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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104924

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

Right now the biggest engine ever made is 115,000 lbs thrust, and that os stretching the technology about as far as it will go, according to most. But when the 777 was launched they were looking for around 70,000 lbs thrust, and at that time (1990) THAT was considered about as far as the technology...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133186

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

... I can’t see any sign of a black nose cone on the -100, or on any BOAC 747-100 photos in the database. ... Cunard is right, though. https://www.airliners.net/photo/British-Airways/Boeing-747-136/994398/L Thank you very much I knew I was correct and I didn't need a photo to prove it as I'm old en...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133186

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

The Speedmark logo on the hull is facing the wrong way. I agree it looks a touch odd, but that is the way it is presented on both the British Airways and the British Airways 100 logos. It is being displayed as part of a set logo, not as a standalone element as it is on the regular livery. https://u...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104924

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

In my opinion, the A380 is a commercial success. It will have sold in more than 250 units, which is a lot considering that it is like stacking an A332 on a B77W. It's a bigger aircraft with its set of limitations, so you can't expect it to sell as many as a B787 or an A350. John Leahy shouldn't hav...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 91
Views: 20406

Re: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

So, if I count correctly, 251 A380‘s will be build: AF: 10 NH: 3 OZ: 6 BA: 12 CZ: 5 EK: 123 EY: 10 KE: 10 LH: 14 MH: 6 QF: 12 QR: 10 SQ: 24 TG: 6 ——— Total: 251 That’s the total deliveries. 3 more have been built but never delivered to any airlines. MSN 1, 2, and 4 True, I just counted the deliveri...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 74
Views: 16201

Re: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Something else noteworthy about the backlog as of the end of January of 93 aircraft, just over half of it is for P-8s at 47. I wonder if all 46 of the other aircraft will actually be delivered? From the A320ceo thread we know that frame has some phantom orders still sitting on the order book. I wond...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Long Did It Take American to Retire the TWA Brand?
Replies: 53
Views: 9899

Re: How Long Did It Take American to Retire the TWA Brand?

The most recent photo I can find in the database here is from November 2002:



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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104924

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

If Emirates get rid of their A380s before I can even have chance to go on one I'm going to to be upset Given they are still taking delivery of them at the moment, I imagine you won’t have to worry about them vanishing from the skies within the next decade, so you should have ample opportunity to fl...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104924

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

It would have died much sooner if not for Emirates. Perhaps. Perhaps not; without the Emirates effect would other airlines elsewhere have needed the capacity brought by the A380? It could be argued that Emirates taking so many and using them to so many places actually depressed the overall market f...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 74
Views: 16201

Re: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

There were 14 deliveries for January, including 1 P-8: ⋅ Alaska Airlines - 1x 737-900ER ⋅ Bank of Communications Leasing - 2x 737-800 ⋅ Delta Air Lines - 6x 737-900ER ⋅ Japan Transocean Air - 1x 737-800 ⋅ Jet2.com - 1x 737-800 ⋅ Sberbank Le...

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Not sure what is going on, but there are repeated announcements in the Auckland domestic terminal about a security problem and screening being on hold.

Edit: security screening has started again, so can’t have been a major.

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight
Replies: 134
Views: 10621

Re: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight

It appears the point is being missed by many posting here. The issue is not that the passenger failed to show up for a flight; it is that the passenger allegedly bought a fare which was sold on the condition of it being for a connection, with no intention of taking the connection. A small quote from...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37634

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

Take a look at which A380 sections use GLARE and where they were designed / constructed. Notice that there's another section which uses no GLARE at all (even though it would have been the best place to apply it). That should give you your answer... could you explain, please? I see GLARE as suitable...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37634

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

The only thing more scary and stupid than keeping the A380 going would be shutting it down. Considering that: 1. Anyone buying the biggest airplane would then go to Boeing as the pax growth is double digits each year much like they flock to A321 in the narrowbody segment. The 777-9 may be bigger, b...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37634

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

Some numbers - any corrections are highly appreciated: With this latest cancellation the real backlog is down to 3 NH-airframes plus 53 EK-airframes = 56 A380‘s. Assuming EK‘s latest firm order for 20 A380‘s will be cancelled entirely, the backlog will go down to 36. In 2019 we will see 8 deliverie...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Air Chathams ATR 72 ZK-MCO is again out and about - it appears to have started operating the Tauck Tours contract.

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019
Replies: 299
Views: 33764

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2019

Heads up for spotters, ZK-MCO is flying AKL-WLG-BHE-TEU-ZQN-AKL today.

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets
Replies: 270
Views: 26207

Re: United orders 50 CRJ-550s, announces increased premium seating

sldispatcher wrote:
At 50 seats, will that also mean they can keep it at one flight attendant?

I wonder if that’s why “self-serve beverage and snack station for our United First customers” gets prominent billing - no dedicated flight attendant but free flowing drinks and snacks.

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by VirginFlyer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 133186

Re: Rumor: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

My immediate reaction was... "too much red" (on the tail) And then I realised there was "too much blue" (on the lower fuselage) as well! Plus the tacky "7 5 7" on the rear upper fuselage. (Especially when there is already a nice subtle gold "Boeing 757" under...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can anyone identify the aircraft type shown in this photo?
Replies: 57
Views: 11582

Re: Can anyone identify the aircraft type shown in this photo?

YOU GUYS You missed my post #5. LOOK harder and harder front wing angle and same design picture with WTC. Look again and again! It's F-28-4000 NOT Bac 1-11 or DC-9. Look A.Net photo caption it's F28-4000. Q You can post photos from the database in line with your posts by using the photoid tags: [ph...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 36208

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

Air Chathams’ first ATR-72, ZK-MCO, arrived in Auckland today, receiving a water-cannon salute as it entered the domestic ramp. A lot of very happy looking Air Chathams staff were looking it over afterward.

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 283
Views: 36208

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

If its the same four designs on facebook then isn't those designs just a 'dream' livery and not Air Chathams official designs? Probably, it was sent to me via text so not sure where it came from. Not sure if it’s genuine or av geek ideas. The person who originally posted it on the NZ Aviation faceb...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 74
Views: 16201

Boeing 737NG Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Hi all, it seems there isn’t a thread to track the production and delivery of the 737NG, and I thought it would be interesting to follow this as the type approaches the end of its civil production run. Looking at the numbers below, the end of the 737NG alone can’t be too far off now, excluding ongoi...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 65 years since crash of BOAC Comet G-ALYP
Replies: 5
Views: 849

65 years since crash of BOAC Comet G-ALYP

65 years ago, on 10 January 1954, BOAC flight 781 from Rome to London, operated by the first production De Havilland Comet 1 G-ALYP (Yoke Peter in the phonetic alphabet of the day) broke up in flight and crashed near the island of Elba, with the loss of 29 passengers and 6 crew. Among those on board...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 605
Views: 158153

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

Airbus finishes 2018 with 747 net orders https://twitter.com/airbus/status/1083041967179812864?s=21 This sentence sounds good. It’s even better when you go back to how many net orders they had at the end of November: Airbus (November 2018): 439 Gross Orders 380 Net Orders (301 x A320, 14 x A380, 36...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 20860

Re: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel

What about all of the 737-100s and 737-200s parked in the desert? Can't Hawaiian purchase the ones with the lowest cycles and use them for interisland flying? Why not suggest Caravelles, Comets, and Tu-104s while you’re at it? There are no 737-100s in the desert; only 30 were built, and unfortunate...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court decision: Ryanair cannot close EIN base
Replies: 62
Views: 9052

Re: Court decision: Ryanair cannot close EIN base

How would the court have any basis on an airline or any business deciding what markets you operate in? Absolutely mad. :arrow: The Dutch (low) court decided that although the labour contract between the Ryanair and their employees (pilots in this case) are based on Irish law (as mutually “agreed” b...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7
Replies: 32
Views: 6750

Re: Southwest safety rating 3 out of 7

From https://www.airlineratings.com/safety-rating-criteria/ Is the airline IOSA certified? If yes three stars are awarded; if not, no star is given. Has the airline maintained a fatality free record for the past 10 years? If yes the airline is awarded a full star; if not then no star is given. A fat...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37555

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

With the 2018 close to winding up, why not look at the possibilities for 2019 and what may happen (pending fuel situation and AIAL being able to cope) VIRGIN/TIGERAIR - is it a matter of when not if Virgin decide to throw Tiger into the market. Question is on what routes. Will they look at secondar...

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by VirginFlyer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16844

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

Unless you're travelling to/from the Perth area, why would you bother? Any onward connection would negate any time savings from the direct to/from Perth 1st leg. It's just as 'quick' and much much cheaper via the traditional one stop routes. And yet by all accounts Qantas’s PER-LHR is doing very we...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PHL Overseas Terminal
Replies: 24
Views: 6388

Re: PHL Overseas Terminal

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4148813453 I looked on Google for a little while, and this was the only picture I could find. You can barely see it in the background. Strange though, because it's brown in that picture. But in the link below, where they talked about it some 13 years ago, ...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COPA B39M Routes from PTY filed
Replies: 51
Views: 8531

Re: COPA B39M Routes from PTY filed

aviator2000 wrote:
Do those aircraft have the range to fly nonstop to Europe?

I wouldn’t think so - LIS would be the closest to PTY, and that is 4144nm great circle distance.

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 42157

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

Cancelled flights are due to new aircraft delivery times being staggered. When THREE ULRs have been delivered and the route only need TWO. Try to bash SQ/Airbus sin another way. #fail Michael I don’t think he was trying to bash SQ/Airbus - SQ had always said they would initially be less than daily,...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 4968

Re: El Al is scheduled to retire 747 in March 2019

Further schedule update: El Al Israel Airlines in this week’s schedule update revised planned Boeing 747-400 service on Tel Aviv – New York JFK route. From 14JUN19, 747 service will be reduced from up to 11 weekly to 6 weekly, and further reduce to 4 weekly from 17JUL19. Based on current update, the...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Opposite Direction Runway Operations
Replies: 35
Views: 5357

Re: Opposite Direction Runway Operations

Mostly just curious if this happens with any frequency...at SYD? At another major airport? Anywhere?, and what would cause this (winds?) to be the most prudent solution to the situation rather than using mono-directional (e.g. 16L & 16R) or perpendicular (e.g. 34L and 07) runways? SODPROPS - Si...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37555

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

Deepinsider... fantastic Twitter thread for Airbus delivery pics. Thanks! A shame NZ ended up with the high density door config for the 321. Much prefer the existing door layout. Also find high density 32x series virtually impossible for my height (6'3) compared to 737s, so I hope NZ has a good sli...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37555

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

If only VA hadn't ditched most of there 73G fleet - they would of been an great size for re-gaining some movement in the New Zealand market (provided they had an full cabin refit). The 73G maybe of allowed them to have gone double daily on routes like CHC-BNE,SYD,MEL and WLG-BNE,SYD,MEL and even ma...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 125
Views: 24978

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

JayinKitsap wrote:
Landing gear fold in a more complicated manner than this wing hinge. It is also more catastrophic if it fails.

You can add flaps to that list too.

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37555

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

This leaving the current lounge for Gold, Silver, Koru along with all the other rats and mice stuff, lounge passes, partner airlines etc. Air Points Silver doesn’t get lounge access at present, other than lounge passes. V/F Yeah, so they do get access, via a lounge pass. That’s a one-off though isn...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regional Plan Association June 2018 Report on Upgrading New York Region’s Airports
Replies: 3
Views: 681

Regional Plan Association June 2018 Report on Upgrading New York Region’s Airports

While reading about Governor Cuomo’s proposals for JFK (missed this? See the threads $10 Billion JFK Airport Renovation , JFK Rebuild - What's Delta Getting? , and BA's future at JFK ) I came across the following report from the Regional Plan Association, produced as part of their Fourth Regional Pl...

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37555

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

NZ6 wrote:
This leaving the current lounge for Gold, Silver, Koru along with all the other rats and mice stuff, lounge passes, partner airlines etc.

Air Points Silver doesn’t get lounge access at present, other than lounge passes.

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by VirginFlyer
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Rebuild - What's Delta Getting?
Replies: 53
Views: 11641

Re: JFK Rebuild - What's Delta Getting?

I'm not the one up-to-speed on JFK developments so this latest expansion is interesting. Wasn't T7 supposed to get a major overhaul or expansion of some sort? I keep seeing announcements every other year of some kind of terminal expansion at JFK so it's kind of confusing lol. I guess the Port Autho...

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by VirginFlyer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?
Replies: 77
Views: 15063

Re: Why no commercial jets airlines build with wing on the top?

That's a nice image and all, but I fail to see how the top of the fuselage is acting as a lifting surface, given the absence of leading edge, trailing edge, and underside, all of which are required for an aerofoil to function. Unless the high wing is on struts, raised above the fuselage like an old...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 168
Views: 42157

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

These ULH flights are a travesty against our planet and should ge forbidden at once regardless of the relative efficiency of the plane. The stage length after which carrying fuel to carry fuel is more uneconomical than two separate flights should be the limit. And what would that limit be, exactly?...

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by VirginFlyer
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1176
Views: 309850

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

Sayan777 wrote:
The Etihad 787 -9/-10 is getting a special livery.The aircraft is now in CHS. Does anyone have any idea what it maybe.

The flag of the United Arab Emirates on the tail, and that third word rendered in gold lettering in English and Arabic on the fuselage?
:duck:

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9739

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

Just one more example of how endlessly upgrading this ancient airframe has been costly. Just because something is older doesn’t necessarily make it worse in all regards. Another example: the old Airliners.net forum software had a suggest delete option specifically for “flamebait”, whereas the new s...

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by VirginFlyer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018
Replies: 471
Views: 37555

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - October 2018

The new AKL regional lounge will look cool! https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/09/air-nz-building-new-regional-lounge-at-auckland-airport/_jcr_content/par/image.dynimg.full.q75.jpg/v1536811260528/AUCKLAND-REGIONAL-LOUNGE-DNHT-1120.jpg See: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2018/09/air-n...

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by VirginFlyer
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Rebuild - What's Delta Getting?
Replies: 53
Views: 11641

Re: JFK Rebuild - What's Delta Getting?

The nature of JFK's separate ownership makes any consolidated announcement difficult, but the outlines of the bigger plan seem quite clear. A new T1/2/3, linked to T4 - that's one giant complex, all connected. A new T6/7, linked to T5 - that's another giant complex, all connected. The implied bits ...

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