Delta Techops completes first "inerting systems" modification on A330-200

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Delta TechOps announced it recently completed its first "fuel tank inerting systems (FTIS) modification work" on Hawaiian Airlines' Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

The modification is the first of its kind on an A330-200 that is already in service and the first "real time" the work has been done outside the facilities of an aircraft's manufacturer, says a media release from Delta TechOps.

The work was completed on two Hawaiian aircraft in addition to C-2 checks on the aircraft, says Delta TechOps.

Directives issued by aviation regulatory bodies worldwide require operators to install the "nitrogen generating" modifications on all A330-200s, according to the release.

Inerting systems use inert gasses to reduce chances of combustion in fuel tanks.

A330-200 operators must modify half of their aircraft by 26 December 2014 and the remainder by 26 December 2017, says the release.

A total of some 500 aircraft worldwide will need the modifications, Techops says.