Aircraft weights and capabilities shown are the highest values. Ranges shown are for typical passenger load.
“Steep approach” capability
Airbus' 318 is the largest commercial aircraft certified to land at steeper-than-usual gradients, with the potential to transform long-haul operations between city centres, as well as reduce time and costs for business travellers. The A318 was approved for steep approach landing capability by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2007, with this modern jetliner certified for a 5.5-degree approach slope. This compares to a nominal 3-degree slope for standard operations.