Airbus says, "The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family. It offers the best seat-mile costs of any single-aisle aircraft and is even on a par with widebody efficiency, bringing a new dimension to profitability."
Someone has to be wrong here. Which aircraft is the most efficient? B753 or A321?
Fanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1637 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2454 times:
From what I hear they base it on all sorts of variables so they are both right. For instance, they may be using different trip lengths to figure the costs. Airbus may figure it on a 1200 mile trip, while boeing might be figuring on a 2500 mile trip. Who knows? I'd love it to get an Airbus and Boeing engineer in here to hash it out. I'd be interesting to know.
My gut instinct tells me that it's the 753. Plus I think that the statement that Airbus made was before the 753 entered service.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2421 times:
Boeing says: blah blah blah
Airbus says: yadda yadda yadda
Basically, Boeing and Airbus can say whatever they want. You would have to not only factor in the plane, but such factors as routes, choice of engines, etc. On a sidenote, Boeing claims the 753 to be about ten cents cheaper per mile than the 752 albeit the larger engines.
JG From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2399 times:
Guys, they are talking seat mile costs.... you cram more seats into an aircraft and its seat mile costs go down. A very easy number to manipulate by any marketing/sales department. Both companies can be correct depending on the configuration. On the same aircraft a tour operator with single class meat wagon seating will have a lower seat mile cost than a full service airline with a multiple class configuration and increased leg room.