The A320neo – which stands for ‘new engine option’ – is the latest of many product upgrades within Airbus’ single-aisle A320 Family. This is Airbus’ most successful aircraft programme to date with over 9,000 aircraft sold. The A320neo, featuring new engines (thePurePower PW1100G from Pratt and Whitney or the LEAP-1A from CFM) and large wingtip devices known as Sharklets, has been conceived to deliver concrete economic and performance benefits. The A320neo will offer up to 15% less fuel consumption than current models and lower operating costs, along with reductions in engine noise and emissions. With certification of the aircraft expected in the fourth quarter of 2015, Airbus plans the first neo deliveries by the end of that year.
New engines for greater eco-efficiency
The A320neo continues Airbus’ concept of thoughtful technological evolution, with the company investing around €300 million a year in the A320 Family to maintain its position as the most advanced and fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft family. Since it entered into service in 1988, the A320 Family has been incorporating many technologies developed for new Airbus programmes (A330, A380, A350 XWB), which has improved its operational reliability to 99.8% (last 250 deliveries). Airbus is committed to maintaining this very high reliability right from the moment the neo enters service. In addition, with the adoption of new, more powerful and more efficient engines, the A320neo will reduce CO2 emissions (3,600 tonnes per year) and its noise level will be 15 decibels lower than current standards. In terms of performance, range will be up by 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres), equal to two tons of additional payload. The aircraft will be produced in the Final Assembly Lines of Airbus in Toulouse, Hamburg and Mobile, Alabama, which is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2015.
Wings grow ‘fins’: the Airbus Sharklets
The A320neo features the Airbus Sharklets (2.4m-high wingtip devices), which have also been available for the A320 Family since December 2012. These devices cut down on aerodynamic drag by helping reduce the spiral-shaped vortices that are formed at the wingtips of aircraft during flight. The Sharklets bring up to four percent savings in overall fuel consumption on long route sectors to A320 aircraft, while also improving takeoff performance and increasing payload by over 450 kilograms – allowing for additional range or more passengers to be carried.
A320neo IN FIGURES
1,734 A320neo orders (as of mid-January 2013) by 36 customers. 15% A320neo fuel burn savings. 3,600 Annual carbon dioxide reduction (in metric tons) calculated for the A320neo. > 7 billion Passengers – the equivalent to the current world population – have been transported by the A320 Family since it entered into service in 1988. 2.5 Seconds that pass every time a new A320 takes off or lands somewhere in the world. 300 million Euros invested annually by Airbus on A320 Family developments.