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Airbus rolls out first A-321neo ACF airplane

Powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines

Airbus has completed assembly of the first A-321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) at its facilities in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, will undergo ground tests prior to its scheduled first flight in the coming weeks. First delivery of an A-321neo ACF to a customer is scheduled for mid-2018.

The model is the latest addition to the A-320 Family. By applying modifications to the fuselage, the ACF enables more flexible cabin configurations for up to 240 passengers. Compared to the previous A-321 variant, the most visible modifications are a new rear section and a modified passenger door configuration, where the door located forward of the wing is removed and new overwing emergency exits in the centre section are introduced. The A-321neo ACF is an option today and will become standard for all A-321neos around 2020.  

It is the base for a longer range variant known as the A-321LR. This model has an increased MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight) of 97 tonnes and a third underfloor fuel tank allowing airlines to increase its range to 4,000 nautical miles for intercontinental flights. The first delivery of an A-321LR is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The A-321 is the largest member of the A-320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A-321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent per seat from day one and 20 percent by 2020.

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