Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
The Economist: Technology Quarterly...and The P322  
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 1664 times:


I searched for "Economist" and couldn't find anything. So here it goes: The Economist (that one and only weekly news mag worth reading) has an article called "Desperately Seeking Lightness" in its technology quarterly. It's an interesting summary of the developments in advanced materials used on modern airliners, with special focus on the A380 and more than a sneer at the hidden subsidies pumped into Airbus.

Anyway: It IS quite detailled and interesting, covering stuff not even my materials lectures mentioned. It also briefly mentions the P322 programme at Airbus, which is the reason for my post. Apparently, that is a 110-180 seat project to replace the A320 series later this decade.

My questions: Does anyone know anything about it? How serious is it? Is it just one of gazillions of shadow projects that all airplane manufacturers have, or is it more serious? Is it sort of an A320NG or a completely new design? Is there really need and demand to replace a design less than 20 years old? Where could I find out more about this programme (or any other little known Airbus/Boeing design programme)? Searching in google for "Airbus +p322" did not exactly bring me any good results....



1 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

I read that article. I found it interesting that the Economist described the P 322 program as a subsidy. The EU is paying for R&D that will go straight for Airbus. Ridiculous.

Ikarus asks a good question about whether the A320 has reached its product cycle limit? By the time the P322 program bears fruit, the time will probably be close. The project is as much politically driven as much as it is economically and technologically driven so it may not matter whether the A320 needs replacement or not.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Aircraft Emissions - The Economist posted Sun Jun 11 2006 12:11:12 by TPEcanuck
New Technology On The 787 posted Tue May 3 2005 08:09:42 by ACB777
Boeing Shows Its Technology Of The Digitally Desig posted Fri Sep 24 2004 15:22:36 by Nyc777
Good Article On Low-cost Carriers In The Economist posted Fri Jul 9 2004 15:39:29 by LoneStarMike
The Economist Accuses Airbus Of Corruption posted Thu Jun 12 2003 21:10:13 by Travelin man
Randy's Blog: 747 Is The "Shape Of The Future" posted Sat Dec 9 2006 09:25:32 by Leelaw
Airbus Gives The Go-ahead For The A350 posted Fri Dec 1 2006 14:11:39 by Gh123
Why Is The Boeing 720 Weaker And Lighter? posted Wed Nov 22 2006 16:57:56 by Duke
Track The Current A380 Round-the-world Flight? posted Sat Nov 18 2006 21:29:18 by Ferret
Is The A350 A Casualty Of The A380 Delays? posted Wed Oct 4 2006 17:46:18 by NYC777