The latest Airbus single-aisle jet is now also suitable for transatlantic flights.
The first A321LR (Long Range) from Airbus has been departed today from Hamburg-Finkenwerder to its 2 hour and 36-minute maiden flight. The single-aisle aircraft (MSN7877) powered by CFM Leap-1A engines is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including trans-Atlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018.
The aircraft´s crew consisted of two test pilots, three flight test engineers and a cabin specialist. During the flight, the crew tested the aircraft's flight controls, engines and main systems including flight envelope protections, both at high and low speed.
The rearrangement of the A321LR doors and the largest cabin width in the single-aisle cabin area will allow operators of this type of aircraft to design seating for up to 240 passengers. The new "Airspace by Airbus" cabin for the A320 family will be an integral part of this aircraft. Options for combining an increased MTOW of 97 t with a third fuel tank in the hull (Additional Center Fuel Tank, ACT) increase the range to up to 7,400 km / 4,000 nm.