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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee Spill Forced A330 Diversion
Replies: 67
Views: 11638

Re: Coffee Spill Forced A330 Diversion

Dunno if Boeing have a good cupholder or not either - if so they probably have a buzzword acronym for it - if not - have they learned nothing from that stupid judge awarding compo to that stupid clown that spilled the McDonalds coffee over themselves in the car somewhere in the States? I was waitin...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moxy - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 75449

Re: Moxy will start operations earlier than 2021 with E190s retired from Azul

Neeleman is a smart guy. He knows how Azul's E190's were maintained. It is a buyer's market for used E190's. He can swap precious A220 delivery slots with new-fleet-hungry airlines like DL and AF, which will delay major capital costs during Moxy's financially-fragile start up period. Plus, he needs...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Delta increases stake in Korean Air parent
Replies: 78
Views: 12411

Re: Updated: Delta increases stake in Korean Air parent

I think any reasonable person who is an av geek has to stand back in awe of DL's strategic decisions. They never miss a beat. There were many who have said DL 's partnership with KE will pale in comparison to the UA and AA alliances in Japan. The reality in NRT is not really Tokyo and Haneda is a t...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Testing/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 93
Views: 17574

Re: Embraer E2 Testing/Production Thread - 2019

OA940 wrote:
First E195-E2 delivered to Azul today

Which MSN and line#?

Airfleets hasn't updated. Last E195 in the database was added in 2015 for Azul.

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Airbus standarize A321NEO/LR/XLR into a single version.
Replies: 50
Views: 6548

Re: Should Airbus standarize A321NEO/LR/XLR into a single version.

The biggest factor is cost. Airbus charges a premium for all these upgraded models. Airlines don’t want to pay for features and options that they don’t need. It’s like buying a car with a more expensive turbocharged engine or all wheel drive. Sure it is nice to have, bust if you don’t need it, what...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo Family 'Excessive Pitch' Issue Thread
Replies: 133
Views: 31108

Re: Lufthansa Pulling Last Economy Row On A320neo

So what will be the legroom now? Will all seats get an improvement or just those inthe front? I think they are just blocking the seats waiting for a software fix Exactly. However, the MAX issue forced a deep dive into all aircraft stability at what was called the 'coffin corners'. I find it laudabl...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee Spill Forced A330 Diversion
Replies: 67
Views: 11638

Re: Coffee Spill Forced A330 Diversion

If I had written this, I would be tagged for hating on Team A. ... and rightly so. We don't want to encourage you yankees too much. ;) Dunno if Boeing have a good cupholder or not either - if so they probably have a buzzword acronym for it - if not - have they learned nothing from that stupid judge...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 94
Views: 18533

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

I assumed lot of capacity is o.k. for a plane provided CASM is cheap enough. It seems I'm wrong. If a few year old planes are used for spare outs because a new landing gear is too expensive, why did airlines buy this plane from the beginning? Was there such a shortage of long range planes until B77...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Global: Tim Clark (Video) talks about UK's Importance
Replies: 15
Views: 2791

Re: Flight Global: Tim Clark (Video) talks about UK's Importance

I’m shocked the EU let Germany impose this. What happened to free markets and all that? Aviation agreements are bilateral. The EU has no say in them. The EU can't force countries to accept aviation traffic they don't want. And the "free market" only applies to all the economies inside the...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO
Replies: 70
Views: 9660

Re: JetBlue Announces JFK-GEO

Discuss the topic and not other users. Keep discussion civil. Read the forum rules if in doubt.

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s
Replies: 104
Views: 12090

Re: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s

It is striking (if true) that the 717 will get IFE given that the A220 is going to be taking over a good amount of the longer 717 flying (some of the 2-hour flights out of SLC and SEA, and the LGA-Florida shoulder season flying), leaving most 717 trips under 750 miles out of DTW, MSP, and ATL. The ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Global: Tim Clark (Video) talks about UK's Importance
Replies: 15
Views: 2791

Re: Flight Global: Tim Clark (Video) talks about UK's Importance

What limits does Germany impose? Only four cities allowed. As many frequencies as desired by EK but no more than four. Germany and Canada are the two ‘golden geese’ that EK would salivate on the prospect of open skies. Not going to happen. Stuttgart and Berlin would be immediate targets. I’m shocke...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread
Replies: 78
Views: 7775

Re: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread

One of the aspects I am most interested in is long haul from secondary airports. I always like smaller airports in favor of the big hubs as you get in and out in 30min tops. Also it is usually cheaper to park. But currently the market of long haul from small airports is nonexistent. So, I imagine E...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Global: Tim Clark (Video) talks about UK's Importance
Replies: 15
Views: 2791

Re: Flight Global: Tim Clark (Video) talks about UK's Importance

When one considers how much of the once British Empire EK serves, is it that much of a surprise?

Compared to say Germany, with limits on transfer traffic, there is less friction to business.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

I am absolutely shocked by this...how on earth can a prestigious, blue chip company as RR simply skip a test that proved to be critical to endurance and reliability?...a poor design decision or late qualification testing can happen to any manufacturer, but simply skipping a development test?...inco...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s
Replies: 104
Views: 12090

Re: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s

There's enough details out there and "shop talk" on other places on the internet that lend this to be fairly credible with enough detail that is more than just typical pilot or FA rumor mills. Devils advocate here, but Boeing is the leaseholder, likely gave DL a great deal on the lease ex...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

RR has been in detailed design for a year?!? Wow, I thought they were going to do a demonstrator and then launch an engine for no earlier than 2030 EIS. Did they really pull the A team off the T1000? The A-Team isn't on the T 1000. That's been obvious for 3 years now. The high-level design was froz...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

The A350 NEO is only 6-7 years away, so airlines may simply wait out of the storm of moderately high fuel prices for now to get a much more efficient frame than the CEO to replace their 77Ws. RR has been in detailed design for a year?!? Wow, I thought they were going to do a demonstrator and then l...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

Might be true if all are full, but this isn't the case. A380s are 1/3rd bigger than 777W and worse at cargo. Getting rid of A380s lets you retain frequency as you add 777Xs. Adding A350/789 is an even better idea, but hands may be tied. We saw this in the post-9/11 downsizing: big inefficient 747s ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s
Replies: 104
Views: 12090

Re: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s

Is the 717 really louder than the back of a MD-80 or DC-9? I like engines on a wing just for that reason.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 893
Views: 208249

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Is it academically correct to speak of anything over 100%? I thought the percent scale ends at 100. The test is for a load that is 1.5 times some other load or something like that? 100% is the maximum load the aircraft will see in flight. So yes. All proof testing is done in engineering at a multip...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 893
Views: 208249

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Lets consider what would happen if a cargo door hinge or latch fail. At the failure point, the door will deform and pressure will be released through the resulting gap in the seal. I would not expect parts to fly off with the door ending across the hangar bay. bt This is exactly why destructive pre...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crashworthiness of modern airliners vs old
Replies: 30
Views: 2924

Re: Crashworthiness of modern airliners vs old

Modern aircraft are designed to flex and withstand a 9-G load. Older aircraft being more rigid put more stress in people earlier. The Asians 777 crash was the only crash I know if where people in bulk survived where I speculate they would have died old school. Crash rates plummeted with time. That m...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s
Replies: 104
Views: 12090

Re: Rumor: Delta installing IFE on B717s

Assuming this happens, I'm very wrong on the tenure of the 717 at DL. Kudos to the t-tails. I could go over my logic, but if proven wrong, why rehash the errors of my thinking? ;) I love IFE, it occupied the idiot sitting next to me, so I can read! :stirthepot: If it was posted internally, how’s it ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 3694
Views: 481216

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Don't discount that part of the EASA statements could be posturing. With the exception of MCAS (and the related stick force gradient) and accidentally leaving the AoA disagree alert out, all of the other issues on the MAX also exist on the NG. It is perfectly fine for the EASA to require tests with...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?
Replies: 70
Views: 8796

Re: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?

We will definitely see unpressurized airliners in a decade or two. Electric propulsion will be the reason why. no way you by far (!) underestimate the - energy storage problem on a electric driven plane if the energy ist stored in batteries I completely accept that a conventional fueled aircraft of...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 138
Views: 4350

Re: Norwegian Considering Sale of Some LGW Slots

Scarebus34 wrote:
Paging JetBlue...

LoL

My first thought too.

A definitive cash crunch.

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread
Replies: 78
Views: 7775

Re: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread

I should have added I have no preference of a widebody over a narrowbody. If there were a notable difference, the 767 would have been more popular for TCON. It is the seat. I won't think for a minute between the A330 or A320NEO to Hawaii. I'll buy off airport, schedule, and fare. If I can avoid a hu...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to share MAX grounding reimbursement with workers
Replies: 10
Views: 3058

Re: WN to share MAX grounding reimbursement with workers

Suddenly all WN want to hold out for more compensation...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread
Replies: 78
Views: 7775

Re: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread

Found a link: https://seekingalpha.com/article/3053886-as-cfm-leap-engines-cope-with-shortfall-pw-might-offer-solution-for-airbus-a320neo Pratt beat specification by 0.5%. CFM missed by 2%. So a 2.5% difference in fuel burn. For longer missions, that matters. At the limit, it gives the Pratt about 8...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread
Replies: 78
Views: 7775

Re: Narrow Body Longhaul development thread

Regarding the 321 LR. We heard David Neeleman saying the 321LRs performances from TAP are below what the airbus Sales told them. Do you guys have any feedbacks or numbers about those deceptive figures ? Do you have a link? Pratt engines have lower fuel burn, but maintenance issues. CFM engines are ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

Scottron12: We know he is pushing back on RR deliveries per the quotes. It happens to be all Airbus short term We know EK has not signed the 779 delivery contract due to uncertainty. So it is also impacted on GE engines and spectacular descriptions of a cargo door opening on a proof test. I believe...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

Scottron12: We know he is pushing back on RR deliveries per the quotes. It happens to be all Airbus short term We know EK has not signed the 779 delivery contract due to uncertainty. So it is also impacted on GE engines and spectacular descriptions of a cargo door opening on a proof test. I believe ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

Yes, but ending lease contracts early and returning financed planes early, will give them different conditions for future acquisitions. I want to focus on the leasing part. It is always expensive to return early. EK is a blue Chip Leasing customer. One of the best customers in the business in terms...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

I find it interesting we spend so much energy debating which aircraft. EK will downsize. The prior quotes on the ANZ 787-10 order show Boeing and GE are willing to price cheaper than Airbus or RR. STC must get a better deal for EK as the airline is barely break even. As people are discussing above, ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 128269

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

My Russian is a tad rusty - do you think you could give us a run down of the interesting data? V/F The most impressive one is the max. speed comment which they say is higher than they had anticipated, I will list the ones I consider in order of importance: 1) Vmax higher than anticipated, which IIR...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

In the end it is just a way of saying " we do not need more aircraft at the moment", but instead of saying this you say that no OEM can deliver planes matching your demand. Face saving is a big part of the ME culture and it looks much better to say " we can not take more planes as ou...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27575

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

https://amp.thenational.ae/business/avi ... t-1.906990

Huh... I'm willing to admit when my assumptions are wrong.

Lightsaber
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Huh... I was wrong. EK is expecting better profit:

https://amp.thenational.ae/business/avi ... t-1.906990

Huh... I'm willing to admit when my assumptions are wrong.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 130
Views: 14865

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

The article mentions that B6, if they decide to use Stansed or Luton, could offer connecting service throughout Europe on either Easyjet or Ryanair. This is a ludicrous idea. JetBlue has positioned itself as a niche business carrier with its Mint product. That will key its key differentiator on tra...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27575

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

EK's profits, at 2% are less than other airlines. That is not a sustainable profit margin to find growth. Time to reduce costs and surplus seats. Please reread what I've said about profits. Profits DO NOT FUND GROWTH, it is an elementary fact in corporate finance. Profits is the bottom line after e...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

Found a link showing EK has 0.9% profit. Not even one percent and due to the runway closeure this fiscal year will be worse. https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2019/09/06/emirates-airlines-worlds-largest-a380-operator-begins-dumping-cannibalizing-planes/amp/ Emirates’ load factor, or the ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

EKs model requires some number of A380s. They fly 6 per day to LHR and it is doubtful that they will get any more slots. Smaller planes mean fewer passengers, and to places like LHR they need a lot of seats to satisfy the demand to fly to LHR across their network. As for the others destinations, it...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

I feel like they would be changing their strategy soon enough. The A380/B777-300ER era might be ending sooner than we are expecting. I won't be surprised if B787-9 and A350-900 became the face of Emirates in upcoming future. EKs model requires some number of A380s. They fly 6 per day to LHR and it ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 893
Views: 208249

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

It would be helpful to know which of the ten doors failed. As the fuselage and Type A doors are the same as used on the rest of the 777 family, I am strongly inclined to think it was not a design issue there. If it was one of them, my guess would be it was not properly latched/secured. The Type C &...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27575

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

I remain a fan of EK. Just as I like Las Vegas, they go boom/bust. I believe Dubai's economy, not that it is no longer a growth economy, is going to look a lot like Vegas, just with a larger logistical branch. Dubai is not Vegas, I see what you mean for a % of pax & the desert, but Dubai are ac...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 297
Views: 55422

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

IMHO, getting the software code bases common is a big part of the effort so there is only one code base, with modified configuration files, as much as possible. I'm not sure what you mean - what code base exactly? FADEC? FCS? Diagnostics? Avionics? It is not as if airlines "maintain" soft...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready
Replies: 263
Views: 34313

Re: Reuters: Tim Clark: won't take new planes unless engines are truly ready

As Lightsaber rightly mentions, BA..UA and AA were late operators of the 77W. In fact, WW at BA says he would have ordered more at the time if he had known just how good an airplane it turned out to be. Having said that..AA and UA would be a long time from considering the 779 seeing as they are all...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27575

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

. The Hotel occupancy is flat, so there is no more money from that. The only way to re-invigorate growth in Dubai is more free cash (profit) from the Airline group. Dubai did most of what you suggested, but it was funded by EK's surplus cash (profits). There isn't the cash to invest? You should rea...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 94
Views: 18533

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

Two things stuck out: 1. We now know, within 5 years, the A380 fleet will shrink from 115 (peak) to 90-100 2. Leasors are on their own. I believe this is signaling a fleet retirement early, as in 2030-2032. I speculate EK is not looking to extend leases long term (their will be month by month exten...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 114999

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

AA"s MD-80s are deregistered. https://www.airfleets.net/exploit/production-md80.htm What I find interesting is DL accelerated MD-80/90 over the last week too. I'm such a geek I keep a spreadsheet on active MD-80/90s. In the last month DL removed 9 from the registry of which 4 were MD-90, 5 wer...

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