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Frequently asked questions

The most commonly-asked questions for Airbus Commercial Aircraft are provided in separate categories below. 

General

Which airlines operate Airbus aircraft?

Airbus aircraft are in service with more than 400 operators around the world.

Who makes Airbus engines?

Airbus commercial aircraft are powered by engines supplied by leading powerplant manufacturers: CFM International, Engine Alliance, General Electric,  International Aero Engines, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.

Can airbus increase production?

Airbus can increase and decrease the production rates of its various aircraft families based on global demand.

How many passengers can fly on Airbus aircraft?

Airbus' commercial aircraft families can carry from 100 to more than 850 passengers.

How many employees does Airbus have?

Airbus employs more than 134,000 people across its divisions and businesses.

Are Airbus aircraft safe?

Airbus adhers to industry safety standards in designing and building its aircraft, and supports their safe operation in service around the world.

Where are Airbus aircraft manufactured?

Airbus has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas; its commercial aircraft final assembly lines are in France, Germany, China, the United States and Canada.

What is Airbus?

Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe.

When was Airbus created?

Airbus was officially created in 1970 by three founding European countries: France, Germany and the UK.

How are Airbus aircraft produced?

Airbus aircraft are the result of the company's creativity and innovation, developed in cooperation with partners and suppliers around the world.

How did Airbus start?

With the foresight of its founders, Airbus started by developing the A300 - a pioneering twin-engine widebody commercial aircraft.

How many Airbus aircraft are in service?

More than 11,000 Airbus commercial aircraft were in operational service at the end of 2019.

How many countries is Airbus active in?

Airbus is a truly international company – with some 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally.

Who founded Airbus?

Roger Béteille, Henri Ziegler, Franz-Josef Strauss and Felix Kracht are known as the "fathers" of Airbus.

Which Airbus aircraft have four engines?

The A380 and A340 are the four-engine members of Airbus' commercial aircraft product line.

Why does Airbus use joystick?

The sidestick provides the optimum means for pilots to operate Airbus' fly-by-wire flight controls.

Why does Airbus use sidestick?

The sidestick provides the optimum means for pilots to operate Airbus' fly-by-wire flight controls.

What Airbus components are built in the UK?

The majority of the wings on Airbus commercial aircraft are designed and built in the UK, with some built in Mirabel, Canada.

What are winglets?

Aerodynamic performance-enhancing winglets are equipped on multiple Airbus commercial aircraft.

Can Airbus aircraft fly with one engine?

Airbus aircraft are certified to safely fly in an engine-out situation.

Can Airbus aircraft fly upside-down?

As with all large commercial airplanes, Airbus aircraft are not designed to perform aerobatics or to fly inverted.

Are you properly seated on Airbus aircraft?

Airbus commercial aircraft are among the most comfortable in the sky. Their specific seating arrangements and cabin outfitting are decided by the customers.

Can Airbus aircraft glide?

Yes, an Airbus commercial aircraft can glide when necessary; the range depends upon factors that include altitude and speed.

How do engines work on Airbus aircraft?

Airbus commercial aircraft are powered by jet engines that operate on the principles of optimum efficiency, low noise and reduced emissions. 

Why do Airbus aircraft programmes have "3" in the title?

The "3" in Airbus commercial aircraft designations symbolizes the company's three original founding countries: France, Germany and the UK.

A220

How many seats are in an A220?

The A220 was purpose-built for the 100- to 150-seat market segment.

How many A220s have been sold and delivered?

More than 650 A220 aircraft had been sold, and more than 100 delivered to operators, as of early 2020.

How far can an A220 fly?

The A220 Family has a maximum range of 3,350 nautical miles.

What is an A220?

The A220 expands Airbus' commercial aircraft families to the 100-150-seat market segment.

Who flies the A220?

The A220's client base includes more than 25 customers around the globe.

Where is the A220 built?

A220 aircraft are produced on final assembly lines in Mirabel, Canada and in the United States at Mobile, Alabama.

Where does the A220 fly?

With its global customer base, the A220 is flown by operators in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia as of early 2020.

Who produces the A220?

Originally developed as the Bombardier CSeries, A220 aircraft are produced under the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership between Airbus and the Government of Québec.

Why did Airbus introduce the A220?

Airbus introduced the 100-150-seat capacity A220 into its product line to complement the company's best-selling A320 Family.

Can the A220 fly transatlantic routes?

Yes, the A220 can fly on transatlantic routes, thanks to its range capability and airworthiness certification for 180-minute extended operations.

Is the A220 a regional jet?

As a highly versatile 100-150-seat aircraft, the A220 is capable of service from regional routes to extended operations – including transatlantic flights.

Is the A220 profitable?

A220 Family aircraft are the most efficient in their class, with low operating costs and the lowest noise levels of any commercial jet in production.

Who produces A220 engines?

A220 aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines.

What is the difference between A220 and A320?

The A220 was purpose-built for the 100-150-seat market segment, while the A320 Family seats 124 to 244 passengers.

How loud is the A220?

With the lowest noise levels of any commercial jet in production, the A220's noise footprint is as much as 50% smaller than previous-generation aircraft.

A320

How fast can the A320 fly?

The A320's maximum mach speed is 0.82.

How many seats are in an A320?

Airbus' A320 Family aircraft can seat 124 to 244 passengers.

What is the A320 Sharklet?

Sharklets are wingtip devices that to improve aerodynamics for more efficient flight.

What is A320 MTOW?

The A320's maximum take-off weight is 78 tonnes.

When did the A320 enter service?

Airbus' A320 entered commercial service in 1988.

Where is the A320 built?

Airbus produces its A320 Family in France, Germany, China and the United States.

Which is better: A320 or A321?

The A321 is the longest-fuselage member of Airbus' A320 Family.

Which airlines use A320?

Airbus A320 aircraft are in service with more than 100 operators around the world.

Who makes the A320 aircraft?

Airbus produces A320 Family in France, Germany, China and the United States.

Who flies A320neo?

Airbus A320 aircraft are in service with more than 100 operators around the world.

Why is the A320 so popular?

Airlines and passengers  have benefitted from the A320’s exceptional efficiency and quality.

What are Airbus A321 Sharklets?

Sharklets are vertical wingtip devices that save fuel and improve the performance of A320 Family aircraft.

A330

Is the A330 safe?

Airbus exceeds industry safety standards and supports the safe operation of all its aircraft – including the A330.

Can an A330 fly with one engine?

Airbus' A330 Family is certified to safely fly in a one-engine-out situation.

How far can an A330 fly?

Airbus' A330 Family has a maximum range of 8,150 nautical miles.

How many seats are in an A330?

Airbus' A330 Family can carry from 200 to 400 passengers.

How many engines does an A330 have?

The A330 is powered by two high-bypass ratio engines, installed under the wings.

How many A330s are in service?

More than 1,400 A330 aircraft were in operational service at the end of 2019.

What is an A330-200?

The A330-200 is the shortest-fuselage member of Airbus' A330 Family, with typical seating for 210-250 people.

What does the A330 look like?

The A330 is a twin-engine, low-wing aircraft that retains the same fuselage cross-section as Airbus' widebody A340.

What is the A330?

The A330 is a member of Airbus' widebody aircraft product line, along with the A350 XWB and A380.

When was the A330 launched?

Airbus officially launched its A330 product line in 1987.

Which is bigger, the A330 or A350 XWB?

Airbus' A350 XWB is longer and wider than the A330, with a greater passenger seating capacity.

What airlines fly A330s?

Airbus had delivered A330 Family aircraft to more than 100 operators worldwide at the end of 2019.

What are A330 winglets?

Airbus' A330 winglets are upturned wingtip extensions that save fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions.

What is the A330neo?

Airbus launched the A330neo in 2014 with new engines as a more efficient version of its A330, responding to market demand.

A350 XWB

Where are the A350 XWB wings made?

A350 XWB wings are produced at Airbus' Broughton site in North Wales, United Kingdom.

Can the A350 XWB fly with one engine?

The A350 XWB has been approved for Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations "Beyond 180 minutes" diversion time.

How high can the A350 XWB fly?

Airbus' A350  XWB can reach a maximum altitude of 39,1000 ft.

How far can the A350 XWB fly?

The A350-900 has a typical range of 15,000 km. while the A350-1000 version has a typical range of 16,100 km.

How many engines are on an A350 XWB?

The A350 XWB is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

How many pilots are on an A350 XWB?

Two pilots control the A350 XWB on a typical flight.

Where does the A350 XWB fly?

The Airbus A350 XWB is operated on more than 390 different routes around the world.

Why is the A350 XWB called XWB?

XWB stands for "Xtra Wide Body."

Why A330neo and A350 XWB?

The A330 and A350 XWB aircraft are widebody members of Airbus' product line.

A380

Is the A380 safe?

Airbus exceeds industry safety standards and supports the safe operation of all its aircraft.

Are A380 economy seats bigger?

A380 economy seats are up to 19-inches wide. 

Are all A380s double decker?

The A380 is a double-deck aircraft with a top and bottom level.

Where is the A380 built?

Airbus produces its A380 at a dedicated final assembly line in Toulouse, France.

Where are the A380 wings made?

A380 wings are produced at Airbus' Broughton site in North Wales.

Where are the A380 fuel tanks?

The A380's fuel is distributed in the wing tanks and tanks in the horizontal stabilisers.

How are the A380 wings transported?

A380 wing sections are transported via roll-on roll-off ships.

How are the A380 parts transported?

Airbus has developed its own transportation system for aircraft components.

How big are the A380 engines?

Each of the Airbus A380's four engines has a diametre of 123 inches.

How long are the A380 wings?

The Airbus A380 has a wingspan of 79.8 metres.

How is an A380 built?

Airbus produces the A380 at a dedicated final assembly facility in Toulouse, France.

How many seats are on an A380?

The Airbus A380 can be outfitted with up to 575 seats in a four-class configuration.

How many A380s are; how many are in service?

More than 230 A380s have been delivered to 15 operators.

What airlines fly the A380s?

The Airbus A380 is in service with 15 operators around the world.

When did A380 enter service?

The Airbus A380 entered commercial service in 2007.

Where do A380s flies?

The Airbus A380 flies to more than 70 destinations around the globe.

Where can the A380 land?

The Airbus A380 can land at over 400 airports around the world.

Beluga

How many Beluga planes are there?

Airbus is replacing its five Beluga ST versions with six BelugaXL aircraft.

How is the Beluga made?

Airbus produces the BelugaXL in Toulouse, France.

Why BelugaXL?

To support the A350 XWB ramp-up and other production rate increases.

How is the Airbus Beluga interior?

Airbus' Beluga has one of the most voluminous cargo holds of any civil or military aircraft. 

What is Beluga plane XL?

Airbus' BelugaXL offers a unique way to transport oversized air cargo.

Beluga XL size comparison to ST?

Airbus' BelugaXL is seven metres longer and one metre wider than the Beluga ST.

 

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