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Sat Jan 06, 2001 11:19 am

I wasn't around when ever the A380 was launched, so I probably missed all the talk about the name, but would anyone kindly tell me what happened to A350, A360 and A370? Are these already designated to future aircraft projects? I have read quite a few articles and discussed iyt with some people and i have yet to find out a satisfactory reason.
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RE: A350/60/70

Sat Jan 06, 2001 2:36 pm

No one knows really what happened to these three desgnations. AFAIK, there are no other current projects at Airbus with the designations A350/A360/A370. Here is an explanation as to why the went for 380 (although I am not sure it holds that much water...):

350 - Not much a jump from previous technology (A340)

360 - Signifies a fulol circle, whereas the Super-Jumbo is something all-new, not a rehash

370 - 7 is an unlucky number in Chinese/Japanese languages (this doesnt address Boeing's lack of lack of sales for its 7x7 series)

Thus they chose 380, which has the following connotations:

8 is a lucky Asian number

80 is twice 40, A380 carries almost twice as much as A340

8 represents the double deck configuration.

Thats whats been written, anyway, but I doubt its validity...
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RE: A350/60/70

Sat Jan 06, 2001 11:07 pm

if you take a closer look at the recent airbus-family, all planes have been developed in a "family-like" order, every addition featured new technologies and advances, but it was still a "family". the a-380 doesn´t fit that "family" anymore, because it´s a totally different design and plane. so a lower designation wouldn´t have implied such an evolution.

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RE: A350/60/70

Sat Jan 06, 2001 11:11 pm

VirginFlyer is exactly right. Airbus told official that this is the reason for the name A380.

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RE: A350/60/70

Sat Jan 06, 2001 11:27 pm

Maybe Airbus is admitting that they expect to have the 350/360/370 actually flying before the 380 even gets off the ground.

Call me a skeptic, but thats just the way it is.

RE: A350/60/70

Sun Jan 07, 2001 5:53 am

Here's an interesting hypothesis for you that might've played into AB's decision...

Boeing's current highest-numbered airliner is the B777, and there's no B787 in sight. Could the "80" be to one-up the "77" in Boeing's jet?

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RE: A350/60/70

Sun Jan 07, 2001 5:55 am

The A380 will have basically the same cockpit. I'd say that's commonality
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RE: A350/60/70

Sun Jan 07, 2001 7:26 am

I was speaking with someone and we thought that perhaps they had a few other planes on the drawing board, like a A310 replacement, or even some sort of regional jet.

RE: A350/60/70

Sun Jan 07, 2001 12:08 pm

If Airbus really wants an RJ, they could probably talk BAe into giving them Avro without even thinking about it. The RJX would be selling much more with the Airbus nameplate and, perhaps, cockpit commonality with the 320/330/340/380?

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