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by flee
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 28204

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

AirAsia X A330-900neo MSN 1971 - white fuselage points to another NTU frame that has emerged (on 24 June) from final assembly at TLS.

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F-WWYA Airbus A330 Neo Air Asia by @Eurospot 10.000.000 views, on Flickr

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by flee
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Retires First A380
Replies: 75
Views: 15642

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

Is there any possibility that these could be picked up by BA or SQ, airlines that actually have a limited fotoprint and could make use of A380s? Both BA and SQ will require aircraft with RR Trent 900 engines - these early EK aircraft are fitted with EA GP7200s and will definitely not do for them. A...

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by flee
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Retires First A380
Replies: 75
Views: 15642

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

I still wonder why no airline has managed to make the A380 work as a low-cost cattle class plane? An all-economy seating A380 can host 853 passengers. Around $30 per km in fuel. ATH to SIN is about 5621km, making fuel costs around $168630. Divided by 853 it would mean $197 as a minimum ticket price...

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by flee
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 100
Views: 28204

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

MrHMSH wrote:
Is that one for AirAsia X Malaysia? DOesn't have a Thai flag on the tail like the rest of Thai AirAsia's fleet.

The white fuselage is a clear sign that this aircraft will be a NTU.

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by flee
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why have DL's A320-200s not been retired?
Replies: 126
Views: 21369

Re: Why have DL's A320-200s not been retired?

Because they didn't order any MAX. In the future, B737-700, B737-800 and B737-900ER would be replaced by A320neo + A321neo instead. By looking at that strategy, it would be more useful to keep their A320 rather than retiring them. Even though they are old, they're still extremely fuel efficient, ot...

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by flee
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 247
Views: 62271

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

Here comes some cash -- reported Khazanah looking to inject up to US$1.2bil fresh capital into the airline. https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2020/06/11/khazanah-considers-providing-up-to-us12bil-malaysia-airlines-aid Khazanah made no RM5b funding commitment, says Malaysia Airlines ...

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by flee
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 386
Views: 177491

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

Hong Kong government to bail out Cathay Pacific with HK$30 billion in loans and direct stake Restructuring package worth HK$40 billion to city’s flagship carrier, with Hong Kong government contributing lion’s share of bailout Trading in Cathay shares was earlier suspended as city’s leader Carrie Lam...

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by flee
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 247
Views: 62271

Re: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS

Prime Minister appointed a new chairman for MAS effective July 1st. The person was president of national oil company (Petronas) https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2020/06/06/malaysian-prime-minister-appoints-petronas-ceo-to-run-malaysia-airlines "I believe that under his leade...

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by flee
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus threatens to sue airlines
Replies: 104
Views: 20140

Re: Airbus threatens to sue airlines

Airbus had better get used to the new normal - aircraft demand will not recover for at least another 5 years (unless oil prices rocket) as airlines will now prefer to use existing equipment longer. One thing will be for sure in future - Airbus will definitely tighten contract terms on future sales.

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by flee
Fri May 29, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24237

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

Does anyone know if the 330neo will have a wider fuselage than the 332 or 333? Will it have 2-4-2 seating? The A330Neo has the same fuselage as the A330Ceo and standard economy class cabin seating is 2-4-2. Only LCCs like Airasia X, Cebu Pacific, Lion Air, etc. are using the high density 3-3-3 seat...

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by flee
Fri May 29, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24237

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

I think the A340-200/-300 will hit retirement because of Covid-19, that will be at least 50 aircraft being retired. Also many older A330's the lower MTOW variant will hit retirement. Than there will be A330P2F conversions. All could lead to ~>200 less A330/A340 in operation. I wouldn't at all be su...

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by flee
Wed May 27, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A359ULRs all parked?
Replies: 43
Views: 13858

Re: SQ A359ULRs all parked?

Another thing I noticed was different between Non-ULR and ULR is the wheels. The Non-ULR has brakes cooling fans. Where as the ULR does not have any brakes cooling fans. I found this out while changing a wheel on one of SQ A350-900ULR at LAX. They said this was a weight saving thing. Ok, so this ge...

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by flee
Wed May 27, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines wants to speed up its order of 50 narrowbodies amid COVID-19
Replies: 80
Views: 13684

Re: Vietnam Airlines wants to speed up its order of 50 narrowbodies amid COVID-19

I don't think any service from SGN/HAN will be operated on a narrow body. Whether the B787 or A350 is deployed depends on what kind of load VN will be carrying.

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by flee
Tue May 26, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 386
Views: 177491

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/p ... 27.article
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Philippine Airlines confirms $1bn revenue loss due to Covid-19
https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/p ... 27.article

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by flee
Tue May 26, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pays $62m to Cancel purchase of 4 used A350s from LATAM
Replies: 105
Views: 19635

Re: Delta Pays $62m to Cancel A350 Purchase from LATAM

'Fairly huge'? That's less than two days' cash burn, and quite small in the context of the $3.5 Billion they raised April 29. https://d18rn0p25nwr6d.cloudfront.net/CIK-0000027904/862eab22-8f89-4eaa-96a3-f6322f4f9646.pdf One can see this in the context of falling used aircraft prices. Prices negotia...

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by flee
Tue May 26, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 282
Views: 53227

Re: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -lockdowns
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What was anticipated has happened - Latam Air Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Stymied by Lockdowns: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -lockdowns

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by flee
Tue May 26, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24237

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

Now is the time for Boeing to try and steal away (again) AirAsiaX. I'm not certain it would happen, but one less widebody would help Boeing. Boeing will have to make a very substantial investment to do that - this order is larger than the Hawaiian one. So if a huge discount is offered, it will cost...

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by flee
Mon May 25, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24237

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

The only red flags is AirAsia. But even after converting some of the orders, the backlogs still stand strong at 300+. Yes, those 78 orders depend on Airasia X surviving the Covid-19 crisis. If they survive, they should begin taking their deliveries maybe towards the end of 2021 - their procurement ...

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by flee
Sun May 24, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 348
Views: 69770

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

Airlinerdude.. I'm not sure what sources you have for that information, but my senior management sources have said otherwise. Logically even, the argument that the 380 isn't profitable in EK operations is hard to argue when nearly half of EK's capacity is operated by the aircraft. What you're sayin...

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by flee
Sun May 24, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s
Replies: 104
Views: 26125

Re: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s

This is why there are a few airlines with so many destinations within a small distance - you could leave AUH, go via DWC and DXB and get to SHJ in, perhaps, rounding up to maybe 2.5hrs / 3hrs. Etihad. flydubai. Emirates. Air Arabia. Are that many needed? I guess we will find out soon enough on who ...

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by flee
Sun May 24, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152750

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Does someone have a Google Street View of the exact location? I’m baffled by news reports of the plane going down into multi storey residential towers - why would they be so close to the runway. "multi-storey" means 3-6 storeys here. Maybe 20-30 m high. These are not skyscrapers. Thank yo...

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by flee
Sat May 23, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 152750

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

How you could deduce that the plane ran out of fuel after seeing the damage to the cowlings and the plane obviously in the air subsequently is beyond me. Botched go-around if I had to guess. Overly eager gear retraction prior to positive rate of climb. I am wondering why there is no sign of impact ...

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by flee
Fri May 22, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?
Replies: 17
Views: 4666

Re: Qatar returning A350 leased from LATAM?

vfw614 wrote:
Maybe they will need some additional A350s to offset the loss of capacity of the 18 777s?

I doubt it - post pandemic, demand will be weak for a number of years. Besides, DL has already taken over 10 A359s from LATAM. So that should be sufficient.

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by flee
Fri May 22, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s
Replies: 104
Views: 26125

Re: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s

Frankly, I don't think EY will survive Covid-19. So we can say goodbye to all their aircraft in the next year or two.

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by flee
Fri May 22, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 25 Years of the RR Trent
Replies: 42
Views: 6355

Re: 25 Years of the RR Trent

Trent 1000 TEN and Trent 7000 have blisks, but Trent 1000 doesn't. I therefore conclude Trent 1000 TEN and Trent 7000 are the similar engines. Right at the very beginning, RR has announced that the Trent 7000 will be based on the Trent 1000 TEN. The new Trent 7000 engine brings together: Experience...

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by flee
Fri May 22, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24237

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

I doubt AirAsia X would have operated 78 A330neos at a time, just as you never see airlines like Ini\dGo, AirAsia, VietJet and such operate all the aircraft they have on order at one time. Yes, part of their strategy is to "trade" in aircraft. By putting in big orders, they get a better d...

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by flee
Fri May 22, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

We can infer from the actions of DL (spending money on the 77L) that new A359s with a stop in CPT is not an optimal solution like the 77Ls were. We can infer from the actions of DL that the benefits of using A359s (even if the performance on one route is "sub optimal") outweigh the cost o...

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by flee
Thu May 21, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 348
Views: 69770

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

To bad the A380's life ends this way, one of the most comfortable planes I've ever flown on. OT: The penalty of €70.000.000 per plane seems like a lot, but is it? Airbus already built the parts and they're in Toulouse, seems like most of the costs of producing an A380 have been made. They won't be ...

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by flee
Thu May 21, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Why didn't Delta ditch the 8 older -200ER with Rolls engines and keep the 10 777-200LR's ? DL has already stated that their new A350s can fly their routes at more than 20% cost savings. Also, demand for flights is very low right now and many aircraft will be grounded even when DL resumes flying. Do...

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by flee
Thu May 21, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 348
Views: 69770

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

To bad the A380's life ends this way, one of the most comfortable planes I've ever flown on. OT: The penalty of €70.000.000 per plane seems like a lot, but is it? Airbus already built the parts and they're in Toulouse, seems like most of the costs of producing an A380 have been made. They won't be ...

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by flee
Thu May 21, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

280T vs 275T doesn’t help JNB-ATL. It’s weight restricted because of altitude density because it hot and high. A higher weight frame with the same wing/engine isn’t going to magically lift more from the same weight restricted airport. It’s wing/engine limited almost always in such cases. The later ...

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by flee
Thu May 21, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?
Replies: 199
Views: 24237

Re: Will the A330neo ever become as successful as its predecessors?

The only red flags is AirAsia. But even after converting some of the orders, the backlogs still stand strong at 300+. Yes, those 78 orders depend on Airasia X surviving the Covid-19 crisis. If they survive, they should begin taking their deliveries maybe towards the end of 2021 - their procurement ...

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by flee
Wed May 20, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 348
Views: 69770

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

JayinKitsap wrote:
Aren't the EA engines on the A380 orphan's, I cannot find any other plane they are used on.

EA engines are on the oldest planes. EK only started taking delivery of RR engines in 2016.

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by flee
Tue May 19, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7431

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

So the Indains may have a small requirement... And since it seems they like Boeing product, my bet is on the KC-46 if they decide on a western airframe. Every one else will probably gravitate to the A330. Including future commercial/private operator supporting the USAF. bt Well India has ordered (a...

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by flee
Tue May 19, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 211
Views: 43681

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

It looks like they have gotten some concessions from one of their lessors: Amedeo agrees rental deferrals with Thai Airways At the same time, the Thai govt. has allowed the airline to go into bankruptcy proceedings: Thai Airways approved for bankruptcy court-supervised restructuring Thai needs highe...

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by flee
Tue May 19, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7431

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

Maybe we can pawn off the KC10 to the Saudis or UAE; or if the real concern is the South China Sea, then the Aussies, Indians, or Koreans. Saudis - operating 6 A330 MRTTs UAE - operating 3 A330 MRTTs Aussies - operating 7 A330 MRTTs Indians - no information about tankers Koreans - operating 4 A330 ...

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by flee
Mon May 18, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7431

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

JerseyFlyer wrote:
Were Airbus to win a competition the planes would be built in Mobile, and if the order were large enough they may certify a US engine in place of RR.

The A332 (on which the Airbus A330 MRTT is converted from) is already certified with PW4000 and GE CF-6 engines. The RAAF's KC-30s have GE engines.

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by flee
Mon May 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 348
Views: 69770

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

It is impossible to say what the end result will be. For the next 12 months there is no return to a normal operation likely. And the time after that depends on the virus - will there be a vaccine, will the virus mutate? That is a very good point - most decisions taken now should be short term and e...

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by flee
Mon May 18, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Times: China could scrap all current Boeing orders
Replies: 35
Views: 7336

Re: Global Times: China could scrap all current Boeing orders

Dangerous move to make because the US can then ban export of all aviation parts to China. That will ground their fleets unless they can "do an Iran"...

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by flee
Mon May 18, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 348
Views: 69770

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

I wouldn’t be surprised if EK retires its entire EA powered A380 and just operate the newer RR powered A380 to streamline maintenance to further reduce cost. Unlike many here on A.net, I think the 779 has a place in EK’s future and wouldn’t be surprised of a top up order when traffic picks up aroun...

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by flee
Mon May 18, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7431

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

The USAF may not really need to replace the KC-10s. The aircraft fleet that they operate is now smaller. They have more fuel efficient aircraft like the C-5M. The B-52s will be re-engined with new fuel efficient engines. So maybe the K-46s will be sufficient to service these and in case they really ...

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by flee
Sun May 17, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

I suspect that DL is also keeping an eye on its carbon emissions image - retiring the fuel guzzlers will also reduce its carbon emissions.

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by flee
Sun May 17, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future KC-10 replacement options?
Replies: 98
Views: 7431

Re: Future KC-10 replacement options?

If Boeing re-engines the 767-400ER with the same GEnX-2B used on the 747-8 for domestic freighters, the same aircraft would make an excellent replacement for the KC-10. This would keep lots of commonality with the KC-46 and a the same pilot rating Didn't the KC-46 get the same glass cockpit as the ...

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by flee
Sat May 16, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

https://youtu.be/OWCiU-Rskzo?t=905
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Video Link: https://youtu.be/OWCiU-Rskzo?t=905

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by flee
Sat May 16, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: Thunderbirds had an incident during Los Angeles flyover on May 15

http://afthunderbirds.com/site/members/Officers/
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Thunderbird #6 Opposing Solo pilot is Capt. Kyle Oliver. Maj. Michelle Curran is piloting #5 Lead Solo in the 2020 team.

Team members: http://afthunderbirds.com/site/members/Officers/

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by flee
Sat May 16, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Yes but DL is going to eventually need to order a smaller narrow body replacement. Looking at the current fleet retirement projections, DL has no planned replacements for the MD-88s/90, 717s, and A320s most are 20+ years old and will need replacement soon. Might as well put orders in now to take ad...

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by flee
Fri May 15, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Why go for the 787, they already have the 339 into the fleet with more on order. What does the 789 add what the A332/3/9 and A359 don’t have and Delta really needs? 787 offers more range and cargo, if DL feels their future route requires a 332/3/9 sized plane with more legs, 788/9 might be a good f...

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