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US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 2:34 am

Why has US Airways chosen to buy the A330? I know about the commonality and the spat with Boeing but airlines like United, Asnett (I think), Northwest, British Airways and ANA among others have decided to use Boeing widebody jets with the Airbus narrowbody jets and not buy the A330/340.

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RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 3:30 am

I think it is for commonality with the A319's and A320's.

It makes sense to go with the A330


RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 3:32 am

And others like Iberia, TAM, Air Canada, Air Lanka, Sabena (to name but a few) have decided to take the Airbus widebodies. Why ? I can't really say. There are many factors involved such a what routes will they be using them on, what kind of load do they expect, what price can they get the planes for and many more intricate parameters.

Fair question, but there's no easy answer to this one.

RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 4:41 am

Two words: Steve Wolfe. This guy just love Airbuses. Plus they are not on a backlog like the heavies over at Boeing.

RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 5:03 am

The chairmen's name is Stephen Wolf, they choose it because it works better it its route system in the flight to Europe, also a pilot agreement.


RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 5:09 am

Also but I'm not sure, but I think they have an option to transfer their options on the A330 to the A340.
Allowing them to be common to fly both with min. training.
Also maybe that they had a reduce price for allowing both A320 series and A340/A330 series to be bought from US Airways.


RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 6:57 am

US air has gone insane>steve wolf just loves the airbuses!

I preferr the 777s over the a330s and the a340s. I flew the CX A340 from HKG-to MEL, AUS recently, and it was cramped and uncomfotable. I like the 777 more, and I have been in it three times. the last time was from TAIpei to HKG and it was good. my mum flew on a 777-300, luck her!

But I guess US air choosed the A330 because of its needs.
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RE: US Airways A330s

Thu Apr 15, 1999 3:36 pm

I have a good friend who flies the 757/767 for them. He really wanted them to get the 777, but he said that they chose the Airbus for cost reasons - plain and simple. It would work better with their predicted load capacities than the 777 or 767-400.

Another thing is that USAirways has a dedicated pool of pilots that fly only international routes, so unless this changes the A330 pilots would never fly the A320s, even though they could. So crew commonality must not have been a factor in the USAirways decision.
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RE: US Airways A330s

Fri Apr 16, 1999 10:41 pm

There were a few factors. One is Steve Wolf who ordered United's first A320s and loves them. They could get earlier delivery dates than if they ordered the 777 and remember the squabble with Boeing?

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