The A330-900 has received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The type, the larger version of the re-engined A330neo, is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The Type Certificate was signed by EASA’s certification director, Trevor Woods, and handed over by EASA’s head of large aeroplanes certification, Ludovic Aron, to Airbus’ head of engineering for commercial aircraft, Jean-Brice Dumont. Airbus said Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification is expected to follow shortly.
Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft commented: “The A330neo embodies Airbus’ spirit of innovation. This new generation aircraft with unparalleled efficiency and flexibility from short to long haul routes has tremendous market potential. We look forward to delivering the first aircraft equipped with the beautiful new Airspace cabin to our launch customer TAP Air Portugal in the coming weeks.”
In agreement with TAP Air Portugal, its first built aircraft served as a demonstrator for route proving around the world visiting more than 12 countries. Together with the two A330-900 flight test aircraft, the certification flight test campaign was successfully completed in around 1,400 flight test hours in under a year since the first flight on October 19, 2017.
Operationally, the A330neo shares a common pilot type-rating with the larger A350 XWB, which facilitates minimum flight training cost and maximum pilot productivity. Airbus said maintenance personnel will also benefit from the aircraft’s new Skywise data connectivity features which will help them to predict potential issues before they arise.