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by F4N
Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 In BUF?
Replies: 12
Views: 2575

RE: A321 In BUF?

Srbmod: That's it. I was too far away to get a very good look although it was obvious that it was not a 320 or 757. As far as I know, there have not been any 321's in <acronym title="Buffalo - Niagara (Greater Buffalo) International (BUF / KBUF), USA - New York">BUF</acronym> before(at least that I ...

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by F4N
Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 In BUF?
Replies: 12
Views: 2575

A321 In BUF?

To all: As I was driving home from work, what appeared to be an A321 was making the approach to <acronym title="Buffalo - Niagara (Greater Buffalo) International (BUF / KBUF), USA - New York">BUF</acronym>. I did not recognize the livery as it was overall white with red/blue trim. Any ideas? F4N

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by F4N
Sat Jan 31, 2004 5:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Orders Airbus 330 Tankers Worth 18.8bn?
Replies: 48
Views: 8761

RE: RAF Orders Airbus 330 Tankers Worth 18.8bn?

To all: I find the notion of military a/c being "leased out" to commercial firms when not in use to be odd at best. Imagine the US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> turning over a C17 or 2 to FedEx or UPS to make a few bucks on the side. Anyways, I am not at all surprised at the 330 being sele...

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by F4N
Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Airline That Ceased Operation
Replies: 58
Views: 6038

RE: Worst Airline That Ceased Operation

To all:

PeopleExpress...the worst:

planes
service
facilities
business model

the concept was there but the timing, planning & execution were not.
I shudder to think of those flights now.

They were no Southwest.

regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why QF Choose A330 Instead Of 777?
Replies: 33
Views: 7258

RE: Why QF Choose A330 Instead Of 777?

To all: At this point, Airbus cannot do much other than to vigorously pursue the course which they have already charted, e.g., A380. Much is at stake for them with this program(not the least of which is their credibility)so they can ill-afford to be overly distracted by what Boeing is doing. That sa...

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by F4N
Mon Dec 22, 2003 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus On 7E7 Launch : "No Response Is Needed"
Replies: 84
Views: 12819

RE: Airbus On 7E7 Launch : "No Response Is Needed"

To all: I am really not surprised at the initial Airbus party line regarding 7e7; after all, would not your first attempts to minimize the impact of a new competitive product be to dismiss it as being an "also-ran"? Standard coporate goobledygook for <acronym title="Philippine Airlines">PR</acronym>...

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by F4N
Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are A318/717 Irrelevant?
Replies: 3
Views: 1754

Are A318/717 Irrelevant?

To all: With the recent selection of the first part of the Star order going entirely "RJ", chances are that all of the orders will do the same. The question is, "are the A318/717 relevant anymore"? Can A & B really compete anymore in the 100 seat market? Should they? Will we see newer 100 seat offer...

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by F4N
Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star - Air Canada Goes For CRJs And ERJs
Replies: 114
Views: 16453

RE: Star - Air Canada Goes For CRJs And ERJs

To all:

While I'm sure that there are lots of public smiles and expressions of satisfaction all around, there has to be some po'd executives at Bombardier and some serious gloating in Brazil. A bankrupt flag carrier using taxpayer money to buy a competitor's product.

Ouch....

Regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Tue Dec 16, 2003 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Thinking About Replacing The A330?
Replies: 24
Views: 7240

RE: Emirates Thinking About Replacing The A330?

To all: You guys can disbelieve all you want. This topic was posted here a couple of times last week. The report originated with Reuters and picked up on Yahoo. It seems that Emirates even wanted to sign a letter of intent at the Dubai airshow, but Boeing declined. Although nothing is written in sto...

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by F4N
Sat Dec 13, 2003 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates As Launch Customer For 7e7?
Replies: 17
Views: 4728

RE: Emirates As Launch Customer For 7e7?

Keesje:

Find the article and read it. It sounds like Emirates would have ordered the frames yesterday if they could. Considering what Emirates lays out for frames, it should surprise no one; except perhaps you.

regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Airbus Vulnerable
Replies: 26
Views: 3254

RE: Is Airbus Vulnerable

Joni:

Perhaps you would care to let the rest of us know what "illegal subsidies"
Boeing was receiving?

regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Dec 13, 2003 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates As Launch Customer For 7e7?
Replies: 17
Views: 4728

RE: Emirates As Launch Customer For 7e7?

To all:

I typo'd when I stated A332's. The article states A300-200's. I assume Emirates has A300's still in service?

Regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Dec 13, 2003 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates As Launch Customer For 7e7?
Replies: 17
Views: 4728

Emirates As Launch Customer For 7e7?

To all: There is a report on Yahoo that Emirates wanted to announce its' interest in being a launch customer for 7e7 at the Dubai airshow. They intend to replace their A332's starting in 2008. Boeing did not want to make the announcement considering that the program is not yet official. More good ne...

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by F4N
Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact Of EU Tariffs On Boeing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3402

RE: Impact Of EU Tariffs On Boeing?

Joni: I don't believe that the tariff issue will see the light of day. It appears that the next session of Congress will deal with the subsidy issue before the 1March04 deadline. Exactly what will replace it is open to question at the moment, but this will be dealt with just as the steel program was...

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by F4N
Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Sees 2004 Airplane Orders From Asia
Replies: 23
Views: 4272

RE: Boeing Sees 2004 Airplane Orders From Asia

To all: Dropping little tidbits of vague information for various reasons is not uncomman during conference calls with analysts, which is where Condit made the comment. He also stated that Boeing has yet to "record" a number of orders it has for 2003. Again, no details. I suspect that he is ground-se...

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by F4N
Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed Needs To Build Large Aircraft Again.
Replies: 14
Views: 3715

RE: Lockheed Needs To Build Large Aircraft Again.

CX747: In trying to justify a commercial aviation business model in what is essentially an exclusive defense contractor would require (aside from capital expenditure, facilities, product R&D, staffing, administration, ect.) an entirely different corporate culture for dealing with the non-military si...

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by F4N
Sun Jul 06, 2003 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bae,posible Mergers And Its' 20% Stake In Airbus
Replies: 11
Views: 3486

RE: Bae,posible Mergers And Its' 20% Stake In Airbus

N79969: There is no US ownership(from what I can tell) of EADS in any form. While I agree with your point about US/UK technology transfer issues, <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>"e"(for 772236ER)is involved in numerous multi-national projects which would conflict with those of US firms,...

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by F4N
Sun Jul 06, 2003 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remembering The Vintage Jet Age.
Replies: 36
Views: 5777

RE: Remembering The Vintage Jet Age.

AvObserver: I can very well relate to your description of an interest in aviation in the 1950's. Buffalo NY did not have jet service until the early/mid 1960's when Mohawk or Alleghany introduced their BAC1-11's. Rather ironic that one of our colleagues posted a picture of one in Elmira that very ye...

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by F4N
Sun Jul 06, 2003 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bae,posible Mergers And Its' 20% Stake In Airbus
Replies: 11
Views: 3486

RE: Bae,posible Mergers And Its' 20% Stake In Airbus

N79969: When I read the article, it occurred to me that such a merger would cause significant turmoil in both the civil and defense side, especially if the US partner is not Boeing. Since Bae has significant positions in say, J35 and the various Harrier programs, the legal intricacies(which may appe...

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by F4N
Sun Jul 06, 2003 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bae,posible Mergers And Its' 20% Stake In Airbus
Replies: 11
Views: 3486

Bae,posible Mergers And Its' 20% Stake In Airbus

To all: There was an interesting article in <acronym title="Fly FTI">FT</acronym>.com regarding BAE's apparant intentions to merge with a US partner in order to become more involved in the US defense industry. While this is a rumor which has made the rounds for some time, it would appear that Airbus...

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by F4N
Wed Jun 25, 2003 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Looking Into US Facility For Military Conve
Replies: 2
Views: 2330

Airbus Looking Into US Facility For Military Conve

To all: The Wall street Journal carried an intersting article today in which an Airbus official talked about plans for a US facility for coverting Airbus a/c to military versions. The idea is to establish a US facility in order to bid for defense work. I don't exactly see what "opportunities" Airbus...

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by F4N
Fri Jun 20, 2003 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Sales Chief Scoffs At Rival's 7E7
Replies: 85
Views: 6050

RE: Airbus Sales Chief Scoffs At Rival's 7E7

Na: If I had to guess, Boeing is probably hoping to use militarised versions of 767 in order to bridge the gap between now and the phase-in of 7E7 in order to keep a constant revenue stream, compensate for the small number of commercial orders that the 767 may garner and retain a skilled workforce. ...

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by F4N
Fri Jun 20, 2003 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Sales Chief Scoffs At Rival's 7E7
Replies: 85
Views: 6050

RE: Airbus Sales Chief Scoffs At Rival's 7E7

Na: While the K767 lease does smack a bit of a coporate bailout for Boeing, the a/c itself does represent the only viable option for the US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> to begin replacing older KC135's which are tired frames with questionable amounts of fatigue life left in them. It is p...

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by F4N
Wed Jun 18, 2003 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Nixes B777
Replies: 55
Views: 3784

RE: Qatar Nixes B777

To all: Some interesting points being raised here despite the unfortunate tendencies for some to cling to the usual rhetorical positions. I doubt that the war has much to do with the selections made; note that the 2 carriers involved are from countries that actually supported Bush and his war, so th...

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by F4N
Sun Jun 08, 2003 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 757 Enroute To Buffalo
Replies: 14
Views: 4292

RE: AA 757 Enroute To Buffalo

Zrb2:

The only thing I can think of at the moment is a diversion from Toronto due to SARS. Lots of cancellations bt groups, tours, ect cause of this.

Regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Sat May 17, 2003 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7 To Become Boeing's 2nd Biggest Seller
Replies: 39
Views: 4342

RE: 7E7 To Become Boeing's 2nd Biggest Seller

Captaingomes: Agreed. It is surprising that the A300/310 replacement has gotten very little press. I suspect that Airbus resources are dominated by A380 and will be so for some considerable time, especially if the alleged weight-growth problems are true. Or is it that the 200 seat category lacks the...

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by F4N
Sat May 17, 2003 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7 To Become Boeing's 2nd Biggest Seller
Replies: 39
Views: 4342

RE: 7E7 To Become Boeing's 2nd Biggest Seller

Captaingomes: While the 7e7 appears to be of conventional layout, I would expect that the use of weight-saving materials, advanced aerodynamic efficiencies and new engines will allow Boeing to make good their claim that the "e" in 7e7 stands for efficiency. This is the advantage that a new design co...

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by F4N
Sat May 17, 2003 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7 To Become Boeing's 2nd Biggest Seller
Replies: 39
Views: 4342

RE: 7E7 To Become Boeing's 2nd Biggest Seller

Captaingomes: I understand the point you and Rick are trying to make, but you oversimplify the effort required to produce a competing design through "tweaking". Whatever Boeing decides to do when executing the final 7e7 concept, they will probably use the baseline performance of the competitive mode...

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by F4N
Thu May 08, 2003 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BalairCTA Livery Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1601

RE: BalairCTA Livery Question

ILOVEA340: Thanks for the info. I finally found a photo of a BalairCTA A310 which indeed shows the wing to be <acronym title="Albenga (Villanova d'Albenga) (- Clemente Panero) (ALL / LIMG), Italy">ALL</acronym> yellow w/ silver leading edges. Amazing that they would do that as it had to be expensive...

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by F4N
Thu May 08, 2003 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BalairCTA Livery Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1601

BalairCTA Livery Question

To all: I am currently building an MD82 kit and want to use a set of Brazilian decals which I bought that contain markings for a BalairCTA ship. The wings appear to be yellow. Unfortunately, the instructions do not contain a planform view which would tell me the extent of the yellow. I searched the ...

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by F4N
Thu May 01, 2003 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-France Traffic; Affected By Diplomatic Fallout?
Replies: 89
Views: 5953

RE: US-France Traffic; Affected By Diplomatic Fallout?

To all: The current diplomatic flap between the US and France will probably continue for some time although it will continue mostly on a diplomatic front and nowhere else. That said, I also believe that the notion that anti-French sentiment in the US is limited to some sort of right-wing element or ...

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by F4N
Mon Apr 28, 2003 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tristar & Nato Training A/c In BUF
Replies: 4
Views: 1705

RE: Tristar & Nato Training A/c In BUF

L-188: You are correct about the 500 being the short-fuselage variant. I got it backwards. Ususally one of the longer variants shows up here(300's?). zrb2: I saw the Falcon Air Express 727; neat looking a/c. Since my house faces east in Clarence, I'm looking into the sun behind it at this time of da...

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by F4N
Sun Apr 27, 2003 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tristar & Nato Training A/c In BUF
Replies: 4
Views: 1705

Tristar & Nato Training A/c In BUF

To all: AirTransat made its' weekly return to <acronym title="Buffalo - Niagara (Greater Buffalo) International (BUF / KBUF), USA - New York">BUF</acronym> on friday. I was hoping for the return of their A332 so I could try for some better pics than I took last week; however, they showed up with one...

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by F4N
Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Opposition To 7E7 Within Boeing
Replies: 51
Views: 4427

RE: Opposition To 7E7 Within Boeing

To all: I think that the posturing which is currently going on represents a number of different points of view within Boeing not only over the path forward, but also between various individuals trying to exercise influence over what will obviously be Boeing's major commercial capital project for som...

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by F4N
Mon Apr 21, 2003 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 In BUF Today
Replies: 14
Views: 3459

RE: A330 In BUF Today

zrb2: How do you track equipment in and out of <acronym title="Buffalo - Niagara (Greater Buffalo) International (BUF / KBUF), USA - New York">BUF</acronym>? I often get a glimpse of ships passing through that I don't get a chance to follow up on; i.e., Arrow Air 727. Please advise. F4N BWIA330: I w...

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by F4N
Sun Apr 20, 2003 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 In BUF Today
Replies: 14
Views: 3459

A330 In BUF Today

To all <acronym title="Buffalo - Niagara (Greater Buffalo) International (BUF / KBUF), USA - New York">BUF</acronym> spotters/enthusiasts: AirTransat has been a frequent visitor to <acronym title="Buffalo - Niagara (Greater Buffalo) International (BUF / KBUF), USA - New York">BUF</acronym> this year...

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by F4N
Thu Apr 10, 2003 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA Goes B73G
Replies: 25
Views: 3128

RE: ANA Goes B73G

To all: It appears that the majority of this order are 73G, but that other 737NG models are included(type unspecified). It would seem that ANA has not yet decided on the exact model mix. No Airbus a/c are included in the order. I believe Flying-Tiger may be referring to the fact that ANA stated that...

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by F4N
Tue Mar 04, 2003 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Decide Mid-year On 717-300
Replies: 57
Views: 8240

RE: Boeing To Decide Mid-year On 717-300

To all:

Perhaps Iberia?? They used DC9's and continue to use MD80's. Maybe the Boeing order for 6500 shipsets of helicopter rotor blades from Gamesa will help.

regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Sun Mar 02, 2003 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Decide Mid-year On 717-300
Replies: 57
Views: 8240

RE: Boeing To Decide Mid-year On 717-300


To all:

Although I cannot find the article at the moment, the Seattle P-I mentioned the Star Alliance, SAS, Qantas, Airtran and United(of all things)as being interested. I can't recall the others.

Regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Feb 08, 2003 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is The 7E7 Just A "Boeing 330"?
Replies: 21
Views: 5724

RE: Is The 7E7 Just A "Boeing 330"?

Rick767: Given the time-frame that Boeing is planning on, it is apparant that 7E7 is not intended to be some sort of "me-too" A330. Although I have been out of product development for some years now, the general intention when launching a new design is to use the competitor's baseline performance as...

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by F4N
Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9 A340-600s For Iberia
Replies: 53
Views: 6040

RE: 9 A340-600s For Iberia

Udo: An interesting and informative reply; however, I still disagree. Your analysis of Boeing's current successes is quite correct and comprehensive, but if you look carefully, nowhere did I suggest that Boeing has neither placed a/c in Europe or that they could not. My comments were only with respe...

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by F4N
Fri Jan 31, 2003 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9 A340-600s For Iberia
Replies: 53
Views: 6040

RE: 9 A340-600s For Iberia

Udo: I have to disagree with your suggestion about US carriers which will never order an Airbus. With the exception of Southwest(because the business model precludes it)and CO under Bethume, I can't see why Airbus has any less chance than Boeing for any order. The exclusivity contracts were waived a...

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by F4N
Sat Jan 11, 2003 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus: UA Will Return To Profit And Order A380
Replies: 79
Views: 7699

RE: Airbus: UA Will Return To Profit And Order A380

Dazeflight: In a recent statement about earnings, Atlas denied that it has any intention of ordering A380 anytime in the near future. The story was on Yahoo-I am trying to find the link as it came as a surprise to me also. Cedarjet: UA may be Airbus' biggest client, but that accounts for what? They'...

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by F4N
Fri Jan 10, 2003 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus: UA Will Return To Profit And Order A380
Replies: 79
Views: 7699

RE: Airbus: UA Will Return To Profit And Order A380

To all: I think the speculative nature of this entire topic is completely pointless. UA first and foremost has to survive. If they do, they will most likely adopt a very different business model from the one they currently use, meaning that the extent of their international service is open to questi...

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by F4N
Sat Dec 07, 2002 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New 747 Orders
Replies: 5
Views: 2148

New 747 Orders

To all:

According to the Seattle PI, Boeing has received orders for 12 747's. Ten
are for the previously announced China Airlines order, but 2 are for an unidentified "Asian carrier". Type or sub-types were not announced.

Some good news for 747 and Boeing.

regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Wed Dec 04, 2002 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Still Using The 727 A Lot?
Replies: 16
Views: 2384

RE: DL Still Using The 727 A Lot?

To all: DL has used 722's for BUF-ATL as far back as I call recall DL providing service here. It was a rare occasion indeed when other equipment was substituted. However, all things must pass...today I saw an MD88 making the approach to BUF. Is this the harbinger of things to come? Dare I hope for D...

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by F4N
Fri Nov 22, 2002 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Looking Into 747-400QLR
Replies: 136
Views: 11823

RE: Cathay Pacific Looking Into 747-400QLR

To all: This post is really getting to be a hoot. First off, a participant who actually flies commercial liners for a respected international carrier makes a statement regarding some of the a/c in his employers' fleet and he gets taken to task by the flag-wavers for that particular frame-maker who w...

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by F4N
Wed Nov 20, 2002 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330F?
Replies: 31
Views: 2326

RE: A330F?

To all:

It would be interesting to see if Boeing would respond to A330F with a 777F.

Lots of possibilities to consider here...

Regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Tue Nov 12, 2002 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing`s Future Strategy
Replies: 8
Views: 2974

RE: Boeing`s Future Strategy

777263ER: While you are correct in assessing that the 737 is selling well and that the 747/757/767/ sell, there is a huge difference between a product selling and selling at a rate that allows a production line to be operated profitably. At this point, the latter three are getting dangerously close ...

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by F4N
Sat Nov 02, 2002 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Considers Imposing Tariff Against Airbus
Replies: 279
Views: 7876

RE: U.S. Considers Imposing Tariff Against Airbus

To all: I think everyone is getting a little ahead of themselves here. Nothing has been enacted at all. However, I also believe that this is more than simple electioneering. IMO, the blatant pirating of the easyjet order by Airbus with terms that appear to shock even the most jaded aviation analysts...

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