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User currently offlineSpectre242 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1191 times:

I wasn't around when ever the A380 was launched, so I probably missed all the talk about the name, but would anyone kindly tell me what happened to A350, A360 and A370? Are these already designated to future aircraft projects? I have read quite a few articles and discussed iyt with some people and i have yet to find out a satisfactory reason.

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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 1154 times:

No one knows really what happened to these three desgnations. AFAIK, there are no other current projects at Airbus with the designations A350/A360/A370. Here is an explanation as to why the went for 380 (although I am not sure it holds that much water...):

350 - Not much a jump from previous technology (A340)

360 - Signifies a fulol circle, whereas the Super-Jumbo is something all-new, not a rehash

370 - 7 is an unlucky number in Chinese/Japanese languages (this doesnt address Boeing's lack of lack of sales for its 7x7 series)

Thus they chose 380, which has the following connotations:

8 is a lucky Asian number

80 is twice 40, A380 carries almost twice as much as A340

8 represents the double deck configuration.

Thats whats been written, anyway, but I doubt its validity...

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User currently offlineJohnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

if you take a closer look at the recent airbus-family, all planes have been developed in a "family-like" order, every addition featured new technologies and advances, but it was still a "family". the a-380 doesn´t fit that "family" anymore, because it´s a totally different design and plane. so a lower designation wouldn´t have implied such an evolution.


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User currently offlineNightfly From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

VirginFlyer is exactly right. Airbus told official that this is the reason for the name A380.

Best regards,

User currently offlineWishihadalife From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Maybe Airbus is admitting that they expect to have the 350/360/370 actually flying before the 380 even gets off the ground.

Call me a skeptic, but thats just the way it is.

User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Here's an interesting hypothesis for you that might've played into AB's decision...

Boeing's current highest-numbered airliner is the B777, and there's no B787 in sight. Could the "80" be to one-up the "77" in Boeing's jet?


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1575 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

The A380 will have basically the same cockpit. I'd say that's commonality

User currently offlineSpectre242 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

I was speaking with someone and we thought that perhaps they had a few other planes on the drawing board, like a A310 replacement, or even some sort of regional jet.

User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months ago) and read 1055 times:

If Airbus really wants an RJ, they could probably talk BAe into giving them Avro without even thinking about it. The RJX would be selling much more with the Airbus nameplate and, perhaps, cockpit commonality with the 320/330/340/380?

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