Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Would An A318 Elite XLR Fly  
User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5561 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

I'm a layman long fascinated by airplanes who just paid 25 bucks to get hopefully, correct answers. I asked Airbus these questions soon after launch of the A318 was announced in the late 90s, and again last week after I've read that Boeing had given up promoting the 737-600 as a business aircraft:
"Could the A318's "heavy" structure (for its type) be parlayed to extend its range to, say 6,000 NM, by adding center tanks? What's the number of auxiliary tanks that could be accomodated, after allowing for 14 PAX + baggage, given the remaining lower hold space and MTOW? And is the ELITE's present range of 4,000 NM with 14-18 passengers just for basic fuel load?"

I got no answer the first time, maybe because I'm too insignificant, and last week they politely (condescendingly?) replied that such information was reserved for their operators and customers and not provided on the web. I thought the first time they were concerned that Boeing would beat them to the draw if it were known that they were planning a business configured A318, as the 736 was ready. Or it could be that my questions were plainly stupid and did not merit an answer? But now that B is out of the game, A is alone (can we count Br and E?) to exploit the market for entry-level, extra long- range, large bizjets, if indeed there is such a market.

First the hurdles. Should there be not many buyers, a one-off might not be worth a manufacturer's while, or be prohibitively expensive for the buyer, who also has to demonstrate ETOPs capability (even for unscheduled service?). If there are buyers, could the ELITE be ETOPs certified specially on trans-Pacific missions, or must the user settle for a halfway stop at HNL? I'm truly ignorant of the technicalities so if someone knowledgeable is so inclined or want to be amused, please educate me. Thank you.

"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Would An Airline Fly An RJ Over 4 Hours? posted Mon Aug 29 2005 15:42:59 by LUV4JFK
Another A318 Elite For Jetalliance posted Thu May 18 2006 17:15:36 by Scouseflyer
Airbus A318 Elite Sells Well posted Tue Mar 28 2006 11:05:29 by Flying-Tiger
A318 Elite Interior posted Thu Mar 16 2006 14:55:22 by KrisYYZ
PW6000 Engines To Be Offered On The A318 Elite. posted Tue Jan 24 2006 19:38:43 by WINGS
Airbus Get's Order For 5 More A318 Elite's posted Tue Dec 20 2005 22:03:41 by PanAm_DC10
Dilemma - Would You Pay £40 To Fly A 722? posted Sun Nov 20 2005 09:29:26 by Varig_dc10
Airbus Launches A318 Elite posted Thu Nov 10 2005 19:23:50 by Scbriml
Will An Airline Train To Fly An Engineer? posted Mon Jul 18 2005 04:16:26 by DekX
Would An Earlier 747ADV Launch Date Help? posted Thu May 19 2005 22:03:49 by JAM747