Air­lines play safe with A320Neo, lighten load

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Mum­bai: The core prob­lem that led to the ground­ing of the Boe­ing 737 MAX world­wide has sur­faced on the Air­bus 320Neo as well. Both these air­craft have a ten­dency to pitch the nose up ex­ces­sively to an un­safe de­gree dur­ing cer­tain stages of flight.

The big dif­fer­ence, though, is that un­like Boe­ing 737 MAX, A320Neo has never had an ex­ces­sive pitch prob­lem dur­ing flights. The prob­lem came up re­cently only dur­ing lab­o­ra­tory test­ing car­ried out by the Euro­pean air­craft man­u­fac­turer. But a wary Euro­pean Union avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor, which had cer­ti­fied the A320Neo safe to fly, has is­sued an in­terim di­rec­tive ask­ing air­lines to load the A320Neo

in such a man­ner that the tailend stays com­par­a­tively lighter. This is the rea­son air­lines such as Lufthansa and British Air­ways have re­cently be­gun to leave the last row of six seats va­cant on their A320Neo.

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