CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5219 times:
In the Airbus I think it is, for example TAP they have their A319/320/321 with CFM engines so the models are A319-111, A320-214 and A321-211. If you see for example BA they have IAE engines and their models are A319-131, A320-232 and A321-231.
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5291 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4656 times:
For Airbus: the three numbers, in e.g. the -211 in A320-211 have the following meaning:
-first number is the sub-model of the aircraft: in the above example an A320-200
-second number is the engine manufacturer: 0 is GE, 1 is CFM, 2 is P&W, 3 is IAE, 4 is RR. I believe 5 will be the Engine Alliance (A380)
-third number indicates the versions of the model, after minor technical changes, or newer engine versions, higher MTOW, etc...
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17626 posts, RR: 65
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4506 times:
So does that mean that the number changes when a Boeing Aircraft is sold to another airline? Or will it always keep the client-number of the first customer?
The plane will keep the client number of the first customer.
It can also be more complicated. The number designates to which airline's specs the plane was built. So if airline A ordered it but for some reason the aircraft, while being produced, gets taken up by airline B (merger, decision on part of A to not purchase the planes) the version number may be that of airline A even though airline B takes delivery from Boeing.
Hope that was confusing enough
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
Mindscape From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4175 times:
Thanks guys for all your explanations !
But I have one question left regarding Airbus codification on A320.
Indeed, as Scorpio has explained, the first number is the sub-model of the aircraft; but what is the difference between A320-100 and A320-200 models ?
For the other Airbus family (e.g A330-A340), main difference between -200/300/500/600 concerns the capacity and therefore also the length of the aircraft. But what about the A320 family as the length are declining in 318/319/320/321 ?