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Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Mon Aug 05, 2002 12:48 pm

Whenever I see one of these three, I just say it's an a320 Smile. How does one distinguish between these 3 different models?
 
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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Mon Aug 05, 2002 12:51 pm

Length, number of windows and the number of emergency exits... If you really look at them, they are VERY different even though they are all classified under the A320-family.
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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Mon Aug 05, 2002 1:08 pm

A319

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This aircraft can be characterized by its single overwing emergency exit and it's shorter length compared to the A320 and the A321.

A320

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The A320's distinguishing feature is its two overwing emergency exits, plus it's longer than the A319.

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The A321 is the longest of the A320 family, and carries the most passengers. This aircraft is easily characterized by the fact that there are no overwing emergency exits, but four large cabin doors.

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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Mon Aug 05, 2002 1:43 pm

Wow...

You did a really good job of explaining those differences in a clear, concise, and well-illustrated manner. Way to go, eh.

The thing I love about working in the airline/aviation industry is that no matter who you are, you always have something new to learn, every day.

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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Tue Aug 06, 2002 8:27 am

Excellent. The differences are quite obvious.
 
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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Tue Aug 06, 2002 3:38 pm

Just for clarification, not to be picky, but, some 321 operators have three entrance doors, and one smaller one aft of the wing.

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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:39 am

If you look at them really closely they often have A319, A320 and A321 painted on their fuselage.  Big grin
 
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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Wed Aug 07, 2002 2:35 am

The cabin is the same in all A 18-19-20-21, from short to long .......
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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Wed Aug 07, 2002 3:26 am

In the future, it´s going to get more complicated:

The A318 - she looks clearly more stubby than the A319, also due to a higher tail. But the main distinguishing feature, the exit configuration, is the same as on the A319.


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The A319 - apparently Airbus is looking into adding another pair of overwing exits to suit the needs of holiday/low cost airlines, who want to increase passsenger capacity - should this option materialise, it will be difficult to tell these A319s from A320-200s with the same exit layout.


The A320 - notice something missing in the photos below? Yup, that´s the -100 series which has no winglets. Given the fact that only 20 were built and the remaining 18 are flying for AF (13) and BA (5), you´ll not see them in America for the moment. But I wouldn´t be too surprised if they were to show up on the used planes market in the not too distant future - they´re 14 years old, after all - and then they might make it into other than European skies.


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The A321 - there are the -100 and -200 series - no external difference, but the -200 is a kind of "ER" version.


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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Wed Aug 07, 2002 3:37 am

For a casual observer it woul dbe length since form a distant you cant see the door and emergency exits in a lot of cases.
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RE: Differences Between A319/a320/a321

Fri Aug 09, 2002 9:46 am

Another unique feature will be found on Indian Airlines A320s - namely double bogie main landing gear. The airline ordered its A320s with this feature to enable them to land on some Indian airports with axle weight restrictions. No other airline took this option and indeed Indian is converting some of these planes to the standard single bogie gear.

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