Airbus has welcomed the new year by increasing the average list price of its aircraft by 2.6%, below last year's rise of 3.6%. According to Airbus, the increase has been calculated using its, ‘standard escalation formula’. So, if you were wondering what was available in the Airbus catalogue and how much it will cost you, read on. First up, the A318.
New price: US $71.9 million.
About: The A318 is the smallest member of the A320 Family, which also includes the A319, A320 and A321. The A318 seats 107 passengers in a two-class cabin and 132 with ‘high density’ seating.
A319 / A319neo.
New price: US $85.8 / 94.4 million.
About: The A319 is a the shrink version of Airbus’s most successful model, the A320. It carries 124 people in its standard two-class configuration or 156 if airlines opt for a high density cabin layout. The neo version adds fancy aerodynamic wing tips that reduce fuel consumption.
A320 / A320neo.
New price: US $93.9 / 102.8 million.
About: It’s Airbus’s most successful model to date and continues to sell well in both its classic (ceo) and next generation (neo) versions. The single aisle A320 seats 150 passengers in a standard two-class configuration and up to 180 with high density seating. The A320neo adds ‘sharklet’ wing tips and a redesigned engine (purchased separately) to increase fuel efficiency.
A321 / A321neo.
New price: US $110.1 / 120.5 million.
About: The A321 is the ‘stretch’ version of the A320. Airlines can fit 185 passengers into a standard two-class layout or 220 if they opt for a ‘high density’ cabin layout. For the more fuel-efficient ‘neo’ version, add just over US $10 million to the price.
New price: US $221.7 million.
About: The A330 is Airbus’s twin-engine widebody offering. The A330-200 accommodates 253 passengers in a two-class layout.
New price: US $224.8 million.
About: The A330-200F is a dedicated freighter version of the A330. It can carry 65 tonnes over 4000 nautical miles, or 70 tonnes over 3200 nautical miles.
New price: US $245.6 million.
About: The A330-300 fits 300 passengers into two classes and can fly up to 5450 nautical miles.
New price: US $260.9 million.
About: The A350 is Airbus’s fuel-efficient answer to Boeing’s 787. The 800 version of the plane seats 270 passengers. The A350 is in testing and scheduled to enter service in 2014.
New price: US $295.2 million.
About: The 900 version of the A350 seats 314 passengers.
New price: US $340.7 million.
About: The 1000 version of the A350 seats 350 passengers.
New price: US $414.4 million.
About: The largest commercial airplane in operation carries 525 passengers in a standard three-class configuration. By the end of 2012, 262 of the planes had been ordered and 97 delivered. Another 50 were ordered in 2013, all by Emirates.