ghost77
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Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:41 pm

I did a search but found nothing, does anybody knows what is the maximum number of hours and cycles for an Airbus 320 according to Airbus???

And, same numbers apply for the A318/319/321???

Thanks

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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:04 pm



Quoting Ghost77 (Thread starter):
I did a search but found nothing, does anybody knows what is the maximum number of hours and cycles for an Airbus 320 according to Airbus???

And, same numbers apply for the A318/319/321???

Thanks

g77

The whole thing?
Or a certain part?

There are parts in an a/c you will expect, and plan to change. Others, you won't.
 
 
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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:47 am


With the A320 having been in service for two decades, examples are clocking up a considerable number of hours, testing the original design goals.

The original design goal of the A320 was for 48,000 cycles and/or 60,000 hours. A320 fleet leaders have already exceeded 60,000 hours with 40,000 cycles also surpassed.

There has been a need to see an increase in the design life and Airbus are working towards a massive tripling such that aircraft could potentially fly for 180,000 hours or 90,000 cycles whichever is reach first.

Based on a utilization of 3,500 hours per annum, the 180,000 hours would equate to 50 years. Aircraft values are currently based on an economic life of 25-30 years though 20-25 years is seen as more prudent.

The tripling of the design goals should allow values to achieve a higher level.


http://www.aviationtoday.com/avn/categories/commercial/18903.html

When you think about it: 180,000 hours or 90,000 cycles is astonishing.

Average 5 flight a day for 50 years, including maintenance etc. would even make a NW DC9 look like lazy..
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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:13 pm

The high time A320s in Air Canada's fleet are approaching 60,000 hours and 25,000 cycles. No indication that they're going to be retired.
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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:05 pm

whatabout the AF and BA A320-100's any info on how much cycles/hours those have logged to date? It's been more than 20 years!

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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:57 pm

There is really no problem with keeping the aircraft going on and on, assuming the appropriate spare parts remain in production. There are really relatively few components that would cause an operator to think of scrapping the aircraft, rather than replacing it. Things like main wing spars.

For example, one of the Monarch A300s has a crack in its spar. Whilst it is within limits the aircraft will fly, but I doubt that an airline will pay to have the wings removed, and put back on again with a new spar for an old aircraft, when it would be much cheaper to retire it.
 
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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:03 am



Quoting GST (Reply 6):
Whilst it is within limits the aircraft will fly, but I doubt that an airline will pay to have the wings removed, and put back on again with a new spar for an old aircraft, when it would be much cheaper to retire it.

What's wrong with a spar splice?

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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:05 am



Quoting Airbuster (Reply 5):

whatabout the AF and BA A320-100's any info on how much cycles/hours those have logged to date? It's been more than 20 years!

ab

Didn´t BA retire theirs last year. The A321 flew first time commercially 20 years ago, if I recall right.
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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:29 am



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 8):
The A321 flew first time commercially 20 years ago, if I recall right.

15 (1993).


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RE: Maximum Number Of Hours For An A320...?

Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:07 am



Quoting GST (Reply 6):
Things like main wing spars.

Wing spars are changed all the time.

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