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by MPadhi
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1756

Re: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions

As you asked, here's an (incomplete) list of insurers across the world: Lloyd’s: Apollo Atrium Beazley Cathedral Chaucer Chubb CV Starr Endurance Faraday Kiln Travelers AXA XL London Company Markets: AIG Allianz Axis Convex Elseco / Amtrust Global Aerospace Liberty Mutual Nexus Rest of the World: AD...

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by MPadhi
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1756

Re: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions

The way the whole process works is that the airline would go to a broker and tell them their expected exposures: How many passengers they expect to fly, how many aircraft they have, how much they're worth, how many days they intend to fly them, where they're flying, how many arrivals and departures ...

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by MPadhi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 218070

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Hi all, I found this video on youtube, which gives a good and uptodate summary of the currently know facts and open questions: Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76osJupy_P8 Channel: Captain Mayday Best video concerning PK8303 I found so far on youtube. Its fact-based, highlights open questions...

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by MPadhi
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 130233

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Yes there is another area of low hanging fruit which would be laminar flow to the tail. Why is it that Boeing have managed to implement laminar flow tails into production 787s since around 2015 but Airbus hasn't managed to? same question for you how come Airbus has BTV on A380 back in 2007 while Bo...

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by MPadhi
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 130233

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

zeke wrote:
Yes there is another area of low hanging fruit which would be laminar flow to the tail.


Why is it that Boeing have managed to implement laminar flow tails into production 787s since around 2015 but Airbus hasn't managed to?

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by MPadhi
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?
Replies: 37
Views: 7931

Re: The history and creation of the “Slimline” seats?

I just bought a "cool memory foam" pad for my queen sized bed. Paid like $100 for it on Amazon; it's three inches thick. I'd love to see someone integrate something like that into an airplane seat. I would think memory foam over a shell like I mentioned earlier should be pretty comfy. Or ...

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by MPadhi
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BA's domestic services so limited?
Replies: 33
Views: 7300

Re: Why is BA's domestic services so limited?

Norwich has slower trains, only 100mph, but still twice an hour and taking under 2 hours, and again with new trains due. A quiet airport. An important point to demonstrate just how good the trains can be compared to flying is that Norwich and Exeter don't really have flight connections to to London...

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by MPadhi
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BA's domestic services so limited?
Replies: 33
Views: 7300

Re: Why is BA's domestic services so limited?

With regards to Exeter, the connectivity is pretty good to london with fast trains to Paddington once an hour, slower trains to Clapham once an hour, and a twice daily Flybe flight to LCY. To be honest, I don't see much other benefit to having direct flights there, most people are likely to go to Br...

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by MPadhi
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Go-Around Checklist ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3569

Re: Go-Around Checklist ?

There is a good reason why the autothrottle is designed to go into HOLD when you choose to manually override the commanded climb or descent rate during FLCH, if you use the system correctly. . Could you explain what HOLD mode is and why it goes into that mode when the OZ crew did what they did? :) ...

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by MPadhi
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Go-Around Checklist ?
Replies: 55
Views: 3569

Re: Go-Around Checklist ?

BoeingGuy wrote:
There is a good reason why the autothrottle is designed to go into HOLD when you choose to manually override the commanded climb or descent rate during FLCH, if you use the system correctly. .


Could you explain what HOLD mode is and why it goes into that mode when the OZ crew did what they did? :)

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by MPadhi
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 200982

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

His point was that Boeing bet on more point to point travel with the 787. Airbus thought that the major hubs would be too congested with limited gate space, and with that, the A380 would alleviate this dilemma. But Boeing’s bet, albeit expensive, lengthy and problematic at times, seems to have paid...

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by MPadhi
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 2216

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

Can you explain how the packs make such a large difference? And if you leave the packs on and are at 227t, is there a warning on the takeoff roll? The packs are driven by engine belled, turning the packs off removed that bleed demand from the engine back into being able to used for thrust. No warni...

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by MPadhi
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length
Replies: 14
Views: 2216

Re: A330-200 operations - Runway 2430m Length

zeke wrote:
thepinkmachine wrote:
For a generic runway and [email protected] it's more like 220T, unless obstacle limits come into play...


Fly smart tells me 226t pack on, 227 packs off


Can you explain how the packs make such a large difference? And if you leave the packs on and are at 227t, is there a warning on the takeoff roll?

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by MPadhi
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 777-200 pilots fly 777-300s and vice versa?
Replies: 21
Views: 4279

Re: Do 777-200 pilots fly 777-300s and vice versa?

TOGA10 wrote:
it can be a bit of a pain to slow down without using the lever of shame ;-).


I know your comment was tongue in cheek, but is it 'bad' to use the spoilers in flight? (Hope you know what I mean, I'm struggling with the wording!)

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by MPadhi
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA jet diverts to Azores, disruptive passenger !
Replies: 20
Views: 6151

Re: BA jet diverts to Azores, disruptive passenger !

What's the reasoning for going back to Gatwick rather than giving the crew time to rest and continuing/flying in a new crew? The reason is given in the link. "Crew did not then have sufficient hours to reach Kingston but did have sufficient hours to return to London and the aircraft therefore ...

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by MPadhi
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA jet diverts to Azores, disruptive passenger !
Replies: 20
Views: 6151

Re: BA jet diverts to Azores, disruptive passenger !

What's the reasoning for going back to Gatwick rather than giving the crew time to rest and continuing/flying in a new crew?

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by MPadhi
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A few questions for a commercial pilot working for a big international carrier
Replies: 32
Views: 5071

Re: A few questions for a commercial pilot working for a big international carrier

Which is the best plane that you fly, and which is the worst, why/why not? I'll answer this one. I fly the 330 and 350. Do you switch between them and stay current on both types? I ask because I talked to a BA 777 pilot who moved to the 787 and he said that they only do one type at a time (so he's ...

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by MPadhi
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp
Replies: 32
Views: 6039

Re: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp

Out of curiosity, roughly how close would you have to be standing to an engine before it's dangerous at idle or full power? (I wish this would be tested on Mythbusters! :D)

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by MPadhi
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can an airline "lease" crews???
Replies: 17
Views: 1837

Re: Can an airline "lease" crews???

In the recent EK 777 crash in Dubai, the F/O was reportedly 'on loan' from QF to EK. These kinds of agreements between airlines happen from time to time, but as stated above, these are 'long term leases', i.e. 6 months or above, as it takes time/effort/money to indoctrinate a pilot into the operati...

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by MPadhi
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New airline service - test flights?
Replies: 9
Views: 1335

Re: New airline service - test flights?

Starlionblue wrote:
Redbellyguppy wrote:
It's an ILS with a piece of concrete at the end of it.


Tel Aviv - multiple airspace and security considerations.


What sort of changes are there for normal civilian operations because of this?

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by MPadhi
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B747F at FL450?!
Replies: 28
Views: 8494

Re: B747F at FL450?!

http://aussieairliners.org/b-747/vh-oja ... story.html :)
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KFLLCFII wrote:
b747400erf wrote:
That is the max cruise altitude of the -400ERF when empty.


What's the approximate maximum range when empty?


I know it's not what you asked, but it reminded me of this interesting read: http://aussieairliners.org/b-747/vh-oja ... story.html :)

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by MPadhi
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai asks for un-restricted access to India's North East
Replies: 24
Views: 5004

Re: Dubai asks for un-restricted access to India's North East

It's a shame nobody seems to have any interest in Bhubaneswar, despite it being capable of handling international traffic.

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by MPadhi
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight
Replies: 41
Views: 9503

Re: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight

My last JFK flight (JFK-DXB) had 2 empty seats, with the aircraft loaded there was no space for the 4 tonnes of freight that was assigned, there was however payload available...so we uplifted more fuel instead. e.g. How it actually happens. I'm a little confused, why would you uplift more fuel? Wou...

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by MPadhi
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight
Replies: 41
Views: 9503

Re: Emirates returning 747Fs to leasors and thoughts on air freight

My last JFK flight (JFK-DXB) had 2 empty seats, with the aircraft loaded there was no space for the 4 tonnes of freight that was assigned, there was however payload available...so we uplifted more fuel instead. e.g. How it actually happens. I'm a little confused, why would you uplift more fuel? Wou...

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by MPadhi
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 57889

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

I live in Exeter for half the year, and Manchester is roughly the same driving time as LHR so I wouldn't completely rule it out. Especially seeing as you can often get lower fares from MAN compared to LHR, not certain about parking though. Have you tried Dubai to Birmingham? I'm in Exeter for uni s...

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by MPadhi
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC 10-30 ROLL RATE
Replies: 9
Views: 1447

Re: DC 10-30 ROLL RATE

speedbird52 wrote:
That is likely worse to be honest. Default anything in flightsims likely are quite poor.


I wouldn't say it's fantastic, but allegedly the flight model is accurate. But then again every flights sim developer claims their program is accurate ;)

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by MPadhi
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC 10-30 ROLL RATE
Replies: 9
Views: 1447

Re: DC 10-30 ROLL RATE

speedbird52 wrote:
I doubt the sim is accurate. To my knowledge the DC-10 is one of the many aircraft out there that never had a proper simulation done of it. (Wait. FS2004? Bro you need a new comp!)


What about the default X-Plane 10 one? (granted, that's a KC10)

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by MPadhi
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 autobrakes and spoilers
Replies: 8
Views: 2303

Re: A320 autobrakes and spoilers

2. What is the logic behind keeping 72 knots as a benchmark for spoilers and autobrakes activation during an RTO.? Like Greg says, this forum is probably predominantly amateurs (like me!). Bearing that in mind, could you explain what you mean by the above? Are you only allowed to use spoilers and a...

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by MPadhi
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 MidLife Upgrade, 2021?
Replies: 541
Views: 65703

Re: Airbus A380 MidLife Upgrade, 2021?

The most logical question is why would Airbus stop producing the only aircraft it has a monopoly on? Because it is not making any money producing it. They said they were just at break even with 27/year and thought they could break even at 20/year. It's dubious that they will make money at 12/year. ...

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by MPadhi
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: M. O'Leary working with Boeing to develop new 757
Replies: 76
Views: 20481

Re: M. O'Leary working with Boeing to develope new 757

Don´t think Boeing will build a new plane to just sell 50 planes. Btw a threat combining Ryanair, MOL and the 757 combined? This one will go through the roof. MOL & SRB? How about for clarity sake we actually not who or what this stand for. MOL I Assume is the head of Ryanair. But can't seem to...

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by MPadhi
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Seat width @9ab: significant drawback vs. A350?
Replies: 101
Views: 16434

Re: 787 Seat width @9ab: significant drawback vs. A350?

CX's decision to go 10ab on 777 was made pursuant to a long market study. Surely that market evaluated the impact on RASM versus CASM or revenue versus cost - however you want to phrase it. Surely JAL made the same evaluation in its decision to stay 8ab with its 787's. Or perhaps another factor is ...

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by MPadhi
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 Space flex, passenger / crew push back
Replies: 97
Views: 23225

Re: Airbus A320 Space flex, passenger / crew push back

You're supposed to wash your hands before handling contacts; especially if they're not daily disposable ones, so not doing it in a toilet can be impractical. And before anyone suggests using an an alcohol hand gel - they burn! Exactly, and thank you !!! I'm guessing this must be using soft contacts...

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by MPadhi
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Seat width @9ab: significant drawback vs. A350?
Replies: 101
Views: 16434

Re: 787 Seat width @9ab: significant drawback vs. A350?

I've flown on an AI and BA's 787s. I have also tried an AI 77W (9 ab), BA 747, and BA 777 (new seating and old seating). I really like AI's 787. The seats were narrow, but not bad at all. I'll take a narrow, modern seat over an older, wider seat any day. The more modern seats tend to give you better...

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by MPadhi
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 Space flex, passenger / crew push back
Replies: 97
Views: 23225

Re: Airbus A320 Space flex, passenger / crew push back

And on those overnight flights, I like to take my contact lenses out for (an attempt at) sleeping. The loss of counter space in the lav. now makes that much more difficult as I don't particularly care to use the toilet lid as a counter when handling contact lenses. Seriously? This is an issue? If y...

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by MPadhi
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights
Replies: 294
Views: 57889

Re: Qantas announces non-stop PER-LHR flights

The other question is whether the demand from Perth to the UK is to LHR only. Its all good to have a direct flight to LHR but if you have family in the North of the UK you either have to take another flight or a long train journey or car trip. Which people do all the time, and if you're going to th...

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by MPadhi
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Differences Between A350-900 And A350-1000
Replies: 42
Views: 14281

Re: RE: Differences Between A350-900 And A350-1000

If they have the same physical volume, what's the rationale for not allowing all planes to use the full volume? No need for so much extra fuel and the inerting system needs less capacity? ( then you probably have to control how much goes into the wing tanks and what goes into the center tank ( that...

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by MPadhi
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Differences Between A350-900 And A350-1000
Replies: 42
Views: 14281

Re: RE: Differences Between A350-900 And A350-1000

The A35K fuel system is different than the standard A359, in that it's the same raw capacity, but (IINM) software and plumbing limit the extent to which it can be filled. The A35K and A359ULR will be able to go max volume, the standard A359 will not. Three distinct fuel capacity sizes: 139kl ( -900...

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by MPadhi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some A330s have gray at the bottom of the winglet?
Replies: 7
Views: 2043

Re: Why do some A330s have gray at the bottom of the winglet?

bhill wrote:
It means...."Keep This Side Down"....


Go faster stripes :D

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by MPadhi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About APU start up / Shut down
Replies: 65
Views: 13669

Re: About APU start up / Shut down

As mentioned above, the GPU is only for supplying electrical power to the aircraft. When the APU is not serviceable (ie. inoperative). Pre-conditioned air (heat or cooling) can be supplied by an external hose if required. Engine start without an APU requires a pneumatic start cart (basically an APU...

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by MPadhi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe
Replies: 143
Views: 21073

Re: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe

Have you got a source for that? I was trying to find it earlier but wasn't sure what to Google :) Airport Coordination Limited is the company that is responsible for slot allocation at LHR as well as many other airports and its website is a treasure trove of information on airport performance and d...

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by MPadhi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About APU start up / Shut down
Replies: 65
Views: 13669

Re: About APU start up / Shut down

As mentioned above, the GPU is only for supplying electrical power to the aircraft. When the APU is not serviceable (ie. inoperative). Pre-conditioned air (heat or cooling) can be supplied by an external hose if required. Engine start without an APU requires a pneumatic start cart (basically an APU...

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by MPadhi
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's 777-200ER ULH flights
Replies: 60
Views: 15639

Re: UA's 777-200ER ULH flights

ORD/EWR-HKG often go out with full pax loads and a modest volume of freight. UA's (Sabre) flight planning software is much more sophisticated than the Boeing marketing range charts and will incorporate all inputs to optimize payload on a flight-by-flight basis. How sophisticated is the software? Is...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe
Replies: 143
Views: 21073

Re: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe

I'm sorry, but it just cracks me up trying to imagine a single B6A321LR at LHR trying to find its way to the active runway amongst all the big boys. Can't they cut costs more and just not take these A321LR's? Thats cutting revenue not cutting costs. By the same token, they could cease operation tom...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe
Replies: 143
Views: 21073

Re: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe

I expect he means compared to aircraft that the likes of AA, Delta and United sent to LHR, you know the 757. ;) Ah, my mistake! How could I even compare and A321 with a big A32.. err.. 757?! :D Also FYI: 60% of aircraft movements at LHR are A32X series aircraft :bigthumbsup: Have you got a source f...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe
Replies: 143
Views: 21073

Re: JetBlue Announces Cost Cuts, Teases Europe

I'm sorry, but it just cracks me up trying to imagine a single B6A321LR at LHR trying to find its way to the active runway amongst all the big boys. One of the most ridiculous statements I've read. LHR sees a huge number of narrowbody aircraft, with BA having a significant number of A320s in their ...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340-300 (standard and Enhanced) performance out of JNB and/or other Hot/High airfields
Replies: 91
Views: 7888

Re: A340-300 (standard and Enhanced) performance out of JNB and/or other Hot/High airfields

More power. More wing. - The 346 has a much higher power to weight ratio than the 343. On the order of 25-30% higher depending on variant. - 346 has 20% more wing area than the 343. Given the bigger wing, rotation is at a slower speed, meaning less likely to hit the tire speed limit. The higher thr...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340-300 (standard and Enhanced) performance out of JNB and/or other Hot/High airfields
Replies: 91
Views: 7888

Re: A340-300 (standard and Enhanced) performance out of JNB and/or other Hot/High airfields

Could someone please explain what the tire limit is, and why it affects some aircraft more than others? All tires have a maximum rated speed. Certain aircraft find themselves in a situation where their wing area and rotation angle limits mean that increasing the V speeds to produce more lift means ...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340-300 (standard and Enhanced) performance out of JNB and/or other Hot/High airfields
Replies: 91
Views: 7888

Re: A340-300 (standard and Enhanced) performance out of JNB and/or other Hot/High airfields

Could someone please explain what the tire limit is, and why it affects some aircraft more than others?

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by MPadhi
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad overtaking Emirates?
Replies: 63
Views: 14195

Re: Etihad overtaking Emirates?

I'm also not a fan of how they shoot a380s where ever they want to and brag about it, while economy class is a cramped mess. I don't understand how you can say the above when you also say: I've personally never flown on EK or EY, but I definitely want to soon If you're referring to the 10 abreast 7...

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by MPadhi
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the 777X orders?
Replies: 323
Views: 39189

Re: What happened to the 777X orders?

Boeing has bet too big on EK. A simple, low cost and quick re-engine, ie B77W NEO, They would then have to compete with the A350 solely on cost though. A stretch and reengine allows for efficiency gains and the ability to maintain a higher selling price. Granted, does carry a higher risk, but I'm n...

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