Polot wrote:Slug71 wrote:frmrCapCadet wrote:So far as I know there is no thread on this. The two NBs, the 330s, the 787s, the 777s have all been stretched to the maximum their bones allow. Ironically Airbus hoped to do the same with the 380. The smaller and shorter legged versions of these planes are not economical and have been abandoned. It does leave some big holes, those middle of the market twin aisles in particular. In hindsight a rewinged 330 MOM, essential a modern 300, looks pretty good. Is it still possible?
Definitely possible, but feasibility may be another story. As mentioned earlier, I think a better option at this point may be to add a A350-700 and resurrect the -800 as a stretch of the -700, as opposed to a shrink of the -900. The A350 will be in production much longer than the A330, so I think it makes more sense to base a sub-variant off it from many stand points.texl1649 wrote:The 777 and A350 both have an ability/likelihood to get larger, with future derivatives.
To make a A350-700 work you would need to make so many changes that you are essentially just creating an entirely new aircraft that just so happens to have knowledge and tech learned from the A350 applied to it (which Airbus will of course do for any brand new plane, as would Boeing). The fuselage is just too big and the overall frame too heavy to make a competitive A350 derivative in that space.
Moving the A350 larger with a -1100 and then creating a A330 stretch is far more likely than your idea.
Other than the wing, what would make it so much different than the A300/310 to the A330?
The A350 could go larger, but I don't see the worthwhile demand. At least not right now. A stretch of the A330 would essentially be the A359.