...Lufthansa will also keep the 747-400. The A346 & A380 are in long term storage and will only come back if there is an unexpected return in demand... Funny thing, to keep a 744 when you have a 346. Is this a type commonality thing? Agreed. And why keep the A343s going when you park A346s? Isn...Jump to post
The best firefighting aircraft is no aircraft at all. Prevention measures are much more effective and cost a very small fraction of operating aerial firefighters. The problem is that people do not like to invest in prevention either. So the real problem is not picking the right aircraft but changin...Jump to post
If the 757 wasn’t in such high demand I would think it’d make an excellent tanker. GREAT short field performance, built like a tank, smaller, maneuverable, but can also take a good amount of retardant with it. YES I was thinking the same thing, but didn't want to suggest it. Hot and high performanc...Jump to post
Thanks everyone. Fun to get into this. My thoughts/responses: - choppers are great, but they seem to be limited to mop-up duty. They only carry water, not retardant. There's a reason why the tankers carry retardant. - choppers run dozens of quick back and forth runs from the closest water source. St...Jump to post
I'm pretty sure the downstairs toilets had something to do with it.
Yes I'm kidding. But when I flew MUC-SFO on an LH A340 in 1998 even the flight attendants understood why I was so excited to see the fasten-seatbelt light turn off so I could check out the subterranean bathrooms.
Hello all, As you might be able to tell from my handle, I was evacuated last week due to the River and Carmel wildfires. The first day we had the usual California wildfire tankers in the air above, and late in the day the incredible 747 ex-Evergreen SuperTanker came on scene for a couple of passes. ...Jump to post
If the freight on fire was incoming, then it's unlikely to be li-ion batteries. Zero reason to import batteries to China. Purely speculation, but why couldn't the plane be unloaded and loading underway 4 hours after touch down? I'm guessing most flights into China are less than completely full, wit...Jump to post
If the freight on fire was incoming, then it's unlikely to be li-ion batteries. Zero reason to import batteries to China. Purely speculation, but why couldn't the plane be unloaded and loading underway 4 hours after touch down? I'm guessing most flights into China are less than completely full, with...Jump to post
Some random notes from earning call. > Corp travel virtually non existent - down 96% in Q2. We are long way from seeing 180,000 people attend events like CES I can't believe there hasn't been more discussion about the 96% reduction in corporate travel. From what I hear locally, people are beginning...Jump to post
Does anyone know why all COVID19 topics are consolidated into one thread? Seems ridiculous, especially how it effects so many different airlines, but not all airlines are equal in terms of challenges of geopolitical and geographical regions.. I like it. saves me the trouble of reading different thr...Jump to post
Hopefully this won't get deleted, my last post from this site was...in part it states "The number of passengers at US airports has fallen to less than 100,000 a day – a drop of 96 per cent from last year and on a par with levels last seen in 1954." That is a staggering figure. Full story ...Jump to post
This is an interesting article about preparing planes for storage. https://airlinegeeks.com/2020/04/12/preparing-aircraft-for-storage/ I've always wondered how the very high temperatures common at places like VCV or Marana affect planes, but I'm skeptical that they would just open the doors. Way too...Jump to post
is Korean doing LAX-SFO-ICN these days using a 748? look at https://www.flightradar24.com/KAL214/2459b555, it travelled from LAX to SFO Well it is 747-8, but exactly the 747-8 F https://i.imgur.com/2RfevpV.png This was a normal circuit before the crisis. China Airlines also does it with 744Fs. TPE-...Jump to post
Aerolineas Argentinas will operate 2 freight flights to/from Shanghai via Auckland with the A332. This is the first time, I believe, that an A332 is deployed over the Southern Seas route. AR is no stranger to the route, being the airline that pioneered these flights in 1979. FFirst one will be flig...Jump to post
Austrian and Lufthansa at CHC I hadn't realized that LH still operates 744s (at least it did until COVID-19). I thought they were all-748s at LH, but quick web search confirmed they have some 744s still. Why would they use 744s when they could operate the more efficient 748s? I guess that doesn't m...Jump to post
Swiss 77W seen below departing AKL on its repatriation flight https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EVKtGaJUEAIt-3C?format=jpg&name=large https://twitter.com/FlySWISS/status/1248252794349350913?s=20 Nice shot! thanks for bring it back to ocean-crossing hardware. That's where my heart belongs right now.Jump to post
I know it's small ball (American speak) but I just noticed UA2743 flying overhead from VCV to SFO, a 787-9. I figured metal would be heading toward Victorville, not the other way around.
seeing this topic is getting huge, maybe time to split this into International carriers/cities and the other U.S domestic carriers/cities?
Would make it easier to scan the news that a reader wants to see?
The last 4 pax 744s ever made and delivered to CI are all parked, B18210,1, 2 at TPE havent flown for 1- 2 months and the last B18215 which first flew almost exactly 15 years ago April 8, 2005, delivered April 26, 2005 now parked at KHH since Mar 19. I doubt they will be coming back. Their 744s hav...Jump to post
B747forever's post had me thinking over the last day, and not for the reasons others point out. Yes, it's probably reckless for him/her to be flying now. But he also gave us firsthand info that seems totally under reported in the news. I assumed, and now it's confirmed, that most of the few flights ...Jump to post
CX reduce April-May capacity by 96 percent! Only service to operate are: 3 flights per week to 12 destinations: London (Heathrow), Los Angeles, Vancouver, Tokyo (Narita), Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Sydney. Cathay Dragon will operate 3 flights per we...Jump to post
My handle is MRYapproach because I live right under the approach to Monterey airport in California. But I also live under the "approaches" from SoCal to SFO and from Asia to LAX. So everything from CRJs to A380s passes overhead multiple times per hour. Normally into SFO every few minutes....Jump to post
My handle is MRYapproach because I live right under the approach to Monterey airport in California. But I also live under the "approaches" from SoCal to SFO and from Asia to LAX. So everything from CRJs to A380s passes overhead multiple times per hour. Normally into SFO every few minutes. ...Jump to post
I looked up ALL FOUR of the Dynasty 747-PAX birds yesterday, and seems they are all grounded. B-18210, 18211, 18212, and 18215. Sad day! No more PAX 747's in Taiwan/ROC. That sucks. My last ride on a 747 was on CI back in 2012...then I switched to EVA and never looked back. (I did fly a CI 777 on P...Jump to post
A lot of premium flying may never come back either as businesses learn a lot of travel done previously wasn’t necessary. I hope you are wrong, but I fear you will be right. At least partially. I travel SFO-TPE with EVA (BR) frequently for work. Had a trip planned for February, but pushed it out to ...Jump to post
I am curious about how the Asian airlines will cope with this.
Some will be re-nationalized, but only in terms of stock buys.
Some might be truly re-nationalized.
Some will die.
But many will find a way to pursevere thanks to accommodating governments quietly renegotiating terms of contracts.
I had an SFO-TPE trip booked in February, but I pushed it out to April. The way things are going, I see no difference between California and Taiwan. Being trapped in an aluminum tube for 13 hours with random people doesn't sound like fun, but in Premium Economy I'm not too worried. At some point, th...Jump to post
I rode the Gudetama A321 from TPE to HKG in May 2019. It was the first flight of the day. Regular BR items. Nothing special. As for the EVA A330s, I've flown them in regular livery a few times intra-Asia and they are definitely dated cabins. Not sure if the Hello Kitty ones are updated, but I doubt ...Jump to post
With, according to wikipedia, 546 undelivered, why do they feel the need to cut deliveries? Are there many orders on the brink of collapse? I mean 550 orders are about 4 years of production, without new orders that is. According to Boeing (https://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries), the...Jump to post
Corona virus isn't helping, but a month ago it wasn't on anyone's radar. This is the beginning of a trend. So many airlines over-expanded, so many travelers nervous about Corona and 737MAX. This will not end well. Going to be rough for the new players like Starlux. On the upside, oil prices should s...Jump to post
About two dozen aircraft parked at HKG, see video below https://twitter.com/DonBlock7/status/1227305493695168515?s=20 WOW. That is about a billion dollars of metal sitting on the tarmac. Going to be a lot of bankrupt companies after this is all over. Just think of the loss in terms of belly freight...Jump to post
Over 70 exhibitors have pulled out of the Singapore Air Show due to Coronavirus https://www.reuters.com/article/singapore-airshow-china-health/update-1-over-70-singapore-airshow-exhibitors-have-pulled-out-public-tickets-limited-organiser-idUSL4N2A902E Taipei Bike Show was cancelled yesterday. Was s...Jump to post
I loved this story. I always struggle to justify the "air moving over the top of the airfoil moves farther, so faster, so lower pressure, so upward lifting force" line of thinking when explaining how flight works (at least to me...and I have a degree in mechanical engineering) to others. I...Jump to post
Greetings. Whenever I am trying to save avatar (correct size, weight and file format) I get "You have been blocked" from airliners.net page. It uploads ok, crop window opens, i can edit it but when I go to save that's what happens. Obviously here I am posting but any idea what could be wr...Jump to post
For anyone in IAH who needs to get to their final destination earlier than that in the morning UA routes them via IAD or ORD flights which allows them to catch the first flights of the day. ie leave 0025 out of IAH for a 0254 arrival at ORD. You can then connect onto any number of 0600 flights to D...Jump to post
Well, she's a beautiful lady. She'll never looks ugly no matter what she wear :D The word lady may only be applied to Concorde! Since Concorde, every tube and wing is a HE! Except for the Queen of the skies! :biggrin: Regards Absolutely. I saw my first 747-8 Lufthansa last week at Haneda and she lo...Jump to post
There is a paywall. I find it very interesting airlines are pushing for FSA over the NMA. https://theaircurrent.com/aircraft-development/boeings-nma-in-doubt-as-airlines-take-fresh-look-at-737-max-757-replacement/ Why doesn't Boeing just ask "What do you want your next airplane to be?" Th...Jump to post
Maybe because flying international on domestic carriers is horrible?Jump to post
Some "interesting" points in Eco madness may be reason for disastrous Boeing 737 MAX safety issues : Revelation, you beat me to it: https://nypost.com/2019/10/23/devine-ec ... ty-issues/ I saw this yesterday just before boarding a long haul flight. What stupidity. Lower emissions were abo...Jump to post
[quote="Revelation"]Some "interesting" points in Eco madness may be reason for disastrous Boeing 737 MAX safety issues : Revelation, you beat me to it: https://nypost.com/2019/10/23/devine-eco-madness-may-be-reason-for-disastrous-boeing-737-max-safety-issues/ I saw this yesterday...Jump to post
I just got back last night from another TPE trip on EVA / BR premium economy. I haven't had a chance to try the ME3, but so far I haven't found an airline to offer close to what EVA does. Yes, the cabins really are the world's cleanest. It's a tall hill to climb for Starlux, and I agree that it's ha...Jump to post
I was at a barbecue in the East Bay last weekend and noticed a four-holer flying overhead, obviously having taken off from SFO. A quick glance on FR24 showed it as British Airways 747 from SFO to Denver as flight number 9150. I checked again today and no flights 9150 since 10/12. Any idea what that ...Jump to post
Just before 9/11 I flew a 757 from MRY to SFO on the first flight of the day. It was even listed with it's eventual destination of BOS. No more than 10 of us. It was normally scheduled 757. The reason was simple: cheaper to park the plane in MRY than SFO, and cover the last and first feeder flights ...Jump to post
... 777s. The A330 will take a hit as well, but has a freighter conversion and enough dedicated A330s operators to keep up demand. That's a good news for the A330. Is there an A330 conversion to freighter program? This is a fact and data free thread yet each post yields a response about how some an...Jump to post
For the same reason AMS is served by an Asian airline from 10 out of 11 largest Asian airports, including by non-Skyteam airlines like SQ, BR and CX? Maybe it's more About getting slots in AMS Be realistic : Japan is not Singapore, not Hong-Kong, not Taiwan : it is one of Asia's two long-standing e...Jump to post
I’m trying to plan a trip from SFO to Spain in December, and there are no direct flights. For premium economy, Lufthansa came up with reasonable flight times and prices via MUC. Outbound is A380 and 777 return. Both sound great, especially since I’ve never ridden the super jumbo. I’ve done tons of ...Jump to post
I’m trying to plan a trip from SFO to Spain in December, and there are no direct flights. For premium economy, Lufthansa came up with reasonable flight times and prices via MUC. Outbound is A380 and 777 return. Both sound great, especially since I’ve never ridden the super jumbo. I’ve done tons of 7...Jump to post
Hong Kong is the same way. I counted 15 747s when I was there in May just during the taxi and take-off. Half of those are probably heading to ANC. At HK it certainly doesn’t seem like 747s are going anywhere, but when you land at any other airport you’re reminded how rare they are getting.Jump to post