Are some of you out there as sick as I am hearing about the new design vs old design "discussions" out there? This issue has raised it's head again with the Easyjet jet order for the A32X series. If you cut to the chase, the only modern thing about the A32X series compared to the 73X is the rollout date. This also applies to other airliners.
Here's what I mean. Compare the A32X and a 73XNG starting with the cockpit. The cockpit of the 73X actually has more modern cockpit than the A320. But the A32X has fly-by-wire.
Sure, fly-by-wire is great technology, but it is not new. The F-16 is fly-by-wire, but it first flew in 1974. Almost 30 years old. Next, compare the wings. Again, the 73XNG is a more modern design. Fuselage: here, the A32X is a more modern design. But in either case, it's just a shell, no need for changes, nore has there been.
This applies to other models as well.
777 & A345/6 - A345/6 has more modern wing, 777 more modern all new design.
A33X & 76X - A33X more modern new design. 764 more modern cockpit.
My main point here is that poeple are making comparisons of aircraft relative to thier introduction date. Not making comparisons to the most modern versions. The first flight of the A320 was in 1987. 15 years old in this industry is not exactly young.
Airlines want the most modern, and cost effective offering that the manufacturers have to offer. They are not nearly as interested as when the type first took to the air. Easyjet's decision on thier new aircraft was based on cost effectiveness, not the "most modern".
Now this part of my post has become a bit of a cliche' recently, but it is true. I love Airbus aircraft too. The A345 is quickly becoming a "top five" favorite airliner of mine. I also like the A320 series. So don't think that I am "anti-Airbus, because I'm not even close to it. It just irks me when people say that the A32X is "more modern" than the 73XNG, when it really is not. Newer all new design, yes. More modern, no.
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I'm not a real aeronautical engineer, I just play one on Airliners.net.