This is a recognition for the Trivandrum International airport as it has been picked up for the A-32O NEO’s climate check.
French aircraft major Airbus’s latest version aircraft the eco-friendly A-320 NEO has arrived at the Trivandrum international airport for a 5-day climate check. This is the first time that a major aircraft manufacturing company is using the premier airport in Kerala for climate check.
This is the first time that a major aircraft manufacturing company is using the premier airport in Kerala for climate check.
Over the next five days the A-320 NEO (New Engine Option) will be tested by flying in different areas in the vicinity of the international airport’s airspace to find out how the equipment in the aircraft react and respond.
As many as six pilots and 23 flight engineers and technicians are part of the team that has reached the capital for the climate check. Airbus has got clearance from AAI and the Director General of Civil Aviation for carrying out the check.
“This is a recognition for the airport as it has been picked up for the A-32O NEO’s climate check. The aircraft will move through the coastal areas as part of the climate check. The other airport where the climate check will be conducted is the high-altitude airport at Ladakh,” Airport Director George G. Tharakan told The Hindu.
A-320 NEO has many new features including the latest generation of Pratt and Whitney’s fuel-efficient geared turbo fan engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices. The aircarft also boasts of new aerodynamic improvements, and the latest cabin features. According to Airbus, the new aircraft will offer 20% savings in fuel burn per seat by 2020, two tonnes of additional payload, 500 nautical miles of more range, lower operating costs, along with reduction in engine noise and emissions.
Image Source : Naveen Gopakumar, Plane Spotters Kerala