Airbus is set to test the A321LR on transatlantic flight tomorrow as part of EASA, FAA certification. The first test-flight MSN7877 will fly from Paris Le Bourget airport to New York JFK covering a distance of 5,824 km
According to flight global “The aircraft, powered by two CFM International Leap-1A engines will be flying with only two of the three additional centre tanks installed for the initial crossing.”, As part of certification process, test airplane must demonstrate flying with various configurations, which includes flying with one, two, three or none of the tanks installed.
The aircraft will undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including transatlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018.
According to Airbus, A321LR (Long Range) entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018.