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by flee
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who will be the first airlines to retire their A380s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3267

Re: Who will be the first airlines to retire their A380s?

What’s better in this case? Dispose of 6-7yo aircraft or just barely use them? Either way they can’t win and as we know they should never have brought them. The thing is, MH does not own the planes - they are leased from a Malaysian govt. SPV company. Perhaps, they are given a special lease rate th...

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by flee
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who will be the first airlines to retire their A380s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3267

Re: Who will be the first airlines to retire their A380s?

Wouldn't MH's fleet be considered all but retired anyway? The airline has no schedule A380 operations, and so far in July there is been 1 (ONE) scheduled roundtrip on an A380 aircraft, when one of the aircraft flew a schedule Bangkok rotation on July 14. Otherwise, the fleet has been doing occasion...

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by flee
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1049
Views: 145001

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

But the list price of the 789 is less than the list price of the a339. Boeing has clearly been very competitive in price for the 787, as it got hawaiin to drop its a330neo orders. and the 787 production rate is increasing to rate 14, while the a330neo rate is dropping to 3.5. again, I have no insid...

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by flee
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can DL's A330neo fly SEA-SIN/SYD!?
Replies: 35
Views: 7556

Re: Can DL's A330neo fly SEA-SIN/SYD!?

I believe Airbus is advertising the range for its 251 t MTOW version of the A339. DL probably has the current 242 t machine but it is premium heavy - so it has quite decent range. The 251t version does not EIS until mid 2020 AIRC. That is correct - Airbus is advertising the 251 t MTOW range because...

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by flee
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can DL's A330neo fly SEA-SIN/SYD!?
Replies: 35
Views: 7556

Re: Can DL's A330neo fly SEA-SIN/SYD!?

I believe Airbus is advertising the range for its 251 t MTOW version of the A339.

DL probably has the current 242 t machine but it is premium heavy - so it has quite decent range.

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by flee
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?
Replies: 164
Views: 30802

Re: AF to order A220

lightsaber wrote:
I suspect the xLR is desired for payload at range, not the limit if the range.

Yes, the XLR comes with a higher MTOW and they could use that extra weight for additional payload and not extra fuel.

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by flee
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast
Replies: 76
Views: 9968

Re: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast

I hope long haul LCC's keep out of the transpacific market. This is one of the last markets where basic economy has not ruined the flying experience. I enjoy paying $600-800 fares R/T from US to East Asia with free seat assignments, checked bags, carry-ons, and full mileage credit. The glut of capa...

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by flee
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast
Replies: 76
Views: 9968

Re: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast

GalebG4 wrote:
Possible routes: KUL, DMK, NRT to HNL, YVR, SEA, SFO and LAX.

D7 already operates KUL-KIX-HNL daily.

They are probably considering KUL/DMK-KIX-LAX/LAS.

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by flee
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast
Replies: 76
Views: 9968

Re: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast

Does everyone forget about YVR or SEA? California is not the entire west coast and it pisses me off when people think it is... Can their Airplanes Make it to YVR or SEA? Looks to me like they're going "Bang for Buck". And that's understandable. Its all about the size of the market - is it...

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by flee
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Benefits from MAX Groundings
Replies: 16
Views: 4371

Re: Delta Benefits from MAX Groundings

If the overcapacity takes place in 2020, won't this accelerate the retirement of less efficient aircraft? With new generation A320 Neos and B737Maxs, airlines can improve the flying experience and/or cut air fares to stimulate demand. Or is this downturn just a normal boom-bust cycle in the industry?

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by flee
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019
Replies: 97
Views: 27234

Re: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019

Latest movements (courtesy of skyliner-aviation.de): Airbus A330-343 716 PK-XRA Indonesia AirAsia Extra posn 02 July 2019 DMK-DAC, on Hajj-lease to Bangladesh Biman, ex 9M-XXQ Wait, what? A Biman A333??? Awesome! 1st in A330 family for Biman then? Pics please!!! Its a wet lease - so the aircraft wi...

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by flee
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 144
Views: 40604

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Airbus and CFM International have agreed to increase A320 production to 65 aircraft per month by 2023, according to French newspaper La Tribune. Airbus president Guillaume Faury had announced last month that production was going to reach 63 by 2021, and that they were looking for a further increase...

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by flee
Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 86
Views: 17013

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

Does anyone know where the flight crew for the A350 will be drawn from? Will it be ex-Boeing 747/777 pilots or will ex A32x pilots be more suitable?

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by flee
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo A330?
Replies: 15
Views: 3687

Re: Bamboo A330?

Just saw a pic of an A330-200 in Bamboo's livery and I was wondering about it. Where did they get it from? Will it have the previous operator's interior or a custom one? Are they planning to launch long-haul flights with it? They still have the 787's on order so it doesn't make an awful lot of sens...

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by flee
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there any reason to believe IAG would be interested by NMA?
Replies: 16
Views: 1969

Re: Is there any reason to believe IAG would be interested by NMA?

Never say never - it depends on what the NMA's actual capabilities and economics are. However, IAG should be in no hurry to order them - just wait for the operational data to come in before making a decision.

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by flee
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F on the cards soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 2341

Re: A350F on the cards soon?

Airbus needs to reduce the A350's cost of production before they introduce any more new models. They also need to ramp up production to a higher rate as there are currently few near term delivery slots. Perhaps, they can offer freighters in two or three years - after the A380 has ceased production a...

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by flee
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways
Replies: 86
Views: 17013

Re: G-XWBA - First A350 for British Airways

They probably have ease of maintenance as top priority, hence the dark colours.

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by flee
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: General announcements & discussions
Replies: 285
Views: 60996

Re: General announcements & discussions

Oh dear, this is getting to be serious!

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by flee
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines
Replies: 51
Views: 13433

Re: Air Tahiti Nui retires A343 F-OSUN, PPT-HNL-VCV on 3 engines

There should still be some life left in this old gal - perhaps Mahan Air might be interested to get hold of it, now that it is not able to get spanking new planes from the factory...

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by flee
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33864

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

Well the EK order is a conversion from the A380 - something that is normal activity.

We don't make too much of a fuss when airlines upgauge but when they downgauge, it seems to be a big deal.

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by flee
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ signs MOU with MH to expand codesharing, among other areas of co-operation
Replies: 18
Views: 4837

Re: SQ signs MOU with MH

Interesting. How long before we get a MSA group holding if not a MSA airline again? Never is probably too soon. The 2 countries are just too different politically, socially, and economically. It's a code-share agreement. Leave it to a.net to blow things out of proportion. Even if the Malaysian govt...

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by flee
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ signs MOU with MH to expand codesharing, among other areas of co-operation
Replies: 18
Views: 4837

Re: SQ signs MOU with MH

Quite interesting partnership even though we don't have details of the scope of the deal. Does it mean that MH can utilise its A380s on some routes that SQ does not fly to or has no more slots? I don't think MH has the capital to significantly expand until it starts becoming profitable. So it needs ...

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by flee
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-900neo crew and passengers reporting dizziness and vomiting
Replies: 35
Views: 13990

Re: TAP A330-900neo crew and passengers reporting dizziness and vomiting

FlightLevel360 wrote:
I thought the 7000 was derived directly from the 700?

It is derived from the Trent 1000TEN and Trent XWB - it is basically the latest incarnation of the Trent family.

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by flee
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-900neo crew and passengers reporting dizziness and vomiting
Replies: 35
Views: 13990

Re: TAP A330-900neo crew and passengers reporting dizziness and vomiting

Too bad TAP is the only carrier operating them right now, it would be interesting to see if this was just a TAP issue or if other air carriers were having the same issues as well. Azul (8hr flight) and Air Senegal (6hr flight) are in the air right now too, so definitely not just TAP operating curre...

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by flee
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN, Update on Fleet Development
Replies: 91
Views: 12711

Re: Lufthansa Group - retirement of seven long haul types until 2025

Just my two cents here: 2) It will be interesting to see where new aircraft are based. This will make ALL the difference in the world. For example, San Diego is doing well for LH, but if the A343 is on the way out, what will replace it? The 787-9? I guess whatever ends up being based at FRA... I th...

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by flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33864

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

Lets not forget that Boeing also has a different treatment for its costs. It is still carrying deferred production costs which have to be written off against each new frame of B787 produced. Airbus costs include all costs incurred. So that may help to explain why Boeing costs are apparently lower. ...

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by flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33864

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

Lets not forget that Boeing also has a different treatment for its costs. It is still carrying deferred production costs which have to be written off against each new frame of B787 produced. Airbus costs include all costs incurred. So that may help to explain why Boeing costs are apparently lower. ...

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by flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33864

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

As for production costs, I don't think Boeing has reduced their costs like they have without taking some unpopular and/or controversial actions. It's up to Airbus in deciding whether they really want to take those same hits in public perception in order to reduce costs in the same ways. Indeed. Thi...

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by flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 26452

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

HaulSudson wrote:
Awful performance of PW in general, hardly any win anywhere.

What about the A220 orders?

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by flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33864

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 flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 33864

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

Meanwhile in the last week Boeing's CEO used the following words in regard to NMA: We don’t see the NMA as a big technology push airplane. It’s much more about the future production system, and will the business case close based on that system? There’s a dual purpose here: not only the potential fo...

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by flee
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR Versus XLR
Replies: 93
Views: 14750

Re: A321LR Versus XLR

I am sure by 2025 the XLR will become the only A321 model produced. There is really no reason to keep the original A321NEO neo built as nearly all operators have one or more ACT fitted. If the XLR has a simpler flap design there might be a cost saving. It will probably get offered as a paper derate...

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by flee
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU-ASEAN open skies deal nears
Replies: 11
Views: 1864

Re: EU-ASEAN open skies deal nears

One major problem hindering increasing passenger traffic is that many countries are placing visa requirements and levies on arrivals and/or departures. NZ just placed an electronic travel authorisation requirement for incoming passengers. Malaysia will levy and exit levy on passengers. The EU is als...

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by flee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124055

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

Not sure how he counted - Indigo Partners/Qantas/IAG all have multiple airlines in their groups. ALC will have lots of airline customers for their 27 orders.

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by flee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124055

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

OK, here is a summary of A321XLR orders at the end of Day 3: American Airlines 30 conversions 20 new firm orders (from options) Indigo Partners MoU 18 conversions 32 new orders Qantas 26 conversions and 10 new firm orders IAG 14 new firm orders Saudia 15 new firm orders Cebu Pacific MoU 10 new order...

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by flee
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45395

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

20% per seat improvement over 787 would not be easy as the 787 is already pretty efficient. Such a huge jump will have to mostly come from the engines. No it doesn't mostly have to come from the engines when you are also shedding 8-9% passenger count and 47-70% range for NMA vs 787. Keep in mind th...

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45395

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

Consider this - you are proposing investing $15B USD in making a 787 that flies ~2500nm less. With a 20% per seat fuel advantage over the 787. Well worth the investment. If I was an airline CEO I would buy the 797 to compete against other airlines with 787's. My profit would increase and I could be...

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 86902

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

Great (and very surprising news); I am wondering which airlines in the IAG group will operate it. BA has pretty much committed to the Neo; IB is an Airbus carrier; Vueling likewise; I can't see EI operating short haul Boeings in the near or medium term (though they need to renew their short haul fl...

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45395

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

Boeing needs more airlines like UAL to declare their stand. They cannot afford to spend billions on NMA only to receive orders for a few hundred aircraft. They are finding it hard to close a business case because the market space for the NMA is small. The Airbus A321XLR further proves that aircraft ...

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124055

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

Theseus wrote:
Ishrion wrote:
460 seats on the A330neo... have fun.

Surprisingly large order given the size of their current fleet.
But is the exit limit not 440 ?

I think that they are probably replacing some of the current fleet. Yes, 440 is the exit limit and current A330 CEOs have 436 seats.

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124055

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

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKCN1TJ0E6

If this order comes through, it should have LEAP engines.
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gatibosgru wrote:
After ALC looks like GECAS is also set to make an A321XLR order
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKCN1TJ0E6

If this order comes through, it should have LEAP engines.

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: How do screeners determine level?
Replies: 34
Views: 2101

Re: How do screeners determine level?

I have been cropping my images to 16x9 ratio as it is easier for laptop and mobile users to view those. I cropped them so that the tail fin is not too high up and near the edge of the frame and also to have less of the empty sky in the lower part of the frame. I got low in frame rejections because o...

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by flee
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus announcing A321XLR
Replies: 399
Views: 68866

Re: Updated: Airbus announcing A321XLR

If this plane will fly 8+ hour flights, one would assume it needs provisions for augmented crews / crew rest. Anyone know anything about the plan for that? Will it have some kind of bunk or something? Come on, that is too much. I am very happy for Airbus but 8+ hours in an A321? The horror. Really?...

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by flee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 26452

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

IndiGo has faced a lot of issues with the GTF engines. The fleet was grounded briefly last year and even now IndiGo can't deploy their neos for ETOPS flights. The switch to LEAP was bound to happen. IndiGo's switch is probably due to dissatisfaction with how PW handled the GTF issues. Its CEO fleet...

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by flee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230395

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

h1fl1er wrote:
airlineS? far as I recall the plane was effectively made for sq. nobody else has ordered nor will order.

Yes, it showed that Airbus is prepared to meet customer's requirements, even if it is for only 7 frames. Does that mean that it will try harder to meet Qantas' requirements?

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by flee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124055

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

Congrats to Airbus for the orders and the launch of XLR, however is it me or the EIS for XLR is a bit longer than expected, usually variants for airbus takes shorter time to EIS, and we all knew they been working on this for a while we are looking at 3.5 years, thats a long time even for aviation. ...

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by flee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 86902

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

Boeing's priority must be to get the Max back on track because it is their cash cow. No deliveries also mean no incoming cashflow - something that is very important for every company.

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by flee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124055

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

Interesting one. What routes do they have that require the extra range of the XLR over an LR? Beirut to all of Europe and the Middle East no problem with a vanilla A321, LR maybe lifts a little more cargo. XLR - where are they thinking? JFK, BKK, SIN, JNB is too far obviously so where do they want ...

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by flee
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1333
Views: 230395

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

IIRC, Airbus said that the ULR is no big deal - they just activated the tanks and plumbing of the -1000 so that additional fuel capacity can be provided. If an airline customer does not want to do ULR anymore, it can just deactivate them. They did not build a special version like the A345. So there ...

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