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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 383
Views: 105908

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

WoodysAeroimag Sorry, Woody, but I find that coming to this thread from time to time, I am looking for news on the topic, and not endless photos of parked 737 Maxs. I appreciated the effort, work , and results that you put in and achieve, but I would prefer "NEWS" of Boeing 737MAX Delivery...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

A central point of the book is "...adding programmers to a late project just makes it later.." The current team members are required to stop their own efforts to complete their tasks in order to induct the new staff. This effect is not limited to software, and perhaps the people at Boeing...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai
Replies: 12
Views: 2408

Re: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai

The title "Air China to launch Gatwick to Shanghai" actually implies that Air China is based at Gatwick. Surely it is more correct to say "Air China to launch Shanghai to Gatwick". Perhaps a bit pedantic, but more accurate! The first link in the opening post leads to an article w...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Two questions; How simple is it going to be to find hundreds of technicians, particularly for a short term hire?. Secondly, how long will it take to recruit people and complete induction. There is a rather famous book "The Mythical Man Month" written decades ago by a software engineer fro...

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by sassiciai
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Imagine the furore there will be if it comes out that Boeing knew that not only was MCAS problematic, but the underlying FCS was also deficient and were working on solutions while (i) hiding MCAS and (ii) insisting the aircraft was safe! I don't know about you, but I haven't seen a meaningful piece...

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by sassiciai
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
Replies: 133
Views: 22337

Re: Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight

OMG!! GLA again for American airline flights! It must be something to do with the Glaswegian welcome to foreign visitors, and the ready offer of a drink to anyone arriving, at least after 12 midday! That welcome is genuine and warm, but does not mean that you are obliged to follow the host. So I am ...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

I don't think a smart company would be wondering about Plan A or Plan B The smart company would be doing both right now, and be shining up on a Plan C as well I would be absolutely shocked if Boeing is not VERY actively working on a 737 replacement, whatever each of us might choose to label it. Yes,...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 640
Views: 166204

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

This site documents occasions when US Navy aircraft took to the air with their wings "folded" https://theaviationist.com/2014/02/19/us-navy-fighters-folded-wings/ It would be funny if flight experience shows that the 777X wing tips are more effective in the "up" position than &qu...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's
Replies: 74
Views: 14099

Re: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's

There is also the one hour time difference between the UK/Ireland and the rest of Europe. At least in the mornings, planes can fly out of European bases one hour earlier than from UK bases (assuming more or less similar curfew hours). Such flights into the UK/Ireland airports will arrive "at th...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada has more US destinations than Canadian ones
Replies: 17
Views: 2511

Re: Air Canada has more US destinations than Canadian ones

There are many countries which have ZERO domestic routes and have at least one well-established airline

Singapore, Belgium, Luxembourg, the ME3, many island nationals, Hong Kong, Netherlands, to name just a few of them

I suspect that BA has more USA destinations than UK destinations

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by sassiciai
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Xray, He just wants to hope that you have a great day! It is a tad irritating those posters who have a "signature" on a.net. This one often fails to fall into line with his posts, this "have a great day" is a very American greeting even if the topic preceding it is much more sole...

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by sassiciai
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

The last last idea [Putting your fingers in your ears and hoping it WILL fly again ..] seems to be working quite well in Chicago at the moment!

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by sassiciai
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight detours due to geopolitical instability
Replies: 26
Views: 4048

Re: Flight detours due to geopolitical instability

We are all aware of the rising political temperature between Iran and some Western countries (USA and UK mainly), the tit-for-tat boarding of tankers, the USA strengthening its naval assets in the region. I am sure that there are a few worried airline CEOs in the region wondering about the effect on...

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by sassiciai
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Belgium launches flights to FDF/PTP, MIA and FIH
Replies: 11
Views: 2373

Re: Air Belgium launches flights to FDF/PTP, MIA and FIH

Absolutely not! They are trying to make a go of it with 4 A343s that they have cheaply, and use them on some scheduled routes, while acting also as an ACMI outfit to keep aircraft utilization up For the scheduled flights, it is a flight to each destination once or twice a week. Establishing a Europe...

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by sassiciai
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Belgium launches flights to FDF/PTP, MIA and FIH
Replies: 11
Views: 2373

Re: Air Belgium launches flights to FDF/PTP, MIA and FIH

In the airline's defense, when they had flights to HKG for sale, the website was functional with its own booking engine. Seems that they are more dragging their feet than being a total disaster!

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by sassiciai
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly
Replies: 92
Views: 25373

Re: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly

JetBuddy wrote:
"737 slides off the runway" is the new "Florida man"..

I have seen the above around a.net recently, with others finding it funny! I would be very happy if someone could explain this to me - as a European, there must be something American here that I don't get

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23105

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

I wonder why so many posters here do not read earlier posts in the thread! It has been stated by WW - and included in many of the early posts - that these B737s will NOT BE USED BY BA AT LHR As reported, they are destined for BA Gatwick, Level, Veuling, .... In no way is it intended (but who knows i...

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by sassiciai
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13705

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

I get political correctness, but a percentage of travelers are going to smoke. PERIOD. Designated smoking area outside, BEFORE security. As I recall, they tried this once before decade and a half ago, and it was a bit of a disaster. The extra 5-8,000 heads a day through security caused delays and m...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 111338

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019

Thanks for that! So GA moves to SGL, and maybe also turboprop domestic flights. That will really improve connecting international flights from the regions!! Today, how does one get from NAIA T3 to SGL, and how long will that take? Maybe I have to be prepared for my flights from Europe to be rerouted...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 111338

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019

....and to follow up my last post of a few minutes ago Is it so difficult for the Government to buy out the owners of land adjacent to the current single main runway, and just build a parallel runway there? It can only require an additional width of a hundred or 200 metres, how many houses would tha...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 111338

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019

I am getting quite lost in this thread about what's happening about NAIA There is much daily discussion about bids by different entities, about different sites, about different solutions - much of it using TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms!). Is this in fact part of the policy of the government to actuall...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US3 and the 777X, only a matter of time?
Replies: 27
Views: 5105

Re: US3 and the 777X, only a matter of time?

There is some track record on a.net that the 777X is heavier by far than the A350-1000 (30 metric tons?) and will drink faster than the A350! Also, perceived wisdom is that it is better to fill the frotn of the plane, and don't have too much at the back to fill with discounted fares! If these airlin...

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by sassiciai
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Losing control? Narrow-body production in North America
Replies: 14
Views: 4054

Re: Losing control? Narrow-body production in North America

Boeing is surely active on Plan B already, and perhaps looking into Plan C as well Plan A continues to be to get the 737Max recertified and back in the air. This approach seems to be getting harder and harder, longer and longer, as days go bye. Might be unwise to bet the company on this plan Plan B ...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights
Replies: 33
Views: 4069

Re: Vancouver Airport and Lima Airport meet to discuss direct flights

I find it amusing that there is no airline flying this route, so the 2 airports get together and have a chat about opening a route.

Since when did airport operators actually operate flights? Maybe they should focus on operating their respective airports, and leave the routes up to the airlines!

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2550
Views: 331261

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

The white man world on the other hand took the decision that a MBA was more important then a engineer degree. I consider your comment both racist and uneducated.[/quote] I will disagree with you about the MBA decisions! Maybe in the US of A an MBA is seen as a great thing, but here in the old contin...

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by sassiciai
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 100 Year Festivities To Be Without First KL 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 9545

Re: Boeing Screws Up KL 100 Year Festivities

I agree with the posters above who point out that celebrating an event like the 100th birthday of "anything" is very important, but should never be tied or even linked to the delivery of something other than a big cake and some flowers! Linking KLM's order of the B788 family - one whose de...

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by sassiciai
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

"DO-178C, Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification is the primary document by which the certification authorities such as FAA, EASA and Transport Canada approve all commercial software-based aerospace systems." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DO-178C I think g...

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by sassiciai
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

AvWeek ( https://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/faa-flags-new-computer-issue-737-max-testing ) has a pretty concise description of the situation: The issue came to light within the last week during tests in Boeing’s MAX engineering flight simulator, or e-cab, a source with knowledge of the si...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential Heathrow expansion revealed
Replies: 19
Views: 7020

Re: Potential Heathrow expansion revealed

The 3rd runway is a political problem, and I wont address that here, as I assume that is not the thread aim! I always wondered why many major airlines have their main maintenance operation at their main operating hub. Perhaps that allows for the most effective line maintenance to keep the ship runni...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics
Replies: 70
Views: 6231

Re: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics

SN BA operates flights between BRU and CDG - just check either the SN BA website or a travel site like momondo. Just as KLM flies several flights from BRU to AMS daily to feed theKLM/Delta long haul networks, so does SN BA from CDG, with an A320 indeed! I do agree with the poster above that no-one ...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics
Replies: 70
Views: 6231

Re: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics

SN BA operates flights between BRU and CDG - just check either the SN BA website or a travel site like momondo. Just as KLM flies several flights from BRU to AMS daily to feed theKLM/Delta long haul networks, so does SN BA from CDG, with an A320 indeed! I do agree with the poster above that no-one ...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics
Replies: 70
Views: 6231

Re: Largest unserved city pairs due to politics

CPT-LON for SAA Dumped by the ANC to spite the DA led Western Cape. On some days in peak summer, BA send down 3 x 747's plus a 777 from LGW..... Good one, nice demonstration of standard African politics. Another left-field offering: BRU-PAR. There used to be multiple daily services from either end,...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's
Replies: 325
Views: 53123

Re: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's

This replaces their aging fleet of 757-200s, the exact aircraft we expected to be replaced by an A321XLR, and the exact part of the market that Boeing was willing to give up when looking at the NMA. Not a surprise here at all. Well, I must confess to be surprised at your lack of surprise! If this A...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45817

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

One area where the NMA can make a difference is the cruise speed as the M.78 cruise speed of the XLR is not ideal for flight duration reaching 8 to 10 hours. A NMA cruising at M.85 or M.86 could save up to 50 minutes or so on a 4500nm flight compared to the XLR. In the grand scheme of things, is a ...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 124546

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

I can see Finnair and SAS order some A321XLR for Asia routes. Finnair will most likely order A321XLR and they are interested in it, but not for their Asia routes. Just a few weeks ago AY's CEO said in the Finnish media that using narrowbody aircraft on the routes to China for example is not smart t...

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by sassiciai
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?
Replies: 20
Views: 3186

Re: What airlines have had their aircraft sunk?

LOL! Maybe you should amend the title to include the word "intentionally"

I think there are many airlines that have had their aircraft sunk by accident!

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by sassiciai
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai airways Europe network
Replies: 23
Views: 5730

Re: Thai airways Europe network

I flew out of BRU end-March with Thai on an A350. For me, it was great, I had a 3-seat spread for myself, not so good for Thai! The plane was at best, 33% occupied (in sardine class). I ate well, drank well, and slept well! We left BRU 1 hour late, and my onward connection to MNL was then down to 50...

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by sassiciai
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prestwick Airport put up for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 3074

Re: Prestwick Airport put up for sale

As a boy, I grew up in Glasgow with a choice of 2 airports for "spotting" - Glasgow Renfrew or Prestwick. Renfrew was the main airport for regular commercial flights both domestic and within Europe. The usual crew each visit included BEA (Vanguards, Viscounts, the Tridents), British Eagle ...

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by sassiciai
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prestwick Airport put up for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 3074

Re: Prestwick Airport put up for sale

PIK was a very useful airport in the early days of TATL flights (and probably before for military flights and delivery flights). When in winter time much of the UK was covered in impenetrable fog that closed many/all destination airports, PIK had an unrivaled reputation for being fog-free (next to ...

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by sassiciai
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prestwick Airport put up for sale
Replies: 15
Views: 3074

Re: Prestwick Airport put up for sale

PIK was a very useful airport in the early days of TATL flights (and probably before for military flights and delivery flights). When in winter time much of the UK was covered in impenetrable fog that closed many/all destination airports, PIK had an unrivaled reputation for being fog-free (next to t...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS scraps on board duty free to save weight
Replies: 30
Views: 5620

Re: SAS scraps on board duty free to save weight

On-board prices for all this stuff that almost no traveler wants are generally not competitive with high street prices Airport shops might be cheaper than on-board, but are still above the high street/supermarket price Departing Brussels airport (my home airport), I am obliged to pass through most o...

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by sassiciai
Tue May 28, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 706
Views: 111338

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread - 2019

OMG! it's empty! (referring to the photos of Cebu above) T1 in NAIA still works, I flew out of it a month ago on a Thai flight to Bangkok. As an OAP, I had a check-in line for myself, passport control a breeze, security check no queue, all done very fast and easy. Still had to take off my belt, for ...

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by sassiciai
Tue May 28, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the MD11 a dodgy aircraft?
Replies: 35
Views: 9143

Re: Is the MD11 a dodgy aircraft?

....and while I'm remembering all these years ago, Douglas built some fabulous aircraft Consider the DC-3 DC-6 DC-7 DC-8 in all its variants DC-9 Douglas had a shining reputation with these products. Something went wrong in the days of the DC-10, and the company became vulnerable and eventually fail...

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by sassiciai
Tue May 28, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the MD11 a dodgy aircraft?
Replies: 35
Views: 9143

Re: Is the MD11 a dodgy aircraft?

It's a bit late to ask this question, as the majority of these aircraft are retired

A better title would use "was" instead of "is"

Where have you been hiding for the last 20 years?

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by sassiciai
Sun May 26, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 150
Views: 43858

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

OMG! What happened to the EI livery

Where is the "Irish green"?

What a horrible step backwards

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by sassiciai
Sat May 25, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The question to me about the introduction of MCAS is this: why did Boeing conceal / fail to reveal the system to pilots? If Boeing had let them know that there was something (that wasn't there on NG) that could actively trim the nose down for up to 10 seconds followed by 5 secs when it would be ine...

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by sassiciai
Fri May 24, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding
Replies: 61
Views: 6701

Re: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding

Well, Boeing said they have lost 1bn in Q1 because of this, so we will see if the 1bn / month is right or not. Maybe they still have unresolved claims for Q1 in progress that were not booked in Q1 When did the grounding start - wasn't it at end March? $1B in Q1 is a lot in that short time. What is ...

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by sassiciai
Fri May 24, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding
Replies: 61
Views: 6701

Re: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding

Would they pay airlines compensation much more than the going lease rates? More than say half million a month? Plus there is the cost of storage and training, but a billion a month seems high. Well, Boeing said they have lost 1bn in Q1 because of this, so we will see if the 1bn / month is right or ...

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by sassiciai
Fri May 24, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding
Replies: 61
Views: 6701

Re: Financial effect of the 737MAX grounding

Would they pay airlines compensation much more than the going lease rates? More than say half million a month? Plus there is the cost of storage and training, but a billion a month seems high. 500k is the leasing COST to the airline. What does the airline expect to earn by flying the thing during t...

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by sassiciai
Fri May 24, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385407

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I basically agree with this post - Boeing really screwed up. However I think it much more likely that whoever was in charge of MCAS design and sign off maybe really wasn't that bright - it sounds like the design met the technical specs but they missed the second order impacts. But this is an airpla...

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