On September 7 2015, the Airbus company made an announcement regarding the initial production of the first A330neo with the development of center wingbox and engine pylon.
In September 2016, final assembly of the A300-900neo began. In December of the same year, the scheduled program moved by six weeks because of marginal engine development at Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of the aircraft’s engine.
On October 19 2017, the A330-900neo took its maiden flight with its announcement on the 1,400 hours flight test campaign including three prototypes and the first production aircraft.
In 2018, the aircraft received its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification.
On November 26 2018, the first A330-900neo was deployed to TAP Air Portugal, the flag carrier airline of Portugal and launch customer of the A330neo. The said aircraft has 298 seats, and to be dispatched from Portugal to America and Africa. On December 15, TAP Air Portugal had its first commercial flight from Lisbon to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
On November 21 2014, Delta Airlines ordered 35 A330-900neo, while CIT Group ordered 25 aircraft on November 30. On December 15 of the same year, AirAsia X placed an order for 78 -900 then on December 23, Avolon, an aircraft company based in Ireland ordered 15 aircraft.
On March 9 2015, Air Lease Corporation, the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company ordered 27 units, followed by 10 units for TAP Air Portugal on November 13.
On January 28 2016, Garuda Indonesia purchased 14 aircraft to assist the company’s growth and expansion in the future. On December 27, Iran Air ordered 28 aircraft.
On September 5 2017, Aircalin, also known as Air Caledonie International, ordered 2 A330-900neo. On December 15 of the same year, BOC aviation ordered 3, followed by 2 orders from Air Senegal on December 19.
On June 2019, Virgin Atlantic announced a firm order of 14 A330-900neo at the Paris Air Show. On November 5, Cebu Pacific, a low-cost airline carrier in the Philippines ordered 16 aircraft, followed by 12 orders from GECAS on November 22.
There are 46 unidentified orders of A330-900neo.
The fuselage of the A330-900neo has the same fuselage as of the A330-300. The fuselage has an exterior length of 63.66 meters, height of 7.70 meters, and a diameter of 5.64 meters. It can accommodate up to 300 seats in a three-class layout or up to 440 maximum seats for a high-density set-up. The aircraft has a low maintenance cost landing gear with a wheelbase of 25.38 meters.
The A330-900neo is designed with new wings with a span of 64 meters, and is equipped with composite sharklet wingtip devices for reduction of fuel usage and increase in payload. It has 6 tonnes more payload and 25% less fuel burn compared to previous generation aircraft competitors.
The A330-900neo features the Airspace cabin that provides the most inspiring, relaxing, living, and most beautiful environment for passengers. It is equipped with ambient lighting and quieter cabin for a more relaxed flight. It provides more comfort by having flexible seats, a bigger storage, and a more personal space. The entrance area has new ceiling panels with different patterns and full-color Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting that provides a one of a kind welcome experience for every passenger. The enhanced space guarantees that passengers can put their luggage above their seats.
The A330-900neo is also equipped with a flexible seating configuration depending on the demand. It can be configured from a seven side by side Premium Economy, to an eight side by side Comfort Economy, or a nine side by side Economy Class seating.
The aircraft cabin has a length of 50.36 meters, height of 2.41 meters and width of 5.26 meters.
A330-900neo Engine and Performance
The A330-900neo is powered by two high-bypass turbofan Trent 7000-72 engines. Manufactured by Rolls-Royce, the engine has a maximum power of 72834 pound each.
The aircraft has a maximum take-off and landing weight of 250,839 kg and 191,000 kg. It has a maximum payload of 44,000 kg and a fuel tank capacity of 36,740 US Gal. It can fly up to 41,450 feet. It provides a range of 7,200 nautical miles, and a cruise speed of 496 knots.