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First U.S. Manufactured Airbus Aircraft To Take Flight Next Week

March 18, 2016 - The first Airbus aircraft produced by the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, is scheduled to fly for the first time next week as part of its production testing program.

Barring any weather or other pre-flight test factors, the A321 destined for Jetblue will take-off for the first time on March 21 at 9:15 AM.

A test flight is a normal step in aircraft production and takes place prior to the delivery of the aircraft to the customer. Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks of final delivery preparations. Airbus cautions that with any test flight, weather or other external factors could affect the decision to fly, right up to take-off.


The Airbus A321 is a stretched first derivative of the standard A320. Compared with the A320, the A321's major change is the stretched fuselage, which is lengthened by 22 ft 9 in; the A321 is the largest of the A320 family. 

This is achieved by adding a 14 ft 0 in front plug immediately forward of wing, and a 8 ft 9 in rear plug. To maintain performance, double-slotted flaps were included, in addition to increasing the wing area by 43 sq ft, to 1,380 sq ft. Other minor modifications were made to accommodate the A321-100's 21,200 lb increase in maximum takeoff weight to 183,000 lb.



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