Odds and Ends: A320 Sharklet tests better than forecast; Emirates and A350-1000

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Airbus flight tests reveal that its Sharklet is one-half percent better on long-range operations than had been forecast.
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The company revealed that the A320 Sharklet 4% better fuel burn than the current airplane on long-range flight tests, vs. the 3.5% forecast. EIS is next month.
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The company also had the maiden flight of the A319 Sharklet on November 23. EIS is second quarter 2013.
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Airbus Photo
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Emirates and A350-1000: Aviation Week has this piece about the A350-1000 and Emirates Airlines. We’ve also been told the aircraft is overweight at this stage and field performance is a concern, we’re confident Airbus will be able to address the issues. (We’d note that field performance for the Boeing 737 MAX has also been a concern, but we also believe Boeing will overcome this. The point is that weight and performance are also concerns of new airplane programs, including the Boeing 787 and 747-8.)
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EasyJet looks at Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier: easyJet is considering all three OEMs for its next round of aircraft, considering the A320, the 737 and the CSeries.

15 comments on “Odds and Ends: A320 Sharklet tests better than forecast; Emirates and A350-1000

  1. Mr. Clark, while bashing the Airbus for their changes to the A350-1000, has also hinted at converting some, or all, of their A350-900 orders to -1000s. At least, that is what I read into the comments about the size of the -900 is starting to look marginal.

    Seems like they are still happy with the A380 performance, despite the wing structure problems. Obviously not related, but both do deal with costs. I do wonder how much that is really bothering them. Not that we will ever really know.

  2. I still see the B787-10X in the cards for EK….it will serve excellent on short to medium-haul “trunk routes”…..I’m still not convinced a 350+ seater will be the smallest plane in EK’s fleet.

    I do understand there is FlyDubai for the “short-haul” routes, but unless FlyDubai is integrated into/with EK, EK will need a sub-350 seat plane.

    Both the B787-10X and A359XWB would serve well in EK’s fleet..IMHO..

    • Emirates used its A330/A340 fleet to build its medium/long haul network during the last decade, up to 280 seats. Even the 787-10 seems a big replacement for those. The 787-9 seems a better match.

      • Given EK were seriously looking into the A333 and that EK’s Clark is stating the A359XWB might be a bit on the smaller end, the B787-10X would perfectly fit the various criteria of what EK is looking for.

  3. “We’d note that field performance for the Boeing 737 MAX has also been a concern, but we also believe Boeing will overcome this.”

    I only know the 737-900ER needs a lot of runway, even under standard conditions, Boeing recently said they hope the -9 won’t do worse. Performance kits and carbon brakes were already developed in the past.

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