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PICTURE: A320neo makes maiden flight

The Airbus A320neo has made its maiden flight, taking off from Toulouse at just past noon Central European Time. Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-powered MSN6101 carried a crew of five. The type, also to be available with CFM International’s new Leap Engine, promises to cut fuel burn by 20% compared to standard A320s, owing to the new generation engines and aerodynamic improvements including Airbus’s sharklet wingtip extensions.

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To date, firm orders for the NEO stand at 3,257 aircraft from 60 customers.

From our archive:

The Beginning of the A320

The first A320 unveiling

Delivery of the very first Airbus A320

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