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PICTURES: A330-800 lifts off on maiden flight

Airbus’s first A330-800 has lifted off from Toulouse, commencing the certification programme for the variant.

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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.

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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.

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