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by 77west
Wed Jun 29, 2022 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2022
Replies: 275
Views: 29012

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2022

As an aside, I note that Adelaide Airport is currently seeking a carrier to operate CHC-ADL (IIRC it was identified pre-covid as the Tasman route with the highest number of one-stop pax that did not have a direct option). I note that Qantas has an E190 base in Adelaide. ADL-CHC is within range of t...

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by 77west
Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

tmu101 wrote:
What use did these windows in the forward lavatory serve?


I suppose. so you can enjoy the view while, um...

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by 77west
Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Looks like static ports or pitots or something similar, not windows.

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by 77west
Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A350-1000 too small to be largest Airbus offering
Replies: 155
Views: 27486

Re: Tim Clark: A350-1000 too small to be largest Airbus offering

Could there be a 3-4-3 A350 to cover the capacity or is that not an option? I thought Airbus was thinning walls to make that happen with no reduction in seat width? BF and TX already fly their A350s 10 abreast. The 777X was able to thin the walls and fuselage frames to accommodate 10 abreast 18&quo...

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by 77west
Sun Jun 12, 2022 4:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the IFE display things like altitude and speed
Replies: 50
Views: 3937

Re: How does the IFE display things like altitude and speed

The IFE takes in more than just GPS data. And before anyone ask: The IFE system is incapable of outputting any signal back to the aircraft side (apart from IFE system status report) so the answer is NO - you can't control the aircraft with the onboard WIFI even if you can hack into the IFE system. ...

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by 77west
Thu Jun 09, 2022 10:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the IFE display things like altitude and speed
Replies: 50
Views: 3937

Re: How does the IFE display things like altitude and speed

In the past month, since it is summer vacation, I have been on more flights in just the span of last month than throughout the entirety of 2020-2021. As some of the flights I was on were really long, I got bored and just scrolled through the IFE. Nowadays, I like to keep the page where it shows the...

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by 77west
Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2022
Replies: 275
Views: 29012

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2022

What's up with the Toll 737's - I see NZ post is advising of delays due to engine issues.

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by 77west
Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-BNWL first British Airways aircraft in new livery?
Replies: 31
Views: 13108

Re: G-BNWL first British Airways aircraft in new livery?

Arion640 wrote:
Didn’t the ATC controllers at various airports round the world used to struggle telling what was a BA aircraft with the ethnic tails? Maybe just an old wives tale.

Annoyingly i don’t think there was ever one for Wales.


They did. I heard a story where they mistook one for an African airline.

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by 77west
Thu Jun 02, 2022 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Comair (South Africa) suspended ops, to be liquidated
Replies: 35
Views: 9638

Re: Comair suspends ops (again)

When does British Airways continue to throw their (somewhat) valuable brand after this zombie airline?? Comair has been around a long time, since the early 90's if not earlier. I always remember their BA and later Kulula services as being very well run, the business was well run, certainly one of t...

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by 77west
Tue May 31, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

I think one of the cut-offs for narrowbody long haul, as stated up-thread, will be crew rests. Once you need crew rest facilities and additional crew, the economics starts to fall off a cliff vs a widebody with crew rests in the roof space or hold. Something to think about is a 787-8 with overhead c...

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by 77west
Tue May 31, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

If Boeing were to develop a 757-300 sized single aisle with 40meter wingspan and 100ton MTOW , current 33klb class engine can comfortably support Sure, but then what would the capability be? I'm sure composites could help get the weight down, but seeing as the A321N is already there, that's asking ...

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by 77west
Tue May 31, 2022 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

Chemist wrote:
Boeing hasn't shown much project management competency since the 777 and 777-300.


So you mean when MCDD took over :duck:

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by 77west
Tue May 31, 2022 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

If I were a betting man, I'd guess that Boeing will be launching a 787 freighter conversion program and/or a new build 787 freighter. The 767-300 Freighter cannot be built after 2028 as it will violate ICAO CO2 rules. And although Boeing allegedly is pursuing an extension, the optics are poor for B...

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by 77west
Tue May 31, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

I think the design target is to build the most capable airplane to fit in a 36m gate. Maybe folding wingtips, maybe not. Up to 105t MTOW with a single axle main gear. 3-3, 2-2-2, 2-3-2, whatever gets the job done for up to 3,000nm. If it is to compete with A321XLR, it better be more like 5,000nm I'...

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by 77west
Mon May 30, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

I hope Boeing builds a widebody with 250-300 seats with a range under 4000 miles with a narrow wing span and where lie flats seats are prohibited. It makes no sense flying 25-50 737s per day in high density domestic markets when LDFs are over 90 percent yet in the 80s they were 55 percent and cost ...

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by 77west
Mon May 30, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

Another aspect is engine. If Boeing were to develop a 757-300 sized single aisle with 40meter wingspan and 100ton MTOW , current 33klb class engine can comfortably support, with some margin for MTOW growth. That's a huge risk reduction and development budget saver No suitable engine in 50klb class ...

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by 77west
Mon May 30, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

There is a need for a 767 replacement but I think Boeing needs to figure out it’s 737 replacement as top priority. 737 replacement is existential. Problem is with what's been invested in the MAX, their boards appetite may not have what it takes. Realistically a NB 180-250 Seat 737 replacement and a...

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by 77west
Mon May 30, 2022 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 48757

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

797-200 Narrowbody 6ab, small Wing, around 180 passengers 2 Class, for up to 9/10h missions, also suitable for short/mediumhaul 797-300 Widebody 7ab, small Wing, around 200 passengers 2 Class, for up to 8/9h missions, also suitable for short/mediumhaul 797-400 Widebody 7ab, big Wing for more range,...

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by 77west
Mon May 30, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politi ... on-us-trip

They really should look at a BBJ or something newer.
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Air Force 757 is broken again in Washington:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politi ... on-us-trip

They really should look at a BBJ or something newer.

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by 77west
Mon May 30, 2022 5:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Likely Modifications to 757 if Still in Production (vs A321XLR)
Replies: 19
Views: 3303

Re: Likely Modifications to 757 if Still in Production (vs A321XLR)

If the 757 was still in production, what are the most likely modifications Boeing would have made to make it competitive with the A321XLR? Or would the 757, however modified, not be competitive with the A321XLR? An interesting question - the A321NEO engines would not quite be powerful enough and th...

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by 77west
Thu May 26, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1408

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

zeke wrote:
77west wrote:
It is possible the airlines have their own proprietary RNP procedures that are not public. You may be able to approximate it by looking at Flightaware or something like that.


Doubt that, the runways marking and lights are not to IFR standards.


Fair enough, VFR it is!

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by 77west
Thu May 26, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

It's a real honour for CHC to get the first revenue service of ZKOKN since the grounding. Although only carrying freight it's been a long time out of action. I wonder which 77W will be next to return to service they certainly have a fair bit of life left in them. OKO is the third one in AKL but als...

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by 77west
Thu May 26, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 11
Views: 1408

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

Hi.. Yes, that's right, as I say in my post. But there must be a standard 'procedure' (with a small 'p', as it were) that airlines use when they leave VNPK - in other words, the 'usual' headings flown to get over the peaks. If you just follow your eye, you get into trouble with ridges around the co...

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by 77west
Wed May 25, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DL Airbus three-tone cabin chime
Replies: 19
Views: 2519

Re: DL Airbus three-tone cabin chime

The only and correct answer is this: Those chimes you heard indicate a specific (incoming call) to the Lead Flight Attendant/Purser. No need for these lengthy dissertations of irrelevant nonsense that do not accurately answer your question. Happy Flying No need for your rude response, these forums ...

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Talking of RAR, I was looking at flights towards the end of the year and was seeing $700-$900 one way!!

I guess the days of flights + 5 nights accom. for under 2K are gone.

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

GW54 wrote:
Doesn't look like OKN made any sort of test flight today. Perhaps yesterdays engine run highlighted some problems?


Not necessarily, OKQ did the same I believe. Might also be to do with crew availability.

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

I'd imagine, they'd look for something in the 737NG family, Boeing does have conversion programs so it would allow the NZDF to use them for logistics as well. Or something like the -700BBJ which can have up to 9 aux fuel tanks for extended range if they went that way. I'm not hugely familiar with t...

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

I don’t think we would see anything from the a320 family, as the are already getting P8s from Boeing. Something in the 737Max family would probably make sense e.g. cross pilot capability with the P8. Whatever they get is unlikely to be new. The 757s were delivered to Transavia in 1993 and the RNZAF...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Ik i have asked this b4, but any updates on Emirates coming to Wellington? is there still a chance? Or is it just a rumour with no genuine chance of happening Would have to be via somewhere, at least on outbound. The 200LR or even 300ER could do DXB-WLG but not the return. Via where though? They pr...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

As avgeeks and taxpayers. What do we think would make a good replacement for the 757s? Given they're coming up for replacement in a few years. MRTT would be an obvious option. But could also choose the KC-46. In both cases just deleting the inflight refueling options. I would think A320 / A321 woul...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

As avgeeks and taxpayers. What do we think would make a good replacement for the 757s? Given they're coming up for replacement in a few years. MRTT would be an obvious option. But could also choose the KC-46. In both cases just deleting the inflight refueling options. I would think A320 / A321 woul...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

How is Ardern getting to the USA - the B757 surely would not have the range so I am thinking Air NZ charter, or stop in Hawaii to refuel? Not sure on the route, but she is going on the 757 With a range of about 9-10,000km in a VIP layout, I would think maybe via RAR or HNL. Not sure if the NZDF has...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

How is Ardern getting to the USA - the B757 surely would not have the range so I am thinking Air NZ charter, or stop in Hawaii to refuel?

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by 77west
Wed May 18, 2022 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Anybody know any more about this https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/128668781/flight-mystery-qatar-airways-passengers-stranded-in-auckland ? From flightaware it appears that 2 QR flights landed on Sunday but instead of leaving they are both in Auckland and scheduled to leave on Wednesda...

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by 77west
Tue May 17, 2022 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Yeah so in the case of WLG its an additional 150m of RESA at each end given they already have 90+60=150m So really to get 300m usable runway , they would have had to extend 600m out into the bay at the southern end, and bring the northern end threshold back 150m? Bingo. Meaning the cost goes up eve...

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by 77west
Tue May 17, 2022 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

I thought it worked like this: Minimum 90m (150m including 60m strip), Recommended 240m (300m including 60m strip). So in effect WLG has 150m safety area of the 300m (90m RESA + 60m strip). Didn't the pilots union say if any extension went ahead, they would hold the airport to the 300m requirement;...

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by 77west
Tue May 17, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

The minimum is 90m but recommended is 300m. Hence why places like WLG can have such short ones without land reclamation or shrinking of usable runway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runway_safety_area I thought it worked like this: Minimum 90m (150m including 60m strip), Recommended 240m (300m inclu...

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by 77west
Mon May 16, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 17
Views: 3441

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

I'm curious about how similar the weights will be for sister aircraft coming off the production line next to one and other. Like if two aircraft are built to exactly the same spec how much will the weight vary between them? Are we talking about tens of kilos? 50? 100 would seem a lot, especially fo...

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by 77west
Tue May 10, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Just to compare things side by side, SQ, NZ & QF. Carrier | Route | Distance (nm) | Eqp | Config SQ | LAX-SIN | 7,600 | A359 | 42C, 24+, 187Y NZ | NYC-AKL | 7,650 | 789-2 | 27C, 33U 215Y QF | PER-LHR | 7,800 | 789 | 42C 28Y+ | 166 You can see there's not much in it. I've used NZ code-2 LOPA for...

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by 77west
Mon May 09, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Ummm well, yes. I wrote it. But I've heard many share similar thoughts on it. Both from a commercial benefit and passenger experience benefit. Of course the topic can be debated both ways. With around 1,500 global orders there's a lot to like about the 787 isn't there. But with the original deliver...

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by 77west
Sun May 08, 2022 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet to take out seats so it can fly with fewer crew.
Replies: 86
Views: 14034

Re: EasyJet to take out seats so it can fly with fewer crew.

Cons: Loss of revenue from 6 passengers. Cost of pysically removing 1 row/2 banks of seats. Adjusting seat map in booking engine less ancillary income if an a319 for easyjet has 10 legs per day and there are 87 of them then they have reduced 1.9million annual passengers capacity from their fleet no...

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by 77west
Sat May 07, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption
Replies: 28
Views: 3531

Re: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption

Is there not also something about the turbine bearing seals not fully pressurizing at low RPM and thus aircraft that tend to have longer than normal taxiing can end up with higher oil consumption?

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by 77west
Sat May 07, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 17
Views: 3441

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

With production of the 321ceo recently ending, I was wondering if there was any difference between the weight of the 1st 321-200 off the line Monarch received and the last one Delta received? Obviously advances in electronics and avionics have surely lightened the load, but what about advances in w...

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by 77west
Sat May 07, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) ...

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by 77west
Thu May 05, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) ...

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by 77west
Wed May 04, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption
Replies: 28
Views: 3531

Re: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption

Golly, you should see PW engines, if you want to see oil consumption. Quite the contrary on the PW GTF. Max oil consumption is as low as 0.22 qts/hr. CFM LEAP on the other hand max consumption is 0.45 qts/hr. All above examples are used on the A320. From what I have heard this is why they don't do ...

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by 77west
Wed May 04, 2022 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption
Replies: 28
Views: 3531

Re: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption

There was an old story that the CFM56-5 on the A340 would consume more oil than fuel over a long flight. (A joke) but that on a transpacific crossing would drop to about half full on landing (reality)

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by 77west
Tue May 03, 2022 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

What do you mean in the last paragraph? I asked earlier if we can expect an announcement re NZ’s new product soon, when it was leaked a few weeks ago the US DOT were meant to sign off on it by the end of April. Not sure what else they need to do though. Another words it will be a while before any n...

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by 77west
Mon May 02, 2022 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Since that's a subscriber only article can you please provide a fair use summary ? Hi my apologies I only just realized that, he says: (What does SIA do better than NZ) "The answer is quite a lot to be honest," he said. "The product on our wide-bodied planes is now the best part of 2...

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by 77west
Mon May 02, 2022 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 332
Views: 35925

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/air-new-zealand-boss-greg-foran-reveals-what-he-thinks-singapore-airlines-does-better/P6G7IZXRIBOK5G4TVWEIJOPREQ/ Some interesting observations in that article. He does not like the sideways facing J seats either. Since that's a subscriber only article can you pl...

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