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by Polot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta
Replies: 47
Views: 6319

Re: Reuters: Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta

Is Delta planning some kind of expansion or are these to replace the 772ER? I assume they will start with replacing their oldest wide bodies, PW engined 767-300 and 300ER and than start replacing old 767-300 with GE engines. The -300As (the few that are left) are domestic planes, they are being rep...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?
Replies: 44
Views: 3523

Re: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?

Mixed feelings here, like other posters said, I like how they incorporated the 'tulip' and the 'sunset' colour gradation from the saul bass livery, didn't mind the grey either but the font was horrible, characterless 'times romanesque' and "airlines" was not needed, we always just knew it...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?
Replies: 44
Views: 3523

Re: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?

M564038 wrote:
Nice font! Current liveries should learn from it!

Learn how to look hopelessly dated with “90’s business” styling?

I like the battleship livery (when it was freshly painted and clean), but the font used is a definite product of the livery’s time, it has not aged well.

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by Polot
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus likely sold 10 A330neo jets to Delta
Replies: 47
Views: 6319

Re: Delta AIr Lines adds 10 additional A330-900 NEO's

An interesting addition, maybe these replace the reduced A350 order? There was no cancellation of A350s at the same time to match these. So it then is maybe a new and additional order and not a conversion Who knows, people were saying the DL 787 order was dead for years (before actually canceled) w...

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by Polot
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 200
Views: 38804

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

I’ve heard similar rumors, with the additional a330neos possibly coming at the expense of the deferred A350s. But it is all just rumor. An order for more 330neos is entirely believable but converting 350s really isn't. At this point the second batch of 350s, plus a few more, are the only credible r...

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by Polot
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 200
Views: 38804

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

The latest rumor is an order of upwards of 50 A339NEOs (firm/options combined) by Delta as Airbus seems to be holding the line on 350 prices. Where have you heard this rumor? Water cooler talk. That’s all I will say. I’ve heard similar rumors, with the additional a330neos possibly coming at the exp...

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by Polot
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?
Replies: 109
Views: 15335

Re: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?

Pratt dropped support of the JT8D. That was the death knell for the MD80. AA and DL will park them all by the end of next year. But wasn't that triggered by an Airworthiness Directive a few years ago? PW responded, asked major operators how many engines would be kept in service, so they could manuf...

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by Polot
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?
Replies: 109
Views: 15335

Re: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?

Arion640 wrote:
Whats the best way to fly one? From ORD or DFW?

DFW. Except for a maybe a few remaining outliers that is only where they fly out of now.

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by Polot
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?
Replies: 109
Views: 15335

Re: Why has AA just kept holding onto their MD80's?

They needed to go well over a decade ago. They are consistently unreliable and have been for years. Every other airline retired them long ago. And AA has been saying for many years they are going to get rid of them. Why has it taken them so long? AA at one point had ~350 of them. It takes a while t...

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by Polot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 135
Views: 26270

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.

Sure, but if there could be an efficiency improvement on the CRJ (be it a new engine, aerodynamic or what), it would at least be able to capture some of the market, as the E175-E2 is dead in the US. Embraer really didn't see the reality of the situation with scope in the US, which has now put Bomba...

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by Polot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-10 future prospects?
Replies: 210
Views: 23241

Re: B787-10 future prospects?

I have agree with Airbus on this. A359 is the ideal 77E replacement. It was designed that way. Some 77Es were bought for its excellent payload-range, some were bought because they were more efficient 77As. And some were bought because it was the only thing Boeing offered larger than a 767 but small...

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by Polot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 135
Views: 26270

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.

Well they sell the Q400, but to a party that is probably mostly interested in the Q series aftermarket for the next 15-20 years. That could also become the case for the CRJ. I wonder what the advantages of a CRJ-900 are over an E175.. Specially if the E175 weighs ~ the same but has superior luggage...

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by Polot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 135
Views: 26270

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.pp

So passengers don't pick A380 for comfort over other types but do pick E-jets on comfort over CRJs when flying. I am no fan of sitting on a cramped CRJ-200, but there is normally not much choice involved in these decisions. It’s a bit different. With the A380 (and other manline aircraft) you are ju...

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by Polot
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.
Replies: 135
Views: 26270

Re: Airbus A100, Fliegerfaust. Airbus might buy & upgrade CRJ line.

It would just mark the end of the Q400 which is not surprising I also predicted BBD will drop out the commercial market and stick the the business jets so this deal if true is not a shock. Plot twist: BBD sells the Q line to Embraer who gets bought out by/collaborates extensively with Boeing. Well ...

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by Polot
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Rolls-Royce plc be absorbed by Airbus in a near future ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4700

Re: Could Rolls-Royce plc be absorbed by Airbus in a near future ?

Slug71 wrote:
Perhaps a JV between RR and SAFRAN?

I don’t see what’s in it for SAFRAN when they already have a relationship with GE.

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by Polot
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 200
Views: 38804

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

AirAsia is currently in talk to convert some A339neo on order to A321neoLR. If all goes well, we will see reduction in their 100 frame order. Air Asia just increased that order. Why would they reduce it? Sounds really strange. Though I can see some reasons why they might have done it this way... Th...

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by Polot
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am European Ops
Replies: 53
Views: 6021

Re: Pan Am European Ops

National in fact flew to LHR, one of the US3 that were allowed. But NA was bought by PA and then it was down to 2. Bermuda II would have allowed Texas International to fly MIA-LHR if they had succeeded in buying NA as it would have been grandfathered. Remember the Bermuda 2 agreement only came into...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am European Ops
Replies: 53
Views: 6021

Re: Pan Am European Ops

In the days of the Bermuda II treaty, only TWA and Pan Am could operate to LHR, and it wasn't slot restricted, so both airlines were free to add tag-on flights to elsewhere. I don't think TWA did much from LHR, but as discussed already, Pan Am did. TWA concentrated on Paris, and Pan Am at Frankfurt...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 200
Views: 38804

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

Looks like Corsair International has ordered 3 a330 900 neos to replace their 747 fleet. I wonder if they are leased. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/services/transport-logistique/tui-en-negociations-exclusives-avec-intro-aviation-pour-vendre-corsair-793284.html It sounds like from the...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 200
Views: 38804

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

The problem with small airlines is that they are usually picking up what is cheapest...which is typically determined by what the big boys are choosing. It is a hard market to rely on long term for a new aircraft. If big boys are not picking A330neos then lessors will stop buying them for speculative...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Rolls-Royce plc be absorbed by Airbus in a near future ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4700

Re: Could Rolls-Royce plc be absorbed by Airbus in a near future ?

Also it's really costly and less efficient to design an aircraft with several engine options, that's why the A350 and the A330neo are powered only by RR Trent turbofans. Not really. The A350 is single engine because GE did not want to power -1000 (as it competes with the GE exclusive 77W/77X), only...

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by Polot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-10 future prospects?
Replies: 210
Views: 23241

Re: B787-10 future prospects?

Most airlines don’t even utilize max range of most of the aircraft that they order so why is the -10’s lack of range an issue all of a sudden? Because it's a.net, and some people just have a need to be that way. Look at the routes flown by the carriers you consider prospects for 787-10s. Delta, for...

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by Polot
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-10 future prospects?
Replies: 210
Views: 23241

Re: B787-10 future prospects?

questions wrote:
Are there any open orders for the 788, or is it an irrelevant aircraft now?

Through September there are 86 788s left to be delivered.

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by Polot
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's (US) Election Day Commercial
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: Delta's (US) Election Day Commercial

DeltaB717 wrote:
I'm sure I'm just missing something (I'm a bit slow this morning), but who are the "half a million people" they refer to?

The number of people they fly a day (roughly).

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by Polot
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 82
Views: 16614

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

Sound is a very difficult thing to deal with. It is not just volume, but frequency that matters as well, and very perception based. A low frequency sound at 50 dB will sound different than a high frequency sound at 50 dB, and one (typically the high frequency one) can sound “louder” to the human ear...

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by Polot
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-10 future prospects?
Replies: 210
Views: 23241

Re: B787-10 future prospects?

I could see AC ordering them for high volume TATL routes, but that will have to come once they feel comfortable with another period of significant growty, seeing as they have basicially just completed their widebody renewal project. The A333s have another decade left, and that fleet will likely con...

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by Polot
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 diverts to Denver
Replies: 36
Views: 11750

Re: Air France A380 diverts to Denver

lavalampluva wrote:
Fortunately the weather is much colder. I don't know if there were have been problems at DEN had it been a hot summer day.

Likely no issues. The A380 has great hot and high performance because of its huge wing and DEN has nice long runways anyway.

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by Polot
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada will add 4 more A330-300s in 2019
Replies: 168
Views: 38792

Re: Air Canada will add 4 more A330-300s in 2019

SXDFC wrote:
Does anyone know the regis of the current TAP A330s that will be going to Air Canada? Is the TAP retrojet one of them?

It is TAP’s entire fleet of A333s (including the retro jet, yes). They only have the 4 ex SQ birds, the rest of the A330s are -200s.

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by Polot
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA starts SFO to Papeete today, increases to year-round service
Replies: 42
Views: 7373

Re: UA starts SFO-PPT today, increases to year-round service

Out of curiosity, is United allowed to sell CDG-SFO-PPT? or is that 100% cabotage (with PPT being France), and thus prohibited by France? The connection works out alright in both directions, although it's a 6 hour layover on the return; UA984 CDG-SFO 0910-1245 UA115 SFO-PPT 1400-1940 UAL114 PPT-SFO...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319 neo opportunity - Bangkok Airways
Replies: 20
Views: 3753

Re: A319 neo opportunity - Bangkok Airways

This is a good example of an airline for which the A319neo makes sense, in terms both of its capability and continuity with its exsting fleet of 15 x A319ceo. They may of course go with the A220 - interesting to see how Airbus presents its RFP response for A319 vs A220 - or 737-7 MAX. https://www.c...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 deferred production cost watch
Replies: 83
Views: 7699

Re: Boeing 787 deferred production cost watch

Also, if this is no big deal, is it worth it to pay probably an army of accountants to keep this up, versus just writing off everything in one quarter/year and be done with it ? Do you think that if Boeing stopped program accounting that they would have no need for accountants, and that say Muilenb...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7
Replies: 32
Views: 5789

Re: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7

Fun fact, according to that website Lionair has a safety rating of 6/7, only losing a star due to fatality requirement. Now think for a moment, even before the 737Max8 crash do you think Lionair, with its apparent 3 star IOSA ranking, is safer than Southwest? ;) Proof enough there about how meaningl...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7
Replies: 32
Views: 5789

Re: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7

It actually explains it real well. There are 7 possible stars. 3 based on their IOSA rating, 1 if not on EU blacklist, 1 if no fatality in past 10years, 1 if FAA endorsed, 1 Star is ICAO country audit meets 6-8 ICAO safety parameters. WN has had a fatality in past 10 years, and does not have a IOSA ...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319 neo opportunity - Bangkok Airways
Replies: 20
Views: 3753

Re: A319 neo opportunity - Bangkok Airways

This appears to be an A220 win. A220 has shorter max. range of 5920km vs. 6850km of A319neo, however the longest routes appears to be BKK-MLE and BKK-BOM, both more or less slightly above 3000km. A220 however is at MZW 4,5t lighter than A319neo, has slightly larger cargo space (28 vs. 27 m3) and in...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?
Replies: 46
Views: 10044

Re: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?

It’s not bashing Airbus to say the 320’s mission simply isn’t overwater. While the 737’s isn’t traditionally, either, the 737 has proven to be just about the most versitile airliner in history, with all the variants out there, and I think it’s for that reason it is able to just squeak itself into t...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: La Tribune: Several Future A330neo Operators Have Asked Airbus To Delay Deliveries
Replies: 93
Views: 16268

Re: La Tribune: Several Future A330neo Operators Have Asked Airbus To Delay Deliveries

I would call this article a hatched job, collecting bad information about problems at Airbus while avoiding to go into details. Did somebody somewhere on the stock exchange needed some bad press about Airbus? The main problem regarding Airbus one can compress into one word, engines. It seems that e...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: LH considering order of up to 15 A380 Plus
Replies: 105
Views: 32972

Re: RUMOR: LH considering order of up to 15 A380 Plus

LH has 14 A380s in use. Not exactly 15, but absent of any further information, the best thing I can think of is that they are looking at updating/refurbishing their existing fleet and maybe retro-fitting them with those new winglets Airbus showed off some time ago. Can't be done, the new wingtips o...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?
Replies: 46
Views: 10044

Re: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?

737 have been favored over A320s for routes over 2800nm for a while. United, Copa, Turkish, etc all regularly use 737NGs and MAXs over 2800nm in addition to Westjet, Air Canada, Icelandair and Norwegian using 737s on transatlantic routes. WoW is the main user of the A321neo over 2800nm. Boeing does...

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by Polot
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?
Replies: 46
Views: 10044

Re: Why is the 738 Preferred Over the A320 for TATL?

The 738 has slightly more range than the A320, due to its higher fuel capacity. That is why you have traditionally seen them more often on longer routes like US TCON and to Hawaii compared to the A320, and with less issues (see JetBlue who tried for years last decade to boost A320 range and was a ma...

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by Polot
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEA orders 4 a330 neo
Replies: 28
Views: 6011

Re: MEA orders 4 a330 neo

According to some, there isn't a market for 330neos. Yet we have this order. And there will no doubt be others. What on earth is going on? Could it be that those of us who actually work in the industry know what we're talking about when we say the 330neo will do well? Only the most delusional Boein...

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by Polot
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: La Tribune: Several Future A330neo Operators Have Asked Airbus To Delay Deliveries
Replies: 93
Views: 16268

Re: La Tribune: Several Future A330neo Operators Have Asked Airbus To Delay Deliveries

It's always unbelievable to read how people here advise to just throw away a cash cow and simply leave the market segment. The reality is the A330neo was a half cocked program Airbus appears to have not gotten right. I think they learned some wrong lessons from the A320neo and thought it would appl...

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by Polot
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: La Tribune: Several Future A330neo Operators Have Asked Airbus To Delay Deliveries
Replies: 93
Views: 16268

Re: La Tribune: Several Future A330neo Operators Have Asked Airbus To Delay Deliveries

I suspect some of it is airlines wanting to wait for the higher MTOW rather than get “early birds” with the lower MTOW that may be less desirable in the future.

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by Polot
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air mulling widebody order
Replies: 68
Views: 13571

Re: Korean Air mulling widebody order

It is interesting that KE is declining A330Neo which KE was also involved in. It's pretty surprising how many contests there are where A330neo isn't even on the short list for. See our current LH thread for another example. EK's 'regional' order is another. There would have to be an extremely compe...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking at buying 20 A350 or 787 according to Bloomberg
Replies: 171
Views: 26899

Re: Lufthansa looking at buying 20 A350 or 787 according to Bloomberg

On TATL I would not be surprise if the 787 is a better fit. Delta must be insane to use the A350 TATL DL uses the A350 TATL on one route (DTW-AMS). The A339 will be their primary new TATL jet. The A350 is their new TPAC jet. I think the A350 has the edge for LH, but the 787 is not a total non start...

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by Polot
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 395
Views: 112680

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

The A339 was certified in late September. First delivery is very soon. The A338 will not be certified by years end and was never suppose to (after the delays). If Airbus intends to deliver the A338 to KU by March, then they need to have it certified before then....no :confused: After which come cus...

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by Polot
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 395
Views: 112680

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

First A330-800neo MSN1888 now fitted with engines: :eyepopping: Now...that is a sight for sore eyes! On track for certification by year's end? :bigthumbsup: The A339 was certified in late September. First delivery is very soon. The A338 will not be certified by years end and was never suppose to (a...

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by Polot
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways operating A350-900 in LATAM's livery for more than 1 year
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

Re: Qatar Airways operating A350-900 in LATAM's livery for more than 1 year

I think it was less about covering for QR A350 delays and more about LATAM wanting to restrict their incoming capacity.

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by Polot
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: arkia A321N anti-missile kit
Replies: 9
Views: 3543

Re: arkia A321N anti-missile kit

nicode wrote:
What is the X on A321-251NX stands for ?

It means it has the new Cabin Flex door configuration instead of the old traditional door layout.

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by Polot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13923

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

The thing has not even flown yet and they want it delivered next March For Christ's sake people...TAP has been flying this aircraft since mid-summer. The aircraft is not an orphan and airliners still have good life on the A333. Give it some time. TAP has yet to take delivery of a A339neo. First del...

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by Polot
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13923

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

The thing has not even flown yet and they want it delivered next March :crazy: It's built. Remember, >90% of the aircraft other than the engines is just an A330-200. The valves for the pneumatic system are new. The winglets are new. The engine pylons are new. Some of the interior fittings are new. ...

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