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by texl1649
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 29
Views: 1423

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

On a related matter, wouldn’t the thunderbirds need to convert to f35s in the next decade?

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by texl1649
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets
Replies: 29
Views: 1423

Re: Contract awarded - Blue Angels to receive F/A-18E & F Super Hornets

Nothing can ever replicate the A-4.

They had little choice in this. An air show with the f-35 would be quite dull. T6 or some super Tucano would be cool tho.

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A340 Retirement Ceremony?
Replies: 25
Views: 5134

Re: Air France A340 Retirement Ceremony?

As a retirement gift they will finally be washed.

Half kidding.

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by texl1649
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 43
Views: 1967

Re: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type

I don't think a possible 797 would be mature enough for this role. Is it possible this is how Boeing will position the KC-390 initially to the US DoD? I can't see it working to shuttle VIP's around from the 89th, though, which makes me think a P-8 type of derivative (737-800, sort of) might be quick...

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

I appreciate the posting. It's just that Boeing and IAI have partnered for projects as diverse as MD-11 conversions, B757SF's, 777 (and yes also 9x), 787 and 717 landing gears/empennages, F-15 CFT/cockpit/doors/rudders (I think IAI is the largest Eagle airframe supplier, and they're both looking for...

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

A confidential source talking to the Globes is maybe not confirmation of the pertinent details, here. I do think Boeing likely wants to win the business themselves, but this could be one guy without any kind of program authority. The Drive (Tyler) is basically just reporting on the Globes article.

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I do continue to think the USAF is exploring what options make sense. I think the silver bullet fleet has to be prioritized for longevity, and as per above/elsewhere comments I don't think missions intercepting TU-95's etc. make sense for the F-22, or pilot hours. Maintenance, deployments, etc. like...

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Wouldn't it make sense to operate the F-16 in this role? Cheaper to build and operate than the F-15. Probably, but this thread is focused on the F-15X proposal (or rather, the rumor of a proposal/discussion), from Boeing to the USAF. The last one was delivered in 2005, though, and I'm a bit dubious...

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The f35 remains up there with the f22 in cost per flight hour as well, no matter what USAF folks say publicly. https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/08/16/the-hourly-cost-of-operating-the-u-s-militarys-fighter-fleet-infographic/#60d26d1e685f That’s the Crux of this debate. The F35 can’t fl...

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by texl1649
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The Saudi contract is inapplicable as it is a cradle to grave arrangement with training, support and parts. Surely we shouldn’t compare such a price vs the f35 for instance.

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Opinions are supposed to be biased. You should share it.

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by texl1649
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Tangible points but on the 13 billion dollar delta, you factored in a much higher cost than the article mooted; close to the last super hornet prices of 75 million a copy, fixed. You may be skeptical but I doubt tyler made it up. And why even get that many? I’d argue a tranche of 175 would make more...

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by texl1649
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

That's a lot more ordinance than an F35 can deliver, and no matter what anyone says, in a future conflict there will be a need for bombs in areas not covered in top tier air defenses. The F-15X concept is about replacing the F-15C/D air superiority fleet. Despite what Tyler is suggesting the aircra...

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by texl1649
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 87
Views: 5114

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

That's a lot more ordinance than an F35 can deliver, and no matter what anyone says, in a future conflict there will be a need for bombs in areas not covered in top tier air defenses. Plus, practically speaking, why wouldn't the USAF want to keep two prime vendors in the inventory for the next 30 ye...

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by texl1649
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)
Replies: 189
Views: 24054

Re: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)

No one has been ordering aircraft in this size range, whether it's EMB, BBD, Airbus or Boeing. I don't see how this helps sell this particular aircraft, and no they won't redesign a cockpit right after getting it certified. There's not going to be a common type rating with an A320 series for the C-s...

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?
Replies: 37
Views: 4981

Re: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?

This is basically not possible. 2 reasons; 1. EMB and Boeing have totally different design philosophies and corporate cultures. There's nothing to suggest this is changing, or that the complex web of Brazilian government/taxes/labor rules would appeal to Boeing from a joint venture relationship. 2. ...

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by texl1649
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 180213

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

So Boeing eliminated a competitor, and likely the greater threat altogether (cs500), while trump gets a win by bringing production to Alabama. Never has a trade dispute ended so quickly to the advantage of the complainant. The Canadian and Euro taxpayers subsidize a delta purchase, even more. I don’...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 21260

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

CSeries makes a lot of sense for Airbus, kill A319, develop CS500 and target rewinged A322 firmly in the NMA space. Two narrow-bodies and two wide-bodies sound like a nice line-up. Make the CS-series cockpit like the others in the family, especially the A320 series and you have the flexibility up f...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 21260

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

No deal imminent: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bombardier-airbus/bombardier-pursues-options-for-aerospace-division-no-deal-imminent-sources-idUSKBN1CL21J As part of that process, the Canadian train-and-plane maker has held informal talks with Chinese companies among others in recent months, bu...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 21260

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

It sounds like the province won't agree to the Chinese terms, to me, and Bombardier management realizes they'll never make money at this thing now, with no means to shutter it or provide/get the funding for the must have CS500 variant. They're finishing the year with zero chance of US sales in the n...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will WN go with the bigger 737s?
Replies: 54
Views: 5945

Re: Will WN go with the bigger 737s?

The main issue for them would be additional flight attendants. For some reason, southwest prefers to “keep it simple” in this area. They would have no trouble with filling many -10 max but the staffing (and ensuing boarding group changes I guess) might be a real drawback.

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by texl1649
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week
Replies: 158
Views: 19328

Re: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week

Per ostrower on Twitter: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says two 787-9s carry the same number of passengers as an A380, but two 787 flights are “a bit cheaper” than one A380. Hmmmm... Digging in a bit deeper: ⋅ 787 x 2: 00F + 84J + 56W + 332Y = 472 pax ⋅ A380: 14F + 64J + 35W + 371Y = 48...

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by texl1649
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week
Replies: 158
Views: 19328

Re: Qantas to take delivery of 1st 787-9 this Tuesday (17 Oct), next route for 787-9 may be announced this week

Per ostrower on Twitter:

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says two 787-9s carry the same number of passengers as an A380, but two 787 flights are “a bit cheaper” than one A380.

Hmmmm...

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by texl1649
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2847
Views: 343900

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

It is interesting and obviously the trend, but we can almost be certain Boeing won't launch a new model dependant on a new Pratt engine. [url]The Aurora D8, however, is now a design to which Boeing owns the IP rights[/url]. Though this aircraft certainly isn't going to simply be enlarged/produced, I...

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by texl1649
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35130

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

At least Delta's C-series aren't grounded like Air baltic's. This aircraft, if ever delivered to DL, will wind up coming after about 2022, at the earliest. Delta has an enormous number of elderly aircraft they need to replace, and I doubt they just elect to wait/hope for an extra 4 years.

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by texl1649
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96921

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Again, the dumping deposit rate is based on the petition rate. Bombardier refused to answer Commerce's questions. So, Commerce found that the only margin on record is the margin that the Petitioner proposed. Really? BBD and others gave more than enough testimony at various hearings in this laughabl...

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by texl1649
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96921

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

The conspiracy theories here are pretty amazing. Meanwhile, 99 percent of Americans neither know nor even care what the capital of Canada is, let alone the trade deficit. Only tangentially related to this topic, but this article from a few weeks ago is kind of fascinating, on the Arrow. It was a pre...

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by texl1649
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 14689

Re: Woman dragged of SWA flight was pregnant

Former Dr dao also behaved ridiculously. If a pilot or officer of the law asks you to do something like get off the plane, just do it, rather than throw a hysterical fit. I hope the airlines start fighting these as much as possible in the courts. She seems like anything but a victim to me, from what...

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by texl1649
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 16358

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

I don't thiink Delta would play this game. They would want the best price period for their A321s and could care less what clause AA had with Airbus. Ironically, AA's 'most favored nation' status with Boeing was cited as a reason Airbus was able to snag AA in 2011. AA's 1996 20-year exclusive suppli...

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by texl1649
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to place A330s, 787s at Meridiana
Replies: 15
Views: 6707

Re: Qatar Airways to place A330s, 787s at Meridiana

Whenever I see something like "massively grow" a niche tiny player into a major international airline I get pretty skeptical. Provided enough subsidies/infrastructure/cash it can happen (EK), but it sure isn't likely to be "cash flow positive" (I realize that's a hotly contested ...

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by texl1649
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96921

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

I do wish this could be analyzed from a business perspective more. Today, Bombardier is on the brink of being unable to launch the CS500 or book more orders for the current models (at least domestically) for...some time. This complaint process, as a business maneuver, not as a moral argument, allows...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2847
Views: 343900

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Leehamnews article on the faith of the AA A350 order has some interesting side info on Boeing's pitch to the airline for the 767-300ER replacements. https://leehamnews.com/2017/09/28/american-wants-decide-a350-fate-within-six-months/ "Boeing is pitching a re-order of the 787-8 and the New Midr...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 14689

Re: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy

So, she is a professor of islamic studies who has taught her students about Talibanization, was unable to document her life threatening dog allergies, demanded dogs (and passengers) be removed so she could safely proceed with her greater self important trip/visit with her father entering surgery, r...

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by texl1649
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35130

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

Would it be technically and financially viable for bbd to truck in green frames minus the engine to witchita or Atlanta and bolt the engines and cabin furnishing there to make the cseries American.? Sure. Textron folks in Wichita could assemble CS100's. Or Spirit Aerosystems. I for one would cheer ...

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by texl1649
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 14689

Re: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy

So, she is a professor of islamic studies who has taught her students about Talibanization, was unable to document her life threatening dog allergies, demanded dogs (and passengers) be removed so she could safely proceed with her greater self important trip/visit with her father entering surgery, re...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35130

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

Another thing I'd point out; Delta doesn't just order planes for delivery years before they're absolutely needed. They order planes when there is no amount of welding/duct tape that can keep a DC-9 in one piece. They order fleets of used planes when the bank is desperate to unload them sometimes, bu...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35130

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

DL is the big loser in all of this. RA made the bed when he swore he wouldn't order Boeing vs. Airbus unless Airbus was more than 15% higher or some such garbage. Now they're stuck with one supplier, essentially, and a vindictive former supplier on the other hand. Plus, they have a comparatively an...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35130

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

DL is the big loser in all of this. RA made the bed when he swore he wouldn't order Boeing vs. Airbus unless Airbus was more than 15% higher or some such garbage. Now they're stuck with one supplier, essentially, and a vindictive former supplier on the other hand. Plus, they have a comparatively anc...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96921

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Very good news. Some lines need to be drawn relative to subsidies. The entangled quasi-government owned C-series production/subsidiary deal is ridiculous. And they can't even produce the frames they promise to even still. Canada, of all places, isn't about to go into a trade war with the US over thi...

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2847
Views: 343900

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Conformal fuel tank concepts (similar to F-16 and F-15) would seem to be possible for a modern CFRP frame without, necessarily, changing the wing box or wings themselves. Particularly for an ovoid design, this would be true. Of course, different MLG configurations might be needed (and/or folding tip...

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2847
Views: 343900

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Of course, it should be pointed out that the "inefficient" 762 is still rolling off the line 40 years later (in military guise), having never been re-engined even.

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58588

Re: DL Future Expansion

Thanks. When I look at Delta investor presentations I see nothing really focused on revenue growth, it's all about cost/profit/balance sheet performance. There's very little long term focus on the international network at all, relative to the market overall, which seems problematic.

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58588

Re: DL Future Expansion

I have a question; with all of the 744's that NWA used to operate transpac, what has become of that network today? Will their largest aircraft (in 10 years or so) ultimately be the A350-1000? I've read that by the end of 2018 to early 2019 all TransPac service will shift to 777/359. Delta wants to c...

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by texl1649
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 252
Views: 35720

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

Why would rolls agree to either option?

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by texl1649
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 40449

Re: Future of 777X

Customers are going to dig watching the unfolding wings through those large windows and then the rumble of those huge engines as the plane sets up for take-off. I think we will see some buzz about that. Don't know if that is enough of an experience differentiator for customers to really boost fligh...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 40449

Re: Future of 777X

Not really true. The much discussed [url]777-10X would, for instance at SQ[/url], https://leehamnews.com/2017/02/16/singapore-777-9-order-pressures-not-kill-a380/ seat about the same number as their A380's (420 or so). Could you please educate me about your claim, and that it is an apples:apples co...

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by texl1649
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 40449

Re: Future of 777X

The 777-9 will be the A380 replacement as well as most remaining 747. The 777-8 will be hugely popular for opening new ULR routes. In combination with the 787 it will give Boeing a big lead in the twinaisle market. I really do not understand the lack of faith into Boeing's design team. I really do ...

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by texl1649
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 40449

Re: Future of 777X

RE: post 166, 787-10 would need a new wing/engine/mlg to ever compete in the 77W/A350 space. Doing so would have traded it's effectiveness in the space it is positioned for today. I don't know how easily a 787-11 could be made, but if it's not practical I doubt they ever wind up making a -10ER. Prac...

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by texl1649
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 40449

Re: Future of 777X

Well, It is not clear that the 350-2000 concept was feasible without massive changes, and a large price tag. Nor would it have made sense to launch any new model last year. Airbus has their hands full with a huge number of certifications, and the 350-1000 hasn't sold well at all anyway, for various ...

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by texl1649
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 40449

Re: Future of 777X

Customers seem content to see what both Airbus and Boeing are able to actually deliver, it seems. Can't blame them really, after the gestation/drama/slow developments for the A350/787/NEO. Max I think is basically on time but it's too early to see how that production ramp up will happen, but quite a...

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