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19 October 2017
Commercial Aircraft

A330neo takes to the skies

A330neo First Flight in flight 3
A330neo First Flight pilots and engineers 2      
A330neo First Flight pilots and engineers 2
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18 October 2017

A330neo First Flight pilots and engineers 2

The six-member crew for the A330neo's maiden flight included (from left to right): Flight Test Pilot Engineer Alain Pourchet; Flight Test Engineer Jean-Philippe Cottet; Flight Test Engineer Gert Wunderlich; Experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm; Flight Test Engineer Emiliano Requena Esteban; and Experimental Test Pilot Thierry Bourges

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A330neo First Flight take-off VIP 10      
A330neo First Flight take-off VIP 10
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19 October 2017

A330neo First Flight take-off VIP 10

Airbus COO and President of Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier and Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of Programmes at Airbus Commercial Aircraft, joined in on the excitement of the A330neo's headline-making first flight

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A330neo first flight takeoff      
A330neo first flight takeoff
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19 October 2017

A330neo first flight takeoff

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the no. 1 A330neo – an A330-900neo version – performed its maiden flight on 19 October 2017, with take-off and landing occurring at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France

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A330neo First Flight take-off 6      
A330neo First Flight take-off 6
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19 October 2017

A330neo First Flight take-off 6

The first A330neo took off 19 October 2017 at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 9:57 a.m. local time, for its maiden flight performed over southwestern France

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A330neo First Flight in flight 4      
A330neo First Flight in flight 4
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19 October 2017

A330neo First Flight in flight 4

The A330neo is the latest generation in Airbus' market-leading A330 product line, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900

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A330neo First Flight crew arrival 3      
A330neo First Flight crew arrival 3
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19 October 2017

A330neo First Flight crew arrival 3

The flight crew and Airbus managers give a big "thumbs up" following the A330neo's first flight on 19 October 2017. From left to right: Flight Test Engineer Gert Wunderlich; Test Flight Pilot Engineer Alain Pourchet; Experimental Test Pilot Thierry Bourges; Head of A330neo Program Odile Jubécourt; Experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm; Flight Test Engineer Emiliano Requena Esteban; Airbus Commercial Aircraft Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams; Head Of Programs Didier Evrard; and Flight Test Engineer Jean-Philippe Cottet

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A330neo First Flight - Landing      
A330neo First Flight - Landing
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19 October 2017

A330neo First Flight - Landing

Performing the maiden flight of Airbus’ A330neo was an A330-900 variant, which will be joined by two other dedicated flight-test aircraft to perform all flight testing in under one year for both the A330-900 and A330-800 versions

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Highlights of the A330neo first flight        
 
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19 October 2017

Highlights of the A330neo first flight

With a six-person test crew aboard, Airbus’ A330neo completes its four-hour maiden flight from Toulouse, France on 19 October 2017. The activity – conducted from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France – marks the start of this new-generation jetliner's flight test and certification campaign.

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A330neo First Flight interviews        
 
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19 October 2017

A330neo First Flight interviews

Learn more about the A330neo’s successful maiden flight – performed 19 October 2017 – in follow-up interviews with Airbus Commercial Aircraft Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams and Experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm.

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A330neo infographic – light version      
A330neo infographic – light version
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19 October 2017

A330neo infographic – light version

The A330neo – which performed its maiden flight on 19 October 2017 – is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest Trent 7000 turbofan powerplants, and incorporates high-span wings featuring 3D-optimised aerodynamics, a connected cockpit and the “Airspace by Airbus” cabin interior

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A330neo infographic – dark version      
A330neo infographic – dark version
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19 October 2017

A330neo infographic – dark version

The A330neo – which performed its maiden flight on 19 October 2017 – is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest Trent 7000 turbofan powerplants, and incorporates high-span wings featuring 3D-optimised aerodynamics, a connected cockpit and the “Airspace by Airbus” cabin interior

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Maintaining Airbus’ widebody leadership with the new-generation A330neo

The A330neo’s maiden flight today confirmed Airbus’ widebody jetliner leadership, bringing together new-generation technology and high operational efficiency that builds on the in-service experience of its A330 and A350 XWB aircraft families.

Departing from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France, the no. 1 A330neo was put through its paces during a four hour and 13 minute airborne evaluation. The milestone takeoff and landing were witnessed by an audience of invited airline executives, industry suppliers, air transport officials, national authorities, the news media and Airbus employees.

Performing the maiden flight today was an A330-900. When entering airline service by mid-2018, this aircraft version will become the lowest seat-mile-cost jetliner in the 300-passenger widebody category, continuing the success of Airbus’ A330-300 variant (the best-selling midsize widebody ever).

One aircraft in two sizes

It will be joined by the smaller A330-800 – the longest-range 250-seater, and the follow-on to today’s A330-200 (which has the largest operator base, composed of nearly 100 carriers). Airworthiness certification of the A330-800 is planned for 2019.

Both A330-800 and A330-900 are powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest Trent 7000 turbofan powerplants, and incorporate high-span wings featuring 3D-optimised aerodynamics, new onboard systems, a connected cockpit, and the “Airspace by Airbus” cabin interior.

By offering the A330neo along with its next-generation A350 XWB, Airbus has created a world-leading widebody airliner product line that accommodates 257 to 366 seats – sharing a high degree of commonality for airline operators, while providing unmatched comfort and a superior in-flight ambience for passengers.

For additional details on the A330neo first flight, see the press release.

Highlights of the A330neo first flight
 

With a six-person test crew aboard, Airbus’ A330neo completes its four-hour maiden flight from Toulouse, France on 19 October 2017. The activity – conducted from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France – marks the start of this new-generation jetliner's flight test and certification campaign.

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