Versatility and appeal
Airbus’ A320 Family sets the standards for passenger comfort, featuring the widest fuselage of any single-aisle aircraft. With a seven-inch advantage over its competitor, these jetliners provide wider seats for passengers, a larger aisle that enables faster boarding and deplaning, as well as easier movement of passengers, cabin crew and service trolleys during flight. All contribute to a more comfortable, relaxing travel experience.
The optimised fuselage width also gives airlines the maximum versatility in cabin layout. First Class and Business Class cabins can be configured on the A320 Family in four- and five-abreast seating with the same comfort as widebody aircraft on international routes, while a six-abreast Economy configuration accommodates the widest seats on a single-aisle airliner.
For in-flight service, cabin crews can do their jobs more efficiently and provide better service with galleys that have 40 per cent more working volume and 25 per cent more galley volume than other single-aisle aircraft.
More baggage storage
Carry-on baggage is a major issue for all airlines today, and the A320 Family responds to passengers’ needs with large, efficiently-shaped overhead stowage compartments that are on average 40 per cent longer, 20 per cent higher and 20 per cent deeper than those on competing aircraft.
In addition, equal spacing below the seats provides greater and more practical under-seat stowage in front of each passenger. Another feature of the overhead stowage compartments is their ability to accommodate an optional entertainment system with deployable screens.
The best gets even better
As part of the A320 Family’s continuous improvement, an enhanced cabin is available on new-production aircraft and for retrofit. By making the best use of latest technologies – along with materials and design – the new cabin provides more shoulder-level room for passengers, reduces interior noise, opens up 10 per cent greater stowage volume for overhead baggage, and creates a modern, fresh ambience using LED lighting. As an added bonus, the cabin offers a reduction in weight from previous-generation interiors. Other features are continuous grip rails in the overhead stowage bins with enlarged seat row indicators that allow passengers to more easily identify their seats, and a new-look Passenger Service Unit (PSU) that is slimmer, with easier to use controls, and LED reading lights.
The A320 Family’s wider cabin cross-section also allows Airbus to offer Extra Wide Seats, providing adequate space for those who need it, while giving airline operators a new method to generate additional revenue. The standard A320 Family seat measures 18 inches wide, grouped in sets of three. In the new Extra Wide arrangement, the aisle seat is expanded to a total width of 20 inches, compensated by a one-inch reduction in each of the remaining two – which each still measure 17 inches across, equal to that on the A320’s nearest competitor.
With the new engine option (neo) now offered on A320 Family aircraft, Airbus has opened up innovative options in configuring the floor space with the longest-fuselage A321neo version. This allows more flexibility, increasing the number of passengers accommodated at the same comfort standard. In addition, the maximum exit limit is raised beyond 220 seats. These cabin options capitalize on recent developments in cabin equipment, fixtures and seat design.
...air purification system: Airbus engineers have developed a catalytic converter that removes foul odours from the air before it is pumped into a jetliner’s cabin. With the exhaust of aircraft and ground support vehicles prevalent on airport tarmacs, the Airbus-designed purification system filters out toxic fumes and unpleasant smells to provide passengers with clean, fresh air. U.S.-based carrier jetBlue was the first to install the system in its fleet of A320s, and it now is offered on all Airbus aircraft upon request.
Orders & deliveries
Did you know?
A320 Family aircraft are assembled in France, Germany and China.
The A320 Final Assembly Line in Toulouse once was the Concorde Assembly Hall.
Consisting primarily of aluminium alloy, the A320 is also built with high technology materials such as carbon composites, Kevlar and fiberglass.
A320 Family aircraft fly to some of the world's most challenging airports including Himalayan airfields in China, India and Bhutan.
80 per cent of A320 Family operators fly at least two members of the Family.
- An A320 Family aircraft takes off or lands every 2.5 seconds of every day.