A330neo arrives at Lisbon as route-proving begins
DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW | June 19, 2018
Airbus's third test-flight A330-900, carrying the colors of launch operator TAP Portugal, has landed in Lisbon after commencing the initial stage of route-proving flights. For the first state of route-proving, MSN1819 is set to fly on to Brazil, visiting cities including Recife, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Miami. The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered aircraft took off on 19 June from Toulouse's runway 32R – using a full-thrust departure, rather than a flex setting, on the request of flight-test engineers – for a 1h 30min flight to the Portuguese capital.MSN1819 had pushed back with just under 20t of fuel, and a weight of 164t, with a projected landing weight of 156.8t. The crew confirmed, after touchdown on Lisbon's on runway 21, that the twinjet had burned 8t of fuel.