Landing performance in Jersey with the Max 8 is going to be a bit of an issue. In theory it’s doable but factor in a wet runway and/or a couple of knots tailwind (ie quartering tailwind across 26 utilizing the lower minima in fog on that runway) and there’s go oning to be problems. That one will be...Jump to post
xwb565 wrote:An airbus executive at today's delivery celebration for JAL stated that a350 reliability is now "above 99.5%". This is a quite extraordinary achievement and puts the aircraft in the reliability league of even narrow bodies.
I wonder if stretches to both the A350 -900 and -1000 are pencilled in for the ultrafan versions. The downside from additional weight and drag would be mitigated by lower fuel burn and the current lengths could still be built for ULR and F needs.Jump to post
Has anyone seen any hint there’s an XLR-based A322 in the works? I has been considered since 1997. Range reduction prevented it than. in 2017-18 they looked at Plus and Plus Plus variants. Now the MTOW has grown to 101t and range to 4700NM. By halting the Plus studies, Airbus aimed to force Boeing ...Jump to post
The A333 CEO costs 80-85 million per plane to build after years of Airbus aggressively bringing down production costs. The A339 has not had that happen yet. My guess would be 90-100 million per plane with such a slow production rate (5-6 planes per month). The neo follows on from the ceo production...Jump to post
That's an interesting line of thinking but DL would be daft to give up even more fleet commonality to replace just eight 777ERs. Now, if they're looking at medium-long range plans and operating ~fifty 788/789/78X, that might be interesting. But I just don't see how the fleet numbers work. The order...Jump to post
RR themselves have stated that the disruptive downtime is unacceptable, so not "normal". But it is individual airframes that have been "grounded" awaiting parts to fix a known problem. That is NZ's experience with their (early) RR789s. The term "grounded" (per MAX curre...Jump to post
The 2 4 2 seating in economy will enable VS to offer more comfort in economy than BA (in particular), AA, UA, 787s on TATL.
The same game plan as DL, which is probably not a coincidence.
I wonder if the Trent and MAX issues have focused minds on not having all one's eggs in the same basket, as opposed to the "single type for simplicity" mantra that has become common currency in the recent past.Jump to post
I have not seen reference to a gym onboard - I guess on the lower deck, maybe along with the lavs?Jump to post
Maybe Phillipines will convert options on another 5 A350s, possibly -1000s for what would be their second batch.Jump to post
There is an Aeroflot top-up A350 order somewhere in the pipelineJump to post
Oh no - an "improved" 10-abreast offering for the A350 may be on the cards: "With the trend of slimming the sidewalls, shrinking the armrests and re-measuring the seat pan, the airframer is eyeing seat width of 17” for the 10-abreast A350. This compares to the A350’s standard 9-abreas...Jump to post
This indicates that the later 777W replacement need was not a factor in this order and remains up for grabs. But it would for competitive reasons, whether NZ has any current preference or not: "The 777-200ER decision had been expected by some observers to drive its plans to replace its eight 77...Jump to post
Football charters to GYD and MAD this week ? There's the niche that HiFly are looking for !! For 1 week a year, they can shuttle football fans around Europe to the Champions and Europa League finals, assuming a home side doesn't make it of course. If a home side made it, would they not fly in the a...Jump to post
Pitot tubes are not specific to A330s. All airliners have them AFAIK. Ground them all??Jump to post
This is being driven as a "push" from Qatar. Quotes from al-Baker: "Qatar Airways will replace all its Airbus A330s with Airbus A350s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next three years, group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker has said" "From 2024, our fleet will consist of B...Jump to post
Interesting theory but in such case, there would be a single 777X model. I think 777-8 would still stay. Or if they actually give up 777-8, then 777-10 might come true... Airbus dropped the 358, there is no reason to think Boeing would not do the same to the 778 if orders dried up or converted to t...Jump to post
A few random thoughts about the Airbus solutions to what looks an evenly balanced selection between A and B on sunrise. I think the sunrise fleet may end up being for more frames than generally expected in this thread. The focus is mostly on SYD, but MEL is surely equally valid given the finance hou...Jump to post
This identifies humans' propensity for delusional thinking - paints a negative picture of Boeing and FAA but has lessons everywhere:
https://aviationnews.online/2019/05/07/ ... -delusion/
I guess UTair is now on the doubtful listJump to post
There must be a lot of delivery positions opejing up from the clutch of airline failures over the past 12 months - or have they ALL been reallocated already?Jump to post
Again, no comment as to them going CFM. We are told over and over on this board the superiority of GTF engines. Yet, an operator of the P&W GTF engine is willing to go CFM? Are both engines similar in fuel burn then? Does PW GTF have lower fuel burn but CFM's engine have less mx? This is fascin...Jump to post
Flight recorders probably readable
Before the grounding is lifted, I think it's very important to have a good understanding of what happens when MCAS is deactived. If I understand correctly, in case of "AoA disagree" MCAS will now deactivate. So, following a sensor failure, e.g., a bird strike, a MAX might be in a flaps up...Jump to post
Would a 339 make more sense as a domestic widebody than the 359? The 359 does seem like overkill for anything under 6-8 hours. A330ceo would be better - “for 2-3 hour missions the A330ceos are still more efficient than a neo,” - Airbus Executive Vice President Strategy and Marketing Kiran Rao | htt...Jump to post
I suggest we believe this when it happens. It is only 4 years since they "ordered" 30 x 787 and 30 x A350!
https://centreforaviation.com/analysis/ ... 30s-229960
The lack of range is a real issue for A350. It is reported by multiple airlines.
A non-air force sale in Indonesia?
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/201 ... diary.html
Are they going to keep the A330-800 prototype and made 10 brand new A338 for their customers (KU and Uganda Airlines now) or are they gonna sell it off? It might be quite an involved process to bring the prototype to the same specifications as the ordered new-build frames. Possibly, Airbus could se...Jump to post
The cost of reconfiguring the interior will surely depend on how far away the used frame is from BA's standard configuration. It may well be that MH's 6 (say) are further away than LH's 6 which it will soon trade back to Airbus. We shall see.Jump to post
Next interesting statement: After 2023 777-9 will replace 747-8 on some routes and 747-8 will replace A380. https://slidesync.com/XoAW1l1vbZ?locale=en but as we are talking about things more than 4 years in the future, things may change until then... Indeed they may, but the frequent a.net punching...Jump to post
When an airline "owner" speculates publicly about shutting it down, it is likely to happen, not necessarily because the owner wants it. After this news, I for one would not make an advance booking. If everyone feels as I do, cash flow will dry up and commercial pressures will force closure...Jump to post
If Airbus were to delay working on the proposal for a few years they could get the ultrafan engines on them with some aero improvements could result in an aircraft with more payload,range, floor area than the -1000, with a lower TOW and lower thrust required. The trade off for Airbus is between: 1 ...Jump to post
Two crashes could be a coincidence, we should know soon assuming the recorders are readable - they are not under the sea this time.
Three would look more like a trend - let's hope we don't get to that point.
On reflection the thing I am most surprised about is the large number of options (24).
When IAG was still considering more A380s, there was talk of a couple flying for IB, to MEX as I recall, crewed by BA. Maybe some 779s will find their way to IB.