Airbus’s first A330-800 has lifted off from Toulouse, commencing the certification programme for the variant.
The aircraft, the shorter version of the re-engined A330neo, is set to carry out some 300h of flight tests.
It took off from Toulouse shortly after 10:30.
Airbus is using MSN1888 for the certification programme. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.
Its larger A330neo variant, the A330-900, secured European Aviation Safety Agency certification in late September.