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A320 Family

The best gets better

A320 with "Sharklets"

New wing tip devices called “Sharklets” will be available on the A320 Family beginning in late 2012, adding more than 3.5 per cent savings in overall fuel consumption on long route sectors, while also improving takeoff performance and increasing payload by 500 kg. – allowing for additional range or more passengers to be carried.

Looking further into the future, Airbus now offers, the A320neo featuring new engine options, that  take advantage of improvements in propulsion technology, from 2016.

The A320neo will further improve fuel burn by 15 percent and cut noise emissions and maintenance costs. 

A320 NEO

"We are confident that the A320neo will be a great success across all markets and with all types of operators, offering them maximum benefit with minimum change. We are leveraging a reliable, mature aircraft and are making it even more efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.  Watch Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers John Leahy providing details on the A320neo – which offers airline customers a choice between CFM International’s LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1000G.

Four family members

By totally redefining the level of comfort for passengers, and delivering unmatched efficiency plus the best in technology for operators, the A320 Family has won a majority market share in segments that range from mainline network carriers and low-cost airlines to charter operators and leasing companies.  It also has become an aircraft of choice for VVIP and government transportation with the Airbus Corporate Jetliner versions.

The family’s cornerstone aircraft is the A320, which accommodates 150 passengers in a typical two-class arrangement, and up to 180 with high-density seating.  The stretched-fuselage A321 version seats 185 passengers in the two-class layout, and up to 220 for a high-density cabin.  The shorter-fuselage A319 has a 124-passenger capacity in the two-class configuration, and up to 156 in high-density, while the smallest – Airbus’ A318 – seats 107 passengers in the two-class cabin and 132 with high-density seating.

An impressive record

With more than 6,500 aircraft sold worldwide, Airbus’ A320 Family is the undisputed leader in the single-aisle aircraft marketplace. 

Since its service introduction, this highly capable jetliner product line has transported approximately 90 per cent of the world population in total numbers, carrying some six billion passengers and reaching the impressive achievement of more than 50 million operating cycles.

The A320 Family is based on a common aircraft type with the same wide cabin cross-section, which is available in four fuselage lengths: the A318, A319, A320 and A321 – all of which share the same systems, cockpits, operating and maintenance procedures, and pilot type rating.   They cover the market from 100 to 220 seats and currently fly  on  ranges of up to 3,700 nautical miles.

Modern and spacious

A320 Family’s spacious cabin include wider seats for unmatched passenger comfort

The fly-by-wire A320 Family offers all of the benefits from Airbus’ advances in innovation and technology, which result in increased revenue opportunities with its design for high utilisation, improved passenger revenue because its cabin is the widest in the single-aisle marketplace, increased cargo revenue due to its larger cargo holds and loading systems, along with reduced costs because of its designed-in efficiency.  In addition, the aircraft respond to operators’ “green” expectations by meeting – and exceeding – the environmental standards of today and tomorrow.

Advantages of the A320 Family’s spacious cabin – which is seven inches larger than its competitor – include wider seats for unmatched passenger comfort, a wider aisle for faster boarding and more efficient in-flight service, more space for carry-on baggage, and choices of seating configurations in four-, five- and six-abreast layouts.

Success story

The A320 Family’s growing worldwide customer base is flying more than 4,600 of the jetliners today, with an order backlog of more than 2,250 aircraft.  To meet demand, Airbus’ A320 Family final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany have been complemented by a new facility in Tianjin, China.  The output from these three sites is being ramped up to a combined total of 40 aircraft monthly by early 2012.

To regularly enhance the A320 Family’s capabilities and performance, Airbus invests more than 100 million euros annually in keeping the aircraft highly competitive and efficient.  Payload and range have been continuously improved since service entry, while aerodynamic refinements have brought additional reductions in drag for better fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

Improvements in the two jet engine types available on the A320 Family jetliners have resulted in fuel consumption reductions, lower emissions, longer on-wing lifetimes and less expensive maintenance.

An enhanced cabin configuration developed by Airbus for new production jetliners, and in retrofit for existing aircraft, provides more shoulder-level room for passengers, 10 per cent greater stowage volume for overhead baggage, and a modern ambience using LED lighting – all while making best use of latest technologies, materials and design. As an added bonus, the new cabin also brings a reduction in weight.

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