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A-320 vs B737NG: Engines?

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How does the thrust and size/model of the engines used for the A-320 and B73NG compare? Those on the Airbus a/c seem to be larger, and maybe this is just the fact that the wing is higher and the engine can be hung lower. Both a/c are similar (sizewise) otherwise, I think.Thanks,Bruce.

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I can only relate to the Airbus CFM motor.The base CFM 56-2 C1 is the standard engine core. Each operator builds theirengine, per say, to suit the carriers needs now and in the future.The A320 with CFM56-5-A1 is certified at 25,000lb T/O thrust. Component upgrades have improved fuel consumption by 17% at cruise.Thrust can grow beyond that in future upgrades. FADEC allows custom programed thrust ratings for perf. and fuel consumption.Hope this helps some.Jay

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Hi Jay,Thanks for your reply. I'm sure that the NG also has the CFM-56 series fitted. It may be just that the engine looks bigger on the Airbus, not sure why though.Thanks again,Bruce.

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Actually all the B737's except for the -200, which is JT8D powered, have the CFM56 on the wing.The Airbus just sits higher off the ground than the 737, so the design of the pylon and cowling on it.Jay

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