https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/united-to-pick-up-batch-of-used-737-700s-459708/ United Airlines has agreed to purchase a batch of used Boeing 737-700s, and intends to start taking delivery of the jets before the end of this year. They are not saying where they are getting them from or if...Jump to post
You have got to have some grudging respect for MOL and Ryanair. When the 737MAX was announced he allegedly said it was a 'back of a fag packet response to the A320NEO' (for US readers .. fags are cigarettes) - maybe he was right. He also has plenty of Airbus on order for Laudamotion. With no sign of...Jump to post
So now Ryanair are warning of routes being cut and base closures due to the 737MAX (or 737-8200). No doubt they will want even more compensation from Boeing. The bad PR for Boeing seems unending.. plus the way information leaks out does not do them any favours. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/arti...Jump to post
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/15/boeing- ... gs-on.html
Maybe news of what happened here will leak out.. I expect the lessors are losing patience.
and Ryanair drops the Max name..
https://thepointsguy.com/news/ryanair-d ... -max-200s/
https://www.marketscreener.com/BOEING-COMPANY-THE-4816/news/Boeing-737-MAX-Grounding-Could-Stretch-Into-2020-28902581/ Hmmm... hinting that the manual trim wheel may need to be modified.. but thats just my guess. You cant really expect the FAA to give a minute by minute summary I suppose. The trim w...Jump to post
Another gem from the Forbes article.. 'The U.S. has gradually ceased manufacturing televisions, telephones and a host of other products invented here..' Some interesting info in the article, but comes across as a desperate PR puff for Boeing .. and encouraging corners to be cut in getting the 737MAX...Jump to post
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthomp ... max-story/
A reminder, if you needed it, about how vital Boeing is to the US economy.
The pressure on Boeing and the FAA to rush the 737MAX back into the air must be immense.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ryan ... SKCN1U52ME
So Ryanair are getting restless..
So their Plan B is to order 100 Airbus for its Laudamotion subsidary.
The BILLION dollar question - When will the 737MAX be flying again? So.. do we know the extent of the issues that need fixing? Errr well kinda Do we know what the fix is? Software or Software and Hardware? More training? A new bigger trim wheel, new flight computer .. errr… we are working on it So w...Jump to post
I don't get this story about BA's A318 operation at LCY. Can somebody please write a clear summary for us? What's the situation today? Without irritating colors please. ——- So BA brought x 2 Airbus A318s that were modified for the steep approach into the short runway at London City. City Airport is...Jump to post
Are they still flying LCY-JFK with their A318? Yes but the frequency is half what it was to begin with. Operates 6 times a week now, once it was 12 flights a week. This year, as in previous years, it is suspended for almost all of August. The solitary A318 in the fleet gets planned maintenance and ...Jump to post
I don't think BA will be in a hurry to choose between the Embraer and the A220 And I don't see why Crossrail will make any difference to LCY. LCY is all set up for the bankers and business crowd from the City and Canary Wharf, there are Stock prices displayed in the lounge and internet everywhere, I...Jump to post
Well JetBlue have announced the intention to fly transatlantic.. so anything is possible. Ryanair seem to be in an expansive mood at the moment announcing new subsidiaries in Poland and Malta plus acquiring Laudamotion. They tried to buy Aer Lingus on a number of occasions. There seems to be a big m...Jump to post
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/07/business/boeing-737-max-flyadeal-airbus/index.html CNN reporting on more problems with the AoA vane and the micro-processors used. Both videos are worth watching. The chances of the 737MAX flying again by September are remote. Not surprising that airlines are cancellin...Jump to post
In the past Manston seemed to survive on a mix of flight training schools, cargo and charter flights and being a British version of Victorville.. lots of exotic types being stripped of parts or being maintained. It was also the RAF fire training school I recall. I remember seeing Virgin 747’s doing ...Jump to post
So where do we go from here? What are the next steps to get the 737MAX ungrounded? Best case – flying again in 3-4 months? • The FAA plus all the worldwide aviation authorities give the 737MAX the green light, dependant on MCAS 2.1 being approved and other simple software / hardware fixes. • The pil...Jump to post
There is a logic to the out of sequence registrations that British Airways choose..
https://travelupdate.boardingarea.com/r ... anings-ba/
British Airways has also started buying second hand planes too. The A320’s based at Gatwick G-GATH to G-GATU are all second hand and some are coming up to 20 years old.. however having flown on a couple of them the cabins look brand new. So age does not necessarily mean that the plane is shabby insi...Jump to post
Airbus A200 order book - looks like it needs updating.. I see that Airbus still has the ODYSSEY AIRLINES LTD order for 10 A220-200’s on its books. https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/publications/o&d/ODs-Airbus-Commercial-Aircraft-April-2019.xlsx This start up was supposed to be ...Jump to post
Phosphorus wrote: In Britain, VC-10 specs were tweaked around BOAC demands, AFAIK. To the point where many other airlines were no longer interested, as BOAC wanted performance from hot and high airfields, to the detriment of operational economics. Yes.. seems crazy now BOAC were strong armed into or...Jump to post
Boeing produced the 747-100SR (Short Range) for the Japanese domestic market. Strengthened structure and undercarriage. This was followed later by the 747-400D (Domestic) for Japan Airlines. The VC10 was produced for BOAC and had a thicker high lift wing so it could operate out of hot and high airpo...Jump to post
http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... uns-pilots
Aviation Week is not one for sensationalism... Well worth a read.
and it gets worse ..
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/05/10/poli ... index.html
Some emergency checklists have not been updated since 1967...
I can't imagine this will be a quick fix.. could drag on for many more months ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-10/boeing-fights-to-bring-737-max-back-from-ford-pinto-like-taint Looking grim for the 737MAX. It could be caught up in a tussle between the various worldwide regulators that could go on for many months. Meanwhile Boeing are still pumping out over 40 7...Jump to post
So.. after the blame game is over and the final reports are out.. # what will the 737MAX fix be? Just a software fix? or something more substantial.. adding a third AOA vane? Structural modifications? # so the FAA gets leaned on by the industry and gives a green light, but with what conditions? # th...Jump to post
I recall flying on a BIA 1-11 where we were sat on a rear facing seat but opposite a row of forward facing seats.. next to the emergency exit. Quite strange and uncomfortable.. also as the plane had missed the curfew at Gatwick we were bussed all the way to Luton where it had landed to catch the fli...Jump to post
@EmoticonsAllDay Thanks for the link, so the FAA are calling in additional agencies..it is beginning to look like it is going to take more than a quick software fix to get the 737MAX back in the air. The Australian 60 Minutes programme is also well worth watching. The pilots feel they have been been...Jump to post
I remember them as good to fly on... But I recall they were so noisy they weren’t allowed into Gatwick after a certain time at night. One of the last all British airliners.. although the Ryanair 1-11’s were made in Romania under licence. Looked good in the multi coloured Court Line livery 2774143 an...Jump to post
The two being scrapped were early heavier non standard A380’s.. worth more as parts.
Singapore replaced them with new A380’s at the end of the lease.
I would guess the A380 will be around for another 15 to 20 years.. but nobody knows.. things change.
Warren Buffett — ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.’ The perception is that Boeing has its fingers in its ears humming la la la and after a simple software fix the 737MAX's will be back in the air and it will be...Jump to post
Stansted is probably the only London Airport that has available slots for long haul. The runway at Luton is just too short for the big jets.. and the runways at City and Southend are only for short haul. Heathrow and Gatwick are close to capacity... And its a load of rubbish that people in the City ...Jump to post
Stansted is not in the ‘middle of nowhere’ ! If you live in East London there are regular coaches that run 24 hours plus the train link. Also coaches and rail links from Central London. If you want to drive its right next to a motorway.. so its very well connected to London. . it takes about an hour...Jump to post
The ex-RAF TriStars at Bruntingthorpe have apparently been acquired by Tempus Applied Solutions according to this . . https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2018/03/tempus-applied-solutions-acquires-raf-tristar-tanker.html They also list them as being in their fleet.. https://www.tempus-as.com/fly.php So ...Jump to post
As far as I know it is possible to pull the fuze on the Cockpit Voice Recorder.. how and why the transponder was turned off adds to the mystery. Also the Cockpit Voice recorder only records for so long then is overwritten. If it did crash into the deep uncharted ocean I would imagine it would have d...Jump to post
The transponder on MH370 stopped working so maybe the plug was pulled on the Cockpit Voice Recorder too? If the wreck was discovered it would bring some closure to the relatives, but would it explain why it went off course and crashed? Looks like it will remain a mystery.. Also makes me wonder why t...Jump to post
I would be quite happy with just a USB port and free wi-fi for short and medium haul flights. Just think of all the weight that it would save and also the amount of room it would free up. If you want to watch a movie just download it to your iPad or tablet before you fly. Norwegian had free wi-fi an...Jump to post
As far as I know the NATS Airspace Explorer is only for iPad . .more info here https://www.nats.aero/ae-home/ I tend to favour Plane Finder as you can upload your own plane photos to it. https://my.pinkfroot.com/ Not sure which one has the best coverage and functionality... I tend to switch between ...Jump to post
Good move by BA. I went along to watch it land at LHR and there must have been a few hundred spotters there, even heard of people driving up from Devon for the occasion. Shame that it started to rain as it arrived... It looks great and BA have had huge amounts of ‘free’ publicity out of it. Its curr...Jump to post
The 732's are popular in Canada as they can be fitted with gravel kits to operate from unpaved airstrips.. often for the mining businesses.. In fact it will be difficult to find a suitable replacement when the 732's finally run of cycles and hours. The engines of the more modern 737's are too close ...Jump to post
The football club have confirmed that he made his own arrangements regarding the flight. Unconfirmed is that the plane made more than one attempt to take off at Nantes.. (weight & balance issues ?) Also that he left some WhatsApp messages while airborne fearing that the plane was going to fall a...Jump to post
I does seem strange that they were flying so low when heading out over the English Channel. There are airfields on Alderney, Jersey and Guernsey so I wonder why it didn't divert if it ran into icing problems. I would have thought the Malibu would have been equipped with an Emergency locator beacon a...Jump to post
Last time I looked their order for 10 A220’s was still listed on the Airbus website.
They did crowdfund quite a lot of capital too.. but I agree it looks like a dead duck.
Any news on this start up.. ?
I see from Companies House that their last set of accounts are overdue for filing.. doesn’t look promising
The rumour said 4 x 747's
Would be great if it were
#BEA with the red wings !
The only other players in the UK regional market I can think of are BA Cityflyer and Cityjet. Then there are the charter operators like Titan and Jota.. I cant imagine any of them being interested in getting involved in Flybe. Maybe an Angel Investor will appear from somewhere.. who knows? Will be i...Jump to post
Of the Airlines mentioned I would have thought TAAG is the only one with a realistic chance of starting direct flights to London. Its not impossible for TAAG to aquire slots at Heathrow, but I would have thought Gatwick or Stansted more likely. Having visited Namibia some time ago I doubt it has the...Jump to post
Niki Lauda has just out of hospital after a lung transplant.
He has done well to stay in the airline business.
https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433 ... transplant