|Quoting Columba (Reply 99):|
Before calling the A310 a failure keep in mind that it was the second type of a new manufacturer and many airlines had not as much faith in Airbus back then as they had in Boeing and decided for the 757/767 instead.
Look, its not a big deal that the A310 failed. Airbus survived it, and went on to better things. Clearly Boeing never let such stupid ideas as the 720 stop it from going on. All I am asking is that it not be used to prove that Airbus knows whats its doing. I mean the 747SP is nice and all but I would mock anyone who used it to show how boeing is a master of airplane design.
On why there are no A320F's in service now but there is 737F's of the same age? I think a big reason is the -100 is fairly worthless compared to its -200 versions as a freighter. Good enough to make money while you have them, but if you are going to be investing millions into the frame, you want to start with the superior -200. The A320 is also blessed with high demand right as they near that age where airlines have to start thinking hard about replacing them. The older shorter ranged 737 are more common, and already filtering down the food chain of airlines as they were being replaced by A320 and 737NG. So the A320 can't leave the fleets because you can't get a new one to replace it, and the secondary market already has a decent pile of 733s floating around.
|Quoting Columba (Reply 73):|
The A320 is still in demand as a passenger plane and most used A320 find a place with a new pax airline soon.
Some older aircraft were already broken up and a freighter conversion would not have made sense anyhow.
Conversion of A320F will start around 2010 which is a good date.
And again, I agree with this.
|Quoting Zeke (Reply 83):|
All that does not change the ICAO category, as ICAO have previously stated, both the 380 and 748 are Cat F.
Zeke, while its true the aircraft are technically in ICAO CAT F..... How does that matter when no airport will EVER be required to adopt full CAT F status to see the A380/748 in regular scheduled service. Your flat assertion that the 748 will ONLY be able to fly out of A380 ready airports is laughable. The technical reasons for this are obvious... The 748 interacts with the airport environment much closer to the 744 than it does with the A380. The 748's wings are around SEVENTEEN FEET SHORTER. do you not think that might influence the minimum runway/taxiway centerline separation if you need 34ft overall less distance between the two centerline to allow 748s to pass each other as compared to A380s. I also expect in some cases the extra length of the 748 to restrict it at some airports where the shorter A380 might not be restricted. You also seem to have missed Airbus stating the low % of airports that see 744 usage and their compliance with full cat E provisions despite the 744 being technically a Cat E plane.
Point is both aircraft will get specific rules that a airport must follow before it can see scheduled service from either aircraft. The 748 restrictions will be much closer to the restrictions placed on the 744, as compared to the A380.