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The A320 Family New Engine Option

Airbus’ A320 aircraft family – which is recognised worldwide as the benchmark single-aisle jetliner product line – will be even more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly with a new engine option now in development.

Designated the A320neo (new engine option) Family, it will provide the minimum change with maximum benefit for the A319, A320 and A321 through the availability of two new jet engine choices – CFM International’s LEAP-1A and the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney – along with the use of Airbus’ large Sharklets wingtip devices.

Improvements with the A320neo Family include a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, two tonnes of additional payload, up to 500 nautical miles of more range, lower operating costs, along with reductions in engine noise and emissions. 

The A320neo Family is one of the fastest-selling product lines ever, with over 3,000 firm orders as of July 2014 – maintaining a 60 per cent market share compared to its direct competitor. 

In the framework of constant enhancements for the A320 Family, Airbus has developed a new option for configuring the floor space offered by the longest-fuselage A321neo version.  This Cabin-Flex option enables more flexibility and increased passenger capacity at the same standard of comfort. In addition, the jetliner’s maximum seat count based on exit limits is raised to 240 seats. This new cabin option capitalises on recent innovations in cabin equipment, fixtures and seat design – allowing airlines more efficient use of cabin space.

The A320 new engine option
Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) Family reached an important milestone during the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow: more than 3,000 firm orders from 57 customers since its launch in December 2010

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