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First A330neo for TAP makes maiden flight
First A330-900 for Air Portugal. © Airbus

First A330neo for TAP makes maiden flight

The first A330-900 for launch operator TAP Air Portugal has completed a 4h 32mn maiden flight.

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal — an A330-900 designated MSN1819 — has completed a 4h 32mn maiden flight.

The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft that have been performing flight tests since 19 October 2017.

MSN1819, the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace by Airbus cabin, is equipped with a reduced set of flight test instrumentation for the duration of the test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest, etc.

The first of the 10 A330-900s ordered by TAP Air Portugal is scheduled for delivery this summer.

The -900 is the larger of the two A330neo variants. The first A330-800 is scheduled to fly in mid-2018.

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