Maiden flight made by first A321neo

The first Airbus A321neo, equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines, completed its inaugural flight on 9 February from the OEM’s facility in Hamburg, Germany.The aircraft, registration D-AVXB, was flown by experimental test pilots Martin Scheuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez. Also in the cockpit was test-flight engineer Gérard Leskerpit and monitoring the flight’s 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 aircraft’s flight envelope.The A321neo now joins the family’s flight test fleet and will perform a partial flight test programme to validate the impact on handling qualities, performance and systems. The first A321neo is scheduled for delivery at the end of this year.

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