The history of commercial air travel is always changing. The planes that were popular mainstays for air travel in their glory days have long been retired and a new generation is taking over. Part of that new generation involves the Airbus A319, a mid-range narrow-body twin-engine commercial airliner that is capable of moving more passengers and saving fuel compared to older and larger aircraft that had previously been in service. Below are 10 things about this aircraft that are sure to impress you, whether you really know a lot about aviation in general or not.
1. Can travel great distances
This is certainly not an intercontinental jet, but it can travel up to 3,700 nautical miles before needing to refuel. That makes it a great option for traveling to different areas within the same country. Since that’s the majority of air travel currently offered by major airlines, it only makes sense to use a plane like this that you can operate for less money and save intercontinental jets for flights that are truly cross-country in nature.
2. It carries many passengers
Despite the fact that it is a relatively short narrow-body aircraft, it manages to carry 160 passengers in its frame. Perhaps most impressive is that even when fully loaded, passengers still have slightly more room on this particular type of aircraft than on many older ones. Much of this is due to the overall configuration of the aircraft in regards to the design of the seats and the way they are arranged within the fuselage.
3. First entered service more than 20 years ago.
Although this aircraft is considered to be among the new generation, it has actually been flying for quite some time. In fact, the first Airbus A319 flew for SwissAir in 1996. Since then, the aircraft has undergone many improvements to keep it up to date. This is probably why this particular aircraft always seems to have a somewhat newer feel than many of the other aircraft that are still in service with the airlines.
4. It is suitable for pilots
One of the most ingenious things Airbus did was create an entire family of aircraft that basically operate on exactly the same principles. The A320, A321 and A319 can be piloted by the same pilots without forcing those people to undergo additional training to be cleared for the aircraft. This is practically unheard of in the airline industry and makes it much easier for both airlines and pilots themselves.
5. There are currently several aircraft in operation
As of mid-2018, nearly 1,500 of these aircraft were operating with major airlines. More aircraft are currently on order, which means this is one of the most widely used passenger aircraft types overall. In fact, you are much more likely to see one of these than some of the old-fashioned airplane travel stalwarts, like the Boeing 747 or 727.
6. An airline operates multiple aircraft
Of the nearly 1,500 aircraft currently in operation, a single airline operates approximately 140 of those aircraft. You may think it is one of the major airlines, but you would be surprised to know that it is an airline that most people have not even heard of, EasyJet. In reality, this aircraft comprises almost all operational aircraft that EasyJet has.
7. It is relatively short
This aircraft has a relatively short fuselage, much shorter and is a cousin, the A321. It is even shorter than the original A320. In fact, most people can identify the plane by looking for the plane with the short body and the huge engines.
8. It is popular in the United States.
This aircraft is used by major American airlines, including American, United, and Delta. In fact, it has become a major workhorse for these and other airlines, quickly replacing many of the older aircraft that have been used for several years.
9, incorporates the latest technology
This was the first commercial aircraft to use fly-by-wire controls. Fly-by-wire is a computer operating system that uses millions of computer calculations to help the pilot better control the aircraft. The end result is an aircraft that responds better to control inputs and is much more versatile. However, without the fly-by-wire system, it would be practically impossible to control.
10. Has updated pilot controls
Major commercial aircraft have traditionally used a bud that was placed directly in front of the …