The first Airbus A320neo was assembled and equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines (photo / video)
On 1 July 2014, Airbus presented the first plane in the family A320neo (MSN6101). It was equipped with new engines Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM and painted in the specific livery. Soon, the aircraft will begin ground tests, and the first flight is scheduled for September 2014. A320neo (A319neo, A320neo and A321neo) certification will follow the long way.
The new A320neo “new engine option” includes many innovations, including more efficient and reliable state-of-the-art engines, as well as Sharklets terminations. The manufacturer promises a fuel economy of up to 15% compared to the current generation and a reduction of 3.600 tonnes of C02 / aircraft / year.
Since its launch in 2010, the A320neo family has registered orders for approximately 2700 of aircraft, from over 50 of customers, the equivalent of approximately 60% of the orders registered by the single-aisle aircraft market. The biggest clients of the A320neo program are: low cost companies AirAsia (200) and Lion Air (174), followed by IndiGo, easyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle; full-service companies American Airlines (NEVER A130neo), Republic of Airways si Qantas Airways. The first delivery is scheduled for Q4 2015, to Virgin America.
(photo / video: Airbus.com)