The Airbus A321XLR aircraft performed the inaugural flight

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The first Airbus A321XLR (Extra Long Range) aircraft successfully completed its first flight. The aircraft, MSN 11000, took off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder airport at 11:00 CET for a test flight that lasted four and a half hours.

The aircraft's crew included 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 flight controls, engines and main systems of the aircraft, including the limits of the flight tire, both at high speed and low speed.

The first Airbus A321XLR flight

Philippe Mhun, EVP Programs and Services Airbus said: “This is a major step for the A320 family of aircraft and its customers around the world. As soon as the A321XLR becomes operational, airlines will be able to offer long-distance comfort on single-aisle aircraft, thanks to its unique Airspace cabin.

The A321XLR will open new routes with unbeatable financial parameters and environmental performance. ” The aircraft is expected to become operational in early 2024. The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step in the A320neo family of single-aisle aircraft, meeting market demands for increased range and payload, creating more value for airlines by enabling viable services. economically on longer routes than any other comparable aircraft model.

Airbus A321XLR infographic

The A321XLR will offer unprecedented range for single-aisle aircraft, up to 4,700 nm (8,700 km), with 30% lower fuel / seat consumption compared to the previous generation, as well as reduced NOx and noise emissions . By the end of May 2022, the A320neo Family had garnered over 8.000 orders from over 130 customers worldwide. A321XLR has collected over 500 orders from over 20 customers

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