DALCE wrote:ULD equiped A32S vs. Bulk 737's... The Airbus wins that all day long. The 737 only loads up to 99-149kgs per piece ( can differ slightly between operators ) whereas the AKH can weigh up to 1134kgs, meaning approx 1000kgs per piece. Max loading height on the 737 is approx 86cm's and on the AKH/PKC you can load 113cm height with ease.
Combined loads is also mentioned wrongly here, Hold 5 is always bulk, regardless of the a/c type (also widebodies) and often used only for crew bags and the likes or top urgent cargo shipments. ( LHO,AOG,SHL and the likes).
I also read that DHL & FEDEX are the beating the traditional airline cargo systems door-2-door. Also this is not true, it all depends on the SOP's dictated by customers.
In whatever way you put it, the 320-series with ULD's are far more convient for cargo than the 737. I yet have to read a strong argument to why a 737 is better for cargo.
Sorry guys/girls, don't take it personal, but I strongly disagree here. And I have been in Cargo for 20 years, having dealt with both 737's and Airbus NB's.
Not questioning what you're putting here. Just questioning why so many people think that cargo capabilities will be the all-overriding decision factor in this competition. The other arguments all stand too: pricing, capability differences (and their relevance on the shortish sectors in Europe), maintenance expertise, training requirements when switching, historical company preference/bias, etc.