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12 things to know about Airbus A320 family

12 things to know about Airbus A320 family

1. First flew on 22 February 1987

Airbus A320 is a narrow-body (single-aisle) jet aircraft which was the first member of the A320
family and it was launched in March 1984 and first flew on 22 February 1987.It was introduced by Air France. The A320 is available in different sub-variants with varying seating capacities like A318,319 and 321.
This jetliner family is considered one of the most versatile and successful in the world.

2. Upgrades and Modification

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Airbus A320’s first model release in 1984. later different models were added to to the family,
in 1994, 96 and 2003 respectively. In 2003 this models have been upgraded and modified.
In December 2010, Airbus introduced A320neo (new engine option), which entered service with Lufthansa
in January 2016.15% better fuel economy than Earlier A320s.

 

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3. Can operate in extreme weathers 
Airbus A320 is a narrow body aircraft. as a result of its smaller size design, It is used on almost
any commercial route depending on the length of the journey. The Airbus A320 flies throughout the world. This aircraft can land and takeoff on the extreme weather runways from -35 to 52 Celsius degree temperatures.

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4. A320 can fly up to 4600 miles

Depending on the specific model of Airbus A320 used, the aircraft can have a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles (4600 miles ). By 2023, an Airbus A320 with a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles is expected to be available for commercial use.

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5. It takes about one month to complete A320.

There are 340,000 parts in the A320 aircraft. About three A320 Family aircraft leave every day one of the A320 Family final assembly lines all over the world.  It takes about one month to complete the final assembly of an A320 Family aircraft. Production lead time of an A320 from the first piece manufactured to the delivery of the aircraft is around 1 year.

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6. Every 2 seconds one A320 takes-off or lands 

A320 operations are very similar to breathing. Every time you take a breath an A320 Family aircraft takes-off or lands (every 2 seconds). The Airbus A320 was ranked as the fastest selling aircraft from 2005 to 2007. The aircraft
has been ordered and flown by more than 130 airlines.

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7. Up to 95% of the Material can be recycled 
At the end of its lifecycle, 85% of an A320 can be recycled in terms of weight. This
figure will go up to 95% in the next few years. Fan diameter of the A320neo Family engines is 2,05 meters. It is larger than most business jet cabins cross section (such as Bombardier Learjet).

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8. It can accelerate 200km/h in less than 20 seconds.

The A320 can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h in less than 20 seconds. This is faster
than a 305 HP Ford Focus RS. At its maximum weight the A321LR weighs more than 7 London Buses.

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9. four final assembly lines in three continents for the A320 

There are four final assembly lines in three continents for the A320 Family: Toulouse, France (A320 assembly); Hamburg, Germany (A319, A320 and A321 assembly); Tianjin, China (A319 and A320 assembly); and Mobile, USA (A220, A319, A320 and A321 assembly).

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10. Its engine can produce electricity up to 30 standard apartments.

Electric power produced by both A320 Family engines would be sufficient to provide
electricity for 30 standard apartments. The high pressure spool of A320 Family engines during take-off phase turns 11 times faster than a washing machine during the spin cycle.

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11. Highest no of Orders and Fastest deliveries record 

A320 FAMILY
Orders and Deliveries
● 15,499 orders from 300+ customers (business case at launch : 600+ aircraft)
● 9,738 deliveries
● 5,761 in backlog

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A320neo FAMILY:
Orders and Deliveries
● 7,372 orders from 120 customers
● 1,656 deliveries
● 109 operators (69 CFM, 40 PW)
● 5,716 in backlog

In-service status
● 6.7+ million flight hours
● 3.4+ million flight cycles

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12. Further A320 family extending range up to 4700 nm by 2023 
A321 XLR : The next evolutionary step from the A321LR, now flying Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm (+15% than A321LR) with unbeatable fuel efficiency. Providing 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation aircraft.
Entry into service of the A321XLR is planned in 2023.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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