Advantages of the A320 Family’s wide fuselage extend below the passenger cabin into the underfloor cargo holds – which are wider and deeper than any other single-aisle aircraft.
Access to the underfloor holds is by large doors that open outward to avoid reducing available volume inside the hold. These doors give protection during operations in bad weather, helping to reduce damage to baggage and freight. Inside the cargo holds, baggage handlers appreciate the greater working height and a wider area of flat floor. This increases efficiency and reduces the risk of employee injury.
Ease of loading and unloading freight is facilitated by installing any of four available freight loading systems, which cover the full spectrum of airline needs and offer a range of choices for airlines operating the A319, A320 and A321.
The A320 Family offers a mechanised bulk loading system called the sliding carpet. Full provisions can be provided for use of the Sliding Carpet System (manufactured and supplied by Telair International), which can be installed in both the forward and aft holds – enabling baggage and freight to be loaded by one person inside the
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Did you know?
Every seven hours, an A320 Family aircraft leaves one of Airbus’ four final assembly line locations in France, Germany, China and the U.S.
The A320 Family has carried more than 10.5 billion passengers.
Today’s A320s have an operational reliability of 99.7 per cent.
Arranged from nose to tail, all A320 Family aircraft produced to date would form a 260 km.-long line – the length of 2,500 soccer fields.
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 two seconds of every day.