Airbus delivered A330-900 CSTUB (msn 1836) to TAP Portugal on November 26, the first example of the latest A330neo (new engine option) handed over to a customer.
The handover of customer A330-900s has been disrupted by delayed deliveries of Rolls- Royce Trent 7000 engines. TAP was scheduled to receive CSTUA (msn 1819), rolled out early in 2018 and that participated in the certification testing for the new aircraft, and a third A330- 900, CS-TUC (msn 1850), which flew in mid-November, by the end of 2018.
TAP was due to start A330- 900 services to South America in December and the airline recently said it plans to open new routes to Chicago and Washington-Dulles using the type next June after receiving more examples. TAP said in December it expects to have received 19 of the 21 A330-900s it will operate by the end of next year. Go to page 42 to read more about the A330neo. Mark Broadbent