Airbus has completed the first test flight of the Pratt & Whitney PurePower engine powered A321neo aircraft.
Testing on the PW1135G-JM turbofan engine was carried out at the European aircraft manufacturer’s assembly facility in Hamburg on Wednesday (March 9) for around six hours.
The maiden flight comes a month after delivery delays of the engine led to Airbus flying the A321neo with the rival CFM Leap-1A engine.
Despite this, the OEM has said it still intends to deliver the first aircraft in Q4 2016 with the Pratt & Whitney engine.
Greg Gernhardt, Pratt & Whitney’s president of commercial engine programmes, said: “The PurePower engine continues to meet commitments for fuel burn, emissions and noise, and today’s first flight on the A321neo is another milestone achievement for this innovative engine.”