Airbus Defence and Space announced it has completed the maiden flight of the first new standard A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) transport aircraft This model incorporates a number of enhancements introduced on the basic A330 as well as upgraded military systems as part of Airbus and Airbus Defence and Space´s continuous product improvement programme.
The three-hour flight took place on 30 September and the crew reported that the aircraft performed in line with expectations. The new standard A330 MRTT aircraft features structural modifications, aerodynamic improvements giving a fuel-burn reduction of up to 1%, upgraded avionics computers and enhanced military systems. First delivery is due in 2018. France is eventually the customer of the improved A330 MRTT aircraft.
A total of 51 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by 10 nations of which 28 have been delivered.