Airbus A318 Spotting Guide


The Airbus A318 is the smallest member of the Airbus A320 family of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus. It is sometimes referred to as the "Baby Bus".

To build this single-aisle aircraft, Airbus shortened the A320 to a length of 103' 2" (31.44m). The closely related Airbus A319 is a bit longer, at 111' 0" (33.84m).

However, the tail on the A318, at 41' 2", is taller than the tail on the A319, A320 and A321 (38' 7") to provide extra stability on its relatively short, fat fuselage.

The A318 carries up to 132 passengers and has a maximum range of 3,100 nm (5,700 km; 3,600 mi). Final assembly of the aircraft takes place in Hamburg, Germany.

A total of 80 A318 airliners were delivered between 2003 and 2013. Fleet estimates in 2017 show about 69 remain in service. Frontier Airlines scrapped 11 A318s around 2013 in Europe. An additional 10 (from Avianca) are reported to be in storage.

These numbers suggest that about 59 are in active use, mostly by Air France and Avianca ... so spotting an A318 is becoming a more rare experience.

Spotters Guide for the Airbus A318

As seen in the image below, the A318 features the typical Airbus "rounded nose", a windshield which is straight across the bottom, and its rear windshield window "notched" at the top.
The A318 airliner features a "rounded nose" and windshield straight across the bottom, and rear window "notched"
The Airbus A318 also has one over-the-wing emergency exit, as does the A319. The A320 has two emergency exits over the wing.
Spotting guide for the Airbus A320 series of narrow-body jetliners
Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A318 and Airbus A319. While the A318 is shorter than the A319 in length, the A318 has a taller tail to provide extra stability for the relatively short fuselage.
Side-by-side comparison of the Airbus A318 and Airbus A319

Airbus A318 Photographs

Air France Airbus A318
Air France Airbus A318
British Airways Airbus A318
British Airways Airbus A318

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