UA947 wrote:FrenchPotatoEye wrote:How many A380 jets are left to role out?
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That is interesting as it seems to solidify A332 production into the next few years, #232. I sort of assumed at some point France would be the transition order to an A338 derivative MRTT. Probably not though if those 15 are confirmed/finalized. I seem to remember someone posting why the A338 wasn’t...Jump to post
Aeroflot to become Airbus-only by 2028, including 80 A35x and 94 A32x.
I wonder if they will be able get hold of any (cheap) ntus or maybe a whole fleet from Etihad?
http://www.rusaviainsider.com/aeroflot- ... raft-only/
It should have been done long ago (some 40+ years back). Wonder why they called it China Airlines in the first place. The name has always confused me. Because, as many already said, Taiwan = Republic of China? For years (Basically up until 1990-ish), Taiwan's identity is that they ARE China, and th...Jump to post
I spent a pleasant Sunday in 1999 flying from HKG to DXB. Top deck of a 747 in business class. The only "direct" route available but stopping at BKK and BOM. Meal and drinks on each leg! CX service all the way.Jump to post
Some encouraging news about "replacing Flybe": 1 GBP 10 million loan from Jersey's government to Blue Islands, they will establish a base in Jersey for 10 years. 2 Blue Islands will continue the Flybe routes between and from Jersey JER and Guernsey GCI which they used to operate as a Flybe...Jump to post
An update on the new rear fuel tank - its well past the design phase! "At the end of June, Airbus subsidiary and supplier Premium Aerotec in Germany began construction of the first rear centre tank, as the aircraft manufacturer announced on Monday (July, 6). Earlier this year, Airbus and Safran...Jump to post
I wonder if Airbus is taking some of the risk in this - the A346's may be some of their guaranteed buyback frames.Jump to post
330's would do all those as well. Not sure if the 330 order is no longer . Regardless STC has stated they need something smaller but not single isles. Leave that to FZ and their more involved relationship. Correct, the A330neo order is gone, and IMO no satisfactory explanation was given. I have a f...Jump to post
I see the recovery starting with the most profitable trunk routes at lower frequencies than before. Airlines need the most revenue at least cost before filling out their networks with more marginal routes. They will right size to achieve that depending on demand but offer fewer cheap seats than pre_...Jump to post
Knowing DL's form for oportunistic purchasing, I wonder if the recently ordered 10 A350s, arising from their LATAM deal, may arrive sooner rather than later. Airbus have other airlines demanding deferred delivery, thus freeing up near term slots for any airline with available cash.Jump to post
Airlines restrict the availability of flights booked by Miles to ensure they incur only marginal costs in actually flying those pax.Jump to post
All the rumors are for a custom length a little longer than the 778 with custom structure to increase payload. Obviously an increase in OEW would result. ..... I see many posts here saying drop the 778. However, for long haul where field performance is of concern, there will be no competition unles...Jump to post
A6-EDB was the first EK A380 to visit the UK. Doesn't seem that long ago! https://flic.kr/p/2jboZJ1 I flew PER - DXB - LHR in early Decenber 2008, the DXB - LHR leg upstairs on one of EK's first two, maybe three, A380s. May well have been this one, unfortunately I do not remember the reg. EK kept p...Jump to post
This states that an objective of the funding is to support Airbus purchases from AF and the French state: "The bailout will help push through Air France orders of new Airbus planes, while it also includes new defence spending by the government on Airbus military products." https://www.theg...Jump to post
EVA Air's parent company Evergreen has deep pockets so this could be seen as a good buying opportunity by them, which they are able to afford.Jump to post
This suggests either ANA, EVA or China and the order will fill delivery slots cancelled by other airlines: "Some customers dropped their existing orders with Boeing due to the ongoing global health crisis that slumped the demand for Air travel. But some new customers want to take these jets and...Jump to post
More here: "Squirreled away in a court document relating to an issue with cargo airline Volga-Dnepr, Boeing inadvertently announced an order for its giant widebody the 777X. The court documents suggest that a mystery airline has ordered a couple of 777F, an unnamed quantity of Dreamliners, and ...Jump to post
The previous thread is locked for going off-topic, but the subject will develop over the coming months and years so I thought a new thread was needed. Currently dormant, Sunrise is most certainly not dead. This from Simple Flying quoting an Alan Joyce webcast: "During a Friday webcast discussin...Jump to post
Confirmation that EY wants to continue operating its A380s and also take delivery of the 20 A3510s remaining on order. "Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) remains committed to the further operation of its A380-800 quadjets and does not want to cancel its forthcoming A350-1000s, a spokesperson...Jump to post
FG has picked this up also. Maximum of 116 paratroopers can now be deployed, 58 from each side door:
https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/a4 ... 70.article
A new 245T MTOW option was announced yesterday, I guess this adds a cheaper way to get more than 242T without going all the way to 251T. Interesting to understand the performance / efficiency at 245T vs. equivalent 787s. https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transport/a330neo-approved-with-intermediate-t...Jump to post
Does anyone know if the 330neo will have a wider fuselage than the 332 or 333? Will it have 2-4-2 seating? The same externally and internally. For some reason, probably cost, Airbus did not implement the wider internal width to be achieved by "sculpting" proposed for the A350 Mk 1 on the ...Jump to post
We may still see an EK / EY merger. Say a sort of reverse takeover to save face. EY buys EK (Abu Dhabi has the cash whereas Dubai does not) but EK mangement runs the combined unit. The EK strategy would then drive a combined UAE airline business strategy going forward.Jump to post
I guess the 5 Etihad 3510s are paid for. Hence the term "abandon". Or "fly tipped" maybe??!!Jump to post
ADent wrote:If they can get out of the RR contract not buying 20 engines would save a good chunk of cash.
If QF wants a A350-1000-sized frame, why would they downsize to a 77L? They specifically chose 35K over 359.Jump to post
The only reason for the USAF to order anything other than more KC 46s is because they need more capacity or more endurance or more flexibility - e.g as a troop transport per the RAF model of leasing out MRTT surge capacity to the private sector. Were Airbus to win a competition the planes would be b...Jump to post
Ryanair has excess capacity for the immediate future so it makes sense to redistribute to LaudaJump to post
Are those bits of CFRP or feathers?Jump to post
I think post-covid there will remain a latent fear of crowded places. People will avoid them if they sensibly can. That includes intermediate stops on long haul flights, especially where an aircraft change is involved.
This will strengthen the business case for long non-stops.
I recall comments at the time of the TK crash that were at best patronising and at worst racist. Along the lines that DC 10 technology was too advanced for third world countries like Turkey. That all disappeared after AA and UA, but similar arose last year regarding Indonesia and the MAX. Any plane ...Jump to post
iAG will receive 3 fewer aircraft in 2020 - there were 4 77W's due to be delivered. It's much more likely that IAG has come to an agreement with Airbus and Boeing over the deferral of some A350s and B787s as an overall package rather than an agreement with the lessor, who is likely to be more punit...Jump to post
CX may now choose 7810s in replacement of its 779 orders. But not for the same missions, they need to retain 777Ws for that (or post-covid, addtional 3510s). New 7810s would primarily replace 333s. Absent covid, 333 replacement was a near term issue, and may have led CX to acquire 7810s anyway. In t...Jump to post
Easyjet deferring 24xA320 and new A321 line at Toulouse "paused"
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... risis-hits
IAG decided that strategic diversification trumped competitive tendering - but no doubt would not have overpaid for the MAXes. The issue now is how many frames they will need going forward. Certainly fewer if the competitor landscape were to remain unchanged after COVID, but that will not happen bec...Jump to post
As April 1st 2020 draws to a close it is worth contemplating what we would have thought of a thread title like this one year ago:
"Virus spreads globally, kills thousands, whole airline fleets indefinitely grounded"
We would have all called out "April Fool"
WesternDC6B wrote:Antaras wrote:2 meters for a better life
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So, are folks in metric counries 8.49% safer than countries (country?) on customary measure? 6 feet is only 91,44cm,not 100.
Note also the BA 777 order with GE engines was to get out of a 747 order and they were frames that were already in manufacture spec'd for GE engines. My recollection is that the GE 777s ordered by BA were rumoured to be tied to GE buying BA's engine maintenance shop in Cardiff. Their later order fo...Jump to post
The slots they asked for will probably still be available in 6 months time, but if not QF will need to wait 6 months to start PS.Jump to post
I wonder, if they could fitted A330-800 with Trent 1000-E with 62,264 lbf (276.96 kN) rather than the current Trent 7000-72 with 324.0 kN / 72,834 lbf. Both engines are extremely similar and came from the same manufacturer with similar specs. This would help -800 to be a bit more fuel efficient. Ca...Jump to post
The train. How about Jersey? Some help from Blue Islands (SI) for pax stranded today "Flybe’s franchise partner Blue Islands has since pledged to cover cancelled routes to and from Exeter and Birmingham today for free to help affected travellers." And Easyjet has offered a costed solution...Jump to post
AAX has proved there is demand in Asia for its offerings. If it gets killed by coronavirus, someone will pick over the carcass and resurrect an equivalent airline. I can't see all the 330neos being cancelled, some routes require it for the volume and it was planning to return to KL - Europe with the...Jump to post