The A320 Family is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family – 13 061 orders and 7 481 A320s delivered (including 82 A320neos, as of February 2017). The A320neo Family is the market leader: over 5 069 orders from 92 customers since the launch in 2010, capturing 60% of the market. Since the A320 first entered service in 1988, it has carried more than 11,5 billion passengers. Every 7 hours, an A320 Family aircraft leaves one of the A320 Family Final Assembly Lines all over the world (Europe, China and US). All A320 Family aircraft produced lined up from nose to tail would make a 260 km long line which corresponds nearly to the length of 2 500 soccer fields. An A320 takes off or lands every 1.6 seconds. At the end of its lifecycle, 85% of an A320 can be recycled in terms of weight. This figure will go up to 95% in the next few years. The V2500 engine currently has a share of 45 percent in this segment of the A320 family aircraft market, serving around 190 airlines and lessors. MTU has a 16 percent share in the V2500 engine program that comprises, among others, the low pressure turbine. MTU Maintenance offers services for every V2500 variant. Since 1989, it has seen more than 4,300 V2500 shop visits from over 80 international customers, 290 of which in 2016.
A320 in numbers
February 22, 1987: A320 first flight starts 30 years success story.
04.2017 | Text: Nicole Geffert
Take a look back through the A320’s 30 years of success with this compilation video, which highlights many of the key achievements for this game-changing single-aisle jetliner.
Nicole Geffert, has been working as a freelance journalist covering topics such as research and science, money and taxes, and education and careers since 1999.