Airbus’ longest-range single-aisle airliner, the A321XLR, has successfully accomplished its first flight. The aircraft took off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport for a test flight which lasted approximately four hours and 35 minutes.
During the flight, the crew tested the aircraft’s flight controls, engines, and main systems, including flight envelope protections, both at high and low speeds.
The A321XLR, an Xtra-long-range version in the A320neo single-aisle Family of aircraft, was first announced at the Paris Air Show 2019. It will deliver an unprecedented single-aisle aircraft range of up to 4,700nm (8700 km), with 30% lower fuel consumption per seat compared to previous-generation aircraft, as well as reduced NOx emissions and noise.
By the end of May 2022, the A320neo Family has accumulated over 8,000 orders from over 130 customers worldwide. A321XLR orders stood at more than 500 from over 20 customers.
“This is a major milestone for the A320 Family and its customers worldwide. With the A321XLR coming into service, airlines will be able to offer long-haul comfort on a single-aisle aircraft, thanks to its unique Airspace cabin. The A321XLR will open new routes with unbeatable economics and environmental performance,” said Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes, and Services. Entry into service is targeted for early 2024.