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Old 13th Apr 2021, 01:11
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Airbus A318

There has been wide publicity across aviation websites in the last few days of Tarom's decision to put their 4 A318s up for sale
British Airways don't seem likely to be operating an A318 between London City and New York JFK for some considerable time

In terms of scheduled airline service, the only remaining airline I can think which makes any sort of meaningful use of A318s is Air France with aircraft now between 15 and 17 years old. Presumably these will be replaced by A220 in the near future
Yes, I know there are other A318s still flying - but each time, it seems to be a case of just a single aircraft in a fleet

Is the end approaching for the A318 in terms of passenger airline service ?
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 07:58
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Probably, think of it as an airliner with the capacity of a regional jet. Too small for one market and too big for the other.

They would be great for converting into high end business jets though. The low purchase price of the airframe, even with the cost of the fit out would give a considerable saving over a new G650 or similar, which would offset the higher running costs.
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 08:50
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Baggage doors are smaller too due to the shortened fuselage, so no containers.
Many spare parts are good for the bigger family members this is why many A318s ended up being parted out.
Today even the A319neo is exotic. Airlines start with the A320neo and move up to the A321neo instead.
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 14:29
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I suspect if BA re-introduce BA1/2 out of LCY, it will be with an A220. G-EUNA has gone to be parted out for spares
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 18:40
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Originally Posted by Davef68 View Post
I suspect if BA re-introduce BA1/2 out of LCY, it will be with an A220. G-EUNA has gone to be parted out for spares
​​​​​​...and Titan G-EUNB turned up at St. Athan today. Maintenance, or a more ominous fate?
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 19:14
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Going the way if the B736, worth more as parts for their larger siblings.

Are there any 737-600s still in service?
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 19:31
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Air Algerie, Tunisair and Westjet are all still flying the B736.

Not to mention the half-dozen examples based at KLAS which spend their time shuttling between there and Area 51, Tonopah, etc ...
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
Air Algerie, Tunisair and Westjet are all still flying the B736.

Not to mention the half-dozen examples based at KLAS which spend their time shuttling between there and Area 51, Tonopah, etc ...
Thanks Dave. I seem to remember a bit of noise around SAS retiring theirs and being the final operator of the type in Europe.
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