It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Sup…no it’s an airplane. The first A321 to be produced for Spirit Airlines successfully flew within its test flight program today in Mobile, Ala. This is the 10th aircraft to be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.
The flight lasted approximately 3.5 hours during which tests were performed on systems, engines and structure performance.
The aircraft was flown by Test Pilots Mark McCullins and Joe Houghton. They were accompanied on the flight by Flight Test Engineer Nick Picconi, and Ground Test Engineer/Cabin Specialist Mike Johns.
Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a couple more weeks of final production before being delivered to Spirit Airlines.