FLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7493 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13275 times:
With the A318, Airbus went technically to the maximum of possibilities in shrinking the original A320 (look all the problems they had with the vertical stabilizer etc...).
With an even smaller aircraft, Airbus would attack the regional market and would have to re-design a complete new airplane. This would need a big investment, impossible to make now with the huge A380 project.
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5282 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13220 times:
The planes were called AE316 and AE317. They were to be of an entirely new design, not another A318 shrink. The planes were planned to be designed in co-operation with the Chinese. Plans were dropped in favor of the A318.
Expressjetphx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 12584 times:
The A318 is already very hard to turn a profit on because of its high expenses and very low capacity. An A316 or A317 would be so small that Airbus would have to totally redisgn the aircraft because it would be virtually impossible to break even.