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The first member of the real-life A320 family—the A320—was launched in March 1984, first flew on 22 February 1987, and was first delivered in March 1988. The A320 family pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems, as well as side-stick controls, in commercial aircraft. In December 2010, Airbus announced a new generation of the A320 family, the A320neo "New Engine Option". The A320neo offers a choice of CFM International LEAP-X or Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines, combined with airframe improvements and the addition of winglets, named Sharklets by Airbus.
As of 31 March 2015, a total of 6,494 Airbus A320 family aircraft have been delivered, of which 6,231 are in service. In addition, another 5,088 airliners are on firm order. It ranked as the world's fastest-selling jet airliner family according to records from 2005 to 2007, and as the best-selling single-generation aircraft programme. As of December 2011, a total of 1,196 A320neo family aircraft have been ordered by 21 airlines, making it the fastest ever selling commercial aircraft. The A320 family has proved popular with airlines including low-cost carriers such as EasyJet which purchased A319s, and A320s, to replace its Boeing 737 fleet. The aircraft family competes directly with the Boeing 737 and has competed with the 717, 757, and the McDonnell Douglas MD-80/MD-90.
- Pilot's heads-up display (HUD) attachment.
- Exterior lighting (navigation lights).
- Accessories and props (access ramp, pilot's uniform).
- x1 animated flight attendant (in-flight food dispenser).
- Available in x9, individually purchasable, livery variants (British Airways, JetStar, Air China, Air France, Swiss Air, US Airways, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, Iberia).
- ↑ Airbus offers new fuel saving engine options for A320 Family. Airbus (1 December 2010). Retrieved on 31 December 2011.
- ↑ Airbus A320 Family passes the 5,000th order mark Airbus
- ↑ Airbus steals the Paris air show. Hellocompany.org (19 June 2007). Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
- ↑ Airbus wins 211 orders and commitments worth US$20.5 billion. Airbus (16 November 2011). Retrieved on 31 December 2011.