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12 January 2015
12. January 2015 Commercial Aircraft

First 242 tonne take-off weight A330 successfully completes first flight

242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330 maiden flight takeoff_1

Key milestone for the latest evolution of the popular A330 Family

Paves the way for entry into service in 2015 with launch customer Delta Air Lines.

The increased takeoff weight A330 variant’s first flight

Continuing Airbus’ philosophy of incremental innovation, the company’s 242-metric tonne maximum takeoff weight A330 variant took to the skies for the first time in January 2015. The aircraft performed a successful maiden flight, which lasted approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from takeoff to landing – both of which occurred at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France. As the newest enhancement to the popular and reliable A330 Family, the 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330 variant offers up to 500 nautical miles more range and up to 2 per cent reduced fuel consumption. Read less Read more

The first 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330 has successfully completed its maiden flight, landing back in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport following a 3 hours and 30 minutes flight.
Didier Evrard, Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes said: “I congratulate the whole team in charge of the A330 242 tonnes weight variant for making this day happen ahead of schedule. We are on track to deliver this new higher weight variant in 2015 to launch customer Delta Air Lines, who will also be the launch customer for the A330neo.”
The A330 242 tonne MTOW is the platform for the future A330neo and is concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy. The newest enhancement offers more capability at lower operating cost with a range extended by up to 500 nautical miles and up to two percent reduced fuel consumption while also benefiting from operational reliability of above 99 percent. The 242 tonne MTOW is capable of flying missions up to 15 hours. 
242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330 maiden flight takeoff_1

Airbus’ no. 1 242-tonne maximum takeoff weight A330 variant takes off on its maiden flight from Toulouse, France in January 2015

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