First flight for GTF-powered Airbus A319neo
The last and smallest of the A320neo variants, an Airbus A319neo test aircraft, has completed its maiden flight powered for the first time by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
The last and smallest of the Airbus A320neo variants, an A319neo test aircraft, has completed its maiden flight powered for the first time by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The A319neo took off from Toulouse on 25th Arpil at 12:30 and landed at 15:20.
It was flown by a crew of five — Captain Philippe Castaigns, First Officer Shaun Wildey, flight test engineers Frank Hohmeister, David O’Nions and the Test flight engineer Cedric Favrichon.
The aircraft, MSN 6464, will perform an extensive flight test campaign in order to achieve its certification with P&W GTF engines by Q4 2019. The same aircraft had originally been powered with CFM LEAP-1A engines for that variant’s full certification test campaign which began on 31st March 2017 prior to FAA/EASA certification in December 2018.
The first flight of the Pratt & Whitney-powered A319neo came on the same day as the maiden flight of the ACJ319neo bizjet variant.