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The neo: a born leader

The first A320neo (new engine option) to fly performed its maiden mission from Toulouse, France on 25 September 2014

The future of single-aisle aircraft is taking flight with Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) – which will create better, more efficient ways for airlines and passengers to fly.

As the world’s best-selling product line, the NEO Family continues Airbus’ reputation for pioneering technical solutions and non-stop innovation. These single-aisle jetliners incorporate two new engine choices, Sharklets fuel-saving wingtip devices and a further optimised cabin to deliver unbeatable efficiency and comfort.

Improvements for the A320neo Family result in a per seat fuel burn saving of 20 per cent compared to current engine option (CEO) jetliners, along with additional range, reduced engine noise and lower emissions. 

With more than 4,300 firm orders as of October 2015, the A320neo Family’s popularity has been clearly endorsed by operators worldwide.

A natural evolution

The best keeps getting better with Airbus’ market-leading single-aisle product line.

Designated the NEO (new engine option) Family, Airbus is providing the minimum change with maximum benefit, incorporating two latest-generation engine choices – CFM International’s LEAP-1A and the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney – along with the use of fuel-saving Sharklets wingtip devices.

As part of this enhancement to the A320 Family, Airbus also plans to increase the exit door limits for NEO jetliners, taking advantage of innovative new cabin equipment, fixtures and seat designs to deliver increased efficiency for operators, while retaining the company’s modern comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats for passengers.

Comprising the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo versions, NEO Family jetliners share 95 per cent spares commonality with existing A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. 

In January 2015, Airbus launched an A321neo variant with a range of 4,000 NM – the longest of any single-aisle aircraft, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes, which will allow airlines to tap into new long-haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single-aisle aircraft.

The NEO Family also expanded in May 2015, with the launch of ACJneo corporate jets. Comprising two-highly capable members – the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo – these jetliners provide the NEO’s latest generation engine choices with further enhancements in comfort, flight distances and efficiency.

Taking flight

Airbus is performing parallel flight test and certification programmes using A320neo Family aircraft equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM and CFM International’s LEAP-1C engines.

The NEO flight test and certification campaign has marked key milestones, setting the stage for Airbus’ first A320neo customer deliveries.  

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM-powered A320neo variant received its European and U.S. certification in November 2015, completing a rigorous programme that tested its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria. Starting in in September 2014, a total of three flight test aircraft with PW1100G-JM engines accumulated more than 1,070 flight hours aloft, of which 300 hours were completed in an airline-like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service. 

Subsequent airworthiness approvals will follow for the A321neo and A319neo equipped with the PW1100G-JM, as well as for the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.   A320neo flight testing with the LEAP-1A began in May 2015. 

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A320 Assembly Line in Tianjin, China
A320 Assembly Line in Tianjin, China
  • 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.