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25 September 2014
Commercial Aircraft

First A320neo successfully completes first flight

A320neo first flight crew after landing
A320neo first flight crew after landing JBA/Master Film, JB-Accariez
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23 September 2014

A320neo first flight crew after landing

With the successful first flight of MSN6101 on 25 September 2014, Airbus has commenced its nearly 3,000-hour flight test and certification campaign for the NEO Family, which includes fleet of eight test aircraft

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A320neo first flight air to air 3 Airbus, DOUMENJOU Alexandre - MasterFilms
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23 September 2014

A320neo first flight air to air 3

The world is watching: The NEO’s historic first flight was broadcast live around the globe with Airbus’ online streaming coverage

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A320neo first flight takeoff 12 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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25 September 2014

A320neo first flight takeoff 12

The “neo” branding, which stands for new engine option, is prominently featured on the belly of MSN6101

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23 September 2014

A320neo first flight take off 8

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 take off 10 P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, P.PIGEYRE
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23 September 2014

A320neo first flight take off 10

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 5 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
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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

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A320neo first flight takeoff 3 P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, P.PIGEYRE
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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
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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

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A320neo first flight preparation 3 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
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25 September 2014

A320neo first flight preparation 3

Inside the cockpit for Airbus’ first A320neo flight are Pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche De Malleray, along with Test Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert

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A320neo first flight preparation 2 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
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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.

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A320neo first flight preparation 6 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
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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

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A320neo first flight air to air 5 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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23 September 2014

A320neo first flight air to air 5

The A320neo – which went airborne for the first time on 25 September 2014 – is clearly recognizable with its “neo” livery that highlights the jetliner family’s unbeatable fuel efficiency

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Summary

Kicking off a 3,000 hour flight test programme

Paving the way for entry into airline service in the 4th quarter of 2015

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.

The first A320neo to fly has landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 02:22 pm local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted around two and a half hours. The aircraft – carrying the registration F-WNEO – was flown by Airbus Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche de Malleray. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert. Monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the Flight-Test Engineers Manfred Birnfeld and Sandra Bour-Schaeffer. 
Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “I congratulate the whole A320neo development team, ground crew and air crew for making this day happen. The A320neo which has taken to the air today builds on the outstanding success of the A320 Family. The aircraft through its incremental innovations combines the most efficient engine and aerodynamic technologies, as well as new cabin features to bring to market a product which will consume 20 percent less fuel per passenger.”
For its first flight, the A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, lifted off from Blagnac at around 60 tonnes. During the flight, which took the aircraft around southern France, the crew explored the aircraft’s flight envelope and systems operation, while the progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link.
This maiden flight marks the beginning of a rigorous flight test campaign involving eight aircraft encompassing all models and both new engine options – the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP-1A turbofans. Overall, the NEO development fleet will perform a combined total of around 3,000 hours of flight testing. The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines will be the first variant in the Neo Family to receive type certification followed by its entry into airline service in the 4th quarter of 2015 with first operator Qatar Airways.
The A320neo Family, encompassing the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo, seating up to 160, 189 and 240 passengers respectively, is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family and the preferred choice with traditional airlines, as well as with the fast-growing low-cost carrier market for which it is now the reference. To date the A320neo has won over 3,200 orders from 60 customers, representing a 60% market share.
Visit Airbus’ dedicated A320neo page.Review the Airbus website’s A320neo First Flight page
A320neo first flight crew after landing
 

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