Spectre242 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 9 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1370 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.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1333 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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Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1304 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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N-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1234 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?