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Airbus A319neo makes first flight
First flight of the A319neo. © Airbus

Airbus A319neo makes first flight

The third member of Airbus’ A320 “new engine option” (neo) Family, the A319neo, performed its maiden flight on 31st March. After taking off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport in Germany, the aircraft touched down five hours later at Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters location. 

The shortest-fuselage member of the A320neo product line is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines – one of the two powerplants available on the neo jetliners, alongside the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G. 

The A319neo extends the passenger capacity of the neo versions down to 100 seats. Historically, the A319 has accounted for slightly less than 19% of A320 Family orders in the current engine option (ceo) version.

The A319neo’s flight campaign will focus primarily on aircraft handling qualities, autopilot, performance and systems – building on the required engine tests that already have been performed with the A320neo and A321neo versions.

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