• Airbus A330-900 type certification

    From Ward Dossche@2:292/854 to All on Fri Sep 28 22:08:31 2018
    Airbus received the type certification for the A330-900 from the European aviation authority EASA on Wednesday. This means the delivery of the first airplane to launch customer TAP Portugal is a step closer. This must happen within a few weeks.

    The aircraft manufacturer expects to receive the type certificate from the American FAA in the near future. After that step, nothing stands in the way of commercial commissioning.

    The A330-900 is the largest variant of the A330neo (New Engine Option), equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The aircraft is based on the existing A330-300. The smaller A330-800 is based on the A330-200.

    In addition to the economical new engines, the modified wing design is also an important improvement of the A330neo compared to the original A330. According to Airbus, these adjustments make the A330neo 25 percent more efficient than aircraft of the same size of the previous generation.

    The first A330-900 for TAP has already completed a demonstration tour involving twelve countries worldwide. Together with two other A330-900 test aircraft, 1,400 flight hours have been made since the maiden flight of the A330neo on 19 October 2017.

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