EASA certifies 242t MTOW A330 version

The latest variant of Airbus’ A330 – the new 242 tonne MTOW A330- 300 – has achieved certification from the European airworthiness authorities (EASA) following a 100 hour flight-test campaign.


EASA certifies 242t MTOW A330 version


The latest variant of Airbus’ A330 – the new 242 tonne MTOW A330- 300 – has achieved certification from the European airworthiness authorities (EASA) following a 100 hour flight-test campaign. Certification from the US authorities (FAA) is also expected soon.

Airbus said that in the near future, the smaller A330-200 model will follow the -300 by benefi ting from the 242t take-off weight capability. To date 11 customers have selected their new A330s to have a 242t capability.

Eric Zanin, Airbus’ head of the A330 Programme said: “The latest A330’s maximum take-off weight capability of 242 metric tonnes, combined with various aerodynamic refinements and increased fuel capacity means that soon operators will benefi t from an extended range of up to 500 nautical miles or carry greater payload.

Moreover, they will do so with a fuel consumption reduction of up two per cent – yet another concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy.” The 242t A330’s structure is also the basis for development of the forthcoming A330neo.

Th e combination of the increased takeoff weight, aerodynamic improvements and the optional fuel capacity boost – compared with the previous 235t version – means that the new 242t A330-300 is capable of flying missions of up to 15 hours, or carry more payload over existing routes.