Airbus A320-214 with CFM56-5B6 and Airbus A319-115 with CFM56-5B7
Twin turbofan narrowbody low wing monoplane airliner with fuselage mounted tail and 6 abreast seating
|Take Off Distance (m, TODR at MTOW in ISA)||2090||1950|
|Service ceiling (FL)||390||410|
|Cruise speed (VC, KTAS)||447|
|Max speed (VMO, KTAS)||470|
|Range (nm at MTOW)||3200||3600|
|Number in fleet||42|
|Seating (A320 two class)||156 (Y144 @ 31″ 6 abreast and J12 @ 38″ 4 abreast)|
|Seating (A319 two class)||128 (Y120@32″ 6 abreast and J8@38″ 4 abreast)|
The venerable A320 is the best-selling airliner of the last 20 years. As Boeing took the wraps off their 737-400, Airbus unveiled the A320. The differences were unparamounted; in one aircraft, Airbus had developed the modern glass cockpit we continue to see today, digital fly-by-wire with flight envelope protection, widespread composite construction and unparalleled automation and systems monitoring.
The A320 would later be joined by the shortened A319, the stretched A321 and the baby A318, providing an aircraft with unprecedented flexibility in terms of size. LR variants gave it trans-Atlantic range and the CJ made great inroads in to the large-size corporate jet market. Without the A320, Airbus and commercial aviation today would not be the same.
The A320 continues to be developed today, over 25 years after entering service, with improvements to the flight deck instrumentation (EIS2), larger winglets (known as sharklets) and new engines (NEO).
Technologically advanced, highly flexible and with a large-degree of commonality, the A320 was the natural choice for us. With seating from 132-220 (single class), one aircraft family can cover all shorthaul narrowbody missions; Intercity operate A320s and some A319s, so capacity can be varied a little.