Thinking of a long thin route that requires about a 6,300 nm range. If I reduce the load to 20 business seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, and the 116 economy seats, also in a 1-2-1 configuration, could I achieve the increase in range in the A-321 XLRO9CNF? Obviously, trading passengers and luggage for more fuel.
I agree with the concerns talked about in this forum, Airbus doesn't seem to realize that totally automated flight is more dangerous than a blend of automation and pilot input, the main reason airbus hangs their hat on the idea that pilot error is to blame for most accidents is because even when a crash is not pilot error investigating governments large manufacturers and airlines (who have a lot of sway) get themselves out of any liability by blaming one or two, usually dead, pilots. So by automating planes the can statistically say that "well no pilot flying must be safer" Bologna! All the crashes in the past 10-15 have involved sensor failures or strange results when pilots try to fix computer glitches, on CVR playbacks you always hear the pilots saying "what is the plane doing now?" There is an obvious disconnect between pilot and plane in the case of Airbus, look at the Air New Zealand crash in France, a frozen sensor brought them down! That is just crazy...absolutely crazy! I'm with lots of you reporting on this blog I try to avoid Airbus at all cost! Another documentary that I thought was interesting was the A380 incident with Quantas out of Singapore, for those of you who watched it did you notice how much effort went into the laptop interface to do the checklists and such, my goodness, can't you just get user friendly breakdown and a short list of probable causes then land the fricken plane, didn't look that way to me, in order to land the co-pilot had to go through a very lengthy process pounding away at a keyboard before they would be allowed to land by the planes computer, maybe I have it wrong but still in the older non automated aircraft if you had an engine failure and are lucky enough to be able to land the pilots would just shut down the faulty engine and beat it to the nearest airport and do their checklist enroute. Well boeing and bombardier for me please