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REVEALED: The story behind the Airbus A320

THE GERMANWINGS plane that crashed into the French Alps earlier today was an Airbus A320 – a popular aircraft of which one takes off or lands every 2.5 seconds of every day, according to the company website.

By Levi Winchester

Tue, Mar 24, 2015


A Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed into the French Alps earlier today

The A320 is often available for short and medium-haul flights and are used by companies such as British Airways and easyJet.

It was also the model of AirAsia Flight QZ8510 – the aircraft that crashed while en route to Indonesia to Singapore last December, killing all 162 on board.

An A320 was also the plane that plummeted into the Hudson River in New York, in January 2009.

The plane had suffered engine failure but, miraculously, all on board survived.

With over 6,000 A320s in operation across the world, according to Airbus, the aircraft comes from a single-aisle aircraft family – including the A318, A319, A320 and A321 models.

Between them, the fleet has accumulated in excess of around 150 million flight hours in over 85 million flights.


Over 6,000 A320s are in operation across the world

The Germanwings model that left 150 dead after crashing earlier today was delivered to Lufthansa – the company which own Germanwings – from the production line in 1991.

It is believed that the plane had clocked up around 58,300 flight hours in some 46,700 flights.

It has a twin engine, can seat 150 passengers in a standard two classes configuration and is powered by CFM 56-5A1 engines.

The very first A320s, which are produced in France, Germany, and China, entered service 27 years ago in March 1988.

On the Airbus website, the aircrafts are credited as flying to some of the world’s most challenging airports – including the Himalayan airfields in China, India and Bhutan.

Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 9,000th aircraft just four days ago at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.

As of February last year, Airbus was producing 42 aircraft per month.