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A320neo: The First “Cutting Of Metal…”

  • The first ‘cutting of metal’ for the Airbus A320neo has taken place in Toulouse. Marking the start of manufacturing of the airliner, machining began of the first engine pylon component at the “Saint-Eloi” Airbus dedicated pylon and nacelle factory in Toulouse.
  • Pylons are structures which hold the engine to the wing. The new pylon for the A320neo retains high commonality with the existing A320’s pylon design, while also incorporating more titanium as well as some advanced architectures developed for the A380 pylon. In addition, the new component also features an advanced ‘aft-pylon-fairing’ concept specifically tailored for the more fuel efficient NEO engines.

  • Tom Williams, Executive Vice President of Programs at Airbus said: “This first metal cut of the engine pylon component for the A320neo heralds the completion of the design phase and start of production for the world’s fastest selling airliner. We are excited to be already starting manufacture of the world most eco-efficient single-aisle airliner today.” / A320neo /

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Airbus A320neo: “New Engine Option…”

  • The Airbus Saint-Eloi site is specialised in the design, manufacturing, assembly, equipping and testing of engine pylons and design and manufacturing of titanium nacelle parts for all the aircraft in the Airbus family. Featuring the latest efficient ‘moving-line’ lean-production concept, the facility is also the leading European centre for hard metals machining and transformation, including titanium.
  • The A320neo ‘new engine option’ for the A320 Family will enter into service from late 2015. It incorporates latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together with the new engines will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. With more than 1,400 firm orders since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has proven to be the fastest selling commercial aircraft program ever. / Α320neo /

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A320 It Has Transported The Current World Population..! / A320neo

  • Since the A320 first entered service in 1988, it has transported some 7 billion passengers – that’s equivalent to the current world population. In fact the A320 flies everywhere in the world, on all continents, including picturesque destinations such as Bhutan, high up in the Eastern Himalayas or in Antarctica where the aircraft lands on a blue ice runway during summer.
  • This incredible, reliable (99.7 operational reliability) aircraft family has never ceased to evolve, staying at the cutting edge of technology and therefore cost effectiveness. Airbus spends 300 million euros a year on A320 Family developments.
  • A320 Family customers are getting new fuel saving Sharklets that cut fuel burn by 3.5 percent from the end of this year and the now famous “neo” will cut fuel by 15% thanks to new engines in addition to the Sharklets.
  • We’ve sold over 8,500 A320 Family aircraft and delivered more than 5,100 to 365 customers and operators. It’s so strongly in demand that we are producing them at 40 aircraft a month and this will go up to 42 towards the end of the year – that’s the highest ever production rate for a commercial aircraft ever. And we deliver them to a very high standard; our latest customer satisfaction rating is at 95%
  • A320 Family planes have totalled 120 million flight hours and today one of them takes off or lands every 2.5 seconds somewhere in the world. / A320neo /

*(Source of Photos: Airbus / A320neo /)

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