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AIRBUS A318

Narrow-body, twin-engine, short-to-medium range, efficient, popular, Airbus airliner.

Specifications
Seats107-132
Bagagge Capacity21 m3
Speed828 km/h or 511 mph
Range3,100 nautical miles (5,740 kilometers)
Interior Width3.7m
Interior Height12.56 m

AIRBUS A318DetailsShort Overview

The Airbus A318, known as the “Baby Bus,” is the smallest member of the Airbus A320 family, which is a range of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners. The A318 carries on the Airbus A320 family’s traits of versatility and efficiency, but in a smaller package suited for shorter routes and airports with runway limitations. Here are the key specifications and features of the Airbus A318:

  • Crew and Passengers: Typically configured to accommodate 107 to 132 passengers in a two-class layout, the A318 can be crewed by two pilots. Some configurations, aimed at the business market, can seat as few as 18 passengers in a more luxurious setup.
  • Engine Options: The aircraft can be powered by either CFM International CFM56-5B engines or Pratt & Whitney PW6000 engines, offering a balance of performance, fuel efficiency, and environmental compliance.
  • Performance:
    • Cruise Speed: The A318 has a cruising speed of approximately Mach 0.78 (828 km/h or 511 mph at cruising altitude).
    • Range: With standard seating, its range is up to 3,100 nautical miles (5,740 kilometers) with CFM56 engines, making it capable of transcontinental flights.
    • Service Ceiling: The maximum operating altitude is 39,000 feet (11,887 meters).
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 31.44 meters (103 feet 2 inches), making it the shortest aircraft in the A320 family.
    • Wingspan: 34.1 meters (111 feet 11 inches) with Sharklets.
    • Height: 12.56 meters (41 feet 2 inches).
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): The A318 has a MTOW of approximately 68,000 kilograms (150,000 pounds), which varies slightly depending on the engine selection and specific airline configurations.
  • Cargo Capacity: The aircraft offers a cargo volume of around 21.21 cubic meters (749 cubic feet), accommodating passengers’ luggage and additional cargo needs effectively.
  • Avionics: Like its A320 family counterparts, the A318 features the advanced Airbus Cockpit Design, incorporating fly-by-wire technology and the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS). The commonality across the A320 family reduces pilot training time for airlines operating multiple types from this family.
  • Cabin Features: The A318’s cabin inherits the A320 family’s comfort and space efficiency, featuring large overhead storage bins, advanced lighting systems, and options for in-flight entertainment systems. The cabin layout is flexible, allowing airlines to customize according to their specific service offerings.

The Airbus A318, with its compact size, serves niche markets including corporate transport, short-haul routes, and operations from airports with stringent noise or runway length restrictions. Its capability to perform steep approaches has made it particularly useful for challenging airports like London City Airport (LCY).

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