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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) – the benchmark for traditional airlines and low-cost carriers alike.

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

These improvements 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 3,000 firm orders from 60 customers since its launch – which represents a 60 per cent market share compared to its direct competitor – 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. Incorporating a maximum takeoff weight capability of 97 tonnes, this innovative jetliner – the first deliveries of which are to begin in 2019 – will allow airlines to tap into new long-haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single-aisle aircraft.

Infographics fuel reduction

Unbeatable fuel efficiency by the numbers: With a 60-per cent market share, Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) Family offers 20 per cent lower fuel consumption per seat, along with superior comfort as a result of the company’s 18-inch-wide seat modern comfort standard

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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.