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by Channex757
Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?
Replies: 111
Views: 19993

Re: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?

Could an airplane family of twinjet and trijet work? Why did Airbus build A340 as a quadjet, not a trijet? Maybe it was because "3 engines 4 long haul" don't sound quite as catchy as "4 engines 4 long haul"? :lol: Because even with 4 hairdryers its struggling to lift off the gro...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?
Replies: 111
Views: 19993

Re: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?

The likelihood of an all-electric airliner in the next 50 years is incredibly low. We see with the Tesla that while it has substantial range, long-distance travel is hampered by its need to stop and charge, and the supercharging stations only provide around 80% charge. Were an airliner to have elec...

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by Channex757
Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you remember the big GM
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Do you remember the big GM

If I'm not mistaken GM train building became part of Caterpillar, or at least their engine manufacturing did. We are seeing some pretty smart locos built by Vossloh in Spain using Caterpillar diesel power. Anyhoo....GM seemed to get bogged down being all things to everybody. There used to be a joke ...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trans Pacific Oceanliner
Replies: 16
Views: 2038

Re: Trans Pacific Oceanliner

There are some berths available on ships crossing oceans like the Pacific. Specialist travel agents can access them. Some freighters will have additional cabin space available that they sell to passengers who may, for instance, want to cross an ocean but simply cannot fly for whatever reason. It's a...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: food on domestic US flights
Replies: 56
Views: 9674

Re: food on domestic US flights

Airlines in the past just provided what they could get away with. Only in the premium seats would you get anything decent. In the days of regulated travel (both in the US and Europe) meal service was defined by an airline trying to gain that unique selling point. If Pan Am or BOAC had to distinguish...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Opens Talks Over Post-Brexit HQ Move
Replies: 20
Views: 5794

Re: EasyJet Opens Talks Over Post-Brexit HQ Move

I expect more airlines to follow suit. Ryanair might want to set up a British branch and apply for a UK AOC, just to be prepared. Also I see BA openskies needing to tweak its management and structure to they can retain French and thus EU rights. The whole IAG structure needs to be looked at in deta...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: food on domestic US flights
Replies: 56
Views: 9674

Re: food on domestic US flights

Based on my experiences, Turkish's product, even on narrowbodies, is fantastic to/from Europe: full IFE and full meal. And, in J, a proper business class. (Having a 738 with these things from BHX, say, is brilliant.) By comparison, on IST-LHR BA, for example, has of course no IFE and a simple sandw...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: food on domestic US flights
Replies: 56
Views: 9674

Re: food on domestic US flights

The days of chicken or beef (more likely rubber or leather) are behind us now. Airlines the world over are dumping lowest-bidder catering in favour of a more tailored option. My favourite airline (Jet2) is admittedly a lowcost but it does some pretty decent onboard food to purchase or order in advan...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: food on domestic US flights
Replies: 56
Views: 9674

Re: food on domestic US flights

Have you been to Europe lately? Food on shorthaul is as rare as unicorn poo.

It's alsmot all BOB nowadays and the better for it. Order what you want and benefit from lower ticket prices thanks to less waste.

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?
Replies: 111
Views: 19993

Re: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?

On a slightly different note, I do expect the era of tri/quad-holers to come back. When aircraft start switching to electric/electric-hybrid, I do anticipate more motors. When we start having electric motors with a greater power to weight ratio, maybe we'll have this conversation again. That's actu...

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by Channex757
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?
Replies: 111
Views: 19993

Re: Why did the Widebodies 3 holers era end?

I can't see a single-motor airliner appearing in our lifetimes. It's all about redundancy. No second engine....no redundancy. With light aircraft and smaller transport ones up to the size of the Pilatus there might be a case, but a manufacturer is going to have a tough job selling a single engine de...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Opens Talks Over Post-Brexit HQ Move
Replies: 20
Views: 5794

Re: EasyJet Opens Talks Over Post-Brexit HQ Move

Easyjet is going to be in a difficult position. How will the foreign ownership rules affect them? U2 does a lot of its business within the EU. As such it needs to be registered in an EU country to fly the routes it has, and what happens with this EU registered division? Will 51% of it need to be own...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Split Scimitar; Which Airlines Are Getting Them?
Replies: 54
Views: 15642

Re: Split Scimitar; Which Airlines Are Getting Them?

I'm sure Sunwing appreciates them. When those leased birds come over from TUI they fly long sectors from Canadian cities to the Caribbean where there are surely savings. Sunwing is probably the classic case where they fit in perfectly. Long stages flown up and down North America. Ryanair though, th...

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by Channex757
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Split Scimitar; Which Airlines Are Getting Them?
Replies: 54
Views: 15642

Re: Split Scimitar; Which Airlines Are Getting Them?

This is just hearsay (friend of a friend etc...) but someone from TUI mentioned not long ago that they weren't seeing much of a return from theirs. They might earn their money over longer stages but for airlines that don't need them, the cost of retrofit often isn't worth it. That might explain why ...

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by Channex757
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revived and Revised 787-3 as cheap MOM
Replies: 12
Views: 4760

Re: Revived and Revised 787-3 as cheap MOM

The biggest issue with designing a viable MOM aircraft is how to integrate the various wish lists of the airlines. Just saying a redesign of the basic 757-300 or 767 isn't really enough. Airlines today want LD3 compatability rather than bulk loading baggage and freight, so width becomes an issue. I ...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why haven't I learned my lesson
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: Why haven't I learned my lesson

Time and Time again, It seems that I have allowed myself to be used by my "friends". There when they need me, but when they don't need me, they don't want to give me the time of day. It was like this before, and it changed to the point where I thought we had grown past that. Now, it is st...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On-board stairs boeing 737-800
Replies: 24
Views: 8824

Re: On-board stairs boeing 737-800

It's not about waiting, it's about having to pay for air stairs! Nothing is for free and it's probably a minimum of $125 per use so $250 for departure and arrival. So, the money adds up quickly. It adds up, especially if an air bridge is involved. That can really slow things down if there isn't any...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Iran Air Destinations, Staff
Replies: 17
Views: 5019

Re: New Iran Air Destinations, Staff

Iran is a pretty big nation after all, both geographically and population size. Something like 250 aircraft isn't really much when you compare it to a like-sized nation. It also has domestic demand that isn't fully catered for at the moment and will potentially explode once economic and safe aircraf...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ 368 engine catches fire
Replies: 302
Views: 66968

Re: SQ 368 engine catches fire

Let's all stop and think for a minute rather than posting kneejerk reactions. Getting the doors open could potentially be the worst thing to do under the circumstances. Do you want to go down the slide right into a burning nightmare? Fire crews can be there inside 2 minutes and you also don't want t...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 in service thread - 2015-2017
Replies: 1036
Views: 186990

Re: A350 In Service Thread - Part 3

So you're telling me that with our engineering 'go' teams able to fly anywhere around the world at the drop of a hat to fix an aircraft, that the new pride of the fleet was stuck for two days at an online port an hour and a bit away from where the go teams are based because Manila was short of mech...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal 100plus a/c
Replies: 155
Views: 35126

Re: Iran - Boeing deal 100plus a/c

Iran Air does have a need for freighters. The 748F would really be the only show in town. Iran has a slumbering oil industry that's ready to be revitalised, and that needs a lot of high value and outsize cargo shipping globally. Oil companies find the 747F with the swing nose fits their needs most o...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Glasgow to Newark United airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 5676

Re: Glasgow to Newark United airlines

The planes aren't that old. The RR engined 757-200 fleet that does the Atlantic is quite well specified with in-seat entertainment. United are parking and scrapping older 757s but these ex-CO ones look to be around for some time yet. I'm pretty sure they are actually in the newer batches of 757s as ...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris falling far behind in TATL wars?
Replies: 28
Views: 7001

Re: Paris falling far behind in TATL wars?

Paris is a strong, stable market in itself. As such there isn't much organic growth to be had. Air France has also had a turbulent few years with profit/loss and industrial relations so maybe it's just a case of AF looking after their bread and butter routes than taking gambles. It's a strong market...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines who have/have had bare metal liveries
Replies: 38
Views: 5322

Re: Airlines who have/have had bare metal liveries

British Airways had a few 737s in sort of bare metal. Their upper half (the white/grey part) was left unpainted as BA was evaluating any savings from this. JAT also had their 737-300s delivered in similar fashion. Bare metal is pretty (CX had their Silver Bullet freighters) but it does mean a lot of...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 for Sale???
Replies: 15
Views: 7250

Re: A380 for Sale???

So this company has a $150m+ asset for sale. They can't even manage some photoshopped photos of the actual aircraft? if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck.... scam. Without a shadow of a doubt. Can anyone see Airbus using someone like this to market their planes? So it won't be the one in t...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU referendum today
Replies: 790
Views: 34473

Re: EU referendum today

But nobody in the right of government in France would be crazy enough to do a referendum. And they don't need to. The only way a referendum can happen is if Marine Le Pen is elected president, and if that happens, all bets are off anyway. All bets are off in Britain too. This result wasn't part of ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU referendum today
Replies: 790
Views: 34473

Re: EU referendum today

Already the far right wng parties in the Netherlands and France are calling for their own votes. This is where the movement in Britain started (arguably). The right wing of the Tories and new party UKIP started the calls that eventually led to this referendum taking place. If people like Wilders and...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Delays Tehran Resumption.
Replies: 2
Views: 1019

Re: British Airways Delays Tehran Resumption.

Two ways BA could do it, either using a 777-200ER/ 787 direct or instead resuming it in the same way BD used to. BD used their A320/A321 on the route with an intermediate stop. This would mean not needing to overnight crews in Tehran at first, and wouldn't be a huge capacity offer to start with. The...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I would like to receive some information about the thrust reverser
Replies: 20
Views: 3062

Re: I would like to receive some information about the thrust reverser

The only other one I can recall being certified for this was certain models of the DC-8. The inner two engines could be reversed under certain flight conditions.

With the DC-8 none of the reverser clamshell actually protrudes outside the nacelle.

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Giant Propfan Container Airplane Patent And Concept
Replies: 3
Views: 2469

Re: Boeing Giant Propfan Container Airplane Patent And Concept

It's just a concept. Boeing and Airbus (plus others) patent all sorts of stuff they will never use. Shipping containers is incredibly inefficient. All that structure to haul around as well as the weight of containers themselves. There's also the question of what is done after delivery to make the pl...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda: A330 with only 2 Biz seats?
Replies: 6
Views: 3187

Re: Garuda: A330 with only 2 Biz seats?

I would assume that these high density A330 plaes do mostly Hajj and Umrah work. GA frequently lease in charter configuration aircraft in Hajj season.

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran - Boeing deal 100plus a/c
Replies: 155
Views: 35126

Re: Iran - Boeing deal 100plus a/c

So no, they are not going to spend ~25% of that money on airplanes for Iran Air. It just doesn't make sense. That $100billion is just the funds that were frozen in foreign banks. It's not all the money Iran has. Iran is not poor, they could easily finance all these planes if they needed to. $50 bil...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional 6 767s Ordered
Replies: 42
Views: 15352

Re: Additional 6 767s Ordered

The C-32 is a more capable aircraft though. It has better short field ability and the versatility to get into and out of smaller airports.

After all it's got all that 757 legendary performance.

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belly cargo: highly profitable or not?
Replies: 181
Views: 15488

Re: Belly cargo: highly profitable or not?

Belly cargo isn't all pure profit. It also depends on the region. Rail is starting to eat into east-west flows from Asia to Europe. Linking up rail systems in Russia and China plus the various Stans will mean a lot of non-urgent air freight starts going by cheaper rail in a matter of a few days. Not...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belly cargo: highly profitable or not?
Replies: 181
Views: 15488

Re: Belly cargo: highly profitable or not?

Belly cargo isn't a black or white issue. Many airlines will take cargo on the basis of it being urgent, non-urgent or somewhere in between. Non-urgent can be less profitable as it's sold at lower rates with space allocated as and when available with a cutoff date. It's handy for airlines though as ...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudi Gulf will take off soon
Replies: 8
Views: 2026

Re: Saudi Gulf will take off soon

I think I remember reading a few years ago that SaudiGulf was an affiliate/subsidiary of Bahrain-based Gulf Air. Was this ever the case or did I make the assumption because of the similarity in name? The airline appears to be full-service, as the baggage allowance is complimentary and there will be...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Are military liveries / logos / titles / names copyright protected?
Replies: 4
Views: 2171

Re: Are military liveries / logos / titles / names copyright protected?

I suppose it depends on the country. Look at the number of warbirds in private ownership for instance, carrying RAF or Soviet liveries. Same with wartime USAF colours. The RAF roundel is also all over the place on Mod clothes and bikes etc. There might be a restriction on applying the actual name of...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the MD80 series popular?
Replies: 29
Views: 10127

Re: Why was the MD80 series popular?

As well as being an evolution of the DC-9, its engines were also an evolution of the hugely popular JT8D which powered the first generation of jet shorthaulers built by Douglas and Boeing. Engines are one of the biggest expense items for airlines and having their MD80 series aircraft powered by an e...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B757-200 And A320 Short Runway Performance
Replies: 33
Views: 17866

Re: RE: B757-200 And A320 Short Runway Performance

gkirk wrote:
Take Skiathos for example. A 752 can make it back to the UK nonstop. A32S/B737s require a stop


Recently TCX have been flying their A321 with sharklets direct back to the UK out of Skiathos.

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kidlington (London Oxford) Airport Potential?
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: Kidlington (London Oxford) Airport Potential?

Far too close to BHX and other airports in the area. Especially Birmingham, which is just up the M40 and has great road and rail connectivity. Oxford has its place in aviation; just not as any kind of major facility. Its major selling point will continue to be for light aircraft and business jets/pr...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has there not been a premium airline using aspects of the LCC model?
Replies: 26
Views: 6778

Re: Why has there not been a premium airline using aspects of the LCC model?

Airlines like Maxjet and Silverjet in Europe might qualify (both failed). La Compagnie and Openskies are debatably similar to what you describe.

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC Airlines Placebo Effect.
Replies: 11
Views: 2337

Re: LCC Airlines Placebo Effect.

Much of it is just snobbery. The lowcosts are what they are. More like a train service than a legacy airline. You pay a low fee for a seat on the plane and everything else is extra which means you are not paying for stuff you don't want, such as a fairly grim meal or unwanted baggage allowance. If a...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NASA's new electric engine plane
Replies: 2
Views: 677

Re: NASA's new electric engine plane

it's great to see research and development happening in this field. Airbus has a few interesting designs on their books for hybrid aircraft too, with multiple fan engines powered by a single gas turbine and battery storage. they all have that single weakness so far though, which is lack of adequate ...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAS Relief Airport or International Terminal Expansion?
Replies: 40
Views: 5678

Re: LAS Relief Airport or International Terminal Expansion?

The other (more sensible) option would be for the airport owners to somehow arrange a financing package to completely move the LAS operation to a new site. Part or all of the cost could eventually be defrayed by land sales of the existing airport. It's a similar argument used for Boris Island in Lon...

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