Airbus Industrie this week launched the newest member of its airliner family, the 95 117 seat A318.
Full industrial go-ahead by Airbus’s supervisory board is expected by the end of the year.
British Aerospace will build the wings for the A318 at its Chester and Filton plants. The only engine now on offer for the aircraft is the Pratt & Witney 6000, but other engines could be offered in future, such as the BMW Rolls-Royce.
The A318 is a smaller version of the A319, previously the smallest member of the Airbus family.
The aircraft will probably be built at the Hamburg plant where other A320 family airliners are built. Airbus said there is a demand for 1,000 new 100 seater aircraft over the next 20 years. The consortium is aiming for 50% of this market.