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A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 9:16 am

Anybody knows how far into production are they.
any pictures yet?
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 9:49 am

I've seen pics of it in primer outside the hanger, very cute looking !!
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 9:54 am

There was a photo of it about six weeks ago on the Airbus website, and, I THINK someone posted it here, or a link to it.

The tail was painted, but not the body. Someone had drawn a cute smiley face on one of the engine covers, which suits the plane.

They're still saying first flight in January.
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 10:11 am

Here's a photo of the 318:

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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 10:21 am

This is going to be one of the last really interesting rollouts for a long time, perhaps until the A380. (No offense intended towards RJ fans.)
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 10:23 am

Who is the launch customer for the A318? On what routes will it fly?

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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 1:23 pm

TWA is a laucnh customer. Oops, nevermind.

I think.. AirFrance is a big enough customer that they got Airbus to cram CFMs on there. Frontier is getting some.

Also, they are having some trouble with the A318, I heard a while back... something about balancing the aircraft... don't know, and can't substantiate. If you're interested- which clearly I am not- do a search.

Cute little airplane.
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 5:44 pm

That is one small aircraft!!!!....I'm sure it is a R/C
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 11:41 pm

I know that it was supposed to be equipped with PWs under the wings, and then as AA737 pointed out, AF used its clout to force Airbus to use the partially made French engine.

So my question is....

Is this prototype using the CFMs, or the PWs? And which model of PW is it (or was it supposed to, if AB decided to ditch the entire PW engine idea in favor of CFMs)?
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 11:45 pm

The prototype will normally have the P&W PW6000 engine. So far I believe Air France is the only airline to have specified the CFM56 for its A318s. Airlines to have ordered the A318 include:
Air France
America West
Air China
British Airways

That's what I can think of.
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RE: A-318 Prototype

Fri Nov 30, 2001 11:53 pm

As an commercial aviation enthusiast, I'm always very happy to see new aircraft models being rolled out or shown for the first time. Thanks for the photo Sonic!

The A318 will be a very suitable aircraft to take pictures of, it will fill in the frame nicely as a 735 does actually.


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