The first Airbus A320neo (new engine option) is making progress towards its first flight. The test aircraft airframe MSN 6101 (manufacturer’s serial number) test registered F-WNEO powered up its engines and performed taxi tests last week. You can see photos here, here and here
Airbus is expecting this aircraft to perform its first flight some time later this month.
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The first airframe is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM Geared Turbo Fan. You can compare the photo of the neo vs. a classic A320 and see the difference in the diameter of the engine nacelle. Airbus expects the flight testing to run for about a year after the first flight, and is targeting the A320neo to enter service in end 2015.[bsu_custom_gallery source=”media: 9634,9631″ link=”image” target=”blank” width=”310″ height=”170″]
IndiGo and AirAsia have placed large orders for this new aircraft which is expected to reduce fuel consumption by double digit percentage.
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