The Airbus numbering system is an alphanumeric model number followed by a dash and a three digit number.
The model number often takes the form of the letter “A” followed by a ‘3’, a digit, then followed normally by a ‘0’, for example A320.
There are some exceptions such as: A220, A318, A319, A321 and A400M.
The succeeding three digit number represents the aircraft series, the engine manufacturer and engine version number respectively.
To use an A380-800 with Engine Alliance (EA) GP7200 engines as an example; The code is 8 for series 800, 6 for Engine Alliance and engine version 1, thus the aircraft number is A380-861.
An additional letter is sometimes used. These include:
- ‘C’ for a combi version (passenger/freighter),
- ‘F’ for a freighter model,
- ‘R’ for the long-range model,
- ‘N’ for new engine option (neo),
- ‘M’ for a military model, and
- ‘X’ for the enhanced model.
- LR: Long-range
- XLR: Extra-long range
- ULR: Ultra-long range
- P2F: Passenger to freighter
|0||General Electric (GE)|
|1||CFM International (GE and SNECMA, now a subsidiary of Safran)|
|2||Pratt & Whitney (P&W)|
|3||International Aero Engines (P&W, R-R, MTU, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, and IHI) (IAE V2500 for A320ceo Family)|
|5||CFM International (GE and SNECMA/Safran) (CFM-I LEAP-1A for the A320neo Family)|
|6||Engine Alliance (GE and P&W) (EA GP7200 for the A380)|
|7||Pratt & Whitney (P&W) (PW1100G for the A320neo Family and PW1500G for the A220)|
AIRCRAFT MODEL DESIGNATION
Lets understand with an example –
- A320 – Basic Aircraft Model
- 2 – Series Identification
- -100 Series
- -200 Series
- 5 – Type of Engines
- 1 – CFMI Engines (ceo)
- 2 – P&W Engines (A318 only) (ceo)
- 3 – IAE Engines (ceo)
- 5 – CFMI Engines (neo)
- 7 – IAE Engines (neo)
- 1 – Thrust Rating
- N – NEO model
- X – ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex)