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User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1477 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?

Looking forward to any valuable information,


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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13271 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1435 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.

Does this make sense? Hope it helps.

User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1427 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?

Thanks again for the info,


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 12438 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (16 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

Okay, could you explain these codes?

US has 319-112 and 320-214.

UA has 319-131 and 320-232.

What is Engine type 3? Is that the IAE V2500?

Also, does that mean that UA's 320s are a lower gross weight than US's? (That could explain why US has had less range problems than UA with their 320s (allegedly).)

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