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by CX747
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

We have no idea what occurred behind closed doors. Could be the Brits and Aussies asked for the US to step up first and bear the testing, trial run, shake down expenses. Hey, we are are buying 40-50 aircraft max and you will have hundreds. Can you help us out here and scratch our backs?!?!

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by CX747
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11766

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

Well, darn, I really want to disagree with Ozair but I can’t do it, frankly. (Aside; Least likely of all parties to throw hundreds of millions at a T-7 combat derivative this year is Boeing). I think if anyone can today build/compete/sell a cheap light fighter, it’s probably Saab, and in fact they ...

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by CX747
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons
Replies: 87
Views: 11766

Re: Replacement of Austrian Typhoons

Used F-16s, new F-16s, new F/A-18 Super Hornets, new F-15EXs. The F-16 overall should cover everything they need (unless they want 2 engines). There is a whole host of used models Austria could pick up from the US, Israel, etc. Update, upgrade and live off the USAF's future program for the jet. You ...

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by CX747
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 199
Views: 17316

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

747 line is shutting down. I think you see the E-4 and multitude of -135 aircraft get replaced by either 767, 737 or G-550 business jets or a mixture of them over time. Already started to a certain degree with CompassCall going from C-130 to G-550.

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by CX747
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2634

Re: The C130 and CH47, obsolete proof ?

Neither the C-130 or the CH-47 are obsolete. They dominate their markets because they effectively and efficiently perform the tasks they were created to do. Countless other airframes have come and gone in the markets the C-130 and CH-47 reside in. The strength of the product, the breadth of the prod...

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by CX747
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 38913

Re: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020

UPS picked up two of the ex Lufthansa birds recently. Hard time for LH to be shedding cargo capacity. Hopefully they can get the new 777s online quickly to capture the overwhelming freight market.

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by CX747
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 5026

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Germany surprised a few when they bought the Super Hornet. In that procurement there were a few outliers that really pointed to the Super Bug winning at least a portion of the order. Hard to see them going with the P-8. I can't imagine what the unions would do. Best option overall and gives you inte...

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by CX747
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ACE Belgium to become Challenge Airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 994

Re: ACE Belgium to become Challenge Airlines

Glad to hear the name issue was settled. I look forward to seeing Challenge Airline's 747s coming to the United States sometime soon.

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by CX747
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1121
Views: 310075

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

Airworthiness certfication expiry dates of the remaining KL 74E's. Registry - Airw_expiry PH-BFT - 28-Jul-20 PH-BFV - 06-Nov-20 PH-BFW - 12-Jan-21 (Source: https://english.ilent.nl/themes/a/aviation) Should the current cargo-runs continue in the forseeable future, than PH-BFW will likely be the las...

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by CX747
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 144
Views: 33413

Re: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

The Volga-Dnepr VQ-BIO > N784TD will become N624UP under UPS' ownership and the transaction is confirmed. Msn and tab will remain unchanged (hope that helps your records, Peter). Thx for the quick answer, so L/N 1558 will become : 747-8F, RC610, AirBridgeCargo (NTU) , UPS, serial number 63784, (VQ-...

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by CX747
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?
Replies: 20
Views: 4844

Re: 2nd Samaritan's Purse DC-8?

Yeah, I can't believe it either, but on planespotters.net, if you look at Samaritan's Purse fleet, there is apparently a DC-8-73 registered N873SJ that is due. The airline is a disaster relief company that is based in North Carolina I believe. Does anyone have any other info? I'd love to hear! Anyw...

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by CX747
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

"Tension is building within Boeing about whether to keep the B747 in production beyond the current order backlog, as a decision looms on the future of the iconic aircraft." Direct quote from the article that started this thread. We can talk about Triumph and their production coming to a cl...

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by CX747
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Are we to believe that this: https://www.aucto.com/auction/triumph-aerostructures-llc-747-fuselage-mfg-facility-3rd-auction-day-1/10591 and previous and follow-on auctions are not affecting Triumph's capability to manufacture 747 fuselage parts? No, we have already discussed Triumph's current posit...

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by CX747
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Multiple articles out there all shedding new light on the 747 program. The Gates article show that Boeing was focusing on other priorities rather than the 747 over the past few years. It doesn't discuss any final call. Just a company not commenting on the program. The Gates article also states the T...

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by CX747
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FedEx to reactivate parked aircraft
Replies: 182
Views: 60651

Re: FedEx to park 35 planes on weaker demand

According to https://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=4 MD-10-10 SN 17 has been sent to VCV for scrapping. N368FE totals of 90150 hours and 38811 cycles as of last June. That's a LOT of cycles. Wow. While the DC-10 is certified for 60,000 FC and 160,000 FH, that is one worn bird...

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by CX747
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 263
Views: 50579

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

Cargo weight is down, but much more money being paid out due to the loss of belly freight in pax flights: I'm excited about the 777xF. Partially as the market needs it as there is going to be far more available 777-300ER (and LR) to convert (prices already down 13% in last 3 months per flowing link...

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by CX747
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

There is an article up on Leeham discussing Boeing "potentially" moving forward the offering of the 777-8F design. This would overlap with a "potential" 747 line closure in 2023. Sheds additional light on the decisions Boeing management is chewing on. It also meets with Boeing n...

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by CX747
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

There is an article up on Leeham discussing Boeing "potentially" moving forward the offering of the 777-8F design. This would overlap with a "potential" 747 line closure in 2023. Sheds additional light on the decisions Boeing management is chewing on. It also meets with Boeing ne...

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by CX747
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

All info still has Boeing determining over the next 9-12 months on whether or not to continue production. IF UPS buys additional 747s, then that time frame could be pushed back even further. I think several years back, Boeing purchased enough supplies from Triumph to cover production until the time ...

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by CX747
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Or Boeing may already have canceled that production slot... That is also a possibility. They could keep the parts in their spares in case of future need. There is a whole number of possibilities going on with the 747 line. A= ABC 747 frame already built B= UPS 747 just cancelled You could have UPS ...

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Stitch wrote:
Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times is reporting that he believes UPS is the customer for the five UFO 767-300Fs.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/b ... delivered/


Glad to see UPS continuing to grow and add new aircraft.

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by CX747
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 263
Views: 50579

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

I don't think that anyone realistically felt that the 778-F would be a near-term product with any kind of sustainable volume. UPS has 39 MD11s and 13 744s. FedEx has 25 MD10s and 52 MD11s. That's 129 candidates for the 77W conversion over the next decade. Are we sure these customers will prefer con...

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by CX747
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 263
Views: 50579

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

Does anyone have an actual cost analysis comparing the purchase/conversion of a used 747-400 to the purchase/conversion of a 777-300ER? The 77W is more fuel efficient but in terms of purchase price, where does it sit? Can I buy a recently parked Virgin Atlantic/GECAS 747-400 and convert it to a frei...

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by CX747
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates wants to partner with a US3 airline.
Replies: 92
Views: 15510

Re: Emirates wants to partner with a US3 airline.

“ Emirates] would deliver a huge amount of business to whichever of the Big Three was selected" The hubris in that statement is an issue in and of itself for the US3. EK is hurting badly and they think they will "select" their partner. Not starting off on a good foot when you are the ...

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by CX747
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)
Replies: 23
Views: 4698

Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

N772UA DEN-EWR was my first 777 flight.

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by CX747
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

In reference to the linked article it looks like 1 from the Volga-Dnepr fiasco and 4 to 7 ”additional jumbo cargo airplanes to a buyer believed to be UPS Inc.” but I couldn’t read the whole thing. You are correct. 1 from Volga-Dnepr and 4 to 7 additional. IF Volga is hot to trot, use the payments m...

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by CX747
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Payload would likely be even lower than the 777F with all that extra structural weight. No even close to a 748 replacement. 778 makes the most sense, but it will never carry the payload of the 748. It doesn't necessarily have to. The 777F chased the 744F out of the market because it get close enoug...

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by CX747
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Hi all! I just saw this in the news, but I can't read past the paywall: "Sources: Boeing wins 747 freighter deal, in talks to sell more jumbos" https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2020/06/01/boeing-747-freighter-cargo-jet-orders-pandemic.html Didn't take long for other buyers to scoo...

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by CX747
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Why complicate things by opening the nose when you can open the back ? Like the Boeing Dreamlifter. The 747 has the upper deck there so that the nose can be opened, but if you start from a more conventional frame, opening the back seems much easier. Now do you even need to open it like the Dreamlif...

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by CX747
Sun May 31, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Ironic that when the C-17 was in production, the USAF was upset that Congress kept shoving them down their throats because parts for the frames were built in so many Districts. And yet only a handful of years after the production line is retired and dismantled, suddenly they want a few dozen more. ...

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by CX747
Sun May 31, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

It has been apparent for a decade that the 748 was at the end of its production. If the nose door is so vital, where were the orders 3 to 4 years ago. Cargolux, Atlas and Volga-Dnepr have not ordered a dozen frames together in the last years. If something is so vital, but the freighters never inves...

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by CX747
Sun May 31, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

As an alternative: I think that Boeing might be $ and market share ahead by coming up with a 777X-F version with a rear drop ramp (not a swing tail). The reasons for that is my understanding of the oversized cargo market is that it's more often long items and not big bulky items. A 777X-F with a dr...

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by CX747
Sun May 31, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

The Flightglobal article indicates the the current 767F and current 777F engines will not meet the ICAO 2028 CO2 regulations. That implies that the current 748F does; which makes sense as it uses a fairly new generation engine (a derivative of the 787 engine). Admittedly, that adds a factor to Boei...

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by CX747
Sun May 31, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Meanwhile, it seems one of the few remaining parties interested in 748F is unhappy that Boeing believed them when they said they didn't want the ones they had on order pre-covid... And they only seem to be fighting to get one of the four they ordered... :scratchchin: Anyway, the 747-8 will not meet...

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by CX747
Sun May 31, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

[photoid][/photoid] Where exactly is this whole 747 passing the ICAO 2028 standard but 777 not, coming from? I think even by the absolute most optimistic perspective, the idea that a new standard being instituted by 2028 will save the 747 line is more than a bit far fetched. https://www.flightglobal...

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by CX747
Sat May 30, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

The deferred production cost will be there until the last 747-8F is delivered. That's not my understanding. It's a loan from Boeing to Boeing, and Boeing can write it off any time they want. It's not hard to imagine that now is a good time to do so. The stock has been hammered, it's a good time to ...

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by CX747
Sat May 30, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Where exactly is this whole 747 passing the ICAO 2028 standard but 777 not, coming from? I think even by the absolute most optimistic perspective, the idea that a new standard being instituted by 2028 will save the 747 line is more than a bit far fetched. https://www.flightglobal.com/flight-interna...

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by CX747
Sat May 30, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

777-8F needs to be done. Let the 777F just continue to cruise until it is time to bow out for the next 777 freighter. When we look at costs, do we have an idea on how much the new freighter will cost to build? Funny to think the 777F is grounded due to being old tech but the 747 could continue to ro...

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by CX747
Fri May 29, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Another article today on FlightGlobal about Boeing freighter strategy. https://www.flightglobal.com/flight-international-opinion/why-freighter-strategy-is-a-loaded-question-for-boeing/138555.article It would seem FG is reading some of our posts here! The article does shed light on many issues that ...

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by CX747
Fri May 29, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

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? The issue really isn't the control mechanism, the issue is that a nose opening has to be designed in right from the start like 747. All the structural ...

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by CX747
Fri May 29, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/24542/usaf-wants-more-airlift-capacity-but-with-c-17-out-of-production-what-could-provide-it Open source reporting (just 1 of numerous articles and official reports) on a USAF study describing a shortfall in tactical airlifters. 747 is discussed as a possible so...

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by CX747
Thu May 28, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada seeks five new international cargo routes (FlightGlobal)
Replies: 9
Views: 2933

Re: Air Canada seeks five new international cargo routes (FlightGlobal)

Have to wonder how long the operation of pax aircraft flying all cargo continues. Not a long term viable operation. I do wonder if we see major airlines from around the world convert or buy a small fleet of all cargo aircraft. With this downturn, cargo is a lifeblood. Having in AC's possession a fle...

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by CX747
Thu May 28, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic still selling LGW & 747
Replies: 5
Views: 1437

Re: Virgin Atlantic still selling LGW & 747

Probably just one hand trying to catch up with the other. Hard to believe but Virgin at this point is 747 less! I wonder how they look coming out of this. I wonder if DL takes all their A330s and A350s??? Have VS just run 787s. One fleet, very efficient with an ability to move to the -9 or -10 shoul...

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by CX747
Thu May 28, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

The USAF has asked for additional lift recently. They stated they are 1 squadron short of tactical airlifters. Conversation from that need has discussed multiple options that fit the bill from 747s, new C-17s or dusted off C-5s from the desert. No answer to the question has been picked but figure 24...

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by CX747
Thu May 28, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 995
Views: 115904

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

wjcandee wrote:
And N741AX is now on its way to GUM from HNL.


Enjoy the Far East our friend.

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by CX747
Wed May 27, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

The article states there is an internal tussle on whether to continue 747 production or not. That would mean that production and the program are alive at this point. Whether or not to proceed with anything past the UPS order is the discussion. To say it is dead is incorrect. The program is alive bu...

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by CX747
Wed May 27, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 378
Views: 58871

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

The article states there is an internal tussle on whether to continue 747 production or not. That would mean that production and the program are alive at this point. Whether or not to proceed with anything past the UPS order is the discussion. To say it is dead is incorrect. The program is alive but...

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by CX747
Wed May 27, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 995
Views: 115904

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Will Amazon go for new builds, are there enough planes suitable for conversion if they want so many? And who will be doing all that flying for them? Frankly I’m surprised Kalitta still hasnt jumped in . I think between ATI and Atlas, particularly in this pilot market, they're not going to have trou...

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by CX747
Sun May 24, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 995
Views: 115904

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

SY Sun Prime Fleet additions...... N451CC (aka N7919A ) 737-800F #5 flying KIX-ANC today. ANC -PAE Tomorrow, N445CC (aka N7907A) Arr ANC-PAE yesterday.) 737-800F #6 N543RL still in PAE. 737-800F #4 3 737-800F are now in service for Amazon What an outstanding opportunity for this carrier. I hope the...

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