Re: A3XX vs B747-600 (was: Airbus lawsuit coming?)

Date:         21 Nov 96 03:02:20 
From:         Stefano Pagiola <>
Organization: World Bank
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RD Rick wrote:
> There may be more A320's built than Comets, but the A320 may still have
> a worse accident record, which at one time was the worst since the
> beginning of the jet age.

Worse by what criteria?  There have been 4 A320 hull losses (AF, Indian,
IT, Lufthansa) out of 600-some built so far.  There were also at least 4
Comet hull losses (the 2 in-flight disintegrations, plus landing accidents
at Karachi and Rome), out of a much smaller number built.  More passengers
may have died, but normalize by passengers carried and that's no longer
true.  Besides, more passengers have died on 737s and 747s too, although
again once you normalize that may no longer be true.  The A320 may well
have the worst record among new-generation aircraft, but claiming it has
the worst record "since the beginning of the jet age" is nonsense unless
you use some really bizarre criterion.