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by CX747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4432

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

Actually, the easiest way to add additional squadrons is to change the unit allocation. Can't remember the exact numbers, but if the unit strength is authorized for 14 aircraft, if you reduced it to 10-12, then you can shift the assets and create new squadrons. However, until they get the current s...

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by CX747
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4432

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

It seems right now the AF needs 3 squadrons more of C-17s. Source? How did they determine it was additional C-17's? Airbus could set up an A400M line in Alabama and pitch it to the Air Force. Personally I don’t see C-17 production restarting. I dont see the need of A400m's. You have so many C-130J ...

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by CX747
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4432

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

Actually, the easiest way to add additional squadrons is to change the unit allocation. Can't remember the exact numbers, but if the unit strength is authorized for 14 aircraft, if you reduced it to 10-12, then you can shift the assets and create new squadrons. However, until they get the current s...

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by CX747
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4432

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

I don’t think Lockheed has the tooling to new-build C-5s as the AF stopped paying LM to store and maintain it as part of the C-5/C-17 issue. There is little need for pallet movers, it can be contracted if and when needed. Cheaper than organic lifters Before accusing the AF of mismanaging the fleet,...

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by CX747
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4432

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

Glad to hear the C-5M program increased mission availability. It was truly short-sighted to send almost 40+ airframes do the Boneyard that still had life. To then only a few years later have this report come out is damning. It shows how much Sequestration damaged the military. The USAF DOES have a h...

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by CX747
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 85
Views: 4432

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

Trying to stay on track here..... The USAF just came out with it's future force intentions and at this time, they want 3 more squadrons of C-17s. We all know the C-17 has been out of production for a while. Hence the rub. Do you re-start production? Bring back additional boneyard C-5s to help spread...

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by CX747
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking at buying 20 A350 or 787 according to Bloomberg
Replies: 171
Views: 26811

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

Hard to see the 787 winning this one. Boeing could couple this as choosing the best aircraft for the mission ie 787-8/9/10. This could allow for bettering tailoring for the mission set over the one size fits all A350-900. BA is really using the different 787 sizes to meet each of its mission profiles.

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by CX747
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Massive damage at Tyndall AFB
Replies: 37
Views: 5637

Re: Massive damage at Tyndall AFB

Glad everyone is ok. Let's pick up the pieces, get the base back operational and begin repairing any F-22s. Lord knows we only have 180+.

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by CX747
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4733

Re: Made in America Boeing KC390 for USAF ?

Good planning/thinking by Boeing for the future. At this time the C-130 is ubiquitous with USAF/USMC/USN operations. I don’t see it’s replacement being a priority any time soon. Yes, it is an important segment but viewed as a “trash hauler” plain and simple. The adaptability and ruggedness of the C-...

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by CX747
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C
Replies: 60
Views: 5719

Re: Brittain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fits in perfectly with the already purchased Poseidons. Fleet/crew commonality within country and the Aussies.

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by CX747
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's
Replies: 172
Views: 30549

Re: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's

Congratulations to Boeing and United. May the new 787s find their way onto the routes I fly out of homebase EWR. It is indeed nice to see the 787 available on not one but two domestic legs for a while.

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by CX747
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 621
Views: 72260

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

I too look forward to the "peak" time of the year and how these older birds will continue to stand up. Over the past few years, they have done a remarkable job. Truly a testament to the conversion houses and Boeing. The fleet is almost complete. Amazing to think of all the different carrie...

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by CX747
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroLogic to get another 777F
Replies: 18
Views: 3584

Re: AeroLogic to get another 777F

Good news for the 777 line! As the article stated, the 777F is really cleaning up as of late. Good for customers and Boeing that the last 777 Classic slots are being filled. I do wonder if Atlas and Cargolux would join the fray with the lack of 747-8F availability. It seems though they have doubled ...

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by CX747
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Transatlantic Service Stopping in Iceland for Refueling
Replies: 39
Views: 7141

Re: Primera Air Transatlantic Service Stopping in Iceland for Refueling

IWMBH wrote:
Such a long trip on a 737 sound like a nightmare.


Yes, such a nightmare on a narrowbody plane...just....like...the...A321 it is replacing.

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by CX747
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 19436

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

Do we have any information on the influx of 6 747-400Fs that Atlas has leased this year? It would give us a good picture of what reliable frames are available. Do we also have a tally of factory produced 747-400F freighters that are parked? Atlas discussed UPS's buying out of the 747-8F line for sev...

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by CX747
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 19436

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

I did not tell you what your thread should be. But your argument is crap. The bigger part of the 747 flying today are frames build as freighters or converted from passengers frames taken out of use. If you look at its use as a freighter, you are right, quite a few 747-400 will still be flying aroun...

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by CX747
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 19436

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

Than you should have talked about freighters., as the bigger part of the still flying 747-400 are cargo frames. You will always find quite a few obsolete frames flying around as freighters. The passenger frames are well on their way out. If you want to start a thread on freighters then do so but pl...

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by CX747
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCA to offload 747-400Fs, focus on 747-8F platform as part of restructuring plan
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: NCA to offload 747-400Fs, focus on 747-8F platform as part of restructuring plan

Well, the extremely tight used 747-400F market should have 3 frames headed its way. The article states them to be 2007-2008 builds which makes them extremely young. Atlas, Cargolux and maybe Kalitta will be chomping on the bit. I’m not sure if NCA will order additional 747-8Fs. Depends upon if manag...

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by CX747
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 19436

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

I had a big smile on my face this morning when thinking about this discussion. I was operating into and out of JFK and saw (4) 747s of different colors during my time there. (2) Kalitta 747-400P2Fs, (1) China Airlines 747-400F and (1) 747-8F. The Queen may slowly be bowing out from passenger service...

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by CX747
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 759
Views: 186202

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018

While there is always a possibility for change, Boeing addressed the current build up of 737s. Their statement covered the fact that production would outpace deliveries in the 3rd quarter but that deliveries would catch back up and meet stated numbers before years end. As for engine problems, it's b...

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by CX747
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 19436

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

Getting back on track. The 747-400 is an outstanding airframe. It's time as "leader" of the pack was extremely long. In fact, for most of it's time as the premier widebody, it had the stage all to itself. I'm always amazed when I am flying in and out of different international airports and...

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by CX747
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Evaluating restarting 747-400P2F Line
Replies: 8
Views: 2252

Re: IAI Evaluating restarting 747-400P2F Line

Do we know the average age of current 747-400 P2F that are in the desert? The -400 was in production for quite some time. There could be frames 5, 7, even 10 years younger available than what is in the desert already parked.

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by CX747
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Evaluating restarting 747-400P2F Line
Replies: 8
Views: 2252

IAI Evaluating restarting 747-400P2F Line

https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-repair-overhaul/iai-seeing-demand-cargo-conversions I have personally been chewing on this idea for a while. Glad to see IAI was a step ahead! Overall growth in the need for the large widebody freighter fleet is limited by 747-8F and to a lesser degree 777F av...

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by CX747
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 48
Views: 3126

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

The problem for the USAF is that the E-4 will be a one off airframe after the two VC-25s are retired. Trying to support a 747-200 airframe in 2018 isn't getting any easier.

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by CX747
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 48
Views: 3126

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

As others have stated, the 767 airframe is going to be hard to beat if this goes forward. The airframe/engines will already be USG approved, school houses for 767 will be in place and plenty of costs would have been paid for by the tanker program. On the fleet side, you are looking at 175+ 767s at F...

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by CX747
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Production Delays
Replies: 57
Views: 6983

Re: 737 Production Delays

Sounds similar to the issues that Airbus faced last year and to a somewhat less degree this. Both CFM and PW are struggling to ramp up reliable engine production. Somewhat similar but not really. There have been no delivery delays YET and that is a major difference. All in all the article states, &...

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by CX747
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing looks to FedEx to expand NMA business case
Replies: 85
Views: 9612

Re: Boeing looks to FedEx to expand NMA business case

I think Boeing is worried that if they choose to go a passenger oriented route and ignore the freight requests of the asian airliners that airbus will swoop in and cater to their requests and steal half the market share. They will not be able to do that with a single-aisle frame based on the A320 f...

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by CX747
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces commitment for 3 more 77W's
Replies: 76
Views: 18687

Re: British Airways announces commitment for 3 more 77W's

Rome was not built in a day.

BA's 77W fleet is part of a larger fleet that puts others to shame. Slow and steady has done quite well.

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by CX747
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's
Replies: 53
Views: 8584

Re: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's

Yet, months after that article, LH bought additional 777Fs to help begin replacing their MD-11Fs. Nothing about that purchase is inconsistent with a ~2025 expectation/desire for 778F EIS. I'm not sure you're clear on the scope of my argument. Re the 778F, I'm simply raising the possibility that wor...

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by CX747
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's
Replies: 53
Views: 8584

Re: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's

Lufthansa's head of cargo seems to agree with my general timeline: Gerber expects Boeing to reveal a cargo version of the 777X in five to six years. https://airlinerwatch.com/lufthansa-cargo-expects-a-freighter-version-of-777x/ Yet, months after that article, LH bought additional 777Fs to help begi...

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by CX747
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's
Replies: 53
Views: 8584

Re: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's

The 747-8F and 777F fill different market needs. They are both bought and paid for designs, that make money for Boeing at this time when sold. Yes, a 777-8F will make a great freighter. That doesn't mean the market is willing to pay the premium that Boeing would charge. Also, Boeing does have limite...

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by CX747
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's
Replies: 53
Views: 8584

Re: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's

How many years of production are there in the current backlog? In June of 2018 Boeing reported a backlog of 23 747-8Fs. Make it 28 with the firm order from today, and you're looking at 4 2/3 years at present rates. Thanks for doing the math. Volga-Dnepr is supposedly good for another 7, 747-8F fram...

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by CX747
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's
Replies: 53
Views: 8584

Re: Volga-Dnepr Group Purchases 5 747-8F, commits to 29 777F's

Congrats to Boeing and Volga-Dnepr. Firming up 5 747s adds almost another year to the production line. The 747 continues to perform and fit the VLA cargo mission set. Amazing to think how the 747's future has changed in the last 2 years. The Queen continues to control the throne. The 777F is growing...

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by CX747
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK to repalce AWACS
Replies: 56
Views: 5252

Re: UK to repalce AWACS

737 Wedgetail fits in nicely with the P-8 Poseidon purchase. Airframe commonality and simplified pilot training (same rating) goes a long way. The Brits should really talk to the Aussies as they have put some heavy combat hours on their Wedgetails and love them. Are they as capable as the current E...

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by CX747
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK to repalce AWACS
Replies: 56
Views: 5252

Re: UK to repalce AWACS

https://sputniknews.com/amp/business/20 ... l-warning/

Looks like the Wedgetail has the inside lane. Truly a plug and play asset. This and the Poseidon really make sense and save $$$ while proving valuable Tier One Defense Equipment.
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https://sputniknews.com/amp/business/20 ... l-warning/

Looks like the Wedgetail has the inside lane. Truly a plug and play asset. This and the Poseidon really make sense and save $$$ while proving valuable Tier One Defense Equipment.

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by CX747
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Slovakia to purchase Block 70 F-16s
Replies: 16
Views: 1774

Slovakia to purchase Block 70 F-16s

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... 6s-450130/

Slovakia will purchase 14 new Block 70 F-16s.
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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... 6s-450130/

Slovakia will purchase 14 new Block 70 F-16s.

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by CX747
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK to repalce AWACS
Replies: 56
Views: 5252

Re: UK to repalce AWACS

737 Wedgetail fits in nicely with the P-8 Poseidon purchase. Airframe commonality and simplified pilot training (same rating) goes a long way. The Brits should really talk to the Aussies as they have put some heavy combat hours on their Wedgetails and love them.

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by CX747
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet interested in 737F
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: SpiceJet interested in 737F

737-800P2F is underway.

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by CX747
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What were the specifics of American's 2011 order for 460 Airbus jets?
Replies: 28
Views: 7481

Re: What were the specifics of American's 2011 order for 460 Airbus jets?

To help Keesje, the bottom line is clear. In the end, US Airways died and with it a push for a large American carrier operating an all Airbus fleet. Let's remember that US Airways was almost 100% Airbus without a Boeing order in sight. They were proud of it too! A fanboy's dream on one side and nigh...

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by CX747
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 113
Views: 19833

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/06/28/the-big-opportunities-for-boeing-hidden-in-the-air-forces-kc-46-tanker-program/amp/ While the article focuses on the KC-46, it shows what FEDEX and other operators have "bought into". The 767 program as a whole has ...

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by CX747
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing looking at 777F conversion program (again)
Replies: 28
Views: 4111

Re: Boeing looking at 777F conversion program (again)

I tend to agree with the OP. At some point, something has to give. There is a need and a massive number of used 777s are out there. IF Boeing or someone else doesn't go through with a conversion program, then what is the answer???? Do we believe the market is perfectly suited with used 767F/A330Fs a...

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by CX747
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 16 new F-16 Block 70 to Bahrain
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Re: 16 new F-16 Block 70 to Bahrain

Congratulations to Lockheed and Bahrain. To think about where the Block 1 F-16 started to now Block 70 aircraft. Truly a revolutionary design.

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by CX747
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 113
Views: 19833

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

I think it's very curious that Dominic Gates, the long-time aviation reporter at the Seattle Times, who I've generally found to be well-informed on an industry that is obviously quite important in the region, wrote that Airbus doesn't have sell any widebody freighters: Boeing is well placed to take...

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by CX747
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 113
Views: 19833

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

2021-2025 for the 777s. So, while my math is a little shaky, it seems 777Fs will be rolling down the line more than half a decade from now. That would mean there is a good possibility of the 777-8F not hitting the streets for the better part of the next 10 years. That information and its effects on ...

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by CX747
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 113
Views: 19833

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

Fantastic news. This order adds 3-4 months worth of 777 production. Boeing must be at or near enough 777 orders to bridge the gap until the 77X. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. I'd like to know how many outstanding 777 orders there are versus production slots available that will allow for t...

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by CX747
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6679

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

Other than Cargolux, what freight forwarders absolutely need the front cargo door capability and thus can't use a 747-400(BCF/BDSF) or a 777F? The latter is smaller with about 10t less capacity, but can fly farther at maximum MTOW. The 777 freighter has likely killed the 747-400 conversion market a...

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by CX747
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6679

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

The 747 BCF program is for almost certainly closed down. There are plenty of 747BCF airframes available in the desert if one really has the requirement. The market for used nose loading 747-400Fs is becoming extremely tight. If the cargo market continues upward, then the only options in that "c...

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by CX747
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA SJC-LHR flights cancelled from June 8 until June 18
Replies: 19
Views: 2699

Re: BA SJC-LHR flights cancelled from June 8 until June 18

Seems to be operated by 787-9 equipment. Possible side effect of the ongoing RR engine issues. Reminds me of how upset the BA crews are that the 747 is being retired. When asked why a crew member would love the oldest widebody in the fleet, the answer was, "Everything just works".

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by CX747
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Vistara ordering 6 789 and 13 A320series + options for each type
Replies: 52
Views: 10940

Re: Vistara reported to have ordered 6 787s

I honestly expected them to go for A330neos considering they have A320s. There is a rumour afloat that they will be switching to the MAX in the near future. I hope it stays as a rumor. India has a lot of A320 type rated pilots already and additional 737s won't help the situation. And of course the ...

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by CX747
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 470
Views: 114844

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

Do we know the exact prices that were offered by each manufacturer to Vistara? Unless we do, it is very hard to say that "questionable" pricing has been used.

Congrats to Vistara on the upcoming new era of long haul service.

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