10 APRIL 2017
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Airbus has completed the maiden flight of the first A319neo, the smallest member of what the manufacturer claims is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line, the A320neo Family.
The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and flown by test pilots Michel Gagneux and Eckard Hausser, took off from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after a 5hr flight.
The flight was the occasion for the crew to assess the general handling of the aircraft and to check the main systems. Registered as D-AVWA, the aircraft will be based in Toulouse while it completes the test programme.
Airbus says the A320neo Family has received more than 5,000 orders from 90-plus customers, capturing an almost 60% share of the market. The fleet incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices.
Together, these are said to deliver more than 15% in fuel savings from day one and 20% by 2020, while wide cabins offer improved comfort in all classes, including 18in wide seats in Economy as standard.
Airbus says with one aircraft in three sizes – A319neo, A320neo and A321neo – the product line, seating 100 to 240 passengers, “seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes”.
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