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18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:15 pm

First flight for the Airbus A320 program which was launched on March 23, 1984 was 18 years ago today. Four aircraft were involved in the flight test program. The first made its maiden flight on February 22, 1987 from Toulouse. Certification of the Airbus A320-100 was achieved on February, 26 1988. Deliveries commenced on March 26, 1988, to Air France. British Airways followed on March 31st .

I personally am absolutely amazed at how an airplane from any manufacture can go 18 years and still be selling strong. There have obviously been some new variants and modifications, but the basic A320 design has been flying for 18 years with no modifications. The 757-200 lasted a little longer, but in its later years the orders fell off quickly.

Just wanted to take a moment to share amazement for a plane and how its technology has stayed up to date in an increasingly competitive environment as well as see what others think. Did anyone out there think that this plane would still be selling strong after 18 years even though competitors have developed new planes?

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:22 pm

 Big thumbs up Happy Birthday A320  Big thumbs up

Hope U will fly for many many years to come!!

Yours truly

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:24 pm

Happy B-Day. You've served NWA, US, Frontier, Jet Blue, and UA vey well here in the USA. Glad that NWA carefully evaluated the A320 and incorporated it into their fleet. How many examples has the A320 family sold worldwide (and vs the 737 family)

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:31 pm

Quoting FlyingDoctorWu (reply 2):


Do you mean the B737 Classic and NG? Now that´s quite a lot of 37´s..

The #1 ´37 rolled out 1968? To LH IIRC....maybe wrong here.

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:08 am

The A320 came at the right time because increasingly-strict noise emission rules and the increasing cost of Jet A fuel forced a lot of airlines to drop the use of the 727-200--and the A320 was the perfect replacement for the 722. That's why UA, NW and HP jumped at the chance to buy this plane.
 
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:09 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (reply 0):
There have obviously been some new variants and modifications


Anyone having the Modifications/Improvements in A320 over the Years.
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:56 am

Happy birthday A320...wonderful aircraft!!!
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:07 am

Congratulations to Airbus and the A320. The success of the A320 Family around the world is proof of it's excellence, and it's still going strong. I really enjoy the extra cabin width it offers, to bad not all airlines take advantage of it and provide 18" wide seats. It sure makes a difference on a full flight. Plus it's a quiet, smooth flying machine. I like flying in them a lot.

Quoting Solnabo (reply 3):
The #1 ´37 rolled out 1968? To LH IIRC....maybe wrong here.


You are correct, Lufthansa was the first ever operator of the 737.

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:19 am

Wow! The A320 is only two months older than me! Come April, I'm gonna be 18, too ^__^


Yay!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY A320!

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:56 am

Great plane... which gave "birth" to a great family !

The very first A320 in (commercial) service (but not the oldest) :

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Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:42 am

How many A320s does America West have in their fleet at this present time? Are they the largest A320 operator?

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:42 am

 Big thumbs up Happy Birthday A320  Big thumbs up

Truly a marvellous airplane. Will be around for many, many years to come.
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Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:06 am

As of January 2004 these were the figures for the A320 family by airline in the United States among the larger Aibus operators.

..................A320..A319
Northwest ......78......71
United............90......55
US Airways.....24......66...28 (A321)
America West.50......33
JetBlue...........55.......0
Frontier...........0......23...4(A318)

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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:59 am

I thought Airbus's product line was newer and more efficient than Boeing's? 18 year old technology  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:12 am

Haha, I am with CX747. NO 737 has ever gone 18 years without any serious updates! Haha.
But, the A320 is a good airplane, and is clearly still very competitive, opdated or not!
And, it provides something we see less and less of lately- market competition. We're down to two manufacturers- that's about 3 too few, I say.

And hey, if it weren't for the A320, fly-by-wire would not be as advanced as it is today. It was the first airliner to incorporate this impressive technology.
 
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:31 am

And unlike it's B counterpart, it never needed serious upgrades. Otherwise we would have seen A320-200/300/500/700/800/900....oh! my God!  Nuts
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:33 am

An EasyJet pilot mentioned me me that the A32x avionics suite was upgraded in 2004 for new orders....
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:54 pm

Quoting Aseem (reply 15):
And unlike it's B counterpart, it never needed serious upgrades. Otherwise we would have seen A320-200/300/500/700/800/900....oh! my God!

There's the -100 (original and no winglets) and the -200 (winglets), so it's close Big grin Also, you have the A319 and the A321, but they were named as a different aircraft.
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RE: 18th Birthday For The A320; Still Selling Strong

Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:19 pm

Boeing has essentially gone through 2 versions of 737 during the A320's lifespan. The 733's first flight was just 3 years before the A320's first flight, but the A320 was far more advanced. Although the 733 still sold well, the A320's real competitor didn't come around until the 738 was introduced. Also the A320-100 was not much of a model. Only 10 were built before the 200s came. It is kind of like the 737-100 and 200 models. You could say however that the newer A319, A321 and A318 are just new derivatives, but the basic A320 is still the sales leader.
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