UPS757Pilot wrote:But Airbus desperately wants in the large freighter market as the A330F hasn't exactly been a hot seller. The A350F could generate much more interest.
flee wrote:Airbus needs to reduce the A350's cost of production before they introduce any more new models. They also need to ramp up production to a higher rate as there are currently few near term delivery slots. Perhaps, they can offer freighters in two or three years - after the A380 has ceased production and more A350s can then be built using the A380 factory.
lightsaber wrote:I see an A338F as a great opportunity. Just crank up that MTOW. TATL non-stop, in winter, with Max payload, is the minimum to sell this expensive of a freighter in bulk.
lightsaber wrote:UPS757Pilot wrote:But Airbus desperately wants in the large freighter market as the A330F hasn't exactly been a hot seller. The A350F could generate much more interest.
The issue with the A330F is lack of TATL range with maximum payload. What is needed is enough MTOW to activate the center tank. This is a binary function as, going from memory, the first two tons of fuel is unusable (by certification definition) and thus adding anything less than 5 or 6 tons of fuel just isn't worth the cost.
So a slightly higher MTOW A338 has potential.
The A333 didn't activate the center tank until the MTOW was high enough for about 8 tons and that only increased range from 5700nm to 6200nm (at low 30T of payload).
I see an A338F as a great opportunity. Just crank up that MTOW. TATL non-stop, in winter, with Max payload, is the minimum to sell this expensive of a freighter in bulk.
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