If Airbus is going to go down this road, they'd be far better off with a clean sheet design, than an update. They probably need something on the smaller end too that can compete with the ERJ. Maybe a 4 member family with 2 optimized wings. Base - stretch, base - stretch. I think it will be tough for...Jump to post
The 66 A339s in the original order remain firm, which many on this site doubted before Farnborough only a few months ago. Perhaps that is the real news here! You missed the news, they had firmed it up during Farnborough. The real news here is that the 787 is still in play despite losing out on the ...Jump to post
Perhaps a JV between RR and SAFRAN?Jump to post
What would the resale value be for this A345? I am guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of 50m US or even less? I honestly think that, even though it's only 10 years old, unless some other country is in the market for a VIP-configured plane, the worth of an A340-500 aircraft (only 36 built) is li...Jump to post
C-17 production stopped too late...USAF got too many of them that they did not need. This. Last I read (albeit some time ago when production was ending), the USAF was willing to sell some of their C-17s if an international customer was interested. I think that article is based off someone's pipe dr...Jump to post
MSPNWA wrote:It's not an issue including A220 deliveries. What is the issue is not increasing the target by an equal amount. It's not being honest with the delivery target.
How dare they include Airbus A220 in their production list! Blasphemy I tell you! They are including C Series jets BBD produced and sold. That is not the point of the delivery number which is used to give investors guidance on expected revenue. Including aircraft they have no right to list is borde...Jump to post
Sayan777 wrote:Is MSN 290 in FAL.If this goes in FAL a lot of rumors will be squashed that Etihad is cancelling the A350. If they had to cancel they would have done it way earlier.
The Russians have a few beauties in Aviation. But sometimes they just come up with weird sh*t.Jump to post
I doubt very much that Airbus is going to do the A380+ for just LH & EK, especially with the trouble they and EK are having with RR to get any improvements on the existing engine. They need some more carriers to be interested. That depends. The Plus "upgrade" is rather minimal. But th...Jump to post
angad84 wrote:Does the E-7 have full-360 coverage for its radar? Because I'm not sure the Erieye does.
I think Revelations observations and adherence to the historical facts are spot on. Historically speaking it does (did) look like a NEO was considered orca 2-3 years ago when the T1000/TXWB were new engines ( the latter requiring a half stretch).But for whatever reasons it didn't happen and that's ...Jump to post
Just purely from a mathematical point of view, let's say they would make the 380-800 or -900 with a completely new wing (777X-style), how far off would we be from a potential TwinEngineOption? Meaning, how much additional thrust would we need from the most powerful engine today (or in 10 years time...Jump to post
That article is from 2014, before the T7000 was even a thing. The T1000 has also been updated to the TEN (which is what the T7000 essentially is). There is a very small weight difference (roughly 200kg) between the the T900 and T7000. The T7000 appears to weigh less than the GP7200 in fact. The T70...Jump to post
hotelbravo wrote:Do we know yet if the A350–1000 is going to get the longer winglets and new wing twist? MSN225 still has the first gen winglets... What is the next 35K to come off the line?
Arguably, Airbus' biggest mistake was not pushing the new engine option sooner. Alas, perhaps too late now but the A380 would have had a better chance of delivering some blistering seat mile economics. Correct. Full engine commonality with the A350 would have been a great selling point. A330neo als...Jump to post
First thing is engines. Much of the current defecit comes from a 2 gen old engine and I doubt the current engine manufacturers will be willing to develop a new plant... To fix this any future A380 needs to use stock 330/350 or future derivative engines. Thing is, the current A380 did not get stock ...Jump to post
I personally, and a number of other people I know, would always fly an A380 over a 777. Even if it is 1x daily. I personally, and a great number of other people I know, would always prioritize frequency over most other factors, including price if the difference is minimal. So.....? It's more about ...Jump to post
Forbes article hits hard: https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielreed/2018/10/16/with-the-first-a380-on-the-scrapheap-after-just-11-years-airbus-bad-bet-can-now-is-obvious/#670a82a78a51 The A380 is a great plane, but the market is clearly going to the big twins, in particular the 350 and the 787. The m...Jump to post
I would put it closer to 15 percent improvement that is needed to justify the investment for some new generation. However there is no point in wanting better engines now that are only available by the mid 2020s. So the best strategy would be to save the investment for later and build existing A380s...Jump to post
So I guess EK is stating they want better engines, but the business case is not there for the engine makers to invest in such improvements. In exchange EK is probably trying to wring more discounts to make up for the "higher" costs of operating the A380. This is what I think is going on b...Jump to post
The customer does not matter, as long as he is not willing to pony up more cash for a flight on the A380 and to match the coming 777-9, the ticket price would have to be about 15% higher. So a 1000$ ticket costs 1150$ because you fly the A380. Ask yourself how likely that is to be a success. A good...Jump to post
I would say this A380 deal is void though.
We're all talking about the effect this has on the A380, but this deal still hinges on the 787 power plant deal. EK still has to deal with RR or GE there. So any sour grapes will spill over to the 787 deal.
It will be interesting to see if any remaining CEOs are converted to NEOs.Jump to post
ScottB wrote:A GEnx (or a Trent XWB) would be a fine engine choice for the A380 if the market actually existed to support the cost of certifying the new engines.
I basically agree. That said, I will go on the record here and state that IF the RR order is out the window, EK will order EA engines for the 36 orders at risk. EK are brinksmen in negotiations and I'd expect nothing less than a red line in the sand that will shift when they believe they have squee...Jump to post
Policy needs to be changed to SERVICE animals only.
No more ESAs. This is getting ridiculous now.
Sounds like RR is pushing the T7000 for the A380. And possibly Airbus said no? I'm sure GE would rather have the GEnx on there too, hence the non aggressive push for the GP7200. RR stated some time ago, that the T900 wont receive any more PIPs. Emirates wasn't happy then. Which is probably how we en...Jump to post
I think theres a good chance there will be a stretch. But who knows if it will be as long as the -900 was supposed to be.
But that decision will likely not come until 2025ish.
I still think we'll see an improved Plus "launch" though. Possibly with the Trent 7000 and GENx.
The A400M is a much bigger aircraft and it most certainly can refuel in air. The A400M can't refuel helicopters. Testing produced very bad unexpected results. So now they need to purchase a subfleet of KC-130's to refuel helicopters.. So the point of the A400M was to cover the majority of transport...Jump to post
Any video of this floating around?Jump to post
In the era of stand-off weaponry I fail to see the niche for this expensive-looking aircraft. Naval aviation might have a use for a smaller carrier-based tanker (prototypes are already flying) but otherwise where is the need for expensive stealth in a full size flying gas station? They traditionall...Jump to post
Nice to see Qatar deliveries finally caught up. With the exception of 2 or 3 -1000s. After looking at the production list, looks like -1000 activity is increasing too. Should be roughly 7 frames sitting around? 4 ULRs around (1 at the delivery center and the rest in flight testing?), with 3 more in ...Jump to post
My guess is, Airbus hangs on to the -800 proto for freighter/mrtt development.Jump to post
They've certified a 6-seat aircraft, which has little to do with a 40-tons fire fighter. The article doesn't mention to which standard the -103 has been certified, which could make a world of difference. They'd apparently also need to certify it with two different engines, again not something appli...Jump to post
Google tells me the Beriev has certified the BE-103 in the USA (back in 2003) http://aviationweek.com/awin/faa-has-certified-beriev-be-103 This tells me that certification won't ruin Beriev, especially since it's part of UAC. Furthermore, as it is a fire fighting aircraft the Trump administration c...Jump to post
Why would that be a ground for protest? Because they used newer technology? Because they have a smarter design? The contracts not being spread around. "Favouritism". By dollar value? Lockheed has the biggest project by value (F-35) NG the second biggest project (B-21) Boeing could get the...Jump to post
August CEO backlog update: (A319 + A320 + A321 = Total) Dec: 17 + 196 + 182 = 395 Jan: 16 + 190 + 179 = 385 Feb: 15 + 182 + 169 = 366 Mar: 15 + 160 + 156 = 331 Apr: 20 + 155 + 146 = 321 May: 20 + 150 + 135 = 305 Jun: 20 + 131 + 126 = 277 Jul: 19 + 121 + 118 = 258 Aug: 19 + 118 + 113 = 250 August ch...Jump to post
Aerospace America asked the Safran research and technology VP about the open rotor project in last month's issue: So Safran will be flinging birds at the test engine for two years, :duck: and they added another five years to the projected service entry date. :( I wonder whether the development actu...Jump to post
Makes me wonder if the outcome could've been significantly better if they had (a) lowered the landing gear and (b) set the wings level prior to impact/landing. The ground looks smooth and pretty "landable". Engine failure alone should not be a reason to crash like this. I see that they hi...Jump to post