The qualm with the A318 is that it is a short, heavy little aircraft, that will make turn-arounds more difficult. The A318 will run into the same problem that the 736 and the 764 has run into. It will be a niche-only aircraft, meaning that it will have it's runs that will make it highly-profitable, and anything else, it will drag.
In reply to DutchJet's Post:
America West is the second-strongest airline, financially, in the US right now. The only airline to beat them out is WN (Southwest). America West uses their 732's on short, shuttle-type flights between KPHX and KLAX, and I presume that the A318 will fill that route for them. On the subject of America West, I have been speaking with a few of their employees, and America West is currently looking towards buying A321's, to 1) Accomodate it's 757-capacity routes, and 2) To eventually replace it's fleet of ailing 757's. HP's 757's have been running into a lot of maintenenance problems lately. This is due to the fatc that they do a lot of desert, hot operations, and need constant TLC. But toher than that, HP is more than pleased with their 757's. Just a great aircraft! America West is the only airline in the US to achieve major status after the deregulation, and that being said, has had #1 on-time performance 5 months so far in 2002. Surprisingly, UA clinched last months #1 on-time performance (guess it's due to response of trying to step things up a bit).
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