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A320neo: A “new” leader takes flight
25 September 2014 Commercial Aircraft

A320neo: A “new” leader takes flight

A320neo first flight takeoff 5 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
25 September 2014

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

AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
A320neo first flight takeoff P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, P.PIGEYRE
22 September 2014

A320neo first flight takeoff

Airbus’ first A320neo to fly – powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines – takes off from Toulouse, France on 25 September 2014 for its maiden flight

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A320neo first flight takeoff 3 P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, P.PIGEYRE
22 September 2014

A320neo first flight takeoff 3

Taking off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on 25 September 2014 on its historic maiden flight, the first A320neo jetliner is accompanied by a chase aircraft, which is pictured in the background

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A320neo first flight preparation 5 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
22 September 2014

A320neo first flight preparation 5

The five-member international crew prepares for the A320neo jetliner’s first flight on 25 September 2014

AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
A320neo first flight preparation 2 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
25 September 2014

A320neo first flight preparation 2

The five-member international team of highly experienced pilots and engineers boards the first A320neo (new engine option) to fly before the jetliner’s maiden mission.

AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
A320neo first flight preparation 6 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
22 September 2014

A320neo first flight preparation 6

The A320neo (new engine option) first flight crew gets ready for the jetliner’s maiden takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on 25 September 2014

AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain

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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  
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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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