Maybe they'll look into the A320neo/A321XLR. It seems to be the next Reykjavik fish hauler by specs alone. A few used A330s to replace their aging 767s might be in order too. If the MAX debacle had happened later, FI would have been quite the jam with regards to capacity. Then again, they might be w...Jump to post
Everyone wants everyone else to subsidize them. First rule of politics and business.
I say that the costs of airports should be borne by the users of those airports. The Airport Improvement Fee is the most transparent way of funding it, whereas taxpayer-funding is not very transparent at all.
Denmark is odd. It has one big hub (CPH) which is all the way at the edge of the country near the Swedish border. Due to it's location it's inconvenient for anyone outside Copenhagen. You have to cross the city to get to the airport. The airports outside CPH are much smaller, BLL only having a frac...Jump to post
Bingo. This is far from a done deal. The impact on competition and pricing is huge. The chances of Transat remaining a separate, distinct brand with a distinct head office, a completely duplicated management team and infrastructure beyond about 24 months is somewhere between slim and none. It'll be...Jump to post
I'm still not a fan of this deal due to the effects it will have on competition. Air Canada can promise to keep both separate for the regulators for a certain time, but as soon as they're past the required time, they'll fold their operations together. Why else would they buy an airline, if not to de...Jump to post
700 million for that and they don't even get the production facilities? Meh, sounds like a bad deal. What kind of IP are we talking about? The type certificate of an aircraft about to cease production? How to design and produce an aircraft that complies with worldwide aviation standards would be th...Jump to post
And MHI will not take over the CRJ production facilities. They will "hire" Bombardier to build and deliver the remaining backlog on their behalf (suggesting they will take no further CRJ orders). So what did they buy then? An empty shell, customer lists, warehouses, parts? Seems stupid to...Jump to post
How many of us here are old enough to remember when the CRJ 50 seater debuted (remember the articles in ATW, and Airways mags)? And how it changed the aviation scene. And now the company that ushered in that era is leaving the not only the segment but market. The only inevitability in life is chang...Jump to post
I have always been an Airbus fan. Personally I hope deals are being worked in the background where Air Canada could say, "Hey Boeing, come pick up your trash, we're going with A320s after all". But ... they didn't ask me, and my scenario is very unlikely! ;) Could not agree more. AC is th...Jump to post
6 days left. I'm waiting... Frankly, I would be a little surprised if this were not approved. I am sure Air Canada's legal team has done their homework and know what is likely and not likely to past muster. On the other had, it goes back to the speculation of intent. Does AC really want to merge th...Jump to post
The value equation is different for EK as they are going to have to keep operating them, whereas for AF (and some other operators) there is an opportunity to eliminate the fleet entirely which has its own value benefits (and also a smaller number which may have a chance to be absorbed in the second...Jump to post
How on earth can new seats cost 50 million Euros per aircraft? Surely they could find suppliers that charge reasonable prices for this stuff. It's not as if most of these seats are even particularly comfortable or advanced. You might want to check out Swiss blog post detailing their recent A340 cab...Jump to post
YYZ-YHZ is the obvious add. No one has mentioned it That would seem to be the most obvious one to me as well. I'm not sure the additional slots will really get used by either AC or Porter though. Porter seems to be bumping its head on viable destinations as they've tried a few US and Canadian desti...Jump to post
Montreal-Trudeau airport back to Montreal-Dorval airport.
Montreal-Mirabel airport to Montreal-Trudeau.
That would be fitting.
I wonder, though, isn't the 787 more economical than the 757, especially the 757-300? Of course, capacity is a different concern. But I would think on some of the highest capacity routes, like from Seattle, the 787 could make sense. Isn't Icelandair in a pretty strong growth mode? In an absolute se...Jump to post
Airbus will offer A330-800 on short term lease which can then be extended or swapped out for A321XLR depending on Icelandair's experiences/preferences. I'd say the running costs of an A330-800 would not be significantly greater (if greater at all) than a 757 at this point. Boeing can offer the 787 ...Jump to post
Explained like this (more range please but no more capacity, thank you) looks like a stalemate. I see it from a different perspective: 1. The 737 MAX carries less passengers than the 757s. (Not sure about cargo though, let's not forget about the fish). It's not the perfect plane for all their route...Jump to post
Well, if they want to keep their 737-MAXs for many many years and turn them into their workhouse it begs the question how many A321XLRs or Boeing's NMA will they really need? If it's a modest number, they can't expect Boeing to go out of the way to please them. I thought we were talking about a sig...Jump to post
Whew. We seem to be looking at all sorts of contortions to keep FI an all-Boeing operation. What's driving it? The romance of the 757? A feeling that A321s can't work in FI's route structure? An assumption FI management are more interested in preserving the Boeing relationship than optimising their...Jump to post
So, the summary version (please correct me if I'm wrong): - Sky Regional: No change, still flies E175s - Air Georgian: contract terminated, B1900 & CRJ100 remains with them, CRJ200 moves to Jazz - Jazz: takes over Air Georgian CRJ200 routes; DH1 to be retired and replaced with refurbished DH3 - ...Jump to post
With the 737MAX coming into service, Icelandair now has the ability to move the 757s into lighter-duty service. The 737 can do the bulk of the routes, while the 757s can be saved for the routes they are needed for their legs. Sure, such strategy would "buy them some time", but how efficie...Jump to post
With the 737MAX coming into service, Icelandair now has the ability to move the 757s into lighter-duty service. The 737 can do the bulk of the routes, while the 757s can be saved for the routes they are needed for their legs. Based on speculation, the 797/MOM looks to be the right size and have the ...Jump to post
You say quads have no future but we still have B-52s with 8 engines flying around since the 50s. They'll all have a purpose. True, but that's not because of any inherent advantages of 8 engines. It's more a case of 'they're paid for' and they don't accumulate enough flying hours to really justify a...Jump to post
If fuel was contaminated, there is a chance that the engine would still run. Would you rather have 2 chances of it running or 4? Well, I've flown transatlantic on two-engine planes, so I judge the risk to be fairly low. I still maintain that outside of a freak event, a double failure of engines is ...Jump to post
EBITDAR is a silly measurement of profit. "Look at how much money I made before I had to account for expenses"
It's somewhat useful as an indicator for cash-flow purposes.
I suspect the 2017 numbers are inflated due to the sale-and-leaseback of some 787s.
Ziyulu wrote:But if there was fuel contamination, it would be equally bad for a twin engine. At least with 4 engines, you have 4 options to restart versus 2.
Will we ever go to single engine airplanes? That I can't answer, but who knows? wouldn't that be very unsafe? a single engine airliner would be done after a bit of damage to that single engine. dual engines are probably the absolute minimum because they provide some security in case one of them fai...Jump to post
I guess Airbus admitted as much: "Airbus says it will “continue to improve the A350 programme’s performance” in order to reach break-even this year," https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/etihad-discussing-cancellation-of-42-a350s-455759/ Currently, yes. This is typical of a new airl...Jump to post
It's even getting below the freezing temperature of the fuel. It's pretty seriously cold and will be below the temperatures the systems are designed to operate at. The windchill is but not the air temperature. Jet fuel freezes below -40°F/C air temperature. On an interesting side note, -40°F is the...Jump to post
MD88s are at ~83 and will be down to ~40 at end of 2019, and likely to be retired at end of 2020. As always subject to change. MD90 fleet is at ~42 active with ~23 in storage. In theory, some could return to service based on if they need the incremental capacity and economic environment. That remai...Jump to post
Ah, the CRJ. Stuck in no-man's land. Bombardier's precarious financial state doesn't help either. I'm not sure if ATR or Airbus could make a case for purchasing it. It probably is too limited to invest more in - a clean sheet design would be more optimal. The question then becomes: How can a clean-s...Jump to post
There are problems with even 400+ passengers on a widebody aircraft: - the aircraft has more structural weight per passenger than a 737/A320 due to it being optimized for another mission (i.e. long-haul), which means more fuel consumption per passenger. Since you'll be using it short-haul, you'll be...Jump to post
Good to hear! (literally) I love about 6 kms north of YHM in the Dundas Valley .... I love hearing three JT8s every now and then. (And four Merlins, but that's a whole other thread!) I've heard those Merlins on the ground in-person at YHM. What a glorious sound when they do a run-up. Just awesome. ...Jump to post
So how come AF & NH retired their A320-200s after about 20 to 24 years in service, while LH & AC keep going? LH has a tendency to keep their fleet modern, so why did they not replace their old A320s with new CEOs or NEOs? The old Braniff A320-231s inherited by HP-US-AA were retired the past...Jump to post
The feeling among "experts" (like us) was that this "disposable French airplane would never last as long as a Boeing". Indeed! I read a very old topic on airliners.net some times ago. Almost all posters were saying that A300 and A320 were built to serve around 20 years, at a max...Jump to post
I am old enough to remember when A320s started replacing 727-200s. The feeling among "experts" (like us) was that this "disposable French airplane would never last as long as a Boeing". Air Canada's first A320 will hit 30 years old at the end of this year ... the 727-200s it rep...Jump to post
Thanks, that's a very interesting exercise. Some people may question the use of it, but I think it's a good and funny way to put things into perspective. That CV880 fuel burn is really frightening :shock: I wonder how this would compare in absolute terms with a modern large widebody like, let's say...Jump to post
While I don't disagree with you overall, in all fairness to Canada, there are few places around the world that don't see seasonal variation. Even the highest of the high yield destinations like JFK and LAX see considerable reductions. Main Canadian hubs also don't see excessive seasonality, YYZ for...Jump to post
I think the biggest question Westjet faces is: What does it want to be? Does it want to be Canadian Airlines 2.0 or Southwest North? Or some sort of hybrid? I think management must provide a clear statement of intent and that's difficult when there's been a big management shakeup in recent time. Res...Jump to post
I have always questioned WS strategy on eastern Canada, particularly with YYZ vs YUL. To me, a similar comparison is comparing the operations of DL vs AA in the USA Midwest. Just like ORD is the largest market and true international gateway in the Midwest, so is YYZ in eastern Canada. And both have...Jump to post
Was running some back of the napkin calculations, next summer will see over 500K additional seats spread across numerous increases (AF, LH, etc) along side AC adding 29 planes, most of which will pass through pretty frequently. Look for ~ 53 million total pax next year barring anything crazy. How m...Jump to post
I would also have thought that 24 hour operations is a very efficient use of aurcraft It would be; it's the other factors that make it somewhat marginal. 1. Curfews at airports. Without being able to take off and land, you're up a creek with no paddle. 2. Demand. Running a few flights at night migh...Jump to post
Another nice thing about Mobile is employees can be shifted to or from the A320 line as needed. That's the ticket, along with lower salaries and work rules. Automakers have moved towards flex plants as technology has improved. One plant produces multiple types automobiles, tailoring output to deman...Jump to post
Production of 120 per year in a few years, 350-400 in backlog, airlines having to wait for 10 yrs. Man, this is getting wild.. Luckily for them the aircraft seems ok, there's little competition & Airbus is well financed, so they have time to ramp up... Orders are nice. Backlog is nice. More mon...Jump to post
AC starting service on the route at the same time surely didn't help matters. Another battle won by AC. Will be interesting to see what route TS will start or upgauge because of this. Q3 2018 saw a revenue loss and operating loss. Not a good sign, considering it's supposed to be the best performing...Jump to post
It is also those scary spinny thingies on the wings my sister doesn't like. Most of my medical doctor relatives, who are also Uber double platinum frequent flyers just won't get on Turboprops. Heck, I have maybe 20 relatives who won't unless I am on board (as if my aerospace engineering matters as ...Jump to post
So most people know that Ford's Edsel was supposed to the the "car of the future" and had a bunch of hype, but once revealed it failed badly. What commercial airplane would be the Edsel of commercial aviation? The Edsel - despite the hype - was just another ordinary Detroit car by the sta...Jump to post