27 Facts About Airbus A320


Airbus A320 family is a series of narrow-body airliners developed and produced by Airbus.

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The Airbus A320 was launched in March 1984, first flew on 22 February 1987, and was introduced in April 1988 by Air France.

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In December 2010, Airbus announced the re-engined A320neo, which entered service with Lufthansa in January 2016.

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In October 2019, the Airbus A320 family surpassed the Boeing 737 to become the highest-selling airliner.

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The global Airbus A320 fleet had completed more than 157 million flights over 289 million block hours since its entry into service.

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Airbus A320 then focused its efforts on the single-aisle market, which was dominated by the 737 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9.

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The programme was later transferred to Airbus A320, leading up to the creation of the Single-Aisle studies in 1980, led by former leader of the JET programme, Derek Brown.

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Airbus A320 considered a fuselage diameter of "the Boeing 707 and 727, or do something better" and settled on a wider cross-section with a 3.

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The Airbus A320 wing went through several design stages, eventually measuring 33.

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In early 1998, Airbus revealed that it was designing a 100-seat aircraft based on the A320.

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The AE31X project was terminated by September 1998, and Airbus A320 officially announced the A318 at that year's Farnborough Airshow.

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In September 2019, Airbus reached a milestone with the delivery of the 9000th A320-family aircraft to Easyjet.

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In October 2019, Airbus inaugurated a highly automated fuselage structure assembly line for A320 Family aircraft in Hamburg, showcasing an evolution in Airbus' industrial production system.

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In 2006, Airbus A320 tested three styles of winglets intended to counteract the wing's lift-induced drag and wingtip vortices more effectively than the previous wingtip fence.

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On 17 December 2008, Airbus announced it was to begin flight testing an existing blended winglet design developed by Aviation Partners Inc as part of an A320 modernisation programme using the A320 prototype.

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In December 2011, Airbus A320 filed suit in the western district of Texas over Aviation Partners' claims of infringement of its patents on winglet design and construction which were granted in 1993.

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In 2007, Airbus A320 introduced a new enhanced, quieter cabin with better luggage storage and a more modern look and feel, and a new galley that reduced weight, increased revenue space and improved ergonomics and design for food hygiene and recycling.

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In 2006, Airbus was studying a future replacement for the A320 series, tentatively dubbed NSR, for "New Short-Range aircraft".

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In January 2010, John Leahy, Airbus A320's chief operating officer-customers, stated that an all-new single-aisle aircraft was unlikely to be constructed before 2024 or 2025.

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Airbus A320 family are narrow-body aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear and powered by two wing pylon-mounted turbofan engines.

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Airbus A320 family are low-wing cantilever monoplanes with a conventional empennage with a single vertical stabilizer and rudder.

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Airbus A320 airframe includes composite materials and aluminium alloys to save weight and reduce the total number of parts to decrease the maintenance costs.

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The Airbus A320 has an Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitor to give the flight crew information about all of the systems on the aircraft.

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Since 2003, the Airbus A320 has featured liquid crystal display units on the flight deck instead of the original cathode ray tube displays.

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Baseline Airbus A320 has given rise to a family of aircraft which share a common design but with passenger capacity ranges from 100, on the A318, to 220, on the A321.

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However, on 3 June 2011, Airbus A320 announced all partners would end the passenger to freighter programme, citing high demand for used airframes for passenger service.

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The Airbus A320 family has experienced 50 incidents in which several flight displays were lost.

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