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by AirwayBill
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 87809

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Does anyone have insights about the 4 China Airlines (CI) late-build pax 747-400s, currently stored in TPE? There have been rumors of retirement by the end of July but it would seem nothing official/concrete actually happened? 3 weeks ago further up the thread I posted: Heres the flight activity fo...

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by AirwayBill
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 87809

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

Does anyone have insights about the 4 China Airlines (CI) late-build pax 747-400s, currently stored in TPE?

There have been rumors of retirement by the end of July but it would seem nothing official/concrete actually happened?

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by AirwayBill
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian has its eyes on the 777X
Replies: 185
Views: 20560

Re: Ethiopian has its eyes on the 777X

Yet another simpleflying a̶r̶t̶i̶c̶l̶e̶ ̶ beating-around-the-bush paraphrasing masterpiece.

This article tells us nothing new at all, just stirring the pot and inflating the already huge a.net speculative bubble on the usual 777x vs A350 topic.

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by AirwayBill
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?
Replies: 136
Views: 19161

Re: Why did the Airbus a340 outsell the MD-11?

aemoreira1981 wrote:

Other than YYZ and JFK, where was the A346 really used at MU on intercontinental missions? Near the end, those were the last international destinations.


MU 346s were also regular visitors in Paris for the CDG-PVG route in the late 2000s/early 2010s.

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by AirwayBill
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 222
Views: 43213

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2020

WIth all this talk concerning the a343 at LH, I wonder what will happen to the ones at LX... Swiss CEO Thomas Klühr seems pretty confident with the A340-300 for at least a few years to come, describing it as "the ideal plane" to operate. Article in German, Apr2020: https://www.aerotelegra...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was KAL 007 saveable?
Replies: 24
Views: 8934

Re: Was KAL 007 saveable?

If the Soviet pilot knew, then it was a murder. Plain and simple. And MH17, yes, that too. And the US has done this too, in the Persian Gulf, in 1988, when it shot down an Iranian passenger plane, an A300. And the Iranians did it too, in January, when they shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane mome...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JL123 spotted at NRT 35 years after crash
Replies: 12
Views: 9473

Re: JL123 spotted at NRT 35 years after crash

Since it happened 35 years ago it's definitely possible that an engineer working on the plane never knew about JL123 as the accident may have happened when they were a baby or weren't even born yet. I agree it's surprising, especially if it's indeed from a JAL mx worker since their training mention...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 44532

Re: A330 and A340 Movements/Write-off/Retirements/Scrap Thread - 2020

Scrapping of first ever A330, ex-KA B-HLJ has started in TPE.

Livery has been removed, engines, nose cone and other parts have been cannibalized.

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by AirwayBill
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express IX1344 landing accident at Kozhikode
Replies: 205
Views: 46471

Re: Air India Express IX1344 landing accident at Kozhikode

Sokes wrote:
-Is there aquaplaning with airline tyres?



Oh, yes.

The Qantas 747 overshoot in Bangkok is a famous example of hydroplaning with an airliner.

Lucky folks onboard that day (very poor CRM practices and adverse weather):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qantas_Flight_1

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France planes' names
Replies: 71
Views: 13247

Re: Air France planes' names

Besides being "nice", what's the point of this and does anyone know why they started doing this now? They already used to do that quite a few decades ago. The reason they’re back to it is because AF’s new strategy aims at a higher, more premium positioning and brand image. The new painted...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 87809

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

The Qantas B747-400ER fleet was GE powered and these have longer range and other enhancements. They are quite young machines, really hope to see at least one back in service at the second-hand market... Noticeable enhancement is the 777-like Signature Interior... China Airlines also got that cabin ...

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by AirwayBill
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 87809

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

workhorse wrote:
What about the 3 KL's Combis who fly almost daily to PVG? Do they take any passengers or are these flights freight only?


Cargo flights only. Their life as pax machines is over.

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair 747 fly by over Kemble.
Replies: 19
Views: 4519

Re: Corsair 747 fly by over Kemble.

Thanks. Is there a way to find out which bird I flew in 2002 ? My only 747 flights so far. Depends if you took pictures, and if you did, what kind of pictures you have (look for nose gear with the last reg letters, rear fuselage with full reg, special livery, ...) Other than that, you might ask for...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1138
Views: 315719

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

The Combi 747 was a marvelous airliner. I was told that in its prime (and perhaps as a 742 Combi) it had high margin ops for Air Canada. Not sure about AC's 744M which is still flying as part of Dubai Air Wing. Maybe there is a distant chance that down the road there will be an efficiency improveme...

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by AirwayBill
Sun May 17, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14331

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

The 777 is very probably the noisiest widebody passenger jet still being manufactured into the 21st century, even the DC-10 felt quiet in comparison. And noise levels are not up to the airline, that’s a hard fact. As for cabin configurations, indeed it’s not the manufacturer’s choice, but the overwh...

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by AirwayBill
Fri May 15, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 122979

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

All the more reason to keep a small 77L sub fleet. The high costs of keeping such a small subfleet of airliners easily offsets any benefits it could possibly bring the airline, even with one or two so-called "golden routes" that could take advantage of a possible 77L advantage (which appa...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France 777F’s
Replies: 30
Views: 4537

Re: Air France 777F’s

Does somebody have more info about the 747 freighter fleet that AF operated? I think they had a couple of 747-200F as well as 747-400F and 747-400ERF. How many of which? Which ones left the fleet when? Was any of the 747 freighters ever painted in the new colours? AF progressively abandoned their a...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23723

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

KLM Management must be sick of A.net, they have decided to push back on this nonsense: KLM CEO states clearly........ No FAREWELL to AF. https://www.telegraaf.nl/financieel/1577165133/topman-klm-geen-afscheid-van-air-france Please stop FAKE NEWS !!! It's about time an official announcement was made...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23723

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

usdcaguy wrote:
It's possible AF will be nationalized soon anyway.


Highly unlikely.


Jetty wrote:
If AF is nationalized KL will no longer be a part of it: KL being part of a government owned French company is unacceptable for all KL’s stakeholders.


They can be very touchy people indeed.

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by AirwayBill
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Threatens EU Over State Aid to Airlines
Replies: 342
Views: 30244

Re: Ryanair Threatens EU Over State Aid to Airlines

Another of MOLs specialties : a free publicity stunt I admit he is good at it, but I wish journalists would use more of their critical senses and just ignore his continous, self rightious and self promoting drivel. Why should they? That's how the media makes business. They work together perfectly.

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by AirwayBill
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63438

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

And people are stuck at home worrying about this pandemic and their livelyhoods. When things start to return the normal people will not know or care what a MAX is. People are worrying about more pressing matters now. All true, until the media frenzy kicks in again to cover the possible MAX RTS, whi...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-8I Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 13423

Re: Boeing 747-8I Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

AirlineCritic wrote:
That is surprising. Is LH flying the 747s for cargo mostly, or what's going on?


Used on repatriation flights I believe.
It would seem that some regular scheduled commercial flights like GRU or HND are maintained as well, albeit with lower weekly frequency.

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by AirwayBill
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Cabin Refresh Update
Replies: 19
Views: 5433

Re: Air France Cabin Refresh Update

I’m surprised AF aren’t doing these refurbs a lot quicker, under the current circumstances, now that the fleet utilisation is much slacker. But then AF, being AF, have never been quick to do any refurb. All A330’s are now also in the new config. Airlines are short of liquidity due to the Covid-19 c...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1138
Views: 315719

Re: KLM retires all 747 by end of March

Sad but not surprising if true.

Anyone cares to provide a reliable source?

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by AirwayBill
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80813

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020

Now that the girl flies, I wonder if Boeing will eventually dump the "X" suffix, which is usually employed to name experimental programs and concept planes (7X7, A3XX, 747X, etc.).

Or will they keep it as a fancy marketing trademark like Airbus did with the XWB term?

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 80813

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

And there she goes. Taxiiing down the runway. Time to go to bed now.

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Greenland selects A330-800
Replies: 65
Views: 14880

Re: Air Greenland selects A330-800

One more A330-800 means one less 787-8. :airplane:

Congrats Airbus and Air Greenland!

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by AirwayBill
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191377

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

You know what? I'd love the relevant authorities to require an entirely new and separate type rating for the MAX.

That would be a justified backlash, proportionate to the level of negligence and arrogance shown by Boeing at all levels during the whole certification process. :stirthepot:

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by AirwayBill
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft, UPDATE: HNA group revealed as buyer
Replies: 271
Views: 64834

Re: Undisclosed customer orders 40 A330 NEO aircraft

I'm secretly hoping this is Air Greenland, with huge expansion ambitions ala Icelandair

The A330neo wearing the all red livery + raccoon mask would look amazing. :cloudnine:

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296688

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

And here we go again. This just smells like the new TWA 800 to me. A theater of emotional truthers and loud mouths, making false claims based on hijacked/unverified/low quality/wrongly interpreted pictures, videos, sets of data (choose one or several), using the power of the internet to spread their...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 745539

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

“More ‘troubling’ internal Boeing documents on 737 MAX set for release” Reported by Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times. He seems to have good sourcrs. So, maybe linked to DM’s sudden departure? Troubling documents to be released by... Boeing themselves. Perfectly orchestrated along with the firing ...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO
Replies: 300
Views: 39144

Re: Boeing CEO resigns, David Calhoun named President and CEO

I also see this as a malicious trick to ease MAX recertification among others.

"See guys? We fired him! That mess was all on him! Now that he is gone, can we get the MAX flying now? New year, new us!"

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by AirwayBill
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean new livery
Replies: 180
Views: 54260

Re: Aegean new livery

You can actually sort of see the titles below the white tape on that last photo. They certainly look large, and fairly plain typeface-wise. Not only can you discern the title, but with some basic photo manipulation you can clearly see two large "strokes" on the tail. They correspond to th...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 745539

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Boeing just clarified RTS in a statement. RTS is in 2020.....Crossing fingers BOEING SAYS IT WILL WORK WITH FAA TO SUPPORT THEIR 737 MAX REQUIREMENTS AND TIMELINE 'AS WE WORK TO SAFELY RETURN THE MAX TO SERVICE IN 2020' - Reuters - 2:51 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Dec 12, 2019 Giv...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders 50 A321 XLR, defers A350's to 2027
Replies: 481
Views: 85463

Re: United orders 50 A321 XLR, defers A350's to 2027

The 757 is known as the Ferrari. No one buys a Ferrari for it's cost efficiency. But both the 757 and Ferrari are a hell of a ride. Neither the boring 737 or 320 will ever give such a feeling. I couldn't care less what it costs the airline. There's really nothing for the passenger to look forward t...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders 50 A321 XLR, defers A350's to 2027
Replies: 481
Views: 85463

Re: United orders 50 A321 XLR, defers A350's to 2027

If Boeing still plans to unveil some kind of NMA, I’d suspect it would be pretty much a stillborn by now. The A321XLR is the perfect point to point TATL jet for smaller markets, and a great 757 replacement. And yes it is a huge blow to Boeing, they dearly needed to win such a contract from loyal Uni...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First SQ 737 MAX roll out
Replies: 65
Views: 22158

Re: First SQ 737 MAX roll out

There's already a rendering available on a fictional airline forum.
Will be fun to see SQ colors on a NB. Especially a half-baked one like the MAX series.

Image

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by AirwayBill
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean new livery
Replies: 180
Views: 54260

Re: Aegean new livery

So far I cannot see the unique combination of grey belly or red cheatline. It is unlikely to be an upgrade, especially if it’s just about following the sad "blue curvy swoosh down the tail and all white fuselage trend with monochrome visual identity"

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by AirwayBill
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aircraft?
Replies: 99
Views: 21485

Re: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aicrafts?

They are ineffective: a dimming window does not protect well from sun rays, does not entirely block light, are slow to adapt and can get very hot making it very uncomfortable for the passenger. On the neutral position, they still give the window a light milky blue shade. Furthermore they give full a...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 148754

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

anrec80 wrote:
ILNFlyer wrote:
I wonder why the are focusing on the -400....and the Genx-1b has been available since the launch of the 787, wonder why this wasn't studied much earlier....


Wouldn’t 787 engine be a bit too much for 767?


Just position it a bit up/forward to the wing, and slap a MCAS on it!

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by AirwayBill
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 745539

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

https://fortune.com/2019/10/04/boeing-7 ... uilenburg/



The day before Halloween! I feel the goose bumps already... :tombstone:
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oschkosch wrote:
October 30 is the date to watch out for!

https://fortune.com/2019/10/04/boeing-7 ... uilenburg/



The day before Halloween! I feel the goose bumps already... :tombstone:

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by AirwayBill
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa loses No-Show lawsuit
Replies: 85
Views: 17578

Re: Lufthansa loses No-Show lawsuit

Lufthansa must have some serious money to waste, paying lawyers for such pointless cases. Time to evolve a bit and embrace the 21st century.

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by AirwayBill
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air France A350 delivery flight is today (27/09/2019)
Replies: 39
Views: 9973

Re: First Air France A350 delivery flight is today (27/09/2019)

Surprised (and a bit disappointed) that they didn't organize any inaugural flight for the general public. They did it two years ago, with more than 3 scenic flights around France onboard their new 787, seats had all been sold within hours/days. It was a huge publicity stunt for AF and great memories...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN
Replies: 22
Views: 7878

Re: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN

I have the uncomfortable feeling that the next Swissair 111 type of accident will be caused by one of these failing, high capacity powerbanks with no backup system.

It is only a matter of time before one of those fires goes uncontrollable and leads to severe injuries/disaster imho.

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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 670998

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

FM is something you can't possibly envision in advance and that allows you to break contract without consequences. Global grounding of MAX will not let anybody get away from the fulfilling their contracts. The groundings following the Iceland volcanic activity introducing large amounts of ashes int...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAX-style winglets on 737NGs?
Replies: 29
Views: 6287

Re: MAX-style winglets on 737NGs?

Some late-build NGs have Split Scimitar winglets, which are similar to the MAX's winglets, but sporting a curvier profile, and with the tips of both upper and lower sections pointing backwards. Lower winglet section is also smaller, and looks like its been hastily added to the regular NG winglet ass...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COMAC C919 Production and Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2677

Re: COMAC C919 Production and Testing Thread - 2019

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chin ... SKCN1UX0A7


So roughly the same time frame as MAX reentry in service? :stirthepot:
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lvs wrote:
COMAC pushes back C919 jet's China certification target to 2021

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chin ... SKCN1UX0A7


So roughly the same time frame as MAX reentry in service? :stirthepot:

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by AirwayBill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Dragon's A330 Prototypes
Replies: 8
Views: 3103

Cathay Dragon's A330 Prototypes

Good morning/afternoon/evening, I was wondering if anyone had info about A330 prototypes #1 and #2 currently flying under regs B-HLJ and B-HLK, and whether there is a retirement date set given they are nearly 27 years old frames with presumably quite a few cycles on them? If retirement isn't due too...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 96
Views: 28325

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

Doesn't really surprise me. Every single 787 I've been on felt shoddy and low quality. They rattle like crazy on the ground. Interior panels are poorly fitted, often rub against each other making it squeek. On one 2 year old plane, I found that the FAs stuffed the corners between 2 panels with wads...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG
Replies: 16
Views: 5005

Re: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG

Hope Carrie feels the earthquake. The more impact today's demonstrations have, the better.

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