|Quoting Cloud4000 (Reply 12):|
because the latter has better operating characteristics in operating in hot and high conditions like PHX and LAS.
I imagine they will have some issues, yes. US (east) uses the 757 at LAS
extensively right now. Can the A321 do the job, probably yes. After all, US configured its 757 with 8F expressly for markets like LAS
. So it may not be operational necessity that they operate there, just marketing reasons.
has seen plenty of A321 operations. Seems to work out. PHX
would be a real stretch during winters, however. Maybe Airbus has improved the A321 slightly since US's early batch. With another 200 miles of range, the A321 would fully replace US's 757-domestic without a problem. It is only the Hawaii and Europe flights that the A321 really cannot hope to fly (and EGE
, as noted).
US's A321 seems to hold 169 pax, but there were rumors of reconfig up to 180 or so. That's a 757 load. Performance and climb will never be 757 quality, but the A321 burns less fuel no matter how you dice it. Don't have any data handy, but I think around 15% less fuel burn.