Airbus’ A320 aircraft family – which is recognised worldwide as the benchmark single-aisle jetliner product line – will be even more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly with the new engine option now being offered to customers.
Designated the A320neo, this option provides the minimum change with maximum benefit for the best-selling A319, A320 and A321 through the availability of two new jet engine choices – CFM International’s LEAP-X and the PW1100G PurePower from Pratt & Whitney – along with the use of large wing tip devices called Sharklets.
The LEAP-X and PW1100G will enable operators of the three larger A320 Family members to obtain the advantages of engine technologies that are becoming available in the middle of this decade, while also gaining from aerodynamic improvements provided by the Sharklets. Since the A320neo involves limited airframe modifications – primary to the wing and engine pylon areas – operators will retain all of the pluses of commonality that exists within the A320 Family and across the Airbus product line.
Improvements with the A320neo include a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, two tonnes of additional payload, up to 500 nautical miles of more range, lower operating costs, along with reductions in engine noise and emissions.
The A320neo marks a new step in Airbus’ continuous evolution of the A320 Family, which demonstrates its maturity, robustness and reliability in daily service around the world – accumulating a total of more than 50 million flights across the global fleet, with an outstanding reliability level at 99.7 per cent.
A320neo flight testing is to begin in mid 2015, with the aircraft’s entry into service targeted for the spring of 2016.
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