Airbus has completed its 10-day test program on the A321XLR as part of its international route-proving flight test campaign.
On Twitter, the European planemaker said the following:
“The A321XLR has successfully concluded its 10-day, 100-hour, international route-proving flight test campaign. Well done to all the crews and teams who supported this latest milestone”.
Airbus Completes 10-Day Test Program of A321XLR…
For Airbus, this international route-proving campaign was utilised to show off the capabilities of the A321XLR, to both existing and potential customers.
Off the back of the successes it has had with TAP Air Portugal, JetBlue, and others over the A321LR (Long-Range), the European plane maker wishes to capitalise on those successes.
The A321XLR will offer range of up to 4,700 nautical miles, which is 15% more than the LR variant, and can offer higher take-off weights as well, should customers wish to utilise an optional Additional Centre Tank on top of the added Rear Centre Tank.
On top of this, the Airspace cabin that the plane maker has been advertising over the last few years will form a major foundation to the A321XLR program as well.
The European manufacturer has made significant waves in the development of this aircraft, with the first flight happening on June 15 last year.
From now, entry-into-service is expected by Q2 2024.
Some Photos from The Test Campaign…
Below are some photos from the crew’s time onboard the A321XLR during this major 10-day test campaign that consisted of 100 hours of flying!
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on the European planemaker to see what other tests will need to be conducted in order to get the aircraft approved for commercial service.
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