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Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:10 am

Could an airliner with less than 170 seats be profitable on transatlantic routes?
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Re: Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:29 am

If someone wants it, they will. In 2006, Boeing "developed" the "Boeing 737-700ER" for ANA, which had a range of over 5,000nmi. I think ANA only took two. All Boeing did was to take two 737-700BBJs and configure their interiors for airline use. No actual development required.

Airbus offers an A320NEO-ACJ that has a range of 6,000nmi with 20 passengers. A business jet interior is much heavier per passenger than an airline layout (although airliners may have a heavier weight overall) so with a typical A320 passenger load of 180 (say 150 given that this will definitely be a two-class aircraft), they can probably eke out a good 5,500nmi from this frame. Of course, there will be next to no hold space.
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Re: Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:45 am

What percentage of the cargo volume do the additional fuel tanks take up?

Non LCC-carriers that use A321s for longhaul(ish) flights (TP, B6) put around 160 instead of 220/230 seats into the cabin, so only use 70 per cent of the cabin capacity. For an A320 it would mean something like 125-130 seats.

As a longhaul A320 will not have the maximum number of seats, but probably something in 130-140 pax range
 
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Re: Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:27 am

DocLightning wrote:
If someone wants it, they will. In 2006, Boeing "developed" the "Boeing 737-700ER" for ANA, which had a range of over 5,000nmi. I think ANA only took two.


And they lasted only 9 years in service and have both been scrapped.
 
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Re: Will Airbus launch a long range version of the A320 NEO?

Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:43 pm

VSMUT wrote:
DocLightning wrote:
If someone wants it, they will. In 2006, Boeing "developed" the "Boeing 737-700ER" for ANA, which had a range of over 5,000nmi. I think ANA only took two.


And they lasted only 9 years in service and have both been scrapped.


True. But ANA wanted them and Boeing sold them. So if someone wants one or two ACJs configured as airliners, I'm pretty sure that Airbus will be happy to take their money.
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