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Airbus A318 Elite Sells Well  
User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4160 posts, RR: 36
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6494 times:

According to Fight International the A318 Elite is becoming some kind of hot-seller, which has racked up 26 orders and commitments for this bird since launch in November. Each bird is priced at 45 million USD... which means that this bird has already secured 1.1 billion USD in future turn-over for Airbus.

It appears that offering the A318 Elite has spurred interest in the A319CJ as well, with Comlux, launch customer for the A318 Elite taking one A319 in the near future as well.


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User currently offlinePavlin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6493 times:

26 orders in 4 months. It is almost like A320

User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6311 times:

Is there a technical reason why the 318 can't be fitted with the tankage to get the equivalent range (or more) of the 319CJ?


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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 6188 times:

Quoting Voodoo (Reply 2):
Is there a technical reason why the 318 can't be fitted with the tankage to get the equivalent range (or more) of the 319CJ?

The reason given was the difficulty of putting the ACTs thru the rear cargo door. There are studies for custom-sized tanks. I believe a fixed belly tank is feasible for those users who don't require much flexibility.



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User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6073 times:

I think it's a good idea to have created the A318 Elite... It could be bought by governments as well... I'm sure they will add new tanks as the demand increase...
Does these babybuses use the purpose-developed PW's? I'd guess so.

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User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5995 times:

Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 4):
Does these babybuses use the purpose-developed PW's? I'd guess so.

Yes the PW6000 will be an option on the A318Elite.

http://www.stockhouse.com/news/news.asp?tick=UTX&newsid=3403101

RE: PW6000 Engines To Be Offered On The A318 Elite. (by OyKIE Jan 26 2006 in Civil Aviation)#ID2572587

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User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
the A318 Elite is becoming some kind of hot-seller, which has racked up 26 orders

Beats me. I have logged only 10 commitments so far: 3 + 2 from Comlux and 5 from National Air Services, of which only 3 from Comlux are confirmed orders.
Any suggestions?


User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5713 times:

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
According to Fight International the A318 Elite is becoming some kind of hot-seller,

Maybe helped in part by the Lufthansa-Technik reveal? http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...nsa+Technik+reveal+A318+Elite.html
In a sense, most of the liabilities attributed to the airliner version like heavy structure, huge wings, too much range, large engines, etc. have been turned into assets which made the ELITE possible. It's how well those attributes could be further parlayed which would make the A318 ELITE a truly global corporate/ government machine. However, there's at least one A.netter here who doesn't have faith in their own product, but won't, understandably, share his reasons.

[Edited 2006-03-28 23:49:15]


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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5659 times:

Quoting Breiz (Reply 6):
I have logged only 10 commitments so far: 3 + 2 from Comlux and 5 from National Air Services,

Old news item on Airbus site shows 3+3 for Comlux, 5+5 for NAS and another 5 undisclosed. Maybe there were some more since that time which FI know of?



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User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

Quoting WINGS (Reply 5):
Yes the PW6000 will be an option on the A318Elite

I know but I meant: Do the new A318 Elite customers all get PW's as they are the most efficient engines?

Ciao
Joe


User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 90
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5355 times:
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Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 8):
Old news item on Airbus site shows 3+3 for Comlux, 5+5 for NAS and another 5 undisclosed. Maybe there were some more since that time which FI know of?

DEVILFISH those are the exact numbers that I have too therefore I feel that some further commitments have been made which FI know about but have yet to be publicly announced by Airbus.

Of note, the 5 undisclosed are for a Corporation so I feel they would not have 5 options attached in which case 26 would be the number of commitments that they would have.

On another note, I feel Airbus made a good decision by going ahead with the A318 Elite as it fills a niche in the Corporate Jet sector well and compliments the A319CJ. It also has provided a good hegde for airlines which previously commited to the model but converted to the A319 for various reasons. IB being a good example of this. They get to maintain the orders and Corporate Jets usually don't sell for discounts to the same degree as "bulk" orders from airlines which means Airbus stand a better chance of retaining a greater return on such sales.

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User currently offlineBlueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3941 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5320 times:
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Quoting JoeCattoli (Reply 9):
Do the new A318 Elite customers all get PW's as they are the most efficient engines?

No. As example, the last officially acknowledged order says the customer chose CFM56 engines.



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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 10):
On another note, I feel Airbus made a good decision by going ahead with the A318 Elite as it fills a niche in the Corporate Jet sector well and compliments the A319CJ. It also has provided a good hegde for airlines which previously commited to the model but converted to the A319 for various reasons.

After reading about it in AI when Airbus was trying to secure enough commitments to launch the A318, I sent a message through their website suggesting that they also come up with a business version of the A318 with the same range as the ACJ, to more quickly achieve the magic number - 100. I cited the smaller conglomerates/nations who could not quite stretch to the A319 to support the idea, and concluded the message saying that an unwelcome outcome of a successful A318 corporate/presidential jet might be to kill off the ACJ altogether. I doubt if the message got any higher than the webmaster. They must have scoffed at my audacity, but I think they also didn't want that to happen and didn't want to be seen as releasing a "smaller" competitor. Later, Boeing was to announce a "range of business jets." I also remember reading Egypt Air as one of the launch airlines for the A318 with 3, but don't know what became of it.



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User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 90
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5079 times:
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Hi DEVILFISH

Good on you for sending them a note expressing your views. I was surprised that they went with the smaller option and not an A320. Like Boeing with 73G to 738 BBJ1 & BBJ11 variants. But each to their own.

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 12):
I also remember reading Egypt Air as one of the launch airlines for the A318 with 3, but don't know what became of it.

It was a subsidiary, Air Cairo which ordered 6 last year but converted them to 4 x A320s instead on December 23rd (as listed on Airbus spreadsheet) but the announcement was made well before then. Though that could be a seperate commitment to that which you refer to. IIRC Egypt Air had placed an order for the A318 before but converted or cancelled.

I'm really not sure of the full details of that order though, where's Horus when we need him?  Smile

Either way, I feel the A318 Elite will do well in it's niche for the reasons stated above.

Regards, PanAm_DC10



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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5040 times:

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 13):
IIRC Egypt Air had placed an order for the A318 before but converted or cancelled.

Hi PanAm_DC10,

It's nice to know there's somebody else besides me who's rooting for the ELITE (just this A product) despite its shortcomings. It had no direct competition after Boeing stopped promoting the 736 as a business platform. But I really must wonder about the 100+ A318 airline launch commitments bruited about before. Do they seriously mean that majority of those just plain cancelled/converted or worse (for Airbus), switched to Boeing? How many have been delivered (AF, F9, Mexicana) and those still outstanding?

Best regards, mate!
DF



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User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 90
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4979 times:
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Hi DF

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 14):
But I really must wonder about the 100+ A318 airline launch commitments bruited about before

To be fair, and anyone can correct me, but that number was almost achieved. It's just that some carriers chose to convert to the A319 to meet growth requirements, such as IB and Air Cairo. Meanwhile, others have found it to be the right platform and continue to order such as AF which exercised 3 of 10 options last year and Frontier whom converted 6 x A319 to 4 x A318 & 2 x A320. Meanwhile LAN selected 20 firm so demand still exists.

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 14):
Do they seriously mean that majority of those just plain cancelled/converted or worse (for Airbus),

Yes some have been cancelled such as HPs 15, yet the majority, as previously mentioned, have been conversions. Some are the victim of Politics or Financing and their status has been deferred until a solution found. TAROMs 4 would be a good example of this.

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 14):
switched to Boeing?

I would not say switched to Boeing. In fact, as evidenced by LAN, the 736 has suffered from some campaign's at the A318s expense. LAN also have a good number of options on the A318

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 14):
How many have been delivered (AF, F9, Mexicana) and those still outstanding?

AF have ordered 18 and have 12 in operation with 7 remaining options*

MX have 10 in operation*

F9 have 10 on order (+4?) and 7 in operation*

Airbus list 82 firm orders with the NAS order and F9s Conversions yet to be listed. Of these they list 29 as delivered and in service.

Source: http://www.airbus.com/odxml/orders_and_deliveries.xls

* There are other, far more knowledgeable members than I whom may have more up to date information which would correct the numbers I have posted in good faith. As I know some of these numbers are not quite accurate and my files are at home. If you are one of them, clarification would be appreciated.

Anyway, hope that helps a little more Devilfish and it's good to have a civil discussion. Flying-Tiger, apologies for going OT a little.

Regards, PanAm_DC10



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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4935 times:

PanAm_DC10,

Thank you very much for all the information and the effort that went into it. Much obliged. I don't have the numbers either for I'm much too lazy too keep track of those, and have tired of skimming A's and B's order webpages as the more juicy stuff (like the unknown Elite orders) could not be found there.

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 15):
and it's good to have a civil discussion.

Some here may have a distaste for harmless banter, but I only joined to further my knowledge and enjoyment of aviation. And at my age, would like to believe I had already outgrown such juvenile aggressiveness.

Good night (here, that is)
DF



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User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4898 times:

Is A318 Elite like 738 (whichever model) BBJ?


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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4697 times:

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 17):
Is A318 Elite like 738 (whichever model) BBJ?

The 736 is the closest sizewise to the Elite, both being shrunk models. When Boeing was talking about a "range of BBJs" they were probably thinking 717, 736, BBJ, 738 and 739, not to mention the larger "flying palaces" . The 717 business jet never caught on because of its very short range. The 736BJ was dropped by Boeing last January due to lack of orders. Taiwan has a 738 govt VIP aircraft. Perhaps there already is a 739 BBJ on order which I'm not aware of.



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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 13):
I was surprised that they went with the smaller option and not an A320.

But they do have it on offer. It is called the A320 PRESTIGE. Maybe it is just because an order for it hasn't been received yet. Click the Corporate Jet Family on their website.



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User currently offlineMilan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 869 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4636 times:

Anyone know the list price of the A318 Elite? If I recall correctly the A319CJ sells for 35 Million USD Green.
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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4587 times:

Quoting Milan320 (Reply 20):
Anyone know the list price of the A318 Elite?



Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
Each bird is priced at 45 million USD.



Quoting Milan320 (Reply 20):
If I recall correctly the A319CJ sells for 35 Million USD Green.

That was way back when.....inflation and sharp increases in production costs, not to mention the urge to earn more profit, have driven up prices dramatically.

Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 10):
and Corporate Jets usually don't sell for discounts to the same degree as "bulk" orders from airlines

It could be that to sell more of this (A318) relatively less in-demand airframe, Airbus might discount the ELITE aggressively.



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User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

How far away are they from the price range of business jets like the GV and Lears and Dassaults and so?


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 22):
How far away are they from the price range of business jets like the GV and Lears and Dassaults and so?

Last time I found a comparison table, the ACJ and BBJ weren't much more expensive then other, smaller business jets. However, maintenance and fuel burn is a lot higher.



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User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 90
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4476 times:
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Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 16):
Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 15):
and it's good to have a civil discussion.

Some here may have a distaste for harmless banter, but I only joined to further my knowledge and enjoyment of aviation. And at my age, would like to believe I had already outgrown such juvenile aggressiveness.

Hi DF, in no way was my statement meant as comment or to imply that any of your posts had been of such a nature. It was recognition that I was indeed enjoying our discussion. I meant no offence and am here to learn too.

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 19):
But they do have it on offer. It is called the A320 PRESTIGE. Maybe it is just because an order for it hasn't been received yet. Click the Corporate Jet Family on their website.

Such as I just did sir, thank you for I had missed that link. Of note, IIRC, one of the reasons cited by Boeing for launching the BBJ11 was at the specific request of certain customers for more luggage space, amongst others. That said, IMO, I feel if it's on offer we may yet see an order shortly, any chance that some PRESTIGE models have been ordered though remain undisclosed? After all, people whom purchase these airplanes usually like to keep quiet about it.

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 21):
Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 10):
and Corporate Jets usually don't sell for discounts to the same degree as "bulk" orders from airlines

It could be that to sell more of this (A318) relatively less in-demand airframe, Airbus might discount the ELITE aggressively.

That could be considered a fair point though as you mention earlier the A318 is more in competition with the B736 of which Boeing offer no BBJ based model. With no competition from Boeing in this sector it might actually work to their advantage where they don't have to price the ELITE aggressively as they would have to. Just a thought.

Regards, PanAm_DC10



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25 Milan320 : Oops missed that .. thanks for pointing it out ...
26 Flying-Tiger : If I'm not mistaken there is at least one A320CJ already in operation for National Air Service (MEG region, should be Saudi Arabia). The A318 Elite mi
27 DEVILFISH : None taken, sorry if it appeared the opposite. And thank you too for a most pleasant exchange. So any chance of a German AF1 as discussed in MilAv?
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