The best gets better
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 is offering the A320neo – which features new engine options that take advantage of improvements in propulsion technology, with a service entry in 2015.
The A320neo will further improve fuel burn by 15 percent and cut noise emissions and maintenance costs.
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 7,000 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
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.
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.
The A320 Family is the undisputed best-selling aircraft family of all time. It is used in a full range of services from very short-haul airline routes to intercontinental segments, on operations from challenging in-city airports to high-altitude airfields and an Antarctic ice runway, and on VVIP and government missions with the most discerning passengers.
As a true market leader, the A320 Family’s numbers speak for themselves: a takeoff every six seconds somewhere in the world, more than 50 million operating cycles logged since entry-in-service, over six billion passengers transported, and a best-in-its-class dispatch reliability of over 99 per cent.
More than 220 customers have ordered approaching 7,000- A318s A319s, A320s and A321s. Of this total, deliveries have surpassed the 4,500 milestone. Airbus is meeting the success with ramp-ups in production rate: by early 2010, a combined capacity of 40 A320 Family aircraft per month from the three final assembly lines located in Europe and China.
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