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Anyway, EI will - with the inclusion of these aircraft - have 29 A32X aircraft, of which six are 321s and 23 (currently 21), A320s.
EI has an ultimate plan to operate 42 32Xs, so expect another order soon; the 319 can't be ruled out, although the 318 most likely will be.
318 does not suit the pile 'em high sell 'em cheap mode EI are in. 318s are useful in certain circumstances (they are being modded for steep approaches) but the economics of something like a ERJ190/195 are hard to beat. Also, 318s don't have a cargo door the size of 319 and above and thus can't take containers, only bulk.
Center Bogey wrote:Think you will find the 319 and 320 are also bulk loaded! ULD's used from 321 upwards on the bus.
A320 can use ULDs. However, many airlines will bulk load in order to attain shorter turn-around times.
there used to be a schematic on airbus.com of the A319/320/321 cargo hold under various configs but it's gone now. However, my recollection is that all configs a 321 can do a 319 can do, just less of it in total volume (4 LD3-46s as opposed to 7 in a 320 and 10 in a 321 is what a google says).
Airbus has recently launched a business jet version, the 318 Elite.
The 318 is powered by CFM56 engines; PW proposed a 6000 model, but it "never got off the ground".
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