Air­bus A 19neo Ta es to the S ies

India Strategic - - NSTR -

HAM­BURG/ TOULOUSE. The first Air­bus A319­neo per­formed its maiden flight March 31. The small­est mem­ber of the A320­neo Fam­ily, pow­ered by CFM In­ter­na­tional LEAP-1A en­gines took off from Ham­burg and landed in Toulouse af­ter a 5 hour flight.

The air­craft was pi­loted by Ex­per­i­men­tal test pi­lots Michel Gag­neux and Eckard Hausser. They were as­sisted in the cock­pit by Test-Flight En­gi­neer Jean Michel Pin, while two flight test en­gi­neers Sylvie Loisel-Labaste and David O’nions di­rected the flight from the air­craft’s Test En­gi­neer sta­tion.

The A319­neo, reg­is­tered as D-AVWA, will be based in Toulouse in or­der to com­plete its flight test pro­gramme.

The A320­neo Fam­ily is the world’s best-sell­ing sin­gle aisle prod­uct line with over 5,000 orders re­ceived from over 90 cus­tomers, cap­tur­ing al­most 60 per­cent share of the mar­ket. The A320­neo Fam­ily in­cor­po­rates lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing new gen­er­a­tion en­gines and Sharklet wing tip de­vices, which to­gether de­liver more than 15 per cent in fuel sav­ings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020.

With one air­craft in three sizes (A319­neo, A320­neo and A321­neo), the A320­neo Fam­ily, seat­ing from 100 to 240 pas­sen­gers, seam­lessly cov­ers the en­tire sin­gle-aisle seg­ment from low to high-den­sity do­mes­tic to longer range routes. The A319­neo of­fers its op­er­a­tors su­pe­rior short field per­for­mance in hot and high con­di­tions. It can ac­com­mo­date up to 160 pas­sen­gers with­out com­pro­mise on the com­fort.

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