Airbus Begins Yearlong A321XLR Flight-Test Campaign

A321XLR in flight
The A321XLR’s first flight, which lasted more than 4 hr., took the aircraft over the North Sea and Northern Germany.
Credit: Sylvain Ramadier/Airbus
Employees at Airbus’ Hamburg-Finkenwerder plant took an unplanned break on the morning of June 15—hundreds of them put down their tools at their workstations and walked down to the fences around the company airport’s runway. At 11:04 a.m. local time, they witnessed the first takeoff of the company’s...

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