The first ACJ319neo successfully completed a 16-hr. and 10-min. test flight on 26th April, setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew (Airbus’ previous record was Santiago-Paris, flown in 15 hr and 15 min by an ACJ319 in 1999.).
It flew from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 min ETOPS (Extended range twin-engine operations) rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certified.
The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after ACJ319neo flight trials are completed.
“We want to fly customers to their destination using the quickest routes, as well as delivering unsurpassed comfort and service, and it’s impressive to see such long-range capability at first hand,” said K5 Aviation CEO and Chief Pilot Erik Scheidt, who participated in the flight.
K5 Aviation’s ACJ319neo is fitted with five additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold.
Corporate jet orders and commitments for A320neo Family-derived aircraft now total 14.
Around 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide, flying on every continent, including Antarctica.
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