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The Airbus A320 is a short-to-medium range commercial passenger airliner manufactured by Airbus SAS. The Airbus Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. Airbus A-320 flew for the first time in February 22, 1987 and first delivered in 1988. The A320 pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems in a commercial aircraft. With more than 3,000 aircraft of the A320 family built, it is the second best selling jet airliner family of all time, after the family's primary competition, the Boeing 737. The A320 Airbus features a computerized on-board maintenance system. The avionics systems are designed for easy upgrade without major rework. With the exception of the very earliest A320's, most can be upgraded to the latest avionics standards, keeping the aircraft advanced even after almost 2 decades in service. Also integral to the A320 is the advanced electronic flight deck; with six fully integrated EFIS colour displays and innovative side stick controllers rather than conventional control columns. The A320 also employs a relatively high percentage of composite materials compared to earlier designs. Two engines are offered, the CFM56 and IAE V2500. The A-320 has seating for 150 to 179 passengers, these accommodated in a wider cabin than most single-aisle aircraft, allowing for far greater comfort and the ability to take standard baggage containers. Typical cruising speed of the Airbus A-320 is Mach 0.8 with a range of 3,270 miles with 150 passengers and luggage.