FACTBOX-Details of Airbus A320

Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:20pm GMT

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Jan 15 (Reuters) - A US Airways LCC.N A320 Airbus jetliner with about 150 people on board came down into the Hudson River off Manhattan after apparently hitting a flock of geese and officials said everyone was rescued. [ID:nN15544297]

Here are some details on the type of plane involved.

* The twin-engine A320 typically seats 150 people.

* It is part of a family of four variants of Airbus single-aisle airliner that is the workhorse of many short and medium-range fleets, competing with the Boeing (BA.N) 737.

* A total of 797 Airbus single-aisle planes are in operation worldwide including 425 A320s.

* US Airways has 75 A320s in operation, according to Airbus.

* The A320 is sold with a choice of engines:

- The CFM 56, made by CFM International, a joint venture between by GE Aviation (GE.N) and France's Safran (SAF.PA).

- The V2500, made by International Aero Engines, a consortium of Rolls Royce (RR.L), United Technologies (UTX.N) unit Pratt & Whitney, Germany's MTU (MTXGn.DE) and Japanese Aero Engines, which is in turn a consortium of three Japanese industrial groups.

* The A320 is worth $77 million at list prices.

* It has a range of 3,060 nautical miles or 5,700 kilometres.

* The aircraft first entered service in 1988.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, editing Eric Beech)

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