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by Waterbomber2
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

We need to ship that professor one of the medals for predicting A380 failure from the start. Not to detract from the good professor but this was the default belief of business folks (outside Airbus) at the time. The too big wing is an airliners.net myth that we read anywhere but people writng that ...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

Airbus will be a better company without it. The stock market has spoken as well. A jump of around 10 % since the announcement. Absolutely true, proving again that the program has never been viable and was a liability. So you think that the stock market are the rationals? Most of the stock market is...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

Some bloggers have always had a consistent opinion on the market for big quads. The have all been bashed by all sorts of people. They could potentially say, "I told you so.", But they don't say it. It's easy to defend an obvious point. It takes vision to explore new horizons. The A380 was...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

Some bloggers have always had a consistent opinion on the market for big quads. The have all been bashed by all sorts of people. They could potentially say, "I told you so.", But they don't say it. It's easy to defend an obvious point. It takes vision to explore new horizons. The A380 was...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Lineup Circa 2025 - Where do they go Next
Replies: 46
Views: 8106

Re: Boeing Lineup Circa 2025 - Where do they go Next

The problem with 7Y is that you've got an empty aisle for every 3.5 passengers compared to 6 in a narrowbody or 4-5 in contemporary widebodies. You can't fit additional business class seats versus a narrowbody except if you manage to squeeze in 2-1-2. So all benefits of the oval shape would be lost ...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Logic behind helicopter taxiing
Replies: 65
Views: 12575

Re: Logic behind helicopter taxiing

There is another reason to let helicopters taxi at airports, other than the accelerating distance for take-off (a taxiway is sufficient for helicopters to take-off). While doing circuits at an airport, I heard an interaction between ATC and an airliner. The TCAS was giving the pilots in the airliner...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 freighter?
Replies: 22
Views: 3474

Re: A380 freighter?

Cargo on the lower deck and passengers on the upper deck will also not be feasible due to fire protection issues. Sad but true. Combi - great in theory, absolute fail in practice... Complete rubbish. Only CAO freight and dangerous goods would not be allowed. Aircraft carry cargo in the lower deck a...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Lineup Circa 2025 - Where do they go Next
Replies: 46
Views: 8106

Re: Boeing Lineup Circa 2025 - Where do they go Next

I think that the next 10-20 years will yield a step change in technology. Designs will reflect that step change, so Airbus and Boeing may be forced to think outside of the "tube". The NMA would have to wait for a new generation of engines and the design would still be rather conventional. ...

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by Waterbomber2
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13559

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

The big difference is that the 757 is considered to be a commercial success. That doesn't make any difference to the reasons why production cannot just be 'suspended' then restarted years later. Point is, the 757 became a self fulfilling prophecy once it was prematurely shut down, going to a very s...

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by Waterbomber2
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13559

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Markets change and the current Airbus management is not capable of looking beyond their bonus checks. Airbus now only has A220 and A330's to sell for the next decade with both models overlapping with their best sellers. Airbus salemen might as well learn how to sell helicopters. Boeing on the other...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13559

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Markets change and the current Airbus management is not capable of looking beyond their bonus checks. Airbus now only has A220 and A330's to sell for the next decade with both models overlapping with their best sellers. Airbus salemen might as well learn how to sell helicopters. Boeing on the other ...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13559

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

Something I don't understand about this whole mess is why AB doesn't try to freeze the manufacturing capability, instead of completely shutting the line down. Freezing, as in: no more new builds for some years to come - but the line could be re-started with two, three years advance warning, if some...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

dont forget the can airbus restart a380 production threads! Where will they store the tooling? :-) For anyone not around at the time, you won't remember that the 380 was basically launched with a lot of hubris and wang-waving. It was never REALLY about the business case in my eyes. It was about pro...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

BTW, this makes an interesting read. It kind of lays out and definitely puts the whole A380 debacle in perspective - https://www.sauder.ubc.ca/Faculty/Research_Centres/Centre_for_Transportation_Studies/~/media/Files/Faculty%20Research/OPLOG%20Division/OPLOG%20Publications/GILLEN/Gillen%20-%20Boeing...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Etihad restructures aircraft orders
Replies: 83
Views: 13838

Re: Etihad restructures aircraft orders

What a joke Airbus has become.
So airlines can add or cancel orders as they please now?

Investors need to start asking serious questions about the firmness of these orders when they are announced.
You don't slide 42 x A350's under the carpet, that is 10 billion worth of aircraft going up in smoke.

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104935

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

This is a huge mistake on the part of Airbus.
Now they have 2 widebodies that even partially overlap, which doesn't make any sense.
Boeing will dominate the 400+ seat market.

Time to start cheering for the B748i.

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

So program accounting wise, the A380 can still continue to repay debt. Airbus does not use Program Accounting. Boeing does. In reality, Airbus used the cash flow to repay the debt and new debt paid for the A380 development, the A380 development can hence be considered to be included in the debt. Th...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 134
Views: 17635

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

Greetings Folks and Waterbomber2,my friend you must have had a bad day to make a comment that KL's service etc is poor. late last year had 2 wonderful flights with them, from check in to deplaning the entire staff that were involved performed with an exemplary attitude.The aircraft were clean and t...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

One can explain that easily. Up to now, Airbus had to depreciate that development cost and sell the airframes at: production cost + development cost depreciation + margin. With the prospects of a line closure in clear sight, they can shift to production cost + margin. Again, there is no development...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

If bilateral rights to the EU is dependent bon A380 orders, please explain why Qatar has an open skies with the EU and not the UAE. Dubai is dependent upon EK. So EK must be run as a business. I've been posting on a.net since at least 2005 that the way to compete with the ME3 is to bypass them. The...

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by Waterbomber2
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

One hand you say yields are trash and then say cost of first class is as much as a private jet....something ain't making sense. Look at all Emirates adverts, they "sell" A380 experience, thats their branding. Most end up in vastly inferior B777 (obviously cos of their own interiors), but ...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

That is a question that EK has to ask itself, can it afford to keep these "extras" when the market is shifting increasingly away from Dubai. Apart from some celebrities and social media influencers, few people need or want a shower or care for first class in the first place. The prices ar...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 134
Views: 17635

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

Imo KLM is a poorly run airline. Poor product, poor service, low salaries. They can make a profit in this low fuel environment but nobody is happy. Not the customers, not the staff. Their operations lack the slack. There just isn't anything great with it. AF is losing money due to poor management. K...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 134
Views: 17635

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

AFKL Group needs to become more like LH Group, where yes things are much more integrated. Keeping the core brands is fine, but there indeed must be hundreds of million € that can be saved by consolidating functions, and removing duplication across all the different AOCs - AF mainline, AF regional, ...

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by Waterbomber2
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HondaJet HA-420 with GE Honda HF120, Have similar integrations existed?
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: HondaJet HA-420 with GE Honda HF120, Have similar integrations existed?

It must be a Japanese thing, they are doing exactly the same thing with the MRJ. Assembly by MHI except that the engine is keeping the PW badge.

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

Back to EK, what use is there for the A350 when they already have the B778/B779 planned? Also, what use is there for A330neo's? Airbus says the A330ceo beats the A330neo and the A350 on fuel burn per seat up to 2 hours. Then the A330neo is best between 2 and 4 hours. Somewhere before the 5th hour t...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

First of all, there is no chance in hell that Airbus is going to give EK the benefit of ordering the A350 on loose terms and certainly not at the expense of the A380. EK humiliated Airbus with the cancellation of 70 A350's back in 2014 and again by ordering the B777X and again with the B787-10. That...

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by Waterbomber2
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 28624

Re: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019

I'll put my 2 cents on JL or NH.
To wetlease a premium configured A380 for an entire summer, you need to have serious capital and a very high yield market. It has Japan written all over it. Perhaps JL want to see how it performs.

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

The sand is really EK's fault for choosing to hub in the desert Whereas the other options were? :confused: :lol: Investing in and subsidising other industries, such as pharmaceuticals, etc... The UAE is starting to give up their little aviation experiment after realising that there is no money to b...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

That means a QF A380 engine is averaging 1 month on wing. Which would be horrible. What about other engines? Other planes? There are a lot of planes flying into and out of DXB. If all engines were experiencing this kind of deterioration, it should be all over a.net. And major aviation publications ...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

Enders won't pull the plug IMO. That is a decision the next leadership should take and live with. EK's issues of securing affordable financing for themselves due to intensifying competition and deteriorating attractiveness of the A380 for financiers is a true challenge. Perhaps what EK really wants ...

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by Waterbomber2
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 988
Views: 240150

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

This would let them back out and leave the Italian Govt with egg on it’s face. Not necessarily. The AF/KL involvement would only have been of interest as a EU middleperson for DL, a bit like what they did with VS. DL can still proceed with FS. The Italy/France row is about Macron and only about him...

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by Waterbomber2
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

This statement implies that Engine Alliance quit delivering new engines, such that there is absolutely no choice but to order RR engines. Has EA formally stated they didn't want to power EK's last order? Emirates felt that Engine Alliance was not being as proactive with their PiPs for the GP7200 as...

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by Waterbomber2
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 138833

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

I don't think that the A380 line is coming to an end, or at least, I don't think that it should. EK POV I think that EK is facing challenges that I've mentionned before. Rising financing cost due to faltering business model, intensifying competition from China on Europe-Asia routes. I think that the...

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