Air Greenland’s long-awaited Airbus A330-800 may arrive just in time for Christmas, as the next-generation aircraft has just completed its customer acceptance flight. The airline plans to push the widebody aircraft into service as soon as possible to replace its aging A330ceo.
Customer acceptance flight
A customer acceptance flight is conducted by the ordering airline, which sends pilots and cabin crew to do a test flight to ensure that the aircraft is working as expected. They also ensure that the cabin experience is what the airline ordered. These flights take place before aircraft delivery and are usually done at the production facility. In this case, Air Greenland sent pilots and cabin crew to Airbus’s production facility at France’s Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS).
The test flight was the fourth for the new airplane registered F-WWCR. The flight lasted just over two hours and was a local flight that returned to TLS without stopping at any other airport. The aircraft has undergone thorough examinations from the manufacturer since it first entered production, and it took flight for the first time on October 25th. The aircraft sat idle for nearly a month before undergoing a second and third test flight on November 17th and 19th. At this point, Airbus signed the modern marvel off and began preparing for the Air Greenland crew to test it for themselves.
In late 2020 Air Greenland placed an order for the A330-800 to replace its aging A330-200. It became only the fourth airline to order the aircraft, following Kuwait Airways, Garuda Indonesia, and Uganda Airlines. The aircraft was planned to be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2021. However, only a few months after the order was placed, it became apparent that delivery would have to wait until 2022 due to industry-wide delays.
The airplane is finally prepared to join Air Greenland’s fleet an entire year after its original delivery was scheduled. This year-long delay was previously anticipated by both the airline and manufacturer as Airbus, like other aircraft manufacturers, struggled to manage supply chain slowdowns through the pandemic. When air transit services came to a halt in early 2020, so did aircraft manufacturing services, as many operations were temporarily suspended due to health safety concerns.
Once production resumed, it was on a limited scale due to health restrictions and supply chain shortages which made acquiring the necessary parts and materials more difficult for the manufacturer. Despite these setbacks, Airbus has continued to produce technologically advanced aircraft, significantly more fuel efficient than their aging counterparts.
Upon delivery to Air Greenland, the aircraft’s registration will be changed to OY-GKN. The A330-800, the smallest A330 available for order, will replace the airline’s A330-200 registered OY-GRN. The new aircraft will operate long-haul flights for the small airline. The airline anticipates that the reduced operating costs of the aircraft will help it increase profit margins and turn a higher profit on every ticket sold.
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- Guillaume Faury
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- Toulouse, France
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- Airbus A220, Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350, Airbus A380
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