I see the centralized override darkening feature as the problem. If the flight attendant dims all windows it is okay if the individual is permitted to unblind his own window afterwards. If not a window seat has lost any value.Jump to post
In Germany a new high speed train link (ICE Schnellstrecke Köln-Rhein-Main) has shortened travel times to Frankfurt airport pretty much. So from the north and the populated Ruhr valley instead of flying from Düsseldorf or Cologne going to Frankfurt Airport Terminal by train (50 minutes from Cologne)...Jump to post
This one specifically yes. But using high density batteries for some fast electric vehicle must have some use? Many/all other companies go for payload or range or VTOL.Jump to post
What would this be good for in real life? Some fast military drone?Jump to post
During these times of more and more passengers freaking out it might be wise to bring back some old school airline catering instead of reducing it? Feed people make them relax bring up their blood sugar level and enjoy a calm ride. Aside from that this is the final area to differentiate a brand as s...Jump to post
I'd guess four per month would be about the typical minimum at given Airbus logistics. With a lot of room to grow further without too big investments. The point of the second line might have been to move the production to some airbus "flow line" system from the low rate "bay" sys...Jump to post
It would be fun if Basler would convert desert storage DC-9s to Open Rotor "BT-9s" by then. Zero hours on the frame and off you go.Jump to post
The C-17 will. And the DC-3.Jump to post
There was a famous take-off accident with some Interflug Il-62M at Berlin-Schönefeld in the summer of 1989. The pilots had pushed the yoke to the front on the takeoff run as usual, however they pushed a little too hard activating the gust lock used for parking. When close to rotation speed they coul...Jump to post
Better for whom? For Airbus selling an A319 or converting to an A320 is better. The technical performance of the A220 is better. That's what I meant to say. No surprise it is a newer design that doesn't need to carry elements from its bigger brothers. It's a small plane with low seat costs and it i...Jump to post
IMHO it has no future as the A220 is better. The A319 had some imprressive second life as a lowcost airline tool after easyjet ordered the double overwing exit variant with 156 seats. That was a breakthrough after years of slowing sales. Having said that for big A320-family operators the A319 might ...Jump to post
The key info is that FR wants to grow beyond the 8200 capacity. This makes sense as their competitors like Wizz arm up on A321neos. The long range capability might be only secondary. I see them going widebody and with a separate brand anyway for long range. However this future growth plan will play ...Jump to post
If they have come all the way close to the finish line all basic problems will have been solved like price and deliveries. It might be more about details like a quiet period before they can resell those planes or similar now?Jump to post
C919? Never ever. For reasons mentioned above.Jump to post
The last big deal was the 8200. Far from rape but on friendly terms. A big 10 order is exactly what Boeing and FR need. So it WILL happen. This "grand finale of talks" right now is just a part of the show. It's like a theater break.Jump to post
Sort of quite different: They are so tail heavy that on takeoff they need full elevator nose down until rotation speed. Only then the yoke is moved back to neutral which is enough to make it rotate and lift off.Jump to post
Yes. He has mentioned the same before although in a similar situation. He is no fool or what you might want to imply but a master negotiator. It's a shame that John Leahy is retired right now. The heat must have been close to nuclear fusion when they negotiated the last time.Jump to post
COMAC will not happen. He needs mainstream aircraft to resell them easily.Jump to post
There is quite a bit of truth in it. But I see this as some overall problem with many industries in many countries that went from banks to stock financing. Especially long term investments and saving money for future investments are not encouraged by the entire system. However short term tuning the ...Jump to post
Today's better designed leading edges and wings have solved this entire "issue". The soviet union wanted simple, easy to maintain designs, like no slats at all and super simple high lift systems, not today's designs optimized for performance and efficiency. Having said that western wings w...Jump to post
I think airports need to be unbundled. There is no use in bringing together people first in some rotunda to distribute them again later on. Decentralizing things, independent modular operations are more efficient and can be better adopted to always changing traffic. If you go to small island airport...Jump to post
So like FRA T2 on steroids? No, Frankfurts T2 is too big, too costly and not functional enough for me. More like Tegel (remember the hexagon?) but built as one straight line of modules (uninterrupted). Like a line along the runway resp. apron. Simplicity and just a walk through terminal. I would us...Jump to post
Why would anybody exclude the A321neo? It certainly IS an option. Especially if FR should have decided to want to grow into bigger seat numbers. However Airbus being sold out for years might not be ready for special pricing. There still might be A321neo orders being reshuffled these days with cheape...Jump to post
I never understood why airports are not build like a four kilometers long linear building parallel to a runway? Every airline interested could build their own "slice" of this building that would finally form one long line with apron on one side and road access on the other.Jump to post
The more public this "drama" is celebrated by both sides in public the more likely I consider they will sign a deal soon.Jump to post
The MAX is the only significant commercial program Boeing has left at this moment. This is why they might be practically unable to afford any firesale priced offers to FR. Somewhere they finally MUST earn their money. Maybe FR just has to wait until 777X progress is cleared and 787 deliveries have r...Jump to post
So how about calling it the freighter twin-brother of the 777-200LR?Jump to post
Or there might receive a bottle of french champagne and flowers in the mail every morning at Ryanair HQ now.
I had mentioned their issues with unions and lack of some customer service elements myself above. After all they buy a lot of airplanes keeping many people busy. And concerning financial support for new routes and such: One does not have to like it but all airlines, including big players, demand stu...Jump to post
Seriously there are way worse jobs in aviation than flying for Ryanair. They are only attacked because they attack the cozy business model of the legacy airlines from monopoly days. While the same companies try to copy Ryanair. Like the US before now Europe as well has a common market with free traf...Jump to post
There is no need for drama and emotions. It's a routine thing to negotiate deals that are worth billions. There is a reason why there are no more published "list prices". It happens just a little less private this time. If both sides like the result there will be a deal if not they continu...Jump to post
This is why I expect the next families to be conventional jet engine powered. There is still a lot of innovation going on aside from power sources: New materials, robot manufacturing, optimized aerodynamic shapes, future cockpits, networking, integrated logistics. Batteries are no option for bigger ...Jump to post
Big orders are needed for higher rates. A higher rate lowers the cost per plane. High rate is the way to go for the MAX that got delayed for so long versus the neo.Jump to post
They already modify the high lift system to create much room to grow.Jump to post
Neither the MAX nor the neo are close to end of production. Still both manufacturers will need to have new families ready one day.
At least nobody claimed Boeing had "launched" a new narrowbody in the headline.
I hope Boeing goes for that strut braced high wing.
A big order like 200 or more opens any door to add a second fleet or switch all together. This is what makes this rumor spicy. We don't know how much range FR want their future aircraft to have? Imagine some future A322 with a new wing and even more capacity and range? Burned bridges or not every de...Jump to post
FR finds people to work for them and who stay. There are way worse outfits to work and fly for.
Having said that I agree that the way they treat unionized people is not acceptable and must change. However there might be some minor improvements on this front already.
Special items needed to be taken inside the cabin as carry-ons should best be preregistered with the airline. I have a friend who is a cameraman and carries some super expensive camera and optics (six digit worth) on board. He pre arranges this and sometimes even buys a second ticket for the camera ...Jump to post
Is suspect Ryanair getting super special prices on every Max 8200 they order. Now they might try to get the "even better" MAX 10 for the same price. Again this is normal bargaining and business. It might be an issue that they tend to flood the market with their young used aircraft after on...Jump to post
And what strength is that? That they are VERY well known for offering a garbage product at discount rates rather than somewhat known for doing the same? They are a true low ticket price carrier by some margin. They are super punctual and well organised almost military drill style. They give you exa...Jump to post
At the end of the day Ryanair will look at both the A321neo and the MAX 10. The 10 might make more sense because it is so similar to their MAX 200 but the A321neo has the range to go transatlantic. With production rates moving up again there is a lot of production volume to be filled. It looks like ...Jump to post