Mikeymike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 406 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1475 times:
Hey Tedski, I don't necessarily think thats a good statement...I doubt KLM would purchase Airbus widebody aircraft just to match Enginer commonality with BA (if they merged that is)......BA operates all Boeing Wide bodies so its much more economical to make common the airframe rather than the engine....
Vw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 251 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
In June I flew from MSP-AMS on a KLM 747-200 SUD, PH-BUT. I went up to the flight deck for 45 min. During my talk with the crew one of my questions was how many hours was on the 19 year old plane. He looked in the log book and told me 97,000 hours. Then I asked him what KLM was looking at to replace the 742 and 743. He said that the 777 is what they are looking at to replace them plus the MD-11. He said that he has flown the MD-11 in the past and that it was a mistake for KLM to buy them in the begining. He told me that the flight deck is diorganized and the plane does not fit KLM's route system.
Hamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2669 posts, RR: 59 Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1441 times:
Actually, Tedski, it makes MORE sense for KLM to buy the GE-powered 777s, even with the merger:
1) KLM's entire fleet is strictly GE, plus the 50% GE CFM56.
2) BA has orders for 45 777s, and 0 A340s. Included in that 45, is 29 GE 90 aircraft, with no plans to get rid of them.
3) This order will be used to replace both the 747 'Classics' and the MD-11s. That means it will be a combination of 772ER/773LR or A343/346. Only with the Boeing's will you get a common engine, let alone the same manufacturer. With the Airbus', you'd have both the CFM56-5C4s on the -300s and the Trent 556s on the -600s.
Wingman From Spain, joined May 1999, 1856 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1428 times:
From a close friend who flies as an F/O on the MD-11, KLM is not a happy place right now and the airline is seriously lacking funds for a major purchase. No word on aircraft preference has reached him or any Captain he's flown with. They must talk about this quite a bit on those dreary 10-12 hour flights.
FYI-While I still consider being a pilot very glamorous and "cool", he assures me it is just the opposite. Aside from take offs and landings, all he claims to do is perform routine checklists, stare at video monitors and think about how underpaid he is. Kinda reminds me of that CVR transcript from the AA 757 that went down in Columbia. Anyway, just an amusing tidbit I thought I'd share. I always ask him a million questions when he's in SFO (not lately due to equipment change) and he refuses to talk about it. Just like I refuse to discuss Financial Services I guess. We still have loose broads and cold lagers in common though. No offense I hope.