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VIDEO: A330-800 set for maiden flight

Airbus is set to conduct the maiden flight of the A330-800 from its Toulouse headquarters on 6 November.

The airframer states that the aircraft – the shorter variant of the A330neo family – should depart at 10:30 local time, weather and other conditions permitting.

If the flight goes ahead, the maiden sortie of the -800 would come exactly 9,500 days – just over 26 years – after the first ever A330 take-off, when the initial -300 became airborne on 2 November 1992.

The A330-800 is the re-engined version of the A330-200, and is fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powerplants.

Airbus carried out the first flight of the larger A330neo, the A330-900, in October last year.

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