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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of AI/EY 777-200LRs?
Replies: 16
Views: 3249

Re: Fate of AI/EY 777-200LRs?

IINM, these are also the only 772LRs in the world that were delivered with provisions for the aux tanks, thus giving it its true "world's longest-ranged airliner" capabilities at 9,395nm. Every other airline took their 77Ls with only the standard center tank, and are thus "limited&qu...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 237
Views: 38359

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

I have to believe that if Boeing confidently felt they could go to 80m (or longer) back when they were doing the initial discussions with carriers they would have because, IMO, the 777-9 needs all the length it can get to add seats to improve it's per-seat economics against the A350-1000. I think i...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of AI/EY 777-200LRs?
Replies: 16
Views: 3249

Fate of AI/EY 777-200LRs?

Regular readers may remember that Air India dumped five of its original eight 777-200LR frames in a panicky fire sale in 2014. Etihad acquired them, refurbished the interiors, and used them to fly Americas routes for just three years. They are now stored, and it appears they may have been acquired b...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 617
Views: 121245

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

333: ATL-SEA test flight (N401DZ) So that's what that was! I saw a widebody approaching SEA out my office window this afternoon and couldn't tell what the heck it was. It looked kind of like a 333 but the winglets were all wrong. With some glare around, I had a hard time seeing the livery. Glad to ...

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by seabosdca
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 127111

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

I think it was Jon Ostrower who reported that the redesign is already complete, but parts now need to be manufactured, installed, and tested.

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by seabosdca
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 127111

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Looking at the photos, I'm trying to discern the differences between the 777X and the 777-300ER. I know the obvious, but is the landing gear taller on this one and is the dihedral of the wings on the 777X larger? Also noticing we have an additional flap canoe and when the wings unfold, there is sti...

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by seabosdca
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL CEO Says SLC-ICN "On Our Drawing Board"
Replies: 69
Views: 7326

Re: DL CEO Says SLC-ICN "On Our Drawing Board"

This route may be a challenge from a yield perspective, but I don't see why it would be a problem from an equipment perspective. The A330neo has more than enough range to fly it and quite good field performance at SLC's altitude.

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by seabosdca
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 259
Views: 27831

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

3. Weight reduction PIP occurs (rumored 2.5 tons) :eyepopping: That's one I hadn't heard before. A 2.5 t lighter 787-9 with 260 t MTOW is going to make a serious run at the current 280 t A350-900 with respect to payload range. And those changes will meaningfully expand the universe of TPAC and long...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 259
Views: 27831

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

A focus on this is good for Airbus. It's been clear for a couple of years that the production cost of the A350 was a drag on Airbus sales, and that Airbus was caught flat-footed (along with the rest of the industry) by Boeing's sudden success in that area with the 787. The 777X better watch out! It'...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 127111

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

The massive wings and nacelles have the oddest effect on the aircraft's appearance. It looks almost small. Until you start focusing on known reference points (the cockpit windows, the triple main bogey, nearby objects) and you realize that the thing is actually absolutely enormous.

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by seabosdca
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 127111

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Those wings, with the tips extended... :drool:

Really can't wait to see it take off.

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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 25884

Re: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread

T4thH wrote:
Yes I have to say, I had expected A220 as AF has till now ordered ervery single verion of all Airbus birds, even including the A318.


:boggled: Somehow I missed the pictures of the Air France A340NG? Must have been very pretty.

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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 85636

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

ikolkyo wrote:
Can’t wait for this to be firmed up to see what nonsense people start saying then.


Sigh. It'll be the Delta A350/A330neo order again, but in reverse.

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's
Replies: 147
Views: 24953

Re: Korean Air orders further 787’s

Agreed. KE have always operated VLAs while also having a good number of 77Ws to be replaced (a long way out). As this was probably their last chance of getting A350s, 777X seems to be the only thing that can replace those 77Ws. Disagree about the A350. This order was about replacing aging 777-200s ...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 85636

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

No need to invest time into looking. Boeing needed this sale direly and will have given IAG the best deal in history to make it happen. There's nothing Airbus could have done to keep this business without making huge concessions themselves, which given the backlog wouldn't have been worth it. This ...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I expect we can assume a few things about a Boeing claim of this nature: - the 17 t difference involves similar weight of cabin furnishings, catering, etc. (which may or may not be appropriate depending on products installed) - the A350-1000 involved is the 316 t version, when we know the 319 t vers...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 25884

Re: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread

It's starting to look like not designing the E175 E2 to conform to existing scope clauses in the U.S. was a serious mistake.

I'm a bit surprised by the lack of international E190/E195 E2 orders to date, though.

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 85636

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

IAG is not Emirates. The last couple of IAG LOIs have been firmed very quickly. While anything can happen in business, I don't think IAG would be placing this LOI if it didn't intend fully, regardless of Brexit issues, to take delivery of a whole bunch of MAXes. Nothing will get firmed until the MAX...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

flipdewaf wrote:
10000nm!!!


Is that what they're claiming? If so, it must mean both a MTOW increase and additional fuel capacity.

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 85636

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Well, that tells us Boeing won't be afraid to play pricing hardball. The MAX 10 is an attractive product for European routes, though. Pretty much its only advantage over the A321 will be lower empty weight, and it will be at its best on 1-2 hour hops. This could be a pretty good deal for everyone. C...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 237
Views: 38359

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

Lots of people talking about picking up the 789, but is there any production slots available midterm. With the rate increase I would think there ought to be frames available sometime in 2021. Only ek would want such a plane. Depends on the range. Assuming the stretch costs about 8t of empty weight ...

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by seabosdca
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 237
Views: 38359

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

Boeing is now saying delivery will take place "much later in 2020 than originally planned." I tend to assume that means New Year's Eve. Between that and the A380s, I'm sure Emirates would love to get some A330-900 lift on property as fast as possible. In the end, though, Emirates needs the...

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by seabosdca
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 353734

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

jworks158 wrote:
Another pic of the 737-8 Max is out:https://twitter.com/royalscottking/status/1140686202908991489

And another 737-8 Max with just the vertical stabilizer painted: https://twitter.com/AeroimagesChris/status/1140121777575616514


These are all 737 MAX 9 frames.

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by seabosdca
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 321neo routes
Replies: 62
Views: 12140

Re: Delta 321neo routes

Where will the 75H' s go? I thought they weren't the oldest. I suspect the fate of the 752s will have more to do with heavy maintenance timing than age. If 75Ds need to go first, then 75Hs displaced from Hawaii service could replace them. What I really mean to say is that the 752 will quickly disap...

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by seabosdca
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 321neo routes
Replies: 62
Views: 12140

Re: Delta 321neo routes

This is pretty easy to speculate about. 1) 757 service to Hawaii and the domestic routes linked to it (most of the ETOPS neos will be straight 1-for-1 replacement of the 75H fleet) 2) Long transcons, likely rotating a lot through SEA and JFK 3) Other mostly longer routes throughout the system, where...

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by seabosdca
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 85636

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Surprised that Boeing didn't bring a 787-10, which is really the best product Boeing is delivering at the moment. A (for example) United 787-10 alongside the Tahitian 787-9 would have made for a nice display.

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by seabosdca
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Widebody Engine Timing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1043

Re: New Widebody Engine Timing?

Interesting comment, lightsaber. Should I interpret it as saying that you don't think brand-new A350 and 787 engines are likely in the foreseeable future? If so, that is good news for the 777X.

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Widebody Engine Timing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1043

New Widebody Engine Timing?

There has been much discussion in various airline-specific threads about potential new engines for the A350 and 787. Ostrower reported at one point that RR was aiming to have an UltraFan on the A350 by 2025. That seems like a very aggressive timeline. No doubt once RR moves, GE will have to as well,...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's
Replies: 147
Views: 24953

Re: CEO: Korean Air widebody order imminent

The A350-1000 seems almost inevitable at KE eventually, but I don't think it's what they need right now. In the short term I expect they need more 787s, both -9 and -10, and that's what I would guess to be the outcome of this order. We'll see...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 164
Views: 3320

Re: JAL announces first A350 route

Can't express how much I like that livery on the A350. The colors and the proportion of all the elements are perfect. It even sort of works with the usually awful raccoon mask. That is the way to do Eurowhite.

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 257
Views: 48368

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

Everybody needs to remember that while Boeing really can't talk about its strategy until the MAX is back in the air, it doesn't have to stop executing on the strategy. We don't know what is happening with NMA. Everything that has been used as evidence in this thread, including the articles, is specu...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777-9 for Lufthansa rolls out of final assembly
Replies: 38
Views: 11462

Re: First 777-9 for Lufthansa rolls out of final assembly

I should have been paying more attention, but I don't know: will the first two 777-9 test frames go to Emirates after testing?

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

analysts don't make decisions, they make recommendations. executives make decisions. dl buys airbus-only now (for the most part) in big jets. and all the b fans say well airbus must have sold them at a loss or something. every time the 350 doesn't win, oh boeing must have sold at a loss. there are ...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight Numbers
Replies: 45
Views: 4829

Re: Flight Numbers

Most airlines will assign single-digit numbers, especially 1 and 2, to flights that are important from a marketing or strategic perspective. BA LCY-JFK, DL JFK-LHR, SQ SIN-HKG-SFO, QF SYD-SIN-LHR (no doubt to be transferred to SYD-LHR with Project Sunrise), AA A321T service JFK-LAX, AS ANC-SEA-DCA, ...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Cape Town is 11,000km for the east coast, easily in range of the 789. Rio is 13,800km from Sydney, 700km less than PER - LHR but I don't know the impact of winds and ETOPS requirements. Wouldn't the 789 be better fits for these routes? The 789 seems like the right fit for Cape Town. Rio would be to...

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by seabosdca
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Seems CPT would be better flown with a 787-9 than a Sunrise aircraft. The others all make sense.

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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 164
Views: 3320

Re: JAL announces first A350 route

These are being used for flights of less than 2 hours. There is no reason for lie-flats on such flights.

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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 468
Views: 127111

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Is proceeding with gauntlet testing now consistent with a major engine-caused delay? (Genuinely asking, I don't know how the process works.)

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 617
Views: 121245

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

The 75H's are former NWA frames and they do have a significant increased range. Information is on Delta's website. Ship numbers are below. https://www.delta.com/us/en/aircraft/boeing/757-200 N535US N536US N537US N538US N539US N540US N541US N542US N543US N544US N545US N546US N547US N548US N549US Wha...

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by seabosdca
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 617
Views: 121245

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

Perhaps they'll opt for the A321XLR, if it announced at Paris and convert some existing A321 orders. They need all of their existing A321neo orders for narrow body replacement (MD-90/early A320/757). It's possible that they order A321XLR if the 797, its timing, or its pricing is not promising, but ...

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by seabosdca
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

It is the A350-1000 that requires expensive mods and extra fuel capacity to match the 777-8. That's not clear either. The A350-900ULR just unlocked the full tank capacity, which was not certified for use on the regular A350-900. It's not clear yet whether that will also be good enough for the A350-...

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by seabosdca
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I think Boeing are looking at Etihad cancelation and started to sweat a bit. Especially with situation in Qatar and their spat with their neighbors. The Qatar "spat" makes Qatari orders more secure. Aircraft orders are one of Qatar's biggest sources of leverage to keep the West neutral in...

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by seabosdca
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

It is not only about a possible delay, but according to the wording there is doubt about the 777-8 making sense per se. The wording is vague, but I interpret "does that make sense" to refer to the currently expected timing rather than the variant as a whole. It will sell just fine in the ...

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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

If NZ wants to do ULH, it will probably be with high gross weight 787-9s. The rumored 260 t 787-9 would do AKL-JFK just fine, and AKL-Western Europe isn't really realistic even with a Project Sunrise aircraft.

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by seabosdca
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 780
Views: 172735

Re: Alaska Airlines repaints Airbus fleet

There's no 304. 302, 303, and 305 are the early-build -900s that couldn't have winglets installed without major wing modifications that Alaska deemed cost-prohibitlve.

(They aren't impossible. Southwest modified its early-build -700s to accept winglets.)

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Boeing's website says the 778 will be 4% better than the A35J. It's always worth unpacking this sort of claim from one OEM. First, this is a claim on operating cost per seat. Second, here's what Boeing says in small print: Standard Rules Two-class seating 6000 nm trip Boeing assessment of Airbus pe...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32059

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

Nice order for Airbus. Any time it can place A330neos with a current 787 operator, that has to count as a win. It may be a sign that they are succeeding in answering Boeing's reduced production costs in kind. Availability and access to Delta maintenance, as already pointed out, could also have put t...

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by seabosdca
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1327
Views: 226370

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

The 779 is 181,400 kg QEW and 77 m The 77W is 167829 kg OEW and 74 m long, while the 77L is 145150 kg OEW and 64 m long. 22769 kg for 10 m, or 2277 kg / m The 778 is 7 m shorter than the 779. At 2277 kg / m, the 778 will be 15939 kg less, or 165461 kg. Approximately. But in any case, about 10000 kg...

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by seabosdca
Fri May 31, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 phase out discussion thread
Replies: 602
Views: 206226

Re: KL 744 phase out discussion thread

Like all 787-10s, it was built at Charleston. It rolled out a few weeks ago but hasn't flown yet. There are few good spotting opportunities at Charleston so we often don't see pictures until pretty late in the process.

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by seabosdca
Fri May 31, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing YouTube: "Airbus, We're Glad You're Here"
Replies: 41
Views: 8144

Re: Boeing YouTube: "Airbus, We're Glad You're Here"

Maybe, just maybe, there are humans working at these companies who feel actual emotions, some of which are on display in these videos? Most things companies do are oriented toward the bottom line and subject to sophisticated analysis. Once in a while, the humanity comes out. I think that's what we'r...

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