The thing people can't seem to explain is why most 777X customers already were A350 customers yet ordered 777X. Because the 779 is a larger aircraft. It is so obvious. 779 and A35K are not really competitors. They differ in size just like the 787 to the A350. While there is some overlap, both aircr...Jump to post
The cost to gains margin simply wouldn't be there, not a worthwhile tradeoff. The A380 and 747 replacements will be the 359/A35K and 789/78J. The trend for the foreseeable future is smaller aircraft. The A321NEO and A320 P2F will do even better over the next few years. Boeing should shift focus to a...Jump to post
When? What does your crystal ball say? The A359 and the 787 are already more efficient than the 777X. Maybe they will spend money on the A35K re-engine too...I mean it hasn’t really sold but maybe that’s their plan who knows. The A359 sure. Seeing as the 787 launched earlier than the 359 I expect t...Jump to post
Not for a long time. The trend is moving to smaller aircraft and higher frequency. This was even prior to COVID. There will be more cancellations or conversions, before there are sales. This is sounding a lot like the A380: "It's the aircraft of the future for high-demand routes" "Or...Jump to post
Da*mit. I was so hoping that the reported interest from the cargo operators would result in a few more 748 orders. I've never flown on the Queen, and I now most certainly never will. I'm crying inside. There are still a number in service. And will be for sometime with the 747-8i. They're not being ...Jump to post
With what money?. Boeing still has a pretty good defense business and some other lines than commercial. They can always sell stock and reverse the stupid buybacks which urinated away many billions at a high stock price. I always used to tease our friend mjoelnir about shorting Boeing stock, albeit ...Jump to post
LY777 wrote:Guys, you know, the market will end recovering and airlines will need aircraft like the 779X
If indeed only UPS orders are legit, there are only 12 747-8f left to be delivered to customers. Boeing’s order page shows 747 backlog as 12 (including ASC 606 deductions). http://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries Gross orders, prior to adjustments, are still at 15: http://active.boeing...Jump to post
The USAF doesn’t seem particularly serious about replacing the E-3/E-8, etc. https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/is-the-air-force-serious-about-intelligence-surveillance-and-reconnaissance/ “ The so-called iron triad of big-wing, manned ISR platforms (E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint Stars, and various OC/RC/WC...Jump to post
Hopefully they'll paint a A400M the same as a supporting aircraft.Jump to post
What payload drop? It was originally supposed to be 40,000 kg IIRC, then later changed to 37,000 kg. If that is true then that reduction was made way back essentially when the program launched. For example this FlightGlobal article from August 2004 a year after the launch. The A400M, with its 37t p...Jump to post
What was the reason for the payload drop? I'm guessing either the airframe just came in over weight, mods for paratrooping, or engine parts revision maybe? Or combination of all? I also wonder if this has had any impact on export sales? What payload drop? It was originally supposed to be 40,000 kg ...Jump to post
There is more than likely contractual obligations for continued support. I still think the is a possibility for a *M2*. Sorry, what do you mean by *M2* ? I assume Slug is referring to an upgraded model but given there so are many A400Ms in service and so many left to come with the primary operators...Jump to post
texl1649 wrote:Not sure how attractive an end-of-the-line A400M at any price really would be. Those engines will cost a fortune to maintain if operated for 30 years.
Saw a KC-46 fly out of LMT a couple of days ago.Jump to post
The Australian Government have released their 2020 Strategic and Force Structure plans. Was looking through and found the following interesting below quote regarding the C-130J fleet. The RAAF C-130Js are some of the oldest around having received their first aircraft in 1999. The current plan is fo...Jump to post
So I don't think you can say that a bizjet is generally more comfortable. The people I’ve spoken that have flown in the back of the Hercules told me it is loud as F*** in the cargo-hold, too hot in the front end and freezing towards the rear. Not great for concentrating on a screen for hours on end...Jump to post
It looks very much like Mr Trump's plan to abandon the iconic Air Force One livery. Always good to see the Union Jack proudly displayed. Greetings, Absolutely, a First Class livery. "Fly the Flag" springs to mind. This makes a great statement about the countries modern, forward thinking a...Jump to post
An A320 derivative/version has several significant disadvantages; (a) it would be delivered in around 15 years minimum (realistically; 8 years for development, 7 years to negotiate between the various countries/legislatures/commit to numbers), (b) it would cost at least around double the P-8 per fr...Jump to post
TWA772LR wrote:mxaxai wrote:Not knowing much of Austin Powers, I guess this what the article refers to?
Except in red, white, blue, of course ...
Oh please dear God let this happen.
Hopefully the first customer for the A320 M3A. I'd be interested to know peoples thoughts on how long an A320 MPA would take to dev and deliver. The mission systems may be mostly available already although would require some integration but the aircraft will need some structural work to accommodate...Jump to post
Hopefully the first customer for the A320 M3A.Jump to post
The T-7 probably has a good chance here too. While it would require some modification for carrier ops, increased production and commonality will benefit both services with reduced costs. Boeing could probably just scale down some parts from the Hornet too. I agree - except for the modifications for...Jump to post
I don't think inter-service rivalry will play a part here either, a decent number of USAF pilots do portions of their flight training with the Navy and a portion of Navy aircrew do their training with the USAF. It is not so much a rivalry as different goals. In the past USAF has seen the weight and...Jump to post
The T-7 probably has a good chance here too. While it would require some modification for carrier ops, increased production and commonality will benefit both services with reduced costs.
Boeing could probably just scale down some parts from the Hornet too.
I can see why this decision was made, but I'm a little surprised they didnt go with the Rafale. ??? Assume you are making a joke at Keesje's expense? Rafale was never an option. It was always all Eurofighter or Eurofighter and US aircraft split. No it wasn't, but simply to improve/build upon the re...Jump to post
The V-D frames didn't have production slots as far as im aware. They were only firmed one by one as needed as I recall. This decision was probably made prior to the whole COVID fiasco, and I doubt there will be any white tails built for this bird unfortunately. I still think the most likely option w...Jump to post
In the end, like you said, I am not even sure the market wants in huge numbers frame as large as the 77W in the future, even to replace it. Which doesn't bode well for A35K either, it's claimed superiority doesn't matter if airlines simply don't want planes that big. Project Sunrise is kind of a ho...Jump to post
The virus is not Trump's fault. I hope to God he changes his narrative though because until the people who respect his words are told to take precautions both the virus and the fallout from it (including the markets) won't be contained. This is a task that requires a team effort, we need everyone o...Jump to post
Just like how the 2001 post 9/11 sell off wasnt Bush's fault or the 2008 housing bubble crash wasn't Obama's, so too is this unrelated to anything Trump has done. Obama got sworn into office Jany 9th 2009, so you are correct, the housing crash in 2008 had nothing to do with Obama, that was was squa...Jump to post
An issue I see is the MRTT. The A350 is more than likely too big for a tanker for most Air Forces. And expensive. That means the Freighter would have nothing to leverage its development costs on for ROI. And it too will be expensive.
The A330NEO makes the most sense.
I still don’t see the practicality of this. Even if the USAF started today on these mods, it would take well over a decade to finish every one, which by that point their money will mostly have dried up from buying KC-46s, B-21s, prototypes for C-17 replacements, standing up the space force, etc. Ag...Jump to post
Checking around the internet, it appears that the PLAN has been working on a version of the J-15 that has landing gears setup for CATOBAR use. We know that the PLAN has been working on CATOBAR operational components for years, and that the future PLAN carriers are slated to be CATOBAR equipped. The...Jump to post
Makes sense since China has probably started construction on its 4th carrier, or close to. Considering the FC-31 has already had significant changes to the prototypes, development work for a carrier variant would be a ways off if the conventional/base variant design hasn't even been settled on. I gu...Jump to post
Best option would be to stick with the Rafale or they're just going to end up with a big fragmentation of fighters. Something most Air Forces are trying to get away from...Jump to post
Is anybody aware of LH 744 strategy? Retirement timeframe? is it affected by 779 delays? I would expect it is since they have to be replaced by something. I'm actually curious what LH strategy is in general regarding quads since they have 80 quads in fleet. Granted the B748s and A380s will fly for ...Jump to post
As from March 2020 SA will operate 5 of its 7 weekly flights to Mauritius with its A350, with the 2 other flights being operated with an A340-300. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/289636/south-african-airways-mauritius-aircraft-changes-from-march-2020/?highlight=Mauritius Sounds li...Jump to post
uta999 wrote:dc10lover wrote:Can you attach a Trent XWB Jet Engine to the Boeing 787?
You can but due to the fan size, you would need to mount it further forward and higher. Oh wait....
We have software that can deal with that.
The initial request was around 80k and 90k thrust but airbus wanted the same engine just an engine management tweak to change the power output. GE and RR offered a solution on that basis. The power out put rose to 97k , GE bugged out as it didn’t want to design two engines. RR offered to hurry a de...Jump to post
I'm guessing the test -1000 that has been doing engine test flights is related to this development. I know the A380 did flight tests above MTOW, I wonder if the A350 is doing any with this in mind? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Not sure. But it you go to the A350 production and delivery thread...Jump to post