Airbus has confirmed it has received enough firm orders for its new A320neo engine to allow it to begin development six months early.
The “spectacular” demand will allow the European manufacturer to bring the engine into service forward from 2016 to October 2015.
Customers have selected Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G turbofan as the lead development engine for the A320neo Family, paving the way for the industrial development phase to begin in earnest.
The A320neo incorporates new more efficient engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings.
This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft, per year.
“The exceptional market demand for the A320neo Family as airlines recognise the operational, economic and environmental advantages which the neo will deliver, has encouraged us to advance the entry into service date to October 2015,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers.
In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise, thus being a good neighbour at any airport where airlines will operate the aircraft.
“Together with our engine partners, Pratt & Whitney and CFMI, we’re making every possible effort to bring the first A320neo aircraft into service for our customers as quickly as possible,” added Leahy.
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Nearly 7,000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and over 4,600 delivered to more than 320 customers and operators worldwide.