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....