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PICTURES: A330-800 returns after successful first flight

The Airbus A330-800 has landed back in Toulouse after a successful 4h 4min first flight from Toulouse.

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At the controls for the maiden sortie were experimental Airbus test pilots Francois Barre and Malcolm Ridley along with three other crew.

The aircraft flew a missed approach before completing a circuit to land. Today’s flight launches a 350h flight-test programme which is due to culminate in type certification in mid-2019.

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“It flies just like an A330, only better,” said Ridley after the flight.

Kuwait Airways is currently slated to be launch operator for the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered twinjet, during the first half of 2020.

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