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Airbus A320 Orders and Deliveries

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Airbus A320 Orders and Deliveries.

The Airbus Industrie A320 jet airliner family of aeroplanes has been a spectacularly successful model for Airbus and continues to be so.  The aeroplane is particularly popular with today’s low-cost carriers who find the aeroplane

Air New Zealand Airbus A320-232 at Wellington Airport_s
An Air New Zealand Airbus A320-232 taxis into the gate at Wellington Rongotai Airport (Middle Earth).

economical to run and maintain.

As we saw in the assembly page, the A320 is being manufactured in several parts of the world now to help keep up with demand.

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?

The figures below are correct as of February 2020.

Breakdown by Variant. A318 A319ceo A319neo A320ceo A320neo A321ceo A321neo
Orders 80 1486 84 4770 3936 1791 3375
Deliveries 80 1479 2 4750 936 1756 310
In Operation 63 1416 2 4395 936 1728 310

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

Air France was the launch customer for the Airbus A320 taking delivery of their first aircraft on 26 March 1988. The aircraft entered commercial service on 18 April 1988

Lufthansa and Alitalia were the first to order the A321, an A320 stretch. Lufthansa received their first aeroplane on 27 January 1994, whilst Alitalia received theirs on 22 March 1994.

Swissair was the launch customer for the shorter A319 variant. The first aeroplane was delivered on 25 April 1996 and entered service that same month.

Frontier Airlines launched the second shrink of the A320 family, the A318. Delivery occurred on 22 July 2003 with commercial services starting before the end of that month.

Be sure to visit A320 Specs, A320 Interior, A320 History and A320 Assembly.

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