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First Airbus A320neo. MSN6101. F-WNEO. PW1100G-JM GTF engine. Image courtesy Airbus.

First Airbus A320neo progresses towards first flight, performs taxi tests

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.

READ ONLINE: Photos: Airbus rolls out first A320neo

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.

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IndiGo and AirAsia have placed large orders for this new aircraft which is expected to reduce fuel consumption by double digit percentage.

READ ONLINE: It is official – Airbus confirms A320neo

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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