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by Blotto
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 770
Views: 78801

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020

A321Lufthansa wrote:
zkojq wrote:
First Swiss A320neo is about to be delivered.

I see it also features a new cabin. When can we expect first LH A320neo equipped with it?


All NEOs delivered from now on have a group spec. Same cabin for LH/LX/OS and other harmonizations

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by Blotto
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30814

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

Update from the latest Airbus webinar: Current ATP requires the unit to operate normally after 30min. Now they found an effect by spillage after that period on a new unit and on the one from the first incident. So the first incident is explained. Second still under analysis. As a result the "li...

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by Blotto
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1890
Views: 189334

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

Here's an interesting article from FlightGlobal with comments from Ihssane Mounir, Boeing's vice-president of commercial sales and marketing: https://www.flightglobal.com/singapore-air-show-2020/boeing-head-of-sales-still-discounts-narrowbodies-as-mid-market-answer/136677.article This quote in part...

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by Blotto
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30814

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

There is no evidence that supports the idea of both engines being at risk. They are still investigating the issue and thankfully don't jump to conclusions. Hence the "as long as we don't know be extra carefully with liquids"-approach https://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2020-0020-E "Results ...

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by Blotto
Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30814

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

My question that the EAD answers is that this issue could shutdown both engines. This is not a joking matter. This had better not be the only action the EASA/FAA takes. This issue needs to be fixed immediately. Everytime an A350 takes to the air, there's a real risk of it turning into a glider. Cou...

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by Blotto
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)
Replies: 290
Views: 49934

Re: Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 Runway Overrun at Istanbul (SAW)

Lot's of people have died in 319,320,321 landing accidents as well. I don't think they cared whether or not the fuselage was in 1, 2 or 3 pieces. The trouble is, you keep making these claims, when they demonstrably are not true. Nobody has ever died in an A319 landing accident, because there has't ...

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by Blotto
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30814

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

I guess this means they can't really address the root cause, moisture causing a switch to trip and sending inconsistent data to the EEC which commanded a high pressure valve to shut off. Are you suggesting pouring a cup of coffee on the centre console of any other aircraft apart from an A350 will n...

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by Blotto
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 153715

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

That’s quite possible, but something that could also become a reality for Boeing is losing WB customers who came to the conclusion that it makes sense to go to Airbus for all of their needs, especially if Airbus gives them a good deal on a combined WB/NB order. Only 20% of the world's population ha...

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by Blotto
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 751666

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

The real issue is that each 737 they build costs Boeing real money to build yet is bringing in no revenue. There's a limit to how long a business can do such a thing and IMO we've reached the point where the calculated gamble has gone bust. Can they afford to shutdown production? If they do so, the...

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by Blotto
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No ID check on (German) domestic flights
Replies: 77
Views: 6341

Re: No ID check on (German) domestic flights

If there is no legal requirement, the quicker boarding process will always outweigh the risk involved with another person flying on the ticket. There is simply nothing to gain in checking the ID for the airline. And since it adds nothing to security, some sane countries will not force that ID check....

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by Blotto
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 153715

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

A single class 270 pax double isle aircraft is inherently less efficient than a single class 270 pax single isle aircraft: 1. It is heavier than a single aisle designed with the same technology 2. It is more expensive to build 3. It has more total drag reducing the efficiency So that are the obviou...

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by Blotto
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Opinion: Airbus and how to move away from the A320 family
Replies: 100
Views: 18042

Re: Opinion: Airbus and how to move away from the A320 family

When Airbus talks to airlines, they talk about continued incremental improvements and not about a clean sheet. Don't hold your breath on a near end of the A320.

From what I hear they will have a major update of the cockpit in the next decade.

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by Blotto
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 54649

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

Let say Airbus remove a320 and a330 from its lineup in the future. What if airbus introduce a 7 abreast Aircraft, all odd numbers? Which means that, A220 = 5 Abreast A3xx = 7 Abreast A350 = 9 Abreast. There is no way, Airbus launches a 7ab plane. Doesn't make sense at all. They will replace the A32...

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by Blotto
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 36021

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing

Awesome job by the crew
Awesome capabilities of the aircraft
Bad job by the airport hunting team ;)

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by Blotto
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 24119

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... v#2191e816

Looks like they used 32L/A8 instead of the complete runway. If they didn't recalculate, well, DME needs a new fence...
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https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... v#2191e816

Looks like they used 32L/A8 instead of the complete runway. If they didn't recalculate, well, DME needs a new fence...

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by Blotto
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 In Service Thread - 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 7164

Re: A350 In Service Thread - 2019

I wonder, if there is no such a bug, how long is the usual interval between hard resets? Depends on the turnaround time and if the A/C is towed between legs. Resetting the A/C can take around 20mins (cold&dark until the MX terminal is usable). Thats time your mechanic basically spends waiting. ...

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by Blotto
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A380s: Parity between FRA and MUC
Replies: 25
Views: 5950

Re: LH A380s: Parity between FRA and MUC

Maybe they'll move the final 8th A380 to MUC as well and send all 779s to FRA to compensate for the lost capacity. 13 to replace the 744, ~12 to replace the A380, ~6 to replace the A340-600 at FRA. Leaves only a few of their original order of 34 unallocated. They ordered 20, rest are options. Would...

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by Blotto
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 678836

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Do you think an airline like KLM or BA would dispatch an airplane that had been written up three times for the same problem? No, they wouldn't. It would have been sent to the maintenance base and wouldn't have left until they were certain they had identified the problem and made sure it was correct...

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by Blotto
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 375966

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Following the testing, Boeing 777X is expected of receiving the certification and entering the service with Emirates as the launch cutomer. The first quarter of 2021 I find realistic for this to happen, but it’s nothing more but my humble opinion… LH CEO is also on record estimating EIS in 2021. Se...

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by Blotto
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 27378

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

Well , Lufthansa also chose the 340 over the 777 and the 340-600 over the 777-300ER. Not always the smartest decision ! With the 321XLR they could finally show more presents on longer thinner routes ( like HAM-NYC, TXL-IAD/ORD/DXB , STR-NYC, FRA-PIT/STL/CLE/REC etc ) , which would be a Game Changer...

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by Blotto
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board
Replies: 61
Views: 4923

Re: Airbus chief says it’s ready for pilotless jets as soon as public gets on board

Technology is there?? I highly doubt that. Having the questionable honor of working with Airbus software in the last years I have seen too much IT fails to believe for a second that they are ready for autonomous flights. And I hope authorities feel that way too. Even for Cargo since the aircraft don...

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by Blotto
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 203
Views: 76921

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

I find myself wondering what makes 30 years a magic number for retirement? Until civil aviation airplane design advances, why not fly them indefinitely, or at least out to the cycles/hour limit 2000 cycles per year, 60k limit with ESG -> 30yrs. That's a typical utilization where I work. I guess we ...

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by Blotto
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 203
Views: 76921

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

I'm interested to know if all old LH A320 are very close to their next heavy check, or if some of them have still 1 or 2 years before it, and thus will pass the 30 years mark. Planning is volatile (inspection findings, capacity, economy) but most likely there will be LH A320s flying in their 30s in...

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by Blotto
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 203
Views: 76921

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

So how come AF & NH retired their A320-200s after about 20 to 24 years in service, while LH & AC keep going? LH has a tendency to keep their fleet modern, so why did they not replace their old A320s with new CEOs or NEOs? IL and D checks are expensive. So whenever a big check is due, you al...

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by Blotto
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 1441
Views: 375966

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

747classic wrote:
“During a factory test an engine gave us a signal about its health. We had an anomaly in the compressor and we halted the run.”, according GE.


From what I hear that translates to seperated high pressure blades. But kudos GE, nice spin. "Signal about its health" :D

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by Blotto
Tue May 28, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest LH Airbus 320 last flight today
Replies: 54
Views: 10008

Re: Oldest LH Airbus 320 last flight today

How many cycles and Hours? I've read she is being retired on hours. That doesn't mean 120,000 FH were used, it means not enough remain for the due heavy maintenance to justify spending millions to keep her flying. Lightsaber That bird has roughly 71k hours, so that's not an issue given the 120k lim...

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by Blotto
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 760772

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/failed-certification-faa-missed-safety-issues-in-the-737-max-system-implicated-in-the-lion-air-crash/ This probably should be posted in most of the MAX crash threads here. Gates specifically points to three major problems with the MAX, and his ...

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by Blotto
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus
Replies: 355
Views: 56962

Re: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus

Someone83 wrote:
Nothing out in the press yet?


Because the press conference is tomorrow and I doubt that this order was planned to be announced today. Leak...

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by Blotto
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 760772

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

If that's right I find it astonishing that MCAS was certified under this regime. Given the quite large and apparently abrupt alterations in pitch MCAS can command, one would assume some redundancy/cross-check procedure would be in place to identify/rectify a faulty data situation in case the primar...

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by Blotto
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 760772

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

bob75013 wrote:
Actually, up to this point we haven't proven two crashes with similar context


At this point most regulators feel that there has to be prove that both crashes do not have a similar context given what they know. They can't wait for the reports or a third crash. I agree with them

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by Blotto
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 760772

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

So the reports of eye witness's talking about flames from the a/c and baggage falling before the crash have been officially discounted? I would expect reports of debris and/or baggage to be found along the flight path. It's of course hard to prove something not being there, but it's awefully silent...

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by Blotto
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 756279

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Do we know the orientation of the crash based on photos or people's datamining the crash photos and maps? In other words given the lack of FR24 data, can we state if the plane was headed west or northwest or east? With the crash site pinpointed in post #1171, do we assume the plane - at some point,...

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by Blotto
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 169
Views: 38448

Re: Lufthansa Fleet Thread - 2019

ek354 wrote:
Are the registrations for the new 777X already known? My bet would be on the D-ABZ* series..


Nope. Zulus are already taking. Look for something with more rhythm ;)

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by Blotto
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 756279

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Francoflier wrote:
I'll be amazed if any bit of the aircraft survived intact, including the recorders... all that seems to be left at the scene is shrapnel.


Remember the Germanwings crash. Also high speed impact, both FDR and CVR were recovered. I'd be surprised if they have been destroyed here

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by Blotto
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1358
Views: 208570

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

It certainly doesn't hurt that without a formal launch it is much more difficult for Airbus to respond. As others have been pointed out the risk with a later launch is that you have spent a billion or three of cash on development for no reason. $25B+ of unexpected costs on the 787, together with ma...

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by Blotto
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.
Replies: 197
Views: 46637

Re: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.

How do you release a significant improvement without causing your existing backlog to collapse? Most if not all of your customers aren't going to want to be the owner of the last metal wing A32x, yet by definition you won't be able to produce CFRP wings at full rate from day one. This should make f...

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 233
Views: 52214

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

N14AZ wrote:
Blotto wrote:
The remainder of the A/C is located on LHT premises so Fraport doesn't care.


From the picture I would say the aircraft is stored behind LH's "butterfly hangars", correct? More or less this location, correct?


yes, correct

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 233
Views: 52214

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

and I suppose FraPort would like to see it vanish reasonably fast. The remainder of the A/C is located on LHT premises so Fraport doesn't care. And they use it for funny stuff. There has just been a tank rescue training. You typically don't do that with A/C you still want to fly ;) Not sure though ...

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by Blotto
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First B777-9X of LH in PAE now
Replies: 95
Views: 23475

Re: First B777-9X of LH in PAE now

pabloeing wrote:
¿european destinations in the first routes for this plane for crews like FRA-LHR or FRA-CDG?


LHR? Good luck getting a slot ;)

Expect domestic routes.

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6743

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

Let's not forget an agent also has to pop the door of the plane... So a human still has to be down there during docking. Same goes for multiple bridges on wide bodies. Still requires too agents if you don't want a significant lag between the opening of the two doors. That's a great point. Every car...

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6743

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

It's about time. Seriously, this can't be too hard. You exactly what plane you are dealing with. At least your parking guidance system knows it. So now you know where the door is. Cross check with camera. Good news, the door has to have a visual frame, so edge detection should be manageable. Use som...

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 110395

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Good move.
Go with the 350, maybe stretch it.
Focus on a real 330 replacement
Give the 321 some more legs

Seems like a good strategy

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by Blotto
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 54464

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Air France/KLM, Lufthansa Group and IAG have many 777 and older long haul planes to replace to say none will get replaced by 777-9 is silly. In the absence of the A380 how else do you move 400 people. LH has 744, A340-600, A380 and 747-8 to replace in the next 10 years , some are replaced by the A3...

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by Blotto
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 54464

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Air France/KLM, Lufthansa Group and IAG have many 777 and older long haul planes to replace to say none will get replaced by 777-9 is silly. In the absence of the A380 how else do you move 400 people. LH has 744, A340-600, A380 and 747-8 to replace in the next 10 years , some are replaced by the A3...

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by Blotto
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 21162

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

GalebG4 wrote:
Would Airbus make more competitive a340 with two ge90’s same as the on 777-300er.
What do you think?


Since this has been answered, I want to change the question a bit:

Would Airbus make more competitive a340 with four CFM Leap 1A same as the on A321neo.
What do you think?

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by Blotto
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7531

Re: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years

Connecting the MUC Airport with the HSR line to NUE will provide Options like eliminating flights between NUE and MUC. There are no plans to connect MUC to the long distance network. They will get regional trains once the link to Erding has been built. Don't hold your breath for an ICE connection t...

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by Blotto
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7531

Re: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years

Last time I was in MUC there was no HST from the airport station, not even express train to the city center. Are there even plans for that? Germany and Europe have lots of unrealised potential for ecological ground transport (if Germans just could produce low-emission electricity). https://en.wikip...

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by Blotto
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 9111

Re: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019

LH's 744's are no doubt in immaculate condition, but aren't those some of the highest hour 744's still in service. Surely, the remaining 744's will be the first to be replaced? Sure they all have a high number of hours and cycles. But no 744 is even remotely close to its limits. If they are to be r...

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by Blotto
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 233
Views: 52214

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

frmrCapCadet wrote:
It appears the fire burned through the skin and into the fuselage. I can't imagine that it would only be minor damage. Anyone enlighten us otherwise?


No minor damage. The aircraft is done. From what I hear they are waiting for the insurance to get their stuff done and then it will be scrapped.

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by Blotto
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 7483

Re: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017

What kind of study is that? The only facts they use are the BTS numbers. All other data are assumptions. They assume DOW, TOW, fuel burn, diversions, holdings, etc. And once they are done with it, they divide by the number of Pax. And, surprise, dense configs come out as being fuel efficient. Doesn'...

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