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    ATW Online; Friday 06 October 2017
    Airbus begins A330-800 production

    Airbus announced it has begun A330-800 production in preparation for final assembly in late 2017 and first flight in early 2018. It is also preparing for the first flight of the A330-900.

    The two aircraft are members of the A330neo family and incorporate the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.


    According to Airbus, the first parts for the A330-800 are advancing at manufacturer sites throughout Europe, including the new increased-span wing now being equipped in Bremen (Germany) and its new composite Sharklets from Korean Air Aerospace Division; the fuselage sections in Hamburg (Germany); the new titanium pylons in Toulouse (France); and the center wing box in Nantes (France).

    Airbus said the A330-800 brings “new generation economics and comfort, in addition to unprecedented range, to the 250-seater aircraft market.” Together with the larger 300-seat A330-900 they share 99% commonality, with the same airframe, engines and crew operations. “All A330s are built on the same production line so orders can be fulfilled in full flexibility according to market demands,” Airbus said in a statement.

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    The aircraft, MSN1795, is an A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly. [Kurt Hofmann]
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    ATW Online; Thursday 19 October 2017
    Airbus A330neo launches first flight over France

    The first Airbus A330neo test aircraft - powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines - took off on its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport Oct. 19 over southwestern France.

    Airbus COO and president of Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier told journalists on the sidelines of the event that Airbus has decided to increase the maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) from 242 to 251 tonnes of the aircraft, “which will enter service probably around mid-2020, because we have to change a few things regarding the landing gear and breaking system, but these are what I call minor and controlled modifications.”

    Brégier added the 251 tonne-MTOW will increase the aircraft’s range by 700 nautical miles “compared to the aircraft that just took off,” and an additional 1,000 miles compared to the current A330ceo. “The increased MTOW will allow the aircraft probably to [fly nonstop] with fuel loads for example from Kuala Lumpur to London,” Bregier said.

    The A330neo’s certification development program will last around 1,400 flight-test hours. This will comprise 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 campaign—to achieve its respective EASA and FAA type certification around the middle of 2018; plus 300 flight hours for the A330-800 version—which will be certified in 2019.

    “The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in summer 2018 to TAP Portugal,” Bregier confirmed.

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