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EASA certifies A330-900

Airbus has secured European certification for its A330-900, the larger member of the re-engined A330neo family.

The airframer confirms that it has received the type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Airbus expects corresponding US FAA certification “to follow shortly”.

The A330-900 is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.

Airbus is also developing a smaller variant, the A330-800, which has yet to commence its flight-test campaign.

Certification clears the way for delivery of the -900 to launch operator TAP Portugal. Airbus says this will occur in “the coming weeks”.

TAP’s first -900 served as a demonstrator for route proving around the world, visiting more than 12 countries.

Airbus’s certification campaign has involved three -900s conducting some 1,400h of flight tests since October last year.

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