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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 136176

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

I just flew a roundtrip. The only 757s it uses are the 10 ex-US airplanes that remain, so no power or (satellite) WiFi. Movie on aisle screens. The AA website describes the new Main Cabin Extra configuration, and none of these airplanes have that. I believe all of the LUS 757s have been retrofitted...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 136176

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

I don't see what's wrong with keeping a few 767-300ERs in the fleet until the 787-9 are delivered (Dispite the small numbers), quite a few of them are around 13 years of age. So they are still useful. How early can AA get more 789 delivery slots? Can they use some of the 24x 75Ls to fill in for 763...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 20811

Re: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion

Boeing778X wrote:
Well, going over their fleet, JL has 28x 772, 77E and 773s. Exercising all A350 options replaces all those aircraft, with the 77W still active.

The 787 options could be used to retire the 767 further.


JL has 767's that are less than 10 years old, they will be around for some time.

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by itchief
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?
Replies: 86
Views: 9604

Re: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?

So if the A380 was created as a people mover for congested airports why are the bulk of them not configured as people movers, they should all be configured for over 500+ seats. And people would love to fly on an airliner packed with 500/600+ people for short haul flights. How long does it take to t...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295944

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Maybe you can educate me on this. The STS SRB's were twice cost to refurbish vs buying new and NASA did this for every shuttle launch? As per some info around the internet, it was actually between x2.5 and x3. Obviously not what they had in mind when they designed the whole thing (in the end the am...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295944

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

WIederling wrote:
itchief wrote:
You might want to rethink your statement. STS/SLS SRB's are reusable.


at twice the cost of a new one.



Maybe you can educate me on this. The STS SRB's were twice cost to refurbish vs buying new and NASA did this for every shuttle launch?

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by itchief
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295944

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

SRB's (fireworks) go against the fundamental business philosophy of Spacex -reusability.I doubt they gave it more than a few seconds thought personally. If you are going to chuck everything away it would have to really cheap.Even then it probably wouldn't work.I think Boeing are launching their cap...

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by itchief
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 154
Views: 20132

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

If you will notice, I called him Doug, or Doug Parker, not Dougie or DUI Doug.... I have the experience to back my points. Personal meetings and conversations with the man. So, what did that conversation go like? Doug is basically a bean counter. If he can't see it on a spreadsheet it doesn't exist...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 136176

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

The 2018 fleet plan is going to be very interesting. If my calculations are correct, then AA is going to face a fleet crunch in 2018 that will carry over into 2019 as well. By 2019, they are scheduled to retire the following mainline narrow body aircraft MD-80 - 45 planes E-190 - 20 planes The prob...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 90238

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Same reason EK is hesitating if not refusing to buy new ones without concessions: the price of those spare parts goes way up once production stops. Why can EK not buy spares now. Plan for the future if you need the VLA. EK's model of only using aircraft for 12 years does not fit with the rest of th...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 90238

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Why not, if one needs one. All air frames will see the end of production. If you buy one, you can expect the airframer to be there the next 20 years if you need spare-parts or service. Same reason EK is hesitating if not refusing to buy new ones without concessions: the price of those spare parts g...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 90238

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I've seen it stated more than a few times that Emirates NEEDS the A380. Why does it need that jet over other high capacity jets? Their 2 class 77W seats something like 427 people and the 3 class seats 360. Best thing about every other widebody is that you can serve more destinations than the A380. ...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 85
Views: 13379

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

Samrnpage wrote:
What's the seat pitch on the American's MAX's in comparison to Ryanair?


A 15 second google search comes up with same same, 30'.

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by itchief
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 309
Views: 38982

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

Has DFW finally remove the old Airtran line? Parts of it is still standing and DFW stated they were working on removing the last vestige of the 70s transit system. Since they put a DART station in DFW, I think they should've kept some kind of dedicated-lane, non-sterile area transport system to con...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295944

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Yes we really can. Unless you want to get into tinfoil hat territory. A quick goole search, Non-military intelligence funding for FY2016 was about $54 billion and the Trump FY2018 has $511 billion in nondefense discretionary spending. Plenty of room for other agencies to pay for ZUMA. I was able to...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295944

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Can you show where this info came from, "but given that we know this is a military payload". The only thing I have read is that no one agency has claimed ownership on the Zuma. I did read that the NRO has said it is not their's. The fact that it's "secret" with deductive reasoni...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 295944

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Going back to the Zuma situation...if the payload adaptor failed to release, wouldn't the 2nd stage and payload still be in full orbit at that time, and thus trackable? I suppose the 2nd stage could be commanded to de-orbit the whole lot after the failure, but I can't imagine them wanting to do tha...

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by itchief
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DELTA announces 2017 profit $5.5 Billion USD
Replies: 62
Views: 12809

Re: DELTA announces 2017 profit $5.5 Billion USD

MIflyer12 wrote:
IPFreely wrote:
ilovelamp wrote:

They made $6.1B in 2016.


And American Airlines made $7.6 billion in 2015.


Yes, and AA dropped to $2.68 billion in 2016.


Things have really changed for airlines when someone can put up a post saying "AA dropped to $2.68 billion" in profit. :o

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by itchief
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 22975

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

The 5-party agreement and the Wright Amendment Reform Act of 2006 should both be amended to allow expansion of Dallas Love Field beyond 20 gates and any expansion of Dallas Love Field beyond 20 gates should be about accommodating more non-Southwest service out of DAL, including by AA, DL, and AS, a...

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by itchief
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upcoming Boeing 777X operators
Replies: 73
Views: 13986

Re: Upcoming Boeing 777X operators

Do not expect a rush of 777-8 and 777-9 orders until after 2020, when the 777-300ER replacement cycle begins. I think Airbus is thinking that way also, hence the emphasis on A350XWB-900 sales first. There are 2 threads talking about EK and CX starting to retire some 77W's in 2018. They cycle is slo...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 136176

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2018

Just wondering ... since AA seems to have a pilot contract covering the E-190 as a mainline fleet, is there room to expand the fleet in that size? Whether it be more E-190/195, E2 or even CS100 down the road, does AA need more small mainliners? There is a big gap in size between the Eagle E-170/175...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327196

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Well, the last mile rate quoted for USPS is different than the all-in rate for FedEx and UPS. The USPS does no line haul (expensive) on these packages. The general theory is that the postman is going to be stopping at your house (or your neighbors) anyway, so the marginal cost of carrying one more ...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 327196

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Well, the last mile rate quoted for USPS is different than the all-in rate for FedEx and UPS. The USPS does no line haul (expensive) on these packages. The general theory is that the postman is going to be stopping at your house (or your neighbors) anyway, so the marginal cost of carrying one more ...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 309
Views: 38982

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

Wonder how TRIP is doing which appears to be almost over with a total intact of terminal C. Is terminal E satellite in use? If so, by which airline? Wonder if AA will occupy the satellite if no one would use. There's space for a lounge, too. I believe they shelved terminal C for now and are suppose...

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by itchief
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 309
Views: 38982

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

I think the real interesting story for DFW is long term terminal plans and reconfiguration. Something will get announced this year IMHO. This reconfiguration of DFW always comes up. AA's Doug Parker has said he wants a new terminal configuration but this is not going to happen. DFW Airport currentl...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK .. Istanbul-Havana
Replies: 44
Views: 7400

Re: TK .. Istanbul-Havana

Americans dont have a thing. Our countries had no relations until a few years ago because they had NUCLEAR warheads pointed at us 50 years ago. Kinda like Japanese going to visit North Korea now. The countries barely have relations now. American embassy staff were recently reduced due to an attack....

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by itchief
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK .. Istanbul-Havana
Replies: 44
Views: 7400

Re: TK .. Istanbul-Havana

But answer as to why is because it's a popular and increasingly trendy vacation spot. Scheduled flights and charters from Europe have been operating to Cuba since the late 80's, Cuba has been a very popular destination for sunseekers throughout the world for decades, it's just Americans that have a...

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by itchief
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 863
Views: 197259

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

There's a very good explanation for this: No airline with an all Airbus fleet has bought any Boeing aircraft, while the opposite is true. Air Tahiti Nui has bought some 787s to replace their A340s. QR was all Airbus before the 777-300ER/777-200LR and subsequent 787/777 orders. Gulf Air is all Airbu...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways and the 767
Replies: 100
Views: 23922

Re: British Airways and the 767

My last flights on a BA 767 were LHR-ALA-LHR. The flight to ALA had a total of 7 pax. We had more FA's than pax. BA did this flight 2 times a week and it was more for cargo than the pax but they axed this flight a few years ago.

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by itchief
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: V-280 Valor News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 23697

Re: V-280 Valor flies for the first time

The V-22 is a tiltrotor and does not rely on autorotation for a survivable power-out landing. The wide separation of the engines and the ability to drive both rotors with one engine make a power-out landing extremely unlikely. However, if required, the V-22 can glide for a predictable run-on landing...

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by itchief
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 21
Views: 3059

Re: Sun Country at Dallas Love Field

Weird, I've worked at DAL for 4 years and never seen a Sun Country 737 or anything Delta that wasn't their schedule service from ATL. Now the Air Canada A319(320?) always parked on our side of the field is like a weekly appearance! A DL 757 was at DAL Sunday, it was a charter for an NBA team. The D...

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by itchief
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 21
Views: 3059

Re: Sun Country at Dallas Love Field

It's not uncommon to see Sun Country at DAL. I just worked at WN HQ for the past 3 months and would see it fairly often. Just like I'd see a DL 757 sitting by Mark Cuban's planes, they're both for charters. Sidebar, my alma mater needs to change charter providers from Sun Country to someone else. E...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 160
Views: 41056

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

I’d not be surprised if AA did a UA and delay the order, increase it in size and use as a 772 replacement, for which it would be well suited, as UA have decided. Be careful. You're being rational one here, as well. It's not welcome by boeing cheergirls on these forums... Putting on my Boeing cheerg...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing to introduce a radical new plane design
Replies: 9
Views: 3169

Re: Boeing to introduce a radical new plane design

It looks awesome. :D Now imagine a fleet of drones like that, powered by a central AI, hunting targets on their own. (I know this one is a tanker) I agree that is looks awesome but let's get the tanker in operation before trying for the sci-fi stuff. To me the landing gear looks a lot like and F-18...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The British government is unhappy about the F-35
Replies: 11
Views: 2508

Re: The British government is unhappy about the F-35

If a decision to scale back purchases was made, then the MOD would have to consider keeping older jets the F-35 is due to replace. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/21/impossible-predict-costs-f-35-numbers-may-fall-mps-hear/ [IRONY]Ah yes, it was clever thinking to put the UK Harriers into st...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 160
Views: 41056

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

It always amazes me to see how personal folks on here take an airline’s choosing of an aircraft manufacturer. How do people take that so seriously and personally that they get upset about it? :roll: I tend to agree with seabosdca in how and when aircraft replacements will happen. The 787/350/777 co...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AA keep a global First Class?
Replies: 59
Views: 11465

Re: Why does AA keep a global First Class?

The problem is most of us common people fly in the back where seating is taking a bit hit. Indeed. Welcome to the global airline industry, circa 2017. Virtually every major airline on earth is either actively adding density (seats) to their aircraft, or planning to do so. This is hardly unique to A...

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by itchief
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 160
Views: 41056

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

Every time a contract (order) milestone is reached, parts of the contract are negotiable and non-negotiable. Often these are prescribed, in that if neither party can agree, there is a default position, which in 2017 is not the status quo. No contracts reach a milestone and allow the buyer to defer,...

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by itchief
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AA keep a global First Class?
Replies: 59
Views: 11465

Re: Why does AA keep a global First Class?

AA has gone from the vision of being a premium carrier under Horton to an LCC under Parker. Parker is a great leader if you are in a race to the bottom. I'm sorry, but with respect, I think that's ridiculous. AA now offerings lie-flat, all-aisle-access F/J on all of its widebodies, with very strong...

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by itchief
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 160
Views: 41056

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

The LUS management team, including the CEO, running AA prefers Airbus. The 787s they are taking delivery were ordered by previous AA management. I don't see them taking any of the 787 options. Instead, I think they will eventually take delivery of the Airbus A350-900 when they are ready to replace ...

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by itchief
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AA keep a global First Class?
Replies: 59
Views: 11465

Re: Why does AA keep a global First Class?

The dedicated F cabin on both the 77W and the A321T was a decision made by Virasb Vahidi and the Horton-era management back when the corporate line was that AA would emerge from bankruptcy independent with a renewed strategy to compete as a smaller but more premium oriented carrier when compared to...

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by itchief
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 160
Views: 41056

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

The whole story about American planes is a pile of you-know-what. End of argument. Whether an airline chooses one plane or another doesn't depend on the country of origin, but on if they can use it profitably, or if they can get more out of it than the competition. Hence the DL A321neo order, the U...

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by itchief
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 160
Views: 41056

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

Yes, too many airlines are taking too many liberties! Airbus should probably tell AA that any order modification should be for their other widebody models - A330Neo, A350-1000 or A380. With the huge narrowbody backlog, Airbus does not really need more orders until they can increase output! The big ...

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by itchief
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 85
Views: 17625

Re: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?

I don’t think there is a title to claim. A comment like Airbus has taken over from Boeing as the dominant company is just silly. It is a close duoply. Deliveries per year https://images.cdn.centreforaviation.com/stories/2017/jan/03/f6a.JPG https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/global-comm...

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by itchief
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 611
Views: 120364

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

The 797 is a decade away at least. I'm betting AA swaps their A359 orders for either A338neos or A332 ceos to replace those remaining 763's Yeah, we’re not taking the A350, it almost seems certain. AA, last checked, wasn’t even interest in the A338, but that could change. Addition A332 with RR engi...

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by itchief
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 611
Views: 120364

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

Eventually they're all going to go away. Whether they keep 17x however many, they won't keep them, especially with the prospects of the 797 on the horizon. The 797 is a decade away at least. I'm betting AA swaps their A359 orders for either A338neos or A332 ceos to replace those remaining 763's Yea...

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by itchief
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight
Replies: 302
Views: 92154

Re: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight

WIederling wrote:
itchief wrote:
Using your logic all aircraft that have uncontained engine failures should be grounded.


Which school of logic are you following here?


I am using the logic in the post from Breech.

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by itchief
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight
Replies: 302
Views: 92154

Re: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight

On landing, technicians discovered the battery “venting fluid,” with fluid dripping from the forward vent relief system, the titanium box and pipes Boeing installed after the airplane was grounded in 2013. All that aside... They installed a TITANIUM box to contain an overheating li-ion battery!? Th...

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by itchief
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 737 MAX 8 Inaugural
Replies: 74
Views: 13961

Re: AA 737 MAX 8 Inaugural

I understand how frustrated passengers could be because of the reduced legroom in the new 737MAX, but one positive aspect of the new airplane is how quiet it is on take off, even quieter than on current 737 NG variants. I haven't flown on the MAX yet, I just read in the posted article about the qui...

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