Airbus A320 Spotting Guide


The Airbus A320 is a short-to-medium range, twin-engine, narrow-bodied airliner. It was launched in March of 1984, first flew in February of 1987, and was first delivered in March of 1988.

The family was subsequently expanded to include the stretched Airbus A321 (1994), the shortened A319 (1996), and the A318 (2003).

Final assembly of the A320 family takes place in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. A plant in Tianjin, China, also manufactures A320 aircraft for Chinese airlines. A final assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama delivered its first A321 in April of 2016.

The aircraft family can accommodate up to 220 passengers and has a range of 3,100 to 12,000 km (1,700 to 6,500 nm), depending on model.

More than 7,200 A320 airliners have been built between 1986 and the present time.

In December 2010, Airbus announced a new generation of the A320 family, the A320neo (new engine option).

A main competitor to the A320 series is the Boeing 737.

Airbus A320 Family Spotting Guide

Spotting guide for the Airbus A320 family of jetliners:
A318, A319, A320 and A321
Spotting guide for the Airbus A320 family of jetliners

Airbus A319 and A320 Comparison Guide

Spotting guide for the Airbus A319 and A320:
The A320 has two exit doors over the wing. A319 has one exit door over the wing.
Spotting guide for the Airbus A319 and A320

A Few Notable Differences Between the A320 Series and the Boeing 737

The typical Airbus A320-series airliner has a "rounded nose", a windshield straight across the bottom, and its rear windshield window "notched" at the top.
The typical Airbus A320-series airliner with a "rounded nose" and windshield straight across the bottom, and rear window "notched"

The Boeing 737 features a "pointed nose" with a "V-shaped' windshield
Boeing 737 "pointed nose" with "V-shaped' windshield



Airbus A320 Photographs

Air France Airbus A320-200
Air France Airbus A320-200

Northwest Airlines Airbus A320-212
Northwest Airlines Airbus A320-212

US Airways Airbus A320-232
US Airways Airbus A320-232

Airbus A320neo of Volaris Airlines
Airbus A320neo of Volaris Airlines