Wednesday, July 24, 2013

American picks up A319

American Airlines on Tuesday took delivery of its first A320 family aircraft at a ceremony at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany. Representatives from American Airlines, Airbus and CFM International celebrated the first of 260 Airbus single-aisles the airline has selected. American's A319s will seat 128 passengers and will be used initially on the airline’s domestic route network. The aircraft, powered by two CFM56 engines, is the first A319 to feature sharklets, composite wingtip devices that improve fuel efficiency. (Source: Airbus, 07/23/13) Gulf Coast note: An A320 final assembly line is being built in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley Aeroplex. Previous: Boeing, Airbus share record order; Airline ops for ROPS; Airbus to offer wider seats