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Feature: Is the Neo worth it?
08 June 2011
The A320neo has amassed a significant number of orders. What efficiency gains will be offered by the new engines?
Airbus has taken more than 300 orders for its A320 new
engine option (A320neo). Some might call this as a success,
only six months after launching the programme.
The decision to go ahead with new engine option for its
single-aisle family appears to be paying off. The plan to bring
forward the entry into service from 2016 to the end of 2015 may
not be a huge change but it puts pressure on Boeing to
Putting on its poker face, Boeing remains confident about
the situation and suggests that it is programmes such as
Bombardier’s CSeries that are suffering most.
There is no doubt that the neo erodes some of the cost
advantages of the new aircraft programmes in development, which
include the Irkut MC-21 and the Comac C919, as well as the
Airbus says the A320neo’s more efficient
engines, together with sharklet wing-tip devices that
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