150-seat Airbus A320 turned out to be world's fastest-selling jet airliner. This is the first aircraft in the world to have The Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM) concept. This system constantly displays information concerning the aircraft's engines, as well as other key systems such as flight controls, pneumatics and hydraulics, to the pilots. ECAM also provides automatic warning of system failures and displays an electronic checklist to assist in handling the failure. It was also the first narrow-body airliner.
Two modifications, А320-100 and А320-200 with a capacity of 130 and 150 passengers respectively, were designed first. Subsequently both airliners were expanded to seat up to 150 passengers.
The airliner performed its maiden flight on 22 February 1987.
The A320 has given rise to a family of aircraft which share a common design but are larger (A321) and smaller (A319 and A318).
Two engines CFM International CFM56-5 or International Aero Engines IAE V2500-A1, V2527-A5.
|Capacity||146 passengers||146 passengers|
|Maximum take-off weight||77 000 kg|
|Range||5 639 km|
|Cruise speed||903 km/h|
|Service ceiling||11 250 m|