The newest single-aisle aircraft by Airbus – the A321LR (Long Range), has started its program for certification and subsequent entry into service by the end of 2018.
The manufacturer confirmed that the aircraft has successfully completed its first flight of 2 hours and 36 minutes. The test aircraft was handled by Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts as well as Flight Test Engineers Frank Hohmeister, Jim Fawcett, Cedric Favrichon and Cabin Specialist Alexander Gentzsch.
Klaus Roewe, Head of A320 Program stated: “Thanks to its outstanding performance and unbeatable efficiency, the A321LR will allow our customers to perform flights of up to 4,000nm, allowing them to open new routes – for example transatlantic – and conquer new markets.”
The A321LR will be able to seat 240 passengers. It is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and has an increased Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 97 tones and a third Additional Centre Fuel Tank (ACT), allowing it to cover 4000nm (7400 km).
Once the test program is completed, the aircraft will apply for EASA and FAA Type Certification, expected in the second quarter of 2018 and will enter into service by the end of the year.
Source: Airbus Press Release