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Question: About A330 And A340

Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:14 am

In no way do I want this to become an Airbus VS Boeing debate. Last Night I watched a "Modern Marvels" program on History Channel. The particular program was on Commercial Aviation.

The program stated: "The A330 was a direct competitor to the 737 and the 340 a direct competitor to the 767."

Now I could be mistaken, but wouldn't the A330 be a Competitor to the 757 and 767 While the A340 be the competitor to the 747 and 777?

Remember folks I in no way want this to become an A VS B debate, I am just raising this question.

Now, I understand that the media is often times wrong with there comparisons with airplanes however, I think that a highly reputable source like the history channel would be correct.
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RE: Question: About A330 And A340

Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:22 am

Without comment on relative merit, but speaking capacity and range I'd say that the A-330 and 340 both fall somewhere between the 767 and the 777.

I believe that the 737-900 and the A-321 are more realistically competing with (and prevailing over) the 757. The larger versions of the 757 are competing with the smaller 767s and that, as Boeing obviously understands, is not good business. 757, gorgeous as it is, is a goner.

727 went away because it would have cut into 737 sales. LaSalle went away because it cut into Cadillac sales. It is just the way of it.

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RE: Question: About A330 And A340

Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:26 am

I believe I saw that program too, and your right to be skeptical.

The A330 competes primarily with the 767 and some of the lighter and smaller 777 models. The A340 competes against the larger and heavier 777s as well as, with the NGs, the bottom end of the 744s range.
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RE: Question: About A330 And A340

Sat Jan 10, 2004 7:46 pm

Slamclick, you are a bit confused as to cause vs. effect. The production of the 757 is ending because it is not selling, mainly because of other aircraft that can do a similar job more economically. Same with the end of 727 production 20 years ago (gosh, has it really been that long?). Some production lines have been shut down due to fear of cutting into other aircraft sales, the DC-8 being a prime example, and the MD-80/90 and MD-11 to a lesser extent, but no manufacturer is going to stop making a well-selling product. Note that with the Long Beach planes I mentioned, production ended shortly after a corporate merger and were the aircraft produced by the company taken over.
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