Today, we will be looking at the smallest members of bitter rivals, the Boeing 737NG and the Airbus A320, the A318 and 737-600. Remember to keep track of the stars * to keep track of the score.
Adrian Pingstone, Wikipedia
Ben King, Wikipedia
The 737-600 weighs less, no words needed.
The A318 can lift more, which is always better.
The A318 can land with more as well.
The 737-600 can fly farther than the A318.
- Service ceiling
The 737-600 can fly higher than the A318.
- Cargo capacity
The A318 can carry more cargo than the 737-600.
A318: CFM56-5B=6/1, PW6000A=5/1*
The CFM engine on the A318 is more efficient and customers have a choice, whereas the exclusive engine on the 737-600 is less efficient than the CFM option.
- Seats Width
It is objectively better to have a wider seats.
A318: FBW systems, full glass cockpit, sharklets, optional HUDs*
737-600: Full glass cockpit, optional HUDs
The A318 has advanced FBW systems and can be eqquiped with sharklets, while the 737-600 lacks all of that.
A318: Same type with A320 family, A320NEO family, and common type rating with A330 and A340, and probably similar to A350 and A380. In other words, all modern Airbuses*
737-600: 737 family
- Takeoff runway distance
The A318 can takeoff from a shorter runway, making it more flexible than the 737-600
- Landing runway distance
The A318 can also land on a shorter runway as well
13: In service
While not exactly groundbreaking, there are more A318s in service making it cheaper for maintenance reasons and spare parts are more common.
- Total operators
A318: 5 airlines plus private customers*
737-600: 5 airlines
A318 gains the win as it overall has more customers as it has the same number of commercial customers but also has customers as an ACJ
The Boeing is cheaper to aqquire
The A318 also has steep approach capabilities, which the 737-600 does not. This makes it more flexible and is better. *
There is a reason the 737-600 was outsold by the A318. The A318 is more flexible, can lift more, has steep approach capabilities, has more customers, there are more of them flying, it has more efficient engines on average, is more advanced, and is more comfortable for passengers. However, the 737-600 is not without it’s advantages. It is far cheaper to acquire, can fly farther and higher, and weighs less. However, both of these aircraft were failures, and for a reason, as they were both essentially double shrinks intending to compete with aircraft purpose built for that market, and these 2 aircraft just could not compete with them. The A318 may have been an overall better choice for more airlines, as shown in the order books, but it is dependent on airlines and their individual needs, as it may vary greatly. Do you guys have any feedback for me, any information that you feel that I got wrong or should have added or left out, or even any suggestions for furture Aviation Analysis episodes? Feel free to let me know down in the comments! But, keep this appropriate, respectful and no A vs B arguments! Thanks!