Well, one day has passed so it’s essay time.
The argument against the A350 was that it was “too new” and that the flight physics models couldn’t be exactly pinpointed down, not that it didn’t have enough airlines. Then, in April 2019, the first mention of the A350’s development came out as far as I could find. The A350’s first flight took place in 2013. The A220’s first flight took place in…2013 as well. There has been plenty of time. Also, we have to consider development time. 20-ish airlines have place orders for the A220-300. We already know the 757 is coming. IF has been averaging approximately half a year, give or take, between large additions. That means the A220 would likely not come out until at least mid-next year. This would give time for two things. 1) To get more deliveries going. JetBlue’s A220s are already starting to roll out of the shop, and 2) Get even more orders. Even though it might not be successful as the A350, many major airlines are confident in it and have placed/been delivered huge orders, and I think many will follow suit.
I agree; in fact IF doesn’t have a gap in anything except for military. I think you’ve misinterpreted the argument. Long haul keeps getting addition after addition after addition while short haul doesn’t really get anything. It’s not that there’s a gap in short haul, it’s that there’s a gap in improvements to short haul. The last update was the 737 glass instruments, which hardly counts as anything. The 757 is not used that much as a short haul aircraft anymore. The remaining operators mainly fly the thing either transatlantic or on their longer 4-6 hour routes. The A220 slots well under that flying mainly regional to 3 hour routes.
I’m just going to ignore the fact that you said the 747 was in better shape than anything. Literally a brick that happens to have really stiff wings on it. After the A350, I don’t really see what gap you’re talking about. The 777 series was all flyable and to be honest, quite good. We also have the MD11 and DC10 which are fairly advanced planes in their own right. I don’t really see how order numbers can be that influential on a flight simulator. Sure, it’s popular among airlines, but we’re not airlines, we’re flight simmers. I just don’t see how someone can look at the current long haul lineup and say “that’s not good enough, there’s a hole after we just got 4 up-to-standard aircraft and one pretty-much-there aircraft”.
First half of the first sentence. True. Big gap. Second half. Not true. The routes the A220 operates are mostly all short, especially with these big hub airlines like Delta and Swiss.
That’s quite ignorant considering you’ve been presented by a wide variety of users quite an extensive list of reasons that the A220 should be added over the A330 rework including route variety, giving short haul aircraft some love, and the fact that the A330 is seemingly fine in its current state. If people love and want a “brand new shiny jet with giant screens”, then the B777 rework (not brand new, definitely not that many screens) and the ATR (not a jet) would not have beaten the A330 in the previous poll before 20.1.