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by SamTheGeek
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 150626

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

A bit off topic, but I think that this is Boeing preparing for military sales with the newer engine (or re-engining older military aircraft, such as the Japanese fleet). For a good portion of their military customers, the supply chain for widebody cargo/refueling aircraft is actually just the nation...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old LAX T3 with Over wing Jet Bridge
Replies: 31
Views: 6798

Re: Old LAX T3 with Over wing Jet Bridge

What I find interesting is the small joggle forward that the Jetway makes near the aircraft doorway. I'd bet this moved forward/aft under the operator's control to line up the jetbridge with the aircraft door (allowing for variance in where the plane was parked as well as aircraft with doors in sli...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1221
Views: 270546

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

FLALEFTY wrote:
It will be interesting to see what aircraft replaces these in some secondary Florida markets. For Delta, the MD88 has been the mainline mainstay for cities like DAB, SRQ, MLB, ECP, VPS, PNS & TLH. GNV


Have they said where the A220-300 will be flying yet?

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgium 10 yr dry lease 2 falcon 7-x for 124 million Euros
Replies: 13
Views: 3072

Re: Belgium 10 yr dry lease 2 falcon 9-x for 124 million Euros

Neither aircraft will carry official government markings. Apparently Belgium has a side hustle renting out its fleet to the EU and NATO from time to time, and they don't want an official livery getting in the way of that. An interesting side-hustle, to say the least. Odd that the US Air Force doesn...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines ending U.S. service
Replies: 28
Views: 10229

Re: AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines ending U.S. service

lhrsfosyd91 wrote:
Must have done a Facebook survey and decided to reinstate.


It’s a government-owned airline. The survey need only have reached an audience of the one person who can improve the subsidy to the airline for FY20

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo Family 'Excessive Pitch' Issue Thread
Replies: 215
Views: 53580

Re: A320neo Family 'Excessive Pitch' Issue Thread

So how come Easyjet hasn't reported any such problems with its Neos?And are they blocking rows too, since they have 186 seats? I wonder if EasyJet has fewer checked bags because of their typical market, I’d bet that plays into this. LH likely has to trade off baggage delivery speed — especially rel...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 332
Views: 51802

Re: CRJ production to end in 2020

Mitsubishi is buying the CRJ program for its global support network This is something that shouldn’t be discounted. Mitsubishi never had any intention of producing the CRJ. BBD wanted to remove their need to support the fleet for another two decades, especially considering that the CRJ is going to ...

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by SamTheGeek
Thu May 30, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EL AL launches TLV-NRT from March 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 1546

Re: El Al launches TLV-NRT from March 2020

That only leaves SIN as the only major financial in the Far East not connected to TLV. Until Malaysia or Indonesia recognize Israel and enable aircraft flying to/from Israel over their airspace, it just wouldn't happen. Any other route would add a number of hours that would make such a flight nonvi...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat May 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 45069

Re: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville

Yet another 737 runway overrun. Why do these incidents always seem to be on that aircraft? Higher approach speeds vs other aircraft? It’s also the most popular airplane in the world, so wouldn’t that mean that most overruns would have a higher likelihood of being a 737? The A320 series is also very...

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by SamTheGeek
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 33
Views: 6789

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

It's pretty clear that the thread has a bunch of confusion around MD-11 variants. There are several: MD-11 : Standard, passenger MD-11. Boring MD-11C : Five built. "Combi" model, with pax up front and a cargo door all the way aft. Could fly in all-pax or pax + aft cargo (4 pallets). See ph...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will BA expand?
Replies: 37
Views: 6529

Re: How will BA expand?

...the A380 replacing some select 747 routes they've shown that they're happy to downsize. The 744 was the best option at the time but it was probably too big for a lot of routes that they flew/fly I'm still curious about LHR-JFK, since its slot-restricted at both ends, and there's seemingly infini...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?
Replies: 32
Views: 6569

Re: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?

EDIT: Actually, I'm an idiot. The D18 IS basically the CF6 from an engineering / timeframe point of view. The TF39 was out a good two decades before the D18 really. So not much advantage there, but obviously the same logic applies to many of the more modern engines we now have today. At that thrust...

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by SamTheGeek
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?
Replies: 32
Views: 6569

Re: Bigboy AN-225 Myria in a casual low pass?

Carrying such massive loads may be a niche market, but it is a market and there is a need for it. What will happen on the very sad day when this monster's flying career will be over? No-one seems to even think of designing a successor. Or perhaps An will just build another Mriya, identical to this ...

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by SamTheGeek
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier wins approval for 90-seat Q400, eyes more orders
Replies: 45
Views: 8810

Re: Bombardier wins approval for 90-seat Q400, eyes more orders

As mentioned above, the 90 seat config order by SpiceJet was made in 2017. See: http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1375045 It appears some of the space saving came from removing an exit door. Take a look at the first post in this thread, and scroll down to the last image: http:/...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?
Replies: 63
Views: 8964

Re: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?

Air China livery is a higly sensitive political issue I'd revise that to all of the 'legacy' Chinese carriers. CA, CZ, and MU are all direct descendants of old CA — back when the CAAC was the only organization allowed to operate civilian flights within China. Their liveries (well, MU's old one) all...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca 787 in BOG
Replies: 6
Views: 1694

Re: Avianca 787 in BOG

The issue with the RR Trent engines is related to corrosion on the fan blades — airlines are now required to frequently inspect all their fan blades for certain kinds of corrosion (and the associated cracking). If any is discovered, they need to replace the affected blades. Because so many engines (...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian regional operator IrAero to try its luck on trunk air routes to China using B777s
Replies: 4
Views: 1382

Re: Russian regional operator IrAero to try its luck on trunk air routes to China using B777s

I think the '19 routes' licensing is merely an upper-end, it'll likely turn out that they'll only have 1-2 city pairs per a/c

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and the new LaGuardia
Replies: 62
Views: 12821

Re: United and the NEW LaGuardia

using 752s for Premium pax to other UA hubs for pax that connect to international Polaris flights. I'm curious why they'd do that, because with the return of SQ's EWR-SIN service, there's not many premium-heavy international destinations United (or another Star Alliance partner) services exclusivel...

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by SamTheGeek
Fri May 25, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flights circumventing certain territories
Replies: 29
Views: 4882

Re: Flights circumventing certain territories

There is, of course, the restricted airspace in the western United States around Groom Lake, Tonopah, etc.

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?
Replies: 55
Views: 12157

Re: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?

Revelation wrote:
Did you say the same thing when Bonn was the capital? :biggrin:


Well played!

Other than the fact that I was two years away from being born when Berlin became the capital of Germany again ;)

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 68
Views: 9360

Re: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying

I feel like SJC should also be a target for OZ. Considering the amount of tech business that happens there (and the fact that Samsung has a huge campus within sight of the airport), it'd be worth exploring that route. Worth noting that it has daily 787s to Beijing (on HU) and Narita (on NH) and an A...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Max windspeed for airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1400

Re: Max windspeed for airport

Winds at DCA are showing max 54 kts, direction 320 degrees, which should suit rwy 33 quite well. Never been there myself, so I don't know if it's used for departures. RWY 33 (effectively) isn't used for takeoffs anymore because the Pentagon (and its restricted airspace) is immediately beyond the th...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport
Replies: 37
Views: 6675

Re: Canada looks to replace ageing VIP Transport

It's 99% for sure going to be an A330. But wouldn't it be crazy if they downsized and went with a bunch of CS300's? Don't they already have a few CL-604 for this role? The big plane is for intercontinental flying on state trips, unlike Air Force One it isn't used domestically (as the PM travels wit...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?
Replies: 55
Views: 12157

Re: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?

Simply because it’s the capital, any non-stop to a world city (JFK, HKG, and the like) gets additional cachet and attention. My point isn’t that there’d be fares to cover it, but that everyone would pay attention to it — the mere existence of a thread about its discontinuation proves the point. Bec...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?
Replies: 55
Views: 12157

Re: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?

Why would it be a flagship service? There is almost nothing worthwhile going on in Berlin that can fill the front of an airliner on a daily basis. Simply because it’s the capital, any non-stop to a world city (JFK, HKG, and the like) gets additional cachet and attention. My point isn’t that there’d...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A388 at MNL
Replies: 11
Views: 3544

Re: British Airways A388 at MNL

Arrived 22Jan http://thebasource.com/g-xlef.html Isn't it the same time VS's A346 (G-VNAP) was undergoing maintenance to put it back on duty from storage? Can Lufthansa Technik at MNL hold both A346 and A380 together at the same time? :shock: :o Based on Google Maps, yes. See their hangar below wit...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?
Replies: 55
Views: 12157

Re: Lufthansa Group to pull out of Berlin - New York?

There will be flights between Berlin and New York. LEVEL anyone? Interesting thought... I think that LEVEL's branding as a new airline, separate from the other IAG family members, will help alleviate the discomfort that might come from having another nation's flag carrier operating what would other...

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by SamTheGeek
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A388 at MNL
Replies: 11
Views: 3544

Re: British Airways A388 at MNL

The flight number gives a clue... 9000-series typically mean ferry flights for maintenance/repositioning (8000-series are usually 'make-up' flights for a cancellation)

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar airways 787-9
Replies: 11
Views: 6357

Re: Qatar airways 787-9

Is it possible to convert these order to 787-10? Theoretically it would be, BA would happily take the extra profit margin (since the materials cost increase is nowhere near the price increase). However, the 78X’s reduced range might not be helpful for QR’s core competency, which is longhaul connect...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Air A321neo More to Love Livery Revealed!
Replies: 89
Views: 20498

Re: Alaska Air A321neo More to Love Livery Revealed!

Does AS mix their two premerger fleets? For example, if I was on a route that was AS only premerger, would I be able to fly on an A32X? Or do they only use repainted aircraft on these routes? Do the A32X stay within VX routes? As of right now, all previously AS routes are on Boeing, and all previou...

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by SamTheGeek
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde and Air Force One at SXM (video)
Replies: 25
Views: 7160

Re: Concorde and Air Force One at SXM (video)

I don’t think the reason KLM 747s went to another island (Curaçao) was for fuel given that’s further south than SXM. SXM's runway is only 2300m long, so they probably needed PTP's 3500m runway to carry enough fuel to get home — it's unlikely that Concorde could lift enough fuel out of SXM. PTP is c...

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by SamTheGeek
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX and the Collier Trophy
Replies: 15
Views: 2747

Re: 737MAX and the Collier Trophy

Where is SpaceX's Falcon rocket, especially the flying the pieces back to earth parts ? The Falcon heavy should be nominated (and WIN) for 2018. This is the 2017 prize. The Falcon Heavy is the coolest rocket currently in existence. SpaceX is just the most technologically successful company in aeros...

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by SamTheGeek
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 11148

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

Are they as secretive as the Janet airplanes that are based out here in Vegas? Omni also has 767s that sit out here, so this is a really weird find indeed. In some ways, yes, if not more so. While the origin, destination, purpose, and passengers of Janet are effectively 'known', only the origin is ...

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by SamTheGeek
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 11148

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

These are in fact former NA 767s. If I remember correctly, they formerly appeared in a 'sanitized' NA colors. No titles on the fuselage and certainly no massive US flag on the tail. When they were flying for North American (before North American shut down), they had the full livery, including the g...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unmarked 767s at IAD
Replies: 35
Views: 11148

Re: Unmarked 767s at IAD

Weren't these the routes formerly run by North American 767's? These are in fact former NA 767s. If I remember correctly, they formerly appeared in a 'sanitized' NA colors. No titles on the fuselage and certainly no massive US flag on the tail. Lots of occasionally interesting planespotting at IAD....

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 52534

Re: AN-148 with 71 people gone missing

Don't mean to sound shrewd, but I think it's time the Russians take a look at the reliability of the Antonov fleet. Do you want to be taken serious ? This is no ancient soviet-era Antonov . Do YOU want to be taken seriously? "Soviet-era Antonov" are working reliably on numerous regional r...

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by SamTheGeek
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Subsurface Defect Led to Uncontained Engine Failure - 2016 AA 763 engine fire
Replies: 30
Views: 5444

Re: Subsurface Defect Led to Uncontained Engine Failure - 2016 AA 763 engine fire

And didn't this also happen to one of the US 762's while doing on-ground testing? (VERY fortunate that all three of these events occurred while the plane was on the ground.) Fortunately, these kinds of failures are more likely to occur while on the ground rather than in the air, since acceleration ...

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by SamTheGeek
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 32639

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Someone should correct me but I believe the A350 Cathay was the first visit of that aircraft type because the Cathay flights are usually handled by B77W's. Cathay was operating the A350 there earlier in 2017 — I pulled in next to one when I flew AC in August. Sorry, that wasn't correct — I was at Y...

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by SamTheGeek
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 32639

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Someone should correct me but I believe the A350 Cathay was the first visit of that aircraft type because the Cathay flights are usually handled by B77W's. Cathay was operating the A350 there earlier in 2017 — I pulled in next to one when I flew AC in August. Sorry, that wasn't Cathay — it was ...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Boeing 777X operators
Replies: 73
Views: 14054

Re: Upcoming Boeing 777X operators

I think the big market we haven't seen yet will be Chinese airlines — they're going to need lots of seat capacity both domestically and internationally, and they're going to want more seats than the A350 family can deliver. Frankly, any airline that needs to put more than 350 passengers in a single ...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 923
Views: 213849

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

[quote="USAirKid"a really clear definition of Interim, Lei, and Old. I think I know what you mean, but others might not get it. Also, it might just be easier to provide an photo example of each of the standard livery variations. (Unlike several other recent mergers AS has a few different l...

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by SamTheGeek
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 32639

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

pnwtraveler wrote:
Someone should correct me but I believe the A350 Cathay was the first visit of that aircraft type because the Cathay flights are usually handled by B77W's.


Cathay was operating the A350 there earlier in 2017 — I pulled in next to one when I flew AC in August.

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