Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3169 times:
Airbus considers the 8 abreast (economy) fuselage width ideal (passengers seem to like it too) and it allows for 2 LD3 cargo containers to be carried side by side in the belly of the plane (airlines like that a lot), so Airbus standardized on fuselage width introduced on its first airliner, the A300B; effecient and practical.
Konrad From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
The 2-4-2 configuration is the absolute winner. This was a good call of Airbus to stick with it from the very beginning. As much as I love the 777s I don't particularly fancy the 3-3-3 nor the 2-5-2 arrangements.
Now allow me to be provocative. The Airbus lovers claim that the B737NG are nothing but a glorified 737-200 (new engines, new wings, new stuff). Could one turn the argument over saying that an A330 is nothing but an upgraded A300 from the 70s ?
(BTW sorry for the wrong thread title, I made a typing mistake - A300/321 instead of A300/310, it was corrected by the editor - appreciate it !)