Airbus Delivers 1000th NEO Aircraft


Airbus delivered the 1,000th aircraft in its A320neo family of passenger jets on Thursday. The neo—standing for “new engine option”—line includes the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo. Number 1000, an A321neo, went to India-based airline IndiGo, Airbus’ biggest customer for the A320neo family with orders for 430 aircraft. The aircraft was assembled at Airbus’ factory in Hamburg, Germany.

“The A320neo program was designed with fuel efficiency in mind,” said Airbus. “Building on the A320ceo’s popularity, the aircraft delivers 20 percent reduced fuel burn as well as 50 percent less noise compared to previous generation aircraft.” The A320neo typically seats between 150 and 180 passengers in a two-class configuration. It has a range of 3400 NM and can be powered by either Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan or CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines.

The first A320neo was delivered in January 2016, followed by the first A321neo in 2017. The aircraft are produced at sites in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Tianjin, China; and Mobile, Alabama. According to Airbus, it has received firm orders for more than 6,660 A320neo-family aircraft.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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