Delta Air Lines first Airbus A330neo took to the air for the first time this week. The plane is an A330-900neo, with the plane in full Delta house colours.
The plane took off from Toulouse for its first test flight. It’s another step forward in the A330-900neo project – with Delta Air Lines being the first carrier in North America to offer the type on long haul services.
According to Delta, the aircraft will be delivered during Spring 2019. This will be the first of 35 aircraft for the Delta fleet.
The plane will offer a four-class Cabin (Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin) on board – with the plane having full-spectrum LED ambient lighting, larger overhead bins, and memory foam cushions, both wired and wireless IFE systems, and in-flight connectivity powered by Gogo 2Ku
The A330neo moves onwards
With the type in service with TAP Portugal, Delta will be the second airline to take the type to the air and the first in North America. With others following with their A330neo deployments (such as the Lion Air A330-900neo which recently emerged from the paint shop), the real test of the strength of the A330neo product will be very soon.
With flight test reports coming out too and movement in the A330-800neo family (with positive flight tests by Aerospace Testing International and Flight International), the future seems bright for the A330 and A330neo family.
Whilst introducing a modification of an existing type of plane is a challenge, it seems that Airbus is rising to that challenge for its customers.
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