Matt D
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A Dumb Question About The A320

Mon Jan 15, 2001 10:00 am

Why was the A319 given the "19" designator? I realize that on the surface it makes sense because it is shorter than the 320, thus giving it a "shorter" number.
But on a purely mathematical level, isn't the A319 part of the A310 block of numbers? So in that narrow, technical sense, it can be argued (albeit in vain) that the A319 is actually a member of the A310 "family"?

If the A320 "family" is A32X, (20-29), then shouldn't the A310 "family" run the gamut of A31X (10-19)?

Why not make the shortened version the A321 and the lengthened version the A322 just for numerical continuity?
 
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RE: A Dumb Question About The A320

Mon Jan 15, 2001 11:23 am

yeah, kinda like boeing did with the 737. The -300 was one size, the -400 was the largest, and the -500 was the smallest. Fortunately, they got it right this time. 736 short, 73G medium, 738 long, 739 just a little longer than 738.

I don't know why they chose A319. Maybe just for simplicity. It's CLOSE to the 320, but not quite. Dunno about that one.

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RE: A Dumb Question About The A320

Mon Jan 15, 2001 6:59 pm

I guess it's because the A320 was launched under the A320-100 serie designator. So the shortest version (A319) could only use the A320-300 designator...which doesn't make sense. (The A321 would then had to be called A320-400 and the A318 A320-500).
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RE: A Dumb Question About The A320

Mon Jan 15, 2001 11:05 pm

Well, this one gonna be dumb too, but OO-AOG, the A321 came before the A319, so it would have been:

A321-100--> 320-300
A319-100--> 320-400
A321-200--> 320-500
A318-???--> 320-600