trex8
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A332F

Thu Nov 25, 2004 1:22 pm

Since Airbus is already developing the A332 MRTT for 2 air forces, how difficult would it be for them to make a civilian A332 freighter? I mean, putting in a stronger floor and a large cargo door can't exactly be that difficult when you figure how many conversions of passenger to cargo planes of many other aircraft types have been done by companies other than the manufacturer.
 
JeffDCA
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:14 am

It's been on the cards for a while i believe, i've seen an Airbus produced image of it. It's just never been launched.

Cheers,

Jeff
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gigneil
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:01 am

It was set and ready to go in 2001, but never achieved critical mass for launch after the downturn of the industry and the events of September that year.

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Boeing Nut
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:02 am

Well, expect it any day now. You know how Airbus is, when Boeing launches something, they have an answer to it within weeks.  Nuts
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JeffDCA
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:13 am

Well, expect it any day now. You know how Airbus is, when Boeing launches something, they have an answer to it within weeks.

Despite telling everyone there's no market for Boeings latest product, and they're not worried, i might add.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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Jeff
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gigneil
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:24 am

What exactly would you expect them to say?

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An A330-200F and a 777-200F are not even remotely in the same class. Its not much of an answer.

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keesje
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:12 am



The rugged A300-600 is still very popular with airlines like DHL, FEDEX, DHL and Air Hong Kong.

It´s low price, double ld2 lowerdeck, and the fact lots can still be converted makes developing the A330F premature.

For longer ranges probably bigger converted 747 are preferred.

Also lots of good MD11 are available for conversion.

The 332 is selling like hot cakes so no need to fill production slots with empty hull 332 freighters.

When 350 comes on I can see older 330/340 conversions..

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gigneil
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:25 am

The A300 can carry 2 LD3s side by side in its lower hold, as well as on the main deck.

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767-332ER
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:29 am


just as a side question...which two Air forces are they developing the A332 tankers? I know one is the RAF, who is the other?
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gigneil
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RE: A332F

Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:31 am

Australia has ordered the A330MRTT.

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