Versatility and appeal
Airbus’ A320 Family sets the modern standard 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. Premium cabins can be configured in four- and five-abreast seating on the A320 Family with the same comfort as widebody aircraft flying international routes, while a six-abreast economy configuration accommodates Airbus’ comfort standard of at least 18-inch wide seats.
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
Airbus has applied its reputation for non-stop innovation to the A320 Family cabin – delivering the greatest overhead stowage volume of any single-aisle airliner.
The company has developed a pivoting overhead bin option, which takes advantage of the A320 Family’s wide fuselage cross-section to offer increased luggage capacity, while retaining the product line’s spacious interior. Available from early 2016, the pivoting bins offer up to 10 per cent increased volume in overhead storage compared to existing A320 Family aircraft.
In addition, equal spacing below the seats provides greater and more practical under-seat stowage in front of each passenger.
The best gets even better
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 – this cabin configuration provides more shoulder-level room for passengers, reduces interior noise, opens up greater stowage volume for overhead baggage, and creates a modern, fresh ambience using LED lighting. As an added bonus, it 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.
With the new engine option (NEO) on A320 Family aircraft, Airbus has opened up innovative options in configuring the floor space and exit doors for the longest-fuselage A321neo version. This allows more flexibility, increasing the number of passengers accommodated at the same comfort standard. Combined with higher exit limits, the A321neo jetliner’s maximum seating capacity will increase to 240.
...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?
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 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 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.