On the 30th of September 2016, Airbus Defence and Space has completed the maiden flight of the first new standard A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).

This model incorporates a number of enhancements introduced to the basic A330 as well as upgraded military systems.

The flying tanker had a three-hour maiden flight and the crew reported that the aircraft performed in line with expectations. The new A330 MRTT features structural modifications, aerodynamic improvements, upgraded avionics and enhanced military systems.

Airbus Group will integrate its units by merging into a new entity to cut costs and improve decision making, effective from the 1st of January, 2017.

First delivery is due in 2018. A total of 51 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by 10 countries.