A330-800 Receives EASA Type Certification

 In GDI, Defense, Air, Space, France

(Source: Airbus; issued Feb. 13, 2020)

Seen here during its first flight in November 2018, the Airbus A330-800 has won its EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion after com­plet­ing a flight test com­pris­ing 370 flight hours and over 132 flights. (Airbus photo)

TOULOUSE, France — The 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 suc­cess­ful­ly per­formed by air­craft MSN1888, which com­plet­ed the pro­gramme in 370 flight test hours and 132 flights since its first flight in November 2018.

The A330-800, part of a true new-gen­er­a­tion A330neo family, is the most effi­cient longest range entry-level wide­body and incor­po­rates new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-opti­mised wing and new Sharklets using lighter com­pos­ite mate­ri­als. Together, these advances bring a sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion of 25 per cent com­pared with older gen­er­a­tion com­peti­tor air­craft of sim­i­lar size.

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.

In the A330-800, pas­sen­gers can expect the high­est levels of com­fort, with the air­craft fea­tur­ing the award-win­ning Airspace by Airbus cabin with larger over­head stor­age, advanced cabin mood light­ing and the latest in-flight enter­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­i­ty.

Operationally, the A330neo shares a common pilot type-rating with the larger A350 XWB, which facil­i­tates min­i­mum flight train­ing cost and max­i­mum pilot pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Maintenance per­son­nel will also ben­e­fit from the aircraft’s new Skywise data con­nec­tiv­i­ty fea­tures which will help them to pre­dict poten­tial issues before they arise, thus ensur­ing max­i­mum pro­duc­tiv­i­ty of the air­craft in rev­enue ser­vice.

The A330 is the most pop­u­lar wide­body family ever, oper­at­ing over one mil­lion flights every year. It has received over 1,800 orders from 120 cus­tomers with 1,400 A330s cur­rent­ly in oper­a­tion today. The A330neo is the latest addi­tion to the lead­ing Airbus wide­body Family, which also includes the A350 XWB, fea­tur­ing unmatched space and com­fort com­bined with unprece­dent­ed effi­cien­cy levels and unri­valled range capa­bil­i­ty.

Airbus is a global leader in aero­nau­tics, space and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2019 it gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 70 bil­lion and employed a work­force of around 135,000. Airbus offers the most com­pre­hen­sive range of pas­sen­ger air­lin­ers. Airbus is also a European leader pro­vid­ing tanker, combat, trans­port and mis­sion air­craft, as well as one of the world’s lead­ing space com­pa­nies. In heli­copters, Airbus pro­vides the most effi­cient civil and mil­i­tary rotor­craft solu­tions world­wide.

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Source: Defense Aerospace

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