As the first A321P2Fs (Passenger-to-Freighter) begin operations with launch customers, FAST magazine talks to the experts – Gilbert Birke and Thomas Centner from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture of Airbus and ST Engineering. We examine what makes this aircraft operationally unique, as well as the technical and conversion considerations for operators who plan to bring this type into their fleets.
Typically seating 90-110 passengers, the A318 brings the A320 Family’s operating advantages to routes that are best suited for a slightly smaller aircraft. The A318 retains the excellent fuel efficiency, exceptional operational reliability, and superior passenger comfort that are designed into the entire A320 Family.
Ever since Airbus launched its A320 Family, the company’s single-aisle jetliners product line has set the standards as the world’s most comfortable short-to-medium-haul aircraft – which is one of the many reasons why they also are the most successful commercial aircraft of all time.
Ever since Airbus launched its single-aisle jetliner family with the A320, it has set the standard as the world’s most comfortable short-to-medium-haul aircraft – which is just one of the many reasons why it’s also the most successful aircraft of all time. Incorporating a versatile cabin that can be configured for a variety of seating options, the A320 usually seats from 140 to 170 passengers and has a maximum capacity to accommodate as many as 180 travellers.
As the longest-fuselage member of Airbus’ best-selling, single-aisle A320 Family, the A321’s cabin offers passengers even more space in which to relax and enjoy the flight. Able to comfortably seat anywhere from a typical 170 to 200 passengers in a standard two-class cabin to 220 travellers in a more high-density layout, the A321 – with a wider cabin than any of its competitors – continues to define the meaning of single-aisle comfort in operations around the globe.