The Airbus Industrie A320 jet airliner family of airplanes has been a spectacularly successful model for Airbus and continues to be so. The airplane is particularly popular with today’s low-cost carriers who find the airplane economical to run and maintain.
Below is a table which gives an idea of how the numbers for different variants of the A320 are made up. Please note that CEO stands for Current Engine Option which is the original engines that the A320 was designed with, whilst NEO stands for New Engine Option which is the new improved economy generation of jet engines. This is discussed in more detail on our A320 Specifications page.
Which Airbus Industrie A320 jet airliners are being ordered?
Each of the variants in the A320 family was a response to customer demand. Each airline has a different market to which they cater and this leads to different configurations of aeroplanes required to suit each of these niche markets. Whether it be a high-density domestic city pair which needs a higher volume of seats, or a lower density city pair which needs the same type of aeroplane but a lower number of seats. Sometimes carriers want a higher frequency of flights with slightly lower seat numbers, rather than a lower frequency of flights with a higher number of seats. This is where the versatility of the A320 family comes into play, being able to offer the right tool for the right job. See our Specs page to learn the differences between the A320 variants.
Each variant was launched as if it was a new aeroplane model and each variant had its launch customer. Below are those launch customers and their acceptance dates of the new variants.
Airbus A320 Family Launch Customers
So what of the A319neo? Originally Qatar Airways was to be the launch customer, but they decided to upgrade their order to the A320neo instead. As of April 2020, two A319neos have been delivered to private buyers in executive jet configurations.
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