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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 4,100 firm orders as of August 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 commenced flight testing with the first A320neo powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines in May 2015, with the variant’s 4-hour, 25-minute maiden flight from Toulouse, France.

The NEO flight test and certification campaign has kicked into full gear with test flight aircraft for both engine options now flying. This activity sets the stage for Airbus’ planned first customer A320neo delivery, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Airbus’ No. 1 No. 1 Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM-powered variant commenced the company’s flight test programme with a maiden flight in September 2014. It has since been joined in the developmental fleet by a second Pratt & Whitney-equipped jetliner, which took to the skies for the initial time in March 2015.

In another key programme achievement, Airbus’ no.1 A320neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its first test flight during May 2015. As of this milestone, the company’s A320neo developmental fleet with the two engine options had accumulated more than 400 total flight hours in around 130 flights since September 2014. 

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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’ three final assembly line locations in France, Germany and China.

  • The A320 Family has carried more than 10 billion passengers.

  • Today’s A320s have an operation 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.