New York: European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has informed existing customers about likely plans to upgrade engines on its best-selling A320 family of jets. Airbus has not committed itself to the move which is aimed at boosting fuel efficiency and easing pollution.
US Airways, a leading American customer, said Tuesday it would expect the Toulouse-based company to discuss the matter before adopting decisions on the proposed change.
US Airways has a large fleet of these single-aisle passenger jets.
Airbus and rival Boeing Co have said earlier they were considering commissioning new engines for their narrow-body jets.
According to US Airways officials, Airbus has presented the direction in which they wish to head but were yet to engage customers in any detailed discussions.
Airbus has let it be known that it hopes to decide sometime this year on making required changes in technology, which at best would be an interim measure in cutting emissions and saving fuel before an all-new generation of single-aisle jets, make their appearance in the next decade.