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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Airbus heat tests new long range single-aisle aircraft in Sharjah

The A321LR can travel up to 7,400km without refuelling 

Airbus’ first A321LR has completed a set of hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport. Courtesy Airbus
Airbus’ first A321LR has completed a set of hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport. Courtesy Airbus

You know the UAE summer has arrived in earnest when Airbus begins heat testing its latest long-range aircraft.

The manufacturer's first A321LR has completed a set of hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport.

The tests began on Tuesday to check the aircraft’s systems’ behaviour with a focus on cabin comfort, including cooling performance on the ground.

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They are part of a 100-hour flight test programme following the aircraft’s maiden flight on January 31.

The trip marks the third time that Airbus has chosen to test its aircraft in the UAE due to the optimal weather conditions combined with excellent facilities, the company said on Thursday.

The A321LR features a new door configuration, enabling its operators to accommodate up to 240 passengers in Airbus’ "widest single aisle fuselage in the sky".

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