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Comparing The Narrowbodies

Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Okay, I'm kind of new here, and it's a bit daunting to go through the reams and reams of old threads that descend into vague assertions and personal aspersions about whether the 737 or A320 series is better, and in what regards.

So, how about educating a fella as to the pros and cons of each in terms of design and engineering? None of that stuff about "I like the feel" or "x is so much more graceful and nice to look at". In terms of operations, design, reliability, flexibility, that sort of stuff... give me your pros and cons of each!

And heck, throw in the E-Jets and C-series if you like... though do A and B really even compete in that field any more? Other than the A318 and 736, neither of which are big sellers, have they pretty much conceded that market to Embraer, Bombadier, and some of the prospective newcomers?
 
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RE: Comparing The Narrowbodies

Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:58 pm

I am not sure what you are looking for but here's what I posted on another thread:

Here's what I could find from Boeing and Airbus sites, along with actual airline seat configuration:

.................................................................Boeing 738.............................A320
Max. 1-class Seats........... ...........................189......................................180
Maximum Takeoff Weight .......................174,200 lb(winglets)...............171,960 lb(option)
OEW......................................................91,300 lb...............................93,920 lb
Max. Structural Payload...........................47,000 lb...............................43,860 lb
Basic Dimensions
Overall Length ............................................129 ft 6 in ................................123 ft 3 in
Cabin length......................................................?..........................................90 ft 3 in
Interior Cabin Width ......................................11 ft 7 in...................................12 ft 1 in

They seem fairly close on most metrics, with B738 being slightly lighter, and has a higher max. passenger capacity, which may be important for LCCs. SpiceJet has configured its B738 at 189Y, and Indigo has configured its A320 at 180Y.

I have no clue on fuel burn performance. Hopefully, someone can provide a comparison. Similarly, any info. on list prices and discounts will be helpful.
 
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RE: Comparing The Narrowbodies

Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:43 pm

The best comparison is the sales figures, and those show that they are about as close to equal as two different aircraft can be. I have seen various comparisons showing that one may be slightly better than the other for some tasks, and the other better for others. But the bottom line is that both are holding their own in the marketplace, and very few operators are ditching one for the other, either way. On the used/lease market the 737 seems to bring slightly higher prices for the same age and condition aircraft, but not by a significant margin. Anyone who tries to say that one or the other has a significant advantage is just blowing smoke. This is of course referring to current production; the A320NEO will probably upset the applecart. Boeing will be forced to launch their own NEO or new aircraft to stay in contention. You will hear a lot about the 737 being a "40 year old design"; well, the wheel is a 6,000 year old design and we're still using it. The 737NG is updated in all areas that are really significant; the fact that the shell is based on the 40 year old design does not detract from the fact that it is a very capable and competitive aircraft.
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