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25 September 2014
25. September 2014 Commercial Aircraft

A320neo: A “new” leader takes flight

A320neo first flight takeoff 5
Relive the A320neo’s historic first flight
 

A “new” leader in single-aisle efficiency took to the skies for the first time on 25 September 2014 with the maiden flight of Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) jetliner. Step “on-board” the no. 1 NEO aircraft with flight test crew and experience the sights and sounds of this historic day in Airbus’ “best of” video. Highlighting the A320neo’s approximately two-and-a-half-hour mission – which took off and landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport – this clip also includes planeside comments from the flight test crew. Read less Read more

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Airbus’ A320neo was designed to please customers and passengers alike, delivering high cabin productivity and engine efficiency without compromising its best-in-class cabin comfort. Read less Read more

A320 Family: non-stop cabin innovation
 

Airbus is setting the single-aisle passenger comfort standard with its A320neo jetliner, which provides more personal space, start-of-the-art in-flight entertainment, spacious overhead stowage compartments and much more. Read less Read more

Airbus’ highly efficient A320neo (new engine option) jetliner took to the skies for its maiden flight today from Toulouse, France – opening a new chapter for the company’s market-leading single-aisle product line.  
The A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines ascended from at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, kicking off this historic first mission with a five-member crew of Airbus flight test pilots and engineers.
Today’s planned flight of approximately two-and-a-half-hours – which is flying over Southern France before landing back in Toulouse – commences the rigorous A320neo flight test programme to pave the way for this jetliner type’s planned service entry with Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter of 2015.
On the initial mission, the flight test team is to perform checks of the A320neo’s engines, fuel pumps, hydraulics, electrical systems and landing gear, as well as beginning the process of opening the full flight envelope, which enables further performance, handling and systems evaluations.
The A320neo – which also is offered with CFM International’s LEAP-1A powerplant – is the latest evolution in Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle family, bringing operators unbeatable efficiency and comfort. Along with new engines, the NEO product line incorporates Airbus’ fuel-saving Sharklets wingtip devices and the latest cabin innovations to deliver per seat fuel burn improvement of 20 per cent by 2020.
Visit Airbus’ dedicated A320neo page

A320neo first flight takeoff 5
 

The first A320neo jetliner to fly lifts off the ground at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s Runway 32L to begin its landmark 25 September 2014 maiden flight

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