Thanks to the impressive work by the pilots and crew, as well as a solid aircraft, this turned out to be a feel good story.
One person was injured, but hopefully he/she will be healed soon.
Both pilots will be awarded Hero of Russia awards, and the rest of the crew will be getting awards too.
Meanwhile, WN is quite clear that it has no interest in E2, A220 or anything other than more 737s. At some point, WN will have to buy something other than a 737. Sure. And some day we will all die too. I'm not sure how that really matters in the here and now. Either you're really old, or you think ...Jump to post
There is a bit of hypocrisy in this thread.
Some of the people who celebrated IAGs "order" of 200 737 MAX with the logic that it would diversify their fleet and lead to less risk - also are saying there's no good reason for Southwest to do the same thing for the same reasons.
Why are all 737 Max models grounded and not just the Max 8. Only one 737-7 has been built yet because neither of the airlines that have ordered them actually wanted delivery this year anyway. It's currently being used for tests. We assume it will require the same modifications as the -8 if it enter...Jump to post
New article today in reputable Wall Street Journal. The Four-Second Catastrophe: How Boeing Doomed the 737 MAX "In designing the flight controls for the 737 MAX, Boeing assumed that pilots trained on existing safety procedures should be able to sift through the jumble of contradictory warnings ...Jump to post
I tend to take these kind of things with a pinch of salt. Airbus has a history of denying any new developments until the day they announce it. That was the case with A330neo and A321LR. I tend to disagree. A330neo was widely rumored. Enders was dropping suggestions of how surprised people would be ...Jump to post
Hmmm. (1) A 3.4m stretch would give you 180 passengers. (42.1m overall) (2) A 5.9m stretch would give you 195 passengers. (44.6m overall) Would it be worth going for the "double" stretch to hit the 4x cabin crew optimum? Or would the fuselage become too long at that point and structurally...Jump to post
The key thing here is the contract with the flight attendant union about flying more than one narrowbody type. It seems to me this is a measure they have taken in case the MAX grounding goes on longer than planned. If the contract with the union is updated, Southwest can introduce leased aircraft of...Jump to post
An A220-500 would become 140 ft max. The A321 is an extreme stretch of the A320. 4-5 Extra seatrows on top of the A220-300 seems likely for a -500. Still about 7 ft less than an A321. Let's say 4 rows in a standard configuration like airBaltic. Or 5 rows in absolute sardine can configuration. A220-...Jump to post
With the NEO backlog being at 9-9.5 years at current production rates, a A220-500 might get a delivery advantage.. Say Airbus can deliver from 2024-2025, conversions can improve revenue per production slot. European / Chinese carriers don't need >2000Nm range anyway. They operate bigger more capabl...Jump to post
I wonder if freight is impacted. I think the economy could survive some time without people flying in and out of the territory (as long as there is electronic communication), but stopping the freight would be disasterous for the HK economy.Jump to post
SAS had the best July in the airline's history last month. And June was the highest number ever for one month.
2.8 million passengers in July 2019, and 2.9 million in June 2019.
https://www.msn.com/nb-no/okonomi/virks ... ar-AAFweOO
It really is remarkable and impressive how quickly they have managed to do this.Jump to post
Not sure if this has been posted anywhere: Airbus Starts Building First A220s in Mobile Airbus has begun manufacturing the A220 at its U.S. assembly site in Mobile, Alabama, the company announced Monday. The first team of A220 production workers began work at the plant following their recent return...Jump to post
As far as I understand, the MCAS system was first designed for KC-767 and KC-46 tankers. The tankers needed this feature to augment pitch during refueling operations. It was also proposed for the original commercial 767 back in the 80s, but was dropped because vortex generators provided adequate con...Jump to post
According to this article, Air France is looking to cut short haul capacity by 15%. That could explain why Air France signed a 60 A220 MOU order on top of the firm 60. The first 60 would replace A318 and A319 + 10 of the oldest A320. The latter 60 could replace the remaining A320 and A321 fleet in t...Jump to post
The competition has not been rocking the boat during this unusual situation. Why? Because: - Changes in certification requirements would affect Airbus just as much as Boeing - Airbus' competing product is sold out for the next 7 years anyway - New certification requirements and grandfathering rules ...Jump to post
Been somewhere nice I hope! You missed the 'AOA reliability' one from the EASA list (don't know what this is really about). Oh and, the 'Flaps System' problem (no detail but declared catastrophic by FAA). Oh and, MAX simulator did not simulate MCAS and, whilst on the subject, MAX nor NG simulators ...Jump to post
I was under the impression there were only two problems facing the MAX. But according to these articles there are now six issues. In simplified terms: - MCAS issue (well known) - Trim wheel issue (too rigid, impossible to move in certain scenarios) - Lack of training (a few slides on an ipad / no si...Jump to post
NYT pointed out that the current head of safety at FAA was pushing for high amounts of delegation to Boeing, installed personnel in their "Boeing" office that were deferential with respect to that policy, then left the FAA to join an industry lobbying group supported by Boeing, and now ha...Jump to post
No, 10% better than the A321 is unlikely. The A321NEO is simply a very efficient plane, with engines fitting it nearly perfectly and with it just using all reserves left in the design, which makes it very efficient. A widebody can not beat this by 10%, especially not with engines only 1 generation ...Jump to post
Southwest suspends Newark operations and 737 MAX flights until Jan 2020. In French: http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/boeing-737-max-southwest-suspend-ses-operations-a-newark-et-annule-ses-vols-jusqu-en-janvier-2020-20190725 In English: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Southwest-Newark-Airport-...Jump to post
You last point is especially relevant. A dog that is well behaved and calm around its home can be a different beast entirely in an environment that is foreign to it. Before any animal is christened with the ESA title, they should be required to go through extensive training to de-sensitize it to di...Jump to post
I understand the need for emotional support animals. They might be the difference between that person being able to take a flight, or not. On the other hand, how many people are scared of dogs, or allergic to furry animals in general? For each emotional support animal allowed, dozens of others are l...Jump to post
I love concepts like this. They're inspiring. Which is the point. There's too much stagnation in the aerospace industry due to grandfathering rights as well as bean counter culture. The aerospace industry won't make any new major leaps unless they're forced to. It's not that they're incapable of it....Jump to post
I find it worrysome that Boeing charges extra for an inspection that uncovers 20% of all anomalies.Jump to post
There's something interesting and relevant to this topic in the recent Reuters article about Air France looking at new planes. Basically this deal came as a surprise for Airbus, but also eased their anxiety over the prospect of new certification rules. "The expected deal marks a rebound for Air...Jump to post
Very interesting. Makes sense.Jump to post
From what I've read a pilot would have to try really really hard to stall a 777. Might want to tell Asiana that. 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 happ...Jump to post
The backlog and production capacity is the largest issue for an A220-500.
Do you think Airbus would consider opening an A220 production line in Europe?
I've previously listed 9 points of why this is a good strategy for IAG. But what I don't understand is how Airbus didn't even know about this deal until it was announced? In the EU there are antitrust and competition laws. As a large company, you can't just place a massive order at company A, withou...Jump to post
Just when Boeing thought they had the fix sorted, FAA found another issue. As far as I know, the 2nd issue isn't fixed yet. And when the software is ready, tested and verified, it needs to be installed on every single -8 MAX produced. Each frame then needs to be test flown. And even if FAA finds eve...Jump to post
SAS current livery is one of my favorites. I love how low profile the lettering of “Scandinavian Airlines” is on the fuselage. With a minimalist deep blue tail design with red on the engine housing. I took these (not professional at all) photos as I saw the aircraft taxi after landing in HKG. https...Jump to post
"Bjørnpilot" on Instagram has a new photo of the coming SAS A350-900 at the paint shop. So far it looks like the same tail and wingtips as the old livery. No picture of the engines yet.
The article says - A220 to replace the 110 A320 family at AF mainline. Despite AF industry having to invest in the type maintenance. - All the A380 will leave and AF is considering 789, A330neo and A35K as replacement, but the latter is concidered too expensive fir the task. - Transavia France is g...Jump to post
I don't think this massive order for 737 MAX is that strange. IAG wants to diversify their narrowbody fleet: 1. This means faster access to new planes. 2. Less risk if something happens to one of them (like the grounding of the MAX) 3. Economics of scale and commonality works as long as each fleet i...Jump to post
It would be quite messy if authorities and Airbus came to some agreement - then this book gets released with a narrative that is different to what Airbus legal team has been claiming.
I don't know. It could be just some minor detail.
The below report from FlightGlobal feels to me like the arsenal concept is going ahead albeit is a form that will be common across most of the B-52 fleet. The addition of a large AESA to the B-52 opens up some interesting possibilities such as high capacity AAM carriage. The radar will be more than...Jump to post
I would expect there would be no practical way of doing so. Checked luggage is screened with X-ray just like everything else. There's a computer algorithm checking the x-rays images, and if the computer sees an anomaly, it goes through x-ray again and this time screened by a security person. The se...Jump to post
Next question: are all luggages properly checked in order to make sure no battery is in the cargo hold? I would expect there would be no practical way of doing so. Checked luggage is screened with X-ray just like everything else. There's a computer algorithm checking the x-rays images, and if the c...Jump to post
Is there any article that explains just what the FAA did to fry the MCAS CPU? We need some context. If it happened out of the blue then that's an issue that needs to be fixed, but if they intentionally did something to exceed design limitations then that is just the FAA misleading the public. The F...Jump to post
If you look at a 1914 and a 2014 electric motor, they're designed almost identical on the inside. There hasn't been much improvement in this area for a century. However, the last 4-5 years some improvements have been made. Tesla's latest electric motors in the Model 3 are better, more efficient and ...Jump to post
https://www.bombardier.com/en/media/newsList/details.binc-20190625-mitsubishi-heavy-industries-to-acquire-canadair-re.bombardiercom.html It's official. "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) (TOKYO:7011) and Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBD.B) announced today they have entered into a definitive agree...Jump to post
It's my understanding that at least some operators are planning to configure the XLR for long haul with the same type of seats as the widebodies. JetBlue's A321 Transcontinental configured planes are comfortable aren't they? The only difference would be how much "room" is around you. And m...Jump to post
If you struggle with anxiety and insomnia, you usually take medicine to counter both things. If you're taking these you might sleep through just about anything. And not only that, you might forget what happened even if you woke up. She might have opened her eyes during landing and deboarding - and t...Jump to post
A Basler BT-67 (DC-3 Turboprop conversion) crashlanded in a lake near Eabametoong First Nation. There were 2 crew members onboard and nobody got hurt. "The Basler BT-67 aircraft went down near Eabametoong around 12:40 a.m. ET, the company said in a statement, adding there were no passengers or ...Jump to post
I think it's a bit weird to order 200 aircraft from one manufacturer - without the other manufacturer even knowing about it. That leads to one of two conclusions: 1. Either the deal is so good it's impossible to beat. 2. It's a tactic to negotiate an even better deal on the other side of the aisle. ...Jump to post
Where did this drone come down? On land or sea? As far as I know, it happened in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran claims it was in Iranian airspace, the US claims it was in international airspace. But Pentagon is about to have a briefing shortly so we'll see their side of the story. It will probably be b...Jump to post
The President just tweeted "Iran made a very big mistake!". Something will happen, the question is what and when. A lot of people will hear the word "drone", and think that's no big deal. They don't understand we're talking about a highly advanced and expensive military survailla...Jump to post