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The neo: a born leader

In a key milestone for the company, Airbus delivered the first A320neo (new engine option) aircraft – an A320neo for Lufthansa during January 2016.

The future of single-aisle aircraft is taking flight with Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) – creating 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, along with the fuel-saving Sharklets wingtip devices and a further optimized passenger 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 by 2020, along with additional range, reduced engine noise and lower emissions. 

With more than 5,000 firm orders as of December 2016, the A320neo Family’s popularity has been clearly endorsed by operators worldwide.

A natural evolution

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

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 the A321LR –  an A321neo variant with a range of 4,000 NM – the longest of any single-aisle aircraft. The A321LR is ideally suited to transatlantic routes and allowing 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 two ACJneo corporate jets. These highly capable business jets – the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo – provide the NEO’s latest generation engine choices with further enhancements in comfort, flight distances and efficiency.

Opening a new era

Both engine option versions of the A320neo have been delivered to operators, following the handover of the first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo to Pegasus Airlines in July 2016.

From its service entry, the A320neo Family is ready to provide its unbeatable fuel efficiency as part of Airbus’ market-leading product line.   

Lufthansa and Airbus marked a major step in aviation history in January 2016 with delivery of the no. 1 A320neo Family jetliner – an A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines. Some six months later, Airbus made another milestone delivery – handing over the first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines to Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines, which became the launch operator for this version. 

Prior to customer deliveries, both engine option versions completed a rigorous programme that tested their airframes and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft achieved airworthiness approval from European and U.S. aviation authorities. Subsequent approvals will follow for the A321neo and A319neo equipped with the PW1100G-JM, as well as for the LEAP-1A-powered A319neo and A321neo.

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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 10.5 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.