The A330-800 has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after completing its flight-test campaign. The campaign comprised 370 flight-test hours and a total of 132 flights, which commenced in November 2018.
The A330-800 comprises Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a 3D-optimised wing and Sharklets manufactured from composite materials. These additions contribute to an estimated 25% reduction in fuel compared to legacy counterparts.
The A330-800 is designed to seat between 220 and 260 passengers across three classes, or up to 406 travellers in a single-class configuration. To date the A330neo Family has almost 340 orders across 22 operators. The A330neo family shares a common pilot type-rating with the A350 XWB, increasing cost efficiencies for operators. Meanwhile, maintenance control can utilise the aircraft’s Skywise data connectivity features which aims to predict potential issues before they arise, therefore maximising time between shop visits.