Airbus A319
The A319 is a shorter Airbus A320, keeping its low wing, underwing twinjet configuration
Role Narrow-body jet airliner
National origin Multinational[a]
Manufacturer Airbus
First flight 25 August 1995
Introduction 1996 with Swissair
Status In service
Primary users American Airlines
United Airlines
Delta Air Lines[1]
  • 1994–2021 (A319ceo)
  • 2017–present (A319neo)
Number built 1,501 as of March 2024[1]
Developed from Airbus A320
Variants Airbus A318
Developed into Airbus A319neo

The Airbus A319 is a member of the Airbus A320 family of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus.[b] The A319 carries 124 to 156 passengers and has a maximum range of 3,700 nmi (6,900 km; 4,300 mi).[2] Final assembly of the aircraft takes place in Hamburg, Germany and Tianjin, China.

The A319 is a shortened-fuselage variant of the Airbus A320 and entered service in April 1996 with Swissair, around two years after the stretched Airbus A321 and eight years after the original A320. The aircraft shares a common type rating with all other Airbus A320 family variants, allowing existing A320 family pilots to fly the aircraft without the need for further training.

In December 2010, Airbus announced a new generation of the A320 family, the A320neo (new engine option).[3] The similarly shortened fuselage A319neo variant offers new, more efficient engines, combined with airframe improvements and the addition of winglets, named "sharklets" by Airbus. The aircraft promises fuel savings of up to 15%. The A319neo sales are much lower than other A320neo variants, with around 1% of orders by June 2020.

As of March 2024, a total of 1,501 Airbus A319 aircraft have been delivered, of which 1,359 are in service. In addition, another 47 airliners are on firm order (comprising 2 A319ceo and 45 A319neo). American Airlines is the largest operator with 133 A319ceo in its fleet.[1]



The first member of the A320 family was the A320 which was launched in March 1984 and first flew on 22 February 1987.[4] The family was extended to include the stretched A321 (first delivered 1994), the shortened A319 (1996), and the further shortened A318 (2003). The A320 family pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems, as well as side stick controls, in commercial aircraft. The A319 was developed at the request of Steven Udvar-Hazy, the former president and CEO of ILFC according to The New York Times.[5]

Origins and design

The A319 design is a shortened fuselage, minimum change derivative of the A320 with its origins in the 130- to 140-seat SA1, part of the Single-Aisle studies.[6] The SA1 was shelved as the consortium concentrated on its bigger siblings. After healthy sales of the A320/A321, Airbus re-focused on what was then known as the A320M-7, meaning A320 minus seven fuselage frames.[7] It would provide direct competition for the 737-300/-700.[6] The shrink was achieved through the removal of four fuselage frames fore and three aft the wing, cutting the overall length by 3.73 metres (12 ft 3 in).[2][8][9] Consequently, the number of overwing exits was reduced from four to two. High-density A319s, such as 156-seat aircraft used by EasyJet, retain four overwing exits.[10] The bulk-cargo door was replaced by an aft container door, which can take in reduced height LD3-45 containers.[9] Minor software changes were made to accommodate the different handling characteristics; otherwise the aircraft is largely unchanged. Power is provided by the CFM56-5A or V2500-A5, derated to 98 kN (22,000 lbf), with option for 105 kN (24,000 lbf) thrust.[11]

With virtually the same fuel capacity as the A320-200 and fewer passengers, the range with 124 passengers in a two-class configuration extends to 6,650 km (3,590 nmi), or 6,850 km (3,700 nmi) with the "Sharklets".[2] The A319's wingspan is wider than the aircraft's overall length.

Production and testing

Airbus began offering the new model from 22 May 1992, and the A319's first customer was ILFC, who signed for six aircraft.[12] Anticipating further orders by Swissair and Alitalia, Airbus launched the $275 million (€250 million) programme on 10 June 1993.[9][12][13] On 23 March 1995, the first A319 underwent final assembly at Airbus's German plant in Hamburg, where the A321s are also assembled. It was rolled out on 24 August 1995, with the maiden flight the following day.[14] The certification programme took 350 airborne hours involving two aircraft; certification for the CFM56-5B6/2-equipped variant was granted in April 1996, and the qualification for the V2524-A5 started the following month.[15]

Delivery of the first A319, to Swissair, took place on 25 April 1996, entering service by month's end.[15] In January 1997, an A319 broke a record during a delivery flight by flying 3,588 nautical miles (6,645 km) on the great circle route to Winnipeg, Manitoba from Hamburg, in 9 hours 5 minutes.[15] The A319 has proved popular with low-cost airlines such as EasyJet, with 172 delivered.[1]

A total of 1,484 of the A319ceo (current engine option) model have been delivered.[1]


Lufthansa A319-100
French Air Force A319CJ
Qatar Airways A319LR


The A319CJ (rebranded ACJ319 "Elegance") is the corporate jet version of the A319. It incorporates removable extra fuel tanks (up to six additional Center Tanks) which are installed in the cargo compartment, and an increased service ceiling of 12,500 m (41,000 ft).[16] Range with eight passengers' payload and auxiliary fuel tanks (ACTs) is up to 6,000 nautical miles (11,100 km).[17][18] Upon resale, the aircraft can be reconfigured as a standard A319 by removing its extra tanks and corporate cabin outfit, thus maximising its resale value. It was formerly also known as the ACJ, or Airbus Corporate Jet, while starting with 2014 it has the marketing designation ACJ319.[citation needed]

The aircraft seats up to 39 passengers, but may be outfitted by the customers into any configuration. Tyrolean Jet Service Nfg. GmbH & CO KG, MJET and Reliance Industries are among its users. The A319CJ competes with other ultralarge-cabin corporate jets such as the Boeing 737-700-based Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and Embraer Lineage 1000, as well as with large-cabin and ultralong-range Gulfstream G650, Gulfstream G550 and Bombardier's Global 6000. It is powered by the same engine types as the A320. The A319CJ was used by the Escadron de Transport, d'Entraînement et de Calibration which is in charge of transportation for France's officials and also by the Flugbereitschaft of the German Air Force for transportation of Germany's officials. An ACJ serves as a presidential or official aircraft of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy,[19] Malaysia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

Starting from 2014, a modularized cabin version of the ACJ319, known as "Elegance", is also available. It is said to be able to lower cost and ease reconfiguration.[20]


The A319LR is the longer-range version of the A319. The typical range of the A319LR is increased up to 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) compared to the standard A319. Qatar Airways was the launch customer, receiving two A319-100LRs,[21] PrivatAir received two A319LRs in 2003,[22] and Eurofly acquired two in 2005.[23]


Main article: Airbus A320neo family

Airbus A319neo prototype at Toulouse–Blagnac Airport.

The A319neo is the shortest variant of the Airbus A320neo family of airliners developed since December 2010 by Airbus,[24] with the suffix "neo" meaning "new engine option". It is the last step of the A320 Enhanced (A320E) modernisation programme, which was started in 2006. The A319neo replaces the original A319, which is now referred to as A319ceo, for "current engine option".

In addition to the new engines, the modernisation programme also included such improvements as: aerodynamic refinements, large curved winglets (sharklets), weight savings, a new aircraft cabin with larger hand luggage spaces, and an improved air purification system.[25][26] Customers will have a choice of either the CFM International LEAP-1A or the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

These improvements in combination are predicted to result in 15% lower fuel consumption per aircraft, 8% lower operating costs, reduced noise production, and a reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by at least 10% compared to the A320 series, as well as an increase in range of approximately 500 nautical miles (900 km).[27]

The A319neo is the least popular variant of the Airbus A320neo family, with total orders for only 61 aircraft placed as of 30 September 2023, compared with 4,234 for the A320neo and 5,422 for the A321neo.[1]

Military variants

A319 MPA

The Airbus A319 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) is a military derivative of the Airbus A319. Development was announced in 2018[28] by Airbus Defence and Space[29] to compete against the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, which is a derivative aircraft of the Boeing 737 manufactured in the United States.

A319 OH

The new observation platform A319OH which means "Offener Himmel" (meaning "Open Sky") is equipped with electro-optical sensors, an EO-S/digital camera and an infrared sensor (IR-S). It is based on an A319CJ from Lufthansa Technik.[30]

This aircraft is designed for the German Air Force which uses it to perform surveillance missions as part of the Treaty on Open Skies. Twenty missions are planned every year by the German Air Force, and it is offered for lease by to other countries who want to conduct such mission without the appropriate equipment.


Main article: List of Airbus A320 family operators

As of March 2024, 1,359 Airbus A319 aircraft (1342 ceo+17 neo) were in service with 90 operators, with American Airlines and EasyJet operating the largest A319 fleets of 133 and 96 aircraft respectively. The A319 is the most popular variant of the Airbus A320 family to be operated by governments and as executive and private jets, with 84 aircraft in operation in these capacities as of 2024.[1]

Orders and deliveries

See also: List of Airbus A320 orders

Orders Deliveries
Type Total Backlog Total 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
A319ceo 1,486 2 1,484 2 3 4 8 3 4
A319neo 67 50 17 7 6 2 2
(A319) (1,553) (52) (1,501) (0) (7) (6) (4) (3) (6) (8) (3) (4)
Type 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
A319ceo 24 34 38 38 47 51 88 98 105 137 142 87 72 85 89 112 88 53 47 18
(A319) (24) (34) (38) (38) (47) (51) (88) (98) (105) (137) (142) (87) (72) (85) (89) (112) (88) (53) (47) (18)

Data as of May 2024.[1]

Accidents and incidents

Main article: Accidents and incidents involving the Airbus A320 family

As of May 2022, there have been 23 aviation accidents and incidents involving the Airbus A319,[31] including five hull-loss accidents.[32] No fatal accidents have been recorded involving the aircraft type.[33]

Preserved aircraft

Photograph Registration Model Build date First flight Last flight Operator Location Status Notes Refs.
I-EEZQ A319-112 1996 April 26th, 1996 September 2011 Kirklees College, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England On static display Named "Bachenbülach" by Swissair. Named "Vancouver" by Mexicana. Preserved as a Cabin Trainer. [34]
5N-FND A319-113 1997 January 13th, 1997 August 17th, 2016 Supreme Continental Hotels and Resort, Ilora, Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria On static display Named "Endurance" by First Nation Airways. Preserved as a restaurant. [35]
CS-TTE A319-111 1998 April 23rd, 1998 November 24th, 2020 TAP Air Portugal Cardington Studios, Cardington, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom On static display Named "Francisco d’Ollanda". Preserved as a prop at Cardington Studios. [36]


Planform view of an Airbus A319-100
Airbus A319[2]
Cockpit crew Two
Exit limit 160[37] / 150[38]
1-class max. seating 156 at 28–30 in (71–76 cm) pitch[39]
1-class, typical 134 at 32 in (81 cm) pitch[39]
2-class, typical 124 (8F @ 38 in, 116Y @ 32 in)[39]
Cargo capacity 27.7 m3 (980 cu ft)
Unit load devices 4× LD3-45
Length 33.84 m (111 ft 0 in)
Wheelbase 11.04 m (36 ft 3 in)
Track 7.59 m (24 ft 11 in)
Wingspan 35.8 m (117 ft 5 in) [c]
Wing area 122.4 m2 (1,318 sq ft)[40]
Wing sweepback 25 degrees[40]
Tail height 11.76 m (38 ft 7 in)
Cabin width 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
Fuselage width 3.95 m (13 ft 0 in)
Fuselage height 4.14 m (13 ft 7 in)
Operating empty weight (OEW) 40.8 t (90,000 lb)
Maximum zero-fuel weight (MZFW) 58.5 t (129,000 lb)
Maximum landing weight (MLW) 62.5 t (138,000 lb)
Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) 75.5 t (166,000 lb)
Cruising speed Mach 0.78 (829 km/h; 515 mph)[41]
Maximum speed Mach 0.82 (871 km/h; 541 mph)
Range, typical payload[d] 3,750 nmi (6,940 km; 4,320 mi)[c]
ACJ range 6,000 nmi (11,100 km; 6,900 mi)[42]
Takeoff (MTOW, SL, ISA) 1,850 m (6,070 ft)[42]
Landing (MLW, SL, ISA) 1,360 m (4,460 ft)[42]
Fuel capacity 24,210–30,190 L (6,400–7,980 US gal)
Service ceiling 39,100–41,000 ft (11,900–12,500 m)[37]
Engines (×2) CFM56-5B, 68.3 in (1.73 m) fan
IAE V2500A5, 63.5 in (1.61 m) fan
Thrust (×2) 98–120 kN (22,000–27,000 lbf)


Aircraft Model Certification Date Engines[37]
A319-111 10 April 1996 CFM56-5B5 or 5B5/P
A319-112 10 April 1996 CFM56-5B6 or 5B6/P or 5B6/2P
A319-113 31 May 1996 CFM56-5A4 or 5A4/F
A319-114 31 May 1996 CFM56-5A5 or 5A5/F
A319-115 30 July 1999 CFM56-5B7 or 5B7/P
A319-131 18 December 1996 IAE Model V2522-A5
A319-132 18 December 1996 IAE Model V2524-A5
A319-133 30 July 1999 IAE Model V2527M-A5

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists


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