Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6513 times:
Again, the A318 is not really meant to be a competitor to any RJ in the 100 seat range. the A318 is designed for long thin routes up to 5000kms hauling 100 pax as opposed to the like of B717, Embraer 190/195 or the sort whose missions are to do many many cycles in one day on short hops.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6039 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6379 times:
Yes, the A318s tail is so much larger that, in fact, Frontier will not be able to use several of it's gates at home hub Denver airport. You may have seen the pics of the 319's taxying under the "only walkway over an active taxiway in the world." Well, someone on this board said a few days ago that the 318 won't fit under the walkway.
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 26235 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6190 times:
There's a simple reason why Airbus made the tail bigger - so Frontier's "critters" would look good.
And yes, it would fit under the airbridge - tightly. The clearance is 42 feet. The A318 tail is six inches less than that. So they're not going to risk it - for the moment - but simply park the planes on the north side of the terminal.
Will it be a "niche" aircraft? Maybe. But hey, nothing wrong with "niche" aircraft.
Or does everything have to be the same these days?
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10182 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5766 times:
Maybe US Airways order for regional jets has to do with the A318 being a new aircraft of which the operating stats are not available. The ERJ and CRJ have proven themselves as being good regional jets, whereas the A318 still has to prove itself (it's not a true regional jet). All Airbus aircraft have full cockpit commonality, including the A318 which belongs in the A320 family. As AirbusLover already stated, the A318 is not meant as a direct competitor to other regional jets, such as the ERJ and CRJ. The A318 is a heavier aircraft with a bigger range, whereas the reigonal jets usually fly shorter sectors.
BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5622 times:
I take it the A318 is based completely on the A320 cross-section and thus will be able to accomodate the cargo containers that its competitors can't? Its not really my particular area of expertise, but would this not be an advantage?