Airbus P305

Date:         23 Aug 98 14:33:49 
From:         Marc Schaeffer <marcmsc*>
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It is rumoured that AI is proposing to SIA the P305 to replace their
existing A310 fleet. This P305 should focus on short range widebody
services. It will incorporate the RR Trent 500 engines of the A340NG,
the FBW cockpit of the other buses and a new wing. That's all the
information which I read, however I still have some questions:

- Is there a market for a shortrange WB
- what would be -- roughly -- the development costs
- what the target delivery date
- I read somewhere that AI might even launch the A322 (an A321 with the
beefed P305 wing), which could then compete with the 757. Two
subquestions :
-- is this technically possible (one same wing for a widebody and a
-- would this 322 have a chance to replace the oldest 757

Marc Schaeffer, Luxembourg
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