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by SEPilot
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 695
Views: 100283

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

The 767 lost out to the A330 on nearly every competition after the A330 became established; I expect that a 767MAX would fare the same against the A330NEO. WHILE PUTTING THE 748 engine on the 767 should be simple, since the 767 and 747 engines were interchangeable, the cost to certify it would likel...

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by SEPilot
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 175365

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

Well the same can be said about just any plane with the rare few exceptions. Funny, I have crossed the Pacific several times in the last 4 years, and there was not a single empty seat (at least in coach) on any of them. Does "using a plane to full capacity" mean stuffing passengers in the...

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by SEPilot
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 175365

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

If I am correct, no airline is currently using the 380 at their full capacity. No one will be impressed by the new additional 50 seats lor. Well the same can be said about just any plane with the rare few exceptions. Funny, I have crossed the Pacific several times in the last 4 years, and there was...

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by SEPilot
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2549
Views: 186835

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Boeing is actually well positioned in the new market of very efficient long-range widebodies, as they have the smallest one (788) and the largest one (779). They also have the only one without 8,000 NM range (the 7810) which offers probably the best economics for customers who don't need the extreme...

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by SEPilot
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2549
Views: 186835

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

To put the 778/779 in perspective, the 77W essentially had no serious competition. The only plane that beat its per seat economics was the A380, but not by much and with many more seats to fill. Nearly every airline flying long haul bought it, and those that didn't wished they had. Now there are sev...

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by SEPilot
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who has bought one of the Transaero 748i
Replies: 41
Views: 9784

Re: Who has bought one of the Transaero 748i

They simply add that much more electronics to fill the space, the AF does it all the time. In fact, as electronics have shrunk over the last 50 years, they have bought ever bigger aircraft. The odds of two engine flameouts have to be extremely high, but the Air Force isn't going to take chances whi...

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by SEPilot
Wed May 31, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With the 747-8i all but dead, can the 747-8F gain significant orders as a result of earlier 747 freighters retiring?
Replies: 78
Views: 15230

Re: With the 747-8i all but dead, can the 747-8F gain significant orders as a result of earlier 747 freighters retiring?

Is there any possibility for a 747-8 SP? No. The 747SP was more to compete with the L-1011 and DC-10 on capacity then it was on raw range. With the 777-300ER and 777-9 offering the capacity and the range already, there is no market for a shorter 747-8 that would only increase it's CASM. I have to d...

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by SEPilot
Wed May 31, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac, UAC to develop CR929 300-seat widebody aircraft
Replies: 392
Views: 26989

Re: Comac Considering C929 300-seat Widebody

I would foresee slow acceptance by the Western world of any Chinese or Russian built aircraft, simply because Western airlines have learned that it is poor business practice to kill your customers, and Chinese airliners in particular have no proven track record. The Russian record is mixed, but with...

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by SEPilot
Wed May 31, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Would Have Made The MD-11 Better?
Replies: 119
Views: 22450

Re: RE: What Would Have Made The MD-11 Better?

I believe the fundamental problem was that McDonnell Douglas tried too hard to keep costs low. It essentially was a re-engine when in reality a fully modernized plane was needed. It kept the wing of the DC10 in order to save money rather than updating it to be more customized for the higher takeoff...

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by SEPilot
Wed May 31, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2549
Views: 186835

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

It is commonly said on here that one of the reasons that the 737 frame is lighter than the 320 is because it was certified to earlier standards. Now there are two things. Why did those standards change if not to make planes safer? Why did they need to change the 737 is obviously a very safe plane? ...

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by SEPilot
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing, JetBlue bet on an electric regional airliner
Replies: 40
Views: 7199

Re: Boeing, JetBlue bet on an electric regional airliner

As an engineer I can see no benefit from a hybrid aircraft. I tried to look at all the articles posted; the first was behind a paywall and the link to the Reuters article was bad. None of the ones I read gave any information on how it would work, other than lithium batteries in the wings and a small...

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by SEPilot
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2549
Views: 186835

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Yes, I realize that. But to increase the gear capacity means more wheels on the ground, which would be a MAJOR redesign. Much more difficult, in fact, than strengthening the structure. For the 777 it would likely mean another landing gear leg-I don't think 8 wheels on a bogey would work. 8 wheels w...

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by SEPilot
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2549
Views: 186835

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Just out of curiosity, it would be interesting to know how much the 777 MTOW could grow without introducing significant changes to the airframe. I think they are there; that is why the 777X did not have any MTOW increase. They pushed it as far as it would go for the 77W. Less of a structural thing ...

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by SEPilot
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2549
Views: 186835

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

KarelXWB wrote:
Just out of curiosity, it would be interesting to know how much the 777 MTOW could grow without introducing significant changes to the airframe.

I think they are there; that is why the 777X did not have any MTOW increase. They pushed it as far as it would go for the 77W.

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by SEPilot
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are some aviation incidents that changed the world?
Replies: 55
Views: 5961

Re: What are some aviation incidents that changed the world?

Most posters are not answering the OP's question. The question, as I understand it, was what aviation accidents/incidents had political repercussions that changed the world. I can really only see two; one was Pearl Harbor, and the other was 9/11. Pearl Harbor is a bit suspect in this context, becaus...

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by SEPilot
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 787-10 Range vs A350-900
Replies: 76
Views: 20397

Re: Boeing 787-10 Range vs A350-900

I see the A359 and 78J having about the same market relationship that the A333 and the 772 had for many years; the A333 won out when very long range was not an issue, and now the 78J will. Likewise when it was, the 772 won out, and now the A359 will. The shorter range of the 78J should give it bette...

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by SEPilot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CX 77W vs. 773 seat rows
Replies: 5
Views: 1577

Re: CX 77W vs. 773 seat rows

Skipping row numbers is very common across airlines to help keep consistency between fleet types. In addition to the 777s look at CX's A330s: https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Cathay_Pacific_Airways/Cathay_Pacific_Airbus_A330_33P.php https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Cathay_Pacific_Airways/Cathay_Pa...

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by SEPilot
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CX 77W vs. 773 seat rows
Replies: 5
Views: 1577

Re: CX 77W vs. 773 seat rows

Thanks, that explains it. I notice that they also skip a number of seat rows in the front on both versions. Did they never learn to count, or can their computers only deal with certain rows being certain classes? Even that is not very consistent.

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by SEPilot
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CX 77W vs. 773 seat rows
Replies: 5
Views: 1577

CX 77W vs. 773 seat rows

I flew from JFK to MNL with my wife and infant daughter in January. The flight from JFK to HKG was on a 77W, as expected. We were seated in Row 40, which was behind the wing. So then we get on a 773 to fly from HKG to MNL, and are seated in Row 39. After we got seated, I looked out the window expect...

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by SEPilot
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 70653

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

I would be surprised if UA cancels the A350, if only because it would be very expensive. And if they did, they would need more 77Ws or 77Xs to replace the 747s. I will wait for definite word from UA on such matters, and also on 767 replacement. But it does sound like the MOM is going to happen, and ...

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by SEPilot
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 175365

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

If I am correct, no airline is currently using the 380 at their full capacity. No one will be impressed by the new additional 50 seats lor. This I think is the case. The A380 is simply too big and too much risk for most airlines, and there are smaller planes with equal range and almost equal CASM f...

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by SEPilot
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing expects pricing pressure, wants tax reform
Replies: 55
Views: 5096

Re: Boeing expects pricing pressure, wants tax reform

The US currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. That puts every US business at a competitive disadvantage with foreign based companies, and Boeing is no exception. That (and excessive regulations) is why you see so many corporate inversions, and so many companies moving ...

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by SEPilot
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing expects pricing pressure, wants tax reform
Replies: 55
Views: 5096

Re: Boeing expects pricing pressure, wants tax reform

The US currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. That puts every US business at a competitive disadvantage with foreign based companies, and Boeing is no exception. That (and excessive regulations) is why you see so many corporate inversions, and so many companies moving m...

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by SEPilot
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WS Orders 10 737 Max 9
Replies: 59
Views: 11238

Re: WS Orders 10 737 Max 9

The 737-9 MAX will be an extremely efficient aircraft to operate, even if it uses a lot of runway and even if the A321 NEO outperforms it in some ways. The 737-9 MAX will be able to perform transcon flights with ease and very cost effectively. The big issue seems to be that the A321 carries more pa...

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by SEPilot
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BLOOMBERG: Buffet May Acquire Entire Airline
Replies: 39
Views: 10703

Re: BLOOMBERG: Buffet May Acquire Entire Airline

The quote I remember is how to make a small fortune in aviation: start with a large one. And didn't Warren Buffet once say that he was starting a support group so that any time he was tempted to invest in an airline he could call them and they would talk him out of it? Where is that support group now?

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by SEPilot
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA continues to struggle with operational reliability with 777
Replies: 38
Views: 11085

Re: AA continues to struggle with operational reliability with 777

Seeing how the 777 has established a sterling reputation for dispatch reliability, if AA is having problems with them it is either because of their age or because AA is not doing as well as other carriers. If the comments by members indicating that the brand new 77Ws and 789s are also affected then ...

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by SEPilot
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Th 80 Meter Box
Replies: 7
Views: 2491

Re: Th 80 Meter Box

The A380 wing was designed with the 80m box as an absolute limit. Even with folding wingtips that cannot be exceeded because of runway/taxiway spacing issues. So if it were designed today, it still would be less that 80 meters in span. It might have less area, and hence a higher aspect ratio, and ha...

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by SEPilot
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Group will receive only 14 ex-Transaero aircraft
Replies: 31
Views: 6925

Re: Aeroflot Group will receive only 14 ex-Transaero aircraft

I think you will find that with just about every airline that goes bankrupt, one of the cost-saving measures taken in the final days is scrimping on maintenance, often to the point of violating the law. I am sure that ex-Eastern, Braniff, and PA aircraft were in need of a LOT of care before being re...

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by SEPilot
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whereabouts of Trump's 757?
Replies: 27
Views: 12739

Re: Whereabouts of Trump's 757?

where are all the anetters who were convinced he'd never fly the VC25? Trump's yuge ego guaranteed he'd use the VC-25! :rotfl: I don't think he had any choice in the matter. The VC-25 has communications capability that he has to have, and also, as I understand, has missile deterrents that non-milit...

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by SEPilot
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any news on Cathay changing from A350 back to 77W HKG-MNL?
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

Re: Any news on Cathay changing from A350 back to 77W HKG-MNL?

Just flew CX JFK-MNL 3 weeks ago. 77W from JFK, 773 HKG-MNL. When I was checking the schedule, I recall seeing 773, 77W, A333 and A359 doing the HKG-MNL flight. On our return flight in June we will be on a 77W for both legs.

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by SEPilot
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation 2016
Replies: 152
Views: 25978

Re: Philippine Aviation 2016

We arrived in Manila via CX two weeks ago, and departed for Dipolog last week. Traffic in Manila is much better than it was when we were here two years ago; I attributed it to the fact that the sidewalk vendors had been drastically reduced, and almost all of them that had been in the streets were go...

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by SEPilot
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific - A Dimming / Fallen Star
Replies: 36
Views: 8518

Re: Cathay Pacific - A Dimming / Fallen Star

Product no longer stands out. Whereas service quality is downright terrible I would beg to differ. I just flew CX JFK-MNL with my wife and daughter, and I thought the service was outstanding. I had previously flown two round trips on EVA, and was very happy with them. But I have to say I think CX w...

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by SEPilot
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of the 747-8
Replies: 117
Views: 19852

Re: The future of the 747-8

There's near 200 747-400Fs in service. 50% of that would see 100+ orders of 747-8Fs, you see that much scope for further production? Enter the 777-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversion programme. It WILL happen, and it's not a question of "if" but "when". And no, the majority ...

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by SEPilot
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus
Replies: 262
Views: 55366

Re: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus

I have no direct knowledge of EK, either their financial status or their operations. I do question, however, if it is possible for any organization to grow as fast as they have grown and remain efficient and well-run. As I see it they were blessed by a very fortunate geographic position and the fore...

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by SEPilot
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?
Replies: 66
Views: 13954

Re: 787's 2-4-2 layout vs. 3-3-3 layout. Why no one follows JAL's idea?

Seeing as how I am going to be a long-haul customer for the foreseeable future, and will be traveling with my wife and daughter (and perhaps more in the future), and right now am very price sensitive, I am quite concerned about this issue. A 17.2 inch seat for me is tolerable for a 4-5 hour flight; ...

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by SEPilot
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna scraps unsold skycatcher frames
Replies: 36
Views: 7480

Re: Cessna scraps unsold skycatcher frames

It clearly did not catch on, anyone know why not?

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by SEPilot
Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1716
Views: 266383

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

And remember that Amazon was looking initially at new frames, but decided to go used in significant part because of the ability to get up and running more quickly. The 767 line is going to be open for a while. Add to that the fact that of all widebody types that are still being manufactured, the 76...

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by SEPilot
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Deltas MD-88s go post retirement?
Replies: 31
Views: 6671

Re: Where will Deltas MD-88s go post retirement?

Parts availability is an issue I became very familiar with when running the local airport FBO in 1998-2000. There are certain moderately popular GA airplanes with minimal or no support, specifically Grumman and Beech singles. One of the last things I did before leaving was examine a Beech Musketeer ...

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by SEPilot
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1716
Views: 266383

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

How about some A310's or MD10's if they wanna be cheap? FedEx will gladly give them some for a great price. I think Amazon is following the WN policy of sticking to one plane type. No matter how cheap you get other metal the support adds a lot of cost. When buying used aircraft the purchase price i...

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by SEPilot
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the 777X orders?
Replies: 323
Views: 36117

Re: What happened to the 777X orders?

The problem with the 777X is not how its projected performance compares today against todays aircraft with todays engines. But the problem is how a 2025 year 777X will compete with a 2025 year A350(K) with next generation engines slightly better than 777X engines. This will dramatically change the ...

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by SEPilot
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the 777X orders?
Replies: 323
Views: 36117

Re: What happened to the 777X orders?

The 777X is entering the market in a unique situation, and it is not a good one. Previously, every new entry has had something unique to offer, and that was usually better CASM in its size. The 777X is offering basically one thing; larger size at competitive (but not substantially better) CASM. This...

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by SEPilot
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the 777X orders?
Replies: 323
Views: 36117

Re: What happened to the 777X orders?

The 777X has a lot of chances. The 777-300ER didn't exactly fly off the shelves until after its EIS, mind you. It wasn't until after it entered service that people (including Boeing) realized how much better than expected the 77W really was. The 777X is highly unlikely to replicate this, since it i...

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by SEPilot
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am And The Boeing 767
Replies: 131
Views: 27137

Re: RE: Pan Am And The Boeing 767

You do have a point; Pan Am was seemingly recovering when Lockerbie drove the final nail in their coffin. However, considering how far they had fallen and were just a shadow of their former glory, I doubt that they would have ultimately succeeded. If it had not been Lockerbie, any untoward event th...

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by SEPilot
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am And The Boeing 767
Replies: 131
Views: 27137

Re: Pan Am And The Boeing 767

Dec 5th, marks 25 years since a big white bird with the blue balls left the ground. Sad day indeed, we miss you. My mother was born in Germany, and fled to the US as a teenager with her family in 1938. In the mid 60s her sister invited her to go to Germany with her. They flew one way on TWA and the...

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by SEPilot
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wing-engined > Rear-engined (Passenger Appeal)?
Replies: 55
Views: 7484

Re: Wing-engined > Rear-engined (Passenger Appeal)?

Airlines buy aircraft based on how much profit they think they will generate. I am quite sure that the number of passengers who will refuse to fly on a given flight because of the type of plane, for whatever reason, is infinitely small, and probably equaled by the number that will actually seek that...

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by SEPilot
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Long Until ULH Is Common And Profitable?
Replies: 47
Views: 9098

Re: How Long Until ULH Is Common And Profitable?

It will never be common and hardly ever be profitable. Simply because the same technology, that would make an ULH aircraft "good enough" relatively, would make an less ranged aircraft much better. More than anything else, an ULH aircraft does this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/ori...

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by SEPilot
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If McDonnell Douglas Was Still In Business...?
Replies: 135
Views: 22444

Re: RE: If McDonnell Douglas Was Still In Business...?

No, they wouldn't. Trijets are fundamentally inefficient, and only succeeded in a time when fuel efficiency was not the primary consideration. There will never be a new trijet (unless it is a BWB, and even there it will only because they cannot build a big enough engine to power it with 2. But that...

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by SEPilot
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am And The Boeing 767
Replies: 131
Views: 27137

Re: RE: Pan Am And The Boeing 767

Quoting DETA737 (Reply 33): Was Pan Am's demise "assisted" for ordering Airbus? No, Pan Am accomplished its demise all on its own without any help. After Juan Trippe left they had a series of leaders who did not know how to run an airline, and they were singularly inept in their response ...

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by SEPilot
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If McDonnell Douglas Was Still In Business...?
Replies: 135
Views: 22444

Re: RE: If McDonnell Douglas Was Still In Business...?

I guess that new TRIJETS would be still flying long haul ...... MD-11ER   No, they wouldn't. Trijets are fundamentally inefficient, and only succeeded in a time when fuel efficiency was not the primary consideration. There will never be a new trijet (unless it is a BWB, and even there it will only ...

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by SEPilot
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am And The Boeing 767
Replies: 131
Views: 27137

Re: RE: Pan Am And The Boeing 767

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 59): At the end of the day, its difficult to say what the turning point was for Airbus The single turning point was the day when Boeing and MDD merged. Until than, airlines could take offers from Boeing and MDD and chose - after that day every listed company HAD to consid...

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