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Airbus announces A318.

Noel Forgeard, making his first major public pronouncement since becoming CEO of Airbus Industrie in April, used Farnborough as a platform to offer a new member of the European consortium's narrowbody aircraft family, the 107-seat A318, and to firm up confidence in plans for the 600-seat A3XX despite the downturn in the economic fortunes of the Asia/Pacific region, the aircraft's key market.

The A318 is a downsized version of the 124-seat A319, minus 4.5 fuselage frames or 94 in., with a smaller cargo door and a dorsal fin, but with the same wing as the 190-seat A321. Forgeard made a surprising early selection of an initial engine type, launching the Pratt & Whitney PW6000, with 20,00023,000 lb. thrust (ATW, 8/98, p. 50). At least one more engine will be added to the selection list.

Using the A3 19 pylon and interfaces, this wholly new engine will give a basic 1,500-nm range. …

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