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by AndrewJM70
Sun Aug 28, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)
Replies: 49
Views: 4433

Re: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)

Thanks very much for the answers. From my experience of flying in the Airbus as a passenger it is very good at stopping!

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Aug 26, 2022 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)
Replies: 49
Views: 4433

Re: Autobrake question: MAX vs. RTO, and performance (and pax)

I do warn the pax before landing in BUR/SNA that it’s not going to be a “smooth/greaser” landing. It’s definitely get the wheels down firmly, FO says “SPOILERS”, I respond “MANUAL BRAKES” and override the MED auto brakes immediately by applying the brakes with the rudder pedals while simultaneously...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Jul 18, 2022 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest and 200 Pax
Replies: 75
Views: 12527

Re: Southwest and 200 Pax

The 737-8 Max200 would also fit the bill.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jul 16, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Replacing the 717 for Hawaiian
Replies: 82
Views: 7915

Re: Replacing the 717 for Hawaiian

Second hand A319s would fit the bill I think.

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jul 15, 2022 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Triple-Simultaneous Landings
Replies: 48
Views: 6868

Re: Triple-Simultaneous Landings

I believe Air Canada tried it once at SFO. They forgot that SFO only had two parallels!

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jul 02, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A350-1000 too small to be largest Airbus offering
Replies: 213
Views: 46846

Re: Tim Clark: A350-1000 too small to be largest Airbus offering

Emirates has very specific requirements for large capacity aircraft to make their business model work. There are many other airlines who do not have such a requirement and this will dictate the manufacturer offering.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jul 02, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2 AA 727s on my 21st birthday
Replies: 8
Views: 5977

Re: 2 AA 727s on my 21st birthday

Great report Ben. Out of interest what date was your trip to SAV? I was also 21 in 1991 and with two university friends we flew from our home country to the USA and spent a month flying around on Delta Airlines. We had a special ticket which allowed for 30 days unlimited air travel on a standby bas...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jul 02, 2022 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated #2: DL ordered 100 737 MAX 10 + 30 options
Replies: 321
Views: 85905

Re: Rumor: Delta 100 737 MAX 10 Deal At Farnborough

As many have said, the 737 Max 10 can take over any domestic 757 mission at greatly improved route economics, not least because it is 25 tonnes lighter for a similar passenger load.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jun 25, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My second trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #2
Replies: 15
Views: 6190

Re: My second trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #2

Brilliant report again - thanks very much for posting.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Jun 20, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: My first trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #1
Replies: 28
Views: 7529

Re: My first trip as an airline pilot - IOE Trip #1

Thanks for a very detailed report which was absolutely fascinating to read. And huge congratulations on your achievement of reaching IOE! I hope you will post many more reports as your career progresses. I noticed that on the leg into DCA you landed to the north - if the winds had required a River V...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jun 03, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2 AA 727s on my 21st birthday
Replies: 8
Views: 5977

Re: 2 AA 727s on my 21st birthday

Great report Ben. Out of interest what date was your trip to SAV? I was also 21 in 1991 and with two university friends we flew from our home country to the USA and spent a month flying around on Delta Airlines. We had a special ticket which allowed for 30 days unlimited air travel on a standby basi...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon May 30, 2022 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Weather Issues at DEN Today (29 May)?
Replies: 17
Views: 2983

Re: Weather Issues at DEN Today (29 May)?

You are not wrong. Last week they went from 90F to 35F in 12 hours before snow moved in!

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HS Trident
Replies: 117
Views: 17861

Re: HS Trident

The fourth engine was installed in the stretched 3B variant. It was needed because RR never developed a proposed more powerful engine so HS came up with this curious “Heath Robinson” fix. It was only ever used during take-off and initial climb, basically to get a fully-laden aircraft off the ground....

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Dec 26, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Short haul climb and cruise question...
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

Re: Short haul climb and cruise question...

I was on a one hour 757 flight from Aberdeen to London once. We climbed to FL410 and stayed there for two minutes! I was lucky enough to be in the jump seat for that flight and the pilots told me if was the most fuel efficient profile.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Dec 25, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long delayed departure LHR-NAS
Replies: 9
Views: 2097

Re: Long delayed departure LHR-NAS

Also worth noting that even at base back-up aircraft are not in over-plentiful supply. There might be one or two LH aircraft at any one time but if those go, then ops will have to do a bit of juggling. Perhaps in this case an arriving aircraft landing in early afternoon may have had some downtime wh...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2943

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

As I understand it reverse thrust is not included in the stopping calculations for aircraft certification so the answer to your question is yes. Quite often at airports with longer runways or where noise is an issue, aircraft use idle reverse which does aid in slowing the plane down but makes no noi...

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Price of Full Motion Simulators
Replies: 7
Views: 2919

Re: Price of Full Motion Simulators

From my experience in the simulator business a large part of the cost is the flight model pack from the manufacturer, without which you cannot get the regulator approval. We were trying to get a lower level of approval without spending the money on a data pack and were told that we would need to hir...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does JFK's 31L have such a huge displacement?
Replies: 18
Views: 26686

Re: Why does JFK's 31L have such a huge displacement?

The pavement strength on the main bit of runway would I guess need to be stronger to withstand the hit of a landing aircraft so I am guessing it is a cost saving issue, given that most aircraft can be landed and stopped inside half the distance of the runway’s 14,500ft.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?
Replies: 17
Views: 8910

Re: A319/A320 Ops from an 1803m Runway?

Slightly off topic but has anyone noticed that the A320 in MSFS2020 does not reach full power on a TOGA setting since the 22nd December update? I am sure I am not imagining it but it seems more sluggish.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Runway lengths
Replies: 37
Views: 6842

Re: Boeing 747-400 Runway lengths

Empty 747s have landed at a variety of short runways over the years. Where it is the last flight considerations such as brake temperature are unimportant. An empty 747 can be stopped in around 3000ft if brakes are set to Max, although you would never do this with passengers on board. Regular line fl...

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BEA Tridents at Gatwick
Replies: 37
Views: 6808

Re: BEA Tridents at Gatwick

There must have been numerous fog diversions over the twenty or so years they were in service.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: This looks dangerous!
Replies: 28
Views: 6384

Re: This looks dangerous!

https://images.app.goo.gl/s75qxhHAhPMLS3iH6
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Perfectly fine at MAD with almost 1km available from this point.

A little bit tighter elsewhere!

https://images.app.goo.gl/s75qxhHAhPMLS3iH6

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and JetBlue announces cooperation
Replies: 44
Views: 9552

Re: Norwegian and JetBlue announces cooperation

DY will almost certainly be gone by Easter so it is meaningless.

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian leaving EWR in a few weeks
Replies: 30
Views: 7806

Re: (Rumour) Norwegian dropping EWR

Norwegian may not even be around summer 2020. Except we thought that last summer too. After last Summer they had NOK 1.3bn profit, their Gatwick slots and shares in investment backs to trade, as well as cash from their rights issue. After this Summer they will have nothing, and few ways to raise ca...

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 9632

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

Loving the comments about airmchair CEOs and yes, whilst true that none of us are on the inside it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the airline is deep in the mire. If nothing else, the seat sale of $115 across the pond for the entire Winter should be raising a red flag. Bear in mi...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 9632

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

They can’t sell leased aircraft and anything they own is offset by debt. The borrowing costs will skyrocket now they have defaulted so their only option is to issue more shares. Their cash position will see them through one quarter if that, and short of a miracle they will run out around the end of ...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 9632

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

They are up to their eyeballs in debt, selling off assets and defaulting on bonds. Unless Q3 is stellar, which it won’t be, they don’t have enough cash to see them through to Spring, assuming Q4 and Q1 are as bad as last year, which they will be. On top of this they have 100 aircraft on order with n...

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 137
Views: 9530

Re: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities

Reports on Pprune that the major bindholder will reject the offer, wanting a share issue instead. Not good.

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 137
Views: 9530

Re: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities

https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/10/norwegian-air-proposes-to-increase-unsecured-bonds-call-price Why would this be announced ahead of the bondholders’ meting? Surely it could be used as a negotiation tactic? I am guessing it is academic as I doubt the bond will be repaid early but even so it smells...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 137
Views: 9530

Re: Norwegian Air Fights for Survival

I have been involved in a detailed analysis of DY’s P&L position for Q3 ahead of the results in early October. Our resources are the financial statements that appear on their Investor Relations pages. We have looked at revenue and cost trends and it does not look good. Bear in mind that Q3 is wh...

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Distance/Go Around Question
Replies: 29
Views: 4938

Re: Landing Distance/Go Around Question

Many airlines use the touchdown zone markers. BA for example make a GA mandatory if the aircraft has not touched down by the last marker. This can be quite harsh at an airport like LHR where 9,000ft plus is available after that last marker. A short-haul aircraft can be stopped comfortably within hal...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)
Replies: 62
Views: 14041

Re: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)

The airmanship and courage shown that day by Al and his crew was staggering. Rest in peace Captain Haynes.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon May 20, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which routes do BA have their 77W on?
Replies: 28
Views: 6363

Re: Which routes do BA have their 77W on!?

At the end of last year I flew on the 77W from LHR to MAD.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting a new Airline
Replies: 74
Views: 12184

Re: Starting a new Airline

Yes, launched this morning, free puppy for every passenger. Happy April 1st folks!

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK
Replies: 140
Views: 23943

Re: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK

At this point, US airlines flying these tattered 763’s anywhere are a disgrace. No wonder the US-3 are a joke....flying ancient relics with terrible dispatch rates and old grandmamas grumpy F/A’s to Europe! While European and Asian carriers fly new or properly renovated planes, having nice cheerful...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 143
Views: 24726

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

LGW could exclusively be served with the 787-9 and 787-10. The latter has range with full payload up to around 10 hours or 5000mi so will be fine for all the US and Caribbean destinations. Anything further can be served by the 787-9 which has almost as much capacity as the 777-200ER - around 300 sea...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA27 A380 having problems currently.
Replies: 53
Views: 15506

Re: BA27 A380 having problems currently.

It was going to Hong Kong. That is a lot of fuel.

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does a 777-200ER have a longer range than a 747-400?
Replies: 6
Views: 2630

Re: Does a 777-200ER have a longer range than a 747-400?

Boeing 747-400 7,285nm
Boeing 777-200ER 7,065nm
Boeing 777-200LR 8,555nm
Boeing 777-300ER 7,370nm

These will be maximum ranges which will not allow for a full payload.

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting a new Airline
Replies: 74
Views: 12184

Re: Starting a new Airline

Making comparisons with Branson is not comparing apples with apples. Branson uses the airline as a marketing vehicle to project his brand across the globe, which it does amazingly well. Whether it makes £10m a year or loses £30m doesn't really matter, because the rest of his empire has very little c...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGA to west coast
Replies: 45
Views: 7112

Re: LGA to west coast

They managed to extend the piers to accomodate EMAS so surely it would not be beyond the wit of man to extend them further to get the runways up to say 8,000ft. The extra 1000ft would not need a weight rating for touchdown so wouldn't require the strength of the original extensions.

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 20788

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

For information the UK drink-drive limit is 80mg. In most European countries it is 50mg.

This guy was about to take a 777 half-way across the world whilst at 189mg.

Lunatic.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best London base for a premium airline?
Replies: 12
Views: 3187

Re: Best London base for a premium airline?

From a location point of view Luton is probably best as it benefits from the best links to the Midlands of any airport in the area. The only issue there is runway length which precludes the use of larger aircraft such as the 787. An extra 600m on the Eastern end would transform the airport's operati...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 11382

Re: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?

In terms of regular service, probably the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser from the late 1940s, followed almost immediately by the Constallation. These aircraft had incredible range for their time, and could in theory fly to the West Coast non-stop from London (taking around 18 hours) but often stopped en r...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What exactly did airberlin do wrong?
Replies: 30
Views: 7009

Re: What exactly did airberlin do wrong?

Air Berlin's seat cost for a 1 hour short-haul sector was around €70; Ryanair's is around €25. The answer is a simple as that.

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A midnight dinner on British Airways 777-300ER service from Boston to London Heathrow in World Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 11654

Re: A midnight dinner on British Airways 777-300ER service from Boston to London Heathrow in World Traveller

They would do better to standardise the food service to Club World standard and charge it at cost (to the entire flight) in Economy. I would happily pay £20 for a decent meal than eat rubbish for free. Those that don't want to pre-book can buy non-perishable snack boxes etc on board. The cost saving...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 16000

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

I think you need to be a little more ambitious. Why stop at 6 runways? Why not 10?

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by AndrewJM70
Wed May 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 60
Views: 9330

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

I found it very odd that Luton have invested cash in building remaining taxiways but have not taken them quite to the ends of the runways. This doesn't seem to make much sense.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did CO abandon the DEN hub?
Replies: 37
Views: 7074

Re: Why did CO abandon the DEN hub?

They had a big central USA hub at IAH and if you look at the two locations there are far more communities in that area than at DEN to provide feed. There is very little from DEN in a big arc from SLC to ORD/STL with any sizeable population so I am not surprised a two-airline hub at DEN didn't work.

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SFO BA A380 takeoff on 1R?!?!
Replies: 46
Views: 8008

Re: SFO BA A380 takeoff on 1R?!?!

It is all to do with take-off performance and balanced field length. Basically the aircraft has to accelerate to V1, lose one engine, become airborne and clear a 35ft obstacle however, the airborne part does not have to be over paved surface. Where the runway meets the sea, as in this case, it means...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA nonstop with A 321 - longest flight ever?
Replies: 34
Views: 8714

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA nonstop with A 321 - longest flight ever?

The A321LR will have a range of around 4000nm (4,600mi or 7,300km) so similar to the 757 but at a 20% lower seat cost.

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