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A330-800 leaves paintshop
A330-800 leaves paintshop
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A330-800 leaves paintshop

The newest member of the A330neo Family has rolled out of the paintshop, on track for its first flight in mid-2018.

The newest member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, has rolled out of the paintshop, on track for its first flight in mid-2018.

With its 242t Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) as the base variant, the A330-800 can operate routes of up to 7,500nm and with the recently launched 251t-MTOW variant, the aircraft can operate ultra-long-range routes of up to 8,150nm.

The -800 variant shares 99% commonality with the larger, 300-seat A330-900, having the same airframe, engines and cross-crew training. Both aircraft incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, zero-splice nacelles, titanium pylons, new wings and new Airspace by Airbus cabins. The most visible new features of the A330neo wings are the specially developed curved wingtip Sharklets – which draw on A350 XWB technology, extending the wingspan to 64m.

The A330-900 made its first flight in October.

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