B757236GT wrote:aemoreira1981 wrote:johnconquest wrote:First A320 I've flown on was a B6 one in 2007, N529JB, which is still flying for them and is 19.9 years old. The oldest A320 I've flown on is N320US with DL which is 30.2 years old.
While not anywhere close to oldest, I would wonder how it ranks above hours, and if anyone racks up hours on narrow body planes faster than JetBlue. Some could be racing against timing out and age 30. I do expect some JetBlue A320s to pass 100,000 hours.
I suspect some of the LCCs A320 families are racking up the hours. Easyjets are used pretty intensively but they do have more down time in the winter months. I know one thing for certain, when i started on config on the A320 family in 1994 that we would get to where in terms of the early build frames I'm not sure i would have believed you. Those early frames were effectively genesis and as such any potential issues would be found in these to the extent they certainly kept R&D busy. I retired when the oldest frames were 20 years of age and i remember being impressed how many very early frames were still giving excellent service.
LCCs in Europe, though, tend to "cycle" the planes more heavily rather then "hour" them. Eight to ten legs a day with an hour something block time would be far more probable than achieving the 3:1 ratio hours to cycles that JetBlue planes do. So hardly a chance to achieve 75k hours over there, I guess?