Confirmed: A320 NEO to launch Wednesday, EIS targets 2016

Airbus will launch a re-engined version of its A320 family aircraft Wednesday, for entry into service in 2016, say industry sources.

The A320 NEO (new engine option) will be launched with variants of Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G and CFM Leap-X engines.
The 150-seat A320, the original member of the European airframer’s narrowbody family, will be the first model offered with the new engine option.

10 Responses to Confirmed: A320 NEO to launch Wednesday, EIS targets 2016

  1. John November 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Good news and thank you for the update.

    This will help to ‘turbocharge’ engine technology especially Pratt & Whitney which has been in the dump for a while. Hopefully the gearing is scaleable as I’m sure it will be for engine growth.

  2. Brian November 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Airbus clearly doesn’t have the resources for a new narrowbody project, so they’re going to go with NEO. Between fixing the A380, the A350 reactionary aircraft, and the A400 they really have their hands full.

  3. flier November 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    Replace Airbus with Boeing and you are spot on as well.

  4. Tom November 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Are RR starting to feel they are being left out in the cold? The withering of IAE and other serious engine issues, the Trent test cell and A380 engine bust ups.

    I’m still waiting for another 787 delay announcement because of Trent failures. Good that Boeing had the foresight to source two engine vendors as the GEnx will be able to replace the failed Trents!

  5. Rene Chappelle December 1, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Tom, Tom, Tom,

    How quick we are a knocking the RR Trents when GE’s CF6′s and GE90′s have had more than their fair share of issues.

    Modern jet engine technology is akin to Formula 1 technology. It is right on the cutting edge where common wisdom doesn’t always apply. The quest for big improvements are always going to carry risk.

    All manufacturers will be taking notice of RR’s recent issues and all future engines will be all the better because of it.

    For what its worth, I’m keen to see how well Pratts new GTF technology will stand up to the real world. I predict many issues with the GTF in its first 5 years of active life before Pratt iron out all the glitches and make it a class leading engine.

    And who’s to say the GEnx hasn’t got any flaws?

  6. Simon Wilson December 1, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    Well Rolls never offered much in the way of engines for this class of plane, always have targeted them to larger aircraft. Apart from their participation (half-hearted?) in IAE they pretty much concentrate on the higher end where their Trent engines are suited.

  7. Gopi December 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    John,
    From the information in Airbus Website, by 2016 A320 is going to be 15% more fuel efficient. Consider Airbus will achieve that.

    As of i know, 737 is just about 2-3% efficient than A320, but not more. From boeing mediaroom, I got to know they are going to improve efficiency by another 2%. So totally before 2011 eyar end, 737 will be about 5% fuel efficient than A320. Consider from 2012-2016, Boeing further improves the efficiency by 3% (I am not sure if they can achieve it). So When A320 NEO comes to the marker, 737 would be about 8% fuel efficient than today’s A320 and 7% inefficient to A320 NEO.

    I hope my calculations are correct.

    From 2016, A320 NEO will be fuel efficient than 737. How soon do you think Boeing will have to come with a new aircraft for 737 replacement?

    FYI – I do not believe in Airbus as well, Because their calculations for fuel efficiency is always tweaked. For example, they compared A380 with 555 passenger capacity (actually it can hold only 525) with Boeing 747-8I with only 420 seats.
    Moreover A350-800 carries 270 passengers with 79,000 lbf thrust, whereas 787-9 carries 280 passengers with 71,000 lbf thrust. But Airbus claims A350-800 will be about 4-7% more fuel efficient than 787-9. I cannot believe that with a higher thrust ratings,

    My another question would be… Can Airbus achieve a target of 15% fuel burn improvement with the technologies in the engines propsed?

  8. Airplanejim December 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Come on now Gopi, John Leahy said the A320 will be 15% more efficient than it is today. You should know that when Big John says something you can take it as gospel. After all Big John did the math himself and that’s what it came to before the pencil broke. We can only wait and see.

  9. FF December 2, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Gopi, it’s both more complicated and simpler than you suggest. The 737-800 does a bit better than the equivalent A320. This is partly because it is a slightly bigger plane. Consequently, Boeing sells fewer 787-900′s than Airbus does of its A321 model. Put all this together, 737 versus A320 family becomes a wash – at least until this year, which may have been disrupted by uncertainty over next moves.

    A two digit improvement in fuel efficiency has to be answered by Boeing: Either bring in an early replacement and hope the backlog on the existing model more or less holds out. Or go down the re-engine route, like Airbus.

  10. FF December 2, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    Gopi, I previously looked into Airbus and Boeing’s A380 versus 747-8i comparison. The seat counts Airbus used calculated to the same passenger density per sq metre of cabin space. Boeing assumed a higher density for the 747-8 than for the A380, which flattered their own aircraft.

    I don’t have cabin area data for the 787 versus A350, but similar issues will apply.