Air Transat A-319-300 landing in Vancouver, the airline currently have 12 in service.
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Airbus began offering the A-319 in 1992, with the actual launch occurring in June 1993; the A319's first customer was ILFC, who signed for 6 aircraft. On 23 March 1995, the first A319 underwent final assembly at Airbus' German plant in Hamburg, where the A321s are assembled. It was rolled out on 24 August, with the maiden flight the following day.
The certification programme would take 350 airborne hours involving two aircraft; certification for the CFM56-5B6/2-equipped variant was granted in April 1996, after which qualification for the V2524-A5 started the following month. Delivery of the first A319, to Swissair, took place on 25 April 1996, entering service by month's end.
In January 1997, A 319 broke a record during a delivery flight by flying 3,588 nautical miles (6,645 km) the great circle route to Winnipeg, Manitoba from Hamburg, in 9 hours 5 minutes. Sales of A319 would overtake that of the A321, amassing 1,470 order compared to 932;it has proved popular with low-cost airlines such as EasyJet, who ordered 172 of the type.
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