"Everyone" is wondering why Airbus hasn't come up with an A300 replacement.
And I wonder (as always): as Airbus is becoming notorious for shortening, stretching and enhancing their products already flying, why do they not develop a Next Generation A300, so that they can offer something competitive in the 200-seat category without too much "fuss"?
How about an A300-600 design featuring the "Enhancements" from the A345 and A346: FBW, fly-by-wire rudder, new Thales active matrix LCD
-screens, revised pax cabin and RR Trent 556-560 engines? Such an aircraft would be beneficial to LH and Thai, giving them a modern short-medium haul 200-225-seat aircraft to complement their larger medium-longer range siblings (333 + 345 + 346) while having an identical cockpit and engines (RR Trent 500 + 700).
Obviously, it would require some work to do this, but wouldn't it be a good idea? The A300 has a proven track record of reliability and efficiency, so why change the aircraft like they wanted to by offering a A330-100 with a heavy wing? Surely it would be cheaper to make an A300NG than an all-new design?
Am I on to something or just talking bollocks?
[Edited 2005-02-14 13:41:41]