MAIDEN FLIGHT OF AIR­BUS A-319NEO

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In April this year, Air­bus com­pleted the maiden flight of the first A-319neo, the small­est mem­ber of what the man­u­fac­turer claims is the world’s best-sell­ing sin­gleaisle prod­uct line, the A-320neo Fam­ily. Pow­ered by CFM In­ter­na­tional LEAP-1A en­gines, the air­craft flown by test pi­lots Michel Gag­neux and Eckard Hausser, took off from Ham­burg and landed in Toulouse after a five-hour flight. The flight was to as­sess the gen­eral han­dling of the air­craft and to check the main sys­tems. The air­craft will be based in Toulouse while it com­pletes the test pro­gramme. Air­bus says the A-320neo Fam­ily has re­ceived more than 5,000 or­ders from 90-plus cus­tomers, cap­tur­ing an al­most 60 per cent share of the mar­ket. The fleet in­cor­po­rates lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing new gen­er­a­tion en­gines and Sharklet wing tip de­vices. To­gether, these are said to de­liver more than 15 per cent in fuel sav­ings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020, while wide cabins of­fer im­proved com­fort in all classes, in­clud­ing 18-inch wide seats in Econ­omy as stan­dard. Air­bus says with one air­craft in three sizes, A-319neo, A-320neo and A321­neo, the prod­uct line, seat­ing 100 to 240 pas­sen­gers, seam­lessly cov­ers the en­tire sin­gle-aisle seg­ment from low to high-den­sity do­mes­tic to long range routes.

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