Toulouse - The two Airbus A330-900 have accumulated more than 700 hours in 200 flights. The entry into service with the airline TAP Air Portugal is still planned this summer.

Since their first flights on October 19, 2017, and April 10, 2018, the two A330neo (MSN1795 and MSN 1813), which are dedicated to the certification campaign of the type, accumulated more than 700 hours across the globe: cold weather test in Kazakhstan, icing in the United States, side wind landing and takeoff in Ireland, hot weather test in Mexico.

The A330-900, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, has a longer wingspan than the current A330 with new high-performance sharklets. The aircraft incorporates the new Airbus Airspace cabin concept that is common with the A350 XWB.

These combined elements offer the most efficient and comfortable middle-class widebody airliner in the world, says Crawford Hamilton, director of A330 marketing.

The capabilities of the A330neo are further enhanced with the launch of a MTOW version increased by 9 tonnes, extending the aircraft's flight range 1500nm (2778 km) and allowing airlines to open new routes while radically improving the economic efficiency added Hamilton.

The A330-900 is scheduled to be in service by mid-2018 at TAP Air Portugal. As of the end of March, It has accumulated 214 firm orders. Its little sister A330-800 did not receive any order yet. The only customer Hawaiian Airlines had canceled its order for six A330-800 in February.

The certification campaign of the A330-900 includes 1100 flying hours in total.