The first A330-900 widebody destined for Delta
Air Lines made its inaugural test flight on Tuesday.
The twin-engine jet, one of 35
Delta has on order, is due to be delivered to the Atlanta,
Georgia-based airline in the coming weeks.
The A330-900 is the larger of the two A330neo
variants that Airbus launched in 2014.
Incorporating the latest-generation
Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic
enhancements – including new extended composite wingtips which
provide 3.7 metres of increased overall wing-span, as well as
increased lift and reduced drag – the A330neo is a more efficient
aircraft, delivering 25% lower fuel burn than previous generation
aircraft and one of the lowest seat-mile costs in its category.
A330-900 has a range of 6,550 nautical miles in a typical three-class configuration.