Airbus’ first A321XLR (Xtra Long Range) has successfully accomplished its first flight. The aircraft’s entry into service is targeted for early 2024.
The aircraft, MSN 11000, took off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday for a a test flight which lasted approximately four hours and 35 minutes . The aircraft’s crew consisted of experimental test pilots Thierry Diez and Gabriel Diaz de Villegas Giron, as well as test engineers Frank Hohmeister, Philippe Pupin and Mehdi Zeddoun.
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.
“This is a major milestone for the A320 Family and its customers worldwide,” said Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes and Services. “With the A321XLR coming into service, airlines will be able to offer long-haul comfort on a single aisle aircraft, thanks to its unique Airspace cabin. The A321XLR will open new routes with unbeatable economics and environmental performance.”
The A321XLR will deliver a single-aisle aircraft range of up to 4,700nm (8700 km), with 30% lower fuel consumption per seat compared to previous-generation aircraft, as well as reduced NOx emissions and noise. By the end of May this year, the A320neo Family has accumulated over 8,000 orders from more than 130 customers worldwide. A321XLR orders stood at more than 500 from over 20 customers.
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