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Airbus aims to fly A330neo on 19 October

Airbus has tentatively fixed a 19 October date for the maiden A330neo flight.

The date falls within an interval it had previously identified as a possible window for the A330-900's initial sortie.

Airbus says the first flight of the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered aircraft remains weather-dependent.

It had originally intended to achieve entry into service with the re-engined twinjet by the end of this year.

But the schedule has slipped by several months, partly as a result of delays in the engine development.

Airbus has yet to indicate a likely date for delivery of the first aircraft. TAP Portugal is set to be the first customer to receive the A330neo.

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