Just looking for opinions....
Now that Boeing has decided to end the 757 line, does anyone think that Airbus will consider "beefing up" the A321? While they both hold similiar passenger loads, the 321 cannot fly as far and does not have as good takeoff performance as the 757.
As far as carriers are concerned, I was thinking of my own HP in particular, who would probably be interested in the 321 as a 757 replacement, but would need it to have better performance. I definetely think HP needs a 200 seat airplane that can fly longer distances. For example on our new BOS-SFO nonstop, we are using a 757 from BOS-SFO and the 319 on the reverse. They do not think the 319 can fly the 6.5 +/- hours to the west coast without penalties. Also they are considering upgrading the PHX-SJO flight to a 757 due to severe weight restrictions we've been having (as well as super high load factors!).
Any ideas of how this could be done?