PR77W wrote:Intresting I have been always under the impression that PR was looking for an Increased MTOW for the A359. But never considered they would be interested at the A359ULR.
DocLightning wrote:I can't imagine Airbus turning down any legitimate offer. It's hardly a good business practice to turn away potential customers. That said, the -ULR has some disadvantages (decreased total allowed payload). It's a minimal modification on the base A359 (some extra pumps and plumbing), so it's no extra trouble for Airbus to build one. The issue is that it's a pretty short list of airlines that have a good use for it. In addition to SQ, QF and perhaps NZ might be potential customers, but they haven't ordered A359s at all, and the ME3 might also be interested, but their geographic location means that they would only use it on a few routes (AKL, MEX, and maybe SCL if they don't want to go via EZE), and maybe SA might be interested. I really can't imagine any of the US3 or EU3 biting.
filipinoavgeek wrote:And in any case, it appeared that the A359ULR was ruled out for Project Sunrise pretty early on.
777Jet wrote:filipinoavgeek wrote:And in any case, it appeared that the A359ULR was ruled out for Project Sunrise pretty early on.
Does anybody know why? I believe that would be the perfect sized aircraft for such routes and could be used on other QF routes which QF want out of the sunrise aircraft. Not as big as the 35K / 77X but slightly longer and better cabin comfort than the 789 they currently use on the ULH PER-LHR route. Seemed like the logical choice to me if on offer.
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