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by giblets
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 2963
Views: 310009

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

MOL of Ryanair saying on BBC R4 this morning he doesn’t expect Max deliveries until past March, more likely summer 2020


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by giblets
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019
Replies: 2963
Views: 310009

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Interesting that they grounded the comet1 and never lifted the order! The comet takes the record then. I'm anxious to the see the Max back in the skies. Some Comet 1's were adapted to the Comet 1X and 1XB standard that were allowed to continue flying.... Back on track and Southwest pilots are looki...

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by giblets
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 70
Views: 24624

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

seems BA could have a choice, sure Malaysian are going to be desperate to get rid of their A380s (RR powered I believe). Think BAs major issue is when the D checks start turning up around 2024(?), they could be looking at around 4 of the fleet being offline at the same time, a major headache with a ...

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by giblets
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 601622

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

This talk of just the FAA certifying the MAX whilst the rest of the world turns their nose up at it. As mentioned not only are passengers going to be asking question, some airlines will be skeptical, what about insurance companies? It's one thing to fly whilst waiting for (say chinese) certification...

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by giblets
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 601622

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

:checkmark: Panorama is generally well respected. One part of the piece that really impressed me was that all the 737 cockpit scenes were actually 737 MAX. No idea how they managed to get hold of a simulator. Must be a struggle to get hold of one that's not busy generating revenue! :D Was it possib...

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by giblets
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer as Boeing 8170
Replies: 9
Views: 3635

Re: Embraer as Boeing 8170

Is this anything to do with Ryanair renaming their Max the 8200??
Perhaps Boeing have a new naming strategy? The 8800 Dreamliner and 8790XX?

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by giblets
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 601622

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

I don't watch network news. I prefer just the facts. Only official statements from the FAA, DOT, and NTSB. I don't need a news agency to tell me what to think or believe. Ok then, so what is your take based on the reports you've read from the FAA, DOT, and NTSB regarding the matter? FYI, not to bur...

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by giblets
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 601622

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Just when I thought there may be light at the end of the tunnel.. an issue with the rudder cables. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/roots-of-boeings-737-max-crisis-relaxed-faa-oversight/ “Early on, engineers at the FAA discovered a problem with one of the most important new features of the...

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by giblets
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1358
Views: 189778

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

I'm not convinced that the 2025 launch is still conceivable after the Max debacle. If it was a straight delay due to the MAX (I.e the engine delays) I would consider this possible (although unlikely), however the issues the MAX have raised SHOULD affect every level of introduction; Internal oversigh...

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by giblets
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4377
Views: 601622

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

It just keeps getting worse! https://www.businessinsider.de/boeing-737-max-flight-system-faa-oversight-2019-7?r=US&IR=T As the plane got closer to production, Boeing made a big change to the MCAS system, allowing it to turn on at low speeds and to move the tail stabilizer by as much as 2.5 degr...

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by giblets
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 301
Views: 66529

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

The vision system is Boeing's to fix, the boom not able to handle A-10's and some others is the Air Force's problem. It specified in the RFP the minimum force for the connection to the plane, it was like 1.5 x what the A-10 can push. All of the planes that have been certified to date for transfer h...

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by giblets
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9619

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

I don't know, if the British has a similar system, like Françafrique, with her former colonies, in Africa, but since 2000s, British Airways closed many routes to their former African colonies. Routes weren't not longer profitable:- Is it a case of not profitable, or less profitable? BA more than mo...

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by giblets
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?
Replies: 354
Views: 71195

Re: Boeing 737 replacement, back on the table in summer 2019?

How much has the MAX situation delayed your decision to move forward on launching a new midmarket airplane, the NMA? "We’re doing risk-reduction work that protects a 2025 entry into service, but we’ll make the decision [to launch] when we’re ready." De risking for earlier entry?! Only way...

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by giblets
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 11457

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

https://images.app.goo.gl/KQo1wj5FZ7gcx8oWA


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Is it me, or is it just a reverse of the Trump 757?! White on top, red middle line and dark bottom?!
https://images.app.goo.gl/KQo1wj5FZ7gcx8oWA


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by giblets
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 394267

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Apparently the latest testing has failed. Boeing have accused the test pilot on trying too hard to get MCAS to fail and it has. Only in the sense that it took too long to recover. So AA And Southwest have put back introduction for another month. Beoing has to appreciate that they have to get this r...

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by giblets
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 394267

Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Is this latest ‘feature’ just being reported recently, or been found recently, a couple of reports were talking about type approval in June, but we’ve heard for a couple of weeks that airlines were leasing aircraft til end of year. Is it just we are hearing about the details now?! Or if this is new ...

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by giblets
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21471

Re: Flybe update

To be fair to Flybe, the overhead bins on the Q400s are a tight fit if your bag IS just 20cm thick, wondering how many delays they’ve had with passengers trying to stuff their backpacks etc in. One of the most frustrating things flying BA is standing in line to board and watching everyone rip off th...

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by giblets
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 297
Views: 58686

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

In terms of ramp size, LCY has an approved expansion plan, to increase movements from 70,000 to 110,000 including 7 new parking stands. Taxiway will be the entire length of the runway (which is not being extended). This could be one of the prime reasons for BA Cityflier to up their size?! Sent from ...

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by giblets
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump wants Boeing to rebrand 737MAX
Replies: 82
Views: 9185

Re: Trump wants Boeing to rebrand 737MAX

Surprised no one has suggested this already... the Perfect name: the 737-Trump. *People are asking how it got this far without someone with any sense stopping it *Everywhere round the world people saw big problems with it... except in the states *thinks people won’t notice anything really obvious if...

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by giblets
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz
Replies: 173
Views: 31122

Re: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz

"There has been a strong desire at BA to acquire more A380s, but with production set to end by 2021 the used market is the only source now. "If we were to find some formula in which we could take more, we would. We haven't been able to do so," says Cruz." From the article linked ...

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by giblets
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?
Replies: 104
Views: 14564

Re: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?

A bit shocked at this too, I was in Philly last week ( in Malvern) , I looked at fares before hand from LHR, return direct with BA was £1,300 economy, just up the road to EWR was £350 with United almost identical times. For the extra 1hr in the car it was a no brainier to go to Newark. Sent from my ...

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by giblets
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Luftwaffe A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019-2022
Replies: 17
Views: 6685

Re: Luftwaffe A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019-2022

Is this is so they can claim they are upping their defence spending?!


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by giblets
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 723783

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I may have missed it already (45pages!), but at a production rate of 52/month (are they still producing the NG, or is it 52 max/month?) they are going to be piling up these jets pretty quick, where are they going to start storing them? Anything more than a weeks ground and space is going to get tight.

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by giblets
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 46525

Re: Official New Horizons Discussion Thread

5th! :) Pioneer 10 & 11 have also left, although we have lost coms with both. Along with you all quite excited to see what turns up! Really look forward to tomorrow.Sounds like they will try and 'meet' another 'piece' if they can before leaving the solar system ( 3rd craft to do so) altogether. ...

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by giblets
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 49
Views: 6531

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

As noted in the earlier thread, the GAF already has 4 a330 MRTT which they intend to pool in the euro tanker force, they also have options on a further four. It's a no brainer that they simply copy the RAF and have one configured for VIP use, have one configured solely for VIP use (i.e. Without the...

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by giblets
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 49
Views: 6531

Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

As noted in the earlier thread, the GAF already has 4 a330 MRTT which they intend to pool in the euro tanker force, they also have options on a further four. It's a no brainer that they simply copy the RAF and have one configured for VIP use, have one configured solely for VIP use (i.e. Without the ...

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by giblets
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 49
Views: 6531

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

As noted in the earlier thread, the GAF already has 4 a330 MRTT which they intend to pool in the euro tanker force, the also have options on it. It's a no brainer that they simply copy the RAF and have one configured for VIP use, or have one configured solely for VIP use (i.e. Without the extra pipe...

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by giblets
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13853

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

What about IE, QR, QF, AY .... there are a myriad of oneworld carriers for whom an argument to co-locate with BA in terminal 5 can be made, for one reason or another. The problem is capacity. T5 is full already. Personally I would like to see the terminal 5 airside transit extended to T3, along wit...

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by giblets
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 767 off to the scrapper 1st Nov
Replies: 136
Views: 25225

Re: BA 767 off to the scrapper 1st Nov

I would like to share this good read on the BA 767s: https://tim-the-pilot.co.uk Thanks for the share, used the fly the 767 on the LHR-RUH route. The article mentioned a special fit out cabin for Royal flights, has anyone got any images for this on the 767 ( or other types!?) Sent from my SM-T800 u...

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by giblets
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 8749

Re: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

https://twitter.com/AvionesenEzeiza/sta ... 71648?s=20

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Looks like she was lucky, as slightly later IB flight blew a tyre on landing, the extra event would have been all she needed!
https://twitter.com/AvionesenEzeiza/sta ... 71648?s=20

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by giblets
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 8749

Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

Duplicate post, please delete


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by giblets
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 8749

Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

The Luftwaffe currently has 4 A330MRTT on order as part of the NATO Multinational multi role tanker force. Would make sense for them to take on 1/2 A330s themselves and have them set up in the same way the RAF do (not the lease!! But with a VIP set up). Edit: realised they have four options, these c...

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by giblets
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock
Replies: 55
Views: 11662

Re: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock

As pointed out the PD50 often allowed 2/3 ships to be worked on at a time, that will mean they literally need 2/3 more dry docks just to keep up the same rate of work. If they do need to do more dry dock work on the Kuznetsov that's going further affect their ability to maintain their fleet as that ...

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by giblets
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock
Replies: 55
Views: 11662

Re: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock

The Russians are claiming there is no 'major damage' though I'm guessing that is pretty subjective. Bearing in mind the Indians and other purchasers of Russian equipment are often told things are on schedule (but run years late), I'm a tad sceptical! "......work aimed at restoring the technica...

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by giblets
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1319
Views: 155931

Re: F-35 news thread

Out of interest, what are the training similarities between the different versions, how long would it take a pilot to convert between the different versions?!


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Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock
Replies: 55
Views: 11662

Re: Admiral Kuznetsov Suffers An Accident in Drydock

The Russians are claiming there is no 'major damage' though I'm guessing that is pretty subjective. Bearing in mind the Indians and other purchasers of Russian equipment are often told things are on schedule (but run years late), I'm a tad sceptical! "......work aimed at restoring the technical...

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by giblets
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1319
Views: 155931

Re: F-35 news thread

The UK continues to be indecisive on which variant they will go for in the future. The total number isn't in doubt but they plan to decide on whether to reduce the number of Bee and buy the A model. UK to decide Lightning variant at SDSR, to deploy STOVL F-35B 'off-strip' It would be a shame to low...

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by giblets
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1319
Views: 155931

Re: F-35 news thread

The UK continues to be indecisive on which variant they will go for in the future. The total number isn't in doubt but they plan to decide on whether to reduce the number of Bee and buy the A model. UK to decide Lightning variant at SDSR, to deploy STOVL F-35B 'off-strip' It would be a shame to low...

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by giblets
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Replies: 48
Views: 7182

Re: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?

as mentioned there seem to be a few different plans for the island and T3, either a 'new' T3 in its present position, but I've also seen a plan where all the operations seem to be in T2 north, and T3 is just stands. Wondering with the destruction of T1 if the new T6 will just be renamed T1. Bit of t...

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by giblets
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 269
Views: 65701

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

Looking forward to a picture next to it's smaller sibling!

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by giblets
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New AF 1 economically sound?
Replies: 11
Views: 2382

Re: New AF 1 economically sound?

Problem 2 - Adding that extra stuff into the in production aircraft would be disruptive to the production line. For the line to flow smoothly, each pane has to spend approximately the same amount of time in each position as the other planes in flow. Now given the low production rate of the 747, the...

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by giblets
Thu May 10, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 157435

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

“What we determined is, the KC-46 is well within the family,” Gibbons said. “We have had contacts outside the receptacle; so do legacy tankers. Our rate is within the norm for what we’re seeing out in the fleet today.” I'm guessing they are forgetting that the guys currently doing to work on the KC...

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by giblets
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA remaining 763 routes
Replies: 41
Views: 7446

Re: BA remaining 763 routes

Took one of these to AMS a couple of months back (used to regularly take them to RUH in the 90/00s), it was >95% full. They seem a little run down (unsurprisingly), and it was mildly amusing to note that typical sized cabin baggage doesn't fit in the overhead bins end in (like 737/A320 etc), as most...

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by giblets
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 432665

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The re-wing (and other enhancements) would not be a permanent response. It would be a good-enough response during the period where the 797 is finishing up certification, likely encountering delays, and then having to ramp up production. Airbus would basically be able to launch a clean-sheet almost ...

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by giblets
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project
Replies: 97
Views: 21910

Re: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project

Will be interesting to see when this is finally completed, I went round the Connie at the Munich Aviation park (you can go on board (it's free) and it's quite an experience! The also have a Ju-52 you can go onboard, a nice little trip if you have a couple of hours layover (or before a flight in my c...

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by giblets
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 432665

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The Boeing NMA is called the 797-6X and 797-7X when presented to airlines


Is it me, or does anyone else have this as a pet hate..... whats wrong with 797-1x and 797-2X?!!? Are they intending to introduce a 6* shortened airplane?

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by giblets
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61690

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Great news for passengers, Airbus and Emirates, one question does remain and that is who is going to pick up the used models that are starting to become available.

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by giblets
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerolineas Argentinas mulls A340 replacement, to suspend Barcelona
Replies: 85
Views: 14822

Re: Aerolineas Argentinas mulls A340 replacement

I understand the A350 and A330 have a common type rating so guessing this should go in its favour, especially as they intend to keep the A330's round til 2021 (no mention of the retirement date of the remaining A340 for that matter).

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by giblets
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 207
Views: 61645

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

Rolls Royce almost caused the demis of the Lockheed 1011 aircraft as its engine had problems and the British government had to bail Rolls Royce of out of bankruptcy. Qantas has a Rolls powered A380 , VH-OQA, that exploded in flight due an oil leak caused by a failed oil seal on one of it's engines ...

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by giblets
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: More range for A321LR?
Replies: 66
Views: 20196

Re: More range for A321LR?

Sure. I think everyone likes the idea. Except maybe the shareholders. A new wing is always going to cost billions. Strikes me the real question from the Leeham pieces is about Airbus strategy. Are they thinking they need to get in fast with an airframe that has a bit more than minimum trans-Atlanti...

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