Published on May 2nd, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


First visit of Airbus A320neo to Ireland

Photo above by Trevor Mulkerrins

The Airbus A320neo (new engine option) made its first visit to Ireland last Wednesday 27th April. While it didn’t touch down, it made a low approach and go-around to runway 06 at Shannon before flying back to Toulouse. The aircraft in question, D-AVVB, is the 4th A320neo to be produced and continues to be used by Airbus as a development airframe. The A320neo project is the last step of the A320 Enhanced (A320E) modernisation programme, which was started in 2006. The neo replaces the original A320 family, which is now referred to as A320ceo, for “current engine option”.

In addition to the new engines, the modernisation programme also included such improvements as: aerodynamic refinements, large curved winglets (sharklets), weight savings, a new aircraft cabin with larger hand luggage spaces, and an improved air purification system. Customers will have a choice of either the CFM International LEAP-1A or the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

These improvements in combination are predicted to result in 15% less fuel consumption per aircraft, 8% lower operating costs, less noise production, and a reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 10% compared to the A320 series, as well as an increase in range of approximately 500 nautical miles (900 km). A rearranged cabin allows up to 20 more passengers enabling in total over 20% less fuel consumption per seat.

Airbus has firm orders for the A320neo family totalling 4,471 as of January 2016. The first A320neo rolled out of the Airbus factory in Toulouse on 1 July 2014. The first flight of the aircraft took place on 25 September 2014. A joint type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration was received on 24 November 2015.

On 25 January 2016, the A320neo entered service with Lufthansa, the type’s launch customer.


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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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