BROUGHTON -- Airbus today outlined the key concepts for its next generation narrowbody replacement for its A320 family aircraft due for entry into service in the middle of the next decade.
UPDATE: While these two concepts have been seen before, what makes this slide notable is the detail that comes along with it. Airbus had always made a point when showing these renderings that they were merely artistic interpretations of possible configurations, however at the technical briefings, they began to discuss these designs with a bit more conviction as potential options for A30X.
Additionally, the detail of technologies that would be leveraged for the new platform is also new information. It represents the first time Airbus has opened up about not just their vision for a configuration, but also establishing technological goals for getting to a 30% fuel burn improvement over today's A320 family.