Monday, April 8, 2013

Clever animation shows Airbus A320neo aircraft in flight

With the first Airbus A320neo scheduled for delivery in 2015, we still have a long wait until it’s operated on commercial services.

However, there’s strong interest in the forthcoming aircraft within the airline community, which is apparent from the total number of firm orders to date. And the chances are pretty good that more orders will be announced at this year’s Paris Airshow too.

How does the A320neo’s sales compare to Boeing’s forthcoming counterpart, the 737MAX? I found an interest infographic below from pdxlight.com, with updated information from this month on a region to region basis.

A320neo versus 737-MAX : airline firm orders by region

How does the A320neo’s sales compare to Boeing’s forthcoming counterpart, the 737MAX?
Airbus A320neo firm orders in blue and Boeing 737MAX firm order in red
And finally, I came across this cool two-minute video from on al.com, which has computer-rendered animations that show the Airbus A320neo ‘in flight’ with different airline paint schemes. 



According to Airbus, improvements with the A320neo include a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, two tonnes of additional payload, up to 500 nautical miles of more range, lower operating costs, along with reductions in engine noise and emissions.

5 comments :

  1. flyingcookmosnterApril 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Whats everyone thoughts on winglets? I think a lot of it is that we have come to associate winglets with modern technology and fuel economy. Reality? Who knows.

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    1. I believe there's truth to it. There's quite a few videos on youtube showing the difference with/without winglets in wind tunnel experiments. I don't know much about the details but from a purely aesthetic perspective, I like them!

      Winglets give the aircraft 'character' if you know what i mean. Makes them look 'sharp' and all about their business. Whereas raked wingtips look graceful like a falcon soaring.

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  2. Very good - thanks for posting it!

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  3. Very nice, way to go.

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  4. There's a good reason why older airplanes were retrofitted with winglets. The cost was recovered relatively quickly and the fuel savings are 5-15%.

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