747Dreamlifter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5591 times:
Never knew that Airbus offered their A320 with 4 wheel main gears. Searching through the photo data base it seems that only Indian Airlines/Air India flies them. Any special reason or performance advantages ??.....possible higher GTOW?
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17303 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5585 times:
The reason was so that they could use "rough" fields where the normal wheel loading was too high. There was a weight penalty since the bogies are heavier and the gear doors larger.
As you noticed, only one airline ordered the mod, which IIRC was done by a third party. AFAIK they are all in the process of being converted to the standard wheel arrangement, if they haven't been already.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26811 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5324 times:
Quoting Brenintw (Reply 2): This modification was only used in India (mostly for unpaved runways).
I am fairly certain they never operated on unpaved runways, but on paved runways with a low bearing strength that couldn't take the weight of the aircraft unless it was spread over 4 wheels per side rather than two.