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FLIGHT TEST: ​A321neo stretches its legs

When Airbus launched the original A320 in the 1980s, it faced entrenched competition in the narrowbody segment from Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. To answer and perhaps better these rivals, Airbus chose to offer an aircraft with a larger-diameter fuselage and advanced fly-by-wire (FBW) technology. Since then, Airbus has stretched (A321), shrunk (A319) and re-shrunk (A318) its innovative design. And, with the exception of the A318, these models have enjoyed huge success in the market.

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