The Airbus A330-800 has received joint Type
Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The aircraft’s certification flight-test campaign
was performed by aircraft MSN1888, which completed the programme
in 370 flight test hours and 132 flights since its first flight in
The A330-800 is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines
and features a
new 3D-optimised wing and new Sharklets made up of lighter composite
materials. Airbus says that together, these advances result in a
"significant reduction in fuel consumption".
Certified initially with a maximum take-off weight
(MTOW) of 242 tonnes for a range capability of up to 7,500
nautical miles, the A330-800 will typically seat 220 to 260
passengers in three classes, or up to 406 travellers in a
single-class high-density configuration.
To date the A330neo
Family has won 337 firm orders from 22 operators.