The first Airbus A319neo performed its maiden flight on March 31st. The smallest member of the A320neo Family, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, took off from Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport (IATA: XFW) and landed in Toulouse (TLS) after a 5-hour flight.
It was piloted by Experimental test pilots Michel Gagneux and Eckard Hausser. They were assisted in the cockpit by Test-Flight Engineer Jean Michel Pin, while two flight test engineers Sylvie Loisel-Labaste and David O’nions directed the flight from the aircraft’s Test Engineer station.
This flight was the occasion for the crew to assess the general handling of the aircraft and to check the main systems. The A319neo, registered as D-AVWA, will be based in Toulouse while it completes its flight test programme.