The Airbus A321XLR, the European manufacturer’s newest aircraft, has taken to the skies for the first time.
The plane took off from Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport at 10:04 UTC on June 15, 2022. (XFW). According to Flightradar24 data, it flew southwest for a while before heading towards the North Sea.
"Fantastic day as our #A321XLR makes its maiden flight - congratulations #TeamAirbus!" As the plane took off, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury tweeted.
The aeroplane is the newest member of the Airbus A320 family and the company’s newest model.
It is expected to become the world’s longest-range narrow-body aircraft, with a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles (8,700 kilometres) and a capacity of up to 220 passengers, based on the Airbus A321neo.
Following its premiere in 2019, the aircraft was a huge success, with over 450 orders placed in the first year alone.
The A321XLR has been hailed as a new take on the middle-of-the-market airliner, with the potential to replace the completely outmoded Boeing 757 while also allowing airlines to fly transatlantic routes on a narrow-body aircraft.
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