TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1083 times:
Hi to all,
I posted this question here several months ago, but no-one ever really answered, so I thought I'd give it another try...
Boeing uses airline order codes with their aircraft, e.g. a B737-200 destined for Sabena would be B737-229. I was wondering whether the same thing goes for the codes in the Airbus models, e.g. A340-211, A330-223, A319-112. All of them examples from the Sabena fleet as well.
So, are these codes related to the airliner originally ordering the aircraft in question? And if not, what do they stand for?
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12810 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1041 times:
As far as I can gather, the first number is the model type (as with Boeing), then the engine manufacturer and finally, the last one refers to the gross weight in ascending order. So, let's take an A310-300, of SIA and other of PIA. The SIA aircraft is a -324, so the -3.. is obvious. The 2 is for PW, whereas the PIA aircraft is a GE model, so it has a zero. The final number is rather "less firm", in that the first PW powered -300 was a -321, then the next one up was a -322. SIA's -300s were higher Gross Weight models than the -321s and -322s, so they became -324s (was there ever a -323?). In the case of GE, they started at -304 (ie Aeroflot, CSA and LH), then there were a few -307s, but PIA - possibly because of its hot/high requirements got -308s.
There is a pattern with regard to manufacturers:
- where the middle number if 0, it's GE
- 1 = CFM56 (hence A320s and A340s)
- 2 = PW
- 4 = RR, so the new A340s and the Cathay and AC A330s are -.4. models.
TriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1033 times:
Thanks a lot for your response. It makes things quite a bit clearer.
So with Airbus, there's no way of knowing which airline originally ordered the aircraft in question just by looking at the model number? In other words, you'll always need a history of registration numbers for that, am I correct?