Air­bus A321LR in record-break­ing flight

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

The Air­bus A321LR vari­ant has re­cently made a record-break­ing flight from Mahé in the Sey­chelles is­lands to Toulouse, in France, cov­er­ing a to­tal dis­tance of 4,750 nau­ti­cal miles in 11 hours. This was in late March as part of the A321LR’s 100-hour flight test and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme. To make flight con­di­tions as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble while eval­u­at­ing cabin sys­tems, the A321LR car­ried 162 hu­man heat-repli­cat­ing dummy pas­sen­gers in ad­di­tion to its 16-mem­ber test crew. Ac­cord­ing to flight test en­gi­neer Jim Fawcett, the A321LR’s flight char­ac­ter­is­tics and fuel con­sump­tion “were as ex­pected through­out the lengthy trip.”

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