Toulouse - TAP Air Portugal has to wait a few months more for the A330neo. The Portuguese flag carrier who is the launch operator of the aircraft has ordered ten A330-900s directly from Airbus.

The first deliveries are scheduled for the summer of 2018. The first aircraft, the MSN1836, already wears the colors of the Lisbon-based airline operator.

Since October, Airbus has been testing the flight characteristics of the A330-900 and Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 that is based on the Trent 1000-TEN. Trent 7000, which was developed by Rolls-Royce for the Boeing 787-10, was responsible for several months of program delays in 2017.

Thanks to reduced fuel consumption, the A330neo is set to become more attractive again in competition with the Boeing 787. Airbus offers the aircraft with up to 287 seats and 7532 nautical miles (12,130 kilometers) range.

Airbus recently received 214 orders for the A330-900, while Delta and AirAsia are among the bulk buyers of the re-engineered twin-engine airliner.

In addition to the ten aircraft ordered directly from Airbus, TAP will lease four A330-900s from leasing company ALC. TAP is also considered a remarkable client for the A321LR. The company purchased 14 A321LR. Delivery of the first devices is expected in November 2018.

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