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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week
Replies: 80
Views: 9955

Re: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week

Airbus got board approval for the A350F in July (https://airwaysmag.com/industry/airbus-a350-freighter-development/?amp). They only released specs and the website at official A350F launch in November. Leeham was the first to release them: https://leehamnews.com/2021/11/11/airbus-details-a350f-speci...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week
Replies: 80
Views: 9955

Re: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week

A simple search of the earnings transcript reveals Boeing did say they are offering the aircraft to customers, https://news.alphastreet.com/the-boeing-company-ba-q4-2021-earnings-call-transcript/ (official transcript not yet posted): "Also, we are currently offering the freighter version of ou...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week
Replies: 80
Views: 9955

Re: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week

That isn't true. They don't have to disclose information; you certainly were not saying Airbus had a fiduciary duty to describe in detail the A350F prior to its launch. The claim made earlier in the thread was the 777XF has received board approval. I have seen no report of this in the results publi...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization

To let air into the fire and smoke into the cockpit? Not sure how smart that is.... During our emergency procedures training we are put into a dark smoke filled room and asked to remove an object whilst wearing onboard protective equipment. Pilots would be better off directing their energies into r...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 37
Views: 4151

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

FSflyer899 wrote:
They have an ad out about it. And it seems they have the cargo loader with it, so don't need any special/additional loading equipment at the destination?

https://youtu.be/vES4M8lzTCE


The automated On-Board Cargo Loader (OBCL) is under development.

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing books loss on 787 groundings
Replies: 35
Views: 3488

Re: Boeing books loss on 787 groundings

I may be wrong, so please correct me if so, but in my opinion the FAA are not obligated to explain to taxpayers why any particular aircraft is delayed into service. This regulatory process if between the manufacturer and the regulator, the manufacturer decides what information is released to the pu...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Night Curfew vs. Emergency Landing
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Night Curfew vs. Emergency Landing

As far as I am aware VIE is operational 24/7, there is no curfew. There is an agreement in place limiting the number of movements.

Since it’s operational, it would have ATC, RFF, and airport maintenance.

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing books loss on 787 groundings
Replies: 35
Views: 3488

Re: Boeing books loss on 787 groundings

The actual statement in the results is “ The company continues to perform rework on 787 airplanes in inventory and is engaged in detailed discussions with the FAA regarding required actions to resume deliveries. In the fourth quarter, the company determined that these activities will take longer tha...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 37
Views: 4151

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

Not sure if it's a limited approval or that the dreamlifter can transport every day cargo in the lower lobe. bt The TCDS says the lower hold is decommissioned and no cargo to be carried “These airplanes are not approved for commercial freight hauling operations of material other than that approved ...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week
Replies: 80
Views: 9955

Re: QR to launch 777X Freighter as early as next week

With the Emir visiting the US I would have thought the agenda to revolve around Afghanistan, potential incursion in Ukrainian and secure gas supply for Europe, and Iran.

That alone could fill a month of meetings.

Thought QR was more of an airshow event ordering organisation.

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 37
Views: 4151

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

How about Boeing? With Dreamliner production limited to Charleston only, they should have unused Dreamlifter capacity planned for the Everett assembly site sitting idle now? It’s restricted to Boeing related activities AFAIK Airbus is working on a full certification for the Beluga XL. It’s already ...

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"
Replies: 37
Views: 4151

Re: A new cargo airliner on the XL cargo market: "Airbus Beluga Transport"

hongkongflyer wrote:
Isn't the certificate of Beluga restricted it to be used by Airbus only and not for commercial purposes?


No, they have done commercial charters before. I remember them using them to move artwork around, also numerous space vehicles.

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by zeke
Wed Jan 26, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

And Willie Walsh was directly asked about it in an interview posted today, which is what I was alluding to with my statement. Here’s the link for those who missed it (was posted earlier in thread): https://airinsight.com/iata-boss-worried-about-qatar-airbus-feud/ How many of those 100 airlines that...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

I’m not sure why an employee’s perception of their employer is relevant, particularly in a discussion about how customers feel said employees are treating them. I would point out that one reason airlines and lessors feel Airbus is being arrogant is that Boeing has bent over backwards during the pan...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

The point you choose to exclude from the quote remains relevant: this is not a black and white issue. I would also expect there is merit in both sides’ legal arguments. This is new a new point, I have stated this numerous times on this thread. I have read the court filings and the first order made ...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

High (or low) demand does not absolve Airbus of contractual requirements. Which contractural requirement was that ? The engine deal was between QR and P&W. “ Akbar al-Baker said Airbus was not at fault and Qatar Airways will not shelve the aircraft order but the company may seek a new engine su...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 Program Seeks Further Taxpayer Investment
Replies: 43
Views: 5213

Re: A220 Program Seeks Further Taxpayer Investment

Everyone knew it'd cost Airbus more than $1. But then again, how much have they spent so far vs. how much developing such an aircraft would have cost? In the end, Airbus will come on top of this program; they take years to recoup costs. Most of the risk was taken out of the project, they bought a c...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Let’s recap that era: -QR had several dozen A320neos on order with engines with questionable reliability in their harsh operating environment and no chance of Airbus hitting delivery dates because of PW’s and CFM’s terrible engine ramp up. -QR takes first A350XWB in late December 2014, EIS early 20...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Even if there is, QR would argue that it is not in default under the A350 purchase agreement as aircraft do not meet delivery conditions. There is nothing presented in the QR court filings to suggest that the “aircraft do not meet delivery conditions”. QR is seeking an injunction in their court fil...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Very much depends on the contract. Remember Airbus is the one who selected which engines are available for the A320neo, not QR. Airbus is the one who makes performance guarantees…which are based on part on performance of engines. Considering QR did not just outright cancel the A320neos, but rather ...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization

Our A300 have access from the flight deck. Can’t recall if that access exists on pax birds…Pan Am was a long time ago. The flight deck is not the cabin, the cabin is the area behind the flight deck door where either passengers or cargo is carried. Thanks for the insight. Is there ever a reason the ...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Im sure the court process will unveil the extent to which other A350 aircraft and operators have had these issues. I do not think that would be possible, the court will be addressing only the parties involved in that particular A350 purchase agreement from 2007. That is the contract dispute before ...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

The box was a quick and dirty solution. The box wasn’t the solution, the solution was the vent. Placing a box around a runaway battery is a bomb as the energy is still there. Venting the battery overboard moves the energy out of the aircraft. If you were to ask them I bet they had a peel over the f...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Repainting removes the issue now but doesn’t guarantee that it won’t pop up again a few years down the road. Airbus may be willing to pay for the repaint now, that doesn’t mean they will be willing to pay for more frequent repaints throughout the life of the aircraft at QR. QR’s demands are in part...

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by zeke
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

A process doesn’t mean it’s common at this scale. Actually I was thinking the number was pretty low. I think my light twin would have had over 100 places, and that a small 6 seater. If a carrier had complained about this regarding the 787, this site would have collectively demanded the entire fleet...

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by zeke
Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Idle thrust - questions
Replies: 9
Views: 767

Re: Idle thrust - questions

Or when pushedback they have low thrust and sometimes spool up to slow down and stop, but is the TUG not supposed to do that? So what is "idle thrust" in practical terms? The acceleration of the engine to idle just as pushback finishes is a coincidence, I normally like to time the starts ...

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by zeke
Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization
Replies: 41
Views: 1735

Re: Avionics Bay Access and Pressurization

On wide bodies, they are accessible from the cabin, narrow bodies they are not. In Airbus widebodies there is no access from the cabin to the bay. Some E&E cabin access doors have been deactivated due to security reasons. Following MH370, does not take a rocket scientist to know what the smart ...

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by zeke
Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

I'm genuinely mystified, but what other composite aircraft (meaning, A350/787), has anyone experienced/heard about requiring 900 patch repairs prior to repaint? I sincerely don't think that would be considered 'normal.' It just sounds extreme, and for example for the years when the 787 was the only...

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by zeke
Mon Jan 24, 2022 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 17
Views: 4279

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2022

I have seen no scientific data to suggest it takes 16 days for covid to present. I would suggest a day 16 result is related to catching covid in quarantine

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by zeke
Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Airlines can repaint an aircraft to their whims, but what ever paint they use have to be covered by the certificate. And if it does not satisfy the reg, then it is nor acceptable. Let me be very clear here, paint comes under the maintenance certificate, and maintenance procedures. The only relation...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 12542

Re: Australian Open 2022

I’ve seen one piece (granted in The Epxress…) that the French rules permit deferring vaccine if soone has recovered from a COVID infection in the past six months. How accurate that report is obviously required considering the source. But…it could be an avenue. I think that changed with the vaccine ...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Pelly wrote:
In the EASA user guide for foreign approvals of composite workshops it quotes:


The surface layer is not structural

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Airbus recommended 900 patch repairs on one airframe? What the heck is going on? Is this not happening to other airline’s A350’s which operate in the desert? Did QR use a low quality paint shop or something? That I understand is for MSN36 which was flown from Ireland to TLS for assessment by Airbus...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Yes, but they would need an STC if they decide to fly the airplane without paint. No sir, like I said you will find lots of photos about of unpainted A350s flying. You may have also heard of a little airline in the USA called American Airlines, they essentially had their entire fleet with the polis...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

But QR didn't say the aircraft is unworthy. It's their regulator who grounded the aircraft. Now the court may not buy the cost incurred being asked by QR. But I doubt that the idea that the regulator and the airline being in bed with each other would have sway in the court. bt According to QRs cour...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Paint, and primer on a metal aircraft prevent corrosion which impact the structural integrity of the aircraft. Paint on a composite aircraft prevent degradation of the composite matrix which is a structural component of the aircraft. I would be surprised if all of that don't fall under Part 25. As ...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 304
Views: 12542

Re: Australian Open 2022

I watched the last hearing live. The whole damn thing. It's sad that one minister can make a decision with zero evidence ('none needed' per Mr. Lloyd), based on one BBC article from the spring of 2020 long before the vaccine candidates were even in pre-clinical trials, based on Novak's 'spoken and ...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Isn't the whole dispute based on QR claiming the damage on their aircraft is a flaw in the construction of the aircraft and QR wanting a permanent fix to be made available before they fix their damaged aircraft and take any new deliveries of 350s from Airbus ? I posted their claim summary on page 2...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Peeling paint on composite surfaces.
Replies: 3
Views: 807

Re: Peeling paint on composite surfaces.

The QR thing is not about paint peel it’s about other issues like paint missing from fastener heads, paint cracking where dark/light paint livery join. I think the reasons that vary however fall into four areas 1) surface preparation 2) paint system used 3) environmental conditions 4) dissimilar mat...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

I was using the Bloomberg article below with the 175k offer from Airbus, think that article was upthread or in the now closed thread. That is the AOG payment in the contract, there appears to nothing specifically agreed to for this. The $175k is closer to $200k in 2021 dollars, from the filing “The...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

bikerthai wrote:

If the paint was designed to take the suction cup but if it lifts up, then it is a design issue.


As far as I aware paint is not part of the type design, it comes under Part 43 which broadly is maintance.

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

In some of the early pictures yourself and other posters noted that there appear to have been some repairs being performed, is this where you are saying that QR did not follow proper procedures? Another question, since it took years before it became public knowledge that other A350 a/c were having ...

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by zeke
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

As some of us have noticed that the paint on the aft portion of the crown seemed perfectly fine. So the arguement of lack of maintenance does not jive. One plus one does not equal 3. That is like saying the paint lifting on 787 wings is a design issue when it was caused by maintenance attaching suc...

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

All of the speculation in this thread in how great this is for Airbus ignores the reality that no company would choose this path unless they were faced with some sort of existential threat by the situation. The personality and aggressiveness of the Qatar CEO is not an existential threat to Airbus. ...

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American sues "The Points Guy" web site
Replies: 22
Views: 4811

Re: American sues "The Points Guy" web site

It's going to their site because it's their site that's doing the access of the AA site. You give TPG your credentials that are sent to TPG's sever so it can log into the AA site to pull your points info. Nothing stopping your device connecting to the AA site and your device updating TPG. It does n...

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Orde

bikerthai wrote:
Section 44 crown shows lots of issue, but section 46 looks pristine. It begs a couple of questions.


No such section numbers on the A350

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American sues "The Points Guy" web site
Replies: 22
Views: 4811

Re: American sues "The Points Guy" web site

DUSdude wrote:
@zuckie13,

You mean "manner", not "manor". A manor is a large residential building like the one Bruce Wayne resides in. ;-)


Bruce moved into an aged care facility some time ago.

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American sues "The Points Guy" web site
Replies: 22
Views: 4811

Re: American sues "The Points Guy" web site

1) As a "tech guy" I do not like the fact that they are storing user's credentials for other sites in their system. In order for that to work, the passwords have to be stored in a manor where they necessarily can be decrypted so they can be used to log into the AA (and other airline's sit...

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10
Replies: 401
Views: 61496

Re: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10

Okay let’s see. At that 70-75% airlines might not mind the payload drop. Eva Air is replacing two 77W routes with 787-10 from October: TPE-YVR TPE-SEA And I’m sure Eva will you be very interested in this 787IGW We used to have seasonal changes from 744 to 343 on the HKG-YVR, the schedule change for...

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by zeke
Sat Jan 22, 2022 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 437
Views: 55754

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

"At least six other carriers have also complained of paint damage on A350s, including Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Etihad , Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, and Air France, reported Reuters." That was for paint peel, not something QR has complained about. Earlier in this thread I provided the refe...

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