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Which plane is safer and more comfortable - Airbus A320 or A321?
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Sunday, 25 May 2014 03:32

Airbus A320 Comfort

Hi there Captain!

I am flying a two-hour flight from Istanbul to Prague Czech republic. I might be flying the Airbus A321 or the Airbus A320.

Which one is safer and more comfortable?

David U

Hi David,

The Airbus A321 is the stretched version of the Airbus A320.

Typical seating of an Airbus A320 ranges from 150 to a maximum of 180 seats - depending on the airlines.

You would feel more comfortable if the Airbus A320 is configured with 2 classes (150 passengers) as the space (pitch) between each seat is either 36 ins (91 cm) or 32 ins (81 cm).

If the Airbus A320 is configured for one class (180 seats), the spacing between seats is either 28 ins (71 cm) or 29 ins (74 cm).

Such spacing is same on the Airbus A321 except that this stretched version is either configured with 185 (2-class) or 220 seats (1 class)

Safety wise, both the planes are equally reliable and safe. They are powered by the same engines types (CFM International CFM56-5 series or IAE V2500 series).

The A321 have obviously more powerful engines with a maximum of 30-33,000 pound of thrust per engine as compared to the Airbus A320 with 25-27,000 pound of thrust.

Comfort wise; find out from the airlines if their planes are either the one or two-class planes. Choose the ones with two classes!

A total of 3,363 of the Airbus A320 model have been sold with 2,942 remaining on order as of June 2013.


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Does anyone know where to get lifetime statistics for the utilized, or crashed, A321 aircrafts? What is their expected lifetime?
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