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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 over 4,500 firm orders as of January 2015, 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

A320neo Family is prepared to set new standards in efficiency following the no. 1 NEO aircraft’s delivery to Lufthansa in early 2016.

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

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, while first flight of the no. 1 A321neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines was performed in February 2016 – advancing its own certification process. 


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A320 Assembly Line in Tianjin, China
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  • 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.