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by Stitch
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 411
Views: 115062

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Presumably, if another carrier orders the A338 and wants delivery soon after certification, Airbus can oblige by completing the initial airframes in advance :?: Probably not due to the lead time on parts for an aircraft and available near term production slots If those parts are interchangeable wit...

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by Stitch
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 64
Views: 2724

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

So it seems the model that many have been working from, a smooth KC-Y follow-on contract that would have no choice but be for more KC-46s, is dead, at least in the minds of current Air Force planners. Many of us (myself included) were under the impression that KC-Y and KC-Z would be larger transpor...

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by Stitch
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official 747-8 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 152
Views: 48955

Re: Official 747-8 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Sounds like a loose-loose situation. If i was an airline ordering, hearing something like that would just made me to conclude our negotiations with a zero total of orders. It depends on how serious the customer was and what conditions they were expecting in their RFP, including pricing, financing, ...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus revises 2018 delivery target
Replies: 138
Views: 12813

Re: Airbus resorts to trickery on delivery goal

It may be hard to find the records; but, I think that Boeing also increased their estimated yearly delivery estimate to include the expected McD production. Had Airbus done the same they would have changed their projected to 818, adjusted up by 18 due to the inclusion of the acquired A220. That is ...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR: 'Perfect Storm'?
Replies: 24
Views: 3068

Re: RR: 'Perfect Storm'?

Regarding NH, if they are under a Rolls-Royce TotalCare agreement, then RR might be handling all their inspections. Even if NH is responsible for some or all inspections, they would be doing it based on the intervals provided to them by Rolls-Royce and those intervals were too long based on the corr...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus revises 2018 delivery target
Replies: 138
Views: 12813

Re: Airbus resorts to trickery on delivery goal

So according to the article, Airbus will be adding 18 A220 deliveries to their 2018 guidance. Wikipedia says that 38 CSeries/A220 frames have been delivered by the end of September 2018. So Airbus is only claiming a subset of the total number of deliveries. Airbus took formal majority control of the...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 In Service Thread 2018
Replies: 135
Views: 19684

Re: 787 In Service Thread 2018

Would it not have been cheaper/quicker to up production and supply brand new engines to all affected frames? I imagine there are some long-lead-time items that make quickly scaling complete engine production a long-term process. I do expect Rolls and the supplier(s) of the affected components have ...

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by Stitch
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I remain of the opinion that when Boeing discusses seating, they are using their 1980s era OEM standards and not current hard product offerings from suppliers. So "245" seats would be equivalent to the 767-300ER: 24 First Class at 2x2x2 with 38" pitch and 224 Economy at 2x3x2 with 32...

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by Stitch
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I remain of the opinion that when Boeing discusses seating, they are using their 1980s era OEM standards and not current hard product offerings from suppliers. So "245" seats would be equivalent to the 767-300ER: 24 First Class at 2x2x2 with 38" pitch and 224 Economy at 2x3x2 with 32&...

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by Stitch
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Model Airports Thread
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Re: Model Airports Thread

When I was a kid (many decades ago) I built a pretty large airport using large sheets of plywood in our unfinished basement. The runway was around four meters long with a parallel taxiway using Christmas lights for night operations. We used model railroad lights to illuminate the tarmac and decent-s...

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by Stitch
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Or as one poster has suggested Airbus should have and still could re-wing and downsize the 330, opposite ala 777X. It would likely be a little larger than the NSA as the 350 is versus the 787. Not a perfect competitor but nicely between the 321 and the 350 - another failed 1500 models sold. LOL Air...

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by Stitch
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The DC-XX / ATMR concept had a cabin width of 173in (439cm) that was designed around 2+2+2 but could support 2+3+2 with similar comfort as the 767 at 2+4+2. So I am guessing that is the minimum we're looking at. It was also supposed to weigh less than the 757-200 due to a smaller wing with an area o...

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 125
Views: 23934

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

Dimmable windows was a gimmick but folding wingtips is an even bigger gimmick. I'm not saying that there's no place for folding wings, but just the tips is ridiculous. If you're gonna fold the wings do it right. When they figure out how to fold half the wings, that will be revolutionary technology....

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I can easily see Boeing trading seat width for the comfort of an extra aisle. And if the pre-launch focus links passenger comfort to the volume of overhead bins, I am always sceptical. So yes, I would not be surprised to see them go below 17". Boeing would only trade it if airlines demanded it...

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

seahawk wrote:
16,5 will work for economy minus.


If it did, we'd see 767s with an 8-abreast section of the cabin and A330s, A340s and A350s with a 10-abreast section of the cabin from the worldwide majors.

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

A "tight 8" means a 767 cross section at minimum and while this plane does seem to be designed around being a true 767 successor, the world's majors all appear to have set a minimum width of 17 inches / 43 centimeters so I expect that even if Boeing does with a 767 cross-section in the mai...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1640
Views: 131846

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

And the new delay was due directly to the lack of the MTC, which is not ready due to the STC having taken longer than the USAF expected. So sounds like once the USAF issues the MTC, deliveries can commence even if there remain deficiencies to be corrected.

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 194
Views: 41071

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I am assuming Stratolaunch Systems is still a viable operating business concern even with the passing of Mr. Allen.

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by Stitch
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 33
Views: 5190

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... o/XdDntBkM
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I-DUPA was an MD-11C combi, not an MD-11CF. It is mis-tagged.

It was converted in 2005 to a pure freighter.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... o/XdDntBkM

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by Stitch
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: TUI wants the 797

Reading the quote...posted, it states rather clearly that Boeing is presenting the airlines with a blank sheet of paper, asking them what they'd like. That's pretty much as far removed from payload/range charts, performance numbers, timelines and what have you, as it gets. And the bit about 'schedu...

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 33
Views: 5190

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

From what I have been able to research, the MD-11CF was designed to be operated either in a full-passenger or full-cargo configuration. I am not sure it was certified for mixed passenger and cargo configurations - the EASA TCDS only lists the MD-11 and MD-11F and since Martinair is one of two operat...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1640
Views: 131846

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

I believe they still need the Military Type Certificate from the USAF to be granted before they can begin deliveries. They have the Amended Type Certificate for the 767-2C and last month received the Supplemental Type Certificate for the KC-46A configuration (both from the FAA).

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 442
Views: 66910

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

IMU the 747 programme is in forward loss if terminated now.( the -8 gyrations were expensive! ) The program was in a Forward Loss position in 2016 and Boeing took the necessary charges to reflect that. The current Accounting Block should only count the UPS orders so there is no remaining deferred p...

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by Stitch
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 442
Views: 66910

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

Boeing was ready to shut down the 747 program in 2016 and took almost $1.5 billion in financial charges to prepare for it. Then UPS came in with a 14 frame order at the end of the year and followed it up with another 14 this year to keep it open. Does this mean that from an accounting perspective, ...

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by Stitch
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 442
Views: 66910

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

I find it interesting that EA has basically said that they're not in the running. They haven't formally closed their program down, but it sounds as if they are not interested in taking more orders. I'm guessing it's not worth the cost of keeping the line and suppliers open at this point. That might...

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 482
Views: 117584

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

https://www.upinthesky.nl/2018/10/04/ku ... -a330neos/ (In Dutch)
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A Dutch site is reporting Kuwait Airways will convert some of their A350-900 order into A330-900s: https://www.upinthesky.nl/2018/10/04/ku ... -a330neos/ (In Dutch)

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 219
Views: 49025

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

What might the reduced MTOW version be good for? ( apparently a paper derate ?) I was wondering the same, seems like a bit of a weird one as it much reduces flexibility. As with most paper de-rates, it is likely to reduce airport landing fees and in-flight navigation fees. I would not be surprised ...

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by Stitch
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1045
Views: 263461

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

juliuswong wrote:
How long does Boeing closed for Christmas?


Winter Break is the last week of December (so 24 December 2018 through 1 January 2019). Boeing will perform deliveries (at least contractually) during this time, however.

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1045
Views: 263461

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

danipawa wrote:
Amazing move, This had happened before, B787 Multi-delivery on same day? Common to see on B737


At the end of February 2015 Boeing had a "Billion Dollar Friday" with five deliveries - two for Qatar, one for Japan Airlines, one for Ethiopian Airlines and one for American Airlines.

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by Stitch
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1525
Views: 548431

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

HU's first A350 was delivered today... #9 in Sept...#60 in 2018...#202 total. And as you noted in the 787 delivery thread, HU is also taking three 787s today they direct-purchased (in addition to one leased via Bank of Communication) so looks like they were able to square away some or all of their ...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls identifies 787 Trent engine fix; cites air pollution cause
Replies: 50
Views: 10940

Re: Rolls identifies 787 Trent engine fix; cites air pollution cause

So was Boeing aware that a caveat was required when selling 787's to customers in these high pollution regions, are they also responsible to share the burden? Almost all customers do their engine agreements directly with the engine OEMs. To Boeing, engines are just another 787 BFE (Buyer-Furnished ...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Boeing will not spend billions to do design work and then not decide to launch. I have seen big corporations invest large amounts of money on an engineering project and decide to shut down the project and go another direction. In fact one can argue this happens a lot. On the flip side, you have the...

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by Stitch
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Airbus missed their original EIS by 12-18 months (they intended to have 13 deliveries by the end of 2013 and actually delivered 1 by the end of 2014). Some of this was due to supplier issues and others due to design issues (they had to change the design of the lightning dissipation system for the CF...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls identifies 787 Trent engine fix; cites air pollution cause
Replies: 50
Views: 10940

Re: Rolls identifies 787 Trent engine fix; cites air pollution cause

Sulfidation Corrosion is a result of naturally occurring sulfur compounds found in crude oil so that Rolls found the issue more apparent in cities with high atmospheric sulfur concentrations does sound at least plausible.

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Boeing Commercial R&D expenditures are outlined in their quarterly 10-K filings with the SEC. One could look back over the years to get a trend of how R&D spending is rising and falling and correlate it with various program progressions like 787-10, 777X, MAX and NMA/NSA/NLA to get an idea o...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Boeing typically spends a year or two after launch just to get to a "firm concept" while figuring out how to balance different customer requirements and how and where to produce the aircraft. Then a "firm configuration, followed by detailed design. Based on what is being reported, ru...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Reports from June was the requested thrust in the RFP is 45K, the CF6-80 is at 60.6K thrust, the 757 RB211 at 43.5K , and the LEAP at 28K. The 797 thrust puts it closer to the 757 in capability vs the 767. Between lower Operating Weights and much better aerodynamics, I expect necessary thrust will ...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X
Replies: 125
Views: 22160

Re: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X

I would like to think it would be part of the runway turning on/off checklist or with flaps extension/retraction... That is correct. The 777-9 ACAP details how the system works, including EICAS warnings/notifications and pre-takeoff and post-landing checklists and how the system operates in automat...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

If the NMA would become e.g. a 30-40% heavier, expensive twin aisle, that would likely separate it from the bigger NB segment. Well a 767-300ER has a roughly 25% higher fuel cost per seat than a 737-9 or A321-200neo on a 3600nm mission in a mixed Business/Economy class configuration with identical ...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X
Replies: 125
Views: 22160

Re: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X

Quick question... While the 777X will be categorized as a Code E plane at the gates, it's still Code F on the runway. Several airfields (HND and MNL come to mind) have limited A380 operations, such as runway-taxiway separation limitations that doesn't allow an A380 operating normally like a 777 wou...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

[Because the knowledgeable corporate officers did misjudge in a big way the time needed for a development the last time? Almost all of them are gone - replaced with people who were the ones who had to drag the 787 program out of the mess their forebears made and most certainly have no desire to go ...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 409373

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I honestly don’t see how CFM has chance against PW and RR with a scaled up LEAP. I think it’s between RR and PW surprisingly. CFM is a given and I think Pratt will be the second option. Both of these engines will form the basis for NSA's engine in a decade and unfortunately that is going to leave R...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1045
Views: 263461

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

Melb94 wrote:
Going by the 787 production list, I presume its LN764 UK-78704? I thought it was for Uzbekistan Airways


Could it be a case like Air China or Korean Air where they dedicate a specific frame from the fleet to VIP service as needed?

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X
Replies: 125
Views: 22160

Re: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X

cathay747 wrote:
Are Type C's the smaller type of exit some airlines have on 763's aft of the wing?


That is a Type I Exit (with the other three pairs being Type A).

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X
Replies: 125
Views: 22160

Re: Boeing Rolls out Static Test 777-9X

Sooner787 wrote:
Does the static testing have to be completed before first flight?


No, but the plane will not start doing extreme load testing until the static test frame has been tested to Limit Load and Ultimate Load.

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR
Replies: 14
Views: 1721

Re: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR

Why don't airlines operating 787s, temporarily swap out RR engines with GE spares (at least temporarily.and rotationally) to get them through this current rough patch, while the problematic engines undergo fixes. Thought 787 was built so that its easy to swap from engine type to another. Of course ...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 In Service Thread 2018
Replies: 135
Views: 19684

Re: 787 In Service Thread 2018

hayzel777 wrote:
How in the world can an airline of their size and magnitude have a spare parts shortage?


I believe it started due to how high AI felt new spares prices were and that airframe utilization was low enough that they had airframes out of service they could take spares from.

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX10, updates, orders, developments.
Replies: 100
Views: 13770

Re: Boeing 737-10, updates, orders, developments.

It was more to do with loosing the 787 deposits if they did not order something from Boeing. Choice of loosing all that money or using it for real property I'd take the 739's as well. otherwise I'm out a lot of money. Maybe for the 10 they ordered in March 2017, which came after they cancelled thei...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX10, updates, orders, developments.
Replies: 100
Views: 13770

Re: Boeing 737-10, updates, orders, developments.

About time something was said about the MAX10! everybody has been so quiet about it it is simply maddening! When are we going to see it at last? The plane is still in design review and first flight is not targeted until a year from now so it will probably be awhile before the first frame enters the...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1640
Views: 131846

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-09-10- ... uction-Lot
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Boeing has been awarded a contract for a fourth tranche of KC-46A, totaling 18 units. This brings the current order book to 52.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-09-10- ... uction-Lot

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