For ad-hoc destinations (like charters etc) the some airlines will usually uplift a 'Fly-away kit'. It will have some parts like filters, o-rings, electronic stuff like switches and sensors and a spare mainwheel. Basically enough to get it airborne back to base in compliance with the MEL.
The MD-11 had smaller stabilizers as the arm (CostaDelSol90) is longer. The see-saw analogy is a good one .. basically the whole tail is a lever.. the longer the lever the less force required. Wrt to cruise drag. The stabs also had trim-tanks...this meant you could use fuel to get the aircraft in tr...Jump to post
APAC flying is probably the only thing that makes financial sense. Even pre-COVID remaining single LHR link for all we know was money-losing and kept for prestige reasons. I am Malaysian and I can tell you that this is very true. A lot of the Malaysia elite send their kids to Malaysia and they regu...Jump to post
Terminal 1 has always been terminal 1 and had fingers added to the north end sometime in the late 90s or early 00s. Terminal 2 was actually an extension of the eastern pier to the south, parallel to the runway. Terminal 3 was a similar extension to the north pier. Terminal 4 was constructed on the e...Jump to post
Number of emergency exits available will determine the number of pax allowed. I would imagine BA and CX had low-density seating but not too sure about KL... but I was only around when they flew the -300s. Alitalia had a 17 (or wwas it 15?) pallet combi and if I am not mistaken doors 3/4/5 L and R we...Jump to post
I believe one issue was the pilots who were transitioning from props(pistons) to jets were really behind the aircraft.. the longer spool-up of the engines related to the throttles caught a few out.
Firefly has a very lean team but also depends on the mothership for a lot of infra (eg HR and finance as well as a lot of IT support), in some cases this helps but in most cases it's a hindrance. But it has stuck to its guns in using Naviatire for its Res and DCS despite pressure to join MH in whate...Jump to post
They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! Like the 787 and A350? Why was there never a freigther of the A340. Now that the A330 has more MTOW there is no use for it, but in the early ...Jump to post
Tigers did have some 707 pax aircraft and I believe some DC-8. They were a major troop carrier during the Vietnam War so the Tristar could have been pitched to serve this market. They later stopped pax traffic for a while only to restart with Metro International (a sub brand). The Tristar freighter ...Jump to post
I don't believe they did, they (lockheed) could have painted a model in FT colours as part of a sales pitch but I don't think FT placed any orders. If anything they would have probably gone with Douglas as they were operating DC-8s at the time.
Basically the MD-11 was an old design which was tweaked for range (slightly better fuel consumption and larger tanks including a tail-tank). They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! ...Jump to post
Worked with LH in KUL and we often got requests from China Airlines to carry a few baggage containers for them to FRA as their MD-11 (Mandarin Airlines livery) was max out (payload wise). Our 744 could make it easily with a full load 99% of the time. The 1% was only if the FRA area had really bad we...Jump to post
Basically the MD-11 was an old design which was tweaked for range (slightly better fuel consumption and larger tanks including a tail-tank). They added some aerodynamic aids but you know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when they change the wipers to park upright to improve aerodynamics ! T...Jump to post
Max Q wrote:
You have the engineering backwards, the larger rudder on the L1011 allowed the wing mounted engines to be placed further outboard from the fuselage, improving wing bending relief and making for a quieter cabin
On a typical Jumbo with 3 class layout you would use only around half the volume. In the old days LD3 containers would be used to load bags and these would later be loaded in the rear hold. Later on when connecting times were cut it was essential to get the transfer bags (with connecting flights) o...Jump to post
Problem was the L-1011 was limited in terms of growth. IIRC the engines were further apart than the DC-10 and if they upped the engine power the rudder could not compensate for the increased asymmetric thrust. Also they could not add a centre gear like Douglas and were limited by the pavement loadin...Jump to post
I remember the JAL 747.. was working with a ground handler which served JAL. The cargo reservations dept would accept bookings based on the normal 74F aircraft and they worked with volume limits as well as weight limits. They would usually know when the no-SCD aircraft was due but ocassionally there...Jump to post
Looking at the seating chart has me wondering about the view from the first few rows. Being angled in towards the nose, is the forward view looking outside much better than seats further back? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I have never been privileged to fly in 747. Yes.. if you were sitting ...Jump to post
On a typical Jumbo with 3 class layout you would use only around half the volume. In the old days LD3 containers would be used to load bags and these would later be loaded in the rear hold. Later on when connecting times were cut it was essential to get the transfer bags (with connecting flights) of...Jump to post
Worked for a ground-handling company in SIN and Sabena operated a DC-10 combi from SIN to BRU via KUL, BKK, BOM, AUH..I was in the cargo dept and from what I remember they only carried Europe load with no traffic to KUL/BKK/BOM and AUH apart from company material.Jump to post
posted this in an earlier thread .. sorry for the thread drift as this is an MD-11 tale. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1405891&p=20784613&hilit=alitalia+combi+69bug#p20784613 A bit off topic but still on the MD-11 I remember observing an Alitalia turnaround somewher...Jump to post
My guess would be either Fedex or UPS since they were also the last major airline to operate the 727s, In the case of UPS the Dc-8 as well.
There is always the option of buying back maintenance items. Example if the aircraft was supposed to be returned with a serviceable APU, the operator may negotiate with the lessor to pay xxx amount in lieu. Also some items are required to be returned with full life or half life... if full life requi...Jump to post
I'm pretty certain I flew a DC-10 to KUL at one point. I also flew the DC-10s many times between SFO and NRT. In addition, NW flew the 10s to BOM You are correct, Northwest flew to KUL using the DC-10, theres a pic in the database from 2011. It was a codeshare with KLM and on one of the initial fli...Jump to post
Was watching an Iron Maiden concert video and they used a 757 combi (before the 747) for their tour. Not sure if combi is the correct term, if I'm not mistaken there was no maindeck cargo door but rather just a cargo hold with stuff being loaded via the passenger doors and tied down on board. Still ...Jump to post
So on the Dc-8 they would have to stick their arm out and clean the windows? No wipers on that aircraft!.
Fedex may be in if 1)its cheap and b) if the planes have low cycles/hours. The first MD-11s in FX are hitting 25years. While LH aircraft are not exactly low-time, they are the last few MD-11 made (some were bought used though) and LH have a reputation for keeping on top of maintenance. That is the m...Jump to post
Silkair being absorbed into SQ is purely a result of the Scoot. Originally the Silkair brand was launched in order not to dilute the Premium SQ product, passengers would have had a 'lesser' experience and the SQ product was deemed sacred!. Now with Scoot in the picture SQ decided to rationalise thei...Jump to post
For me is opposite. I'm avoiding turboprops in Asia like a plague. TransAsia ATR crash coming to mind first. Young pilots are starting there on props and they are the ones that make deadly mistakes. Airlines flying jets are no better.. most of the new pilots are fresh out of flying school with arou...Jump to post
Fedex was FM and FX was the code for German Cargo up to the late 90s. I believe a deal was made and Lufthansa Cargo took over FM and Fedex got (bought?) FX. bug Federal Express had MB between FM and FX. Think it went MB, to FM then FX? The callsign also changed from “Express” to “FedEx”. I worked w...Jump to post
Fedex was FM and FX was the code for German Cargo up to the late 90s. I believe a deal was made and Lufthansa Cargo took over FM and Fedex got (bought?) FX.
"AirAsia X’s continued losses cast shadow on business model". https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/airasia-xs-continued-losses-cast-shadow-business-model%C2%A0
So take two loss-making companies and merge them into one....and expect them to be profitable?
If the parked up planes are nearing their major checks or major components need replacing (think landing-gears) it may be more economical to park them and rob parts off them. If they are required they can be put back into service fairly easily if the paperwork is kept in order. This is especially tr...Jump to post
A lot of other factors come into play when deciding where to divert. For example the weather in BHX may be bad.. or LHR could be better. But the main reason I think the flight diverted to LHR is the fact that EK has a huge number of crew laying over in LHR and if the operating crew ran out of hours ...Jump to post
It says two A380s owned by Emirates are parked at DWC and are acting as parts donors, with landing gear a high value item. I think its not that the landing-gears have high value, more likely the cost of overhaul of the landing-gear is the deciding factor to park the aircraft and rob parts off it. M...Jump to post
They flew to SIN, from NRT I believe. 742s initially followed by 744s. Freighters as well.
Worked for Tigers in SIN up to the merger with Fedex. Totally different environment as far as work culture was concerned. Tigers was kept as a subsidiary because traffic rights in some countries did not automatically transfer to Fedex. One highlight was during the aftermath of the first gulf war. Th...Jump to post
A bit of thread drift.. Pratt and Whitney did make a variant of the JT9D which looked like the a bit like the CF6... the -70A variant, But only offered on the 747-200. It was not a great success. I worked for Flying Tigers/Fedex and they had one of these not very popular with the technicians. One we...Jump to post