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Airbus A330-800 ready for service © Airbus

| Alexandre Rocchi

Airbus A330-800 ready for service

The Airbus A330-800 receives joint EASA and FAA type certification at the end of a program including 132 missions and 370 flight hours.

The Airbus A330-800 and its Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines can finally enter into service in commercial operation. The Airbus wide-body aircraft has just received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The “green light” comes at the end of a flight-test campaign during which the Airbus A330-800, MSN1888, accumulated 370 hours of flight in 132 missions. The MSN1888 performed its first flight in November 2018. Certified 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 Airbus A330-800 has reached fourteen orders: eight for Kuweit Airways, two for Uganda Airlines and four for an unspecified customer. 323 copies of the “big brother” — A330-900 — have already been sold and 45 are currently into service.

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