Behind the scenes with Airbus’ A321XLR ten-day route proving test

The Airbus A321XLR is currently being put through its paces over ten days on functionality and reliability testing (FnR), more commonly known as route proving.

The aircraft performing this test schedule is F-WWAB (c/n 11080), which will fly around 15 flights of varying durations on sectors typical of a variety of airlines, airport turnaround times, climatic conditions and without systems being powered down. The overall aim of this flight-test campaign is to prove systems maturity of this new variant of the A321.

Airbus states the aircraft will fly “trips of several hours each, from Toulouse and back to Toulouse – one of these will approach the North Pole and then circle-back to Toulouse, for example. Others will fly around Europe. The second part will explore transatlantic operations into and from a US gateway airport. Over the course of the ten days there will be numerous airline and Airbus flight-crew changes in between the various sectors.” The aircraft will be monitored throughout by Airbus’ Maintenance Control Center (MCC) in Toulouse.

Jim F

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