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A380: Could It Get Any Bigger? (conjectural Image)  
User currently offlineSimProgrammer From France, joined Aug 2004, 193 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

The A319 was developed, we saw it stretched into the A320 and A321 variants as Airbus like to build them in families.

If the present A380 we are seeing in the assembly halls today is the A319 of the super jumbo family, what’s the A321 of the family going to look like?



Could this be possible with the current wing and airframe design and look like a larger A340 500?

How many pax, how far? LHR SYD non stop? Penny for your thoughts please,

Airbus rubbished the idea in an email (in french)



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7089 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

Now that just LOOKS rediculous. I thought the A380 was ugly, but this one tops it  Big grin

User currently offlineFanatic From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Well, I was going to say that the picture looks much more like an A340 airframe than an A380. There are already several variants of the A380 planned and none would appear to be this drastic in changes. Wouldn't the centre of gravity be a little off, if this picture were of a real airplane?


Sam, Aviation & Car Fanatic
User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 637 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

The A319 was developed, we saw it stretched into the A320 and A321 variants

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but wasn't the A320 the base model for the A320-family?



It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
User currently offlineFanatic From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

Yes, it was, NZblue. I was going to raise that but thought it to be nit-picking.  Big grin The A380 therefore is the A320 equivalent as it were. However, I don't think we'll be seeing any A379's or A381's! Infact, it's a rather odd designation system that Airbus uses for the A320 family!


Sam, Aviation & Car Fanatic
User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 637 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

I didn't mean for it to be nit-picking, of course! I just wanted to make sure!
Thanks  Smile



It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6389 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Neither Airbus nor Boeing has ever produced a jet airliner which hasn't been either stretched or shrunk or both.

DC-8, DC-9, DC-10 including later MD variants are no different. Same goes with Comet, Caravelle, 1-11, Tristar, BAe-146/ARJ, Fokker-70/-100. Etc.

There is no reason to assume that the A380 should stay as a unique exception produced in one variant only.

But like the B757 it may easily last many years until we see another variant.

Jet airliners produced in one length only:
Concorde
VFW-614
VC-10
Mercure
Dornier 328 Jet
and several Soviet/Russian types.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineBCal From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Prebennorholm

Jetliners produced in one length only - VC10

There was the Standard VC10 and the Super VC10 - see the following extract from a.net statistics pages

Studies into a higher capacity version of the VC10 were instigated early in the development programme. The result of this, the longer and more economical Super VC10 was eventually only ordered by BOAC and East African Airways.




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User currently offlineJran225 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 308 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

Hey Preben,

I was looking through the aircraft that you said have been either streched or shrunk and I noticed the DC-10 in that list. I have never noticed any difference in size between the -10, -15, -30 and -40. Only differences that I know of are the engine types and the mtows...please correct me if I am incorrect! Smile

Regards,
-Omar S.



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User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 1998 times:
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Im not sure maybe someone can correct me if im wrong also but doesnt the convair 880 and 990 fall into that basket.



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User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months ago) and read 1989 times:


Ok, maybe you could stretch it...but where the hell you gonna fly it to??



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