The A330-800 has made its first flight, having departed Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on November 6. The aircraft, F-WTTO (c/n 1888), will undertake flight-physics tests required for the variant as part of the A330-800’s certification process. Airbus expects that the -800 variant’s test programme will involve around 300 flight hours. The larger A330-900 recently completed its certification programme, which validated the A330neo Family’s common engines, systems, cabin and flight plus ground operations.
Conducting the November 6 flight were experimental test pilots Malcolm Ridley and François Barre and test-flight engineer Ludovic Girard. Two flight-test engineers were also on-board monitoring aircraft systems during the sortie.