The A320neo (new engine option) is the latest of many product upgrades as Airbus continues to invest over $330 million a year in innovation and upgrades for the A320 family. Coming in three sizes (A319neo, A320neo, A321neo), the aircraft seat from 100 to 240 passengers.
The new aircraft’s test and certification campaign is in full gear following the milestone first flights performed with each of the highly-efficient aircraft’s two engine options: Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G and the CFM International LEAP-1A.
The first A320neo aircraft commenced the flight test programme with a September 2014 maiden flight. Airbus has sold almost 4,000 of the aircraft to over 70 different customers, ensuring that airlines are getting the most fuel efficient aircraft in their fleets. Key innovations of the A320neo include latest-generation engines, Sharklet large wingtip devices and multiple cabin improvements.
The A320neo from day one offers a 15% fuel burn saving compared to current single-aisle aircraft operations, provided by its new engine options and Sharklets – wingtip devices which have been in service on the A320 family since 2012 and are demonstrating up to 4% reduction in fuel burn.
The A320neo is projected to provide a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2emissions by 2020 achieved through cabin innovations and further engine efficiency improvements.
In addition, the neo version has an improved noise footprint, and will be 15 Decibels below ICAO Chapter-4 requirements.