Cloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 639 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
Quoting Vega (Reply 1): These are the current delivery schedules. They do not include the 2 Swiss to be leased (via ILFC) 332s (2008 or 2009), or the several A340s for China which should be available sometime in 2008:
Cloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 639 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
Quoting Flighty (Reply 11): US has ordered about 36 A321 to replace their domestic 757s. US 757s have already begun operating with freighter companies. They will no doubt keep 15-20 of them for ETOPS oceanic flights, though
Thanks for the response.
I heard the 321 is a poor man's replacement for the 757, because the latter has better operating characteristics in operating in hot and high conditions like PHX and LAS.
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 7502 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
Quoting Cloud4000 (Reply 12): because the latter has better operating characteristics in operating in hot and high conditions like PHX and LAS.
I imagine they will have some issues, yes. US (east) uses the 757 at LAS extensively right now. Can the A321 do the job, probably yes. After all, US configured its 757 with 8F expressly for markets like LAS. So it may not be operational necessity that they operate there, just marketing reasons.
PHX has seen plenty of A321 operations. Seems to work out. PHX-BOS would be a real stretch during winters, however. Maybe Airbus has improved the A321 slightly since US's early batch. With another 200 miles of range, the A321 would fully replace US's 757-domestic without a problem. It is only the Hawaii and Europe flights that the A321 really cannot hope to fly (and EGE, as noted).
US's A321 seems to hold 169 pax, but there were rumors of reconfig up to 180 or so. That's a 757 load. Performance and climb will never be 757 quality, but the A321 burns less fuel no matter how you dice it. Don't have any data handy, but I think around 15% less fuel burn.