cedarjet wrote:Nice little plane, although I never really got the economics — surely the extra operating cost of an A320 is paid for by a single row of seats. I know BA regret buying A319s, should have gone all A320/321. But not wishing to trash talk a very successful and super safe plane on her birthday. Cute too!
lightsaber wrote:Basically, at EIS, the A319 saved twice as much money per flight as it does today (for the CEO) and it had another ~400nm of range over the A320.
Flying reliable (without a fuel stop) TCON in an A320 was a challenge before the first PiPs unless payload was reduced (by carrying at most 140 pax). Forget going to Hawaii.
Today's A320 with Sharlets and the Select Two engine PiP is a different performer than a long time ago.
When did the A320 get the ACT (cargo hold fuel tank)? That wasn't in the earliest fuel system for the A320.
Remember back when we argued the A320s 2950nm range didn't have enough conservatism and that is why JetBlue had so many fuel stops? The same upgraded plane, 3200nm+. The NEO's range of 3,600nm is conservative.
KLMatSJC wrote:I actually got to meet Steven Udvar-Hazy a few months ago and got to talk about the creation of the A319 and other aircraft that he has brought to aircraft companies. Definitely a great dude to talk aviation with!
smithbs wrote:KLMatSJC wrote:I actually got to meet Steven Udvar-Hazy a few months ago and got to talk about the creation of the A319 and other aircraft that he has brought to aircraft companies. Definitely a great dude to talk aviation with!
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cedarjet wrote:Nice little plane, although I never really got the economics — surely the extra operating cost of an A320 is paid for by a single row of seats.
SEU wrote:Fantastic aircraft, although outdone by its older sisters, it was part of one of the biggest orders in Airbus's history, with the massive Easyjet order back in the early 2000s.
lightsaber wrote:1. Range, the A320 pre engine PiPs and sharklets wasn't enough.
2. Short field performance.
3. Engine maintenance
4. Before sharklets and engine PiPs, the A319 saved more fuel than it does today.
santi319 wrote:Speaking of, with NEO engines and Sharklets, wouldnt the A319NEO range be one of the most impressive and desirable? Specially for Hot and High long haul..
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