The first ultra-long-range A321XLR (Xtra Long Range) aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight. The A321XLR with production serial number (MSN) 11000 took off from Hamburg Finkenveld Airport at 11:05 local time today for a test flight of approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes. The first flight crew included experimental test pilots Thierry Diez and Gabriel Diaz de Villegas Giron, test engineers Frank Hohmeister, Philippe Pupin and Mehdi Zeddoun. During the test flight, the crew tested the aircraft's flight controls, engines and major systems including flight envelope protection at high and low speeds.

The ultra-long-range A321XLR is the next revolutionary model in the A320neo family of aircraft developed by Airbus in response to the market's demand for single-aisle aircraft with longer range and larger payload, which can achieve longer than other competing models. The economic operation of routes creates more value for airlines.

The ultra-long-range A321XLR will be able to provide an unprecedented ultra-long-range range of up to 4,700 nautical miles (8,700 kilometers), with a single-seat fuel consumption that can be reduced by 30% compared to the previous generation of competing models, NOx and noise are also reduced. significantly reduced.

As of May 2022, the Airbus A320neo family has received more than 8,000 orders from more than 130 customers worldwide, including more than 500 orders for the A321XLR from more than 20 customers.

Reviewing Editor: Peng Jing

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