The Airbus Industrie A320 jet airliner family of airplanes has been a spectacularly successful model for Airbus and continues to be so. Airbus A320 orders and deliveries show the airplane is particularly popular with today’s low-cost carriers who find the airplane economical to run and maintain.
Below is a table that 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 that needs a higher volume of seats, or a lower density city pair that 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.
|Breakdown by Variant.||A318||A319ceo||A319neo||A320ceo||A320neo||A321ceo||A321neo|
|November / 21||This month it looks very much like the A321neo is the popular choice. It even looks like some operators may have ditched their A320neo order in favour of the A321neo. This month’s movements are:
* A320neo orders reduced from 3,807 last month to 3,748 this month.
* A321neo orders increased from 3,679 last month to 3,958 this month.
* A320neo deliveries reached 1,372 aircraft delivered, that is 25 since last month.
* A321ceo deliveries saw one aircraft delivered.
* A321neos seem to be the focus with 635 delivered, which is 17 for the month.
Aircraft in fleet.
* 2 more A319ceos joined the global fleet, taking the total to 1,378.
* 1 A320ceo left the global fleet taking that total to 4,323.
* A320neos are picking up the slack from the older A320neos with 25 joining the global fleet, taking that total to 1,372.
* The A321ceo global fleet reduced by 1 bringing that total to 1,736.
* The global in fleet numbers for the A321neo grew by 17, reaching 635 aircraft.