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Airbus Announces Landmark Green Modification

by Amanda Banks,, London

06 December 2010

Airbus has announced that it is to offer new fuel-saving engines as an option on the purchase of A320 Family aircraft, for delivery from spring 2016.

Airlines availing themselves of Airbus's latest offering will be provided with the choice of either the CFM International’s LEAP-X Engine or Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engines. Aircraft delivered with the engine modifications will be named the A320neo, and will also incorporate Airbus's new fuel-saving large wing tip devices, called 'Sharklets'.

According to Airbus, these modifications will provide airliners using the A320neo with fuel savings of up to 15% - and cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 3,600 tonnes - annually per aircraft. In addition, Airbus said A320neo customers will benefit from a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions, reduced engine noise, lower operating costs, and up to 500nm (950 km) more range or two tonnes more payload.

Detailing its two new offerings, Airbus said:

"The new engine option is to be offered on the A321, A320 and A319 models, which will require limited modifications, primarily to the wing and pylon areas. The A320neo will have over 95% airframe commonality with the standard A320 family."

"Airbus's 'Sharklet' large wingtip devices are specially designed to enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family. Offered as a forward-fit option, Sharklets are expected to result in at least 3.5% lower fuel burn over longer sectors. The A320 will be the first model fitted with Sharklets, which will be delivered around the end of 2012, to be followed by the other A320 Family models from 2013."

Welcoming the forthcoming launch of the A320neo product, Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, stated:

“We are confident that the A320neo will be a great success across all markets and with all types of operators, offering them maximum benefit with minimum change. We are leveraging a reliable, mature aircraft and are making it even more efficient and environmentally friendly."

With over 6,700 A320 Family aircraft sold, and more than 4,400 aircraft delivered to some 310 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. Airbus expects a further 4,000 A320neo Family aircraft deliveries over the next 15 years.

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