The aircraft is stretched 3.5m compared to the A320, 3.5m short of the A321. New elliptical winglets are fitted, the fuselage stretch provides airlines room to fit an additional 4 seatrows or 24 seats at 34 inch seat pitch compared to the A320.
The cockpit incorporates evolutionary improvements in the latest A320 series. More drastic improvements are avoided to retain 100% commonality with the large worldwide A320 fleet, pilots and support networks.
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The EP´s engines are CFM56-9´s, an evolutionairy development of the CFM56-5 and -7 versions. Most significant difference is the 10% larger fan cross section, resulting in a 20% higher by-pass ratio. The fan has a 3-D woven composite fan and a reduced number of blades. Other enhancements are the new light fan case and twin annular pre-swirl combustor intended to lower NOx emissions. Results are a 12% lower fuel and 20% lower maintenance costs.
Most significant improvement in the cabin is the use of natural light. 6 Rooftop windows provide natural light and a view on the blue sky for all. The roof window can be filtered, dimmed or shut completely by the crew. New luggage bins offer 15% more space and form a naturally integrated part of the cabin. New side panels give passengers a few extra inches of cabin width.
The A320EP (Enhanced Performance) is developed to meet increased market demand for addition range and seats. The A320EP is a stretched, re-engined A320 incorporating many improvements developed over the last decennium. Investments in the design are estimated at E1.2 billion.
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