(Video) The first flight operated by Airbus A321neo equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines
Today, 9 February 2016, the first Airbus A321neo (CFM International LEAP-1A engines) successfully completed the first flight. The aircraft, registered D-AVXB, had experienced test pilots Martin Scheuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez at the helm.
The flight lasted 5 hours and 29 minutes, during which time the engines and onboard systems were tested, all under the close supervision of flight engineers Gérard Leskerpit, Sandra Bour Schaeffer and Emiliano Requena Esteban. Airbus A321neo will join the NEO aircraft fleet dedicated to flight testing. From 25 to September 2014 and up to now, A320neo aircraft have accumulated 1900 flight hours in over 640 test flights.
Airbus A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo family and includes many innovations, including state-of-the-art engines, Sharklet devices and cabin upgrades. Thanks to new technology upgrades, the A321neo aircraft will save up to 20% less fuel compared to the current generation of Airbus A320 aircraft. The first A321neo will be delivered at the end of 2016.