Ward86IND
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Fuel Capacity Of US Airways' New A321's

Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:30 pm

Hey everyone,

I was just wondering if US Airways opted to go with the extra center fuel tank on their new IAE-powered A321's in order to have full transcon range, and if so, if they have one or two of the optional 766-gallon tanks. I am also wondering if the newer CFM-powered A321's (delivered last 5 years or so) have this as well.
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RE: Fuel Capacity Of US Airways' New A321's

Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:03 pm

All of their A321s have two ACTs installed. Total fuel capacity is 52,500 lbs.
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RE: Fuel Capacity Of US Airways' New A321's

Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:25 pm

Cool, thanks. So even their older ones? I wouldn't have thought there would be so many of these aircraft having to make fuel stops on transcons with the extra fuel tanks. Would you happen to have an hourly fuel burn figure at cruise altitude?
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RE: Fuel Capacity Of US Airways' New A321's

Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:25 pm

Quoting Ward86IND (Reply 2):
Cool, thanks. So even their older ones? I wouldn't have thought there would be so many of these aircraft having to make fuel stops on transcons with the extra fuel tanks. Would you happen to have an hourly fuel burn figure at cruise altitude?

Yes, even on the pre-merger A321s (161-192) although I think those do have a slightly lower MTOW than the newer aircraft. I don't have any burn figures but the fuel stop issue IMO is overstated and under normal circumstances those flights do just fine.
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RE: Fuel Capacity Of US Airways' New A321's

Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:33 am

Planned burns from PHL to Southern California are between 35K and 45K pounds usually. In the winter they are probably higher on the westbound flights. 30 to 40K on the eastbound legs.

I agree with WN676, the fuel stops are overstated and rather rare.

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