Re: Airbus planes

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works
Date:         22 Oct 93 01:05:00 PDT
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>What planes does Airbus have

>* under its belt (built, blown, whether or not still flying)

A300, A300-600, A310, A320, A321, A330, A340.

>* on the drawing boards

A319 is the only one to speak of.  An A322 has been mentioned but not
a whole lot more than that.  There's also the A2000 (?), the Airbus
flag in the 650-seat breeze.  Haven't heard much about it in a while,
especially now that all of the major Airbus constituents (but not
Airbus itself) seem to be collaborating with Boeing on another entry
in the same game.

>What are the basic characteristics (narrow body/wide body, #engines,
>etc) of these craft?

The A319/A320/A321/A322 are narrow-body aircraft, a few inches wider
than the Boeing 737/757 though still typically 3-3 seating in coach.
All of the others share a twin-aisle fuselage cross-section which
nominally has 2-4-2 seating in coach, putting it midway between the
767 (2-3-2) and DC-10/L-1011 (2-5-2).

Except for the A340, which has four wing-mounted engines, all of the
Airbus offerings are twins.  All but the original A300 models are
still offered (including the A300-600).

In very rough terms, and comparing to (mostly Boeing) offerings which
may be more familiar, the various offerings are as follows:

    A300
	Medium-range transport comparable in size and weight to the
	domestic Boeing 767-300.

    A310
	Shortened A300 with a new wing, redesigned tail, two-man crew,
	and other refinements.  Medium- to long-range; comparable to
	the 767-200 and -200(ER).

    A300-600
	Slight stretch from A300 with aft fuselage from A310, which
	increases seating slightly, and other A310 features.  Medium-
	to long-range, the A300-600 is comparable to the 767-300(ER).

    A320
	Short- to medium-range, narrow-body twin.  Comparable to the
	Boeing 737-400, or 727-200, or maybe even 757, depending on
	who you ask.  :-)  The A320's most noteworthy -- and contro-
	versial -- feature is its radical cockpit redesign and fly-
	by-wire system.

    A321
	Stretched version of A320.  Comparable in size to 757, but
	with *much* lower range.  First flight was earlier this year.
	(A322 would be even more of the same, but they'd have to use
	different engines, which defeats a lot of the family
	advantage.)

    A319
	Launched at the recent Paris Air Show, the A319 is a shortened
	A320, roughly the size of a 737-300.

    A330
	Same fuselage cross-section as the A300/A310 but an entirely
	new aircraft, significantly longer and heavier than even the
	A300-600 with trans-Pacific range, at least in later versions.
	Shares cockpit and has common crew rating with A320 family.
	Main competitors are Boeing's 777 and McDonnell Douglas' MD-11.
	Due to enter service within the next few months.

    A340
	Virtually identical to the A330 except for the engines, with
	the A340 having four smaller engines instead of the A330's two.
	Differences are confined to the engines and their attachment
	to the wings plus relevant control systems.  The A340 has only
	slightly higher takeoff weight but substantially greater range
	and, with four engines, isn't subject to ETOPS restrictions.

Hope this helps.

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