MONARCH
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Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 6:32 am

Hi all,

How come Indian Airline's use the double-wheel maingear-assembly for the Airbus A320???


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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 6:36 am

AS far as I remember the 4-wheel main gear was ordered because with this the A320-200 is allowed to operate out of airports with bad runways, the four wheels distribute the weight in a better way then the two wheel gear does.

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mjzair
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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 6:50 am

It was an option that was made available by Airbus... Indian was the only airline that bit.... I do not think that Airbus offers that option anymore (haven't for a while).

I beleive the option was unpopular because of the added weight.
Also, after an Indian A320 crashed, Indian grounded the whole fleet, and wanted to phase out the A320 altogether, but because of the "uncommanality" there were no takers...
 
IndianGuy
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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 11:28 am

MjzAir: a little clarification here.

While the A320's WERE grounded after the inaugaral flight BOM-BLR crashed, it was a political decision pending completion of an enquiry. There was NO PLAN to phase out the A320's at any time.

The grounding happened because the then PM, Rajiv Gandhi (ex-737 driver for IC) had plumped majorly for the A320 which resulted in the 320 being selected over the competing 752 offered by Boeing.

After the enquiry was completed, the A320's returned to the air.

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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 12:17 pm

I think that the A320 was in all probability a better and more versatile choice than the 757 would ever have been.
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Setjet
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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 12:42 pm

Are there any dirt-runways in India that the A320 made scheduled flights to?
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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Tue Mar 19, 2002 1:20 pm

hey monarch,

thats an interesting find. Actually indian airlines is the only airline in the world to use double bogie wheels in the a320s. The reason being the rough runwats available at the non international airpots. Although the tarmac at the Delhi,mumbai etc are great the ones at say lesser known venues like nagpur etc are bad.

PS: The latest a320s leased by ia have single wheels though. They ply on Delhi-Mumbai routes only.
 
IndianGuy
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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Wed Mar 20, 2002 11:53 pm


PS: The latest a320s leased by ia have single wheels though. They ply on Delhi-Mumbai routes only


Actually Guru, the A320's are the workhorse of the IC fleet, and fly to almost 70 destinations in India (almost all IC destinations except Kulu, Dharamshala and Agatti).

Its just that the runways surfaces at the 120 airports under AAI have been vastly improved which made the double-bogie virtually redundant. Unless IC starts flying to Nanded ofcourse!

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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Thu Mar 21, 2002 2:07 am

Actually, I heard that IC really wanted B757 as did Jet Airways but for various bureaucratic reasons, the government blocked the deal. The B757 has lower per seat costs and higher capacity. I think both of those carriers would have been better off with the B757.
 
IndianGuy
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RE: Indian Airlines- A320

Thu Mar 21, 2002 12:12 pm

It is true that a section of IC officials wanted the 757. But there were doubts that the 757 was too big to handle the routes planned for the aircraft. Indeed even the smaller A320 is too big for some of these routes. And IC has historically had a single aircraft type to operate most routes, (Caravelles(60's), 737's(70/80's) and now A320's.

In any case, once pilot PM Rajiv Gandhi fell for the A320 after a test flight at Toulouse, other officials quickly fell in line!

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