Airbus Worries Over A320neo Pylon Challenges

  • Pylon Issues Still Unresolved
  • Heavier Pylon Disadvantage For LEAP-1A Engine
  • A320neo Wing “Not Optimal”
  • Engine Fuel Burn Targets Remain Key Contest

As Airbus ploughs ahead with the planned late-2015 EIS date for the A320neo, one aspect of the jet’s design that still is not locked in is that of the pylon configuration that will ultimately carry two very different propulsion units.

With Qatar Airways as the lead customer for the A320neo and for the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM (GTF) engine, Airbus knows that the heavier-than-planned pylon installation for this engine causes significant changes to critical parts of the airplane.

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