DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
B6 are receiving 2 A320's per month to my current knowledge, but that is old information (has to be a few months old), so maybe someone can update us on that. B6 wants Airbus to research what is known as the A320-500 series. The aircraft will basically be a lengthened A320. I think their point of view in this is that they do not want the capacity of the A320, but rather something with a few more seats and more range than an A320-200. More range? This is something that has posed a question in my mind too as they are able to complete JFK-LGB and SEA which is a pretty long haul for an A320. The only reasoning I could see in giving it extended range is that less stress would be put on the aircraft in that you can distibute the fuel to another tank within the aircraft instead of having the wings full to the brim, and if needed can extend their routes to some destinations in Canada and Mexico. I haven't heard anything on this issue as of recent though.
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DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3295 times:
I asked about the A320.5 a few months ago on A.net and got a response saying that Airbus has formally said they will not build it, especially for just one airline. I didn't know Jetblue wanted increased range though. . .makes sense I guess.
Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
Why not take a page out of Easyjet's book and take out a lav so you can fit an extra few rows? Airbus does need to develop an aircraft that bridges the capacity gap between the A320 and the A321; Boeing has nearly got the gap between the 737 and the 757-200 bridged with the 737-900. I think there would be a broader market for the A320-500, not only from exsisting A320 customers, but also from A319 customers as well.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
I think once Airbus gets to developing a "NG" version of the A320 in some years (probably after the development of the A380 has finished in the last third of this decade), they'll make the A320 a bit bigger, probably up to the capacity of the B738. Until then, I doubt Airbus will move. After all, there currently is no need to come up with something new.
ONT 737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 594 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2831 times:
I was talking to an Airbus lobbyist in DC and asked him if they would consider making the A320.5 jetBlue has mentioned. He just replied "It depends on how many they are talking about." I would be suprised to see it actually happen though. But that is the least on my mind, I have a job interview with them on Monday
Cloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
I suspect that two other reasons for not building the A320.5 in come in to play.
1. Airbus knows that Jetblue is pretty much locked in to the A320 series. Even Jetblue's orders for A320.5 will likely only come at the expense of the A320.
2.Airbus likely payed a considerable price to lock JetBlue in, by taking less of a profit per plane. They don't want to waste this money.
This is like Airtran and the 717-300. The main reason the 717-300 may be built and the 320.5 probably won't is that Airtran can credibly threaten to go to a competitor. And, as has been mentioned before, only Jetblue seems to want the 320.5 while there are many airlines who may order the 717 just because the -300 is available.