Re: Air Canada's new Airbus A319

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
Date:         12 May 94 13:19:34 
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In article <CpozIH.DE0@freenet.carleton.ca>,
Nikolai Nefedow <ad357@FreeNet.Carleton.CA> wrote:

>I've heard about Air Canada replacing its DC-9's with A319's (39 new
>aircraft ???).   I've flown on A310's and A320's but I've never heard
>of the A319 ... Could some post a brief description ???  ... Karl ????

It's a shorter A320, about the size of a 737-300.  Boeing and Airbus
followed the same track with their babies.  For the second generation,
Boeing started with the 737-300, then stretched it to produce the -400,
and finally shrunk it to produce the -500.  Airbus went in exactly the
same sequence -- A320, then A321, then A319.  In fact, the third gen-
eration 737 is starting off with the mid-sized model too, the 737-700.

All this makes perfect sense, at least at the bottom end of the product
line -- start with something reasonable, then stretch it as bigger
engines become available and you learn just how much growth you have
in the airframe.  Finally, backfill with a tiny version for the small
markets.  While it may be a bit less efficient than a plane designed
for that size from the start (consider an F-100 vs. a 737-500), those
costs are easily dominated by economy of scale and fleet commonality
for carriers with the bigger versions -- note that the two biggest 737
operators (United and Southwest) bought the 737-300, then later bought
the 737-500, just as Air Canada bought the A320 and then the A319.

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