Robert Sutherland Posted March 3, 2020 Share Posted March 3, 2020 I have wondered this for a while, and I can't find an answer on the web about it, so here goes. Airbus have named their planes chronologically (with the exception of the A380!), and typically derivatives of those models are then named according to size. So you have the A330, with the smaller model being the -200, and then bigger model the -300 (or in the NEO's case, the A330-800 and A330-900!) You have the A340, with the smaller model being the -300, then the mid-sized being the -500, and the largest being the 600. You have the A350, with the smaller model being the -900, and the larger being the -1000. But when it comes to the A320, they've amended the name of the plane. Small - A318. Medium - A319. Large - A320. Extra Large - A321. Why? Why didn't they name them all the A320, then add derivatives according to the size? So A320-100 being the A318? A320-200 being the A319? A320-300 being the Large? It's just something that's bugged me Quote Link to comment
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