Airbus has launched the A313
During the ILA 2002 in Berlin, or to be more specific - on
the 24th of July 2002 - we all saw the press-release by Airbus
regaring their new project, nicknamed "Babybus". This
brand new aircraft would seat 65 passengers and be the smallest
member of the A320-Family.
Last week, Airbus decided to
launch the airliner, now officially named A313. "This is an
importand step for Airbus to compete with growing regional-jet
manufactures like Canadair and Embraer", senior vice
president of Airbus told media last week.
Below, you can reed the original
press-release by Airbus published last year:
A313 - a typical two-class cabin layout seats 65 passengers, with a
range of up to 3200 nautical miles, powered by CFM56-5 or PW6000
With the opening of ILA 2002 in Berlin, Airbus presented plans for the
company’s future fleet-development. The European manufacturer
intends to enter the regional-jet market with a completely new
aircraft-study, the Airbus A313. With the A313, airlines will be able to
offer a seamless level of comfort and technology across their complete
range of domestic and regional markets.
The aircraft offers the widest
cabin in its class; no more comfort-compromise on shorter flights, and
no weak link in the connecting flight chain. The A313 is an ideal
introduction for new customers to the Airbus single-aisle A320 Family
and a perfect fleet extension for existing customers.
With this aircraft, Airbus now starts the expected competition with
Embraer, Fairchild Dornier and Canadair Bombardier.
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