Tue, 16 February 2016

First A321neo with CFM International LEAP-1A Engines Completes Maiden Flight

The first A321neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight last week.

The aircraft, registration D-AVXB, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Martin Scheuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Grard Leskerpit and monitoring the flights progress were Flight-Test Engineers Sandra Bour Schaeffer and Emiliano Requena Esteban.

The flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes during which tests were performed on the engine speed variation (low/high), systems behaviour and to validate the aircrafts flight envelope.

The A321neo now joins the NEO flight test fleet and perform a partial flight test programme to validate the impact on handling qualities, performance and systems.

The first A321neo will be delivered at the end of 2016.

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