Through the FSTA program, the Royal Air Force will acquire complete air-to-air refueling services through a private-financing initiative from a contractor company. Tanker & Transport Service Company Limited will acquire, modify and utilize Boeing 767 aircraft to provide air-refueling services. The c...Jump to post
After SARS hit, China Southern kept selling tickets for their daily flights to the <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>, but would only fly 2 or 3 times per week. Great strategy, sell the tickets, contact the passengers before the flight, tell the...Jump to post
Skipper, "Telling me "a 747-281" tells me it is a ANA aircraft, with CF-6... Telling me "a 747-287" tells me ARG, 10 tanks configuration, with <acronym title="Transair (Australia)">JT</acronym>-9..." Knowing that the last two digits does specify an airplanes customer, don't quite know how to figure ...Jump to post
Shooting from the hip, I would say that adding a digital standby instrument would have required the addition of another black box in the equipment bay. The analog instrument receives its pressure information directly from the pitot/static ports. I believe Boeing originally had plans to put the -400 ...Jump to post
Good article on winglets in the Boeing Aero Magazine.... http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/aero_17/winglet_story.html#wingtip "For the same amount of structural material, nonplanar wingtip devices can achieve a similar induced drag benefit as a planar span increase; however, new Boeing a...Jump to post
The US has nothing to gain from A330 production in the US, except a few jobs. Take the cost in tooling, facilities and extra inventory, flush that money down the toilet, and charge the US taxpayer. Maybe Airbus should pitch an all new airplane to the DOD, then the US taxpayer, instead of EU taxpayer...Jump to post
I tend to agree that any open sky agreement between the EU and US won't affect A380 sales in the near term (10 years) for the simple fact, that not many will be flown over the Atlantic. With that said, will American Airlines be able to fly from Chicago to Singapore, via London with their 777s..... I...Jump to post
In respect to the development cost here are the exact figures:
5,1 Billion US Airbus
3,1 Billion US 10 different partners (mainly suppliers)
2,5 Billion US The loans mentioned before
Total 10,7 Billion US + 4 Billion in inventory.
15 +/- Billion
If Airbus decided to build A330/A340s in the United States, and I owned any of their shares, I would sell them the day of the announcement. Lets see, build airplanes for a market that is already saturated with airplanes. The A330 was already considered too big for a tanker, what has changed. By the ...Jump to post
What is the point in retiring/selling MD11s until it's time for a heavy check/engine overhaul. The only one that would be interested in purchasing these airplanes would probably convert to frieghter, so why not wait and accomplish the heavy check at the same time. If they are sold to a FedEx, it wou...Jump to post
Another point to be made on behalf of the 7E7 is it's speed. Mach 0.85 versus 0.80 for the A330.
With the same speed as the 777, airlines can swap them around and not make any changes to their schedule (matters more for long haul flights).
The only common type ratings for airplanes that have different type certificates are the 757/767. All other airframes require different type ratings (737/757/777/747) or (A320/A330/A340/A380). The only factor is the training to get the type ratings, as a 767 pilot with a 777 type rating can fly both...Jump to post