September 24, 2012
The initial A320 model in Airbus's family of twin-turbofan, narrowbody airliners made its first flight in February 1987. The A319 typically seats 124 passengers; the A320, 150; and the A321, 185. All three original models are available with a choice of CFM56 or International Aero Engines V2500 turbofans. In December 2010, Airbus launched the NEO reengined A320 family, offered with a choice of either Pratt & Whitney's PW1100G or CFM Leap-1A engines. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2015. Airbus will continue to offer its baseline A319/A320/A321 models. The direct competition for the A320 family includes the Boeing 737 series and Bombardier CSeries. Airbus built 1,319 A319s, 2,860 A320s and 692 A321s through 2011. Including baseline and NEO models, production of 5,346 A319/A320/A321 aircraft is forecast for 2012-21.