Air Corsica has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo in Toulouse, France. The airline based in Corsica has two Airbus A320neo aircraft on order, which will be both be leased. The delivery makes Air Corsica the first A320neo operator in France.
The Airbus A320 family recently overtook the Boeing 737 family as the most ordered aircraft type on the planet. It’s clearly a popular choice, being the backbone of the International Airline Group’s short-haul operations.
The aircraft was given a new lease of life when the neo option was launched featuring new engine options. However, due to the sheer number of A320 neo orders, airlines are still receiving their first of the type.
A quick look at Air Corsica
Air Corsica was founded in 1989 as Compagnie Corse Mediterranee. The French airline is unsurprisingly based on the island of Corsica. Corsica is located to the south of France and the west of Italy and is one of France’s 18 regions.
Air Corsica acts as a regional airline, primarily connecting Corsica with other domestic destinations in France. According to Planespotters, the airline currently operates 12 aircraft. Six of the aircraft are from the ATR family, with the other six coming from the Airbus A320 family. With the addition of two A320neos, the airline will replace older aircraft.
Air Corsica’s new A320neo cabin
Air Corsica’s brand new Airbus A320neo will be delivered with a single class cabin layout. In essence, the aircraft has 186 economy seats in a 3-3 layout as is normal on the Airbus A320.
The new engine optioned aircraft is delivered with CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Airbus says that the powerful engines will help to reduce Air Corsica’s operating costs. It seems as though Airbus has attempted to take care of everybody with the aircraft’s cabin. While the toilets on board the aircraft are designed to help limited mobility, every seat is also equipped with USB power.
What about the Center of Gravity?
In September, airlines such as British Airways and Lufthansa had to stop passengers from sitting in the rear rows on their Airbus A320neo aircraft. The change was necessitated by issues with the aircraft’s center of gravity envelope which, fortunately, have “never [been] encountered during operations”.
However, with a single class cabin, the issue may not affect Air Corsica. The large problem with the carriers that have needed to implement changes in the aircraft’s business class cabin, seating just four passengers per row instead of six according to Head for Points.
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