First Airbus A321 aircraft produced in the U.S. for American Airlines takes flight

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

On April 19, the A321 took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 1:32 p.m. CDT, performed its test sequences, and landed safely at approximately 5:10 p.m. CDT.

The aircraft was flown by Test Pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce Macdonald. They were accompanied on the flight by Flight Test Engineer Nick Picconi, and Ground Test Engineer/Cabin Specialists Alexander Gentzsch and  Mike Johns.

The flight lasted approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes during which tests were performed on systems, engines and structure performance.

Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks in final production before being delivered to American Airlines.

Source: Airbus.

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