First Tianjin-built A320neo conducts maiden flight

Airbus has conducted the maiden flight with the first A320neo to be produced at its Chinese plant in Tianjin.

The aircraft is due to be delivered to AirAsia, rather than a Chinese customer.

Airbus confirms the first flight of the initial Chinese-built A320neo took place on 11 October and that the delivery will take place "in the coming weeks".

AirAsia selected the CFM International Leap-1A powerplant for its A320neos.

It has orders for 304 A320neos – of which 11 have been handed over from other Airbus production centres – plus orders for 100 of the larger A321neo.

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