For the A330/340 - the original engineers should get some Kudos. That plane has the best wings of it's generation. The fact that the A330 competes with a next generation jet (787) using older engine technology - that is good going. Lets give praise where praise is due - the designers and engineers i...Jump to post
In 1988 I was on board a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 from Johannesburg to London via Nairobi. As the plane rotated during takeoff, engine 3 burst in flames right in front of my eyes. We continued taking off (Yay for a quad) and I could see first some foam and then nothing and I...Jump to post
The march of the Accountants (background music is the Jaws theme) Each year we see fresh horrors as more and more victims are squashed into ever receding seats. Pretty soon we will get those Japanese people squashers that push people onto trains being employed at airports. The A380 and a few old 747...Jump to post
This is a direct consequence of the US Congress's hawkish attitude towards Iran. Some of the Republican presidential candidates promised to undo the US position on Iranian sanctions. Boeing has lost out big time. There may be some scraps for them later.Jump to post
I have a simple answer to Al Baker - I will never touch his airline again and an advise my friends not to do so either. He has ruined the 787 with his 9 abreast and that dreadful hub. And the IFE's with their sharp edges and bare metal, like a medieval torture device. How much cost would a simple pl...Jump to post
<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/AirCalSNA" class="quote" target="_blank">AirCalSNA</a> (<a href="#13" class="quote">Reply 13</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> Wow - out i...Jump to post
A late old pilot that I knew, was in the RAF, flying Lancaster's during WW2. When the war ended, bombers were used to ferry troops back from the fighting zones to England. They fitted wooden benches against the interior walls for the troops. Elated that the war ended, this pilot opened the bomb door...Jump to post
B777LRF - beware the generalisations - you will be called up. You said: "However, they're hardly 'hell'. To see what a hellish airport is like, one needs to cast his sight towards the African continent. Lagos, now that's an outrageously rank airport. Kinshasa is, unbelievable as it may sound, even w...Jump to post
From the emails can one deduce that the offer is out of Heathrow only? Looking at the prices - the mouth-watering meals comes with eye-watering prices. This is a pity as it is a good idea. They should encourage pax to pre-order the complimentary meals as I am sure that that move will reduce waste. K...Jump to post
The 350-1100 makes sense if you add in the possibility of a stretched A380 or even a full A380-900NEO. The A380 stretch will make the gap between it and the A350 even larger - hence the -1100 to restore the gap. The narrower A350 will always score against the wider 77x when an airline does not shoeh...Jump to post
The problem started when Boeing used the "Dreamliner" moniker. That is like going to school wearing a shirt with the words "I am fantastic" emblazoned across your chest. You are bound to attract attention and get noticed especially if you have the worst possible start as the 787 did.Jump to post
I was on a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 flying from Joburg to London via Nairobi. Engine number 3 burst into flames on rotate. We continued to climb and continued to Nairobi. At Nairobi, another <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 747 was relieved of an engine which wa...Jump to post
The prettiest plane flying today. It also appears to be the most mature entry into service jet for some time.
I understand that Qatar operate the jet without any Airbus technicians on hand.
Yes , but - I hear you say, the deliveries are so slow... Agreed. But better slow and sorted.
A NEO announcement will cause immediate re-negotiations of a plane that did not get any orders recently. The Emirates promise of a large order will be primarily to replace existing 10 year old models which will form a glut in the market - the last thing that Airbus wants or needs.Jump to post
If the jet flew low after take-off - another likely explanation could be that a ground observer was tasked to relay what he or she saw to the cockpit - if the flight crew had a concern. Same as a flight I was on where the landing gear "locked" light did not come on. The jet did a low pass over the r...Jump to post
747400SP - the growth of airtravellers will expand not because of population explosion, but by the rise of the middle-class in countries with large populations. As more people get more disposable incomes - they will explore. Given that developing countries will enjoy rising living standards, as they...Jump to post
The first problem is the complexity of the jigs to either bend the aluminum or if fibre composite, to remove the mandrel after firing. The cigarette shape has evolved for a reason. The first thing airlines will do when they see the shape is to put extra seats in the wide open space of the middle. Ba...Jump to post
Many commentators have indicated that the B787 cannot be compared to the A350. Boeing gambled on producing the 787 while testing and certification was ongoing. The long gestation period exacerbated the problem and production was slowed and possibly even halted for a period. (can anyone else confirm?...Jump to post
The root problem here is that the majority of airlines do not have a comprehensive online menu when purchasing an e-ticket. I have a 10 year old daughter and when we travel together, we have to place additional comments (which does not get read) in the comments field as an option does not exist to t...Jump to post
The ship has already sailed. The African market is being devoured by the ME3. By 2017, Kenya air will exist for domestic and short regional s only.
One wonders why Kenya bought these 777's in the first place when A330's or A321's would have sufficed.
Offsetting the guide-line from the lights does 2 things;- 1. It stops the lights from getting dirty and requiring cleaning. (I saw a documentary of Dubai airport where the two coincided and the lights to be cleaned regularly). 2. For lighter planes, it removes the bump, bump noise and shock of ridin...Jump to post