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First Airbus A321LR Succesfully Completes Maiden Test Flight

The first Airbus A321LR (Long Range) has taken off on its maiden flight, commencing its flight test programme.

The aircraft, MSN7877, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines took off from Hamburg, Germany at 11:06 this morning and landed this afternoon after a test flight lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes.

The crew included Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts, Flight Test Engineers Frank Hohmeister, Jim Fawcett, Cedric Favrichon and Cabin Specialist Alexander Gentzsch.

The A321LR will now undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including transatlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in the second quarter of 2018.

The A321LR features a new door configuration, enabling operators to accommodate up to 240 passengers. It also features the new Airspace by Airbus which enhances passenger experience.

With options, combining an increased Maximum Take Off Weight of 97 tonnes and a third additional Centre Fuel Tank, the aircraft’s range extends to 4,000nm, allowing it to fly further.

Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020.

The A321neo currently has over 1900 orders from more than 50 customers. The A321LR will enter into service in the first quarter of 2018.

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