AZMD80 From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5416 times:
On many magazine, and also on the airbus site, still some times ago, I'we red about new variant of the A 330. What's about a 330 -500/600, with longer range and streched fuselage? Couldn't it fill the gaap in comparison with the new improved version of the B777.
And what about a shortest version, tha could replace A 300 and 310, officilay still in production, but otu of the passeger market?
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5320 times:
Airbus offered a shrunken 330 dubbed the 330-500 to Singapore Airlines. Similarly, Boeing offered a 777 shrink to Singapore. SQ was not interested in either.
The problem with a further 330 shrink is that it would be a heavy (and hence inefficient) aircraft as an A300/310 replacement. For this reason, shrinks tend not to do well; witness the 747SP, 737-600, MD-87, A318, L1011-500.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5270 times:
There are always rumours about these things, and some are bound to be true. One I'd particularly like to see would be a shorter version A330, somewhere between A320 family and A330-200/300 a/c in terms of PAX capacity and range, for a 767 replacement...
VSGirl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5187 times:
A number of British charter airlines would like to see a replacement for the Boeing 767 sized aircraft. One of them would be Britannia Airways... Even though Boeing has the B753 Britannia as with some other airlines do not see this as a replacement for the B762...
Trent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3963 times:
I'm sure Airbus could quite easily modernize the A300/310 to be a suitable replacement of itself; updated wing, new engines, f-b-w etc, etc. In my opinion the A300 is still a lovely aircraft to fly in.
VivaGunners From Italy, joined Oct 2000, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3592 times:
Trent got reason, Airbus could and should launch
A300 next-generation. Many airlines wouold use that plane, think about LH TG KE JL CI and chinese carriers. That would be the prerfect plane for them all.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2481 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3471 times:
"But could Airbus maybe tweak a new version of the A300 to be just as efficient? (as the 7E7)" "They think they could."
I seriously doubt they really think this, though they may be saying it to deflect Boeing claims for the 7E7. As with the A332 to the long-range 7E7 Stretch, it'll be tons heavier than the 7E7 Short-Range. Giving it advanced engines will help but not enough. Replacing much of its' existing alloy structure with composites, as well as redoing the wing will help a lot more but be such a major redesign, it would probably be more cost-effective to go to a brand new airplane that could truly compete on even terms with the 7E7. I don't know why this argument of 'tweaking' existing variants always comes up; as with Boeing's lame claims for its' aborted 747X vs. the all-new A380, no existing A300/330 can be as efficient as the 7E7 if THAT airplane meets Boeing claims. They may get closer with new engines but not a match. It's typical manufacturer's counter-marketing claims, that's all. I'm sure Airbus WILL field an all-new, largely composite-bodied competitor to replace the A300/310 and perhaps also the A332 in markets targeted by the 7E7 as soon as they can, after the A380 overhead is behind them. The recent Aviation Week article, "Boeing Bets On Long Haul", said Airbus's next goal is to develop a successor to the A300-600R in the 300 seat category to enter service no earlier than 2012. Though Airbus says no A330 replacement is coming, I'm not sure I buy that. To admit that would devalue the current aircraft in the market. Believe me, Airbus won't waste time and money on a half-hearted effort.
AZMD80 From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
I fly one times on a TAP A310 from LIS to SAL, and one times LH from FRA to Berlin, I don't remember which airport.
I find this planes very confortable and not "old". I think is very similar (not only the fuselage that is the same, but also the sound, the interior, seat, comfort at all) to new 330 series.
It's anly lack in PVT but many airlines doesn't put it on economy class on new planes too.
I think it can be a grat task to improve and modernze this aircraft. The prodiction line is still opened, so it could be also not too expansive.
Lhr001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3286 times:
Having been a crew member and worked on the A310, A300, and 777... Hands down the A310 is the best! The size is perfect for short hops or low-demand long haul services. If I recall correctly Aerolineas Argentinas used the A310 nonstop from EZE-JFK back in the late 1990's. Royal Jordanian used it from New York to Amsteram and many other airlines as well have found the aircraft to be efficient and very cost effective. The design makes for a splendid First and Business class cabin. The 777 is very nice and spacious... However, it is very, very expensive in comparisson to the current A340 and A330 variants being offered. Dont forget that non of the U.S. airlines have made use of the 777-300 as well! This variant seems to be only effective in the Middle East and Asia!
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3244 times:
The A330-500 shrink project, to replace the A300/310, was actually several projects; first, a simple shrink of the A332 was offered - that proposal was quickly rejected by LH as the result was a super long range aircraft and LH was far more interested in a large capacity aircraft to fly between FRA and MUN. Next, the A330 cockpit was merged with the A300, and of course some systems updated to the new A330 standard (there were other issues, nothing is that simple) but SQ was totally underwhelmed by the result. A final approach was a slightly shortened A332 fuselage with a new wing (based on the older A300 design) and new engines....according to rumor, this proposal almost got off the ground but its timing was wrong as the airline industry was already suffering its major downturn and SQ had already extended its 777 program to replace A310s.
Airbus will come up with something at some point to bridge the gap between the A321 and the A332, especially for shorter haul markets, as this segment may become important as pax numbers rise and frequency cannot be increased due to airport slot limitations. I still think that the solution will be a wide-body type......Boeing's very good and very economical 753, which should have done better in the market place and could have replaced older large airliners on shorter-haul routes, was not successful due to its single aisle, long fuselage layout....passengers (especially those in Asia) prefer high capacity aircraft to be widebody and there was much concern about the time it takes to unload/load a narrow body airliner.
AZMD80 From Italy, joined Nov 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3051 times:
Todaj on JP4, an italian aviation magazine, I've red that there are rumors from Airbus to launch the A30X or A305 program.
It schuld be an improved version (fly by Wire, composite , new engine ) of the 300- 310 and not a short 330.