2016 AIRBUS A318
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The A320 single-aisle jetliner family (composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321) is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. It is used in a full range of services from very short-haul airline routes to intercontinental segments, on operations from challenging in-city airports to high-altitude airfields and an Antarctic ice runway, and on VVIP and government missions with the most discerning passengers.
To ensure this true market leader keeps its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across the product line, including development of the A320neo (new engine option) Family, enhancements to the jetliner’s aerodynamics such as Sharklets wingtip devices, upgrades to the widest passenger cabin in its class, and extended service intervals for the airframe.
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Airbus has incorporated the best in advanced design concepts, modern production methods and new materials in the A320’s airframe to ensure high structural reliability and easy maintainability. Improved aluminium alloys increase structural life, while the extensive use of composite materials save weight and reduce parts.
The fly-by-wire concept for flight controls was introduced by Airbus on the A320 Family, which literally revolutionised the civil air transport industry. In addition to providing precise handling characteristics and a new level of flight protection, fly-by-wire also introduced the Airbus cockpit commonality concept, which provides daily benefits for operators worldwide.
The premium cabin
With an overall length of 31.44 metres, the A318 has the shortest fuselage of the A320 product line. It is configured for 107 passengers in a typical two-class cabin layout, with eight seats in business class and 99 in economy.
The A318’s wide interior cross-section ensures unrivalled cabin versatility – ranging from four or five-abreast business seating to comfortable six-abreast economy class arrangements.
Compared to other single-aisle aircraft, the A318 also offers more overhead stowage and up to one inch more room at shoulder level for passengers at window seats.
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The advanced systems designed into the A318 begin with Airbus’ fly-by-wire flight controls and a state-of-the-art cockpit, which is shared with all of the other A320 Family aircraft. This enables A318 pilots to fly any other A320 Family jetliner with a single type rating, allowing airlines to schedule the aircraft best matched to passenger bookings on a per-flight basis. Pilots rated on the A318 also can transition more easily to the other fly-by-wire members of Airbus’ product line due to their high degree of commonality.
Also incorporated in the A318 is Airbus’ digital cabin management system, which controls the operating of cabin lighting, pre-recorded messages, emergency evacuation signalling and other cabin-related tasks. It can verify the quantity of potable water onboard and allow a preselect of the quantity to be loaded, while the system’s digital databus allows the functioning of all passenger service units to be checked from one poin
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Wide cabin comfort
Airlines and passengers both benefit from the A318’s wide cabin, which ensures a high level of comfort and provides large overhead bins for carry-on luggage. The cabin cross-section also offers unrivalled cabin versatility, ranging from four- and five-abreast business seating to comfortable six-abreast economy class arrangements.
Unlike certain competitors, the A318 has large passenger and service doors at both the front and rear of the aircraft, allowing galley servicing and cabin cleaning to be carried out simultaneously. These larger doors speed passenger flow as well as the servicing.
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“Steep approach” capability
Airbus’ A318 is the largest commercial aircraft certified to land at steeper-than-usual gradients, making it ideal for operations at such constrained locations as downtown airports – translating to significant cost and time savings for business travellers.
Since 2009, British Airways is operating A318s with “steep approach” capability from the in-close London City Airport to New York's JFK International Airport. These aircraft are equipped for premium service with seats that convert into full lie-flat beds, along with OnAir connectivity for passengers.
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