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by SteelChair
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 192
Views: 24830

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

I continue to believe that the 777x program is in trouble. Its too big and too heavy for most "real" airlines. Most of its orders are from ME3 and they're in trouble financially. What a tragedy Boeing did 777x and the 747-8 instead of MOM and a 737 replacement.

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by SteelChair
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Qatar to put Hamad Int Airport expansion on halt
Replies: 25
Views: 4539

Re: Qatar to put Hamad Int Airport expansion on halt

Another example of the interconnected nature of geo-politics and the airline industry.

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by SteelChair
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 9761

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

sonicruiser wrote:
Nice to see SDF taking the name not of a politician, but of a respected civil rights icon. Great way to honor the man and the city he was from.


I doubt if everyone would agree that he was respected.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAP bearing issue
Replies: 12
Views: 3417

Re: LEAP bearing issue

The value of the brand. GE and CFM don't come under the same level of scrutiny as lesser companies....it really is that simple. There is a reason why CFM won their market segment so convincingly. And in fact, don't they have an advantage over the GTF in head to head competition even though their eng...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

wrongwayup wrote:
basspaul wrote:
keesje wrote:
It seems at this stage BBD engineers / supply chain did a pretty good job on the A220.


Thanks, many of us worked hard on it and we're proud about it.


You should be.


All the moreso given the economic fragility of the company at that time.

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

The FAL hangar is moving along pretty well here in Mobile. Appears as though its going to mirror the Airbus FAL hangar. I would post a pic of it but its been made so idiotic to just upload a picture here now that one would have to have a computer degree to do it. Do you know if it will be an FAL1 b...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 80
Views: 17717

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

A320s are just more awesome than any narrow body. When I finally got the seniority I wanted on the 737, 757 and 320 at my airline I went and looked at the trips each flew, the 737 had at the time some better trips... then I looked at the cockpits. Hell no am I going to th 737. I’d flown the 88, tha...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 80
Views: 17717

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

Several people have made reference to the increasing costs of HMVs as an airplane ages. My response: so what? Its still several tens of millions of dollars less than a new airplane and the engines/fuel burn are essentially unchanged comoared to a new CFM56 powered variant. I find myself wondering wh...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?
Replies: 30
Views: 2599

Re: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?

Good point on the evacuation.

Yeah, its not real tall, but the Flt Attendant unit is like 30 feel long for only 8 bunks. Lots of room, much more than on many private jets.

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3830

Re: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?

And also, just to be clear, I'm not talking about upgrades to in service airplanes, I'm talking new off the production line.

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3830

Re: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?

Well I agree that the 757 died because orders died. But perhaps they dried up because Boeing wouldnt update it at the right time for the right price? But what i asserted, I actually heard with my own ears from a very, very senior manager of a major airline management team. The part I've always reme...

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by SteelChair
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?
Replies: 30
Views: 2599

Re: Why can’t aircraft maximize fuselage space by using ceiling space?

There would be structural issues for cargo.

I've wondered since the inception ofthe 777 overhead crew rest modules why airlines didn't sell passenger space up there. Real bunks and more space trump lie flat seats.

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by SteelChair
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3830

Re: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?

Well I agree that the 757 died because orders died. But perhaps they dried up because Boeing wouldnt update it at the right time for the right price? But what i asserted, I actually heard with my own ears from a very, very senior manager of a major airline management team. The part I've always remem...

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by SteelChair
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?
Replies: 23
Views: 3830

Re: Are 767s still built with CRT cockpits?

This was decided 20 years ago. I have it on good authority, I heard straight from the mouth of a senior VP of flight operations at a major airline, that Boeing refused (for any price) to put the 767-400 cockpit into new build 757s and 767-300s in the late 90s/early 2000s. And people wonder why the 7...

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by SteelChair
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

I've been trying to find a source for this but for the life of me I can't...so it's possible I'm remembering something from A.net that isn't solid fact. I know I distinctly remeber reading that the first A220s from Mobile would be built in Mirabel and sent to Mobile for paint/interior installation ...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has grandfathering been taken too far?
Replies: 361
Views: 13263

Re: Has grandfathering been taken too far?

To the original question......yes grandfathering has been taken too far. I am aghast that no executives have taken the fall for this. Boeing is totally mis-managed right now, a total trainwreck imho. If anyone other than an executive caused 360 lives to be lost, they would probably be facing jail ti...

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by SteelChair
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

I would like to point out that production rate is still increasing. In the first 5 months of 2017, they delivered 5, first 5 months of 2018=9, first 5 months of 2019=15. 17 were delivered in 2017, 33 last year. I predict over 50 this year. Meanwhile, the Mobile factory is going up. I think they coul...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

Have you heard of a 797? I strongly believe DL will make a 797 order to start replacing some of the lift described above (737-900s, 757-200, 767-300). Current Narrow Body Orders are as follows: 737-900ER: (180 pax) 1 A220-100: (109 pax) 27 A220-300: (130 pax) 50 A321-200CEO: (191 Pax) 46 A321-NEO: ...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

Stay away from the controlled substances. DL isn't going to replace 91 717s, 57 319s, 62 320s and 77 738s by 2026 -- not with A220s, not with anything. Not when they've got lots of 767s and 757s to replace in that same window -- capital spending constraints won't support it and the 4% annual domest...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 7171

Re: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?

No it's not wrong. Airport/airspace congestion is reality. Imho, the question is what defines "congestion?" A massive new airport like the one in Turkey will likely steal connecting passengers from DXB, thus relieving perceived congestion there ORD is still reconfiguring its airport and a...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

zululima wrote:
SteelChair wrote:
What other 5 abreast aircraft are being built?


Sukhoi Superjet, which is also a sweet ride.


Ok, i will try again.

What other 5 abreast aircraft are being built whcih have a realistic chance of gaining orders from successful airlines in developed countries?

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

RobertS975 wrote:
Can I ask an honest question about the A220? What is all the excitement about? Is it really just "a new broom sweeps clean" or is there something really exciting and advantageous over other 5 abreast aircraft?


What other 5 abreast aircraft are being built?

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by SteelChair
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

Stay away from the controlled substances. DL isn't going to replace 91 717s, 57 319s, 62 320s and 77 738s by 2026 -- not with A220s, not with anything. Not when they've got lots of 767s and 757s to replace in that same window -- capital spending constraints won't support it and the 4% annual domest...

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by SteelChair
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 7171

Re: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?

No it's not wrong. Airport/airspace congestion is reality. Imho, the question is what defines "congestion?" A massive new airport like the one in Turkey will likely steal connecting passengers from DXB, thus relieving perceived congestion there ORD is still reconfiguring its airport and a...

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by SteelChair
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

I foresee 100 more CS300s and a launch order for 150 CS500s. Within the next 12 months. And they won't get launch order pricing this time. Ultimately, by 2026-27, everything smaller than a 737-900/A321 will be a CSeries/A220. MHO. But a blind man could see the plan. AA and UAL should step in and gr...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines
Replies: 30
Views: 7821

Re: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines

The estimates I've seen have these engines costing $2.5 million to build, and declining. To put it in perspective, a CFM-56 (-5 or -7) cost about $1.6 million to build. An overhaul bill is about $3 million for a full overhaul. If the other aspects of the GTF (seals/shaft Dynamics and combustor) had...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 208
Views: 36051

Re: Delta A220 route additions

Why does DL have only 50 A220-200 on order? So many great potential routes! IMO, DL needs to order at least another 100 A220-200 and 30 B787-8! Because they haven't yet made the follow on order. Bombardier needed to get the production lines up and running and get the financials/Airbus CSALP figured...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines
Replies: 30
Views: 7821

Re: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines

This is about a $180,000 part having to be replaced early. How much is the engine itself worth? The estimates I've seen have these engines costing $2.5 million to build, and declining. To put it in perspective, a CFM-56 (-5 or -7) cost about $1.6 million to build. An overhaul bill is about $3 milli...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines
Replies: 30
Views: 7821

Re: Pratt & Whitney reduces life limits for A220, E190/E195-E2 engines

Seems like just yesterday PW was telling the world that they had spent 20 years developing this engine, telling everyone it was all figured out. Its quite obvious at this point that the GTF is still a development engine.

Frankly, PW is an embarrassment.

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by SteelChair
Fri May 31, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35950

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

Listen. They f up too. Do it more than you know. Thankfully. But they do. With Delta, having worked here for 13 years and working on and off the 4th floor, they f up. And we can spend a lot of money fixing those issues. A lot. But whatever Delta does, if its in a press release or a quarterly call, ...

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by SteelChair
Thu May 30, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oldest LH Airbus 320 last flight today
Replies: 53
Views: 8829

Re: Oldest LH Airbus 320 last flight today

What a fantastic ahievement for an airplane that began with a 60,000 FH/20,000 FC limit. The ESG program has obviously been very successful. 34 years ago I was one of those snarky brainwashed Boeing fanboys. Believed all the stuff about pilots being gods and FBW taking their authority. The A320 has ...

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by SteelChair
Thu May 30, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35950

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

It doesn't have a place, unless you f up and wait too long and its your only option for new nb lift. But DL does strange things with airplanes, it's not always based on math. But the 220 is not the same type as the 320 fleet. You're adding a separate... everything. Listen: given DL catastrophic fin...

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by SteelChair
Wed May 29, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35950

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

The larger E2 holds about the same number of passengers as the smaller CS.The E2 cannot compete at 4 abreast with the 5 abreast CS. There are too few seats to spread out the high ML costs on the E2, and yet the E2 is too large to be flown at a US regional due to scope clause limitations. In the USA ...

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by SteelChair
Tue May 28, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35950

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

It is however very surprising they talk about a second assembly line when the one in Mirabel is way way way below capacity. Well to be fair, its not clear whether it will be a completion center or a full production line in Mobile. And they can't get more sales unless they can get production up. Its...

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by SteelChair
Mon May 27, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35950

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

The Mobile factory (hopefully it is just a completion center) makes any new Boeing complaint dead on arrival. It is however very surprising they talk about a second assembly line when the one in Mirabel is way way way below capacity. Well to be fair, its not clear whether it will be a completion ce...

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by SteelChair
Mon May 27, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35950

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

The Mobile factory (hopefully it is just a completion center) makes any new Boeing complaint dead on arrival.

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by SteelChair
Sat May 25, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Delta regret not ordering a similar replacement for the Md-88?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Will Delta regret not ordering a similar replacement for the Md-88?

The gap between the 132 seat A220-300 and the 737-900 (180)/A321 (190) is too large. A320neo and 737-8 max are too large/heavy and not optimised for shorter routes. The A220-500 is perfect. Heck, its wing area is exactly the same size as the MD88....1209 sq ft. The only difference is 40% less block ...

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by SteelChair
Tue May 21, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says
Replies: 242
Views: 39131

Re: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says

Airbus today announced 2.3t extra MTOW. :arrow: Not unpractical when discussing a stretch. You can maintain range compared to the A220-300 / CS300. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7FF-g5X4AAVJn6.jpg:large https://twitter.com/AirbusPRESS/status/1130761935912349696 They also celebrated Airbus 12000 airc...

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by SteelChair
Mon May 20, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 243
Views: 17569

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

Alas, this thread gives a little insight as to why AA is such a train wreck right now.

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by SteelChair
Fri May 17, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

Flightaware shows DL9960 cxld and BTI9801 was showing on Flightradar24 enroute to RIX a few minutes ago, but it disappeared once he went feet wet. (about 2120Z).)

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by SteelChair
Sun May 12, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 question
Replies: 64
Views: 11721

Re: A220 question

As has been said many times, the A220-100 (at least at Delta) is not a replacement for main line jets, its an upgauge from 76 seat RJ 's. Remember, pilot shortage is looming for RJ airlines. The A220-300 may prove to be a replacement for A319ceo and 737-7 since the 737-Max and 319neo aren't selling...

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by SteelChair
Sun May 12, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

LSZH34 wrote:
Update on Swiss' last two CS100?


I have seen that question asked several times on these message board on the last 6 months. Apparently, no one knows the answer, or at least not anyone who is at liberty to say.

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by SteelChair
Sat May 11, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success
Replies: 103
Views: 22120

Re: JetBlue Interested in Widebodies if London is a Success

And then, JetBlue can fly to Haneda! And then Dubai! And then HKG! And then GIG!

Stand by for an order of 200 A350s! Its bound to happen!

Sarcasm intended.

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by SteelChair
Sat May 11, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 question
Replies: 64
Views: 11721

Re: A220 question

Actually ... Boeing narrow bodies and the Airbus 320 series offer a far more spacious, comfortable and wider 2x2 product in first. I guess if the A220 operators went to 1x2 as on the Ejets in first class ... the people up front might be a lot more comfortable. But the 2x3 in coach on the A220 is mo...

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by SteelChair
Sat May 11, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 question
Replies: 64
Views: 11721

Re: A220 question

I didn't know PW had the worst reliability engines out there.Will the new GTF series be better? Pratt does NOT have bad reliability!! I've flown on an worked on Pratt engines for 45 years. GE bought their exclusivity with Boeing for the 777 and 747 but we'll see about the newer models as PW develop...

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by SteelChair
Sat May 11, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 257
Views: 67298

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

In my experience, aircraft flying domestic routes in the USA at a typical major normally fly about 2,800-3,000 hours/year. Widebodies Intl run about 4,800. That JetBlue get 4,300 hr/yr on an A320 is impressive. I have seen very few domestic narrowbodies exceed 100,000 flight hours, but a few DC9s ha...

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by SteelChair
Fri May 10, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will replace United's 767’s
Replies: 46
Views: 8657

Re: What will replace United's 767’s

The only replacement for a 767 is another 767. Everything else is either bigger or smaller.

I'm a believer in 7 abreast seating for medium range airplanes, no matter what the bean counters say.

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by SteelChair
Wed May 08, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 21825

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

No one has mentioned that AA has unions and Delta mostly doesn't. Of course, with their management, AA employees are probably in greater need of representation. But still, it seems like unions in the Unites States coddle those who underperform and incite those who complain, leading to lower morale a...

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