>You left off fuel burn and MX
That’s why I said “or other figures”. I was giving some examples, not all. And in terms of maintenance some all-Airbus operators or combined A330/A340 operators might tell you something else.
>What, the A320 and the engines?
Several airlines operate all-Airbus fleets or are aiming at going all-Airbus. Other airlines operate most other Airbus types along with the A340. I don’t need to explain what commonality means. Maintenance, pilot training, cabin crew training, and so on. Some people may doubt the importance of commonality but strange that airlines often praise commonality. They should know it best.
And yes, CFM engines also play a role.
>Also, ETOPS means that the 777 has a lower turnback rate and does not >affect routes anymore, since they now have ETOPS 180 and 207 and will >have ETOPS 330.
Yeah, but the increased ETOPS rules weren’t active from the early beginning. And ETOPS 330 still has to go through.
>Also, since it is not on the same type certificate as any other Airbus type, you have to go through full >type training if you shift, so commonality does not really exist.
Do you want to suggest it takes the same training time to change from an A320 to a B777 as from an A320 to an A340? Commonality does exist and it plays a role.
>Can you name those exact hundred aspects?
Hey, you caught me! That was rather rhetoric. But you should’ve known! Let’s see what other aspects we have. What about availability, engine commonality, customer support, spare parts supply, follow orders (of other types), politics (in order to obtain landing rights), politics (in order to obtain military support for the home country and benefits in return), support of homegrown aviation industries (and benefits from governments in return), resale options, operation grounds (high/hot), spare engine options and so on.
And if I were an airline manager I would be able to name more.
>Riiiight, that is why you sound like a broken record
I sound like what? Can you please explain?
>I really don't know where this quiet thing comes from, there is really not a >noticable difference.
Quiet thing? What do you mean? So you have never noticed a difference in take offs of A340s (-200/300) and B777s? One cannot even SEE
that but definitely FEEL it. Everytime I fly an A340 (-200/300) I ask myself: will we make it or hit the fence?
One can also hear it in the cabin. Those GEs make “some” more noise than CFMs for sure…But more power is more fun.
>As opposed to "schlechtesflieger" oder "langsamkletterer"?
I wouldn’t call it a „schlechten Flieger“, but „Langsamkletterer“ hits the nail on the head!
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