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by Newbiepilot
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sichuan Airlines inaugurates 5th-freedom Chengdu-Zurich flights via Prague today on June 23
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Re: Sichuan Airlines inaugurates 5th-freedom Chengdu-Zurich flights via Prague today on June 23

Moscow, Prague, St Petersburg and Zurich is a strange mix. Lack of route authorities in china results in some strange destinations

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 3887

Re: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft

There are entire airlines that don’t have a single mechanic working for them (...) That's so interesting. Which ones are those? Without going into too much detail it happens in the charter and freight world. Some are 100% contract maintenance for line and heavy maintenance. There are also companies...

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 3887

Re: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft

What is missing in the article is a comparison to other airlines in regards to fines and maintenance practices. I suspect that Southwest has a better than average record. No one is perfect. Any valid audit will include such comparisons... and they will find something to improve- as is the nature of...

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 3887

Re: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft

Is most of their maintenance on their aircraft done inhouse or is it outsourced for engines? Why does that matter? It seems like most heavy maintenance nowadays is outsourced in the United States. There are entire airlines that don’t have a single mechanic working for them who are no less safe than...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the 797 look more like the 757 or A310?
Replies: 70
Views: 12251

Re: Will the 797 look more like the 757 or A310?

MartijnNL wrote:
mzlin wrote:
Shades of the 787 again, but hopefully they've learned their lesson this time.

Then I will avoid to fly it, just like I avoid to fly the 787. What lesson are you talking about?

Too bad, because 2-3-2 economy seating would be great.


According to Jon ostrower it will be 2-3-2 economy seating

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the 797 look more like the 757 or A310?
Replies: 70
Views: 12251

Re: Will the 797 look more like the 757 or A310?

A scaled down 787 would be way to expensive to compete. I seems Boeing is taking a conservative approach here to avoid an accounting block of 3000and have EIS in 2028. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/808/39011567640_cc3c6be185_b.jpg Probanly they won't go for a CRFP fusealge. So composites content, ...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the 797 look more like the 757 or A310?
Replies: 70
Views: 12251

Re: Will the 797 look more like the 757 or A310?

A scaled down 787 would be way to expensive to compete. I seems Boeing is taking a conservative approach here to avoid an accounting block of 3000and have EIS in 2028. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/808/39011567640_cc3c6be185_b.jpg Probanly they won't go for a CRFP fusealge. So composites content, ...

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by Newbiepilot
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

Many European airlines have moved to using the A320 family frames with containers to reduce manpower needs. KLM is operating in Europe. And your point being? One has to put it to you very explecit. European airlines seem to be more interested than USA airlines to reduce manpower in regards to loadi...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wells Fargo sues AA for not returning leased planes on time
Replies: 65
Views: 10501

Re: Wells Fargo sues AA for not returning leased planes on time

Lease returns are getting more and more complex as well as common. Across the industry the lessors are having a bigger influence on structural repairs and the conditions of the airplanes when they take them back. Maintenance reserves are also being added to contracts unless the operator does more pr...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 105
Views: 17125

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

That will help fill the production bridge to the 777x. The freight market picked up just in time to extend the life of the 767F, 777F and 747F. Without the booming freight market the 767 line would exclusively be for tankers, 777 production rates would be lower and the 747 production line would have...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Fuel is going higher at the moment, this makes something like this less desirable. I would think if Airbus were to stretch the A321 that would be a more desirable play vs adding fuel tanks. What market would this A321 super long range be targeted at? With no cargo revenue and a long thin routes, hi...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Some people seem to forget that the 321 is by far the best selling plane in its segment. Airbus is in no dire need to produce something new. IMO they just look at different options to make it even better. They either go simple (XLR) or 322. It is very misleading to think that Airbus is only focusin...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Airbus A321XLR?

Earlier today, the CEO of JetBlue mentioned that Airbus was floating the idea of an XLR (Extra Long Range) model of the A321. Has anyone else heard of this? I can't seem to find anything on it. -Box This CEO better first checks with Newbiepilot and Revelation, any Airbus NEO Plus or Plus-Plus is sh...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Well in this case, it seems he hit the wall with his shelving story. And many where enthousiastically jumping after him, without looking any further. Sometimes you have that when people love the idea. Maybe he selected his sources for succes? You tell me. Airbus is considering it’s options and ever...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service 40%
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service 40%

Starting tomorrow, Alaska Air Cargo expands its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental U.S. by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America. Alaska Air Cargo will utilize the belly space in these aircraft to p...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

If Airbus finds additional volume for tankage for the wing and centre tanks, combined with one or 2 permanent installed ACT, and that would be more volume than the current A321 with 3 ACT. If than Airbus adds an MTOW increase to 100 t, I assume the A321 would lift a similar payload and outrange the...

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by Newbiepilot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 314
Views: 39850

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

Admit then that the thread was accurately triggered by a legitimate Airbus executive quote. Airbus is allowed to change its mind. I think the shelving "news" hit so many right button with some members, the sources, context and timing got quickly lost. Not by this member. If Airbus is shel...

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Airbus is studying A321XLR to challenge Boeing

How long can we keep extending the fuselage and changing the wing before it becomes a new aircraft type? The article says the plane has no more seats, so it won’t likely be extended The A321XLR - with more fuel capacity but no extra seats or aerodynamic redesign - is a compromise bet that Airbus ho...

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

If somebody develops a containerized system for the 737, we have the proof that people are speculating about containers on narrow body aircraft. The argument that containers do not bring an advantage for the A320family aircraft is therefore ad absurdum. The containerization of a 737 will be an afte...

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 314
Views: 39850

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

The XLR article shows, that Airbus has not shelved anything at all. We can call it plus or now XLR. An A321neo with range above the LR is discussed with customers. The article does comment on how those trade studies were shelved and that this is a simpler change The A321XLR - with more fuel capacit...

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Airbus is studying A321XLR to challenge Boeing

How long can we keep extending the fuselage and changing the wing before it becomes a new aircraft type? The article says the plane has no more seats, so it won’t likely be extended The A321XLR - with more fuel capacity but no extra seats or aerodynamic redesign - is a compromise bet that Airbus ho...

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Airbus is studying A321XLR to challenge Boeing

Isn't this essentially the 321+ or 321 ++? The article conveniently defined what the A321+ and ++ are In a surprise move, Airbus previously halted work on a study dubbed A320neo-plus, Reuters reported in April. The advanced blueprint would have featured increased fuel capacity, a longer fuselage an...

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Airbus is studying A321XLR to challenge Boeing

AleksW wrote:
Sounds like the A321 NEO LR with the fourth fuel tank :)

Their marketing team perhaps should call it A321 NEO TANKER. :airplane:


I hope it comes with an MTOW increase. Otherwise it will just be a tanker since they can’t fill all the seats!

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by Newbiepilot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 152
Views: 20275

Re: Airbus is studying A321XLR to challenge Boeing

From reading the article, this just sounds like another MTOW increase for the A321. Airbus redefined what the suffix LR meant with the A321LR. All the LR represents is a 7,000lbs MTOW increase (3.5%). The ER on 737-900ER was an MTOW increase of 13,000lbs (7.8%). The LR on on the 777LR represents a 2...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

Airbus is in a dilemma. That vicious domino effect you mention above will last unless something drastic is done. 787 sales were sluggish until Boeing unleashed their offensive. Would Airbus bite the bullet and do the same?.....More to the point, would they be able to slash the A330N's price in time...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Club World. 787 or A380?
Replies: 10
Views: 738

Re: BA Club World. 787 or A380?

BA A380s have storage lockers next to the window seats on the upper deck. Those are convenient. Otherwise it is about the same. People have different opinions on 787 vs a380.

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

It's a good plane, if the A330ceo could hold up against the 787 the A330neo should certainly be able to do the same. But still the airlines decide to order 787s and A350s instead. The interesting part of this discussion is to find out why they make those choices against the A330neo. I don't know if...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA9921: CLE to CLT... at 10,000ft?
Replies: 11
Views: 1976

Re: AA9921: CLE to CLT... at 10,000ft?

Being a CR9, I'm surprised they flew it all the way to CLT when PSA has a MX base at CAK. It the CAK MX facility not equipped for such repairs? I guess it depends on what repairs were needed. Maybe they wanted the crew back in CLT. It depends on what was wrong with the airplane. It could have been ...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches helicopter shuttle service in Manhattan, connecting 3 helipads to EWR
Replies: 27
Views: 5857

Re: UA launches helicopter shuttle service in Manhattan, connecting 3 helipads to EWR

I might get flamed for this, but I think it has some merit... even if it's slightly off topic. Ever since it's inception, I always thought that a reliable passenger version of Osprey V-22 would have been a perfect fit for a JFK/EWR-Manhattan route able to carry a more substantial amount of passenge...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Transat prepping for A321LRs by rapidly expanding in Europe"
Replies: 20
Views: 5091

Re: "Air Transat prepping for A321LRs by rapidly expanding in Europe"

With A321 NEO they can serve half of Europe from Toronto and half of S. America and almost all of Europe except Greece from Montreal Beyond the Caribbean, I don’t know how much of a market the A321LR would have to South America for Air Transat. Colombia, Peru etc all have significant cargo demand. ...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?
Replies: 69
Views: 5386

Re: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?

I think the problem with HKG-SEA is that the competing Chinese airlines in the market have driven advanced purchase economy fares down to $500 round trip. SEA doesn’t have the strong financial sector to get last minute business class tickets. Amazon and Boeing are more frugal than financial companie...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?
Replies: 69
Views: 5386

Re: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?

And being present in YVR means nothing for soembody in SEA. YVR also doesn't even have all that great of a connection network to the USA. There were 18 flights SEA-YVR yesterday including several that made reasonable MCT onto the CX departure YVR-HKG. SEA-HKG just isn't YVR-HKG or LAX-HKG. There we...

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by Newbiepilot
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches LAX-Europe on B77L on June 16th
Replies: 62
Views: 14306

Re: DL launches LAX-Europe on B77L today

flyingclrs727 wrote:
What advantage does the 77L have on these routes? Is it just availability?


Probably availability since the 77L is needed for LAX-SYD and there is no reason for the plane to sit in LAX all day.

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by Newbiepilot
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Transat prepping for A321LRs by rapidly expanding in Europe"
Replies: 20
Views: 5091

Re: "Air Transat prepping for A321LRs by rapidly expanding in Europe"

I am seeing an imminent war between Westjet and Air Transat. Westjet is using the 737MAX, 767s and soon the 787. Air Transat is using A330s and soon A321LRs. With both Westjet and Air Canada flying 737MAX Transatlantic already, Air Transat can’t wait and let them get market share. The A330 may be to...

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by Newbiepilot
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 314
Views: 39850

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-germany-production-robots/robots-luise-renate-join-airbus-a320-production-line-in-hamburg-idUSKBN1JA1P5 has an interesting article about the technology being used on the new A320 production line in XFW, in particular about two new robots: The two robots, wh...

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by Newbiepilot
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

I wonder who will order the A330-800 https://www.flightglobal.com/assets/getasset.aspx?itemid=72837 Why did Airbus go ahead and build a plane that no one wants to buy? Has there ever been a rollout for a jet before where the airplane had zero orders? I fully expect more A330-900 orders. There is a ...

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

I wonder who will order the A330-800 https://www.flightglobal.com/assets/getasset.aspx?itemid=72837 Why did Airbus go ahead and build a plane that no one wants to buy? Has there ever been a rollout for a jet before where the airplane had zero orders? I fully expect more A330-900 orders. There is a m...

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL151 ATL-LIM returning to ATL
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

Re: DL 151 ATL-LIM Strange Diversion

That is not an emergency descent. Looks like a pneumatic or other type of failure like an air conditioning pack. Given their missed approach it could have been something hydraulic since they got pretty low and went around. Perhaps the gear didn’t deploy and needed a manual extension or the slats or...

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL151 ATL-LIM returning to ATL
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

Re: DL 151 ATL-LIM Strange Diversion

That is not an emergency descent. Looks like a pneumatic or other type of failure like an air conditioning pack. Given their missed approach it could have been something hydraulic since they got pretty low and went around. Perhaps the gear didn’t deploy and needed a manual extension or the slats or ...

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI "extra section" flights and a place for bigger planes at FI
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: FI "extra section" flights and a place for bigger planes at FI

Smaller planes let them add capacity when needed. Summer needs all the capacity. Winter demand falls dramatically and those extra flights disappear. Icelandair also can lease out the planes in the winter.

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by Newbiepilot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24476

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

Hong Kong economy fares have been trash for a while. Advanced purchase tickets from the US to HKG can be $500 or less round trip. All the Chinese airlines adding flights have killed yields to HKG as well as Southeast Asia. I can see why it isn’t profitable but still quite a shock to give up. UA has ...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

If someone comes with a better 737 system, maybe the existing bulkloading is a kind of.. you have to live with it. And we certainly don't want to go there. AKH are such a waste of space. :wink2: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/CTN_AKH.jpg A ramp rat would easily stuff in an addi...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

Telair has developed a containerized cargo loading system for the 737 that will first be installed in the GECAS 737-800 freighter conversions. And will soon be available for all the NG and the MAX models. http://flexibleloadingsystem.com/home/ If KLM want's containerized cargo loading they will hav...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

What plane is best for 500-1000NM flights. I guess I don't know, it's not an easy to answer question, you can't look at seperate city pairs in isolation. It depends on also changing capacity requirements, cargo opportunity, noise restrictions, longer term fleet commonality & network flexibility...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 113
Views: 19886

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

I would expect some more orders through leasing companies from smaller airlines. Airlines without strong credit or access to capital will be attracted to the lease rates being offered. Airlines like Azul, Aircalin, Rwandair, HiFly etc are perfect for the A330neo and have ordered it. I would expect m...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

I think KLM has a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. So preferences don't play a big role. Making a choice for the next 30 years KLM may replace the 737 just like LH, BA, AF, SAS, Easyjet benefitting from the A321 & AKH capability. The GTF seem quieter than the CFM's, but KLM E&M is...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vote to split California will move to ballot - Impact on Aviation?
Replies: 38
Views: 9846

Re: Vote to split California will move to ballot - Impact on Aviation?

Anything that stops the high speed rail from connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles is a win for the Airlines. I see them doing anything they can to block it so that people continue flying between the Bay Area and So Cal. Why would anyone want to travel on a train that is more expensive, has much...

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vote to split California will move to ballot - Impact on Aviation?
Replies: 38
Views: 9846

Re: Vote to split California will move to ballot - Impact on Aviation?

Anything that stops the high speed rail from connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles is a win for the Airlines. I see them doing anything they can to block it so that people continue flying between the Bay Area and So Cal.

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Order book and production rates for the 777 and 777x during and after the transition
Replies: 10
Views: 2200

Re: Order book and production rates for the 777 and 777x during and after the transition

PlanesNTrains wrote:
Ok.

Love that action pic. 77W is not my favorite plane but some shots look great.


I also like the photo. Interesting angle and the plane is so shiny and clean.

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by Newbiepilot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?
Replies: 131
Views: 15224

Re: Will KLM ever order a Narrow Body Airbus?

I think KLM has a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. So preferences don't play a big role. Making a choice for the next 30 years KLM may replace the 737 just like LH, BA, AF, SAS, Easyjet benefitting from the A321 & AKH capability. The GTF seem quieter than the CFM's, but KLM E&M is...

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