KIFISSIA, Greece – Aegean Airlines in Kifissia, Greece, has firmed up an order for 30 Airbus A320neo family single-aisle commercial passenger jet aircraft, following an earlier memorandum of understanding signed in March 2018.
The deal, signed Friday, is for 10 A321neo and 20 A320neo passenger jets. Aegean today operates a fleet of 49 Airbus aircraft -- 37 A320s, 11 A321s, and 1 A319. The sale reportedly is worth $5.8 billion.
The Airbus A320neo typically can seat 165 passengers in a two-class configuration, or a maximum of 194 passengers. It has a range of 4,000 miles, and can fly at speeds of 630 miles per hour at altitudes of 41,000 feet.
The Airbus A321 is a stretched version of the A320neo. It typically can seat 206 passengers in a two-class configuration, or a maximum of 244 passengers. It has a range of 4,600 miles, and can fly at speeds of 630 miles per hour at altitudes of 41,000 feet.
The A320neo and A321neo have identical flight deck avionics for the most possible commonality among the aircraft. An A320-certified pilot can fly either the Airbus A318, A319, A320, or A321 with a single type rating.
The A320neo and A321neo have full-glass cockpits, rather than the hybrid versions found in previous-generation airliners. The A320 family's flight deck has electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) with side-stick controllers, and electronic centralized aircraft monitor (ECAM) to the flight crew information about all the systems of the aircraft.
These aircraft have liquid crystal display (LCD) avionics units, including the main displays and the backup artificial horizon.
The A320 family of Airbus aircraft also comes with a digital fly-by-wire flight control system. Input commands through the plane's side-stick are interpreted by flight control computers and transmitted to flight control surfaces within the flight envelope protection.
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