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Replacement For A320? (or Update?)

Tue Dec 05, 2000 4:01 pm

Does Airbus have any plans to replace or update A320 series of a/c? It's not outdated by any means, but it has been almost 13 years since it first entered service. Yes, they have a few variants of the a/c (318, 319, 321) but has anyone heard anything about major updates to the a/c series itself? (something like 737NG?)

RE: Replacement For A320? (or Update?)

Wed Dec 06, 2000 1:12 am

There's no need to update the A320, except maybe fitting it with LCD screens instead of CRTs. The 737NG may be 12 years newer, but the A320 is still far more advanced.
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RE: Replacement For A320? (or Update?)

Wed Dec 06, 2000 3:02 am

I have heard rumours telling that the 318 will be certified with a new generation of control computer hardware. And when that has happened, then the 319/320/321 planes will very soon be certified with the same hardware.
It will probably be very much like upgrading from an Intel 486 to a Pentium III or such.
I also heard that when that has happened, then a fairly simple upgrade kit should be made available to fit on existing planes.
If that rumour is fairly precise, then of course the 340-500/600 will play the same pioneer role in relation to its present 330/340 sisters.
But it is no more than a rumour.
Major structural redesign should not be expected in the foreseeable future. Things don't change that fast. The 737 is no exception. Twenty years ago, when the 737-200 became the 737-300, then it mostly got a new engine, which it needed badly. The 737NG got a new wing after more than thirty years!
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RE: Replacement For A320? (or Update?)

Wed Dec 06, 2000 3:49 am

Actually, the A3XX will have a different control system as well...using a mouse to go through the menu options. Is this similar to what is planned for the A318?