Did you know that every minute an Airbus aircraft takes off somewhere on the earth? Well, Airbus is a well-established and one of the world’s topmost aircraft manufacturers of passenger airliners.
The organization was set up in 1970 in Europe in competition with American airplane manufacturing organizations, including Boeing family of aircrafts.
Airbus’ diverse product line includes everything from passenger jetliners to freighters and private jets. With every aircraft family boasting a high-end design, the company is setting up standards for unparalleled efficiency and superior comfort in the modern aviation industry.
As of 2018, Airbus has more than 133,671 employees all over the world in countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and France. The company offers a diverse product line that includes everything from passenger jetliners to private jets and freighters. Its passenger aircrafts are categorized into families based on their make and model.
Its top families include A220, A320, A330, A350, and A380. The largest one is the Airbus A380 Family.
Airbus A320 Family
The Airbus A320 Family is one of the largest and most successful aircraft families in the industry. An A320 features seating between 100 and 240 with the widest single-aisle cabin. The aircraft can take passengers from anywhere to anywhere, be it from the heat of desert or icy Antarctic runways.
The Airbus A320 Family consists of the A318, A319, A320, and A321 aircraft. This most widely used Airbus aircraft family is used on both short and long distance air travels to transport passengers and cargo.
Recently the aircraft family has undergone major renovations, including reducing fuel consumption, increasing mile range, reducing engine noise, reducing emissions, and improving onboard technology. The aircrafts feature wider seats, elegantly-lit cabins, iconic ceiling lighting, storage bins with extended capacity, more window space with unobstructed views, a new spacious lavatory design, and more.
Examples of airline operators that use the Airbus A320 Family include United, JetBlue, Delta, Air France, Air Canada, and Virgin America.
As the first civil aircraft to fully benefit from fly-by-wire technology, the A320 family sets a new standard and has since benefited from continuous innovation. The A320neo takes pride in its very latest engines, an innovative cabin, and large wingtip devices (Sharklets). It continues to go from strength to strength for being the most comfortable, fuel-efficient single aisle aircraft.
Airbus A330 Family
The A330neo family features new, advanced engine and wing technologies that lend associated aircrafts an outstanding performance. With a goal of sustainable development, the aircrafts in this family now boast less fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions while increasing their capabilities.
The Airbus A330 Family consists of aircrafts, including A330-200, A330-300, A330-200F, ACJ330, and A330 MRTT. The most distinguishing feature of the Airbus A330 Family is it’s twin-engine feature. Moreover, the aircraft can carry 335 passengers or 70 tons of cargo.
Due to continuous thoughtful advancements, planes in this Airbus aircraft family have lowered its fuel consumption, operating costs, and carbon emissions. Some top examples of operators that use the Airbus A330 aircraft include Brussels Airlines, Air China, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, and South African Airways.
As a leading member of Airbus’ family of wide-body jetliners, the A330neo gains from continuous investment of more than 150 million Euro per year. It integrates all the latest developments from the A380 and A350 XWB Families to stay ahead of the competition. The A330neo is backed by a high-bypass ratio, advanced high-span wing, and new generation engines that improve its aerodynamics.
Airbus A340 Family
The Airbus A340 Family is known for its long haul efficiency. This wide body jetliner includes four types of commercial aircrafts - the A340-200, the A340-300, the A340-500, and the A340-600. These planes have the capacity to carry between 250 and 360 passengers.
The four-engine 340 boasts greater range at a significantly lower cost as compared to long-range wide-body commercial jetliners. The aircraft boasts features tailored for government and VVIP customers.
The A340 has amassed significant statistics: More than 600 million passengers have traveled more than 20 million flight hours and about 2.5 million flight cycles airlines flying A340s for about 16 hours per day. More than 370 A340s have been ordered.
In addition to this, the Airbus A340 family has two more engines as compared to the Airbus A330 Family. As of March 2013, the aircraft organization reports delivery of more than 400 A340 airplanes to its operators and customers. Examples of these operates and customers include Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
All in all, with high cargo capacity, modern comfort, continuous improvement, unmatched family traits, and proven performance, the A340 family stands out.
Airbus A380 Family
The A380 has flown more than 500,000 revenue flights carrying more than 190 million passengers. This includes 300+ commercial flights per day that take off or land around the world about every two minutes.
Launched in 2007, the Airbus A380 is the largest airplane ever built. This double-decker airplane that can carry up to 525 passengers in its comfortable three-class configuration. Airbus claims this to be more profitable as compared to other airplanes because it can increase its capacity by about 20% at no added cost. Some of its top customers and operates are Air France, Qantas, Korean Air, and Virgin Atlantic.
With air traffic keeps doubling every 15 years, the uniquely-crafted A380 meets the needs of airports and passengers of all kinds. It can deliver efficiency while being sustainable to protect the environment for future generations.
The aircraft has two full-length decks, each with wide-body dimensions. This means two passenger levels provide an entire deck’s worth of extra space compared to the next largest double-engine jetliner.
There are more seats as compared to other aircraft with the company. Thus, there is no problem of overcrowding. It needs fewer journeys to ferry 60% more passengers. Because of this, the A380 makes a perfect solution to address the problem of airport congestion, traffic growth, and fleet planning optimization.