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Airbus’ newest widebody, the A330neo, arrives in Mauritius for the first time

Airbus will fly its brand new A330neo to Mauritius for the first time, as part of the final phase of test flights leading to the Type Certification of its latest mid-size widebody airliner.  The aircraft, an A330-900 painted in the livery of launch operator TAP Air Portugal, will arrive at 12:50 am on 30th June at Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) after a flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). This stopover is part of the ”route proving” campaign taking place around the world designed to demonstrate to aviation authorities its compatibility with airports and readiness for airline operations. This trip marks the A330neo’s first time in Africa.

The A330neo is the latest version of the best-selling twin aisle A330 Family and is available in two versions, with the A330-800 seating around 250 passengers in three classes and up to 400 in an all Economy layout, and the larger A330-900 offering accommodation for around 300 in three classes, or up to 440 in a high density single class configuration.

Air Mauritius has already ordered two A330-900 on lease from ALC, and later this year, Air Mauritius will be the world’s first airline to operate both the A330neo and the A350 XWB, the Airbus leading widebody family. Air Mauritius currently operates a fleet of 12 Airbus aircraft of which two A350s, six A340s, two A330s for long haul operations and two A319s for regional services.

Launched in July 2014, the A330neo family is the new generation A330. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB inspired Sharklets.

Passengers can expect the highest levels of comfort when flying on the A330neo, with the aircraft featuring the award-winning Airbus Airspace cabin. The Airspace cabin has newly designed sidewalls and fixtures, larger overheard storage, advanced cabin mood lighting and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

The A330 is the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having won over 1,700 orders from 119 customers worldwide. Today, over 1,370 A330s are in service with 125 airlines, flying on everything from high density domestic and regional operations to long range intercontinental routes. Type Certification for the A330neo is scheduled for Q3 2018, followed by entry-into-commercial service with TAP Air Portugal.

Photo: Airbus.

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TAP Portugal showcases its new Airbus A330-900neo on test flights

One of three new Airbus A330-900neos - first to fly

Starting on June 19, TAP’s new Airbus A330neo made the first of a series of flight tests around the world, in the TAP colors and with some TAP flight crew. The first flight in this series brought the A330neo to Lisbon for the first time, from where it flew to Rio de Janeiro, returning to the Portuguese capital before heading off once more, this time to São Paulo, Recife and Miami (below).

By the end of June, the A330neo in TAP’s colors will have carried out a test flight plan that will have taken it to Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok and Mauritius. During the final stage, TAP’s new aircraft will fly to New Delhi, Reykjavik, Chicago and Atlanta, before finishing its journey around the world by returning to the Airbus factory in Toulouse.


As the final step in the aircraft certification stage, these tests are also known as route tests and include ETOPS mission, diverted airport landings and handling tests. After visiting Europe, the A330neo will go on to visit the 15 main airports on five continents to achieve 150 hours of test flights.

The route verification tests are the latest requirements for Aircraft Type Certification scheduled for this summer.

On March 20 this year, TAP made history with this aircraft when TAP pilots took the A330-900neo for a flight in Toulouse. Normally only Airbus pilots are allowed to operate these flights. The aircraft was tested in several different flight configurations that are only used in training simulators, as well as several take-off and landing manoeuvres.

TAP will be the first airline in the world to operate the new A330-900neo aircraft. This aircraft will be the first equipped with the new version of the Airspace cabin, which is a new concept shaped to meet TAP’s ambition to offer the best product in the industry to its clients. As well as this new Airspace cabin interior, the A330neo will also incorporate the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 jet turbines and aerodynamic improvements. With its unbeatable economy, versatility and reliability, the A330neo will consume up to 14% less fuel per seat, making it the world’s most efficient wide-bodied aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Miami International Airport and Airbus): The first A330neo before its first flight: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-941 F-WWCP (CS-TUB) (msn 1836) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941471.

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airBaltic and TAP Air Portugal to start codeshare flights

airBaltic and the national airline of Portugal TAP Air Portugal has concluded a cooperation agreement, known as codeshare agreement. This partnership will enable airBaltic passengers more and diversified options to travel within the vast network of TAP Air Portugal including Brazil, Portugal and Africa. In turn this agreement will offer TAP Air Portugal passengers better connectivity to the Baltics, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

TAP Air Portugal will place its flight code TP on direct flights between Riga and Lisbon operated by airBaltic as well as via common gateways between TAP Air Portugal network and Riga.

TAP Air Portugal serves 83 destinations in 35 countries worldwide. TAP hub in Lisbon is a key European gateway at the crossroads of Africa, North, Central and South America, where TAP stands out as the international leading carrier in operation to Brazil.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. 

Photo: TAP and airBaltic.

The first TAP Airbus A330neo completes its first flight

Airbus made this announcement:

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal – MSN1819 – completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight on May 15, 2018.

The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since October 19, 2017.

MSN 1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight Test Instrumentation during its test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest etc.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, performing nearly 1,000,000 flights every year. Today, more than 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to almost 120 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.

Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investments in latest innovations, the new generation A330neo is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its size category. The A330neo first delivery is planned in summer 2018.

The A330neos will usher the brand-new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, a consumer-centric cabin developed with passengers at heart and airlines in mind around the four pillars: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design. These cabin options will ensure that the A330neos will set the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value, alongside its widebody partner, the A350 XWB.

Photo: Airbus. The pictured Airbus A330-941N F-WWKM (msn 1819) will become CS-TUA on delivery.

TAP now offers new daily flights from Porto to Barcelona, Milan, London City and Ponta Delgada

TAP Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTP (msn 1165) LHR (SPA). Image: 937480.

TAP on March 25 launched its new routes from Porto. Barcelona, Milan, London (London City Airport) and Ponta Delgada represent the airline’s commitment to continue bringing passengers from around the world to Porto, and to bring Porto to the world.

Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTP (msn 1165) LHR (SPA). Image: 937480.

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A double roll-out for the first Airbus A330neo operator, TAP Air Portugal

The initial two Airbus A330neo jetliners destined for an airline operator have rolled out of the paint shop bearing the red and green livery of TAP Air Portugal, which will become the launch operator of this new member in Airbus’ A330 family – the most popular widebody family ever.

Both aircraft received the Portuguese airline’s branding at paint facilities in the Toulouse region of southern France – location of the A330 final assembly line and home to Airbus headquarters. These jetliners include the “A330neo / first to fly” wording on the fuselage, underscoring their upcoming role as the first to enter commercial airline service.

When in operation, the aircraft will join TAP Air Portugal’s already large fleet of Airbus-built jetliners, composed of A330s, A340s and A320 Family versions. TAP Air Portugal has ordered 10 A330neo aircraft and will operate a similar number on lease.

The A330neo: new generation, new efficiency

The A330neo brings together unbeatable economics and the proven values of Airbus’ popular A330 product line. Equipped with extended-span wings incorporating upturned Sharklets wingtips, it is powered by new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.

Airlines will benefit from the 25 percent less fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation competitors, along with reduced maintenance costs and the A330’s market-leading 99.5 percent operational reliability.

TAP Air Portugal’s A330neo jetliners will incorporate the new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept – a consumer-centric interior based on four values: comfort, ambience, service and design. Airspace features include overhead bins with an updated design that improves carry-on stowage capacity by approximately 66 percent; illumination using light-emitting diode (LED) technology offering up to 16.7 million possible colour variations and lighting scenarios to reflect an airline’s branding; along with upgrades to such cabin items as magazine racks, ventilation grilles and window bezels.

Photo: Airbus.