Airlines play safe with A320Neo, lighten load
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.