The Airbus A320 is the third type of passenger aircraft designed by Airbus. It is also the most popular aircraft model of the manufacturer.The A320 series has two variants, the A320-100 and A320-200. The A320-200 is the definitive version as only 21 A320-100s were ever produced; these aircraft, the first to be manufactured, were delivered only to Air Inter, an airline later acquired by Air France and British Airways (as a result of an order from British Caledonian Airways made prior to its acquisition by British Airways) and are the only A320s that lack the distinctive wingtip fences. The A320-200 features wingtip fences and increased fuel capacity over the A320-100 for increased range; other than that differences are minimal. The last 5 A320-100 aircraft, operated by British Airways, were disposed of at the end of 2007. Typical range with 150 passengers for the A320-200 is about 2,900 nautical miles (5,400 km). It is powered by two CFMI CFM56-5 or IAE V2500 with thrust ratings between 25,500 to 27,000 pounds force (113 kN to 120 kN).
The direct Boeing competitor is the 737-800.