herald

Friday 20 October 2017

Airbus 320: One of the most popular planes with airlines

A Germanwings Airbus A320 registration D-AIPX is seen at the Berlin airport in this March 29, 2014 file photo
A Germanwings Airbus A320 registration D-AIPX is seen at the Berlin airport in this March 29, 2014 file photo

The Germanwings plane that crashed in France is an Airbus A320.

The plane can hold up to 180 passengers, and it has been reported that there were at least 148 people on the flight that crashed near Digne in south-east France.

The last A320 to crash was AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which was flying from Surabaya to Singapore in December. All 162 people on board died.

It is a single-aisle aircraft, popular for short and medium-haul flights. It comes from the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321 models.

Germ1.jpg
A Germanwings Airbus A320 registration D-AIPX is seen at the Berlin airport in this March 29, 2014 file photo

On its website, Airbus reports that an A320 family aircraft takes off or lands every 2.5 seconds of every day.

It is used by many airlines including low-cost carriers such as easyJet. British Airways operates 120 Airbus A320s.

The planes are produced in Toulouse, France, Hamburg, Germany, and Tianjin, China. Airbus says A320 aircraft fly to some of the world's most challenging airports including Himalayan airfields in China, India and Bhutan.

Four days ago, Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 9,000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg. As of February last year, Airbus was producing 42 aircraft per month.

Promoted articles

Entertainment News