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Airbus 321 Long Range

Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:37 am

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?
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RE: Airbus 321 Long Range

Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:44 am

Isn't it easier just to buy some used 757s?

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RE: Airbus 321 Long Range

Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:48 am

It could be a good idea. Other routes on which it could be used are some of the lower-density transatlantic routes currently served by 757s like CO's and soon to be AA's BOS-MAN service starting later in the year. I'm not saying that they should or are going to drop the 757s, but just that it's possible for a 321 to serve the same route. It might prove to be lucrative for some European carriers to operate out of smaller markets to US gateways.
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RE: Airbus 321 Long Range

Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:50 am

Sure it would be easier to buy used 757's and they might well do that...but what if a carrier wants to consolidate it's fleet?
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RE: Airbus 321 Long Range

Tue Jan 27, 2004 2:01 am

The 319 is far more capable of flying BOS-SFO than the 321 is, although both frames are perfectly up to the task.


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