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by Stitch
Sat Sep 25, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 5623

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Why do I suddenly have memories of the $500 C5 toilet seats and $3,000 C5 coffeemakers? Well the "$600 hammer" Boeing was lambasted for turned out to actually cost the USAF $15 so it is possible the actual price of the toilet seat and coffee maker was significantly less. https://www.govex...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 5623

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

I expect fuel efficiency is not going to be important to the RFP and therefore will not drive engine selection. The USAF could have paid to have the GEnx adapted to the 767-200 and 767-300 platform for the KC-46 if it was. And then we have the most recent A330 MRTT customers not pushing Airbus to of...

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 197
Views: 63132

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

FlyingHonu001 wrote:
Im sure they were just testing the brand new onboard mini-bar... :boxedin:


If had been vodka instead of tequila, I would say it was a leftover from when these were destined for Transaero. :drunk:

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by Stitch
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 5623

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

As a pure tanker, the A330MRTT is better because it 1) actually works as a tanker, and b) it can load more fuel. And the additional fuel the LMXT adds will help improve the usable ferry and loiter range of the plane. Since it lacks a dedicated cargo door like the KC-46, KC-10 and KC-135 it is not as...

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by Stitch
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57756

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

They did do some live streaming from Inspiration4 on the SpaceX YouTube channel about six hours ago.

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by Stitch
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 5623

Re: A330MRTT News, Orders, Production And Testing

It's likely that production of the LMXT tanker if LM wins would be moved to the US, probably at Airbus' Alabama facilities. As I recall that was the plan under the original KC-45 proposal. Still think the footprint of the A330 is going to hamper it in the selection process, just as it did under KC-X.

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 197
Views: 63132

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

I have checked the referenced thread and can find no mention of a source for the alleged Jet Aviation contract. Source? It's many years ago, but in my memory it was an article at Flight(global). Probably this - https://www.flightglobal.com/meba-jet-aviation-secures-first-747-8-completion-contract/9...

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders
Replies: 199
Views: 49903

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders

Nothing surprising, Boeing has shown a willingness to clear out orders that are not going to be realized, and they do it quick, that was done in the previous 2 years and so this year, they started on a relatively clean slate, which means positive order numbers. Airbus on the other hand has been try...

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders
Replies: 199
Views: 49903

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders

NightStar wrote:
It is somewhat surprising to me that Boeing is in the lead with orders only a couple years after the crashes. I thought years would be needed to stage some sort of recovery.


Airlines view airplanes as tools critical to the function of their business, not as totems to rally around. :)

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who bought 747-8i LN 1435 LH ntu
Replies: 27
Views: 11769

Re: Who bought 747-8i LN 1435 LH ntu

Does anybody know why Lufthansa rejected her to begin with? As the first production 747-8 Intercontinental she was used extensively for testing of the type, including cabin systems such as air conditioning, galley and lighting equipment. It was to be delivered to LH in 2012 as their fifth frame, ho...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

sxf24 wrote:
Correction of non-critical deficiencies is deferred today. Why would a different standard be applied?


I guess the issue now is the duration of that deferment. Boeing appears to (continue to) want a longer period than the FAA feels is appropriate and acceptable.

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Discussing proposals with FAA does not equal pushing shortcuts. There’s constant dialogue with OEMs and their regulators, rather than a scenario where final proposals are submitted for review. It benefits the entire industry to have give and take during the certification process with the regulator ...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I just remember times when NTSB (whose job is directly and solely related to the safety of transportation) chafing at times to what they saw as FAA resistance to recommendations they generated during their safety investigations. Anyway, it does seem clear that with two family groundings the FAA had ...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

The funny thing is that, when Management decide of a culture change, lower-level Employees have no choice but to agree to those changes; now, try to make Management change, that's another story since a lot believe they cannot be wrong. The major stockholders (investment firms) are the ones who impo...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I'm not sure why the FAA does not have similar authority. So many of the base structure and regulations are actually the same between the FAA and NRC (its like they copy each other). Because the FAA has two objectives: the first is safety and the second is promoting US commercial aviation. The NRC ...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Seems to me that there has not been a "come to Jesus" moment within Boeing, and they're still focusing more on finding shortcuts rather than doing the work. They don't seem to have internalized that the "four second rule" shortcut that led them to avoid doing a full Safety Analy...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Revelation wrote:
It seems brazen for the management side to go ahead and submit a proposal without concurrence of the in-house group.


"Brazen" is an adjective that seems to have accurately described Boeing Management in general for the past quarter-century.

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mammoth freighters launches new 777 P-F programs.
Replies: 58
Views: 9640

Re: Mammoth freighters launches new 777 P-F programs.

Makes sense to me to use the 777-200LR as the basis, since that is what Boeing used for the 777 Freighter.

And even if the feed-stock is "low", there are a bit over 200 factory-built 777 Freighters so even a potential market of 50 "777LRF" might be too ambitious.

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 197
Views: 63132

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Somehow I think it will be for Egypt Government if this turns out to be true. Their current A342 is currently 27 years old. Time to level up and join their big brothers ME royal families 748i club! Ah I was not aware the current plane is an A340-200 (I looked at the Egyptian Air Force page on Wikip...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 09, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 197
Views: 63132

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Wonder if it will be a VIP bird for Nassef Sawiris or his brother. Mohamed Mansour could also probably swing it.

Doubt it would be for the Egyptian Government and it makes no sense for Egyptair.

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

If a company wanted to they could make every single part required to build an aircraft they could. Loads of companies make every part of things they sell. It has nothing to do with anti-trust laws. Well back when Boeing also owned United Airlines and Pratt & Whitney, they were required to dives...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

What I don't get is how Boeing is still racking up new orders. If I were an airline CEO and I were looking at new airplanes, I'd be extremely hesitant to order anything from Boeing. In addition to what sxf24 noted, it's not like they have another option: Airbus is booked-up and Comac and United Air...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50906

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Outsourcing isn't great, except to an MBA... For all the costs Boeing has cut, wouldn't it have been cheaper overall to maintain the cost structure, if it meant a better product? It's not like Airbus and Boeing have the ability, technically or financially, to own the entire supply chain themselves....

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2021 deliveries
Replies: 108
Views: 28094

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2021 deliveries

Scotron12 wrote:
Are Boeing still producing 787s, and at what rate?


Last media report I saw was they were reducing to Rate 4.

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by Stitch
Sun Aug 15, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 147039

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

I was directly under the flight path of a 777X north of downtown Seattle last week and it was amazing how quiet it is for as large of a plane it is. I’m glad regulations have gotten stringent on noise. Indeed. The 777X, 787, A350 and A330neo are all noticeably quieter than their older sisters when ...

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by Stitch
Thu Aug 12, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80
Replies: 48
Views: 8794

Re: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80

By 2000, there were like 6 non stop flights between India and UK. I wonder why anyone would have travelled in these multi stop flights In addition to the information provided by davidjohnson6 , at least in the case of Paramount Airways Limited their MD-83s would have been generally idle during the ...

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by Stitch
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80
Replies: 48
Views: 8794

Re: Former Multi-Stop LHR-India Service on an MD-80

Looks like it was called Paramount Airways Limited (not to be confused with the Indian Paramount Airways) and flew MD-83s from Gatwick to Goa during the Winter Season to keep the airframes earning money. The airline only operated for a couple of years in the late 1980s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...

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by Stitch
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders
Replies: 199
Views: 49903

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders

10 787s were not formally cancelled. Boeing now believes 10 787s orders are at risk that they didn’t previously view as at risk. The ASC606 adjustment got larger (55 to 65). It can be confusing to think of with the negatives and what it means so prefer to just compare the absolute number being subt...

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by Stitch
Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 147039

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

VV wrote:
Didn't they say the certification is in the second half of 2023?


That was the company line as of late June after the FAA rejected their TIA request.

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by Stitch
Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders
Replies: 199
Views: 49903

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2021 orders

If I am reading things correctly, the reductions in the ASC 606 list is a reflection that those orders have now been formally cancelled by Boeing and/or the customer. There are a number of unfilled 787 model orders that have a quantity of 10, but it does seem like Jet or Iraq would be the likely can...

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by Stitch
Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 147039

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

In an opinion piece on AvationWeek (free subscription required), former ODA administrator and FAA Aircraft Certification Office manager Mike Borfitz suggested that Boeing and the FAA contract a third-party ODA to handle the the approval process for the 777X STC (such a party is known as a qualified ...

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by Stitch
Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 203
Views: 33976

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/up ... l-Florida/
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And said Starliner flight has now been delayed due to the ISS orientation issues due to the Russian Nakua module thruster misfire:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/up ... l-Florida/

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by Stitch
Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245231

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

keesje wrote:
The fundamentel issue us that it's not a derivative, it's a new aircraft. FAA had to play along, but JATR and EASA didn't after taking a good look at the MAX certification process.


Events of the past few weeks make it quite clear that the FAA is not "playing along". :shakehead:

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by Stitch
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245231

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Is it typical for a derivative to take longer than a new design though? If the engines are the delay, why did flight testing start 18 months ago? Is there a sudden delay that has not been reported that the engines are causing? As I recall, the engine issues occurred early on in the flight test regi...

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by Stitch
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245231

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

It also means Boeing thinks MAX can soldier on not just through the 2020s but deep into the 2030s as well. Somehow I think they may be a bit too optimistic. On the one hand, we have folks telling us the significant majority of single-aisle missions are under 2000km, which the MAX10 works great for....

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by Stitch
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 135
Views: 29092

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

Pretty large jump in capacity from a 767-300ER to an A330-900. Condor must be expecting very strong traffic growth over the next decades.

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 158
Views: 52977

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Do we know when deliveries will start again? I mean, what’s the actual problem? Is it that much of a problem to repair the already build aircraft? Or is it not yet certified? There haven’t been noteworthy 787 deliveries for ages. It cannot be such a big deal to modify at least some frames per month...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 158
Views: 52977

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

I’m confused by this whole issue. I see what ( kanban is) saying by the lack of AD, but on the other hand Boeing is willing passing on huge cash receipts by delaying deliveries for many months. It doesn’t sound like that minor a problem for them to do that. The fact that the structure is out of tol...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 434
Views: 57756

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

As much as I want Europa Clipper to get to Jupiter ASAP, if they can save significant amounts of money ($500 million or more), that can be directed to help fund new programs. Hell, $1.5 billion is a nice down payment on another Flagship / Large Strategic Science mission (like maybe the Titan Saturn ...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245231

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

They've done the classic corporate US move of dumping staff during lean times with no plan to deal with what happens upon recovery. Heck they do that after every new airplane model launch and it always comes back to bite them in the arse. They offered all the senior (and expensive) engineering staf...

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by Stitch
Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: E-3/E-8 Engines
Replies: 4
Views: 1176

Re: E-3/E-8 Engines

The British, French and Saudi E-3s have CFM-56 engines so there is no technical reason why the USAF fleet could not be upgraded. Therefore, it is likely a budget issue as GalaxyFlyer noted.

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by Stitch
Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 77
Views: 13760

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1
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This would be Artemis I, which is the first "all-up" test of the Orion MPCV and Space Launch System super heavy-lift rocket. It is scheduled for a 22 November 2021 launch.

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1

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by Stitch
Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350-1000 versus B777-300ER
Replies: 62
Views: 13409

Re: A350-1000 versus B777-300ER

In addition to what flipdewaf noted, the A330-300 burns significantly less trip fuel than the 777-200ER so it is no surprise that the A330-900, 787-9 and A350-900 are even better in terms of lower fuel burn.

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by Stitch
Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2021 deliveries
Replies: 108
Views: 28094

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2021 deliveries

Also noteworthy that there are not 3x Ryanair listed as EI-HGO flew away at 1.21am local time on 1 July. Were Boeing signing contracts with Ryanair in the middle of the night then? I would have expected that one to have been signed off in June. Ryanair's fiscal Q2 starts on 1 July so maybe they wan...

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by Stitch
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 370
Views: 150285

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

audidudi wrote:
There were no A350 movements for 16 July 2021...that's three consecutive weekdays with no commercial movements!


Bastille Day fell on a Wednesday this year (the 14th), so perhaps it's a "long weekend" in France and the flight teams took the rest of the week off.

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 13, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 158
Views: 52977

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Assuming this gap issue with the pressure dome is present on in-service 787s, it does not appear to be adversely affecting the pressurization of the cockpit and cabin so it might be either they use some type of sealant to seal the gaps or they adjust the tolerances to allow for this level of gap in ...

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 158
Views: 52977

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

More information this morning from The Seattle Times . Boeing has identified larger than acceptable gaps in the forward pressure bulkhead of Section 41 (the most forward fuselage section). Located just forward of the instrument panel, it seals the cockpit and cabin from the outside environment. Whil...

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 10321

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021

I am guessing the HGW models of the A321 would be the most desirable from a conversion standpoint, but those would also be the frames that still have the most appeal to remain in passenger service.

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