Toulouse - On Monday, December 4, Airbus made the inaugural flight of the second A330-900 for flight tests.

The aircraft MSN1813 (F-WTTE) took off from Toulouse on December 4 around 10:50 am and returned to its base after more than a 4 hour flight. This first flight took place over the south-west of France and the Bay of Biscay.

According to Flightradar 24 data, the aircraft reached an altitude of 41,000 feet (nearly 12,500 meters) and a speed of 520 knots (963 kilometers per hour).

In the coming months, the MSN1813 will be dedicated to the validation of aerodynamic performance and engines, as well as the validation of air operations,
Airbus said on its Twitter account.

The first A330neo MSN179 (F-WTTN) made its maiden flight a month and a half ago, on October 19th. With two aircraft, the test fleet of the A330-900 is now complete.

The A330neo's development and testing program will include approximately 1,400 hours, Airbus said earlier. Of this total, 1,100 hours will be dedicated to the A330-900 campaign. The manufacturer plans to obtain Type Certification, issued by EASA and the FAA, in mid-2018.

Launched in July 2014 at the Farnborough Air Show, the A330neo recorded 212 firm orders at the end of October, including 206 in the A330-900 variant and 6 in the smaller A330-800 version.

The launch company, TAP Air Portugal, is waiting for its first flight for the summer of 2018.