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It’s been known in the airline community that the Airbus A321-neo might have a trim problem during a go-around. Airbus apparently gave operators instructions to operators with restrictions on loading, during the summer.
It now appears that the A320-neo, in certain configurations, has developed a similar snag. This is particularly apparent on LH and BA a/c where the introduction of the two extra rows in the rear and the removal of catering equipment plus fewer pax in business class have altered the trim characteristics potentially causing a problem during a go-around.
Poor Mr Cruz…always bad news!
At least Airbus have admitted, and got to grips with, the problem before an incident occurs.
One assumes these are the aircraft with the Space-Flex rear gallery and lavatory configuration.
Really concerning for all aircraft with all the stretching and changes to seat density etc. One wonders how much oversight there is on these changes or whether everybody just says “well it is the same aircraft underneath so it should be fine” – which of course is exactly what Boeing put forward and the FAA apparently accepted for the 737
MAX 8. (Wish they were all as thorough as BT’s reCAPTCHA.)
This is not just limited to the A320neo. Swiss had a similar issue on their A320Ceo early last year. This was reported in April 2018. Swiss had densified this plane not long before the incident almost happened at Geneva.
An old story and nothing like the Max. E.g. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/new-airbus-a321neo-suffers-control-fault-like-grounded-boeing-737-max-sfhr7vt2r?shareToken=4aafd6a0628efa62107f77516422a9b0