Airbus A320 Family
New wing tip devices called “Sharklets” will be available on the A320 Family beginning in late 2012, adding more than 3.5 per cent savings in overall fuel consumption on long route sectors, while also improving takeoff performance and increasing payload by 500 kg. – allowing for additional range or more passengers to be carried.
Looking further into the future, Airbus now offers, the A320neo featuring new engine options, that take advantage of improvements in propulsion technology, from 2016.
The A320neo will further improve fuel burn by 15 percent and cut noise emissions and maintenance costs.
Four family members
By totally redefining the level of comfort for passengers, and delivering unmatched efficiency plus the best in technology for operators, the A320 Family has won a majority market share in segments that range from mainline network carriers and low-cost airlines to charter operators and leasing companies. It also has become an aircraft of choice for VVIP and government transportation with the Airbus Corporate Jetliner versions.
The family’s cornerstone aircraft is the A320, which accommodates 150 passengers in a typical two-class arrangement, and up to 180 with high-density seating. The stretched-fuselage A321 version seats 185 passengers in the two-class layout, and up to 220 for a high-density cabin. The shorter-fuselage A319 has a 124-passenger capacity in the two-class configuration, and up to 156 in high-density, while the smallest – Airbus’ A318 – seats 107 passengers in the two-class cabin and 132 with high-density seating.