aviationweek From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3911 times:
CFM International’s Leap engine has been launched on the Airbus A320NEO as part of an order from Virgin America worth $1.4 billion.
The deal includes Leap engines for 30 A320NEOs, plus CFM56-5Bs for 30 A320 ‘classic’ aircraft already ordered by Virgin America. More importantly for the General Electric-Snecma joint venture, it also marks the engine maker’s breakthrough into the A320NEO market, pitching it into a head-to-head battle with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G geared turbofan.
Bralo20 From Belgium, joined May 2008, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2625 times:
The "old" A320 series should make it in therms of length. LAX-HNL is about 2.600nm, SFO-HNL a couple of hundred miles less and the maximum range with full payload for the whole A320 family is 3.000nm or more. AFAIK the A320Neo series should add about 500nm to that.
So it should be possible to fly both routes with sufficient spare fuel.
Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 5): Can these A320neos make it to Hawaii nonstop (with a profitable payload) from SFO/LAX?
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 21221 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Quoting YTZ (Reply 4): Does the NEO have any other changes other than the engines? Does it have things like electrochromic windows for example?
Airbus wants to keep the NEO as common with the A320-200 as possible, so I think that inboard of the wing root, the parts list will stay very similar. Too many changes and the NEO becomes less attractive to currently A320 operators, especially when Boeing might have a new plane on the table within a few years.
I'm going to put it out there that Airbus will probably redo the A320 interior to match Boeing's "Sky" interior.
YTZ From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 2962 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7): Airbus wants to keep the NEO as common with the A320-200 as possible, so I think that inboard of the wing root, the parts list will stay very similar. Too many changes and the NEO becomes less attractive to currently A320 operators, especially when Boeing might have a new plane on the table within a few years.
If that's the case though, would it not then, be a simple affair to offer engine upgrades to existing operators?
nicoeddf From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
Quoting tozairport (Reply 8): So how are they going to pay for this order with 25 bills in the bank? I think they will be doing their own version of Virgin Cola before they ever take delivery of an A320 NEO.
You notice that having free cash flow and the possibility of financing large assets in terms of "having the money" are totally and utterly different things?