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First A320neo delivered
The Lufthansa Group, Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator, marks a major step in aviation history today by taking delivery of the first A320neo, the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft.
The A320neo “new engine option” is the latest of many product upgrades as Airbus continues to invest around 300 million euros a year in improvements for the A320 Family. Delivered to its first airline operator in 2016, the NEO incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engine choices – the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney and CFM International’s LEAP-1A –and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings.
By 2020, the NEO will deliver a 20 per cent fuel burn improvement per seat and an additional flight distance of 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the environment, the A320neo’s fuel savings translate into some 5,000 tonnes fewer CO2 emitted per aircraft annually. Additionally, the A320neo provides a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.
Since the A320’s service introduction in 1988, this highly capable jetliner product line has transported approximately 90 per cent of the world’s population in total numbers, carrying some six billion passengers.
The A320 Family’s numbers speak for themselves: An A320 takes off or lands somewhere in the world every two seconds of every day, more than 50 million operating cycles logged since entry-in-service, and a best-in-its-class operational reliability of over 99.7 per cent.
The A320neo has been flying between Lufthansa's two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich before embarking further afield.