Airbus A319

TYPE: Twin-jet airliner.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: International

PROGRAMME: Short-fuselage A320. Airbus Board officially authorised start of sales 22 May 1992; programme launched 10 June 1993. Final assembly of first aircraft (F-WWDB, the 546th of the A319/320/321 family) began 23 March 1995; rolled out at Hamburg 24 August; first flight (with CFM56-5A engines) on 29 August; second aircraft (F-WWAS, No. 572) flew (with CFM56-5A engines and commercial interior) 31 October 1995; 650 hour flight test programme resulted in initial certification (CFM56-5B) on 10 April 1996 (CFM56-5A and V2500-A5 followed); first delivery.

HB-IPV to ILFC on 25 April 1996 and immediately to Swissair on 30 April flying first service on 8 May; F-WWAS re-engined with lAE V2524 engines, first flight 22 May 1996 and certified on 18 December 1996; other 1996 first receipts included Air Inter (F-GPMA 21 June); Lufthansa (D-AILA 19 July); and Air Canada (C-FYIY 12 December). JAA 120 minute ETOPS approval granted 14 February 1997 and extended to ACJ m December 2000.

1.000th member of family (an A319 for Air France via ILFC) delivered 15 April 1999.

CURRENT VERSIONS: A319-100: Baseline version.

Description applies to A319-100.

ACJ: Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Announced at 1997 Paris Air Show. Standard aircraft will carry up to 40 passengers over a range of 6,300 n miles (11,667 km; 7.250 miles), cruising at 12,500 ra (41.000 ft) at speeds of up to M0.82. Certified as a commercial airliner to Cat. IIIb landing criteria and 120-minute ETOPS, and will convert easily to airliner configuration. First customer, announced on 18 December 1997, is Mohamed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi of Kuwait. First aircraft (G-OMAK. 913th of A320 family), type A319-132, first flew 12 November 1998 and delivered to Jet Aviation, Switzerland, for outfitting on 31 December 1998; customer receipt 8 November 1999. operated by Twinjet Aircraft for Al Kharafi. Demonstrator F-WWIC first flew (as D-AVYB) 28 May 1999 and to Toulouse for trials 31 May; is 910th of A320 family, but followed c/n 913.

Other customers include DaimlerChrysler, Italian Air Force (first of two aircraft delivered 7 March 2000; second in August 2000), Finnair, French Air Force (two; first delivered February 2002) and Aero Service Executive (one). Orders and commitments totalled more than 30 by mid-2002, of which 14 then delivered. FAA (FAR Pt 121) certification for both scheduled service and private operation in USA received October 2002.

Set world record non-stop 15 hour 13 minute flight of 6,918 n miles (12,812 km; 7,961 miles) from Santiago to Le Bourget on 16 June 1999. JAR certification (as amendment of A319 certificate) received August 1999.

Airbus announced in 2000 that production of the ACJ would be restricted to four per year until 2003; this was increased to six, due to demand. By mid-2002, six companies were recommended for outfitting; Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg; Jet Aviation, Basle; Air France Industries, Toulouse; Ozark Aircraft Systeras. Bentonville. Arkansas; and EADS Sogerma, Toulouse.

A319LR: Long-range variant of ACJ. Second aircraft for Qatar Airways (two-class layout for 110 passengers) is to this standard; entered service August 2003. Three more ordered by 30 September 2003: two for PrivatAir via CIT (48-seat all business class cabin) and one undisclosed.

A319 Executive: Variant of ACJ. Three ordered by 30 September 2003; two for PrivatAir via CIT and one for Blue Moon Aviation (USA) via SALE.


Airbus A319

Launched 10 Jun 93
Rolled out 24 Aug 95
First flight 29 Aug 95
Certification 10 Apr 96
First delivery (ILFC) 25 Apr 96

Entered service (Swissair) 8 May 96

Subsequent versions


Announced 15 Jun 97
First flight 12 Nov 88
First delivery (AL Kharafi) 8 Nov 99

CUSTOMERS: Total of 925 sold, of which 564 delivered by 31 September 2003, including 17 ACJs

COSTS: Total development cost estimated at US$275 million, entirely financed by Airbus Industrie. A319-100 cost approximately US$48.7 million depending on choice of engines and level of customisation (2001); ACJ cost US$36 million (2001), excluding outfitting of between US$4 million and US$10 million.

DESIGN FEATURES: Seven fuselage frames's horter than A320 (1.60 m; 5 ft 3 in forward of wing, 2.13 m; 7 ft 0 in aft); modified rear cargo hold; bulk hold door and forward overwing emergency exit deleted; derated engines; otherwise little changed. Seats 124 passengers in typical two-class layout, compared with 150 in A320 and 185 in A321; range of 3,550 n miles (6,574 km; 4,085 miles) said to be the longest in this category of airliner; common pilot type rating with A320 and A321.

FLYING CONTROLS: Same flight deck and flying control system as A320.

STRUCTURE: AS A320. Assembled in Germany by EADS Deutschland Airbus, alongside the stretched A321; partner workshares rearranged to maintain overall workshare balance between France and Germany.

LANDING GEAR: AS A320, but 46x16 or 46x17.0R20 main tyre options only. Minimum ground turning radius 12.10 m (39 ft 8 1/2 in) about nosewheels, 20.60 m (67 ft 7 m) about mainwheels.

POWER PLANT: Two turbofans. Options comprise CFM56-5B5, -5B5/P or -5A4, all 97.9 kN (22,000 lb st); IAE V2522-A5 of 102.5 kN (23,040 lb st); CFM56-5B6, -5B6/P or -5B6/2P or -5A5, all 104.5 kN (23,500 lb st); IAE V2524-A5 of 108.9 kN (24,4801b st), IAE V2527M-AS of 110.3 kN (24,800 lb st); or CFM56-5B7 or -5B7/P of 120.1 kN (27,000 lb st).

Standard (three tanks) fuel as for A320: 23,860 litres(6,303 US gallons; 5,249 Imp gallons) usable. Up to six additional centreline tanks (ACT) for maximum (nine tanks) of 40,640 litres (10,737 US gallons; 8,939 Imp gallons).

ACCOMMODATION: Typically 124 passengers (eight in 'super first' class plus 116 economy); maximum 145 passengers in all-economy configuration. Built-in airstairs in ACJ.

'Prestige' cabin option for ACJ configures forward and centre sections with dining and work areas complete with tables, lounge and bar; aft cabin has private office area and enclosed bedroom. Amenities include 64 kbyte communications links, large-screen video displays, external video cameras for security and flight progress monitoring, and additional aft cabin soundproofing.

Length overall 33.83 m (111 ft 0 in)
Wheelbase 11.05 m (36 ft 3 in)
Cabin length (excl flight deck) 23.77 m (77 ft 11 3/4in)
Underfloor baggage/cargo holds;
Length: forward 3.35 m ( l l ft 0 in)
rear 7.67 m (25 ft 2 in)
Volume: bulk total 27.64 m3 (976 cu ft)
Typical operating weight empty:
- standard 40,160 kg (88,537 lb)
- option 41,203 kg (90,837 lb)
Baggage capacity: forward hold 2,268 kg (5,000 lb)
- rear hold 3,020 kg (6,600 lb)
- bulk hold 1,497 kg (3,300 lb)
Max payload 16,653 kg (36,714 lb)
Max TO weight: standard 64,000 kg (141,095 lb)
option 75,500 kg (166,450 lb)
Max landing weight: standard 61,000 kg (134,480 lb)
option 62,500 kg (137,790 lb)
Max zero-fuel weight: standard 57,000 kg (125,665 lb)
option 58,500 kg (128,970 lb)
Max wing loading:
standard 522.9 kg/m2 (101.09 lb/sq ft)
option 616.8 kg/m2 (126.34 lb/sq ft)
Max power loading: standard, CFM56-5B5 327 kg/kN (3.21 lb/lb st)
option, CFM56-5B7 314 kg/kN (3.08 lb/lb st)
PERFORMANCE (A; With CFM56-5A4, CFM56-5B5 or
V2522-A5; B: with CFM56-5A5, CFM56-5B6 or V2524-
Max operating Mach No. (Mmo) 0.82
Max operating speed 350 kt (648 km/h; 403 mph) IAS
Typical operating Mach No. 0.78
Max rate of climb 152 m (500 ft)/min
Max certified altitude; A319 12,130 m (39,800 ft)
ACJ 12.500 m (41,000 ft)
Service ceiling, OEI 6,400 m (21,000 ft)
T-O distance, S/L ISA-F15°C:
standard; A 1,720 m (5,643 ft)
option: B 2,640 m (8.661 ft)
Landing distance, S/L ISA: A. B 1,430 m (4,692 ft)
Range on normal fuel tankage with 124 passengers and
baggage. FAR domestic reserves and 200 n mile
(370 km; 230 mile) diversion:
A. at T-O weight 64,000 kg (141,095 lb)
1,813 n miles (3,357 km; 2,086 miles)
B, at T-O weight 75,500 kg (166,450 lb)
3,697 n miles (6,846 km; 4,254 miles)
T-O: A 82.5 EPNdB
B 82.4 EPNdB
Sideline: A 92.6 EPNdB
B 92.2 EPNdB
Approach; A 93.9 EPNdB
B 94.2 EPNdB


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