Brazilian flag carrier TAM has taken delivery of the 4,000th A320 Family aircraft – an A319 – at the final assembly facility in Hamburg, Germany.
Airbus’ benchmark single-aisle A320 Family – which is composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321 – is a best-seller throughout North America, Latin America and the Carribbean, where more than 1,100 of these aircraft are flying with carriers such as Air Canada, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue, Northwest, United Airlines, US Airways, TACA, Mexicana, and Avianca. Many airlines utilize several A320 Family versions in their fleets, benefitting from the aircraft family's fly-by-wire controls, operational commonality and flexibility to match seating capacity with actual passenger loads.
TAM’s milestone A319 is powered by IAE engines and seats 144 passengers in a comfortable single-class layout. The carrier became an Airbus A319 customer in 1998 with a historic combined order of 90 aircraft, together with El Salvador’s TACA and LAN of Chile. Today, the airline’s fleet is comprised of more than 100 A320 Family aircraft, making it the largest Airbus operator not only in Latin America, but the Southern Hemisphere.
On the new A319's inaugural flight from Hamburg to Brazil, the aircraft will transport goods for schools for handicapped children in the region. The materials were donated by Aviation without Borders Germany and facilitated by the Airbus Foundation.
Airbus’ A320 Family has earned a reputation as the most eco-efficient, modern and reliable aircraft in its market segment, and also provides the lowest operating costs. More than 6,400 of these aircraft have been sold to 221 customers around the globe, making it the world's best-selling commercial jetliner ever.