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27 January 2004
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus showcased the most flexible 100-seater aircraft, the Airbus A318

Summary

Today Airbus showcased the most flexible 100-seater aircraft, the Airbus A318, at Helsinki-Vantaa airport

 Today Airbus showcased the most flexible 100-seater aircraft, the Airbus A318,at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The A318 is the newest member of the Airbus single-aisle
A320 Family, comprising the A318 (107 seats), A319 (124 seats), A320 (150 seats)
and A321 (185 seats). The A318 combines unmatched efficiency, comfort and range
thus providing airlines with the most flexible solution in the 100-seater market
.
Commonality
As a member of the Airbus single-aisle Family of aircraft, the A318 offers unique
operational commonality featuring the same flight decks, systems and fly-by-wire
flight controls as all other Airbus aircraft in the same family. This allows pilots
and cabin crews, as well as maintenance engineers, to switch easily from one aircraft
type to another with only minor training. Airlines thus benefit from having only
one pool of crews, which could be used to fly different missions on-board different
Airbus aircraft. Furthermore airlines can save money by using common sets of spare
parts. This leads to an unmatched flexibility as airlines can easily switch aircraft
types depending on the demand and mission.Comfort

With the widest cabin in its class, the A318 offers top-of-the-range comfort,
providing passengers with wider seats and wider aisles while preserving the best
economics on regional routes. Bigger overhead bins allow passengers to take modern
roller-bags on board for a more convenient journey. The A318 offers in addition
four full size service doors for quicker, more flexible and more comfortable ground
handling and faster turn-around times. Crews benefit from the wider cabin by enjoying
a more spacious and friendly working environment.

Capability

As a member of the most modern aircraft family, the A318 has superior operating
capabilities and can reach all European capitals from Helsinki. The A318 is the
only regional aircraft equipped with CAT IIIB automatic landing as a standard
option, enabling the aircraft to land even in difficult weather conditions, which
are often prevalent in northern Europe. This supports the airlines? scheduling
reliability, avoids the redirection of passengers and thus helps airlines to operate
the aircraft more flexibly on a daily basis.
Environmentally friendly
The A318?s modern technology is key to its environmental friendliness. With its
high bypass-ratio engines from CFM international, the A318 is quieter for people
living close to airports. It also offers the lowest CO2 emissions and the lowest
NoX emissions per seat in its class. 
Market leader
The A320 Family is the fastest selling single-aisle aircraft family with nearly
3,100 firm orders, of which almost 2,100 are flying with over 120 operators worldwide.



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product line on the market and globally represented with design and manufacturing
facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the
U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint
Company with BAE Systems. 

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