From footage I've seen about the A350 fuselage panel construction, this looks like a really time-consuming labor and machining intensive proces. Thus really expansive. Here is an example: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6_R54EVDdf0 And another one that shows another eliminatable logistics step: Examp...Jump to post
I am sure that the A321 is going to dominate the NB market. Has to be.Jump to post
I predict if Boeing brings NMA in 2020 and start delivering 2026/27, Airbus will launch the A320 replacement in 2023 with delivery in 2030. Just that the new Airbus narrowbody will be 320/321/322 sized instead of 319/320/321. The lower end will be covered by 220-500. Thats why Boeing has such a har...Jump to post
I'm comfortable in 10 abreast on the 777 and I have wider than average shoulders. So it is the default. The A380 should have been 11 across main deck and 9-across top. It's failure wasn't being too big, but not big enough. To those favoring the A380, look at how much space is lost to the two stairc...Jump to post
One thing I am watching the NMA for is to see which new systems on the 787 and 777x follow on, will it have: 1. Bleedless engines / electric architecture as the 787 does, or revert to a full bleed air system. 2. Have CFRP barrels been a good choice or is sections better. For a number of engineering ...Jump to post
There appears to be more than enough space between the NB and WB to fit in a NMA at rate 14. The A321 may do excellent at longer ranges that current, but the upper left of the pax / range chart is begging to be filled. If 2 NMA flights replace 3 738 flights that is 2 less pilots, 1 less set of land...Jump to post
There appears to be more than enough space between the NB and WB to fit in a NMA at rate 14. The A321 may do excellent at longer ranges that current, but the upper left of the pax / range chart is begging to be filled. If 2 NMA flights replace 3 738 flights that is 2 less pilots, 1 less set of landi...Jump to post
IMO, it’s just too easy to compare the B789 versus the A359 and ignore the differences. Calling it a red herring, state an opinion as a fact and don’t come with the numbers don’t change that. You can do better. Now we have to put the toys back into the tram, even though there's plenty of numbers in...Jump to post
I read recently (can't find the link) that with all other things equal for a specific flight, a plane designed for 2,000 miles less range saves 6% of the fuel cost, due to its lighter weight. The 77W - 77L comparison is excellent. The 77W hit the sweet spot, the 77L has more range at the expense of ...Jump to post
Those analysis bring the data to make the right decision. They decide if 5,10,20, or 100 of a model make sense - ie what percent increased profit do the reviewed planes have compared to the alternates and how many is the right amount. A huge contender is the existing aircraft in the fleet, the purch...Jump to post
You can register for the Financial Times and get a limited number of articles a month. So I read some half dozen a month. I read FT articles from time to time so I must have done that because I did not 'see' a paywall. I actually saw a different article first that was more fly by knight, Google hit...Jump to post
This started as an article about Airbus reducing manufacturing costs, not Boeing accounting. Lets hold this to discussing to the cost of production, why that is important and what is being done by the manufacturers to improve costs. A good one to watch right now is the C Series (A220). I am sure Air...Jump to post
IF someone can figure out how to make a mint running an airline based on used A380's he could become a millionaire, just takes $2B to start it. <snark off> There will be a clearing price for planes coming off lease, maybe TK expands with their new airport or a charter operator. Just no budget for re...Jump to post
Why would Delta have a clause like that in the contract? Because that’s what has been agreed with their pilots. V/F No I mean why would Delta's contact with SkyWest stop SkyWest from operating aircraft of a certain characteristics for airlines that aren't Delta? That's none of their business. It do...Jump to post
... I don't see in my scenario NSA having all new gen engines - maybe a 1/4 to 1/2 generation over the LEAP or GTF. The performance delta may be less than that between the NG and the MAX (meaning the transition should be even easier) The four reasons for doing the NSA are strategic ones... 1. Boein...Jump to post
This is a good example of the best data on a model's performance is by who is buying and the size of the backlog. Once an airline has a dozen in service they know quite well if they want more or really really want more and the models they wish they didn't have. The A380 had very few orders since 201...Jump to post
It has been announced internally that Air France will hold off on cabin refit of A380 fleet as previously planned to commence in 2020. Last November, AF announced it would reduce A380 fleet from 10 to 5 frames starting W19/20 season while launching overdue cabin refit project on remaining frames st...Jump to post
Boeing, get your act together :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :talktothehand: :talktothehand: :talktothehand: It really shouldn't be that hard. Have a couple 767 hangers, bring in the KC's that are the most complete, vacuum and clean every space one by one, also finishing out any punchlist items a...Jump to post
The 757 and 767 land just like all airplanes that I have flown. I have not flown the -300, so there maybe some unique stick and rudder skills required??? There was an article many years ago in the Boeing Airliner that talked to the derotation issue that can effect all airliners. I'll try to find it...Jump to post
I wonder if that is a FAA-approved rubber band on the gold throttle lever? :biggrin: Maybe I will start a thread on grandfathering of rubber bands. :white: I think this is the same rubber band I saw being used during 737-200 flight testing in 1967. Special rubber with a paper trail to the exact tre...Jump to post
There has been a new accord on the program, reducing the rate to 8 per year. Terms were not disclosed.
https://www.ft.com/content/ed8682bc-8ea ... 2f641eca37
In the A330 / A350 / B787 competitions there may be engine preference occurring. Per 2018 data the 787 is 53% GE, 33% RR, and 14% undecided. The A330 and A350 are both RR 100%. So the airlines that prefer GE trend toward 787 and those that prefer going RR are favoring the A330/350 but are still buyi...Jump to post
The deliveries chart looks odd at the year 9 for the 787. The line rate increased to 14 recently, which should be an uptick in deliveries, but the chart went flat.Jump to post
Scope clauses are artificial, but it is a definition that is set in contracts. With the 3 US majors having similar clauses in their pilot contracts it really will not change. If just one, it might, but it would take substantial concessions in trade - with 3 it just isn't happening. It seems surprisi...Jump to post
A FG article on Boeing soon to be testing a CH-47 with the T-408's which the King Stallion has 3 of, the CH-47 just 2 but a horsepower increase of 2,500 HP over the current T55. Maybe it was decided that this should be added to the Block II https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-to-test-c...Jump to post
I believe that RR did not want to play along with doing a major PIP to the engines. - one issue the plus probably would have cost 1 to 2B to develop, say 1B expensed over 100 planes, an added $ 10M per plane. No airline wanted to sign the contracts - so it died. Airbus's press release of the plus ba...Jump to post
Flights at Luke for Turkish pilots has been stopped, as well as access to classified spaces.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/10/fi ... 35-pilots/
Fuel tanks could go up there.
What could possibly go wrong ?! ?! !!
I suspect that FedEX already went thru the choices and went with the SkyCourier which seems to be specifically designed for short distance freight - 3 LD3's is a lot of cube for 6,000 lb payload. Fixed wheels, few thrills, no bells or whistles. The engine PT6A-65SC is a variant that has been around ...Jump to post
If there is enough traffic from an O to a D, including the regionals feeding O & D, to fill a NB profitably it will happen. Alaska flies from SEA to the following East Coast non-stop: ATL, BOS, BWI, DCA, IAD, TPA, FLL, MCO, EWR, JFK, LGA, PHL, PIT, and CHS. There are 3 cities in this group that ...Jump to post
Defense News on Turkey and the F-35
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/06 ... m-in-2020/
There has been a period of DOD ineptness that fortunately seems to be receding. For the navy the DDG-1000, the LCS series, and the Ford carriers show the worst of it. The DDG-1000 cost over 8B apiece including development and clearly do less than Arleigh Burke's, systems like its 5 inch gun was desi...Jump to post
You have to be kidding, since when has it become okay to say AD's are normal, they are not, they are issued to rectify serious design flaws or procedures or any abnormalities that affect flight safety. Maybe you're getting confused with SB's. It's time you guys accept the fact that Boeing has stuff...Jump to post
https://business.financialpost.com/tran ... t-business
CRJ would get Mitsubishi’s foot in the door and buy it time for the MRJ/Spacejet. Remember Mitsubishi is effectively relaunching that jet (or at least the smaller variant) and looking at moving production over to the US. That will likely delay the smaller variant (the CRJ competitor) a few years. W...Jump to post
Fares were higher and load factors far lower. And much money was lost. Lightsaber How to become a millionaire in aviation, start with $20 million watch it disappear. The 744 entered service in 1989 - the total produced of the 747 then was around 750. The DC-10 had 446 by 1989, the MD-11 had not sta...Jump to post
The USN has a top 10 priority list that maybe 7 items are getting the support needed, I really doubt getting into the transport business is one of them. They do need a supply plane that can land on carriers, but that could be a follow on drone after the MQ-25 is in service. Speaking of Riverine boa...Jump to post
A big milestone. 400 delivered and 200K flight hours.
http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pag ... Hours.aspx
First big step is stabilizing the Q400 production, need a good bit of orders like now. Does production stay in Mirabel or move out west. Viking Air has done decent supporting the previous DHC models, but it has been tough. It appears they have a plan, hope it is profitable. Production has never bee...Jump to post
Any current airport project that has entered the bidding stage or further will probably keep the A380 features in its design as taking it out once priced is a $.60 on the dollar kind of thing. The big costs with A380 is separation distances between runways, taxiways and planes parked at the gates. I...Jump to post
First big step is stabilizing the Q400 production, need a good bit of orders like now. Does production stay in Mirabel or move out west.
Viking Air has done decent supporting the previous DHC models, but it has been tough. It appears they have a plan, hope it is profitable.
So Boeing caught and self reported an issue with the flap tracks, when it got to the FAA an AD was issued with a 10 day window to fix. Boeing is already shipping parts and being quite on it. But some articles read that the FAA caught this and the wings could fall off in a light breeze. This is a hug...Jump to post
Please stop the 757 shoulda coulda dance. It stopped production nearly 15 years ago after the backlog ended with no orders in the prior 3 years. It is a wonderful plane, possibly my favorite, but it probably has less than 5 remaining years in pax service. The low hour /low cycle ones will continue o...Jump to post
Clark is probably gasping at the lease rates for the upcoming deliveries. Suddenly the lease has costs over the 12 year term, not 20+. The residual value has tanked to parts level. But parts are worthless the moment the last ones are in the air.Jump to post
The USN has a top 10 priority list that maybe 7 items are getting the support needed, I really doubt getting into the transport business is one of them. They do need a supply plane that can land on carriers, but that could be a follow on drone after the MQ-25 is in service. Speaking of Riverine boat...Jump to post
Sort of a counterpoint article about the F-15EX, I have some differences with it but it also has some good information. https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/f-15ex-the-strategic-blind-spot-in-the-air-forces-fighter-debate/ Some reasons I support going to the F-15EX are: a) the risk of having all one ty...Jump to post