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by grantcv
Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Deliver Test 787s To Its Customers
Replies: 44
Views: 13233

RE: Boeing To Deliver Test 787s To Its Customers

I don't believe it is correct to refer to the first plane built as the prototype - for all Boeing 7 series aircraft. The only prototype jetliner Boeing has ever built was the 367-80 prototype. Since then, all the planes have come down the standard production line and, for that reason, cannot be term...

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by grantcv
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliner Generations
Replies: 8
Views: 5052

RE: Airliner Generations

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by grantcv
Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliner Generations
Replies: 8
Views: 5052

Airliner Generations

I am writing a paper on the history of airliners. How does one divide the evolution of the modern jet airliner into generations? In thinking about it - there seems to have been major advances, every 10-12 years that once in place, changed the design of the airliner forever. And inbetween have been t...

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by grantcv
Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boeing Ex-CEO Flying First Class!
Replies: 26
Views: 10802

RE: Boeing Ex-CEO Flying First Class!

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by grantcv
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If No A380, Would A350XWB Hit Wiring Problems?
Replies: 13
Views: 2940

RE: If No A380, Would A350XWB Hit Wiring Problems?

If there had been no A380, the A350 might already be flying and in service and Boeing would be scrambling to catch up.

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by grantcv
Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Denies 787 Problems: Talks Of Replacing 777
Replies: 84
Views: 22831

RE: Boeing Denies 787 Problems: Talks Of Replacing 777

Boeing has absolutely no reason to follow Airbus' lead in going into reactive mode to prematurely develop a 777 replacement in response to the A350. Likewise, they have no reason to stretch the 787 beyond their original intention - the 787 was not intended to replace the 773 and is not scaled correc...

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by grantcv
Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 may face 6 mo. delay, Vought involved
Replies: 198
Views: 31457

787 may face 6 mo. delay, Vought involved

Considering that Boeing has all the major components in-house and on the assembly line, if there were truly problems that would cause first flight to be delayed by six whole months, then that would indicate that the quality of the parts produced so far is unnacceptable and that they need to be scrap...

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by grantcv
Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The A350XWB Market Area?
Replies: 75
Views: 6980

RE: What Is The A350XWB Market Area?

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by grantcv
Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The A350XWB Market Area?
Replies: 75
Views: 6980

RE: What Is The A350XWB Market Area?

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by grantcv
Wed May 30, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Order At Paris - 100+ 787's, 100 737's, 777's?
Replies: 52
Views: 21704

RE: AA Order At Paris - 100+ 787's, 100 737's, 777's?

Wouldn't an order of this size pretty much signal a second 787 assembly line? Otherwise, when would these deliveries begin? 2013?

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by grantcv
Wed May 30, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350XWB - Back To The Drawing Board (again)?
Replies: 237
Views: 23209

RE: A350XWB - Back To The Drawing Board (again)?

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by grantcv
Wed May 30, 2007 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350XWB - Back To The Drawing Board (again)?
Replies: 237
Views: 23209

RE: A350XWB - Back To The Drawing Board (again)?

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by grantcv
Tue May 29, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10407

RE: What Comes After 787?

If developing a new model to EIS around 2020, and expeciting a production life of 25 years or more, then we can expect the planes to be flying till 2070 or more. Yet it seems that we need to see a dramatic shift in the type of fuel we use in that timeframe. How will future airliners anticipate and/o...

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by grantcv
Mon May 28, 2007 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10407

RE: What Comes After 787?

I have been wondering what the Y3 might be like. I imagine it will come after the Y1/737RS and thus is still about a decade or more away - plenty of time for CFRP technology to become very well understood. The 777 is still relatively young and selling well and the 748 buys the 747 more time so the u...

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by grantcv
Sun May 27, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10407

What Comes After 787?

The 787 is ushering in a new era of aircraft design - with fuselages made largely from CFRP composites. Now it looks like even Airbus is abondoning their prior position to follow suit with their "carbon-FRP" copy of the 787. Yet with all this new technology the result are airliners that don't look a...

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by grantcv
Tue May 22, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Assembly Floor Pictures
Replies: 98
Views: 28664

RE: 787 Assembly Floor Pictures

I've been fortunate enough to go onto a Boeing assembly line on a few occasions. The new assembly line pictures show something that has always surprised me. There are few people in the pictures, and those that are there seem to be mostly sitting around. I've always wondered when the actual work gets...

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by grantcv
Tue May 22, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Assembly Floor Pictures
Replies: 98
Views: 28664

RE: 787 Assembly Floor Pictures

Finally with these pictures I can tell that the cabin windows are, indeed, somewhat larger than the norm.

Is the adhesive coat on the fuselage temporary like the old green coat, or this this a permanent part of the plane?

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by grantcv
Wed May 09, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Aft Sections Rolled Out In South Carolina
Replies: 16
Views: 9265

RE: 787 Aft Sections Rolled Out In South Carolina

Um, I am having a hard time convincing myself that those windows look any larger than usual.

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by grantcv
Wed May 09, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Can't Boeing & Airbus Find New VLA Customers?
Replies: 79
Views: 10523

RE: Why Can't Boeing & Airbus Find New VLA Customers?

The long distance market is restructuring - with much of the market going to smaller planes flying point-to-point or higher frequencies - hence lots of 787 sales (and A350 interest) The replacement market for 742s and 743s has already largely passed and went B773s and A346s. What's left is the repla...

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by grantcv
Wed May 02, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skybus Sells Over 150,000 Fares!
Replies: 205
Views: 12523

RE: Skybus Sells Over 150,000 Fares!

I am glad to see that their loss leading $10 seats are doing very well. While they may be losing money on those seats for the sake of a gimmick, I am sure that they will make it up on volume. Does anyone know how many money losing seats they have to full before they make a profit?

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by grantcv
Wed May 02, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lets Bet On When Skybus Tanks
Replies: 283
Views: 18436

RE: Lets Bet On When Skybus Tanks

Hmm, 10 seats are available for $10. So why should the rest of the plane have to pay a little extra to cover the cost of the lucky 10 people that got $10 seats. That seems as unfair as having to pay for for other peoples luggage or meals if you don't check any luggage or eat a meal. Personally I thi...

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by grantcv
Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 24
Views: 9345

RE: Future Boeing Widebodies

I can't imagine why Boeing would go with the Y3 in the near term. The 777 is still relatively young and the 748 is in development. An update will keep the B777 relatively competitive for the second half of its production life - and that is the correct move for Boeing. It is better for Boeing to have...

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by grantcv
Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leahy: Airbus Was 'caught Napping' By 787
Replies: 91
Views: 17559

RE: Leahy: Airbus Was 'caught Napping' By 787

Mr Leahy's statements don't really add up. Airbus wasn't caught napping - far from it, Airbus was too heavily focused on the wrong thing - the A380. That intense focus in a niche left them vulnerable everywhere else. Boeing did their part and took aim right at a point where Boeing's position was wea...

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by grantcv
Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing: Next Job Could Be The New 777
Replies: 105
Views: 21419

RE: Boeing: Next Job Could Be The New 777

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by grantcv
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737RS Delayed(?) Until 2014-15
Replies: 51
Views: 10349

RE: Boeing 737RS Delayed(?) Until 2014-15

I think it would be nice if Boeing were to make some sort of announcement regarding the 737RS one day after the 787 rolls out - that would be July 9, 2007.

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by grantcv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Cabin Preference Study
Replies: 20
Views: 3777

RE: 737 Cabin Preference Study

I am guessing that a 2+2+2 configuration will necessitate smaller overhead bins, making it more difficult for passengers to load all their stuff before taking their seats. Plus, the overhead bin will be right over the aisle seat, discouraging passengers from stepping into their row before attempting...

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by grantcv
Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's New Livery Is Out
Replies: 328
Views: 44813

RE: Delta's New Livery Is Out

This livery makes a lot of sense - simple lettering on EuroWhite with all design limited to the tail. It makes it so much easier to change the livery again when the next round of management arrives or they get taken over - strip off the lettering and repaint the tail. They're thinking ahead.

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by grantcv
Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skybus Update
Replies: 114
Views: 14724

RE: Skybus Update

Okay, so their business plan is to sell tickets to people that are too cheap or poor to fly on the other airlines, and then make their money selling these people luxury retail merchandise like perfume and watches? Seems like some brilliant thinking there. What are they expecting the average customer...

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by grantcv
Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 737 Replacements: Fat Boy And Little Boy
Replies: 102
Views: 17901

RE: The 737 Replacements: Fat Boy And Little Boy

So 18 months from now Boeing is openly promoting the new B797 family. The B787 is in service and Boeing has resources freed up to devote to what will arguably be its most important offering for the next two decades or so. Airlines start lining up to buy this new aircraft - and B737 and A320 sales go...

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by grantcv
Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing: Engines For 737RS Ready By 2011-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 13943

RE: Boeing: Engines For 737RS Ready By 2011-2012

Airbus is being caught in a trap of simply reacting to Boeing's every move. With sales of the A330 still strong, wouldn't it have been better for Airbus to have spent their upcoming R&D on coming up with a fix of sorts for the struggling A340 while leaving enough Euros to get a head start on an A320...

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by grantcv
Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Randy - Forward Section Of The 787 Completed
Replies: 48
Views: 12346

RE: Randy - Forward Section Of The 787 Completed

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by grantcv
Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Randy - Forward Section Of The 787 Completed
Replies: 48
Views: 12346

RE: Randy - Forward Section Of The 787 Completed

Its a pity that Spirit is no longer a part of Boeing proper.

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by grantcv
Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska's 75th Anniversary 737-800 Livery Unveiled
Replies: 82
Views: 19673

RE: Alaska's 75th Anniversary 737-800 Livery Unveiled

Is that a real photograph? I don't see anybody at the flightdeck.

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by grantcv
Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - Boeing: Missing Models
Replies: 37
Views: 8583

RE: Airbus - Boeing: Missing Models

Well, 8 is a lucky number in Asia, so 8 is being used a lot lately. Hasn't proved to be especially lucky for Airbus though.

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by grantcv
Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why My Dad Is A Loyal Southwest Flyer
Replies: 58
Views: 9922

RE: Why My Dad Is A Loyal Southwest Flyer

My business partner had the exact same experience with Southwest. When his bag came out, the handle was cracked in two. He took it over to the Southwst office and a few minutes came back with a great big smile on his face. His old bag was replaced with a nice new one, better than what he had brought...

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by grantcv
Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It's 727 Day!
Replies: 55
Views: 8442

RE: It's 727 Day!

Actually, last Thursday, Feb 1, was the 43rd anniversary of the first commercial 727 flight. And my 43rd anniversary too! I feel a bond with the B727.

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by grantcv
Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Situation Of Boeing's Program To Lighten 772LR
Replies: 36
Views: 8262

RE: Situation Of Boeing's Program To Lighten 772LR

Surely pulling as much weight off the 777 in general would make the case for the A350 that much harder. Wouldn't that be motivation enough?

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by grantcv
Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350XWB - Solid Composite Fuselage?
Replies: 207
Views: 15778

RE: A350XWB - Solid Composite Fuselage?

The biggest problem that Airbus has with the A350 is that it isn't a model that they want to develop and build. Rather it is a model they have to develop and build. Sure, they have the smart systems engineers that could have spec'ed out a plane that was right on target from the get go. But that plan...

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by grantcv
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus: A320 Firm Orders, More Then 5000
Replies: 31
Views: 6558

RE: Airbus: A320 Firm Orders, More Then 5000

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by grantcv
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350XWB - Solid Composite Fuselage?
Replies: 207
Views: 15778

RE: A350XWB - Solid Composite Fuselage?

Okay, so what aspects of the B787 doesn't the A350XWB have yet. The flight deck windows still resemble those from the 7E7 Concept so I am guessing that they still have to be refined to match those of the B787. And the chevrons around the engines are missing so that work remains to be done. How about...

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by grantcv
Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Vs A319 Efficiency
Replies: 88
Views: 14570

RE: 737 Vs A319 Efficiency

I guess either manufacturer adapts their prices to compensate for their strengths and weaknesses. As long as both are continually doing that, each will earn 50% of the market - and neither can get ahead of the other without losing a lot of money doing it.

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by grantcv
Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Vs A319 Efficiency
Replies: 88
Views: 14570

RE: 737 Vs A319 Efficiency

I am wondering how both the 737 Classics and 73Gs could be competitive with the A320's. While the A320 and the 737 are both subject to ongoing improvements over time, the A320 delivered today is not that much different from an A320 delivered in 1988. Yet Boeing has signficantly improved the B737 dur...

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by grantcv
Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Cut At Wachovia, Concerns Over 787 Program
Replies: 126
Views: 18353

RE: Boeing Cut At Wachovia, Concerns Over 787 Program

This morning on <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> (not sure which news channel), they pointed out that the particular analyst at Wachovia made a similar negative prediction about Boeing a year ago regarding order cycle peaking - and was completely wrong. It must be nice having t...

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by grantcv
Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 420 A380 Units To Break Even
Replies: 89
Views: 11233

RE: 420 A380 Units To Break Even

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by grantcv
Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing Leave The 777 Alone?
Replies: 3
Views: 3772

RE: Will Boeing Leave The 777 Alone?

I think that once the B748 is done, Boeing will turn to do a "B778" version - improving the B777 to be consistent with the B787/B748 combo. If they start that project in 2009, they would still have plenty of time produce an effective spoiler for the A350 by the time of its EIS. The Y3 is quite a bit...

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by grantcv
Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Width, A Miss?
Replies: 77
Views: 14692

RE: 787 Width, A Miss?

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by grantcv
Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Airlines Relocating At San Diego Int'l
Replies: 27
Views: 5382

RE: Two Airlines Relocating At San Diego Int'l

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by grantcv
Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doesn't The A350 Look The 787?
Replies: 27
Views: 13665

RE: Doesn't The A350 Look The 787?

Right now the A350XWB's (Stupid name) windows are quite similar to the original 7E7 concept. Airbus will probably conclude that while they look attractive, the visibility is inadequate and the final shape will probably much more like the B787. That will make the B787 and the A350XWB Mk X even more s...

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by grantcv
Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Secret Behind Southwest?
Replies: 52
Views: 5369

RE: What Is The Secret Behind Southwest?

I think their convenient website also plays a role in their successs. As a regular flier of Southwest, you use it often. Pretty soon it becomes THE way you book all your travel - including rental car and hotel. And then you forget to use the other websites that give you a choice of carriers - so you...

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by grantcv
Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Will Crush Rivals: Predicts Expert II
Replies: 186
Views: 14999

A380 Will Crush Rivals: Predicts Expert II

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