IMHO ... Stansted is very well connected to Central London.
The M11 motorway runs right past it, plentiful coach and bus services from Central London.
For people working in the City regular fast trains from Liverpool Street.
It was also approaching capacity at peak times ..
I think the longer this saga drags on the less chance there is of a third runway at Heathrow. The very expensive Howard Davis report that recommended Heathrow for expansion is well out of date. Just slapping a runway down over a built up area, that also has main roads, vital motorways and transport ...Jump to post
I wonder how cost effective it would be to convert the passenger Korean and Lufthansa 747-8's to nose loading freighters? I suspect both Korean and Lufthansa wont require them for passenger service for much longer, that will be around 35 fairly new frames looking for a home. Looking at the nose of t...Jump to post
http://www.flyertea.com/thread-3475741-1-1.html Here is the trip report ——— Thanks for the link - quite an experience. Maybe the flight will resume in September? Otherwise BA has an odd A318. G-EUNB was sold/leased to Titan Google translated from Chinese ! Maybe many people are new to this flight B...Jump to post
Off to Madrid for some spannering
http://thebasource.com/british-airways- ... tenance-2/
“Nikki Haley resigns from Boeing's board over bailout pursuit“
https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/ ... ign-138086
Interesting.. there is not a lot of sympathy for Boeing out there.
The other consideration is are Boeing going to make any money selling the 737MAX? It is generally acknowledged that the 737MAX is not as efficient as the A320 series... so it must be priced aggressively to make it an attractive proposition to customers. It has been grounded over a year at a huge exp...Jump to post
http://thebasource.com/british-airways- ... -heathrow/
Bit of a mystery! or BA's shortest passenger flight?
Looks like it positioned from LCY to LHR. If you check the http://thebasource.com/ there are a lot of positioning flights going on as BA sends planes into storage and in for maintenance. They recently retired three A319's and a B747 .. all off to St Athan for part out and scrapping. Looks like they ...Jump to post
https://www.barrons.com/articles/boeing-stock-panic-selling-coronavirus-fallout-capacity-airbus-737-max-51584392984 (Note the picture they have chosen.. duh) It shows in Getty under "Boeing" - https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/british-airways-plane-comes-in-to-land-at-heathrow-...Jump to post
So Boeing wanting the Government (tax payers) to bail out it's supply chain.. meanwhile it's stocks plummet.. "Boeing shares fell a breathtaking 24% on Monday. Investors are abandoning air-travel stocks as the fallout from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic grows. The stock is now pricing “aero-...Jump to post
It was only a short time ago that Boeing went on a hiring spree... now that has come to an abrupt halt. “Given that the company is "haemorrhaging cash," Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at the Teal Group, a consulting firm, said "it makes sense" that Boeing would freeze hi...Jump to post
“Boeing said Air Canada canceled 11 Max aircraft while some other customers converted orders for larger planes. For example, aircraft leasing firm Air Lease converted nine Max planes into three 787s. Oman Air converted 10 Maxes into four 787s.” Air Canada are saying they are still fully committed to...Jump to post
I am hoping for a CVR excerpt, where it clearly says "f**k the damn trim wheel won't turn" To correct the mis-trim they would have had to turn the trim wheel 40 times .. while pulling 94 Ibs on the yoke ! and this was with MCAS turned off.. https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/ethiopian-73...Jump to post
So.. it appears to be bad news month for Boeing. The respected Dominic Gates from the Seattle Times is now reporting “FAA Poised to Require Electrical Wiring Fixes Before Boeing 737 MAX Jets Can Fly Again Agency expected to mandate rerouting of certain wires to comply with longstanding safety regula...Jump to post
"Ethiopian draft report blames Boeing for 737 MAX plane crash: sources" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-737max-ethiopia-idUSKBN20U069 "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A draft interim report from Ethiopian crash investigators circulated to U.S. government agencies concludes the March ...Jump to post
FAA has fined Boeing $19.68 million :eek: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday proposed fining Boeing Co (BA.N) $19.7 million for allegedly installing equipment on hundreds of 737 aircraft containing sensors in heads-up displays that regulators had not approved for u...Jump to post
“Boeing Max Overhaul Sparks U.S.-Canada Rift Over Pilot Guidance“ So those pesky Canadians have their own ideas and think the pilots should be able to cut power to the stick-shaker in the event of a MCAS type event.. the FAA disagrees. So here we go .. maybe the other regulators will start to insist...Jump to post
So Boeing on a hiring spree in anticipation of re-starting production. Seems they are now playing high stakes poker and betting on getting the all clear from the FAA in the near future. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-02/boeing-goes-on-hiring-spree-in-high-stakes-gamble-on-737-max I ...Jump to post
So when, or if, Spirit start producing new 737MAX fuselages this would incorporate the new routing of the wire bundles? and maybe updated flight computers? although that has yet to be agreed. Cant see it somehow.. plus all those stored fuselages will need rework.. and is Boeing going to pay for the ...Jump to post
Meanwhile, Spirit AeroSystems to restart 737 Max production in March tells us pretty much what the title suggests, they will be restarting MAX production in March slowly and gradually ramping up during the year. Interesting .. but the key word is that they EXPECT to restart production.. Considering...Jump to post
Meanwhile in the rest of the world . "China And India To Build 320 New Airports In Next 10 Years" https://www.thegwpf.com/forget-heathrow-china-and-india-to-build-320-new-airports/ That's a hell of a lot of airports.. no doubt some will want to connect with London too. I suspect our curren...Jump to post
Maybe they should revive the 'Heathrow Hub' proposal where the existing northern runway is lengthened and split into two.. at first it seems a bit radical.. but quite a lot of research has gone into it. Article here https://reaction.life/heathrow-bosses-must-take-a-new-flight-path/ However any new r...Jump to post
"Transport Canada told Reuters by email on Wednesday it would not hesitate to add "Canadian-unique" non-normal procedures as a supplement to the MAX's aircraft flight manual, although its goal is still a "harmonized approach" with the FAA for the steps pilots must take durin...Jump to post
So no new orders for the 737MAX.. the Jet Airways and Air Italy birds will have to find new homes. I really cant see any new orders on the horizon. The IAG LoI may never happen after Willie Walsh toddles off into the sunset. If an airline ordered now, provided RTS happens soon and no further issues ...Jump to post
“Delays in 737 MAX certification flight may push off Boeing’s goal to win approval by midsummer“ https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/delays-in-737-max-certification-flight-may-push-off-boeings-goal-to-win-approval-by-mid-summer/ Well.. thats a shocker.. more from Dominic Gates who...Jump to post
par13del wrote:Wonder if they are being too optimistic
https://caymannewsservice.com/2020/02/m ... ce-flight/
A question: IAG have an LOI for 200 B737MAX from June 2019 with EIS of 2022. The models chosen are the MAX 8 and MAX 10. With the grounding still ongoing and RTS not expected until this summer, how realistic is that date? And what mix do Boeing start producing between the 3 models? I guess ramp up ...Jump to post
Another excellent article from Dominic Gates.. Looks like the wiring issue wont go away.. Boeing is arguing that the wiring is the same as the 737NG which hasnt had a problem.. the FAA saying that it doesn't comply with current standards.. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/faa-f...Jump to post
Boeing 737MAX customer sues Boeing and wants to return its 737MAXs. Yep.. lawsuit filed.. however it is only concerning two 737MAX BBJ’s. Its remarkable how quiet the airlines have been.. even MOL at Ryanair, maybe they are happy to take the compensation payments from Boeing. Even if they cancel the...Jump to post
"Boeing Co suppliers are shedding jobs and capacity to cope with a halt in 737 MAX output, but while that staves off chaos, aerospace executives worry the industry might be unable to ramp factories quickly enough when the plane wins approval to fly again." https://www.reuters.com/article/u...Jump to post
"Boeing’s plans to return to the pre-grounding production rate of 52/mo will take until 2022. Plans to boost the rate won’t be fulfilled until 2023—four years later than planned." "Boeing CEO David Calhoun said it will take 18 months for Boeing to clear the inventory, or an average of...Jump to post
@smartplane The Insurance Companies, re-insurers, insurance brokers will take some persuading not to apply higher premiums to insure the 737MAX. Then you have to persuade the pilots, flight attendants and the traveling public that the MAX is safe.. But thats getting ahead of ourselves.. there appear...Jump to post
“ Technical experts at the EU’s aviation safety agency want Boeing to relocate certain electrical wiring in the 737 MAX to reduce the risk of short circuits—the latest potential delay in getting the jet back in the air” Apparently this is new.. not the rudder cables, electrical wires around the tail...Jump to post
"Boeing surprised us all this week" with its new mid-summer Max return schedule, @SouthwestAir CEO Gary Kelly says.
So dont bother briefing your largest customer ??
Either arrogance or incompetence, not a good start for the new CEO.
From Dominic Gates It's now official from Boeing: "We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020." So June/July 2020 for the FAA green light.. then the work begins .. What about the other regulat...Jump to post
More from @jonostrower “HUGE NEWS: Boeing’s interim CEO Greg Smith says that the company will recommend full simulator training for all 737 Max pilots before the jet returns to service.” So those 737MAX Sims will be busy once they have been updated. It seems like since DM’s departure things seem to ...Jump to post
From @jonostrower NEWS: Boeing has begun reassigning some 737 Max production employees to other programs, affecting some 3,000 employees. Max production will halt after the roll-out of Line #7896 in Mid-January. Company is setting up a new Max storage site in Victorville, CA. Hmm.. so Moses Lake mus...Jump to post
“Spirit AeroSystems offers voluntary layoffs amid Boeing 737 Max uncertainty” https://www.kansas.com/news/business/article239009448.html Inevitable.. so once these employees are gone and have found jobs elsewhere.. good luck in ramping up production again. “ Wichita’s largest employer Spirit Aerosys...Jump to post
.. so with all the Sim Training, hardware and software fixes required.. the timeline for Return to Service seems to be receding into the sunset.. anyone care to make a guess? Is this anyway to run a business? Meanwhile Spirit Aerosystems, CFM, and the other suppliers are supposed to be sitting on th...Jump to post
Once again, it can be fixed by clamps that take less than 2 hours per plane. It is trivial. You consider the fact that this serious fault has only been discovered now to be trivial too? Trivial ?? “ The FAA flagged the wiring issue as potentially “catastrophic.” It is the continual leaking out of t...Jump to post
Good article from Forbes regarding the problems that Boeing must face up to in 2020, including its lack of leadership and direction, plus the ongoing 737MAX fiasco https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2020/01/05/in-2020-have-boeings-problems-just-begun/ I am wondering what Spirit Aerosystem...Jump to post
“More ‘troubling’ internal Boeing documents on 737 MAX set for release”
Reported by Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times. He seems to have good sourcrs.
So, maybe linked to DM’s sudden departure?
So.. DM fired.. no ‘thanks for your hard work, etc’ in the statement.
With the Christmas and New Year break coming up maybe its a good time to bury more bad news about the MAX?
This fiasco still has a long way to go.. maybe the new guy will be a better communicator.