Air Transport World

Airbus TA11 grows; A320 continues on course.

The TA11 four-engine, long-range airliner continues to occupy a major place in the forward thinking of Airbus Industrie as the European consortium's next project following the 150-seat A320. This is according to Adam Brown, VP sales for Airbus, who told ATW that the aircraft had recently grown so that it now has the cabin floor space of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 or the Lockheed L-1011.

A further recent development was that Airbus had received commitments from both CFM International Aero Engines (The U.S., Britich, West German, Italian, Japanese consortium) making respectively the CFM-56 and the V2500 engines to give the TA11 enough thrust to push it to "the sort of altitudes that it needs to operate at."

Brown said, "We are now able to talk to airlines about the airplane with the same cockpit and the same propulsion system as the A320--and this is very significant in view of the fact that much of the investment in both airplanes for training, spares and maintenance facilities would be a onetime investment. …

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