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Aircraft Asset Assessment

December 11, 2006

As a member of the A320 family, technology is not an issue for the A318. Technical obsolescence will not feature for many years or at least until the A320 family is upgraded or replaced. The interior of the A318, providing a wider diameter than the competition, is already proving to be a winner on other members of the A320 family. On a 100 seater, such an advantageous interior arrangement will further enhance passenger perceptions. The high gross weight A318s are now a match for the B737-600, something that was lacking with the original payload/range objectives. However, a 100 seater usually flies shorter sectors such that flight times are likely to approximate an hour. The difference in MTOWs has a significant effect on range capability. While structural changes are unlikely to be necessary to accommodate higher gross weights on a post production basis, there may be some operating empty weight implications.

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