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Please Look At This

Thu Jun 21, 2001 1:15 pm

Looking at the Paris Air Show, and basically looking back in commercial aviation over the past few years, it seems that the 737 is selling well, but even faithul Boeing customers such as BA and LH can't resist the A320/319/321...why is this? How do the A320 and the 737 compare?



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RE: Please Look At This

Thu Jun 21, 2001 8:30 pm

BA's decision was largely due to Airbus offering them such good prices that they couldn't refuse. Also, Rolls gave them a power by the hour deal on the IAE V2500 engines, so it made financial sense. BA, for instance, has not recently made politically motivated decisions (they initially bought the GE90 and not the Trent for the 777...

Lufthansa has the A320 family because of the cost savings that Airbus offer compared to Boeing. Pilots of A319/20/21/30/40 can fly any of the aircraft with minimal training, whereas only Boeing has the 757/767 cross crew qualification. Airbus keeps training costs down. However, UAL & US Airways are building up strong Airbus fleets to replace 737s whereas CO & AA are taking 737NG. When it comes down to it, the A320 & 737 does the same job, and so competition between the manufacturers may help airlines decide which to operate. Note how NW is taking A330s since their A320 pilots will be also able to fly A330s. I guess that pilots like the varied work of flying long & short haul flights.
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RE: Please Look At This

Thu Jun 21, 2001 10:17 pm

I agree, it really boils down to economics. Airbus on several occasions offer a better deal than Boeing when it comes to pricing. Commonality is the big factor as well. On the Boeing side of that coin, note how many 744 operators also have the 777.

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RE: Please Look At This

Fri Jun 22, 2001 1:08 am

Some Europen airlines with all short-medium haul Airbus fleet (or that planning for it, I mean AF,IB,AZ,OS) were moved in their decision more from political reason. They were owed by state and if they ordered Airbus they had got some work for their domestic (also state owned) factory.

Different is the situation in US.

But anyway both the planes are good.

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