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The A320 New Engine Option

The A320 New Engine Option
The A320neo first flight, performed 25 September 2014, opened a new chapter in the history of Airbus’ market-leading single-aisle product line.

The market-leading A320neo (new engine option) Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft product line – offering unbeatable efficiency and comfort to its global customer base.  

As a reference for traditional airlines and low-cost carriers alike, NEO aircraft benefit from Airbus’ reputation for continuous innovation. Among the enhancements incorporated on A320neo Family jetliners – which comprise the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo – are two latest-generation powerplant choices (Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP-1A), the incorporation of Sharklets wingtip devices and additional cabin optimisation. 

These improvements result in 20 per cent fuel savings per seat compared with current engine option (CEO) aircraft, along with two tonnes more payload, up to 500 nautical miles additional range, lower operating costs, and reductions in engine noise and emissions. 

The NEO flight test and certification programme was kicked off with the A320neo’s successful first flight, performed from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in September 2014. This rigorous campaign is to include some 3,000 flight hours across eight aircraft – comprised of two A320neos, one A321neo and one A319neo for each of the two engine types.

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