No one has mentioned that MD tested DL's patience to the breaking point in the last years. First there was the MD-11 fiasco, where the type badly missed spec and had trouble operating some of the service Delta had planned specifically for it. Then there was the disastrous MD-90 EIS, plagued by const...Jump to post
As one or two others have pointed out, additional frequency only works up to a point. At airports like ATL, LAX, SFO, and SEA, DL doesn't have unlimited gate space to continue adding flights, especially at peak times. Given that these are some of the markets that see the most 753s today, DL's going...Jump to post
It seems Airbus marketing is boosting the weight message.. https://twitter.com/news_inflight/status/1130747090471149568 And of course they can't resist gilding the lily. The comparison is to the 316 t A350-1000, which doesn't have the same capability that is expected for the 777-8. They could have ...Jump to post
Those who think "all aircraft look the same" today really aren't looking very carefully. The 787, 777X, and A350 wings are all totally different, and all gorgeous works of art. So are the visible parts of modern widebody engines from nacelles to fan blades. As basic configurations have har...Jump to post
I don't think either manufacturer will have an incentive to develop the Sunrise airplane without at least 10 firm orders, so I really don't think there is any possibility of a split in Sunrise. In the (IMO unlikely) scenario of a split order, I think it would be about separating ULH and A380 replace...Jump to post
It could fly the distance nonstop, but with payload restrictions severe enough that there is no chance the payload would be economic.
But this is all moot as SQ's 787-10 is configured for regional, not intercontinental, service. The A350-900 is the aircraft configured for this sort of route.
We've heard often that for a widebody type 15-20 frames is the minimum to achieve economies of scale. That's why I don't think QF is well suited to operate A350 and 777X side by side, even as lots of bigger airlines are planning to do so. I agree that if medium-term A380 replacement (say, mid-2020s)...Jump to post
He doesn't know what he's talking about. It's a better part of 6 hours from downtown Portland to Vancouver. And that's without any major problems at the border. :checkmark: 4 hours from Portland to Vancouver would require felony-level driving and zero border wait, which I haven't seen in more than ...Jump to post
Bellingham was swamped with Canadians during the time a few years ago when the Canadian dollar was abnormally strong. Now, not so much anymore (and BLI has lost flights as a result). There's not much O&D bleed between SEA and YVR. By the time you take the border, traffic, and both airport locati...Jump to post
One of the things I have learned in my 68 years on this planet is that governments, by their very nature, are fundamentally incapable of competence. EVERYTHING is political and politicized. Hiring is almost never done on the basis of actual job skills, because you start with politicians who hire th...Jump to post
You can't apply normal fleet planning ideas to QR. For as long as the current, well, disagreement between Qatar and essentially all of its Arabian Peninsula neighbors persists, there will be a geopolitical imperative for QR to continue ordering aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing at a rapid pace. N...Jump to post
I don't find this conversation off topic at all, as it provides a nice window into one of the (many) categories of analysis QF will need to do in order to make an informed decision between A350 and 777X.Jump to post
Sharpen your pencils everyone, this is a high profile campaign that will be brutal. I would be shocked if QF isn't taking the opportunity to expand the bid to get the best A350 (various models) vs. 778/779/787 (various models possible). In other words, QF can cut the costs of fleet replacement due ...Jump to post
I still have doubts that they can hold on until 2025. Furthermore, even if they can this pre supposes that EIS of 2025 is guaranteed and that they are at the front of the queue. This sounds like a high risk strategy. This is where commercial terms can help. The risk associated with operating aging ...Jump to post
I said before I and I still think that this is heavy pressure being applied on Boeing about NMA. The A330 is too much airplane, and an all-A321 fleet would leave revenue on the table in some markets (although it would be very flexible). If the A321 were enough to optimize revenue, we would never hav...Jump to post
The 767 is what it is because of the available engines of the time. The first widebody twins had to be designed around the level of thrust available from 747 Classic/DC-10/L-1011 engines. An 8-abreast twin would have ended up as essentially a copy of the A300/A310, which were never able to develop t...Jump to post
The right outcome is far from obvious here and there is no "obvious choice." Anyone saying there is, IMO, has blinders on. These are two quite different products with different advantages. The differences encompass both the ULH-specific variant that has been proposed for Project Sunrise (A...Jump to post
Motorhussy wrote:Is the 77W still being offered?
Boy, this thread seems to have attracted the fanboys. I think Qantas is very conservative in fleet planning. My personal guess is that 20-25 A359 will be added to replace the above fleet. And then add 10 or so B777-8 for Project sunrise and to replace the VLAs. If Qantas is to order 15 A35K for proj...Jump to post
BoeingGuy wrote:Anecdotally, I’ve heard that many of the AS PAE flights are going out fairly full. Is that correct?
I strongly doubt the MAX situation has changed Boeing's 797 strategy. But I'm sure it has changed the public-relations approach. Boeing is not in a position to crow about anything, either publicly or to external partners, until the MAX is back in the air. And because I don't think Boeing's approach ...Jump to post
Acquiring a few 77W as 744 replacements would have been easy enough, but the green eyeshades decided that the airline could make more money with A350s. That's pretty much it. I'm sure the flexibility of smaller aircraft played a part in that calculation, but I'm also sure that attractive pricing fro...Jump to post
dc10lover wrote:This is what I thought. Probably never see Airbus & Boeing jets at PAE.
Perhaps the best widebody ever in terms of passenger experience. A shame that it couldn't remain competitive. We can blame two things: 1) excessive airframe weight (largely thanks to stretching this cross section a bit farther than it should have gone) and 2) the orphan engines, which became expensi...Jump to post
The pressurization system can easily keep up with the sort of tiny leak that would allow a bit of rain into the pilots' laps. It's the same sort of leak that used to result in the disgusting tar/nicotine streaks all over the outside of aircraft back when stinky death tubes were allowed on board.Jump to post
Evelop Air a359 is configured for single class 432 passengeres, this must makes the a359 a 10 hour aircraft then..... Compared to a typical long-haul configuration of ~275 passengers, the 432-passenger configuration would knock off somewhere between 2.5 and 3 hours of range. It's still easily a 13-...Jump to post
The 717 has a ton of thrust, so it gets off the ground very quickly. But the wing is the original DC-9-30 wing and is a bit undersized by today's standards, so up higher where the engines aren't developing as much thrust it isn't a particularly good climber. In general, thrust makes for fun takeoffs...Jump to post
Both 778 and 779 are more expensive to buy than the A35K. So you buy the 779 if you want the extra pax revenu the larger/longer cabin offers on the A35K. You buy the 778 if you really, really, really need the extra lift. By the way, that is why airbus is getting ready to put new, more efficient eng...Jump to post
In this era of limited hotel supply in many places, you better hope you can find a place to stay!Jump to post
So this likely means we are going to see A380s returned steadily over the 2020s, and retreating slowly into the most heavily slot-constrained routes. Given that those are also the most premium routes (for the most part), I will admit to more than a bit of curiosity about how EK will approach the iss...Jump to post
It's the other way around. You can't disprove expected performance (ACAPS) with a few single data points. It is like saying climate change is false because today's and two weeks ago's temperature was 5 degree below average. This is right. ACAPS documents are never identical to the real world, but i...Jump to post
NWADTWE16 wrote:Everything I hear internally is that Delta has zero plans to buy any Boeing planes in the near future so they are likely playing with pricing to get better costs on A321LR XLR and A359/1000
Bastian has made clear on a million occasions that he's constantly talking to Boeing about the 7 9 7. Something will have to go badly wrong for Delta not to be a 797 launch customer, whenever the launch may be. On the other hand, a 7 8 7 order would be a shock at this exact moment. Delta already has...Jump to post
All I'm saying is that, while AS has (imo) the best FA's and best customer service in the industry, I think their management is squandering the advantages they do have. If you move to the West Coast and aren't familiar with Alaska -- what compels you to book with them over Delta, United, or Southwe...Jump to post
Let's get real about lie-flats. There are only two domestic markets in the US that can comfortably support them: NYC-LAX and NYC-SFO. Other transcon markets (including anywhere from WAS, BOS, SEA, or SAN) are marginal with lie-flats and much better suited to a traditional domestic F product. And AS ...Jump to post
Much better in daylight! I hope they decide to accept the small fuel burn penalty associated with painting the 787 engines.Jump to post
I conceded that the range of DL 275t is around 6800nm (with full pax), which is about 7825 miles. This agrees with the range on DL's website, 8000 miles. What is the problem? I am arguing that an 8000 miles of still-air range is not enough to fly LAX-SYD in real world, unless with some seats blocke...Jump to post
Again, just to clear up all doubt and misinformation: With the 275 t uprate, the A350 can carry a full passenger load with zero issues on any route in the Delta network except JNB-ATL. It doesn't have the cargo hauling ability above 5500 nm that the 77L does, but that would not have come as a surpri...Jump to post
So they are going to take a 90 t midsize freighter, powered by four 757-class engines, and have it replace a 150 t high-wing heavy lifter? Good luck with that. The replacement for the An-124 on most missions is the 747-8, which at least has comparable payload, although not comparable loading capabil...Jump to post
Not particularly inspiring but not offensive either. Which makes it an appropriate update to the old globe livery, which was exactly the same when introduced but has gotten stale.
Looking forward to seeing this on a new A350.
Delta ordered its A350s with 268 t MTOW, which cuts something like 550 nm off the plane's range. That turned out to be penny wise and pound foolish, so Delta upgraded to 275 t MTOW, the maximum on the first 12 aircraft (the 13th and later builds will be capable of 280 t MTOW). At 275 t the A350 can ...Jump to post
Well Boeing planes usually have better payload/range than Airbus ones. If Zeke can answer, I read here that Delta is pissed their A350-900XWB with 306 seats can't fly full payload LAX-SYD (which is shorter than HKG-IAD) due to south-bound headwinds. This is even after DL upped all their A350's to 2...Jump to post
The question of 77W replacement is an interesting one because of timing. The bulk of 77W replacements will happen starting in the mid-2020s. With the versions currently on the market, the competition would mostly be about whether airlines want to grow capacity a bit or stay the same. In that environ...Jump to post