LONDON — The Airbus A330-900neo has gained approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), giving the European planemaker the green light to deliver the first of the type to TAP Portugal.

This certification also features approval for the Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engine, the main power plant in this particular variant.

With the EASA certification under its belt, Airbus has yet to receive the FAA’s approval. The manufacturer says it is to follow shortly.

“The A330neo embodies Airbus’ spirit of innovation. This new generation aircraft with unparalleled efficiency and flexibility from short to long-haul routes has tremendous market potential,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Airplanes.

Faury also expressed excitement with the imminent delivery of the first of the type to TAP Portugal.

“We look forward to delivering the first aircraft equipped with the beautiful new Airspace cabin to our launch customer TAP Air Portugal in the coming weeks.”

MSN1814 seen on stand at Toulouse. PHOTO: Chris Sloan.

The first aircraft for the Portuguese carrier joined the two A330-900 test aircraft and served as a demonstrator for route proving around 12 countries globally.

The other two aircraft have conducted over 1,400 flight test hours in under a year since its first flight back in October 2017.

The Airbus A330 program has received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers, with more than 1,400 orders flying across 120 operators worldwide.

The A330neo can now join the A350 and A320 families as a conclusion to Airbus’ renewal in aircraft manufacturing.