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Dal Kikin
May 1, 2019

The first ACJ319neo successfully completed a 16hr and 10min test-flight on 26th April, setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew. It flew from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 min ETOPS rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certificated.

The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months after ACJ319neo flight-trials are completed. K5 Aviation’s ACJ319neo is fitted with five additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold and includes improvements such as a lower cabin-altitude for greater passenger comfort.

“We want to fly customers to their destination using the quickest routes, as well as delivering unsurpassed comfort and service, and it’s impressive to see such long-range capability at first hand,” said K5 Aviation CEO and Chief Pilot Erik Scheidt, who participated in the flight.

The aircraft is a derivative of Airbus’s commercial A319neo and is differentiated by five additional centre fuel tanks and the option of choosing between two powerplants: the CFM Leap or Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G. It has a maximum range of 6,749 nm (12,500 km) with eight passengers, and a lower average cabin altitude of 6,400 ft (1,951 m) at its maximum ceiling of 39,000 feet.

@Photos via Airbus media room

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