The CFM International LEAP-1A-powered A321neoACF will now undergo ground testing at Hamburg. The aircraft’s first flight will occur in “coming weeks,” Airbus said. The first delivery of an A321neoACF is targeted for mid-2018 with Primera Air one of the first likely to receive them for trans-Atlantic use.
Modifying the passenger door configuration on the A321neo, a new rear section is added to create the ACF variant, and the aircraft can be configured to seat as many as 240.
The ACF also serves as the base for the A321neoLR which will include a third underfloor fuel tank, extending its range to 4,000 nautical miles. The first A321neoLR delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
The A321neoACF is an option when ordering the A321neo, but it will become the standard version of the A321neo by 2020.