bmi A319s

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The 6 A319s bmi operates at the minute are "131" models but their remaining 3 that they have on order are "132" models. Why have they chosen to order two different models? What benefits does this bring to them? Any other info regarding this fleet would be appreciated...
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Can I ask, what is the difference between the two models?
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I believed that the last two numbers, where the numbers that the manufacturers applied to different airlines?
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I believed that the last two numbers, where the numbers that the manufacturers applied to different airlines?
No, Boeing uses that system. Airbus has the 1st digit for the generation (100/200), the second digit for the engines and the third digit for something else (cabin layout?). If it is indeed the cabin layout that the 131 may include be cattle class only and 132 may include first class???

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As far as I know, all bmi's aircraft have convertible seats and a partition to seperate business/economy class so I doubt that this is why they have ordered this other model...
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No, Boeing uses that system. Airbus has the 1st digit for the generation (100/200), the second digit for the engines and the third digit for something else (cabin layout?). If it is indeed the cabin layout that the 131 may include be cattle class only and 132 may include first class???
Ah sorry ok, too much beer i've had i think :p

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Ah sorry ok, too much beer i've had i think :p
Well seen as though it's Christmas Day; thats allowed! ;)

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So why would they order a different engine variant to the one already operated? What benefits would this have over the other A319's? Is there any particular reason why bmi would need differently powered engines? Perhaps they would be used on longer/shorter flights

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Maybe simply an enhanced variant of the existing engine from the manufacturer? lee
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It's just an improvement of an existing engine type. For example we operate the CFM 56C2 (A340-311) and the CFM 56C4 (A340-313). The difference is that the improved C4 can generate 3000lb more thrust for the same fuel burn.

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I dont think there is any difference in the type, Look at the Vickers Viscount, there were various marks for different airlines, ie, V757s for Air Canada V701s for BEA, but at the end of the day, they were V700 srs Viscounts. Same applies to Boeing aircraft, B757 236 is the same as a B757 225, its simply a 757 200 srs. I beleive this applies to Airbus aswell in most respects
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I dont think there is any difference in the type, Look at the Vickers Viscount, there were various marks for different airlines, ie, V757s for Air Canada V701s for BEA, but at the end of the day, they were V700 srs Viscounts. Same applies to Boeing aircraft, B757 236 is the same as a B757 225, its simply a 757 200 srs. I beleive this applies to Airbus aswell in most respects
Sorry but no. Boeing and Airbus use different numbering as described in the replies above.