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Assembly of 1st Airbus A320neo completed

Airbus has completed the assembly of first A320neo following the painting of the aircraft and the mounting of its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines.

The aircraft will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight when the flight test campaign begins in September 2014, paving the way for entry into service in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15).

The A320neo – “new engine option” – incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wingtip devices, which together deliver 15% in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year. With a total of nearly 2,700 orders received from more than 50 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo family has captured some 60 percent of the market, says Airbus.

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