Date: 02 Sep 98 01:08:00 From: cNhOuSaPnAgMa@cris.com Organization: Concentric Internet Services References: 1 Followups: 1
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In sci.aeronautics.airliners Marc Schaeffer <email@example.com> wrote: > It is rumoured that AI is proposing to SIA the P305 to replace their > existing A310 fleet. Your statement is a bit strong; I would say, "AI has briefed SIA of the P305 project as a possible A310 replacement." > 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 Boeing and Airbus combined have sold around 500 B767-200s and A310s of which most are of the long range versions. The B757-300 is supposed to cover part of the shorter range B767-200 market. At this time, the stretched B757 seems to have very limited market appeal. Also, the B767-200ER is still being offered, but no airline seem to need 200-seat airplanes. Thus, I don't think there is a big demand for short-to-medium range widebodies in the 200-seat category. > - what would be -- roughly -- the development costs With FBW and a new wing, I would guess that it would cost a little (but not much) less than the US$2.5-3b that Airbus is going to spend on the A340-500/600. > - what the target delivery date My understanding is the A3XX has a higher priority, but I could be wrong. If Airbus' priority has not changed (which means most of Airbus' resources will be devoted to the A3XX), it will be a while. > - 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 This one I have not heard. > subquestions : > -- is this technically possible (one same wing for a widebody and a > narrowbody) Don't know. However, I would think a P305 wing would be too big for the A321. Doesn't make much sense. > -- would this 322 have a chance to replace the oldest 757 Why not?