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A320 Family tops 50 million flights
Published on: 2010-06-25
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It has been one year since airbus delivered its first China-assembled A320 jet in north China's port city of Tianjin, the base of the manufacturer's only final assembly line outside Europe. So far, the world’s most popular single-aisle aircraft, the A320 Family, has achieved over 50 million take offs and landings since the first model, the A320, entered commercial service in 1988. Over this period, A320 Family aircrafts have carried in excess of five billion people. With ten take-offs every minute, they have become a familiar sight at airports and in our skies. “One of our A320 Family aircraft takes off every six seconds somewhere around the world and they have carried more than five billion people, which is a huge achievement”, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The Airbus A320 family is a family of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger jet airliners manufactured by Airbus. The family includes the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. The first member of the A320 family, the A320, was launched in March 1984, first flew on 22 February 1987, and was first delivered in 1988. As Airbus's first final assembly line outside Europe, Tianjin-based Airbus Final Assembly Line China(FALC) delivered its first A320 aircraft on June 23, 2009. Since then, it has delivered 22 Airbus A320 series aircraft to seven Chinese carriers.

This aviation success story can be partly attributed to Airbus’ 100 million Euro annual investment that keeps the A320 Family technology state of the art, maintaining it as the most fuel efficient and modern aircraft family in its category.

One illustration of the A320 continuous improvements are the new fuel-saving Sharklet wing tip devices launched by Airbus at the end of 2009. These devices will enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family even further and are expected to reduce the fuel consumption by at least 3.5 per cent over longer sectors. This corresponds to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft. Starting with the A320, the Sharklets will be available as an option on A320 Family models from the end of 2012.
 

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