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This is how Airbus tests the new A321XLR flight with passengers traveling nonstop.

This is how Airbus tests the new A321XLR flight with passengers traveling nonstop.


“Getting Ready for a Big Test Flight: A321XLR Passenger Experience”

After successfully testing the Airbus A321XLR on various routes, It’s now getting ready for a crucial step: the Passenger Experience Flight. This special flight is an important part of the process to make sure the Airbus plane is certified and ready for airlines to use.

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Airbus A321XLR jet takes off for the first time from Hamburg(Opens in a new browser tab)

During this flight, Airbus uses sustainable aviation fuel, which is better for the environment, and they have about 200 employees on board. These employees have been working on the A321XLR in different countries like France, Germany, Spain, and the UK. The goal of this flight is to see how comfortable the plane is and how well all the systems in the cabin work.

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Airbus wants its passengers to feel good when they fly, so they will ask them questions about what they see in the cabin, how warm or cool it is, how loud or quiet it is, and how different cabin systems like air conditioning, lighting, and bathrooms are working. This helps them make sure their plane is top-notch for travelers.

About A321XLR Range

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The A321XLR’s ability to fly extra long distances begins with the improvements made to the A321neo. These improvements include better engines and aerodynamics. With a higher Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) and more fuel storage, the A321XLR can fly as far as 4,700 nautical miles. This means it can travel really long distances without needing to refuel.

The first 13-hour test flight of the A321XLR was successfully accomplished.(Opens in a new browser tab)

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The A321XLR is a great choice for airlines because it offers significant economic benefits. One big advantage is that it saves a lot of fuel. In fact, it burns up to 30% less fuel per seat compared to older aircraft models. This means airlines can save money on fuel costs when they use the A321XLR.

A321XLR seat comforts

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The A321XLR has won awards for its comfortable Airspace interior. It brings the kind of comfort you usually find on big, long-distance planes to this smaller one. You can have a single-class setup with up to 244 passengers, and in Economy class, the seats are 18 inches wide, which is quite spacious.

But that’s not all. The A321XLR can also be set up for premium classes. It can have seats that recline completely flat, almost like a bed, and it even offers suites for those who want extra luxury and privacy. So, whether you’re flying Economy or a premium class, the A321XLR has something comfortable to offer.

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Understanding Route Proving in Aircraft Certification

Route proving, also known as Functional and Reliability Testing (FnR), is a standard process in aviation. It’s like a big test for new commercial airplanes before they can be certified for use in Europe by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency).

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The main goal of route proving is to show that the airplane’s systems work well in real-life situations. This is called ‘systems maturity.’ To prove this, the plane has to fly for about 100 hours over ten days without turning off any of its systems. This test helps make sure the airplane is safe and reliable for passengers and airlines to use.

Flight testing scope overall rationale

Philippe Pupin, who leads the flight test engineering team for the A321XLR program and was part of the crew on the first flight of MSN11000 in June 2022, explains why they are conducting flight tests:

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“To make the A321XLR fly long distances, we need to make it carry more fuel. This means we have to make the A321’s maximum take-off weight higher. To do that, we need stronger landing gear and better brakes. But, we’re not changing the engine’s power, so we’ve had to make some changes to the way the plane flies to keep it taking off smoothly. This has led to changes in how the plane’s high-lift system works, like the slats and flaps, and also changes to how the flight control system operates. All of these changes need to be tested during flight and approved for safety.”

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IndiGo to introduce business class ServiceĀ on its busiest routesĀ 

IndiGo to introduce business class ServiceĀ on its busiest routesĀ 

After nearly 18 years of dominating India’s aviation landscape with its single-class economy configuration, IndiGo, the country’s largest airline, is set to make a significant leap by introducing business class service on its busiest routes.

The decision comes as IndiGo aims to offer passengers more choices and enhanced comfort amid the backdrop of a burgeoning economy. Set to be unveiled around August, coinciding with the carrier’s 18th anniversary, IndiGo’s “tailor-made business product” promises to redefine the flying experience for its customers.

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This move follows closely on the heels of IndiGo’s recent announcement of acquiring 30 wide-body aircraft, indicating the airline’s strategic expansion and commitment to catering to diverse passenger preferences.

IndiGo’s foray into business class service represents a significant milestone, especially considering its longstanding reputation as a low-cost carrier focused primarily on economy class offerings. With a fleet exceeding 360 planes and operating approximately 2,000 daily flights, the airline’s entry into the business class segment is poised to reshape the Indian aviation industry.

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Currently, Air India and Vistara are the sole providers of business-class seats on domestic routes in India. However, by December 2024, IndiGo will join this exclusive league, introducing its bespoke business class experience tailored to meet the evolving needs of discerning travelers.

Initially, IndiGo’s business class operations will be rolled out on the busiest domestic routes, ensuring passengers enjoy added comfort and luxury during their journeys. Further details regarding the official launch date, specific routes, and promotional offers will be disclosed by August 2024, heightening anticipation among passengers eagerly awaiting this premium service.

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Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India Gives Salary Increments to Staff; Bonus for Pilots

Air India announced on Thursday that it will implement annual salary increments for its staff and introduce an annual target performance bonus for pilots, according to sources. This marks the first appraisal process since the Tata Group took over the airline a little over two years ago.

Chief Human Resources Officer Ravindra Kumar GP revealed that salary increments will take effect from April 1, 2024. Additionally, performance bonus payouts for the fiscal year 2023-24 will be based on both company and individual performance, sources reported.

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Pilots will see an increase in their fixed pay ranging from ā‚¹5,000 to ā‚¹15,000 per month. They will also be eligible for an annual target performance bonus between ā‚¹42,000 and ā‚¹1.8 lakh, contingent on performance metrics.

Cabin crew members will also benefit from an annual performance bonus of approximately ā‚¹25,000. Alongside this, they will receive a standard salary increase for the financial year 2025, effective from April.

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Air India, which employs around 18,000 people, aims to foster growth and transformation, as stated by Kumar. The airline achieved significant milestones in the last financial year, laying a strong foundation for its future. As part of its Vihaan.AI initiative, the airline introduced a contemporary annual performance appraisal process known as “Rise AI” and transitioned to a simplified, market-competitive, and productivity-oriented compensation structure for employees.

However, it was noted that junior first officers will not receive a hike in their monthly fixed pay. Nevertheless, they will be eligible for an annual target performance bonus, with junior first officers receiving ā‚¹42,000 and first officers and commanders receiving ā‚¹60,000 per annum, provided they meet performance expectations.

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Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas Expands IndiGo Codeshares from Singapore

Qantas has broadened its codeshare partnership with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline, enhancing travel options between Australia and India. This expansion allows customers to seamlessly connect from Qantas flights in Singapore to IndiGoā€™s services to both Delhi and Mumbai.

Previously, the codeshare arrangement enabled passengers on Qantas flights arriving in Bengaluru and Delhi to connect onto IndiGo domestic services to 21 destinations across India. Now, travelers can enjoy a more streamlined journey by transferring through Singapore.

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Additionally, the new arrangement allows customers to incorporate overnight stopovers in Singapore into their travel plans before continuing to Delhi or Mumbai. This provides greater flexibility and convenience for those wishing to explore the city or rest before their onward journey.

Qantas passengers traveling on IndiGo flights benefit from the same checked baggage allowance as their flight from Australia and receive complimentary food and beverages. Furthermore, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (with a QF code) between Singapore and India.

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This partnership expansion comes alongside Qantas’s recent announcement of increased flights to both India and Singapore. Specifically, flights between Sydney and Bengaluru will become daily during the peak holiday season, complemented by additional flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Singapore.

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