Date: 13 Oct 98 02:48:22 From: JF Mezei <email@example.com> References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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H Andrew Chuang wrote: > The A320 is a medium-haul, 150-seat aircraft. It fills the B727 gap > that Boeing had left open when they marketed the B757 as the B727 > replacement. Airbus was smart enough to spot the opening and built the > A320. The A320 has never been a *direct* competitor of the B737 just > like the B727 has never competed directly against the first-generation > B737. (Similarly, the A321 is not a direct competitor of the > longer-range B757 even though the two designs have similar capacities. Point about CAPACITY well made. However, if one were to use operating costs as a metric to compare say a 757 vs A321, or 737 (first and medium generations) and A320, would your comparisons stick ? Would it be possible that for some operators, dues to the negotiated deals, that operating a A320 would end up being more cost effective than a 1 or 2 generation 737 even though the 737 might be beter sized for the airline's capacity requirements ?