Airbus corporate jet breaks endurance flight record

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The first ACJ319neo has completed the longest flight made by an A320 family aircraft with a 16 hour 10 minute test-flight.

The flight, from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, was an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 minute ETOPS 3  rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certificated.

The aircraft, which made its maiden flight last week, is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after flight-trials are completed.

“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.

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