The Airbus A.320 is the major version of the A.320 series of narrow body airliners. It has proved very popular and almost 10,000 have been manufactured in factories in France, Germany, China and the United States.
Initial planning for the A.320 began in 1977 with the support of the French, British and West German governments to develop an airliner in competition with American manufacturers, Boeing and Douglas.
It was launched in March 1984 and the first A.320 made its first flight on 22 February 1987.
They began entering service in 1988 and 9.027 of all versions had been manufactured by September 2019.
It is offered in two engine types which offer similar performances.
Air New Zealand has 23 Airbus A.320s in its fleet in 2020, in both 168 seat international and 171 seat domestic configurations.
This model represents ZK-OAB flying with Air New Zealand in July 2017
Zvezda 1/144 kit with PAS Decals decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in July 2021.