Moscow. December 30. European aircraft manufacturing concern Airbus will not have time to deliver the first new A320neo aircraft this year. On Wednesday reported by the company itself.
The concern has long promised to hand over the first of the upgraded single-aisle aircraft before the end of 2015, however, not met the deadline due to the occurrence of a number of problems, according to MarketWatch.
The first new aircraft must obtain an air carrier Deutsche Lufthansa.
Airbus has decided to suspend delivery of A320neo in agreement with the largest German airline and operator of new aircraft engines Pratt & Whitney. The three companies hope that the aircraft will be delivered “in the coming weeks”, said the Airbus.
Earlier it was planned that the first recipient will be Qatar Airways, but the airline delayed the adoption of a new plane, to allow Pratt & Whitney to complete the setup of the engine. According to United Technologies Corp. (the parent company of Pratt & Whitney), in some situations there were problems when running turbines.
Thanks to the improvements of aerodynamic performance and a new engine PW1100G by Pratt & Whitney new aircraft will consume 15% less fuel than the previous model, according to Airbus.
By mid-2019, Airbus intends to increase production of single-aisle aircraft up to 60 per month from the current level of 42 per month.
Lufthansa has ordered new aircraft 101 – 61 models A320neo and 40 are slightly larger in size and capacity of the A321neo model. In total, Airbus has received more than 4.4 thousand orders for the new liner.
Currently Airbus and joint venture of the American General Electric and French Safran are working on an alternative engine for the A320neo.