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PICTURE: Airbus starts flight tests of GTF-powered A319neo

Airbus today completed the first flight of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered version of the A319neo.

The aircraft took off from Airbus's Toulouse facility at 12:30 and landed back there at 15:20, says the airframer.

Of its re-engined narrowbody family – which also includes the A320neo and A321neo – the A319neo is the last member to enter flight testing.

All of the models are available with either PW1100G geared turbofan or CFM International Leap-1A engines.

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Airbus foresees that the GTF-powered A319neo will gain certification by fourth quarter this year.

Previously, the airframer used the same A319neo airframe, MSN 6464, to certificate the Leap-1A-powered variant.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and US Federal Aviation Administration issued a joint approval for that version in December 2018, following a flight-test programme that had begun in March 2017 and spanned more than 500h.

The article has been updated to correct the aircraft's landing time

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