MIAMI — The first Airbus A321neo (D-AVXB / MSN 6839) has completed successfully its maiden flight today from Hamburg Finkerwerder. The flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes.
The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A turbofans, was flown by Airbus Experimental Test Pilots Martin Schuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez, accompanied by Test-Flight Engineer Gérard Leskerpit. Monitoring the progress of the flight profile were Flight-Test Engineers Sandra Bour Schaeffer and Emiliano Requena-Esteban.
For its first flight. The test crew assessed the engines speed variations (low/high), the aircraft’s flight envelope and systems operation.
The first flight of the A321neo marks the countdown to delivery of the largest version of this single-aisle next-generation aircraft, expected to take place at the end of the year. The jetliner will now join the NEO flight test campaign fleet and carry out a partial flight test program to validate its flight characteristics.
To date, the NEO campaign has accumulated about 1,900 flight hours in over 640 flights since the first flight in September 2014.
The A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines was the first variant in the NEO Family to receive the type certification, followed by its entry into service in January 2016 with launch operator Lufthansa, after swapping deliveries with Qatar Airways due to operational issues with the engine.