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ramprat74
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? For You Jetblue Rampers

Sun Apr 09, 2006 4:11 pm

I just worked flight 166 PDX-JFK. The aircraft number was 598. This aircraft had some weird connectors in the ceiling in the aft pit. It had seven connectors total. It also had three raised sections the length of the floor. The only thing I could think of is. It was for a extra fuel tank. I have never seen this in any of the A320's I worked.

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RE:? For You Jetblue Rampers

Sun Apr 09, 2006 4:14 pm

Quoting RampRat74 (Thread starter):
This aircraft had some weird connectors in the ceiling in the aft pit. It had seven connectors total. It also had three raised sections the length of the floor. The only thing I could think of is. It was for a extra fuel tank.

Your observation is spot on. B6 had Airbus install the ACT on their A320s as a way of extending their range. The problem was, the ACT added so much extra weight that it burned off as much fuel as it added, meaning no increase in range and higher fuel costs. They have been removed and Airbus compensated jetBlue.
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RE:? For You Jetblue Rampers

Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:47 am

Thanks for the reply. I guess the three extra beams on the floor were for reinforcement. You cut the cargo area in half with a tank that size.
 
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RE:? For You Jetblue Rampers

Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:42 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):

Your observation is spot on. B6 had Airbus install the ACT on their A320s as a way of extending their range. The problem was, the ACT added so much extra weight that it burned off as much fuel as it added, meaning no increase in range and higher fuel costs. They have been removed and Airbus compensated jetBlue.

ACT= additional center tank? I have never heard of this in the A32x family...was this a prototype thing? How many aircraft was it tested on?
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RE:? For You Jetblue Rampers

Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:48 pm

Quoting RDUDDJI (Reply 3):
ACT= additional center tank? I have never heard of this in the A32x family...was this a prototype thing? How many aircraft was it tested on?

Auxilary Center Tank I believe. It is not a new thing at all. It was actually designed for the A321-200 and has had success there. B6 were the first ones to try it on the A320-200 and it failed

Quoting Ramprat74 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the reply. I guess the three extra beams on the floor were for reinforcement. You cut the cargo area in half with a tank that size.

It is also one of the likely major reasons that they have range issues at times. There is still weight added from the provisioning for those tanks
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