Julian773
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Aircraft Type Question

Sat May 08, 2010 10:13 am

Hi guys,

I was wondering about the difference of the aircraft types on flightaware. It either says eg. 77W/Q or 77W/W. They are both 777-300s right? But where is the difference between Q and W?

Thanks for your help
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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sat May 08, 2010 10:22 am

Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
 
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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sat May 08, 2010 10:27 am

Thanks.

But why would one aircraft have Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum and an other one wouldn´t?
 
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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sat May 08, 2010 10:36 am

/Q and /W both indicate RVSM capable according to the list.

Another thread with same question:
What Does /Q And /W Stand For (Aircraft Type) (by B6A322 Apr 13 2010 in Tech Ops)
Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
 
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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sun May 09, 2010 1:47 pm

The /Q is RNP capable with RVSM and the /W is not RNP capable with RVSM.
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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sun May 09, 2010 7:02 pm

Quoting Julian773 (Reply 2):
But why would one aircraft have Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum and an other one wouldn´t?

RVSM requires special paperwork and maintenance procedures. Two physically identical aircraft may have different RVSM status (and may flip back and forth over time).

Tom.
 
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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sun May 09, 2010 7:44 pm

Ahh ok thanks.

But why would an airline for example AC order 2 different types of aircraft.

Do they need one special type for a mission?
On the YYZ-FRA route, AC872/873, both types get used.


Sorry for not understanding


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RE: Aircraft Type Question

Sun May 09, 2010 10:02 pm

Quoting Julian773 (Reply 6):
But why would an airline for example AC order 2 different types of aircraft.

Do they need one special type for a mission?

You don't need RNP for everything; lots of aircraft don't have some of the higher levels. There are additional costs and training involved.

Quoting Julian773 (Reply 6):
On the YYZ-FRA route, AC872/873, both types get used.

That's an indication that that route doesn't need whatever level of RNP they're talking about, so either aircraft can do it.

Tom.

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