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by Stitch
Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

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: 172
Views: 29149

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: 239602

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: 239602

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: 239602

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: 129
Views: 23671

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: 150
Views: 47567

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: 150
Views: 47567

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: 374
Views: 47016

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: 239602

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: 702

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: 76
Views: 12455

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: 12210

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: 78
Views: 19085

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: 295
Views: 119248

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: 150
Views: 47567

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: 150
Views: 47567

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: 9038

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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by Stitch
Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 150
Views: 47567

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Looks like it could be another issue with shims, this time in Section 41 (the nose).

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 9038

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2021

The hardest hit aircraft is the 747-8i. It is not even mentioned. As the entire fleet is owned, there is nothing to compute a lease rate on, especially since none of the owners would be leasing their frames out to another operator. And since nobody other than the current operators would be in the m...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 747 Fans Documentary on AF1 s
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: 747 Fans Documentary on AF1 s

The livery suggested by the Trump Administration looked better when it was done in high-resolution CGI, but I tend to believe the existing livery on the VC-25A will be used on the VC-25B.

The interior renderings looked interesting.

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 12, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 246
Views: 31453

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Until I see a line item in a FY 202x Defense Budget stating the E-4 replacement has been funded through a purchase of 747-8s from an existing operator, I refuse to believe such a purchase is being considered by the USAF and by extension refuse to believe any random change in status of an airline or ...

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by Stitch
Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 239
Views: 30605

Re: VC-25 Pre-Prod.

Do we have any images anywhere of VC-25B pre VC-25? Just came across a show from February 2021 on the National Geographic Channel that covers the early modification process for the VC-25Bs from their former Transaero "green" configuration. It is titled "The New Air Force One: Flying ...

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by Stitch
Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 747 Fans Documentary on AF1 s
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: 747 Fans Documentary on AF1 s

It's available to watch on NatGeo's website and also on cable On Demand. It is about the modifications for what will become the VC-25B along with footage of the current VC-25A as reference material.

The full title is "The New Air Force One: Flying Fortress"

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by Stitch
Sat Jul 10, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Do we have any concrete information on what they are looking for from KC-Y? Not really. The main driver appears to be that the KC-X contract is capped at 179 frames and the USAF feels it needs more than that to continue to replace the KC-135 fleet as it ages out until the true "next generation...

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by Stitch
Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

MohawkWeekend wrote:
Just throwing this out there - how about a tanker version of a MAX 7 BBJ ?


Insufficient operating weights to tank an appreciable load of fuel.

Same reason there is not an A319MRTT. :)

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by Stitch
Fri Jul 09, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 156
Views: 47672

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Wouldn't Boeing get new freighter orders if they only could build more new ones? I think they took final orders just a little too early. Boeing made a "last call" a few years ago and everyone who wanted a freighter placed their final orders. And even then, some of those customers ended up...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 08, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

bikerthai wrote:
Have you seen how the Italian KC-767 is set UP?


Based on the picture of the Japanese remote console station in the Wikipedia article, the RVS screen looks smaller than what the KC-46 uses.

EDIT - As confirmed by LyleLanley. :)

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by Stitch
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 51303

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

889091 wrote:
Does the Bone have individual ejection seats or does the whole pod get ejected a-la F-111 style?


The B-1A had a pod that ejected with all four crew stations inside.

When the B-1A was reimaged into the B-1B, this was replaced with four individual ejection seats.

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Game theory. If I bid for a contract while knowing that I can not win, I am still limiting the profit the competition can make with their bid. What would Lockheed-Martin care? They don't make commercial airframes so spending scores of millions to "hurt" Boeing Commercial bring them no com...

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

keesje wrote:
Billions have been spent getting the C46 right, it would be waste of money ordering something from Europe now.


The billions that have been spent are almost all from Boeing, so there should be no "sunk-cost fallacy" on the USAF or US DOD to influence the RFP.

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by Stitch
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Does Boeing have a problem with a bad project management team overseeing software development? I have a strong feeling that Boeing has bad project management teams overseeing *all* development. And unfortunately, this is not a new thing. While the 787 has so far been the most public example of this...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

Revelation, I know GAO = congress & far from objective, they don't even pretend. And yet Congress could have easily done for KC-X what they with the 2001 KC-767 lease deal and just declared Boeing the only viable contractor and not accept bids from anyone else. Neither Airbus nor Lockheed-Marti...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs
Replies: 141
Views: 25080

Re: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs

Stupid question here: Can a 772 or 77W get a retrofitted folding wing for Freight Operators? Quick answer is "no". Longer answer is also "no", just with all the reasons it can't be done, which distills down to the wing is not designed for it and to make it designed for it would ...

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by Stitch
Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

E.g. the Australians and RAF can be savvy/ focused with their expensive C17's, because their MRTT's can do a lot, for much lower cost. Boeing sees that as a threat to their C-17 bu$iness. Well Boeing doesn't have a C-17 business anymore, so... And even when KC-X was being fought over the C-17 progr...

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by Stitch
Sun Jul 04, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs
Replies: 141
Views: 25080

Re: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs

We will not see a commercial new-build 767 post-2028, IMO.

Boeing may or may not replace it with an NMA, depending on the business case / airline interest.

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by Stitch
Fri Jul 02, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Ah, the "Airbus is a government funded job creation scheme" thing eh? You know my posting history well enough to know it was not that, but on reflection, it was a statement that I should not have put forward and thank you for calling me out on it. *shame* And unfortunately, "hiding t...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Airbus management could afford to be open and frank because their jobs were not at risk. Noel Forgeard and Gustav Humbert disagree. I will spot you Gustav Humbert as he resigned over his responsibility over delays in the A380 program, but Noël Forgeard resigned because of alleged insider trading th...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

We should also consider that Boeing is a publicly-owned company where Airbus in the A380 days was effectively government-owned. What I mean by this is that the governments held control over the Board of Directors (via proportional direct appointment) whereas Boeing's BoD is controlled by the largest...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

The idea is that they're not going out of their way to accelerate the decline in value or even decline in utility of extant airframes, so I don't see tolerating continued use of those frames as a 'loophole.' They're saying 'no more after 2028' -- conversions aren't "more." Fair enough, an...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs
Replies: 141
Views: 25080

Re: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs

So the 763 conversions aren't useable beyond 2027? As I understand it... All in-service passenger and freighter aircraft can continue to operate post-2028 when the ICAO rules take effect. Deliveries of new-build aircraft that do not meet the 2028 standards cannot happen once the ICAO rules take eff...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Revelation wrote:
So, did Boeing and GE Avionics just under-staff the program? Or did MCAS pull key people off 779? Or did they start ramping up the program too late? Or did the scope of the work change?


My guess is all of the above.

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

For both the freighter business > 2027 and KC-Y a GENX upgrade for the 767 makes sense. EIS 2018 would even have been better IMO. Well we know Boeing (and, presumably, GE) have been floating it, but I am guessing the value proposition is just not there for the commercial operators. Likely the same ...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs
Replies: 141
Views: 25080

Re: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs

At the start of the year, Boeing supposedly starting considering of an increase of the 767 production rate beyond the current Rate 3. If these plans are still in play, IMO that might be to allow FedEx and UPS to complete delivery of any final top-off 767-300F orders prior to the model being removed ...

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by Stitch
Thu Jul 01, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y
Replies: 220
Views: 18324

Re: Another Boeing-Airbus tanker war is coming soon, KC-Y

If KC-Y selection is pulled forward Boeing can increase production rates, improving efficiencies. With the final KC-X tranche buys now pushed back to at least 2024, realistically a KC-Y win will just extend the production line deeper past 2028 at the current Rate 3. In 2018, when Boeing announced t...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs
Replies: 141
Views: 25080

Re: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs

My guess is these aircraft are the -10-10 replacements...which still leaves a real 10-30/MD-11 gap, to say nothing of growth. I know the -30s would have higher operating weights so they can lift heavier total loads than the -10s, but are those frames flying out trending towards being payload weight...

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by Stitch
Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

In hindsight the criticism of moving Boeing headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, and the decoupling the executives from the engineering team will probably increase in strength after this delay and strong words from FAA. A CEO needs to be involved and hands on every aspect of the business. ...

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by Stitch
Sun Jun 27, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 619
Views: 126424

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

I feel like this defeats the purpose of flight testing, you flight test to catch these issues and it was caught. I understand the FAA wants to be extra careful and such after the MAX disaster but my goodness. Sounds to me like the FAA wants major issues addressed before they allow Boeing to continu...

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs
Replies: 141
Views: 25080

Re: FedEx firms options on 20 more 763Fs

Well the structural differences between a 777-200LR and 777-300ER should not be so great that IAI could not do both. I mean they supposedly spent years researching a conversion STC for the 777-200 and 777-200ER and I expect they drew on that when they decided to do the 777-300ERSF. I expect GE helpe...

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