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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, a simple stretch
Replies: 615
Views: 69087

Re: MadMax vs MOM: Now A Third Proposal, MaxDumbo

A thrust boost would help the 737-9MAX of the ground. A thrust boost on a 737-9 would increase the rudder/tail requirements for the engine out scenario. Stretching the tail away from the center of gravity makes helps meet this requirement, but without a stretch one would have to wonder if the curre...

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by kitplane01
Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Range
Replies: 24
Views: 6501

Re: Air Force One Range

Obama is on the ground in Israel for a total of six hours. He is scheduled to land back in Bangor, Maine, for refueling at 6:50 p.m., and at Andrews at 9:15 p.m. Stopping in Bangor doesn't save much distance, but if you have to stop, I guess it doesn't matter. From GCMap: Tel Aviv to Bangor: 5308nm...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Range
Replies: 24
Views: 6501

Re: Air Force One Range

Do they really publicize exactly when AF1 will be on the ground somewhere? As opposed to a general timeframe like the President is expected to arrive in Tel Aviv on Thursday or he is flying into Chicago Monday morning. Often he will be met by hundreds of reporters, and a head of state, and lots of ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Range
Replies: 24
Views: 6501

Re: Air Force One Range

GSPSPOT wrote:
Not sure, but I'd bet it can. If not, I believe it is set up for air-to-air refuelling.


I'd be stunned if Air Force One has *ever* done air-air refueling while the president is on board.

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by kitplane01
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Range
Replies: 24
Views: 6501

Air Force One Range

--Obama is on the ground in Israel for a total of six hours. He is scheduled to land back in Bangor, Maine, for refueling at 6:50 p.m., and at Andrews at 9:15 p.m.


Air Force One cannot fly direct from Israel to Washington DC????

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starting Service at a new city
Replies: 13
Views: 1709

Re: Starting Service at a new city

(Sorry for the newbie question; I know airplanes not airlines) Suppose an airline wants to start once-a-day service to a new city. They don't want to hire a bunch of people to sit around when the flight is not there, they don't want to rent/buy a gate and use it only for one flight, and they don't ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starting Service at a new city
Replies: 13
Views: 1709

Re: Starting Service at a new city

Could you specify which country, perhaps? Gates in particular tend to be in a different situation in the USA to most of the rest of the world. Outside the USA, gates are mostly common-user, and there are also remote stands with buses to the terminal, so the airport is almost always able to find som...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Real Cost Of LHR Slots
Replies: 10
Views: 5135

Re: The Real Cost Of LHR Slots

Note the bit in vv701's post about new entrants. It is very much in the interest of the airport operator and the UK government to encourage additional airlines to come to LHR. This often creates non-stop service to cities, or entire countries, where there was none before. It's unlikely that startup...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Real Cost Of LHR Slots
Replies: 10
Views: 5135

Re: The Real Cost Of LHR Slots

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd (HAHL) is not owned by the British government so clearly they could not sell LHR slots. ... However everything that HAHL charges the airlines requires the approval of the British government's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). ... and lots more interesting details It seem...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin restructuring announced, to wet lease aircraft to LH Group (EW), more job cuts announced
Replies: 36
Views: 9486

Re: Air Berlin restructuring announced, to wet lease aircraft to LH Group (EW), more job cuts announced

This is needed for the future of Air Berlin. By getting rid of flights in Europe as well as increasing long haul with turn the airline around. This is also a good move because while Air Berlin may compete with Lufthansa, it's better than letting EasyJet and Ryanair expand in Germany. And I thought ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starting Service at a new city
Replies: 13
Views: 1709

Starting Service at a new city

(Sorry for the newbie question; I know airplanes not airlines) Suppose an airline wants to start once-a-day service to a new city. They don't want to hire a bunch of people to sit around when the flight is not there, they don't want to rent/buy a gate and use it only for one flight, and they don't w...

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by kitplane01
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada transfers Bogota service to rouge from Oct 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 6595

Re: Air Canada transfers Bogota service to rouge from Oct 2016

VCEflyboy wrote:
That's why they get away with this race to the bottom and keeping the ME3 out of the door, or even allow US airlines to operate flights to third countries.


US Airlines can carry Canadian passengers from Canadian cities to places not-in-the-US on direct flights?

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by kitplane01
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Real Cost Of LHR Slots
Replies: 10
Views: 5135

Re: The Real Cost Of LHR Slots

So we can deduce that 374 weekly slots, equivalent to 187 weekly slot pairs or approaching an average of 27 daily slot pairs have been awarded free of charge by the slot coordinator to operators. Note here that 50 per cent of such slot pairs must be first offered to new comers to LHR. First, awesom...

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by kitplane01
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Large Freighter
Replies: 17
Views: 3318

Best Large Freighter

The 747-8 is clearly the best large freighter on the market Why is the 747-8 a better large freighter than the 777F? It cannot be the nose door. And what about the A330F. The 777F has 158 orders in total, with 34 outstanding. There were 13 ordered since 2013, and 52 delivered. The 747-8F has 74 ord...

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by kitplane01
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Squashed Emirates Airline gold member sues for suffering fat man 'spillover'"
Replies: 85
Views: 14204

Re: "Squashed Emirates Airline gold member sues for suffering fat man 'spillover'"

Almost as bad as the "gold standard" example of the woman who sued McDonalds for 2 million -and won- back in the 90's for the coffee being too hot (she spilled it on herself). This is why lawyers get a bad name. Not really accurate. She was awarded $2.86 million, it was reduced down to $6...

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by kitplane01
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court
Replies: 134
Views: 18642

Re: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court

This whole problem goes away with better laws and better contracts. The governments caused this, not airlines. I do disagree with the assessment this was caused by the government only. WARA was a result of the "Five Party Agreement" and was written the way it was based upon that agreement...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court
Replies: 134
Views: 18642

Re: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court

In this case, the suburban airport, DFW, has one of the largest surface areas in the world. The best market solution is to have all commercial air travel located there. Multiple airports around a single metro area should only exist in the cases where it is impossible to bring the air travel infrast...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court
Replies: 134
Views: 18642

Re: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court

You know well competition in a limited urban airport is tricky - be DAL, DCA or LGA. There is no way to "remove all restrictions" and let airlines play the market out. You cannot make gates where there is not physical room. Beyond that .. 1) Lease the gates to the highest bidder. 2) Let t...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eventual 737 replacement?
Replies: 13
Views: 3825

Re: Eventual 737 replacement?

Every time I read about a 737 replacement, I'm reminded of an interview of a Boeing exec published in Aviation Week a few years ago. He basically said that absent any significant change in materials and weight (e.g. composites) or engines (such as the GTF), there aren't any game changers left to be...

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9657

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

If it wasn't for the 1500 hour requirement, pilot pay would continue to be crap because regionals would continue to pry on young and eager freshly minted commercial pilots willing to work for nothing just to fly a shiny jet! ... There is no easy solution to this problem, but I can assure you that g...

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9657

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

The question being is a pilot safer at 1500 hrs vs 250 hrs, the answer is unequivocally yes. My web searching does not find any such statistics. Can you find any? Alternatively, can you find an airline accident that would have been prevented but for the presence of the copilot with fewer than 1,500...

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by kitplane01
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OPINIONS - A380 at KLM
Replies: 48
Views: 11679

Re: OPINIONS - A380 at KLM

There are two main reasons to prefer a larger aircraft over a smaller one. 1) You are slot limited 2) The larger aircraft gives you a lower cost per seat (CASM). KLM is not really slot limited, and an A380 has no cost advantage over an A350 or a 777X. Almost every airline looks at the same two facto...

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by kitplane01
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9657

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

What many of you are missing is that the 1500 hrs is not about learning to pull back or push forward during a stall recovery. The 1500 hrs is all about exposure to different real life scenarios and fostering proper decision making. You can poo-poo the ones who "waste" their time instructi...

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by kitplane01
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9657

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

They need to just allow a 250 or 500 hour minimum for copilots in EAS markets on aircraft of under 20 seats and oila the problem is fixed. It's only a matter of when then has to happen. Actually, pilots on these small aircraft have some of the hardest flying jobs. More takeoffs and landings per hou...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9657

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

They need to just allow a 250 or 500 hour minimum for copilots in EAS markets on aircraft of under 20 seats and oila the problem is fixed. It's only a matter of when then has to happen. Actually, pilots on these small aircraft have some of the hardest flying jobs. More takeoffs and landings per hou...

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by kitplane01
Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Tweaking Incentives to Lure More Intl Flights
Replies: 66
Views: 8328

Re: DFW revamps benefits, aims at FCO AKL JNB

Nonstop flights to Rome, Auckland and Johannesburg are on Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s wish list. To convince airlines to launch flights from these cities, the airport is revamping an incentive program it uses to attract carriers. Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/busin ... rylink=cp...

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by kitplane01
Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28511

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

I think the best path forward for SAA is to follow to the LAN model and regionalize itself into a pan-African carrier. Hook up with local investors in other African countries and open up franchises around Africa. There is no reason why their can't be an SAA-Senegal or an SAA-Ghana to feed their IAD...

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by kitplane01
Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28511

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

Finally divesting Mango from Comair must take place, so Mango stands as a low-cost on its own right and provides completion in the domestic market to keep the fares at bay. Then a full merger of Comair into SA should happen with Comair ending its franchise agreement with British Airways. Your post ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28511

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

I don't know much about SAA but it seems it would be important for the country to have a viable national carrier. I understand why they need air service, but why do they need a flag carrier? Speaking of international travel (and that's almost all the $$$), if SAA ended tomorrow the other internatio...

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by kitplane01
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.
Replies: 124
Views: 28511

Re: SAA is on the verge of liquidation.

Surely SAA is prime investment opportunity for IAG. With BA flying 2-3 daily LHR-JNB and 2 Daily LHR-CPT and with BA's Franchise partner ComAir I think it would really work. The SAA problem has been zero direction. When airlines have been parking A340's for 777 and 787 SAA just solider on. With man...

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by kitplane01
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Room for new engine manufacturers?
Replies: 24
Views: 2446

Re: Room for new engine manufacturers?

There are small turbine engines (business jet and turboshaft for turboprops or helicopters). Since one core easily powers both types, most engine families compete for both. I've always wondered about this. It seems that in the small engine world the same family covers a wide range of power. For exa...

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by kitplane01
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Room for new engine manufacturers?
Replies: 24
Views: 2446

Re: Room for new engine manufacturers?

I personally would expect to see Honda and Silvercrest expand the ranges of business jet engines offered. If I was a business jet maker, I'd be reluctant to give business to Honda. I'd think of them as a competitor. I know GE owns a part, but the Honda part would make me avoid the engine if reasona...

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by kitplane01
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-MAX at Southwest
Replies: 9
Views: 4294

Re: 737-MAX at Southwest

As for market rates that SWAPA is looking for it is narrow body aircraft, not rates for the MAX itself. However there are more issues than pay that have to be resolved before a new contract is agreed to, these other issues include work rules and retirement. "The proposed contract would give a ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-MAX at Southwest
Replies: 9
Views: 4294

Re: 737-MAX at Southwest

Having a subset of aircraft was one issue the other was flying aircraft that aren't listed in the contract. Currently only the 737-300, 737-500, 737-700, and the 737-800 are the only aircraft listed in the pilot's contract. In response, WN is retiring the 737 classics prior to MAX EIS. This way, th...

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by kitplane01
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-MAX at Southwest
Replies: 9
Views: 4294

737-MAX at Southwest

If there is a cliffhanger with the Max program , it involves the launch customer Southwest. Will the WN pilots approve a new contract to cover the new birds coming on property by next summer? That's completely up to WN Management. If they agree to a market rate contract within the next few months t...

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by kitplane01
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Predictions 15 Years On
Replies: 47
Views: 8109

Re: Predictions 15 Years On

14. Business jet travel will have eliminated first class at all but a handful of airlines. Oh wait.... Seriously, the Global 7K (and other future Bombardier jets), Falcon 9X (not-yet announced) and 5X, Gulfstream's 3rd "P42" airframe (smalled, G450 replacement) and G650 upgrade (or replac...

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by kitplane01
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Predictions 15 Years On
Replies: 47
Views: 8109

Re: Predictions 15 Years On

The emergence of another "up and coming" U.S. carrier with a strong regional presence and a national reach to major markets from wherever it may be based ... a la Alaska, jetBlue, etc, something along those lines Jeez. When was the last successful up-and-coming airline that succeeded? Vir...

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by kitplane01
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Predictions 15 Years On
Replies: 47
Views: 8109

Re: Predictions 15 Years On

This will be fun. 15 years from now we will see: Alliance carriers will create global airlines named for their brands (Skyteam Airlines, Oneworld Air, etc). That's an interesting idea. Alliances have been around a while and no one has tried that yet. It would be very tough for an airline to give up...

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by kitplane01
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phase out of Jetstream J31
Replies: 52
Views: 9033

Re: Phase out of Jetstream J31

Flew them for 4 years (in Europe though). Fun plane for pilots if you know what you are getting into. In good conditions you can throw it around if necessary, the speed is sufficient in the terminal areas to not bother the jets too much, and it's really nice to fly. In rough conditions you have to ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol
Replies: 76
Views: 11476

Re: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol

I suggest you educate yourself on the requirements of halal food before making such statements. It's not just killing the animals 'in another way', but in a more cruel way (unsedated). Eek. Why do you think they kill animals "sedated"? I don't think that's standard industry practice anywh...

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by kitplane01
Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol
Replies: 76
Views: 11476

Re: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol

I think such religious exemptions should not be allowed. A private company should have every right to fire an individual who does not perform the essential functions of the job, but that has changed in recent years due to Christian extremism taking hold in this country that the courts have upheld. ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol
Replies: 76
Views: 11476

Re: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol

DETROIT — A Muslim flight attendant has sued ExpressJet, accusing the airline of wrongly suspending her because she refused to serve alcohol to passengers. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter announced Tuesday it filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of Charee Stanley, a Det...

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by kitplane01
Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to get £3m a year subsidy for EWR-BFS
Replies: 44
Views: 7654

Re: United to get £3m a year subsidy for EWR-BFS

a380787 wrote:
Driving at least 1:40 - 2:00 to DUB isn't exactly a realistic option for anyone.


Really? You need a subsidy to avoid driving 1:50 before travelling 4,000 miles across the Atlantic. That seems unreasonable.

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by kitplane01
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM independent?
Replies: 57
Views: 10612

Re: KLM independed?

KLM didn't have to be saved in 2004. Earlier on it concluded it lacked a neccesary home market and scale. It decided negotiating from a position of strenght was better then from a future weaker position. AF seemed the best partner after BA was considered. Why was BA considered not the best partner?...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-390 Engine Choice
Replies: 8
Views: 2284

Re: KC-390 Engine Choice

The PW1000 is also considerably heavier. That means that over short distances the KC-390 can haul a correspondingly heavier load with V2500 engines. A 31,500 lb thrust V2500 weighs 2,484 kg (wikpedia) and a pair burns about 3,000 kg of fuel per hour at cruise speed and altitude (internet). The inte...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-390 Engine Choice
Replies: 8
Views: 2284

Re: KC-390 Engine Choice

Price is likely an important factor. The V2500 is likely considerable cheaper than the PW1000. Military planes typically don't fly every day all day long as airliners do. Therefore it takes much longer time to make fuel savings match the higher engine price, and maybe it never happens so. If we ima...

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by kitplane01
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-390 Engine Choice
Replies: 8
Views: 2284

Re: KC-390 Engine Choice

The KC-390 is a military plane. For a military plane reliability is more important than state of the art = latest technology, hence a different engine selection compared to C Series. That seems very unlikely. Boeing and Airbus and Bombardier would *not* tolerate an unreliable engine. Neither would ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court
Replies: 134
Views: 18642

Re: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court

If you think the current agreement is a total scam to keep out competition then you need to put the blame where it actually belongs, and that is with American Airlines, the City if Fort Worth and DFW. Those 3 parties in the 5 party agreement were the ones to insist on a rediculous 20 gate cap. Hone...

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by kitplane01
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court
Replies: 134
Views: 18642

Re: WN v. DL Dallas Love Battle Goes Back to Court

Sooner787 wrote:
The most logical solution is for VX to sell their 2 gates to DL when they're absorbed
by AS. I don't think AS has any interest in those 2 gates. Only question is how much
will AS want from DL for thes gates?


Actually, the most logical solution would be to remove the stupid law.

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by kitplane01
Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-390 Engine Choice
Replies: 8
Views: 2284

KC-390 Engine Choice

The KC-390, which began design studies in 2006, chose V2500 engines. The CS-100/CS-300, which had design studies start in 2004, chose the P&W Geared Turbo Fan. My question is, why would anyone chose the V2500 as their sole engine choice? Bombardier had enough data to chose the better engine. Why...

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