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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 NEO Proposal
Replies: 34
Views: 5328

Re: A380 NEO Proposal

This is going to sound insane but I foresee that Airbus will actually launch an A380neo somewhere within the next 5 years, for deliveries within the next decade. I think that it will take commercial aircraft to the next level and prepare Airbus and the industry for a new generation of aircraft. I al...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recirc Fans/ engine start
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Recirc Fans/ engine start

Probably not, but one would have to check the schematics and procedures per aircraft to be sure.
You often hear the cabin ventilation go silent before engine start so that would suggest that they are off.

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?
Replies: 165
Views: 30651

Re: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?

Some of the places AF is able to send the A380 are also places where there is a strong competition. If we take Singapore for instance. Singapore is an AF strong destination since the fusion with UTA. They have tried the A380 on the route and abandonned the idea because 77E and 77W worked better for...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 953
Views: 232583

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Without a doubt, the biggest question of this whole restructuring plan. Everything else is classic Italy/Alitalia. DL knows the revenue it gets from DL metal/AZ-coded tickets to/from MXP/FCO/VCE, and it knows the revenue at risk from Italy destinations and origins that are served by AZ but not AF/K...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Solar batteries on airliner skin
Replies: 26
Views: 1478

Re: Solar batteries on airliner skin

Not enough to justify the added weight and cost of the entire installation.

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 953
Views: 232583

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Supposedly the business plan of the new Alitalia, developed by Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian railways) and Delta Airlines (in Italian): https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/alitalia-ecco-piano-compagnia-piu-piccola-che-vola-piu-ACeqkFY Inviato dal mio Redmi Note 7 utilizzando Tapatalk Delusional busines...

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by Waterbomber2
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?
Replies: 165
Views: 30651

Re: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?

At this point it makes more sense for AF to choose the E195-E2 iso the A220. Commonality with KLM and HOP! and simplicity, isn't that what the CEO is looking for? Boeing would be very aggressive on pricing too, they can use the E2 orders. Ah but wait, a Canadian CEO, a Canadian aircraft...coincidenc...

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by Waterbomber2
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9352

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

As somebody who worked closely//mentored by Ben for over a decade I'll speak to his strengths: 1.) His main expertise is in commercial strategy, fleet and network planning. He was the main architect of Air Canada's international expansion strategy for which results continue to impress the markets. ...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9352

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

The Dutch have made it a theme of national pride to be frugal, so they are used to being in an environment of lean and poor services as long as the main purpose is fulfilled, ie flying from A to B. I'll bet >80% of the passengers "used to being in an environment of lean and poor services"...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9352

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

From the article: As long as Norwegian exists, Air France may go with a simpler strategy to thwart it. Air France has large airplanes, including the 516-seat Airbus A380 and a 468-seat Boeing 777-300ER. Air France can discount the last 50 or 100 seats and still make money, Smith said I think that t...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9352

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

From the article: As long as Norwegian exists, Air France may go with a simpler strategy to thwart it. Air France has large airplanes, including the 516-seat Airbus A380 and a 468-seat Boeing 777-300ER. Air France can discount the last 50 or 100 seats and still make money, Smith said I think that th...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA reveals new 4 class cabin product
Replies: 64
Views: 9011

Re: ANA reveals new 4 class cabin product

My 2 cents: the business class is visually impressive but not efficient. Each seat takes up a lot of space, so cost will be high and it will only be able to operate on ultra high yield routes. So a lot of focus on the visual effect. Besides, this is almost the same as SQ's former J class on the A380...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 213
Views: 36823

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

I don't give this article any credibility whatsoever. Firstly, BACF have just added another E190 to the fleet (G-LCAA) and there's 3 more on the way - all ex-China Southern. The current plan is to ditch the E170's when their leases expire and keep building up the E190's. There's talk of the leases ...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11524

Re: France to charge aviation tax

Perhaps BOS-CDG-XYD is faster than BOS-CDG-LYS? I think part of these new taxes in Europe will be set to help high-speed trains. Most high speed lines are underused (compared to maximum capacity) and lose money. The EU also requires now that HSL have competition with private operators (this is alre...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going to happen after the 787/a350 orderbooks are completed?
Replies: 32
Views: 5294

Re: What's going to happen after the 787/a350 orderbooks are completed?

It's valid to wonder where the industry is headed. A lot of new widebodies are joinng the worldwide fleet at a record pace. The same could be said about the narrowbodies. A large number of previous generation aircraft are awaiting replacement. At the same time, revenue passenger kilometers are expec...

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by Waterbomber2
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14388

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

I would expect there would be no practical way of doing so. I thought the same. However, if you cannot check the luggages, it is impossible to guarantee no batteries, mobile phones, etc. are in the checked in luggage.... it would be dangerous! All hold luggage in China is scanned for lighters, lith...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EASA: Check for cracks in A380 outer rear spar.
Replies: 21
Views: 5756

Re: EASA: Check for cracks in A380 outer rear spar.

The first 25 have another reason to become orphans. Bummer, but not a huge deal. All aircraft manufacturers can expect tougher terms on the first 18 to 30 months of production though. Lightsaber Let's not be overly dramatic here. This is an inspect and repair regime and Airbus already has experienc...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Losing control? Narrow-body production in North America
Replies: 14
Views: 4028

Re: Losing control? Narrow-body production in North America

I think that this subject matter needs a reality check: which narrowbody doesn't have a full rate final assembly plant in North America?

Food for thought.

Boeing now also has the Ejet as plan B.
As interim lift or permanent capacity.

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66: missing engine part found in Greenlandic ice
Replies: 27
Views: 10260

Re: AF66: missing engine part found in Greenlandic ice

It's an amazing feet of investigation to be able to find the fan in such a short time period after it flew off the aircraft cruising at altitude at a high speed.
After AF447's FDR and CVR recovery from a depth of 4000 meters, the French BEA can certainly be praised for their amazing recovery efforts.

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 587
Views: 98337

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

chaostheory , who works for an airline that operates the 787-9 and 787-10, noted that fuel burn calculations for both models is similar (at around 5200 to 5400kg per hour average on a 3000nm sector). We know UA is doing well in runs the 787-10 shouldn't be competitive on. ANZ is buying them for rat...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

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 Waterbomber2
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU warns US that any action against Air Italy would constitute a violation of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement
Replies: 44
Views: 9399

Re: EU warns US that any action against Air Italy would constitute a violation of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement

With my opinion on the ownership part covered in the above post, I would like to give my two cents again about Air Italy. Air Italy has potential but QR has to tone down the testosterone and start using his brain. Milan is not the market that AAB thinks it is, it's way too complicated. The US airlin...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU warns US that any action against Air Italy would constitute a violation of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement
Replies: 44
Views: 9399

Re: EU warns US that any action against Air Italy would constitute a violation of the US-EU Air Transport Agreement

The question isn't about "how Italian" is Air Italy - its about the possibility of outside-EU-state funding/control in order to provide advantage and skirt agreements. What is happening between QR and IG is totally legal. ICAO went away from majority ownership requirements to operate inte...

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by Waterbomber2
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

Re: CRJ production to end in 2020

[quote="767333ER"]Well we’ll just be left with the older model of the E175 then or at least the US will be because SpaceJet or whatever the want to call it next is going to be a disaster as Mitsubishi has already proven they have no clue how to engineer an aircraft. The sad thing is the CR...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17564

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

I'm kind of curious as to how they are defining refurbishing, are they planning on a complete interior gutting, ripping out galleys, bathrooms & going down to bare metal? Wonder how much money could be saved by leaving the washrooms & galleys in place & just changing seats/upholstery &a...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19287

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

Oh the irony, an airline owned entirely by DL from the USA, AF/KLM from France/Netherlands and a tax exile wants to be the UK's 2nd flag carrier. At least it is possible for UK citizens to purchase shares in the 1st flag carrier on the London stock exchange The times where that was ironical are alr...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17564

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

I don't know. Alex Cruz is a cheap man. Just look at how unwilling he is to spend money by the state of British airways service now. carsten spohr is also not a smart man for letting go an aircraft with the potential to make money. You obviously don't travel much with BA so wont have noticed the st...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10077

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

It's probably a noise abatement procedure. Full thrust to gain sufficient altitude over a noise sensitive area, reduce thrust over the sensitive area, then go full thrust again. I fly regularly the same routes with Air Asia and it only happened 4 or 5 times over 1.5 years out of maybe 40 flights. I...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10077

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

This is something I've been trying to research for years. This article contained the most logical and detailed explanation, even if it's a little confusing to understand :D https://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/research/projects/buzz_saw_noise_and_non_linear_acoustics.page Now here's my questio...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17564

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

If the purchase and conversion costs are cheap enough, IAG CEO is quoted as saying they would be interested in another 6 for BA. That matches the number of RR 380s to be traded back to Airbus from LH. We know that Airbus's competing offer to IAG when they ordered B779s was a mix of new and used 380...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19287

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

How would VS operated 75 more round trips a day? They failed horribly with Little Red. Little Red is an operation that will be 15 years behind at the opening of the 3rd runway. You can't stop expansion based on legacy decisons from different managements and ownerships, operating under certain const...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

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...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

How to design and produce an aircraft that complies with worldwide aviation standards would be the key thing, I imagine. There's a lot of know-how and doing it the difficult way by starting from scratch must be a challenge. Cribbing existing IP helps simplify that process. Production facilities onl...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

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...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

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...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30468

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

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...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24688

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1425571 UA seems not interested in the XLR as well ,they need bigger planes tu fill the MOM needs Well it's amazing how the frequency over aircraft size crowd can change their mind when it's inconvenient... The A380 was too big, because severa...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24688

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

Pretty sure LH Group already have some narrow body flights that last longer than 4 hours, especially for those Privatair operated flights... It’s not a regular configured 737 It has 20 lie flat seats in business and 66 seats in economy. You can’t compare that to a regular configured airplane. https...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10077

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

Every blade is shaped very slightly differently, no matter how hard the manufacturer tries to make them all identical. This causes subtle changes in shock strength and shape generated by each blade resulting in an irregular sine wave with a fundamental harmonic of the rotational speed of N1. It is ...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10077

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

Since last year I have experienced 4 or 5 times with Air Asia flights A320 that the buzzsaw sound suddenly quietens to no sound at all about 3 minutes after take off and in full climb. The aircraft then usually banks to the right and after about 1 minute (which feels like an eternity to me) the eng...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines Nine Hour Flight to Nowhere
Replies: 11
Views: 4777

Re: Brussells Air Nine Hour Flight to Nowhere

The aircraft returned after it was realised that the newly added aircraft did not have the required paperwork to enter US airspace.

The c*ck up of the month?

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern eyes world domination and puts Oneworld plans aside
Replies: 25
Views: 6202

Re: China Southern eyes world domination and puts Oneworld plans aside

They don't have enough aircraft on order to achieve that within the suggested 3 years, it's too tight to even make the top 3. They could have gone with the EK strategy. Intercontinental with A380 to all major cities, feed from within China. The problem with tbe Chinese carriers are the yields. They...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern eyes world domination and puts Oneworld plans aside
Replies: 25
Views: 6202

Re: China Southern eyes world domination and puts Oneworld plans aside

They don't have enough aircraft on order to achieve that within the suggested 3 years, it's too tight to even make the top 3. They could have gone with the EK strategy. Intercontinental with A380 to all major cities, feed from within China. The problem with tbe Chinese carriers are the yields. They ...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10077

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

You flew an A321 and a 777. Try the buzz sounds from JT8D or RB211 on the S80 and 757 respectively. Power is reduced after the airplane is in cruising, I believe. My god... Some uneducated replies here. For turbofans the measurable quantity is thrust, not power. Thrust is not reduced per se, the de...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 21919

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

How would a hypothetical A380 combi with main deck freight and upper deck PAX do? I imagine it would get MTOW limited very quickly but it sounds like a really cool concept. A good exercise for a Master's thesis in AE, but if Airbus balked at an A380neo, I doubt that re-engineering the hull for carg...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio
Replies: 88
Views: 8757

Re: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio

Ohio is spread out, doesn't have a mega city and is surrounded by many major hubs: DTW, ORD, PHL, the East coast hubs. The US3 are rightfully trying to bring together volume to their already numerous hubs. That doesn't mean that a new hub can't be built by a new carrier using something like the A321...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 16737

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

QR has over-ordered widebodies, so they have no choice but to keep a tight cycle of deliveries and retirements. The A380 is falling victim to poor management, once again. This being said, a 10-year cycle is not bad, considering that their relative young fleet of B777's is already earmarked for repl...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 26433

Re: Paris AIr Show 2019: Other Manufacturers and Engine News and Orders Thread

So no announcement concerning the CRJ program sale to MHI yet? The Spacejet has not collected orders yet, except the 15 UFO's. We would have to wait until the M100's first flight milestone to start seeing orders pour in. However, with the M90 about to EIS, why aren't they selling any of those? Too m...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement
Replies: 94
Views: 16737

Re: Qatar speeds up A380 retirement

QR has over-ordered widebodies, so they have no choice but to keep a tight cycle of deliveries and retirements. The A380 is falling victim to poor management, once again. This being said, a 10-year cycle is not bad, considering that their relative young fleet of B777's is already earmarked for repla...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 21919

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

The reality is that cramming 10-abreast on a B77W is equivalent to cramming 11.5 abreast on the A380's main deck. At equal seating density, the A380 will probably have somewhere around 25% lower CASM than the B77W and 15% less than the B77X. The reality is that Airbus offered a way for airlines to ...

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