The newest completed a three-hour long test flight, mostly flying in long loops over southwestern France.airliner soared into the sky this morning from the company’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. After taking off at 9:57 a.m. local time, the Airbus A330neo
Though it’s based on the existing A330, which first flew 25 years ago, the A330neo is almost a complete design. Among its improvements are quieter Rolls Royce Trent 7000 jet engines (neo is an acronym for New Engine Option), an upgraded cabin interior, a more efficient wing design and new cockpit technology. The A330neo also has increased range over its predecessor (up to 6,550 nautical miles) and can carry 10 more passengers (287 seats in a typical configuration).
Airbus says it has orders for 212 A330neos from carriers like Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Asia and Tap Portugal. The aircraft should enter service in early 2018.
Another new Airbus, the A350-1000, should start flying with Qatar Airways by the end of the year. Airbsus’s answer to theDreamliner, the A350-1000 from Toulouse last November.