The A320neo “new engine option” is the latest of many product upgrades as Airbus continues to invest around 300 million euros a year in improvements for the A320 Family. Delivered to its first airline operator in 2016, the NEO incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engine choices – the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney and CFM International’s LEAP-1A – and large Sharklet™ wingtip devices, which together deliver 15 per cent in fuel savings.
By 2020, the NEO will deliver a 20 per cent fuel burn improvement per seat and an additional flight distance of 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the environment, the A320neo’s fuel savings translate into some 5,000 tonnes fewer CO2 emitted per aircraft annually. Additionally, the A320neo provides a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.
Thanks to optimised use of cabin space, the A319neo – which performed its first flight in March 2017 – seats 140 passengers in two classes or up to 160 in a high-density layout with a range of up to 3,750 nautical miles.