13 DECEMBER 2010
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Named the A320neo, Airbus has copied a Boeing move from the mid-1990s with the announcement of a revised A320 series aircraft with two new engine offerings. The difference between the then Boeing NG (New Generation) offering is that Airbus says it will continue with the existing engine/aircraft arrangement subject to orders.
Airlines have the choice between CFM International’s LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. The new engine option also incorporates fuel-saving large wing tip devices called Sharklets. Airbus will start deliveries of the A320neo family in spring 2016.
The company claims the A320neo will not only deliver significant fuel savings of up to 15%, which represents up to 3,600 tonnes of CO2 savings annually per A320neo. In addition, A320neo customers will benefit from a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions, reduced engine noise, lower operating costs and up to 500nm (950 km) more range or two tonnes more payload. www.airbus.com
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