Toulouse - The A330-800, the smallest variant of the A330neo, is out of the painting hangar and will make its first flight in mid-2018.
Two months after the start of the final assembly, the first Airbus A330-800 (MSN 1888) now holds its livery. The European aircraft manufacturer announced at the end of last week that the assembly of the aircraft was structurally completed and would soon be ready for flight tests after the installation of flight instruments and Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. With a flight planned for mid-2018, the first A330-800 will join the A330neo test fleet alongside two A330-900s.
With a capacity of around 250 seats, the A330-800's basic version has a MTOW of 242 tonnes and a range of 7,500 nm (13,890 km).
The improved variant of the aircraft has a MTOW of 251 tonnes and a range of 8,150 nm (15,094 km).
The A330-800 will enter service probably in the middle of 2020 because we have to change some points concerning the landing gear and the braking system, but these are modifications that I call minor and controlled,had said Fabrice Brégier last October, head of Airbus' Commercial Aircraft Division.