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A320 Family Changes?

Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:20 pm

I have today flown on a relatively new A320 sharklet equiped Easyjet plane and a much older A319. There were some, what I thought, interesting differences.

Firstly the wing route moulding was much more sculptured on the new jet. Is this as a result of the Sharklet?

Secondly the new jet was equiped with the slimline seat. These gave better leg room and surprisingly also seemed to be wider but of equal comfort.

Finally and most surprisingly there was much more room at shoulder height at the window. Ok I was in 5F on the new jet and 22F on the old but it was very noticeable and i am sure the fuselage does not taper that much.

Has anyone else noticed this?
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:33 pm

easyJet introduced the slimline seats last year, the seats are reportedly better than the older ones.
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:43 pm

I would agree Karel - a better seat. It was the extra width and space at the shoulder by the window that really surprised me.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:25 am

Quoting StTim (Thread starter):
Firstly the wing route moulding was much more sculptured on the new jet. Is this as a result of the Sharklet?

I assume you mean the way the inboard slat sticks out from the wing/body fairing? This has been on all A320x aircraft since early 2000s.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:38 am

No what I noticed was the non moving parts - it was the wing to body fairing that was distinctly different in shape.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:45 am

Aerodynamic cleanup including the wing/body fairing, fuel tank vent and others were introduced around 2006 with the A320 enhanced which later included the cabin interior with new overhead bins, sidewall panels and LED lighting.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:49 am

Thanks - Must have flown on one of those before but just not noticed the change.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:45 pm

Quoting su184 (Reply 5):
Aerodynamic cleanup including the wing/body fairing, fuel tank vent and others were introduced around 2006 with the A320 enhanced which later included the cabin interior with new overhead bins, sidewall panels and LED lighting.

Which A319, A320 and A321 frames were the first to have these changes? And did all frames after these have these changes?
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:06 pm

Quoting StTim (Reply 2):
It was the extra width and space at the shoulder by the window that really surprised me.

The new cabin interior that was rolled out a couple of years ago upgraded the insulation materials & liners. Over the years they've got better (and thinner) and the inside panels have been re-sculpted so with the new interior you get around 2 to 2,5 cm of additional width on either side at shoulder level if I remember correctly.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:07 pm

The 'newer' style cabin was introduced to easyJet in 2008 in the G-EZD* series of A319's, I don't believe they took LED lighting, but they are capable of several dimming stages, for example, during takeoff/landing in darkness, they turn the sidewall lighting off entirely and dim the main cabin lights right down, as opposed to turning them off completely. Otherwise internally it was just curved up a lot more inside, for the airline it's a lighter cabin with a lot of bulk removed, for the passenger, more aesthetically pleasing.

Aerodynamically, the most noticeable things are, as you point out, the wing root, and also the engine pylons are a lot smoother (not as noticeable on the IAE variant - they may not have been changed at all!)

To summarise, it's not been done in conjunction with the sharklets, but I guess the new seats (and sharklets from an avgeek point of view!) probably means that you notice it more!
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:13 pm

Thanks - I have flown Easyjet a lot over the last coupld of years but rarely in the window seat. Having a new and old flight on the same day - both in window seats made the changes very obvious.

 
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:29 pm

Does anyone have a good photo comparison of the features you all are discussing?
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:43 pm

I have been searching for some but with no luck.
 
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RE: A320 Family Changes?

Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:48 pm

Quoting AA777223 (Reply 11):

Does anyone have a good photo comparison of the features you all are discussing?
Quoting StTim (Reply 12):
I have been searching for some but with no luck.


You called  https://www.airliners.net/photo/EasyJ...d=cf837ba998e3b8c867f292f40e3a0af7

https://www.airliners.net/photo/EasyJ...d=cf1c39cc292ee6381d0857f2b76f55ae

(Did try embedding but it broke)

[Edited 2014-09-02 13:52:40]



Cabin views:

Old: https://www.airliners.net/photo/EasyJ...d=83ee887f4328f98c8c766e1379605cd0

New: https://www.airliners.net/photo/EasyJ...d=83ee887f4328f98c8c766e1379605cd0


[Edited 2014-09-02 13:56:17]

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