Posted on: 20 May 2015 by Mark Howells
The first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines has completed its maiden flight today in Toulouse, France.
The flight was performed to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope up to the maximum altitude (39,000 ft) and test the engine speed variation (low/high) in addition to checking systems behaviour.
The aircraft, registration F-WNEW, was flown for 4 hours and 25 minutes by experimental test pilots Philippe Perrin and Malcolm Ridley. Accompanying them in the cockpit was test-flight engineer Jean-Michel Pin and monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the flight-test engineers Tuan Do and Philippe Pupin.
“Today marks yet another important step forward in the development of the A320neo and I would like to warmly thank all the teams who made this first flight happen,” said Klaus Roewe, head of the A320 Programme. “With the second NEO engine now taking to the skies, we are progressing well towards fulfilling our objective to offer our customers an engine choice for a product at the cutting edge of competitiveness.”
Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International, added, “Today, we are celebrating the next step in our very successful journey with Airbus. A journey that goes back nearly 35 years to the very launch of the A320 programme. It a great achievement for the thousands of people involved in making this day a reality; for many of them, this event will remain a defining moment in their careers. It is humbling to be a part of this historic event and, on behalf of the entire CFM team worldwide, I thank Airbus for making us a part of this incredible programme.”
The flight test campaign of the A320neo has accumulated more than 400 flight hours in around 130 flights since first flight with the PW1100G-JM engine on 25 September 2014.