The Airbus A370 is the name of a possible new mid-range aircraft from Airbus, as suggested by Simple Flying editor Nicholas Cummins. It will be a larger narrowbody aircraft than the Airbus A321XLR, replacing the aging Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. Its mean range will be 4,950 nautical miles (9,170 km), assuming that the ranges of its two variants will be 5,200 nautical miles (9,600 km) (A370-8) and 4,700 nautical miles (8,700 km) (A370-9).
There are two potential passenger variants that the Airbus A370 can have:
- The A370-8, a 286-passenger variant that will have the longest range of the variants
- The A370-9, a 316-passenger variant that will have the shortest range of the variants
Unlike the Airbus A330-200 (which has been developed into the A330-200F for airlines that carry air cargo as their main operational activity), a freight variant of the Airbus A370 would not be suitable.
According to Simple Flying, an Airbus A370 could be bought by those who 'used the Boeing 757 extensively [...] airlines looking to fill a specific long-haul high capacity niche [...] (and) low-cost carriers looking for aircraft to fly long haul routes with increased frequency'. Such airlines may include:
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- United Airlines
- Cummins, Nicholas (May 10, 2019). "Will There Ever Be An Airbus A370?" (Web). Simpleflying.com. Simple Flying Ltd. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- Boeing 757
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