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Airbus A318  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 294
Unitary Cost: USD$76 million
Also Known As: A318 Elite, ACJ318 Elite and ACJ318 Enhanced
Origin: France, Germany and United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus
Parent System: Airbus A320
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1988
Total Production: 12,855
Total Cost: USD$200 billion
Family Members: Airbus A319, Airbus A319neo, Airbus A320, Airbus A320neo, Airbus A320P2F, Airbus A321, Airbus A321LR, Airbus A321neo and Airbus A321P2F
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Description: The Airbus A320 is a single-aisle, twin-engine, narrow-body, short- to medium-range aircraft family with a seating capacity for 100-220 passengers. The aircraft family includes the Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 featuring high degree of commonality of all models and low operating costs. Wider seats and aisle are meant to provide higher comfort to A320 passengers.

The fuselage body layout of the A320 family of aircraft allows a greater cargo capacity with A319, A320 and A321 fitted out with a containerized automatic cargo loading system to ease cargo handling operations. The cargo handling system of A320 aircraft is fully compatible with the worldwide standard widebody system installed in larger aircraft. Moreover, the A320 family offers low fuel burn and noise emissions characteristics.

The A320 family of aircraft was launched in 1984 and the first A320 jetliner entered service in 1988. It can be powered by either CFM International CFM56-5A (A319 and A320), -5B (A318, A319, A320 and A321) or IAE V2500 engines. In addition, The Pratt & Whitney PW6000 turbofan will power the Airbus A318 jetliner from 2005.

The Airbus A318 is the latest member of the A320 family. It was launched in 1999 aimed at low-density, high-frequency flights market. It entered service in 2003 with Frontier Airlines in the United States carrying up to 107 passengers in a two-class layout over a range of 6,000 kilometers. In a single-class configuration, the A318 can accommodate up to 129 passengers. The A318 can be powered by two CFM International CFM56-5B or, from 2005 onwards, two Pratt & Whitney PW6000 engines. These engines enable the A318 to fly routes ranging from 2,750 kilometers (1,500 nautical miles) to 6,000 kilometers (3,250 nm).

Airbus A318 Elite is a variant of smallest airplane of the A320 aircraft family, the A318, developed to serve as an entry-level to the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). A318 Elite has a comfortable and spacious cabin but the aircraft delivers less range and the cabin is shorter compared with the ACJ. Airbus and Lufthansa Technik will offer the A318 Elite in two variants seating up to 14 or 18 passengers with a projected maximum range of up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 kilometers). In late January 2006 Pratt & Whitney and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer the PW6000 engine on the A318 Elite corporate jet.

On 10 November 2005 Zurich-based Comlux AG became the launch customer for Airbus A318 Elite business jetliner ordering three aircraft plus an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). The ACJ was planned for delivery in May 2006 and the first A318 Elite delivery was scheduled for early 2007.

On November 6, 2006, the Airbus A318 aircraft powered by CFM engines was approved by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for 180-minute Extended-Range Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS). FAA is expected to grant the same certification in the first half of 2007.

Airbus A318 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 107
Dimensions
Height: 12.8 meter
Length: 31.4 meter
Wingspan: 34.1 meter
Performance
Max Range: 6,000 kilometer (3,240 nautical mile)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 273 mps (983 kph)
Weight
Empty Weight: 38,400 kilogram
Max Takeoff Weight: 68,400 kilogram (150,794 pound)
Payload: 11,400 kilogram
Thrust: 47,600 pound
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Airbus A318 News

There are 29 news between
11 Dec 2006 and 29 Oct 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012Airbus Introduces ACJ318 Enhanced
Sunday, November 13, 2011Airbus Builds on Corporate Jet Activity by Creating New Unit
Monday, May 16, 2011Airbus Introduces New Corporate Jet Branding, Colours and Names
Monday, August 23, 2010Al Jaber Aviation Takes Delivery of First Airbus A318 Elite Aircraft
Tuesday, June 22, 2010Airbus A320 Aircraft Family Tops 50 Million Flights
Wednesday, January 6, 2010Saudi Red Crescent Authority Takes Delivery of its Airbus A318
Tuesday, September 1, 2009Airbus Delivers First A318 with Steep Approach Capability
Friday, December 5, 2008BAA Jet Management Takes Delivery of Its First A318 Elite Business Jet
Monday, November 17, 2008Al Jaber Aviation Orders Two Airbus ACJs and Two A318 Elite Jets
Wednesday, July 16, 2008British Airways Selects CFM56-5B to Power New Airbus A318 Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Austria5
Aircraft ordered by Jetalliance (5 A138 Elites)
Brazil20
Aircraft ordered by TAM (20)
Chile5
Aircraft ordered by LAN Airlines (5)
China1
Aircraft ordered by BAA Jet Management (A318 Elite)
Egypt11
Aircraft ordered by Egypt Air (5); Air Cairo (6)
France33
Aircraft ordered by Air France (28); undisclosed multinational corp (5)
Romania4
Aircraft ordered by TAROM (4)
Saudi Arabia6
Aircraft ordered by Saudi Red Crescent Authority (1); NAS Aviation (5)
Spain10
Aircraft ordered by Iberia (10)
Switzerland5
Aircraft ordered by Comlux (5 A318 Elites)
United Arab Emirates4
Aircraft ordered by Al Jaber Aviation (4 A318 Elites)
United Kingdom26
Aircraft ordered by British Airways (26)
United States of America164
Aircraft ordered by GATX (12); Petters Group Worldwide (7 A318 Elites); Frontier Airlines (5); ILFC (60); Trans World Airlines (50); GECAS (30)

Grand Total 29413
Propulsion Systems
CFM56-5Bx2
PW6124x2
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