Hello. Today, we will be looking at the A318 once again, the winner of the last week’s episode, and the MD-95, one you may know better as the 717-200, the last aircraft designed by MD. Boeing’s own 737-600 lost to the A318, so let’s see how they did with the MD-95. Remember to keep track of the stars * to keep track of the score.
Adrian Pingstone, Wikipedia
The 717 weighs less, no words needed.
The A318 can lift more, which is always better
The A318 can land heavier than the 717.
The A318 can fly farther than the 717
- Service ceiling
The A318 can fly higher than the 717
- Cargo Capacity
A318: CFM56-5B=6/1, PW6000A=5/1*
717-200: Rolls Royce BR715=Unknown, but all other members of the BR700 family have bypass ratios lower than 5/1
- Seat Width
They have the same seat width, so neither gets the point.
A318: Full FBW systems, full glass cockpit, sharklets, optional HUDs*
717-200: Full glass cockpit
The A318 has more advanced technologies in greater number than the 717.
A318: All modern Airbuses*
No words needed
- Takeoff runway distance
The A318 can takeoff from a shorter runway
- Landing runway distance
The A318 can also land on a shorter runway
- In service
While not exactly groundbreaking, there are more 717s in service making it cheaper for maintenance reasons and spare parts are more common.
The A318 also has steep approach capabilities, which the 717-200 does not. This makes it more flexible and is better. *
Despite the results that cleary give the A318 the advantage, the 717 outsold it by just as wide of a margin. This is likely as while the A318 may appear to be the overall better airplane for more airlines, it’s strengths have a much smaller market than the 717, as a shorthaul small plane that attempted to replace old DC-9s.The A318, while having better performance and better engines, is quite heavy as a shirnk and can’t carry as much cargo and didn’t sell as well, making it harder to maintain. In other words, the A318 may be better in more categories, but the categories that it is better in have a smaller market than the 717. It is entirely dependent to the airlines, and we can see how the market spoke. Do you guys have any feedback for me, any information that you feel that I got wrong or should have added or left out? Feel free to let me know down in the comments! But, keep this appropriate, respectful and no A vs B arguments! Thanks!