versions, and they share the same type rating with
the other members of Airbus’ A330 Family. Additionally, the two
A330neo aircraft have a common type rating with the A350 XWB,
facilitating pilots’ transition among these widebody Airbus
aircraft for maximum efficiency.
The passenger capacity of the A330-800 variant
is 257 passengers in a three-class configuration, with the
A330-900 version seating 287 passengers with similar typical
Fitted with the new Airspace by
Airbus cabin, the A330neo features an innovative and customisable
entrance, full LED ambient lighting, new lavatories, as well as
the latest in-flight entertainment system for an exclusive
The A330-800 and A330-900 are powered by
Rolls-Royce’s Trent 7000 engines. For the A330-800, this results in a range of up
to 8,150 nautical miles, enabling non-stop flights between
Southeast Asia and Europe, as well as transpacific travel between
Southeast Asia and the U.S. West Coast.
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