A330-800 Receives Regulatory Greenlight

The European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration have awarded the Airbus A330-800 a joint type certificate.

The aircraft, which has a range of 7,500nm (13,890km), is now cleared to enter serial production and is expected to begin commercial services later this year.

A330-800 [Airbus]
Airbus A330-800 - registration F-WTTO (c/n 1888) takes off for its first flight in 2018. Airbus

A flight test campaign comprising 370 flying hours amassed during more than 130 sorties was undertaken using sole example, F-WTTO (c/n 1888).

Despite the larger -900 variant securing orders for more than 320 units, the -800 series has struggled to gain a similar foothold. Commitments for just 15 examples of the A330-200 successor have been recorded so far, although Garuda Indonesia signed a letter of intent (LoI) for four jets in August. Launch customer Kuwait Airways is set to receive its first of eight later this year, with deliveries to Uganda Airlines (2) and Air Greenland (1) following next year. A further four widebodies are intended for an undisclosed customer.

In 2019, Airbus delivered 53 A330s, including 41 A330-900s. The European aerospace giant has stated that it intends to reduce output to 40 per year citing demand and market capacity.