They should consider a manual override then. I'm a little stunned at how the aerospace industry is handling increased automation without manual backups for everything except absolutely non-essential stuff. Well yeah but that is kind of the point, there is a manual override switch below the engine f...Jump to post
I don't think a regulatory body needs to approve a livery change, but (for search and rescue) the color markings of the aircraft do need to be filed on the flightplan...Jump to post
This has been flying under the radar but the prototype for the Eviation Alice all-electric commuter plane is set to be unveiled at the airshow. They have enough funds to last for the duration of the flight test program, so they have a shot at success. https://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationwee...Jump to post
I know that once, on a one-off, KL sent the 77W to SJO, plus AF sends 77Es during the summer and 77W during the winter. How would the 77E/77W compare to the 787-9 in terms of engine-out performance here in SJO? I'm not mentioning BA because they use RR powered 777Es and AF-KL use the GE90. The diff...Jump to post
This issue with terrain, while I can understand the concerns, seems a bit overblown IMO (but I'm not a dispatcher, I may be wrong) since aircraft usually make a right turn (pretty much a U turn) after like 2-3 nm when departing RW 07 (I see them all the time from my window here near SYQ). If in dou...Jump to post
Noshow wrote:Combis are dead due to fire protection rules.
Could someone explain to me the following reasoning: We want AF to be leaner and more efficient. So what we do is go for an all 777/787 long haul fleet at KLM and a 777/787/330/350/380 fleet at AF. I just don’t get it. Someone at KLM is pulling some interesting strings. Two different companies of a...Jump to post
Agree this make sense. KLM doctrine used to be subfleets of less then 10 aircraft of a type doesn't make sense. That could mean a few more 787-10's are coming in. Though I would not rule out more 787-10s it is not as much of an oddball. Mx wise they have a high commonality with the 789 and pilots/c...Jump to post
Looking at the data from the 787 airport planning document the 787 will be able to carry a payload of slightly more than 50,000kg on a route such as AMS-SFO (4756nm acc GCmap.com). Given standard passenger weights and KLM's planned config with 344 passengers, that would mean about 35,000kg would be ...Jump to post
Did they cut off a nose section of a 787? Better call it Comac 787...Not very creative from the guys at Comac.. But the main thing is..Who.s gonna order it? Are they trying to beat A and B on price? Will they build an engine to compete with Rolls and GE..Or is it gonna be a Brabazon project? A huge...Jump to post
Thanks in part to Rolls Royce's misfortune with the Trent 1000 engines. Is it in any way relevant? Very, they are using the aircraft to cover for carriers affected by the issue. Look at Norwegian, using an A380 to replace their 787 service, because of the engine issues. Air Austral also used the A3...Jump to post
The 737-900 is nearly pointless without a proper C-class up front, it just doesn't add any extra seats compared to a -800 and the extra length eats the range compared to the -800 as the -900's MTOW is the same. Don't be surprised if KLM just orders 5 more 737-800's when the -900's lease ends. That,...Jump to post
As a pilot, I never understood intersection takeoffs. An old adage in aviation says the three most useless things in aviation are runway behind you, altitude above you, and fuel in the fuel truck. My old Beech C23 which I sold last year had a takeoff requirement at MGTOW of something like 1600 ft i...Jump to post
Starting up an airline with ARJ21s is probably not the wisest business decision. I would say it is a strategic mistake so bad that even in the most restrictive and protectionist market conditions will bankrupt you and fast. Unless of course you have near unlimited cash to burn. Considering Chengdu ...Jump to post
...."Long Dong" lol If that ever catches on you will have the Boeing PR people wring their hands to no end. As long as it's unofficial, I think they'd love it. The connotation is good and there is no bad PR. Besides, wasn't "LONGER" one of the A340-600's catch words painted on t...Jump to post
It looks like they were coming it at 200 knots! This landing was aborted way too late. When you're a few degrees pitch down when crossing the threshold, things can only go downhill from there. This has also got in part to do with altitude. The difference between IAS and TAS at Quito (7910ft) would ...Jump to post
Relief pilots can be added for other reasons than flight duration. - One reason as mentioned might be biorythm though I doubt that on this one... - During a disruption a third pilot may be called out of standby to extend flight duty period. - Or the pilot's duty is longer than JFK-EDI. Perhaps for s...Jump to post
My (not very educated) guess would be that with the recent Embraer dealings Boeing will "ramp up" NSA development earlier than previously anticipated. In the US resources are being freed up with the MAX and 781 rounding up, leaving only the 777X in development and Embraer is also pretty mu...Jump to post
Norwegian Air is applying for another AOC this time in Sweden. Norwegians current AOC's are: Norwegian Air Argentina - NAA Norwegian Air International - NAI Norwegian Air Norway - NAN Norwegian Air Shuttle - NAS Norwegian Air UK - NUK https://newsroom.aviator.aero/norwegian-air-shuttle-seeks-swedis...Jump to post
LA s 787 SCL to AKL/SYD service is even worse in terms of risk. Half way between there really is no place to land. No Shemya island to land your 777 at and no Azores to glide your A330 to. 330 minutes can get very long. I believe the Arctic Pacific/south polar route should not be allowed to be flow...Jump to post
(De)boarding a 747 with stairs is still a thing with KLM at PBM (Surinam) https://www.airportcheck.nl/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/klm-op-paramaribo-airoprt.png All of KLM's aircraft types can be boarded via stairs: http://theskillsfarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/IMG_2559.jpg Kilimanjaro http://ww...Jump to post
Not really. The MAX/NEO order will be made on a group level. This order has been made on a company level.
This indicates KLM has a requirement sooner rather than later to receive these birds.
I am assuming the -700 leases are ending before they can receive their first MAX aircraft...
KLM will add 4 new 737-800s next year, (rumored as replacement of 4 737-700s, but that's unconfirmed): PH-BCG 62578 Op. Lease Mar 2019 CFM56-7B24 30C 6Y 150M PH-BCH 62579 Op. Lease Mar 2019 CFM56-7B24 30C 6Y 150M PH-BCK 62580 Op. Lease Apr 2019 CFM56-7B24 30C 6Y 150M PH-BCL 63624 Op. Lease Apr 2019...Jump to post
The new livery has been revealed and I think it provides a modern touch to a classic livery! Very curious to see this when it rolls out of the factory [url]https://twitter.com/AVgeeksTahiti/status/999906112865353728 [/url] https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeBfi-qUwAAKtvL.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D...Jump to post
If you look into the actual list it gives the criteria: 1. Noise quota/seat 2. Chapter number (noise certification) 3. NOx emissions/seat 4. CAEP standard (engine emissions certification) 5. Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) violations 6. Track keeping (TK) violations 7. Early or late movements betw...Jump to post
I would not be surprised if this would happen, be it in a bit different matter:
787-9ER will be presented together with a 787-9ERF
787-9ER upgrades will be offered on the 787-10, making a 787-10ER
This obviously won't happen in the coming years, more like the mid 2020's or so., but I believe it will
Wouldn't a ANC-FUK/CTS/KIX/NGO make more sense?
The flights would be fed on the US side from the many airports that have service to ANC and would be a one stop option for the secondary Japanese cities...
NRT/HND are easily reached using existing hubs...
The 787 is VERY sensitive regarding power switches. If after the engine start you turn off the APU too soon (and the aircraft has not properly switched to engine generators) it can mean a three hour delay! A while back I actually had the ground power fail at an outstation, that resulted in a serious...Jump to post
From the 9/11 Commission report, page 245: "Atta told Binalshibh he wanted to select planes departing on long flights because they would be full of fuel, and that he wanted to hijack Boeing aircraft because he believed them easier to fly than Airbus aircraft, which he understood had an autopil...Jump to post
Thanks for the clarification Iemand! I was under the impression that reverse herringbone meant people facing the rear of the plane, not facing the windows. Though I agree that Europe business class can not have the same seat as say an A330, I do think the product is far below the level of the long h...Jump to post
@DexSwart: where did you see reverse herringbone? I can not seem to find it... I like the seats themselves. I wonder if KLM will involve Hella Jongerius and how these seat will look stylized for KLM. Having said that KLM should really do something to get a consistent customer experience. When these ...Jump to post
Wouldn't FlyBe be the prime example of an RJ driven LCC? They mainly fly dash 8-Q400s with a small number of ATRs and E-Jets flybe is a high-cost airline - on a unit basis (cost per available seat mile, so the cost to fly one seat one mile) - because of their smaller aircraft and short average sect...Jump to post
Wouldn't FlyBe be the prime example of an RJ driven LCC? They mainly fly dash 8-Q400s with a small number of ATRs and E-Jets. I think the only other airline that might qualify would be AZUL, though they have been moving out of RJ territory with the addition of NEO's and A330s. Before that they opera...Jump to post
I think this concept (mind you not necessarily on the A330) has two potential customers: 1. Airlines that do not require a large amount of cargo space 2. Airlines that operate flights that are too long for any heavy cargo, but still could fit these modules. For the first option I think it is a no br...Jump to post
I think they found "El Dorado" since they changed the stopover from CLO to CTG.
From what I understand this is a very popular destination for tourists and service increases have only started after the "swap"
IMO Delta isn't the type of airline that is too worried about streamlining their fleet: B717 B737 B757 B767 B777 A320 A330 A350 MD80 MD90 CSeries Delta is more worried about having the right aircraft for each route. Though the A330NEO/A350 combination is a potent one the 787 family definitely has so...Jump to post
Just curious does anyone know the crew schedule for this flight? How much time in London? How many off days?Jump to post
Depending on prior experience and (new) function line training may take up to 70 or so stretches. Perhaps the instructor wanted to see the candidate hand fly for a bit, but what might be more likely is an item on the dispatch deviation list, a fault which allows you to fly under certain conditions. ...Jump to post
Bricktop wrote:AAB = The very last person I would want as a launch customer.
Cape Town has a NOTAM out: A0237/18 NOTAMR A4056/17 Q) FACA/QFAXX/IV/BO/A/000/999/3358S01836E005 A) FACT B) 1801180921 C) 1804172200 EST E) AD IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING A SERIOUS WATER CRISIS AS A RESULT OF AN EXTENDED DROUGHT. ALL ROLE PLAYERS ARE TAKING IMMEDIATE MEASURES TO REDUCE WATER CONSUMPTI...Jump to post
I already know the answer that will be given, but the 737 has over 4000 orders and 43% market share in the order backlog compared to the A320neo family. With possibly the NMA/797 addressing the Strength Airbus has with the A321LR at the top end of the 737 lineup, why should Boeing be in a rush to s...Jump to post
I guess it will be a battle as to whether the MOM market is mainly at the bottom end or the top end - unless of course it's both. If the 797 is launched this year I really don't give the 338 much of a chance in the marketplace. But if a 250 seat (simple stretch)322 'plus' is launched I am not sure ...Jump to post
New name will be French Bee. Obligée de changer de marque afin d'éviter un procès avec Jetblue aux Etats-Unis, French Blue se rebaptise French Bee (Abeille française) pour pouvoir desservir San Francisco, sur la route de Papeete, à partir du 6 février. https://imagr.eu/up/XM0ml_DUx-YRdWkAA46BI.jpg ...Jump to post
AFKLM are not generating for shareholders a rate of return which supports new investment. Controlled shrinkage would be a wise move. If IAG were in charge they would likely say "no more investment in anything and particularly no new aeroplanes, until you bunch of clowns get your act together&q...Jump to post
I could also see a fourth option. AF, Joon, Transavia France get the A320neo KLM, Transavia Netherlands get the 737 MAX Might sound odd, but the two Transavia's are seperate companies. I know KLM and Transavia NL can make use of each others 737s, in case of an aircraft going tech, scheduling require...Jump to post