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Airbus A320 NEO Begins Final Assembly

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Airbus A320 NEO Begins Final Assembly

Airbus A320 NEO Begins Final Assembly
March 17
09:11 2014

MIAMI — Located in its Toulouse, France factory, the jet has begun the first steps toward completion as the forward and aft fuselage sections are fitted together. Once complete, the airplane will go on to receive its wings, literally, before rolling out of the factory.

The first flight is expected, according to Airbus, in the fourth quarter of 2014, with an entry into service anticipated to follow one year later.

Neo stands for “New Engine Option.” The new Airbus family members represent a new lease on life for the already exceptionally popular Airbus A320 family.

Featuring new engines, sharklets, and other advancements, Airbus says the jet will save fifteen percent in fuel savings over current jets. Additionally, the aircraft will lower airlines’ operating costs by eight percent.

The aircraft has been quite popular with airlines, chocking up over 2,600 orders from fifty customers since its launch in 2010. The most recent came from China Eastern for seventy of the jets at the end of February.

 

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