The first A321LR (Long Range), took its maiden flight from Hamburg Germany yesterday, commencing its flight test program. The aircraft, MSN7877, is powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines.

The aircraft is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test program, including transatlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018.

With more than 1,900 orders received from over 50 customers, to date the A321neo has captured a solid 80 percent of market share, making it the true aircraft of choice in the Middle of the Market.

The A321LR features a new door configuration, enabling its operators to accommodate up to 240 passengers in Airbus’ widest Single Aisle fuselage in the sky. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020.

The LEAP-1A engine had a very successful entry into commercial service in August 2016. There are currently 17 customers operating more than 140 airplanes and the fleet has logged more than 610,000 flight hours.  CFM expects reach one million flight hours by mid-year.

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