Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of navy warships
Icon of a dollar sign
Icon of military officer saluting

Airbus A319

Narrow-Body, Short-to-Medium Route Passenger Jet Airliner

Airbus A319

Narrow-Body, Short-to-Medium Route Passenger Jet Airliner


The Airbus A319 airliner product has proven itself a commercial success for the French company and is an offshoot of the existing A320 passenger-hauling line.
National Flag Graphic
ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 1996
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Airbus - France
OPERATORS: Aruba; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bhutan; Brazil; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Chile; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cyprus; Ecuador; El Salvador; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; India; Iran; Italy; Ivory Coast; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Libya; Lithuania; Macedonia; Malta; Mauritius; Moldova; Myanmar; Namibia; Panama; Pakistan; Portugal; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Slovenia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Zimbabwe

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus A319 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 111.06 feet (33.85 meters)
WIDTH: 117.45 feet (35.8 meters)
HEIGHT: 38.55 feet (11.75 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 90,004 pounds (40,825 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 166,008 pounds (75,300 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x CFM International CFM56 OR IAE V2500 series turbofan engines offering between 22,000lb and 27,000lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 541 miles-per-hour (870 kilometers-per-hour; 470 knots)
RANGE: 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers; 3,780 nautical miles)
CEILING: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)


Series Model Variants
• A319 - Base Series Designation
• A319CJ - Corporate variant seating 39.
• ACJ319 - Rebranding of A319CJ
• A319neo - "New Engine Option" model with support for CFM LEAP or PW1100G engine series.
• A319MPA - Proposed Maritime Patrol Platform for military service.
• A319LR - Long-range model reaching out to 4,500 nautical miles.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus A319 Narrow-Body, Short-to-Medium Route Passenger Jet Airliner.  Entry last updated on 4/5/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
Airbus of France introduced their key A320 airliner product in 1988 by way of air carrier Air France and the family has since grown the critical product line to include the short-hull A318, short-hull A319, and stretched A321 offshoots. All have been designed around the capability to reach short-to-medium ranged destinations through a twin-engine approach. The A319, the focus of this article, is designed as a short-hulled version of the base A320 and can haul up to 160 passengers in multi-class seating to ranges reaching 4,000 miles. The A319 series has become a commercially successful product for Airbus with nearly 1,500 examples built to date (mid-2018).

Very little has changed in the A319 when comparing it to the original A320 beyond its shortened hull. The type was devised to counter the market grip of the Boeing 737-300 and 737-700 series jets. This involved a reduction in overall length by removal of seven sections of hull - thereby reducing length by just over 12 feet. The powerplant of choice became 2 x CFM56-5A or V2500-A5 series turbofan engines. The result is an aircraft which retained the exceptional passenger- and cargo-hauling qualities of the A320 though now with added range.

The finalized aircraft was rolled out in August of 1995 and a first-flight was recorded on August 25th of that year. Certification was granted in April of the following year. SwissAir was the launch customer in April of 1996.

As designed, the A319 carries a flight crew of two (not counting support staff) and can seat between 150 and 160 passengers depending on seating and class arrangement (one or two classes). Overall length is 111 feet with a wingspan of 117.4 feet and a height of 38.6 feet. Empty weight is 90,000lb against a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 166,000lb.

Power is from 2 x CFM International CFM56 or IAE V2500 series turbofan engines providing between 22,000lb and 27,000lb of thrust each unit. These are mounted in nacelles found under each wing mainplane. Maximum speed is 540 miles per hour with cruising closer to 515mph. Range with a standard loadout is 3,750 miles (it is capable of crossing each ocean on both of America's coasts). Its service ceiling can reach 41,000 feet.

The A319 sub-family of jets consists of several variants all its own (that is, apart from the A320 line). This includes the A319CJ (now ACJ319) corporate-minded hauler with seating for thirty-nine, the A319neo (New Engine Option) modernization product (offering CFM International or Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines), the proposed A319 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) over-water military platform (intended to compete with the Boeing P-8 "Poseidon"), and the A319LR (Long-Range) extended range model.

Deliveries of the A319 have tapered off considerably since they began in 1996 (eighteen were delivered that year compared to just two in 2018). Peak deliveries occurred in 2005 with 142 finding homes with various air carriers and, the following year, a further 137 were brought online. At least thirty A319neo models are on order though this variant in the "neo" line have now seen the market interest that the A320 and A321 have casting some doubt as to its future.


December 2018 - The CFM International LEAP-1A-engined A319neo has received its European (EASA) and American (FAA) airspace type certification paving the way for formal operations involving the type to begin in 2019.

Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

Image of collection of graph types

Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (541mph).

Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Airbus A319's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production (1,469)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

Altitude Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.

Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map Site content ©2003-, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo