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by MoKa777
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are older airframes usually converted to cargo?
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Why are older airframes usually converted to cargo?

One of the considerations is utilisation. Some of the dedicated cargo airlines do not utilise their aircraft as extensively as a regular passenger airline does. Aircraft are built to fly and make money while doing that. A cargo airline that does not utilise its asset as much as a passenger airline w...

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by MoKa777
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn't the 737-100/200 and DC-9 need a flight engineer when most airliners of the era needed one?
Replies: 23
Views: 1634

Re: Why didn't the 737-100/200 and DC-9 need a flight engineer when most airliners of the era needed one?

Was it because they were twinjets? Were all of the duties of the flight engineer delegated to Pilot Not Flying? Wasn't he overwhelmed by being a human-FMS(I guess what flight engineer did, oversimplified) and ATC operator and also a monitoring pilot at the same time? If it was doable and safe, why ...

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by MoKa777
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux News and Discussion thread
Replies: 231
Views: 23976

Re: Starlux News and Discussion thread

According to the following article, Starlux will introduce a First Class product on their A350. I am not sure how wise that is when F has only been on the decline (even in better times), with their counterparts BR and CI also not offering this cabin class. https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/starlux-to-...

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by MoKa777
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 310
Views: 65938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

ZS-SFJ/K/L are wfu, assuming they will be returned at some point. ZS-SZI/J remain in the fleet ZS-SXK/V have been returned ZS-SXM is yet to be returned ZS-SXA/B/C were returned in June ZS-SXD was wfu in November last year ZS-SXH was wfu in 2017. Pretty sure it was eventually used as a parts donor Z...

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by MoKa777
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 310
Views: 65938

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

A319 ZS-SFG RTL 2020 ZS-SFH RTL 2020 ZS-SFI RTL 2020 ZS-SFJ ZS-SFK ZS-SFL ZS-SFM RTL 2020 A320 ZS-SZA RTL 2020 ZS-SZB RTL 2020 ZS-SZC RTL 2020 ZS-SZD RTL 2020 ZS-SZE RTL 2020 ZS-SZF RTL 2020 ZS-SZG RTL 2020 ZS-SGI RTL 2020 ZS-SGJ A330 ZS-SXI RTL 2020 ZS-SXJ RTL 2020 ZS-SXK ZS-SXL RTL 2020 ZS-SXM RT...

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by MoKa777
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Boeing 737-800
Replies: 49
Views: 8053

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

Well while they discuss the rest of the fleet, first rebranded Silk Air 737NG is out of the paint shop. SQ is back in the narrowbody game. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EhILvqqVgAAORs-?format=jpg&name=small https://twitter.com/indoflyer/status/1302116161451040773?s=20 Given the MAX debacle, it is...

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by MoKa777
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why didn’t any airlines convert their 747-300s to a two-crew cockpit?
Replies: 12
Views: 1874

Re: Why didn’t any airlines convert their 747-300s to a two-crew cockpit?

During 2002 the aging aircraft discussion popped again and Boeing (and the FAA) required more Wide spread fatigue inspections, introducing new Limits of Validity, reducing the technical lifespan of several legacy aircraft , incl. the 747classics. This is interesting. I was quite young around that t...

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by MoKa777
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing seeks to further boost 788 Commonality to Boost Sales
Replies: 164
Views: 21372

Re: Boeing seeks to further boost 788 Commonality to Boost Sales

And the 788 pax model is so popular, we're busy spending our time here figuring out how to make it into a freighter. Problem is that FX and 5X have feasted on cheap new 767F and end of line 777F (FX) and 748F (5X) so it's hard to see a market for a new 788F any time soon, especially if Boeing has t...

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by MoKa777
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has A6-DDF (EY Cargo B77F) remained unpainted since delivery in 2018?
Replies: 2
Views: 1836

Why has A6-DDF (EY Cargo B77F) remained unpainted since delivery in 2018?

Hi everyone. I have seen numerous pictures of this aircraft and it has remained white since delivery. I have not been able to find a reason after searching here and on Google. "Operated by Etihad Airways" is pained on the front of the aircraft (though, rather small). https://www.planespott...

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by MoKa777
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87583

Re: First ever GE-powered 777 (G-ZZZA) retired

the first ever GE-powered 777 . . . being retired. Huh? G-ZZZE was retired, then scrapped, 12yrs ago. It was also a GE-powered 772A. Also, fairly certain that N774AM was retired two years ago, as it's been sitting stripped in the storage yard ever since. Though in theory it could still be "res...

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by MoKa777
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87583

Re: First ever GE-powered 777 (G-ZZZA) retired

It's one of the very few 777s out there with more than 100,000 hours. G-INFO has it at 100,357 as of the beginning of May. UA's early ones for example are just a few thousand hours south of that. G-INFO is a really great site that I never knew existed. Thanks for pointing to it. https://siteapps.ca...

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by MoKa777
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87583

Re: First ever GE-powered 777 (G-ZZZA) retired

I now feel old. Only now..? (Hahaha I'm kidding) A sad time when 777s cannot find a 2nd home. Lightsaber Well, this was a 25 year old "A" model with over 100,000 hours and 20,000 cycles. I'm glad the old girl made it this far. This crises will not be good to her ER and Second Generation s...

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by MoKa777
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87583

First ever GE-powered 777 (G-ZZZA) retired

https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/fir ... 37.article
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Interesting (and short) FG write-up about the first ever GE-powered 777, a -200A model of BA with registration G-ZZZA, being retired.

https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/fir ... 37.article

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by MoKa777
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is stepping up development A321XLR
Replies: 226
Views: 34347

Re: Airbus is stepping up development A321XLR

Given the topic and points under discussion, I think this article (published 2 days ago) may offer some insight or be a springboard for more discussion: Aer Lingus to use A321neos to Newark + Toronto, with its A330-300s having 50% higher costs, RDC Apex platform shows https://www.anna.aero/2020/08/1...

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by MoKa777
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo
Replies: 69
Views: 25697

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

I have never understood the fascination of a.netters with "belly" cargo. If it's such a money maker, why do they even bother flying people? There is always demand for cargo to go from one place to another by air. A passenger airline has already accrued a cost to transport people from one ...

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by MoKa777
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo
Replies: 69
Views: 25697

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

I have never understood the fascination of a.netters with "belly" cargo. If it's such a money maker, why do they even bother flying people? There is always demand for cargo to go from one place to another by air. A passenger airline has already accrued a cost to transport people from one ...

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by MoKa777
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG
Replies: 93
Views: 29513

Re: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG

Gasp! That is serious!

Because someone has to say it: nah, that'll buff out...

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by MoKa777
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Summer 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 4352

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Summer 2020

Yay! It's here!

Thank you LAXintl!

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by MoKa777
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 128
Views: 13631

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

SAA A359 ZS-SDD (one of the Hainan frames, MSN 245) is currently on its way to Teruel.

SAA A332 ZS-SXU (MSN 1271) is also on its way to Teruel.

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by MoKa777
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 20228

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020

LAXintl wrote:
For those interested, I will post an update most likely early next week. I have transaction data through May so we should see some shifts in valuations.


Yes please!

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by MoKa777
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 779
Views: 143029

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

Single pilot cockpits may not necessarily reduce pilot costs for airlines. At the moment, with 2 pilots in the cockpit, there is shared/potential for shared responsibility and workload. Duty periods and rest is calculated with this in mind. Moving to single pilot cockpits/operations will necessitate...

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by MoKa777
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1402
Views: 2830

Re: Official: Emirates to consider adding narrow body aircraft

Addition: What is the FlyDubai fleet strategy anyway? Why do they have orders for 70 7M9s but also 50 7MJs? Seems a bit odd. The intended fleet of 130 7M8s also seems wildly excessive. 250 NBs out of Dubai? I could see EK taking part of the MAX fleet. Maybe 7MJs and 7M8s where more performance is n...

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by MoKa777
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1402
Views: 2830

Re: Official: Emirates to consider adding narrow body aircraft

chrisp390 wrote:
This has been the goal all along and explains why EK pressured FZ so heavily into not acquiring the A321 in its last narrow body order.


Do you have a source for this?

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by MoKa777
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14120

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

744SPX wrote:
Those six 744ER's would be perfect for conversion to firefighting supertankers


Yeah, I would love to see the 744ERs live on in some way

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by MoKa777
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to close 777x and 787 order before month-end
Replies: 146
Views: 37951

Re: Boeing to close 777x and 787 order before month-end

smartplane wrote:
MoKa777 wrote:
An order (even heavily discounted) for 777X/787 will require some percentage paid as a deposit/down payment now.

Unlikely. Most customers apply existing accrued credits held with the OEM.


You are probably right.

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by MoKa777
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to close 777x and 787 order before month-end
Replies: 146
Views: 37951

Re: Boeing to close 777x and 787 order before month-end

Will Horton says the deal is not contingent on a 777-9/787 order. True, so China Eastern could just agree to pay a higher price for the two freighters they are taking. We will know soon enough since the window to take advantage of the 777F purchase credits closes on 30 June. Agreed. That will be a ...

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by MoKa777
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fastest Turnaround Times?
Replies: 20
Views: 2204

Re: Fastest Turnaround Times?

In South Africa, FlySafair does 25-30 minute turns on 189-seat Boeing 737-800s.

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by MoKa777
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport
Replies: 38
Views: 3764

Re: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport

Air India B788 on its way to JNB from DEL as AI1907

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by MoKa777
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad AUH-SDQ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2320

Re: Etihad AUH-SDQ?

asuflyer wrote:
Caymanair wrote:
F27500 wrote:


...all TWO of them ? (if that)


I imagine there would be several hundred at least.


There are approximately 4000-5000 Dominicans in the UAE.


No!

That is both surprising and informative...

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by MoKa777
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport
Replies: 38
Views: 3764

Re: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport

SAA Flight 2986 on its way to Hanoi now. A346 ZS-SND.

Left JNB a few minutes ago.

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by MoKa777
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1660
Views: 313843

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

How many test flight hours are required for certification? I expect it is more successfully completing all of the various testing milestones than raw accumulation of hours, though some milestones will require certain minimum flight hours (the ETOPS testing, for example). That makes sense. Thank you

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by MoKa777
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1660
Views: 313843

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

How many test flight hours are required for certification?

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by MoKa777
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 20228

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020

Difference this time is these are almost entirely 'theoretical' values. There are virtually no transactions taking place, and what few are, have OEM and lessor (even lease rollovers), 'below the line' support flattering recorded values. If you are desperate, and have to dispose of a 10+ year old ai...

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by MoKa777
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 20228

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020

Leeham has an interesting table on aircraft values and lease rates: https://leehamnews.com/2020/06/10/hotr-boeing-still-sees-max-3q-recertification/#more-33677 We are paralleling post 2001 for aircraft values/lease rates, however, I think the magnitude and duration will be longer. As will post 9/11...

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by MoKa777
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 314
Views: 60371

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

I just found an interesting link: https://www.stattimes.com/news/the-making-of-the-big-twin-freighter-begins-air-cargo/amp/ It appears that the Covid-19 pandemic has advanced the programme by at least six months. The aircraft was originally scheduled to be delivered to IAI in December 2020 with cer...

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by MoKa777
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus
Replies: 35
Views: 2635

Re: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus

QANTAS 747 and KLM 747 will definitely be on my list of sad early retirements...

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by MoKa777
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport
Replies: 38
Views: 3764

Re: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport

Air Europa B789 was in JNB today (09-June-2020)

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by MoKa777
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350-1000 fuel burn
Replies: 114
Views: 17086

Re: A350-1000 fuel burn

That is insane though. 77W with basically equal or less than 77E and 343 fuel burn. WOW. So basically at 319t its close to an 18hr bird with a full house of 360 something pax. Wow. Curious about that last comparison between the 77W, 77E, and 343, are you saying they all burn around the same? I beli...

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by MoKa777
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350-1000 fuel burn
Replies: 114
Views: 17086

Re: A350-1000 fuel burn

I just had a SYD-DOH A35K flight with a ramp fuel load of 98.3 tonnes (trip fuel of 91.4 tonnes). Interestingly, the RTOW (316 tonnes) was close to MTOW (318 tonnes) and the flight time was 14 hr 15 min which is close to typical. What would have allowed for such a low fuel load when the usual ramp ...

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by MoKa777
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 314
Views: 60371

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

The targeted entry into service is in 2022 for the first. I guess the subsequent conversion will be much faster, one year maybe. For information, 2010 vintage 777-300ER is about 60 million, conversion costs about 35 million. All in US dollar. Based on this quote from the FG link in the OP, and the ...

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by MoKa777
Thu May 28, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: An-124 escape slide?
Replies: 19
Views: 1883

Re: An-124 escape slide?

I came across this article: https://www.airlinereporter.com/2013/02/photos-an-inside-look-of-an-antonov-an-124/ It states: Behind the flight deck is a crew rest area with a lavatory, small kitchen and two seating areas that can convert into beds. There is a second upper deck behind the wings (we wer...

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by MoKa777
Wed May 27, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1660
Views: 313843

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

... https://verovenia.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/2019-10-05-777-9.jpg Did anyone notice the wingspan? has it really been increased to almost 239 feet from 235? Good catch, both the 777X ACAP documents I downloaded (Prelim from 2017 and Revision A from 2018) list it as 235ft 5in.

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by MoKa777
Sat May 23, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport
Replies: 38
Views: 3764

Re: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport

Edelweiss A343 operating for SWISS JNB-ZRH, LX289, 23 May 2020

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by MoKa777
Thu May 21, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?
Replies: 98
Views: 10729

Re: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?

There was a cell tower and a billboard that were erroneously included in the obstacle data (03L). They were removed in December. Not sure if there is anything specific in the way now. So, do the following statements still stand? 280t is meaningless out of JNB. An A359 will seldom see more than 270t...

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by MoKa777
Wed May 20, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport
Replies: 38
Views: 3764

Re: Airline or Aircraft due to Covid not usually not at you airport

Egypt Air B77W on its way to Lusaka now as MS3062. Should arrive just after 0630 LT.

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by MoKa777
Tue May 19, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?
Replies: 98
Views: 10729

Re: Can the A359 Do JNB-ATL for DL With Meaningful Cargo?

Does anyone have some figures about the actual payload numbers for this route using the B77L? You have not specified what actual payload is. Average? Some real life examples accompanied by weather conditions? I also don't think it would be really revelant to this discussion. For a number of reasons...

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by MoKa777
Tue May 19, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did EL AL 720Bs every fly NYC ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2798

Re: Did EL AL 720Bs every fly NYC ?

Dear denny, Let me try go through the numbers: With a OEW of 51.2t (I am surprised how light that plane is!) and a MTOW of 106,1t, the aircraft has 54,9t to share among payload and fuel. Assuming 112 pax (typical 2-class) and 4t of cargo, we have about 15t of payload, leaving about 40t for fuel. As...

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by MoKa777
Tue May 19, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1402
Views: 2830

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

Opus99 wrote:
...what about 115 77Ws and 115 777Xs that must also be somewhat excessive?


Not necessarily, if these are 1-to-1 replacements. The capacity increase related to replacing 115 77W with 115 779 will be in the single digits.

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by MoKa777
Sun May 17, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1660
Views: 313843

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Can someone please expand on the maximum passengers for each door configuration on the B779? The 777-9 can be ordered with one of four exit door configurations: A-A-A-A (440 passenger Exit Limit) C-A-A-A (385 passenger Exit Limit) C-A-A-C-A (440 passenger Exit Limit)) A-A-A-C-A (495 passenger Exit ...

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by MoKa777
Sat May 16, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1660
Views: 313843

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Can someone please expand on the maximum passengers for each door configuration on the B779?

It was probably discussed before but it would be quite time consuming to sift through all the posts to find it.

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