KhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
Okay, I thought I had a grasp of the 320 series until I saw one at LHR that said A320-200. How many different A320s are there? What exactly does the 200 refer to? Passengers? Engines? I'm guessing it has nothing to do with length.
I look forward to hearing your answers!
Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3761 times:
Just about every A320 around is an A320-200.
I believe that the first 15 A320s produced were A320-100s: 5 for BCal (went to BA), 5 for Air Inter (AF) and 5 for AF itself. One difference between the A320-100 and the more common -200 is the wing fences (the mini-winglets at the end of the wing), the -100 models do not have them. I am not sure of what the other differences are, but I do think that the early model -100 variants have less range than the more typical -200 models.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 848 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3751 times:
>> What exactly does the 200 refer to? Passengers? Engines? I'm guessing it has nothing to do with length.
The initial production of the A320 began as the A320-100, and approx. 25 or so were produced. Production shifted to the -200 which featured higher MTOW and payload, as well as introduction of the wingfences.
There is also an A321-100 and a higher payload A321-200. All A318 and A319 are -100.
The last two digits refer to the engine selection (either CFMI or IAE)
KhenleyDIA From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 425 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3735 times:
Thank you all for the answers! I learned a new thing today. I must say, I figured there would have been a larger difference, but I guess MTOW could be reason enough. The wingtip fences I wouldn't see as enough of a reason for the new type. But hey, they didn't ask me!
Why sit at home and do nothing when you can travel the world.
EGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3722 times:
The A320-200 is the now baseline version of the A320. The original A320-100 is no longer in production - I believe only 21 of these were produced and only fly for Air France and British Airways (BA inherited these A320s from a British Caledonian order). Air Inter also flew the A320-100 prior to its integration into Air France.
The A320-100 has no wingtip fences and als does not have as much fuel capacity, so its range is shorter than the now standard A320-200.
PM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6813 posts, RR: 65 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 1): I believe that the first 15 A320s produced were A320-100s
Quoting EddieDude (Reply 2): There were A320-100's at the very beginning. Only a few are in service.
Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 3): The initial production of the A320 began as the A320-100, and approx. 25 or so were produced.
Quoting EGNR (Reply 5): I believe only 21 of these were produced and only fly for Air France and British Airways
Yes, 21 of the early A320s (c/ns 1 - 21) were -111s (though -200s - c/ns 22 onwards - had started flying before the last -100 flew). Two -100s crashed, one (AF) infamously at Habsheim in 1988 the other (Air Inter) at Strasbourg in 1992. Airbus still have c/n 001. The other 18 are all still flying - 13 for AF and 5 for British Airways.
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3517 times:
F-WWBA msn 001
Air France A320-100 :
F-GFKA msn 005
F-GFKB msn 007
F-GFKC msn 009 destroyed in a crash at Habsheim in June 1988
F-GFKD msn 014
F-GFKE msn 019
F-GFKF msn 020
F-GFKG msn 021
F-GGEA ex Air Inter msn 010
F-GGEB ex Air Inter msn 012
F-GGEC ex Air Inter msn 013
F-GGED ex Air Inter msn 015- Destroyed in a crash near SXB in January 1992
F-GGEE ex Air Inter msn 016
F-GGEF ex Air Inter msn 004
F-GGEG ex Air Inter msn 003
F-GFKQ (msn 02) was also an A320-100. It was converted into a -200 before being delivered to AF in January 1991 but though a -200, it was not fitted with winglets.
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3112 times:
The original A321-100 shows a reduction in range compared to the A320-200 as the extra fuel tank was not added to compensate for the extra weight.
To overcome this, Airbus launched the longer range and heavier A321-200 in 1995 witch has a full PAX transcontinental US range.
This is achieved through higher thrust V2533-A5 or CFM56-5B3 engines and minor structural stengthening and 2900 Litres (766 US Gal.) greater fuel capacity with the installation of an additional center fuel tank.
EGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2975 times:
Quoting 777ER (Reply 9): A320-236, A320-232, A320-256 etc etc etc are all the same aircraft model but with different number of seats, engines etc
Almost . Airbus model numbers are decyphered as follows...
Obviously, A3XX is the model - e.g. A320, A330, A340, A380, etc.
'A' denotes the series of that model - e.g. A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, A340-600, etc.
'B' denotes the engine manufacturer:
'0' = General Electric,
'1' = cfm International,
'2' = Pratt & Whitney,
'3' = International Aero Engines,
'4' = Rolls Royce,
'6' = Engine Alliance
A320-111 - an A320-100 fitted with the first variant of the cfm powerplant made available on the A320.
A300-605 - an A300-600 fitted with the fifth variant of the General Electric powerplant made available on the A300.
A330-342 - an A330-300 fitted with the second variant of the Rolls Royce powerplant available on the A330 model line up.
Note: ('5' is not used - not sure why, maybe the joint venture for the engines on A400M was assigned the '5'?).
'C' denotes the variant of that engine, e.g. on the A340-500 and A340-600. Both use the Rolls Royce Trent 500, but the A340-600 uses a higher thrust variant, so we have A340-541 and A340-642.
MyTravel, Thomas Cook and Monarch all fly A330-243s with high seating capacity for IT charter work. Emirates, bmi, Etihad also fly A330-243s but with far fewer seats.
Airbus's numbering system is more like that of a car manufacturer - everybody has the same model designation (badge on the trunk), but picks their own options (configures their own interior - seat numbers, etc.).
Whereas Boeing give each customer models with their own unique numbers, e.g '7X7-X36' for British Airways, '7X7-X38' for Qantas, '7X7-XH4' for Southwest.