Building on the proven success of its popular twin-aisle, twin-engine, widebody A330 Family, Airbus launched the A330neo jetliner – comprising the A330-800 and A330-900 versions – in July 2014.
The A330neo Family delivers significant efficiency improvements while also launching the Airspace by Airbus cabin, which offers the newest and most advanced in-flight experience.
Incorporating the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with aerodynamic improvements – including new composite Sharklet wingtip devices that provide 4 metres of increased wing span – as well as increased lift and reduced drag, the A330neo is a more efficient aircraft that will generate savings through reduced fuel burn.
The longer-fuselage A330-900 version can accommodate 287 seats in a typical three-class layout or up to 440 for high-density configurations, and can provide a range of 7,200 nautical miles.
First flight of the A330-900, which took place in October 2017, kicked off a comprehensive flight test campaign leading up to its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) less than one year later. The first delivery, to launch customer TAP Air Portugal, occurred in November 2018.