konrad
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A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:11 am

I was wondering if the fuselage used for A330/340 is the same design as for the old A300/310 ?
As a matter, did A300 and A310 have the same fuselage and cabin width ?
 
rb211
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/321

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:14 am

It looks like they took a page from Boeing as they did with the 707, 727,737. The front ends all look the same!
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gigneil
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:19 am

The fuselage widths are the same, yes.

Airbus only has 2 fuse widths in production, soon to be three. Very efficient.

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dutchjet
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 2:27 am

Airbus considers the 8 abreast (economy) fuselage width ideal (passengers seem to like it too) and it allows for 2 LD3 cargo containers to be carried side by side in the belly of the plane (airlines like that a lot), so Airbus standardized on fuselage width introduced on its first airliner, the A300B; effecient and practical.
 
konrad
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A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/321

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:36 am

The 2-4-2 configuration is the absolute winner. This was a good call of Airbus to stick with it from the very beginning. As much as I love the 777s I don't particularly fancy the 3-3-3 nor the 2-5-2 arrangements.
Now allow me to be provocative. The Airbus lovers claim that the B737NG are nothing but a glorified 737-200 (new engines, new wings, new stuff). Could one turn the argument over saying that an A330 is nothing but an upgraded A300 from the 70s ?

(BTW sorry for the wrong thread title, I made a typing mistake - A300/321 instead of A300/310, it was corrected by the editor - appreciate it !)
 
ContinentalFan
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:32 am

Konrad,

It could be argued:

A300 to A330/A340: take old plane, stretch, new wings, new avionics, some other new systems/materials, and so on

737 to 737NG: take old plane, stretch, new wings, new avionics, some other new systems/materials, and so on

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Also, I thought that the 707/727/737 had different fuselage cross sections, even if cabin width were all the same.
 
s.p.a.s.
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:36 am

In other words...

The last 100% true new design of the last 10 years was the 777 (when in comes to Airbus x Boeing competition).. Airbus last all-new design was the A320.

Rgds

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transswede
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 6:45 am

S.p.a.s.,
Airbus last all-new design was the A320

Sure, if you don't count the A380, which is well in progress...
 
s.p.a.s.
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RE: A330/340 Same Fuselage As A300/310

Tue Oct 28, 2003 6:54 am

Sure, if you don't count the A380, which is well in progress...

Yes, I meant planes already in operation..

RS
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