Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The first flight on the A320neo jetliner, an updated version of the popular plane, is scheduled for Thursday in France. The maiden flight is slated for 10:30 a.m. local time in Toulouse, depending on weather conditions. Neo is short for new engine option, and is a more fuel-efficient variant of the "ceo" model, or current engine option. Airbus has received more than 3,000 orders for the new model, the first of which will be delivered in 2015. (Source: USA Today, 09/22/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.