The assembly of first Airbus A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and mounting of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, Airbus reported on Tuesday 1 July 2014. The aircraft will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight.
The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in September 2014, paving the way for entry into service in the last quarter of 2015.
The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. The Airbus A320 family received about 2,700 orders from more than 50 customers since launch in 2010.