First Airbus A319neo flies

Airbus A319neo first flight

The first Airbus A319neo in the air. (Photo: Airbus)

The third and smallest member of the Airbus A320neo Family, the A319neo, has begun flight testing today, 31 March 2017.

The first Airbus A319neo (new engine option) performed its maiden flight from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after 5 hours in the air. The aircraft was flown by test pilots Michel Gagneux and Eckard Hausser. They were assisted in the cockpit by test-flight engineer Jean Michel Pin, while two flight test engineers Sylvie Loisel-Labaste and David O’nions directed the flight from the aircraft’s Test Engineer station. The A319neo flight test programma will be completed in Toulouse.

The A319neo is powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A turbofan engines. Airbus claims fuel savings for the A320neo Family aircraft of more than 15 per cent compared with the earlier A320ceo (current engine option) thanks to the new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices.

So far, the A319neo is not a sales success for Airbus, with firm orders for only 50 aircraft.

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