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by DartHerald
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux Leasing 8 A330neos, Considering More A321neos and A350s
Replies: 25
Views: 6533

Re: Starlux Leasing 8 A330neos, Considering More A321neos and A350s

I don't share the gloom of some on here about business travel as such - there's a lot of travel spent attending conferences where the purpose is to meet people face to face when opportunities arise, perhaps after hearing them make a presentation, and that would be very difficult to replicate by onli...

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by DartHerald
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Heavy Freight Aircraft (777X)?
Replies: 78
Views: 12496

Re: Future Heavy Freight Aircraft (777X)?

But isn't that precisely the gap that would be lost by the withdrawal of the AN124/225, for example? why not a programme for (say 50 or 60) With all the relatively young A340-600s available as feedstock could they be the basis of a Beluga-ised version with a fuselage size around that of an AN124 and...

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by DartHerald
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Heavy Freight Aircraft (777X)?
Replies: 78
Views: 12496

Re: Future Heavy Freight Aircraft (777X)?

There already is an outsize freighter in existence, based on an in-production design, that features front loading, that no-one has yet mentioned - the A330 Beluga. If the demand was there I'm sure Airbus would be happy to modify this design (slightly less extreme fuselage barrel for example?) to cre...

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by DartHerald
Wed May 27, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 59204

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

With fbw aircraft is it potentially easier to design a lifting or opening nose than it is for one with the controls connected by wires and pulleys?

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by DartHerald
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155800

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

If Boeing couldn't make the NMA case before, what has changed, especially now that the A321 Neo has taken much of the market? What is discussed in the Leeham article seems to be an A321 "me too" plane for which the various technical enhancements such as engines will be equally available to...

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by DartHerald
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17314

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

Did the NG fuselage design get carried over unchanged to the Max? If so, I wonder if the longer fuselage of the -10Max imposes more strain by virtue of its greater length and tendency to bend.

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by DartHerald
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 60249

Re: Boeing in Crisis

For all the BS? Boeing and the 737 will eventually be ok. The FAA is in Sour Grapes now trying to do anything to get their "Pound of Flesh" . So Who was it that decided to LET Boeing inspect themselves? Who was it that wasn't hiring or training inspectors nor Engineers to look over the Bo...

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by DartHerald
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dent Appears in Engine Cowling During Spool-Up
Replies: 16
Views: 6585

Re: Dent Appears in Engine Cowling During Spool-Up

is it an optical illusion, or does this plane only carry "British Airways" lettering on one side? (as well as the dent!)

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by DartHerald
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 Neo outselling 737-Max 8?
Replies: 9
Views: 3380

A320 Neo outselling 737-Max 8?

According to an article behind Leeham's paywall even the A320 Neo was outselling the 737Max8, leaving aside the A321Neo vs 737-Max9/10 issues. Conventional wisdom is that the 737 has slight weight and fuel burn advantages over shorter flights so (without cheating and reading the article!) why might ...

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by DartHerald
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair submits offer to Boeing on new 737MAX order
Replies: 197
Views: 30914

Re: Ryanair submits offer to Boeing on new 737MAX order

This situation is not like that prevailing after 9/11, where nobody wanted to order and Boeing were desperate for any order they could get.. Now they have a full order book and pent up demand, so there's no real need to keep Ryanair on side - other than to perhaps keep them sweet in anticipation of ...

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by DartHerald
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia
Replies: 98
Views: 12201

Re: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia

Will a similar scandal be the next to hit Boeing? To me it defies credibility that one vendor would be offering money to middlemen etc. whilst the other doesn't. Both are selling in the same parts of the world and if corruption is endemic in those areas it's not unreasonable to suspect that it would...

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by DartHerald
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What could a Potential A220-500/700/900 look like?
Replies: 190
Views: 26724

Re: What could a Potential A220-500/700/900 look like?

Does it matter that an A220-500 would eat into A320 sales? Presumably it would eat into 737 sales too. Airbus can't build A320s fast enough and there is still plenty of scope for ramping up A220 production.

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by DartHerald
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta “Waiting To Order” Boeing NMA
Replies: 232
Views: 28824

Re: Delta “Waiting To Order” Boeing NMA

I'm still puzzled. It is said that the original A330-2/300 lacked range but over time its MTOW has increased to allow more fuel to be carried. How much of the increased weight has due to structural strengthening and why could that not be reversed to create a more attractive limited capability A330-8...

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by DartHerald
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 670156

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

TTailedTiger wrote: For a forum that is supposedly for aviation enthusiasts some of you seem to be salivating at any sign of more trouble for the 737 and Boeing. <SNIPPED> I can't really understand hating an airplane. It is possible to be unbalanced by emotion in either direction. As has been said, ...

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by DartHerald
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 670156

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

In addition to whatever unused production slots Airbus may have, isn't it also likely that lessors with big order books may have some as yet unallocated deliveries available in the short to medium term?

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by DartHerald
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread
Replies: 476
Views: 130937

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus News and Orders Thread

I think that it is what you would get in the hold if you completely filled it with water - i.e. no wasted space whatsoever.

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by DartHerald
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements
Replies: 361
Views: 71079

Re: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements

From a 6-yr old thread:


Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 1):
Did AF get the 767s from UTA?

No, they did not. Air France ordered them directly from Boeing. The Air France 767s were built as 767-328ERs, that's how I know. If they came from UTA they would be 3B3ERs.

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by DartHerald
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements
Replies: 361
Views: 71079

Re: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements

Another couple of potential orders to look out for: New leasing company Accipiter : https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/lessor-accipiter-may-buy-airbus-154426603.html and MEA : https://www.forbes.com/sites/martinrivers/2019/06/14/lebanons-mea-poised-to-become-airbus-a321xlr-launch-customer/#ea713655a788

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by DartHerald
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Switzerland University EPFZ Creates Kerosene With Solar Panels
Replies: 5
Views: 658

Re: Switzerland University EPFZ Creates Kerosene With Solar Panels

Cost is just about conventional accountancy, though and if the human race is to survive in the face of global warming we will have to start considering cost in different ways. As a race we certainly don't use solar power sufficiently, and if it can be used to create other fuels, effectively recyclin...

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by DartHerald
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737NG: Nearing The End Of Final Commercial Production
Replies: 34
Views: 12048

Re: B737NG: Nearing The End Of Final Commercial Production

It is reported that some of the UK's AEW aircraft will be converted from second hand frames which will shorten the production run a a small number of units.

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by DartHerald
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 1159
Views: 250152

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

777Mech wrote:
blacksoviet wrote:
Will Delta order the 797-7 to replace the final batch of 763s along with the 753s and 764s?


The 797, much less a -7 doesn't even exist yet, so no one knows.


Perhaps they'll opt for the A321XLR, if it announced at Paris and convert some existing A321 orders.

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by DartHerald
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.
Replies: 197
Views: 46331

Re: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.

I'm not sure why people think that a single aisle plane transatlantic will necessarily be hell. After all, no-one here seems to be objecting to the use of 757s or 707s/DC8s before them, just the increasing use of A321s which, ironically, have a slightly wider cabin! FWIW, I think seat pitch is the m...

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by DartHerald
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to Retire A380s by Mid 2030s
Replies: 31
Views: 7972

Re: Emirates to Retire A380s by Mid 2030s

Could the issue of needing special equipment for loading the upper floor be addressed by loading through the lower deck and having an internal lift. I could see package operators using them on trunk routes where volume is more important than weight.

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by DartHerald
Wed May 29, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossip, Announcements
Replies: 361
Views: 71079

Re: Paris Airshow 2019, Expectations, Gossibs, Announcements

Russian order for A350s seems likely.

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by DartHerald
Wed May 29, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 50 Years Celebration - 5 things Airbus got right and 5 it did not
Replies: 83
Views: 13426

Re: Airbus 50 Years Celebration - 5 things Airbus got right and 5 it did not

This is an excellent article, that I totally agree with. One "failure" that should have been included was that, although Airbus was the first company to make a twin aisle widebody, Airbus failed to anticipate ETOPS in the 1980s. The A300-B4, A310, and A300-600 were all optimized for short...

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by DartHerald
Wed May 29, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 50 Years Celebration - 5 things Airbus got right and 5 it did not
Replies: 83
Views: 13426

Re: Airbus 50 Years Celebration - 5 things Airbus got right and 5 it did not

Something that wasn't mentioned in the original Flight articles was the widespread use wingtip devices, which were adopted on the a320, a330 and a340 well before Boeing started (apart from the 747-400, perhaps - I'm hazy on dates)

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by DartHerald
Wed May 22, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N
Replies: 131
Views: 21444

Re: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N

What puzzles me is that when the A330 was originally introduced it was thought to be under-ranged, not too far above what is required for the NMA class, and grew over the course of time (including putting on weight) to where it is now.. Would it not be possible to revert to that original airframe (...

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by DartHerald
Wed May 22, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N
Replies: 131
Views: 21444

Re: Reuters : Airbus to counter the "NMA"by the existing 330neo and the A21N

What puzzles me is that when the A330 was originally introduced it was thought to be under-ranged, not too far above what is required for the NMA class, and grew over the course of time (including putting on weight) to where it is now.. Would it not be possible to revert to that original airframe (l...

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by DartHerald
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happens if Boeing is forced to replace the 737 immediately?
Replies: 24
Views: 4961

Re: What happens if Boeing is forced to replace the 737 immediately?

The realistic reply is that of course the problem will be fixed and the plane will re-enter service, but not necessarily quickly. Boeing and the FAA will be under intense scrutiny and the FAA in particular will be looking to protect and rebuild their badly damaged reputation, so they will take their...

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by DartHerald
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s
Replies: 135
Views: 22725

Re: China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s

I would call this order disappointing. Sure more A320, but Airbus sells more than they can make - but very few widebodies and no A330s. Not what Airbus needs. An order for 300 aircraft is “disappointing”? Wow! That depends on your perspective. Nobody will dispute that the A320NEO is a winner, but I...

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by DartHerald
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways to consider Airbus models
Replies: 62
Views: 15599

Re: Kenya Airways to consider Airbus models

It will be interesting to see if a quick fix is the approach taken - I wouldn't necessarily count on it, and whatever the fix I would expect a test fling program to be needed to validate it. Those at the FAA who might consider their fingers burned by allowing an apparently laissez faire approach to ...

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by DartHerald
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus
Replies: 355
Views: 56468

Re: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus

+Don't Lufthansa's A380s have RR engines? These could provide the cheap extra examples that IAG want.

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by DartHerald
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways to consider Airbus models
Replies: 62
Views: 15599

Re: Kenya Airways to consider Airbus models

There's always the A330-800 though - I'm sure Airbus would cut them a great deal....

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by DartHerald
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 508
Views: 161863

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

As a matter of interest, are Lion Air still taking delivery of 737maxes?

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by DartHerald
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights
Replies: 94
Views: 22501

Re: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights

Not an automated system, but I believe cabin crew check in with cockpit at least every 30 minutes? If they don’t respond, cabin crew can enter the cockpit (if no response to cockpit door “bell”) How does that work in these days of cockpit security? After 9/11 I thought the pilots were supposed to b...

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by DartHerald
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 149125

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

No-one is mentioning Dublin- why not? I think that post-Brexit and with a soft border it is going to become quite an important financial centre.

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by DartHerald
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.
Replies: 197
Views: 46331

Re: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.

So according to this data, there is no market for medium to long range single aisle plane, which confirms Boeings take and going for a twin aisle. Single / twin aisle? Not mentioned. It says "Mission length for typical short-to-medium range aircraft with their respective flight frequencies&quo...

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by DartHerald
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.
Replies: 197
Views: 46331

Re: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.

Do we know what the finalised package on offer in the A321XLR consists of yet? Leeham implies that they do, but its behind a paywall

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by DartHerald
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rewinged a320 family
Replies: 95
Views: 15269

Re: Rewinged a320 family

My take is that next in line after the A321XLR will be the stretched A322 to compete in the bigger sized MoM arena, and at that point we'll see a new composite wing and wingbox (which we know Airbus are workhg on)

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by DartHerald
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG capital markets day
Replies: 21
Views: 5984

Re: IAG capital markets day

Maybe they are leaving space for Norwegian Air to become their pan-European LCC?

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by DartHerald
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?
Replies: 29
Views: 5587

Re: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?

You could equally ask why some, at least, Airbus planes have "Dassault Aviation" builders plates by their doors!

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by DartHerald
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 605
Views: 161453

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

The BOC order for A320Neos is reported by Flight Global as being an assumption of an airline's order, so it sounds like the total sales remain the same, and this order will balanced by a cancellation of 17 frames by an airline.

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by DartHerald
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 77550

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

The reason for bogies over double wheels in the first place was to reduce the ground pressure, aiui, so it stands to reason that the contact are of four tyres versus 2 would be greater. With regards to the greater weight, might it be possible to design a three -wheeled bogie by way of a compromise?

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by DartHerald
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 77550

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

In the article where Udar-Hazy is being quoted it appears that around 4T of extra fuel capacity is being sought - presumably this is over what is carried in the ACTs, which the article says are being dispensed with. Not using these saves around 1.8T in empty weight, so an increase in MTOW of ca 2T s...

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by DartHerald
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 314
Views: 44028

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

An updated A310 is an interesting alternative as it was a fairly technologically advanced plane for its time, and although a lot of it might be brand new there are presumably savings to be had from recycling the old design and incorporating new features such as the composite door frames recently int...

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by DartHerald
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 605
Views: 161453

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

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by DartHerald
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 605
Views: 161453

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

http://aviationweek.com/singapore-airshow-2018/airbus-eyes-ever-higher-production-rates The new Airbus sales chief believes that big orders for the A350-1000, its latest widebody, are near. “I have always been convinced that the A350-1000 will be a great success,” he said. “The market is likely mov...

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