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A320 Fwd Toilet Drain Panel.

Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:51 am

The ten A320 that BA inherited from BCAL, A320-111 and A320-211, have normal gravity toilets like B737-2/3/4/5 B757 DC9 etc. The fwd toilet had a drain on the left hand side under the L1 door. Terrible location because the truck can't reach it under the jetty and it gets missed.
Anyway every other A320 I have worked on has vacuum toilets with a single service point at the rear.
Why do new build A320 still have the fwd service panel fitted, which is blanked off? Can you still order an A320 with gravity toilets?, or is it a design change to remove the panel which would cost too much?
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RE: A320 Fwd Toilet Drain Panel.

Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:09 am

Quoting TristarSteve (Thread starter):
is it a design change to remove the panel which would cost too much?

Bingo... I'm betting that the access panel was built into the A320 design... Allowing for simpler manufacturing processes... Just stick a blank there if they have the rear toilet system...

It makes economical sense  Smile
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RE: A320 Fwd Toilet Drain Panel.

Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:57 am


it's there because the original design didn't have the vacuum system like you said, on later models when the vacuum system became the standard this panel was plugged. The latest models don't have the plug at all as it is phased out.


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RE: A320 Fwd Toilet Drain Panel.

Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:30 am

I'm sure one of these days someone from the design team's going to respond to something like this with "hmm... can't remember... we've just always done it".

Which reminds me of something my dad encountered when he was doing Works Study in the army. He was watching Royal Artillery gun teams in action and he noticed there was always someone who just stood there and did nothing. When he asked why he was told "um... I think they used to hold the horses". I kid you not.  Smile

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