100th Airbus A320 makes test flight

Updated: 2012-09-12 11:25

(China Daily)

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The 100th A320 aircraft assembled in the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, which is Airbus SAS's first final assembly line outside Europe, completed its first test flight on Tuesday.

The test flight was performed by a captain, a pilot and two engineers. It is also the first time Airbus had an all-Chinese test flight crew.

The aircraft flew for three hours and 15 minutes.

"All the functions of the aircraft were tested during the flight," said Zhao Weibo, captain of the flight.

The airplane, with 158 seats, is scheduled to be delivered to Air China Limited in late September.

So far, a total of 98 aircraft have already been delivered to 11 Chinese operators from Tianjin.

"Our commitment is to provide the very best aircraft and service to our customers and operators in China, and help develop and train Chinese aviation experts," said Laurence Barron, president of Airbus China.