Airbus has announced that it is to offer new fuel saving engines as an option for its A320 Family series of airliners.
December 1: Airbus has announced that it is to offer new fuel saving engines as an option for its A320 Family series of airliners. Known as the A320neo, this new engine option will also incorporate fuel-saving wing-tip devices called 'Sharklets' and deliveries will begin in the spring of 2016.
Two engine options will be available – CFM International's LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1100G. Airbus claims that fuel savings of up to 15% will be achieved, equating to 3,600 tonnes of CO2 savings annually. It sees a market potential of 4,000 A320neo Family aircraft over the next 15 years.
The new engine option will be offered on the A321, A320 and A319 models, which will require limited modifications to the wing and pylon areas. The A320neo will have over 95% airframe commonality with the standard A320 Family aircraft.