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by tomcat
Tue May 19, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 415
Views: 82523

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

Loads of insights from American's call today: Cash burn currently at $70M/day, aiming to reduce to $50M/day by June No plans to add to widebody fleet for 3-4 years 15% LDF in April, 35% in May In what was definitely the highlight of the call, it was mentioned not only that the AAdvantage program is...

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by tomcat
Fri May 01, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 148988

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

Another reason to avoid them. To be clear - nobody will pay the price Boeing somehow agreed to pay for Embraer. Nobody will pay anything close to that. Not China. Not anyone. And who said it has to be sold right now ?!? So, if doesn't need to be sold right now, why do you seem to be so upset that t...

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by tomcat
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 148988

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

Source: https://airinsight.com/traicao/ Good reading to everyone ... I actually don't really buy the fact that the acquisition of Embraer was mainly motivated by the acquisition of the engineering talents of Embraer. To begin with, I'm not so sure that they are that cheap in comparison to other eng...

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by tomcat
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 148988

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

What about a Japanese company? Besides the strong cultural ties between Brazil and Japan, Kawasaki Heavy was heavily involved in the E1. They could maybe take a look at Embraer. I wouldn't also totally exclude Mitsubishi, since the larger members of the E2 family would compliment nicely the SpaceJe...

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by tomcat
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 56
Views: 13958

Re: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

I may state the obvious but when you think of it, the A380 is the ideal aircraft to be first removed from duty in the current crisis. Indeed, the crisis has lead to a complete collapse of the passenger traffic while the cargo demand has only seen a moderate drop. So with its large pax capacity and r...

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by tomcat
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?
Replies: 195
Views: 20694

Re: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?

Just thinking out loud. LH has operating expenses and financial expenses in the order of 35 billion a year, that's about 3 billion a month. Now with most of its operations shut down and most of their staff on temporary unemployment or in other form of temporary leave, what's their residual monthly ...

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by tomcat
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Potential for an 787-10ER ?
Replies: 66
Views: 9173

Re: Potential for an 787-10ER ?

Didn't Air New Zealand already order a modified version of B787-10 to replace their B777-200ER? They ordered some bog standard 787-10s, albeit with GE rather than RR engines. The confusion came when some om this forum interpreted the CEOs statement that it would replace the 777-200ER and could do s...

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by tomcat
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?
Replies: 195
Views: 20694

Re: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?

Just thinking out loud. LH has operating expenses and financial expenses in the order of 35 billion a year, that's about 3 billion a month. Now with most of its operations shut down and most of their staff on temporary unemployment or in other form of temporary leave, what's their residual monthly c...

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by tomcat
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?
Replies: 195
Views: 20694

Re: Lufthansa 10+ Billion EUR package: bailout or megasubsidy?

What I find disturbing is that there is no explicit mention of requiring the current shareholders to support a share of this bailout package. That's my main objection to it or to the similar packages that will save LH's competitors. To put things into perspective, AF-KLM is bound to receive a state ...

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by tomcat
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 148988

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

I never understood that JV proposal, except as a "me too" knee-jerk reaction after the Airbus/BBD deal. It the Boeing/Embraer deal was so solid in the first place, it would have happened already or been extended; maybe another blessing in disguise for Boeing. The proposal was for economy ...

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by tomcat
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 72163

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I'd this deal is going to be kicked well into the long grass for quite some time now, and given the climate, perhaps the ball may well never be retrieved. :checkmark: I would think it's safe to say that whatever commitment deal this was, it going to lapse if it hasn't already. I don't think that th...

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by tomcat
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Cuts A320, A330, and A350 Production Rate
Replies: 120
Views: 14043

Re: Airbus Cuts A320, A330, and A350 Production Rate

Yep, Faury is providing a big disclaimer: He says the initial cutting of rates for the A320, A330 and A350 provide a definite plan to which the airframer can align its workforce, but adds that it could need adjustment and will probably be reviewed on a monthly basis. He also said the crisis would “...

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by tomcat
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern A330 Combi
Replies: 29
Views: 6838

Re: China Eastern A330 Combi

They should use catering trucks to load and unload, plenty unused for the moment. Or install a sheet of plywood over the stairs so that they can slide the boxes downstairs. This would only require to install a padded reception area to avoid damaging the boxes at the bottom of the slide. The a bagga...

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by tomcat
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 603
Views: 150168

Re: DY Financial Discussion - 2020

Do you really think they were carrying many passengers on those flights in the current climate? The goose has been cooked, not only for Norwegian but for British Airways and every other European airline right now. In airline terms it’s the apocalypse, barring state intervention. It’s a moot point n...

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by tomcat
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus announces € 1.36 billion net loss
Replies: 89
Views: 18585

Re: Airbus announces € 1.36 billion net loss

By just looking at it one can tell the engine was a research project. Of course I can't judge if this was a welcome side effect or a main criteria to design the plane. The engine is the result of trying to get a takeoff distance < 1000 m while also achieving M .72 at FL400 with 36 tons payload. The...

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by tomcat
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22914

Re: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

The chart also notes the A350F (-900 or -1000) isn't competing in the 160kg/m^3 market (general cargo) but rather the 130kg/m^3 (intermediate, A350-900F) or 110kg/m^3 (Express/Amazon markets, A350-1000F). The general freight market will have to wait for a 778F or continue to buy current 777Fs witho...

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by tomcat
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22914

Re: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

I'm skeptical Airbus will migrate A350-1000 parts to the A350-900 frame to make a freighter. That has already happened, all -900s have -1000 frames these days. It saves weight. I think he meant the MLG and engines etc from the 1000 being migrated back to the -900. Boeing made pretty much the same t...

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by tomcat
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22914

Re: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

With the 77L having a higher payload it can fly further when both aircraft volume out. This will still becthe case with a p2f 777-300ER ..and this will be the issue for a A350F. In comparison to the opposition it will be limited in the markets it can serve. If we consider containers, crewing, spare...

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by tomcat
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 139
Views: 22914

Re: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

Yes. I was explaining why they are aiming for a different density cargo than the 777. It can be interesting to compare the A350F to the 77L when both are carrying more denser cargo (of which the 77L is optimized for). With the 77L having a higher payload it can fly further when both aircraft volume...

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by tomcat
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So how New is the 777X?
Replies: 157
Views: 18809

Re: So how New is the 777X?

AFAIK the aluminium lithium skin on the fuselage did not happen for the 777X. AFAIK the thing some posters here call ribs, are actually called frames. Longitudinal there are the stringers. AFAIK ribs are in the wing attached to the main spar(s) giving the wing the form. Did they really change the w...

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by tomcat
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61828

Re: Air France retires first A380; flown to Malta, Dresden, Knock

What a great opportunity, like Tower Air back long ago. Equip 2 dozen A380s with 600+ all economy seats and fly leisure routes to exotic places are rock bottom prices. Not sure if anyone can pull this off. Short of something like that the future of the A380 is limited. The problems with that scenar...

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by tomcat
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 28957

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Sad for the job losses but I could see Volotea maybe taking over that original Meridiana role (Sardinia, Sicily) and Neos and Blue Panorama already fly to many of Air Italy's long haul destinations popular with Italian (Maldives, etc) What makes you reach this conclusion the day before Ryanair will...

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by tomcat
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations
Replies: 112
Views: 28957

Re: Updated: IG (Air Italy) Ending Operations

Seems like Ryanair is about to make an announcement in relation to Air Italy: The Irish airline Ryanair would have expressed interest in taking over as partners to keep Air Italy alive. Just tomorrow a meeting is scheduled in Milan where Ryanair's top management will attend and will probably reveal ...

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by tomcat
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!
Replies: 87
Views: 10766

Re: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!

The article ends with this sentence: “One apparent problem is that there is no explanation that will be universally accepted,” he says. So where does that leave us? In effect, right where we started: with John D. Anderson, who stated, “There is no simple one-liner answer to this.” I don't see any pr...

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by tomcat
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15195

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

Well, to get the discussion moving a bit beyond the windows (the Hyperloop wouldn't have windows either, it doesn't stop its fans to be ecstatic about it), I must say that I remain a bit sceptical about the ability of a blended wing aircraft to easily blend into airport operations and even into a pa...

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by tomcat
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15195

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

I'd be curious to see the industrial scheme that Airbus would adopt for a blended wing aircraft. I mean, the frontiers between outer wings / center wingbox / fuselage / HTP wouldn't be so obvious anymore. The legacy work sharing between the different Airbus factories would probably need to be amende...

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by tomcat
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33315

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

What we don't know is what are the projected program break even points assuming the existing structure vs one after BBD sells its share to Airbus. Airbus has been saying it would not invest more in the program till it was economically viable. BBD's troubles are forcing them to make that decision no...

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by tomcat
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Plans To Buy 12 Boeing 777Xs Worth $5 Billion
Replies: 89
Views: 12759

Re: Bamboo Airways Is Interested In The 777X For Vietnam to U.S. Flights

Interesting to see the 778 MTOW at 788000-lb, while Wikipedia still has it at 775000-lb. It seems that the design of the 778 was put on hold at a different iteration than when Wikipedia was last updated. The 777-8 is still in the design phase. There was no real airframe was built. Everything is on ...

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by tomcat
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Plans To Buy 12 Boeing 777Xs Worth $5 Billion
Replies: 89
Views: 12759

Re: Bamboo Airways Is Interested In The 777X For Vietnam to U.S. Flights

A nice illustration from Boeing about the range of the 789 and 777X-brothers from HAN-Bamboo's hub. Looks like Boeing is very serious at this deal. http://cafefcdn.com/thumb_w/640/2020/2/8/anh-4-2-15811179940741693131385.jpg Let's wait for that will FLC (QH's parent group) make the deal happen in S...

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by tomcat
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1711
Views: 328268

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

The sweep is reduced from 31 degrees to 28, design speed the same at .84. (Increased lift for the same speed) I wonder why they didn’t want to pursue the slight speed increase to M0.85? When the 787 and 350 were launched, both manufacturers seemed to be making a bit of a song and dance about flying...

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by tomcat
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 19004

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

Are you absolutely sure questioning this is warranted anymore? Many have said the A220 is quieter, it’s logical to assume it is without going on it, so I’d say it is quieter and you can stop asking people if they are sure about something that they know that you don’t. As a passenger, I've found the...

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by tomcat
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 81073

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020

What will happen if they fold the wing tips during flight? Relevant FAA regs ( https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/18/2018-10576/special-conditions-the-boeing-company-model-777-8-and-777-9-airplanes-folding-wingtips ) say: The wingtips must have means to safeguard against unlocking fr...

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by tomcat
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 81073

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020

In detail, the 777-X also has an all-CFRP wing against a partial-CFRP if not CFRP for the A380 if my memory serves. A380 wing loadbearing structure is AL. The wing skins are multilayer laminated Al. A380 was dimensioned for near twice the MTOW that the 777(X) sports. A linear scaled, "good&quo...

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by tomcat
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?
Replies: 136
Views: 19004

Re: DL A220 "Whisperjet"?

I've flown a lot on A320CEO's and a few times on the A320NEO as well as the A220. The A220 is definitely quieter. Are you absolutely sure? Are you absolutely sure questioning this is warranted anymore? Many have said the A220 is quieter, it’s logical to assume it is without going on it, so I’d say ...

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by tomcat
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax downgrade due to personal weight by Thai Airways
Replies: 41
Views: 10271

Re: Pax downgrade due to personal weight by Thai Airways

In which situation are these airbags showing any benefit?

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by tomcat
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 81073

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020

AAlaxfan wrote:
Just turned on final approach.


FR24 is showing it at 2000ft over Puget Sound, west of Shoreline, at 130 kts. It's a strange approach...

Edit: not so strange after all considering a landing at BFI.

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by tomcat
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New RR T1000 issue - unexplained surges, mandatory de-pairing
Replies: 42
Views: 8294

Re: New RR T1000 issue - unexplained surges, mandatory de-pairing

I thought that de-pairing engines was a standard practice for any engine. We learn something new everyday here.

One has to wonder if it's the same company who designed the Trent-1000 and the Trent-XWB.

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by tomcat
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320-21 NEO Ground noise
Replies: 14
Views: 4869

Re: A320-21 NEO Ground noise

I live near BRU close to the climb path out of the runway 25R (the most commonly used runway for take-offs). The A320NEOs fly over my place at about 2000ft above ground and their noise footprint is extremely tiny. The GTF (TK's A321NEOs come to mind) produces an "out of this world" kind of...

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by tomcat
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Widebody Engine Deliveries 2019
Replies: 24
Views: 2008

Re: Widebody Engine Deliveries 2019

hOMSaR wrote:
What was delivered with PWs?


The KC-46.

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by tomcat
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus releases photos of automatic takeoffs
Replies: 71
Views: 15017

Re: Airbus releases photos of automatic takeoffs

Before going one day to pilotless aircraft, there is maybe some potential in this vision-based technology to allow less windows in the cockpit or ultimately no window at all. This would save a significant amount of weight as well as some maintenance costs.

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by tomcat
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1711
Views: 328268

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Opus99 wrote:
https://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/1217177928846307328?s=21

Just always something to spoil the show :(


It's an opportunity to test the folding wingtips in icing conditions :-). Let's give them some exercise!

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by tomcat
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Deliveries
Replies: 148
Views: 26123

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Deliveries

Summaries for 2019: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49386100852_c6bb57d4bd_n.jpg Obviously Boeing's numbers were massively impacted by the MAX grounding. Of note - a record number of deliveries for Airbus (8% up on 2018) and their 17th consecutive year of production increase. Where could I find...

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by tomcat
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Deliveries
Replies: 148
Views: 26123

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Deliveries

Summaries for 2019: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49386100852_c6bb57d4bd_n.jpg Obviously Boeing's numbers were massively impacted by the MAX grounding. Of note - a record number of deliveries for Airbus (8% up on 2018) and their 17th consecutive year of production increase. Where could I find...

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by tomcat
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 89
Views: 12046

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2020

After leaving the airport 15 years ago, as from October 25th 2020 Singapore Airlines is to return to Brussels with 4 weekly flights. About time. I struggle to understand how Cathay made it to BRU before SIA made it back. Their O/D is about the same, so was there that much demand for connecting traf...

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by tomcat
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is the Boeing 747-8 a good freighter but a bad passenger craft?
Replies: 100
Views: 17561

Re: How is the Boeing 747-8 a good freighter but a bad passenger craft?

Belugas and dreamlifters are too specialized to be practical for any cargo airline to run. And if you really need it, it'd be cheaper to approach Airbus and Boeing (though I'm almost certain the dreamlifters are actually contracted) to do a short lease. Same goes for nose-loaded cargo. It's better ...

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by tomcat
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is the Boeing 747-8 a good freighter but a bad passenger craft?
Replies: 100
Views: 17561

Re: How is the Boeing 747-8 a good freighter but a bad passenger craft?

This is exactly what I thought as well. The 747 is the only widely-used freighter with the ability to load oversized freight through the nose. The other possibility I can think of, is like you said, the 747-8i was not as successful as the 747-8F. I imagine some good discounts are being given to cus...

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by tomcat
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 Max supplier Spirit Aerosystems to cut 2,800 jobs as workers feel pain of grounding
Replies: 10
Views: 2015

Re: Boeing 737 Max supplier Spirit Aerosystems to cut 2,800 jobs as workers feel pain of grounding

So Spirit doesn't expect to restart MAX production soon? It's not just their expectation about how soon the MAX production will restart. It's also related to their anticipation of a lower production rate once the production will be resumed. This is what Gentile was saying a week ago: “Going forward...

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by tomcat
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 748654

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

I would expect Boeing to resume its production as soon as the redesigned components will be available to feed their assembly line. What are these redesigned components that the FAA has mandated Boeing complete, do you have any source for this, what about the items that they received grandfather exe...

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by tomcat
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 748654

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

Could it be that production is halted because it was realized that a trained workforce and space is needed to get 40 planes a month already built corrected, serviced and delivered. Doing the work in the parking lot may not be efficient and likely throw in certification issues like the early A380's ...

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by tomcat
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 748654

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

Boeing announced two things: 1 production suspended 2 prioritisation for RTS of delivering the parked frames over factory fresh new builds This suggests to me that whereas they previously anticipated that fixes to the parked fleet would be applied where they are parked, they may now plan to return ...

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