Airbus’ first A321XLR (Xtra Long Range) has successfully completed its first flight.
The aircraft, MSN 11000, took off from Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport at 11:05 hrs CEST for a a test flight which lasted approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes.
The aircraft’s crew consisted of experimental test pilots Thierry Diez and Gabriel Diaz de Villegas Giron, as well as test engineers Frank Hohmeister, Philippe Pupin and Mehdi Zeddoun.
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.
Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes and Services stated: "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."
A321XLR Test Flight Details
The A321XLR with registration F-WXLR (MSN 11000) will be performing a 5-hour test flight over Northern Germany before returning to Hamburg. Below are some information about the planned flight test:
Airbus has revealed a total of 3 A321XLR test aircraft. 2 with CFM Leap-1A engines and 1 with Pratt & Whitney GTF engine.
The Airbus A321XLR is a further extended range version of the A321neo family aircraft.
According to Airbus, the new variant of the type can fly up to 4,700 nm / 8,700 km. The abbreviation ‘XLR’ stands for Extra Long Range. Middle East Airlines of Lebanon is the launch customer of A321XLR. 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, A321XLR orders stood at more than 500 from over 20 customers. Entry into service is targeted for early 2024.
Cover Image and infographic: via Airbus