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Airbus A319 Aeroflot
An Airbus A319 of Aeroflot approaches Düsseldorf Rhein-Ruhr Airport.

Airbus A319

The Airbus A319 is the first shortened version of the successful A320 narrowbody airliner. It seats about 124 passengers and is a competitor of the Boeing 737-300 and 737-700.

Apart from the shorter fuselage, the A319 is almost completely identical to the A320. Because it has lower weights but the same fuel capacity as its larger forerunner, it offers more range. The A319 has the same two-crew digital glass cockpit and sidestick controllers as the other A320 family members and the A330 and A340.

The A319 made its first flight on 25 August 1995 from Hamburg Finkenwerder in Germany. In April 1996 Swissair introduced the A319 into commercial service. Final assembly takes place at the Hamburg site of Airbus Deutschland.

Airbus A319 SwissairA bizjet-version is named 'ACJ' (Airbus Corporate Jet), which first flew on 12 November 1998. It has extra fuel tanks increasing the range to 12,000 km (6,500 nm). Several countries fly the ACJ as presidential aircraft. The A319LR (Long Range) has extra fuel tanks like the ACJ has. As an airliner it can fly up to 8,300 km (4,500 nm) depending on the number of seats. Some airlines operate the A319LR in a low-density all-business class layout on intercontinental services.

Some low-cost airlines, like Easyjet and Niki, fly the A319 with smaller galleys, making room for more than the maximum of 149 seats in single-class configuration. In that case the A319 has two over-wing emergency-exits at each side of the fuselage. Safety regulations require that extra exits are necessary to guarantee that in case of an emergency all passengers can be evacuated from the aircraft within 90 seconds.

Until early 2016 Airbus has sold over 1,500 A319s. That is quite a success for a shortened version of an airliner. Shortened aircraft are usually not very popular with the airlines, because they are often less economical. To keep the costs of development and maintenance low, manufacturers change as little as possible, so that shortened aircraft carry extra weight with them from the larger aircraft they are derived from.


- A319neo -

In December 2010, Airbus officially launched the A319neo (New Engine Option), together with the A320neo and A321neo. The renewed aircraft will be fitted with more fuel efficient engines. The airlines can choose between the CFM International LEAP-X and the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G (geared turbofan). The A319neo should save 15 per cent on fuel consumption compared with the current A319 (now named 'A319ceo' = Current Engine Option). The A319neo appears to be a slow seller, however, with only 50 firm orders until early 2016.

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Airbus A319-100
Specifications

Wingspan: 34.10 m (111 ft 10 in)
Length: 33.84 m (111 ft)
Height: 11.76 m (38 ft 7 in)

Empty weight: 40,600 kg (89.5 lb)
Max. take-off weight
75,500 kg (166,500 lb)

Accommodation: 124 passengers.
Range:
3,350 - 6,800 km (1,800 - 3,700 nm)
Cruise speed: 828 km/h (447 kts>

Engines: two
CFM International CFM56-5B
or
International Aero Engines V2500-5
(98-120 kN - 22,000-27,000 lb)

Airbus A319 Brussels Airlines

Airbus A319 of Brussels Airlines approaching Brussels Zaventem (Nationaal) Airport

Airbus A319neo

Impression of the Airbus A319neo. (Image: Airbus)

Airbus A319neo
Specifications

Wingspan: 33.84 m (111 ft 0 in)
Length: 35.80 m (117 ft 5 in)
Height: 11.76 m (38 ft 7 in)

Max. take-off weight
75,500 kg (166,500 lb)

Accommodation: 124-156 passengers.
Range: 7,800 km (4,211 nm)
Cruise speed: 828 km/h (447 kts)

Engines: two
CFM International LEAP-1A
(24,500-32,900 lb - 109-146 kN)
or
Pratt & Whitney PW1100G
(24,00035,000 lb - 110160 kN)




             

             

             

             

         


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