Airbus Completes Maiden Flight of First A330 MRTT for France


Airbus Defence and Space
completed the maiden flight of the first A330 MRTT (Multi Role
Tanker Transport) for France, last week.

 The aircraft, which will be known in
French service as Phénix, is the first of nine ordered by the
French Defence Procurement Agency DGA, plus another three expected
to be confirmed.

It is the second new standard A330 MRTT to fly,
featuring structural modifications, aerodynamic improvements
giving a fuel-burn reduction of up to 1%, upgraded avionics
computers and enhanced military systems.


Airbus Defence and Space completed the maiden flight of the first A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport for France, last week. The aircraft, which will be known in French service as Phénix, is the first of nine ordered by the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA, plus another three expected to be confirmed. Photo: Pablo Cabellos / Airbus. Click to enlarge.

The aircraft was converted in Getafe from a
standard A330 assembled in Toulouse and the crew reported that the aircraft
performed in line with expectations during the 3h 25min flight.

The Phénix fleet will be equipped with a
combination of the Airbus Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) and
underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and can carry 272
passengers or be configured for medical evacuation.

First delivery is due in 2018. Fifty-one A330
MRTTs have been ordered by eight nations of which 28 have been
delivered.

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