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The first A321LR takes flight (Photo: Airbus)

Airbus A321LR Completes Maiden Test Flight

On Wednesday, Airbus announced that its newest narrowbody aircraft model, the Airbus A321LR, had completed its maiden flight test, the first step in the aircraft’s certification process. The test aircraft, MSN7877, flew for 2 hours and 36 minutes over the skies of Europe with a crew of six to test the aircraft’s capabilities, according to a press release from the European manufacturer. During the short flight, the flight crew tested the aircraft’s flight controls, engines and main systems to ensure…

Is There Hope on the Horizon for the A380?

After years of uncertainty, and dwindling orders in the books for the Airbus A380, the question has arisen over the past few months on whether the A380 has a firm future in our skies. When the ‘Superjumbo’ jet first entered service in 2007, it was expected to usher in a…

Airbus A330neo Takes First Flight in Toulouse

On Thursday, the Airbus A330neo underwent its maiden voyage departing from the airframer's headquarters in Toulouse, France. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, capable of delivering 72,000 lbs of thrust, the twin-variant aircraft became airborne from runway 32L at 09:57 a.m following three years of redeveloping the current A330 model. Launched…

Hong Kong Airlines Takes Delivery of First Airbus A350-900XWB, Continues…

On Sept. 1, Hong Kong Airlines took delivery of their first Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft. The delivery is the first of four for the airline via AerCap Holdings, a leasing company. The airline is expecting a second A350 to be delivered in November of this year. In a press release from…

Photos: Delta’s First Airbus A350-900XWB Rolls Out of the Toulouse…

On Wednesday, Delta's first Airbus A350-900XWB emerged from the paint shop near the manufacturer's facility in Toulouse, France dawning the carrier's paint scheme. This is the first of 25 frames that the Atlanta-based airline currently has on order. Delta's "flagship" A350 will feature the carrier's highly-anticipated Delta One Suites in…

Building the Backbone: Toulouse

Welcome to the Building the Backbone series. In this short series, AirlineGeeks staff writers will go in depth in the history of cities that have helped create the backbone for aircraft building and have become icons for their advancements in aviation. The series will be brought to you by people who…