|Quoting Orion737 (Reply 36):|
I think an A332 would be a good idea and bring it on fast. Larger wing and more powerful powerplants to increase payload, field performance and range. Also the hold needs to be bigger. IT charters have a lot of luggage with everyone going on hols with suitcases, buggies etc etc.
So now we're going to throw millions into a redesign for what is, essentially, the small market of UK charter carriers...? They afterall are the only airlines, with perhaps the exception of US, who have tried to place the A321 on routes it wasn't designed or intended for.
Larger wing and more powerful powerplants = a whole redesign of wing, box and new main undercarriage.
If you want a bigger hold, you need to stretch the fuselage, because there is NO unused space below in an A321.
Stretch the fuselage, and the new gear probably also needs to be lengthened.
All those changes mean a whole new certification programme. $$$$$$$$$$$
Millions, upon millions upon millions would be poured down the drain, because right around the corner will be the next generation narrow bodies, with CFRP, new flight decks and all sorts of bells and whistles....as well as the fact that some carriers will be using their 787s on what have previously been 757 missions anyway.
You're asking Airbus to develop what would be an obsolete aircraft before it even came off the designers' table!
So, do Airbus pump millions into an albatross, or do we just bear the pain of seeing the 757s slowly bow out whilst we wait impatiently as both Boeing and Airbus prepare to bring their exciting next generation offerrings to the table?
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(