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Tue, 30 April 2019

Airbus ACJ319neo Sets Longest Flight Record

The first ACJ319neo completed a 16-hour and 10-minute test flight on Friday, setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew.

The ACJ319neo flew from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 min ETOPS rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certified.

The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after ACJ319neo flight trials are completed.

The five-person flight crew on the ACJ319neo’s record-setting 16-hr., 10-min. test flight included: Jim Fawcett, Olivier Falipou (Captain), Georges Myczkowski (Pilot), Erik Scheidt (Pilot and CEO of K5 Aviation), Frank Chapman (Experimental Test Pilot) and Patrice Cadieu (Test Flight Engineer) Click to enlarge.

“We want to fly customers to their destination using the quickest routes, as well as delivering unsurpassed comfort and service, and it’s impressive to see such long-range capability at first hand,” said K5 Aviation CEO and Chief Pilot Erik Scheidt, who participated in the flight.

The ACJ319neo is derived from the A320neo airliner family, which features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets.

“Airbus’ modern aircraft family takes the world in its stride with robust reliability, and corporate jet operators are natural beneficiaries of this airliner heritage, which also brings comparable operating costs to traditional business jets,” said ACJ President Benoit Defforge.

K5 Aviation’s ACJ319neo is fitted with five additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold, and includes improvements such as a lower cabin altitude for greater passenger comfort.

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