Gkirk:Yes, US Airways is the first American customer for the A321, and the second in North America, after Air Jamaica. Air Canada will be the third. Does anyone else foresee more A321 carriers? Possibly jetBlue. They have been doing very well, is is possible that they could convert some A320 orders for the A321? I think the A321 is the most aesthetic of the three narrowbody Airbus'.
As far as the range: I don't mean this disrespectfully to anyone, but airlines do not just order planes on the hope that they will fill their needs. US Airways probably scrutinized the range, and put it under different weather situations, including strong headwinds on transcon flights. US Airways probably also called up the other 93 Tonne carriers to see how their planes stacked up against various weather situations. When you drop millions, upon millions of dollars, you had better be pretty sure that it is going to do the job.
RayChuang said: "I think the A321's primary routes will NOT be USA transcon flights. I expect the A321's to be used on north-south flights between BOS, LGA, PHL and PIT down to Florida, generally busy routes most of the year. That will free up more US 752's to fly USA transcon flights."
FLY777UAL said: "Ray, I believe that USAir has made several announcements as to the placement of their A321's (transcon). They will supposedly replace the transcon 757's, which will be moved to the N.E.-FLA market.
I believe both of you are correct. FLY777UAL, don't forget, US has 34 A321s on order, which I think is more than enough to cover US Airways' transcons. I think initially they will be deployed on the Transcons, but at somepoint we will see them flying along the East Coast.
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