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by Wildlander
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19147

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

Engine development and performance vs promises played its part in the relative successes of the MD-11, A340 and the 777 models. The MD-11, notably the PW4000 powered models required a whole orange full of PIPs and MTOW increases to get close to expectations. Who knows the SuperFan would have worked ...

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by Wildlander
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What made Airbus make the a300 as a twinjet, and why couldnt McDonnell Douglas do the same with the DC-10?
Replies: 68
Views: 11548

Re: What made Airbus make the a300 as a twinjet, and why couldnt McDonnell Douglas do the same with the DC-10?

The A380 like the A300 and other "foundation" AIrbus models was a strategic choice, based on the premise that air travel would continue to grow strongly (which it did) but not fragment to the extent it did (the fate that befell the A300 in Europe). The size/layout was a commercial/technica...

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by Wildlander
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What made Airbus make the a300 as a twinjet, and why couldnt McDonnell Douglas do the same with the DC-10?
Replies: 68
Views: 11548

Re: What made Airbus make the a300 as a twinjet, and why couldnt McDonnell Douglas do the same with the DC-10?

The previous posts pretty much answer the original question, but it's worth recalling that the A300 was aimed at filling a market need not occupied by US products. Going head to head would have been a recipe for failure. New kid on the block, no worthy history (sorry to anyone who views the Caravell...

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by Wildlander
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How would a stretched A330neo have fared?
Replies: 60
Views: 6997

Re: How would a stretched A330neo have fared?

The A330-500 (alias A330-100) was a shorter fuselage A330-200. The A330-400 was mooted and market tested back in the 1990s as a stretch of the A330-300. Despite some interest, Airbus concluded there to be too small a market due to its limited range. The 777-300, although higher capacity (recall that...

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by Wildlander
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s
Replies: 77
Views: 10421

Re: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s

A bit adrift from the original A310-200 question, but to complete the story... Delta ordered the new-build -325s in a deal that was structured in such a way that they could return the planes early (as, it transpired, was the case for the ex PA A310-300s). Airbus saw this a securing the existing A310...

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by Wildlander
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s
Replies: 77
Views: 10421

Re: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s

From (fading) memory, Delta only really wanted the PA Transatlantic route network and needed the A310s to operate it until such time as they could organise or grow their own fleet. The A300s didn't have Transatlantic range and so were of no interest. I doubt if Delta management realised (or cared?) ...

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by Wildlander
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s
Replies: 77
Views: 10421

Re: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s

I too recall PA using reclearance. Flight plan to (say) Boston, fill the tanks, set off and if the winds were not worse than forecast and the desired track/flight level were assigned reclear to JFK before reaching the initial flight plan destination...or stop for a splash and dash at the original de...

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by Wildlander
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s
Replies: 77
Views: 10421

Re: Question about Pan Am's A310-200s

If memory serves me well the first four PA A310-200s started life as -221s with 138.6t MTOW and 49klb 74RD1 engines, these being NTU by VASP. The last three were destined for Kuwait AW but bought out by Boeing pre delivery. These were A310-222s with 142t MTOW and 50k 7R4E1 engines. I believe all wer...

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by Wildlander
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 114
Views: 34770

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

I believe the KU fin mentioned by Devilfish is an A320neo MSN10082. The second KU A338 MSN1969 was towed back to the main Airbus ramp last week, with the fuselage still unpainted. I do not believe there will be a market for a freighter variant of any A330neo. With the prospect of cheap(er) A330P2F c...

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by Wildlander
Fri May 08, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary
Replies: 66
Views: 13240

Re: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary

Anyone managed to figure out what is culled from the single aisle delivery stream. The Airbus O&D tables list a total of 70 outstanding A320 Family deliveries for BA, EI, IB and VY to which add the 3 aircraft delivered to BA earlier this year. No idea how many of any were due post 2022. The IAG ...

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by Wildlander
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61588

Re: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread

Alas no, headed towards Teruel. Have to doubt if this one will ever fly again after today, given the lack of investment in the cabin over the years.

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by Wildlander
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22830

Re: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

The original A350 XWB Family line-up included a Freighter and a -900R, which would have had the centre section of the -1000 so the basic building blocks were envisaged way back then. Performance considerations aside, the question becomes "can Airbus develop/build an A350F so as to be in a posit...

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by Wildlander
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash
Replies: 118
Views: 17876

Re: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash

D7 have modified or deferred A330 deliveries more than once in the past so no surprise that they wish (or need) to do so again. Perhaps they will favour running down the existing fleet to make way for the more efficient A330-900s. Either way I would be astonished if they were to take anything like t...

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by Wildlander
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A330(-300) fuel burn improvements 1994 to 2015?
Replies: 9
Views: 5820

Re: Airbus A330(-300) fuel burn improvements 1994 to 2015?

Airbus quoted a net 12% fuel/trip improvement for the -900 (11% T7000, 4% aero less 3% extra weight and engine installation drag) vs the late model -300, at equal seat count, another 2% improvement from a 10 seat gain from cabin layout changes. Prior to this the -300 likely gained 1-3% efficiency du...

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by Wildlander
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 535525

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

I suspect it was the publication of future MSN allocations that has led to such sites being closed or "pruned" either because Airbus acted on its own account or because a customer had complained to them. Such data is, and has always been, confidential and therefore leaked by one or more pe...

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by Wildlander
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 535525

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

MSN 320 (FJ#2) lurking on the Air France Industries ramp, suggesting it has been handed over. MSN359 F-HTYC had been parked there for some days. (post 30/11?)
MSN 370 (JL#5) Wearing its final reg JA05XJ so almost ready to go

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by Wildlander
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 57190

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

The A340-600 was foreseen as a 747 replacement at a time when Boeing had appeared to be unable to develop the 777-300 into a range-capable challenger. Boeing went on the develop the 300ER more than was deemed possible and the rest is history.

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by Wildlander
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 57190

Re: Airbus Boss Does Not Regret A380 Decision

The disappointment/failure of the A3456 was another story. Yes the A380 required wider airport investment that could now be viewed as unnecessary or uneconomic, but the A346/777-300/77X and 747-8 all benefitted in some way from these developments. Perhaps Airbus should have been more receptive to a ...

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by Wildlander
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 57190

Re: Airbus Boss Does Not Regret A380 Decision

A programme whose execution was flawed? Yes. A vanity project? No, because when the decisions were being made there was as yet no strong evidence to support the view that airliners would no longer get bigger to support ever larger numbers of travellers...as they had done since the start of commercia...

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by Wildlander
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340-600 with two GE90's
Replies: 28
Views: 13457

Re: A340-600 with two GE90's

The A340-600 was doomed from the time that 10-abreat YC became widely accepted on the 777. The increased difference in seat count overwhelmed whatever performance advantages the A340 offered. Equally, Boeing were successful in developing the range capability of the 300ER way beyond what Airbus antic...

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by Wildlander
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 5243

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

The A320-100 had a dry centre wing box, all -200 variants had/have a wet centre section integral fuel tank). However, no such distinction was applied to the fixed RCT (rear centre tank) on the two A340-500 versions built, possibly because all -500s had an RCT. Bearing this in mind, the A321-200XLR a...

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by Wildlander
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 95200

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

1st flight for F-WWCN, the first Air Mauritius A339, 16 Feb. Flight test A339 F-WTTE noted outside engineless at Toulouse 7 Feb with doors taped up for storage.

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by Wildlander
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 69715

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

Scroll down past the A380 story to find the 6th Beluga XL info.

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by Wildlander
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 95200

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

The lower rate surely takes into account several factors. Airlines such as Jet AW not taking the backlogged A330ceo orders, the leasing companies finding it difficult to place their A330 deliveries and Air Asia doing as it has done before, chopping and changing the delivery stream and not taking so ...

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by Wildlander
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus falls short of 800 delivery target in 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3598

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus falls short of 800 delivery target in 2018

The "delayed" HNA Group deliveries, mostly widebodies, plus the late certification and reluctance of customers to take A330-900 gliders must go a long way to explaining any shortfall. Also not all of the A220 deliveries should be counted, only those from mid year when Airbus gained 50%+ of...

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by Wildlander
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is the A350 performing for DL
Replies: 261
Views: 56601

Re: How is the A350 performing for DL

I don't doubt that Delta is very good at negotiating guarantees but have to question the generality that Airbus historically overpromises and underdelivers on performance. It may well be true in the context of early production versions and for the launch customer airlines. The A350 XWB did indeed se...

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by Wildlander
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 638333

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

I beg to differ. Yet more "disappointed" airline customers, some/all with a need to revise fleet planning, maybe extend leases, delay resales or pay for extra maintenance. For Airbus, lower EOY earnings, increased WIP expenses, out-of-sequence work hassles and a sales force that has to spe...

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by Wildlander
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!
Replies: 102
Views: 30258

Re: Virgin A340-600 (G-VWIN) flew to the scrappers last month but Virgin has bought it back!

The financial distress of Northwest saw the cancellation of their firm A340-300 order - an action sanctioned/supported by Airbus to save the remaining A330 and A320 deals. Continental used Ch.11 as an excuse to cancel their Airbus LR deal. United chose the 767X (the 777-200) over a PW powered A340 o...

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by Wildlander
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 169
Views: 43134

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

Maybe lost in all this profit/loss discussion is that, so far as I recall, SQ pressed Airbus to further develop the A345 for them because they had maxed out their one-stop SIN-US bilateral rights and the ULR service would allow them to increase their market presence. No idea what the bilaterals allo...

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by Wildlander
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 638333

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

I suspect that there are few if any changes beyond a paper MTOW reduction and lower max thrust. Easier then to swap "domestic" and international aircraft at heavy check times to even out the hours/cycles across the fleet. I imagine the major cabin monuments will be located so as to facilit...

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by Wildlander
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 638333

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Re the QR engine changes, I suspect that a close look back at the A330 or Single Aisle deliveries would turn up an above average number of engine changes during the flight test/acceptance process. Its more like an airline policy issue than a problem with a specific engine type. Would it be such a su...

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by Wildlander
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air is getting 5 ATR72 before sanctions
Replies: 21
Views: 7060

Re: Iran Air is getting 5 ATR72 before sanctions

If true, I suspect OFAC consent to be, in part, because the three aircraft are ready/almost ready for delivery and that the last four are less advanced. Maybe these will gain approval later or ATR preferred to support an immediate claim for approval only for the frames that were complete.

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by Wildlander
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo
Replies: 119
Views: 21651

Re: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo

I think it fair to say that Airbus misinterpreted the intent of Boeing with the Dreamliner, while Boeing did an excellent job in selling the Dream, not least its amazingly comfortable 8-abreast seating! Airbus had other programme issues that needed both cash and resources. The outcome was the A350 M...

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by Wildlander
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Airbus Order Thread
Replies: 226
Views: 103718

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Airbus Order Thread

Once the airshow euphoria has died down, maybe it will be time to speculate on how many of the 100 AirAsia X orders will actually be delivered. A doubling and full replacement of the current A330 fleet would amount to ~50 aircraft. Given the past deferrals and conversions from the A330ceo orders, it...

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by Wildlander
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 77587

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

Re the increased ACT volume, I believe the A321NEO has the same aux tanks as designed for the ACJ. Still the same baseplate dimensions but an improved design.

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by Wildlander
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 49
Views: 10333

Re: Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

Never say never but past attempts at such amenities have all come to nothing. Height restricted to that of a LD3, no lav(s) and the loss of (at least) one YC triple. Not to mention the need for environmental and electrical system hook-ups. Each occupant would still have to have a main deck seat for ...

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by Wildlander
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 96
Views: 20534

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

Worth a mention that the higher design weights for the A380F would have facilitated the development of a stretched passenger version, a plane that would have "grown" into its big flying surfaces. Given the slowness of the passenger market to mature, this was perhaps a blessing. The flip si...

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by Wildlander
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus lower deck socializing space
Replies: 38
Views: 9707

Re: Airbus lower deck socializing space

In the few A330s built with lower deck lavatories and on the DLH A340-600s the hold floor structure was re-engineered to provide adequate headroom. The cost and effort needed to restore this to a regular underfloor hold configuration for a future operator or different route network was another reaso...

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by Wildlander
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus lower deck socializing space
Replies: 38
Views: 9707

Re: Airbus lower deck socializing space

In the few A330s built with lower deck lavatories and on the DLH A340-600s the hold floor structure was re-engineered to provide adequate headroom. The cost and effort needed to restore this to a regular underfloor hold configuration for a future operator or different route network was another reaso...

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by Wildlander
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus lower deck socializing space
Replies: 38
Views: 9707

Re: Airbus lower deck socializing space

Before the advent of the "lie flat" then "full-flat" premium seating, Amongst others ideas, Airbus promoted the concept of lower deck sleeping accommodation on (at least) the A340-600. Apart from creating a superior sleeping environment the notion was that the main cabin premium ...

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by Wildlander
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot 787 door ripped off at Changi
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Scoot 787 door ripped off at Changi

I suspect that the door hinge is designed to fail well before the fuselage is at risk of damage. If so, this should be a quick and (relatively) inexpensive fix limited to a new door assembly to get the plane back into service while the old one is repaired.

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by Wildlander
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?
Replies: 143
Views: 22806

Re: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?

Airbus modified the MLG on the A300B for Eastern, increasing the spacing between the wheel pairs to lower the ACN to allow operations into LGA.

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by Wildlander
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 241084

Re: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread

I suspect that the comparison is not like-for-like. A Trent 700 complete with nacelle weighs around 6500kg. The weight quoted for the 1000-TEN seems like that of the bare engine, unpodded. The Trent 7000 with its much bigger nacelle is a good bit heavier, and as a result so is the pylon.

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by Wildlander
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A300/A310 v 767
Replies: 83
Views: 17995

Re: A300/A310 v 767

The A310 had an all-new wing, different engines and lower gross weights than the A300 so I don't believe it fits the "classic play" description.

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by Wildlander
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A300/A310 v 767
Replies: 83
Views: 17995

Re: A300/A310 v 767

The A310 was born of Airbus recognition that the market desired a wide-body with fewer seats than the A300, hence it was not an "answer to the 767" per se. The inputs from the (then) limited customer base for the A300 convinced Airbus management to design the A310-200 for regional operatio...

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by Wildlander
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 198272

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

Worthy alternatives as there may or may not be, only the A380 holds true to the progressive need for higher capacity planes that has marked commercial aviation since its beginning. For sure there will be new city pairs and frequencies opened up by 787/777/A330:A350 XWB types but big cities will cont...

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by Wildlander
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 fuselage stretch ever considered?
Replies: 123
Views: 23157

Re: A330 fuselage stretch ever considered?

when the -400 was contemplated, a typical Asian layout was closer to 300 seats and the LCCs such as AirAsia X were still to emerge so 440 was not considered a constraint. but the point is well made that any future stretch proposal would face this challenge. I suspect that Airbus will favour the A350...

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by Wildlander
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 fuselage stretch ever considered?
Replies: 123
Views: 23157

Re: A330 fuselage stretch ever considered?

Airbus seriously contemplated building an A330-400 for Asian customers for whom range was not an issue over regional routes. It would have added around 50 seats. Despite the real prospect of attracting launch orders Airbus management decided that the market was not big enough. Most potential custome...

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by Wildlander
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 MidLife Upgrade, 2021?
Replies: 541
Views: 64474

Re: Airbus A380 MidLife Upgrade, 2021?

Whether you are a fan or detractor of the A380, allow me to suggest that Airbus have achieved much of what they set out to do. The infrastructure to support the A380 is now in-situ at many airports. The introduction of the A380 has allowed some frequencies to be freed up at some airports, with the 7...

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by Wildlander
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 241084

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

AFAIK the T7000 development timeline was part dependent on that of the T1000 TEN which, when announced at the 2012 Farnborough Show was reported to have an EIS in the first half of 2016. I seem to recall that Boeing flight testing (on Z004?) only started last December so it should not be a surprise ...

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