Airbus’ first A321XLR takes to the air

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June 16, 2022
A320XLR
Credit Andreas Spaeth

Airbus’ first A321XLR (Xtra Long Range) has successfully accomplished its first flight. The aircraft, MSN 11000, took off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport at 11:05 hrs CEST  for a test flight which lasted approximately four hours and 35  minutes.

The aircraft’s crew consisted of test pilots Thierry Diez and Gabriel Diaz de Villegas Giron, as well as test engineers Frank Hohmeister, Philippe Pupin and Mehdi Zeddoun. During the flight, the crew tested the aircraft’s flight controls, engines and main systems, including flight envelope protections, both at high and low speed.

Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes and Services said: “This is a major milestone for the A320 Family and its customers worldwide. With the A321XLR coming into service, airlines will be able to offer long-haul comfort on a single-aisle aircraft, thanks to its unique Airspace cabin. The A321XLR will open new routes with unbeatable economics and environmental performance.” Entry into service is targeted for early 2024.

The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step in the A320neo single-aisle Family of aircraft, with increased range and payload.

The A321XLR will fly up to 4,700nm (8700 km), with 30 per cent lower fuel consumption per seat compared to previous-generation aircraft, as well as reduced NOx emissions and noise.

By the end of May 2022, the A320neo Family has accumulated over 8,000 orders from over 130 customers worldwide. A321XLR orders stood at more than 500 from over 20 customers.

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