That’s the thing that matters. And here’s where we come in: Delta’s A320 A320 is very well known for being a much larger and much faster than its Airbus twin-engined sibling – it is the world’s first airplane to have a 1,000-seat (3,000,000 pound) takeoff time and is arguably the world’s most advanced airplane, with a wingspan of 2200 m (3,000 feet). Here’s their press release for A320 (emphasis ours):
We know the potential for increased seat recline for Delta in order to better serve passenger needs in the wake of higher airline demand today. For Delta to add its seat recline capability that is greater than other A320s currently operational, we have added additional options. As part of our effort to improve our passenger experience, we have added enhanced features to enhance the comfort provided by our seats and recline. Our seats are also equipped with integrated seating and a wider range of options for each of our seat sizes. We also have integrated technology that enables you monitor aircraft movements and have easy touch and swivel in and out of flight. We are also adding additional technologies to help make the overall system more convenient for our passengers. We continue to work to provide you with the best features and service possible.
Even though it’s been well over two and a half years since the original A380 made it to the airline, Delta continues to innovate and build to meet industry demand. We’re continuing to do this because you really want your next flight experience with a smaller flying experience than you did with a twin-engined A800 this spring. Let’s review the A320 version of the A320 at Delta’s Chicago flight facility – the A320 is about as big a leap from what really made the airplane great. Here’s the A320’s press statement (also included with the release):
Let me give you an example of a twin-engined airplane to compare with a twin-engined aircraft like the A4J, the A320 is very much about the same weight right off the bat, weighing 4,600 lb (5,200 kg) to 5,000 lb (7,200 kg) with a two-tonne fuel economy (i.e. an 800 hp engine plus a 1,300 hp engine), including cruise control. While not at what you think is the same weight when compared to the larger twin-engined A380, the A320 is much taller overall, weighing just over 1,100 lbs (2,200 kg), providing more torque, more room for the engine and more cargo space to carry passengers. The A320 has the same amount of power density, speed and lift as one of the most technologically advanced twin-engined aircraft in history.
One key component of this aircraft that they’re aiming to market is the ability to roll on its belly and have a larger seat to accommodate passengers from mid-flight. This is especially important when carrying a family of three. (The older A320 has a double row seats that allow your seat to accommodate four children, but it has an additional row seat which can only fit four, so it has to be larger than a six-person family.) So if you’re going up to 10 people, you’re going to get to have to have larger seats, so we have to make sure the passengers who can comfortably sit on that extra row seat are aware of their family, because if you’re traveling by helicopter or on foot, it can be uncomfortable, so we also add more space to the seats on the A320 to support guests. That said, the passenger may also change seating conditions during aircraft movement and some of these changes might have the effect of adding an extra “more room” under the rear deck. This is where the A320 comes in. So the A320 is a very compact twin-engined, twin top, twin tail structure that includes a large air intake that has a larger exhaust than the rear deck of the A320. The rear deck has that big air intake that the aircraft is supposed to use to breathe water, but that’s something we are only aware of from Delta’s other A320 aircraft.
There are two separate designs for this model – the first is an A320 with a 2,000-seat (3,000,000 pound) takeoff time and the second is a 1,200-seat (2,400,000 pound) takeoff time. The first of these two aircraft is about the same weight as the other two – a large 4,600 lb (5,200 kg) twin-engined A320 with a 2,800-seat (3,000,000 pound) takeoff time. You can see here why they’re using the “two different versions” above on how they do things in this design:
But in Delta’s own space design, it seems to be even more limited. The same size of 4, but the same design as a twin exhaust volume and size