Aviation Analysis Episode 5: A319 vs 737-700

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay, I had a lot going on this weekend, and was unable to post this as scheduled. This week, we will be comparing fierce rivals the 737-700 and the Airbus A319. Remember to keep track of the stars * to keep track of the score.
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Adrian Pingstone, Wikipedia
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PlanespotterA320, Wikipedia

  1. OEW
    A319: 90000lb
    737-700: 83000lb*
    The 737-700 is a lighter airframe than the A319
  2. MTOW
    A319: 166000lb*
    737-700: 154500lb
    The A319 can lift more which means that it has the capability to carry more passengers, cargo, and fuel
  3. MLW
    A319: 138000lb*
    737-700: 129200lb
    The A319 can also land with more fuel and passengers onboard, which makes it more flexible in the routes that it can fly in 1 day and in case of a diversion.
  4. Range
    A319: 6950km*
    737-700: 5570km
    The A319 can fly farther than the 737-700
  5. Service ceiling
    A319: 39100ft
    737-700: 41000ft*
    The 737 can fly higher than the A319
  6. Cargo Capacity
    A319: 27.7m**
    737-700: 27.4m
    The A319 can carry more cargo=more money. Plus, it can carry L3D containers, which the 737 cannot
  7. Engines
    A319: CFM56-5B=6/1, IAE V2500=4.9/1*
    737-700: CFM56-7B=5.3/1
    The A319 has more engine choices that can be more efficient.
  8. Seat Width
    A319: 18"*
    737-700: 17"
    The A319 has a wider seat
  9. Technology
    A319: Full FBW systems, full glass cockpit, sharklets, optional HUDs*
    737-700: Full glass cockpit, optional HUDs, split scimitar winglets
    The A319 has more advanced technologies than the 737-700
  10. Commonality
    A319: All modern Airbuses*
    737-700: 737NG family
    No words needed
  11. Takeoff runway distance
    A319: 6070ft*
    737-700: 6699ft
    The A319 can takeoff from a shorter runway
  12. Landing runway distance
    A319: 4460ft*
    737-700: 4652ft
    The A319 can land on a shorter runway
  13. In service
    A319: 1446*
    737-700: 1031
    There are waay more A319s in service, making spare parts cheaper and maintenance costs cheaper.
    Total
    A319: 11
    737-700: 2
    Conclusion
    There is a clear reason on why the A319 outsold the 737-700. Very likely, if there weren’t so many 737NG family planes in the skies, the margin would have been even greater. The A319 is a more flexible plane that is more advanced and cheaper to maintain and has better engines, and can carry more cargo and even containers. The 737-700 isn’t without it’s advantages however, as it is lighter and can fly higher, but the A319 has more of them. 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!
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Part of the issue comes down to Boeing not actually changing much of the aircraft. It’s got such an old design which is expects will beat the competition. Well it didn’t and now Airbus continually gained market share and I believe were outselling them in the short haul market for quite a bit, the new B737 Max aircraft hopefully are better.

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While yes, the 737-700 has a lower MTOW, it generally carries the same amount of cargo and pax as the A319. For example, most of UA’s 737-700s can fit 4 more seats and fly short routes, so the difference is not that big. Also, I believe you can get the 737’s with an SPF (short field performance) package which allows it to land on smaller runways. Many airlines have also opted for the Split Scimitar winglets on the 737 which greatly improve efficiency. On the other hand, Airbus is offering refits for the Sharklet on the A319 which is important to note. Also if we look at the MTOW to MLW ratio, they are very similar. Good topic though. These are small, small details.

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It looks like the 737-700 doesn’t come with the SPF, only the -800 and -900ER do. I’ll be sure to include that in any comparison with the these models, thanks!

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Never noticed. Thanks for correcting me.

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You should also look at the ER version of this aircraft. Has higher MTOW, more range, and beats out the A319.

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I don’t know. If we look at that, than we should also consider the A319LR, and IMO, there isn’t enough diff. to warrant another episode

Not being a Boeing fanboy or anything but I feel like these polls are a bit Airbus. How about we compare the CRJ-200 with the E-145 next to give the competition a little change eh?

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How don’t the aircraft compare? They’re competing for the same market share… therefore they’re competition to each other.

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That is a good idea, but I kinda want the order of the episodes to be in a logical order. It would be a little odd to go from say comparing the 777 and A340 to comparing the CRJ700 and E170, don’t you think?

I accidentally typed that in. I meant to delete that after I realized that the A319 and 737-700 were competing and I was like “How did I not remember that!”

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With what weight? Occasionally at ISP, 737-700’s takeoff from the shorter (33L) runway, which is only 5,184 feet. I think Frontier’s A319’s may have also taken off from that runway a few times.

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I had not noticed that you were doing them in order. Then yes please continue with the normal order and I please ask you that you would fulfill my request once you read that category of aircraft.

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These are at MTOW. The fact that at a higher weight the A319 can takeoff and land on a shorter runway, well…

Clear victory for airbus. Nice topic ;) #Airbus

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