Subscribe Free
in Air Transport

Airbus latest single-aisle aircraft makes first flight

Posted 31 January 2018 · Add Comment

Airbus' first A321LR (Long Range), MSN7877, has accomplished its maiden flight following a mission lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes.


The aircraft powered by CFM Leap-1A engines is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including trans-Atlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018.
The aircraft's crew comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts as well as Flight Test Engineers Frank Hohmeister, Jim Fawcett, Cedric Favrichon and Cabin Specialist Alexander Gentzsch. During the flight, the crew tested the aircraft's flight controls, engines and main systems including flight envelope protections, both at high and low speed.
Klaus Roewe, Head of A320 Programme stated: "Thanks to its outstanding performance and unbeatable efficiency, the A321LR will allow our customers to perform flights of up to 4,000nm, allowing them to open new routes - for example transatlantic - and conquer new markets."
The A321LR features a new door configuration, enabling its operators to accommodate up to 240 passengers in Airbus' widest single aisle fuselage in the sky. The new Airspace by Airbus cabin available on the A320 Family additionally enhances the passengers' unrivalled travel experience. With further options, combining an increased Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 97 tonnes and a third Additional Centre Fuel Tank (ACT), the aircraft's range extends to 4000nm (7400 km), allowing airlines to tap into new market opportunities.
Airbus said the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020. With more than 1900 orders received from over than 50 customers, to date the A321neo has captured a solid 80 percent market share, making it the true aircraft of choice in the middle of the market sector.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

TAV Airports revenue reached EUR 1.1 billion in 2017

TAV Airports Holding increased passengers served 10% and reached 115 million.

Double honours for Emirates Group Security and Transguard

Emirates Group Security and Transguard have cemented their industry leadership position by clinching two accolades at the 16th edition of the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards (SKEA).

Algerian minister confirms bids submitted re cargo market tender

Algerian Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, has confirmed that four bids have been submitted to government regarding the proposed liberalisation of the country's air cargo market, reports ch-aviation.

Qatar Airways Airbus’ A350-1000 arrives in Doha

The largest A350 XWB customer has taken first delivery of Airbus’ largest version of the jetliner – the A350-1000.

RJ invites customers to choose new name for its Frequent Flyer programme

Royal Jordanian has invited its Jordanian fans, customers and frequent flyers to take part in renaming the airline’s loyalty programme, by submitting their suggestions through RJ’s social media channels.

Flydubai sees strong growth in revenues, record passengers and sustained profit

Flydubai has announced its full-year results for the year ending 31 December 2017.

SOFEX SK2018
See us at
ArabianTravelMkBT250418MEBAA BT2018Aviation Africa BT18418Abu Dhabi AirExpo BT2018Global Aerospace BT2018Istanbul Airshow BT22018AirportShow BT1502090518SOFEX BT2018BIAS BT271017161118