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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?

Tags: A320neo  |  A320  |  Irkut MC-21  |  Comac C919  |  CSeries  |  Boeing  |  sharklet  |  Bombardier  |  Kostya Zolotusky

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 react.

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 CSeries.

Airbus says the A320neo’s more efficient engines, together with sharklet wing-tip devices that are...

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