The A320 Family benefits fully from the features of Airbus commonality, which airlines have come to count on for maximum operational flexibility, optimal economic efficiency and the best use of flight, cabin and maintenance crews.
Pilots can fly the A318, A319, A320 and A321 with a Single Type Rating thanks to their identical cockpits and operating procedures. This means that an A320 Family-qualified pilot can step into any of the four aircraft at any time – allowing airlines with multiple Family versions to schedule the aircraft best matched to passenger bookings of a specific route on any day, having a full choice of seating capacities from 107 to 220 passengers.
In addition, A320 Family pilots have the Airbus fly-by-wire qualification that allows an easy transition to the larger A330, A340 and A380 through straightforward and rapid differential training rather than a completely new type rating. This transition requires only seven-to-13 days in differences training, compared to the 25-35 day full type training course.
As all A320 Family aircraft are equipped with the same state-of-the-art digital cabin management system, cabin personnel also are able to switch seamlessly between the four aircraft types, facilitating scheduling and getting the best out of employees' skills. Aircraft maintenance also is made easy with A320 Family commonality as the result of the high inter-changeability of systems and parts, the common flight control system and similar avionics.
The advantages of commonality is a daily reality, as 80 per cent of A320 Family operators fly two or more versions of the aircraft in their fleet, and some 30 airlines are flying three different A320 Family versions in fleets larger than 10 aircraft.
Examples of carriers using the trio of A319s, A320s and A321s include Europe’s Air Berlin, easyJet, Iberia and Lufthansa, along with US Airways in the United States and Kingfisher in India. Fleets composed of the A318, A319 and A320 are flown by Frontier in the United States, Mexicana and LAN Airlines in South America; while Europe’s Air France and British Airways have all four A320 Family members in their fleets: the A318, A319, A320 and A321.
Orders & deliveries
Did you know?
Every seven hours, an A320 Family aircraft leaves one of Airbus’ three final assembly line locations in France, Germany and China.
The A320 Family has carried more than 10 billion passengers.
Today’s A320s have an operation reliability of 99.7 per cent.
Arranged from nose to tail, all A320 Family aircraft produced to date would form a 200 km.-long line.
The thrust produced by A320 Family engines could keep six elephants stationary against the force of gravity.
- At the end of its lifecycle, 85 per cent of an A320 can be recycled by weight – a figure which will rise to 95 per cent in the coming years.
- An A320 Family aircraft takes off or lands every 2 seconds of every day.