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 A320 family was subsequently expanded to include:

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 also assembles the A320 as well as the A321.

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, and the aircraft remains a popular element in the fleets of more than 300 airlines around the world.

In December 2010, Airbus announced a new generation of the A320 family, the A320neo (New Engine Option). Earlier models became known as CEO (Current Engine Option) aircraft.

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

Spotting Guide for the Airbus A320-Series

EasyJet Airbus A320, Registration G-EZTE
EasyJet Airbus A320, Registration G-EZTE

JetStar Airbus A320
JetStar Airbus A320

Under fuselage view of an Air France Airbus A320
Under fuselage view of an Air France Airbus A320

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

Airbus A320 and A319 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 Airbus 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


Comparing the Airbus A320 and the Embraer ERJ-175

Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of a Airbus A320 (bottom) and an Embraer E-175 (top). Both aircraft have several similarities in appearance, and there is only a 20 foot difference in overall length.

However, the longer A320 has two emergency exits over each wing while the E-175 has none. Also, the A320 has the classic rounded Airbus nose, and the Embraeer has a more pointed nose.

Chart showing the similar characteristics of the Airbus A320 and the Embraer E-175

Airbus A320 Photographs

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

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

JetStar Airbus A320
JetStar Airbus A320

Iberia Express Airbus A320, Registration EC-ILQ
Iberia Express Airbus A320, Registration EC-ILQ

Finnair Airbus A320, Registration OH-LXD
Finnair Airbus A320, Registration OH-LXD

Air Berlin A320, Registration D-ABGR
Air Berlin A320, Registration D-ABGR

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

Airbus A320neo of Volaris Airlines
Airbus A320neo of Volaris Airlines

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