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by kitplane01
Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus cuts A380 production for the 2nd time
Replies: 120
Views: 16521

Re: Airbus cuts A380 production for the 2nd time

Sorry - it's apples and oranges. Compare the two programs post-2000. The A380 has done pretty well vs the 747. Earlier versions of the queen were blessed with virtually zero competition in the long-haul marketplace, but once the 777/A340 came on the scene, the luster of the program was gone. Had th...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France loses money on 33% of longhaul flights
Replies: 97
Views: 18542

Re: Air France loses money on 33% of longhaul flights

A typically American reaction. If you were from anywhere in Europe you'd know that consolidation doesn't work in Europe, specially for flag carriers like Air France. People need to associate them with their countries. ... Let's imagine the USA and Canada would become one single market, allowing Can...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Advanced Jet Engine Materials
Replies: 17
Views: 2709

Re: Advanced Jet Engine Materials

There are new materials going through, but it takes decades. :( LIghtsaber I don't doubt anything you wrote. But my question is, how much do even higher temperature materials help? Can we make an engine with twice the SFC or is that not mathematically possible? What's the rule-of-thumb between maxi...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Advanced Jet Engine Materials
Replies: 17
Views: 2709

Advanced Jet Engine Materials

It seems that the melting temperature of the highest temperature material known to man has finally been measured. Tantalum carbide (TaC) and hafnium carbide (HfC) both melt at over 4,000K. This is more than 1000K above the current temperature of hot section components in modern jet engines. No one i...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cut jobs
Replies: 55
Views: 11361

Re: Etihad to cut jobs

Etihad Airways PJSC will eliminate jobs across several units, highlighting the pressure on carriers in the Persian Gulf to adapt to slowing growth after years of aggressive expansion. The layoffs started in the last few weeks and will range from about 1,000 to as many as 3,000 jobs, according to pe...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline gate assignment
Replies: 27
Views: 5645

Airline gate assignment

Suppose an airline wants a particular set of gates for it's operations. It wants to be near it's alliance partners, or close the the preferred runway/taxiway, or ... In America, one (for the most part) buys the gate from the airline that has it. In Europe, one requests from the airport operator the ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Freighter Airlines in South Asia
Replies: 13
Views: 1610

Re: Freighter Airlines in South Asia

Apart from it, cargo planes of intl companies like UPS, Emirates SkyCargo often do domestic routes in India. That's legal? If it were passengers, foreign airlines are almost always barred from flying domestic flights. Is this the international norm, that foreign airlines can fly domestic cargo flig...

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by kitplane01
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India to move to terminal 2 at LHR
Replies: 12
Views: 3335

Re: Air India to move to terminal 2 at LHR

Air India at London Heathrow Airport will be moving to Terminal-2, the Star Alliance Terminal from present Terminal-4 from 25th January 2017. Air India Check-in counters will be located in Zone-D. How does one do this? Did they have to buy gates from some other airline, and then sell their existing...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Any Airline Purchase the A380 and Would Have Been Better Served with the 748?
Replies: 79
Views: 12892

Re: Did Any Airline Purchase the A380 and Would Have Been Better Served with the 748?

No and Lufthansa would have been better of buying more A380's and no 748i's at all. Now they have almost half of the entire microscopic worldwide 747-8i fleet with little to no resale value at all so they are forced to fly those planes to the ground just like the A340-600's. I am not sure if you ca...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Any Airline Purchase the A380 and Would Have Been Better Served with the 748?
Replies: 79
Views: 12892

Re: Did Any Airline Purchase the A380 and Would Have Been Better Served with the 748?

Seriously, Boeing made a mistake when they decided to do the 747-8. But the 748 is part of a much bigger 747 family whereas Airbus made a mistake with the A380 which is essentially to this point in time, only one aircraft type. BIG DIFFERENCE. The appropriate metric is: would Boeing have more money...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 336642

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Why would this be? They are not like Southwest, they contract out the flying and the maintenance. It would seem that adding a new type would (for Amazon) just mean a new set of contracts, with who ever can economically fly the new type. Fuel economy is not the only reason FX is parking MD-10s and A...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 336642

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

How about some A310's or MD10's if they wanna be cheap? FedEx will gladly give them some for a great price. I think Amazon is following the WN policy of sticking to one plane type. No matter how cheap you get other metal the support adds a lot of cost. Why would this be? They are not like Southwest...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Any Airline Purchase the A380 and Would Have Been Better Served with the 748?
Replies: 79
Views: 12892

Re: Did Any Airline Purchase the A380 and Would Have Been Better Served with the 748?

Any airline that would have done better with a 747-8 than an A380 probably would have done better yet with a 777-300ER. Exactly. One can imagine a route that is right-sized by a 747-8 and not an A380. But a 777-300ER can fly just as far, and use less fuel per seat. Seriously, Boeing made a mistake ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lowcost Hub Europe - Asia, AMAZING opportunities
Replies: 30
Views: 6021

Re: Lowcost Hub Europe - Asia, AMAZING opportunities

Some of the longest ranges on this example map are TSE-SIN (3900NM) and MAD-TSE (3500NM) I recently saw this somewhere. Aviation Week? But 3,900nm and 3,500nm are an awkward range. Too far for an A320, and the A321LR is not going to be available in numbers to new customers for a while. What plane w...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Proposes allowing voice calls onboard
Replies: 37
Views: 3615

Re: DOT Proposes allowing voice calls onboard

Y'all arguing whether phone calls on an airline are missing the point. The point should be, is is the government's job to decide whether passengers want this, or is it the airline's job? Instead of the government making a one-size-fits-all rule, let the airlines experiment. 1) Delta says "no ca...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"
Replies: 144
Views: 11250

Re: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"

We can notice that no other president in the world flies in anything at even 1/4 the cost. Even if $4B was the number, and it's not. Let's not forget that is still less than the cost of 2 B2 bombers, of which the Air Force paid for 21. Their sole purpose is to deliver "freedom," to tiny m...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"
Replies: 144
Views: 11250

Re: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"

The other costs are all outfitting costs to meet the Air Forces' requirements many of which are top secret so no one can really comment on the excessiveness of their costs and necessity. We can notice that no other president in the world flies in anything at even 1/4 the cost. No other country is l...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"
Replies: 144
Views: 11250

Re: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"

Redsand187 wrote:
The other costs are all outfitting costs to meet the Air Forces' requirements many of which are top secret so no one can really comment on the excessiveness of their costs and necessity.


We can notice that no other president in the world flies in anything at even 1/4 the cost.

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"
Replies: 144
Views: 11250

Re: A Tweet from Trump about the new Air Force One: "Cancel order!"

You can get a fantastic presidential fleet for $500 million That's a fact - unwilling to debate it. ... No, I really don't think a stock 748 costs more than about $100m. New 748's cost MUCH more than $100 million. I understand you're unwilling to debate; I just didn't want anyone else to be confused.

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI down payments on 77W and A359
Replies: 14
Views: 4406

Re: CI down payments on 77W and A359

b. In December 2012, the Company entered into a contract to buy six 777-300ER planes from the Boeing Company, with the option to buy six more 777-300ER planes, at aggregate purchase prices of US$2,067,261 thousand and US$2,213,015 thousand, respectively. Are prices of airliners for future year deli...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

quite a lot more of the manufacturing has stayed put in Europe than in the USA. That's false. The US has $12,000 of industry per person. Europe has $9,900 per person. All on a purchasing power parity basis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_o ... ted_States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy...

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by kitplane01
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

Who cares! The USA has the worst labour conditions in the first world, why would anywhere want to emulate them. We are fighting multi national corporations and our own right wing pollies to stem the tide of US style labour conditions in Australia. Gemuser The unemployment rate in Spain declined to ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radome camera?
Replies: 16
Views: 4015

Re: Radome camera?

I believe that is a Forward Looking Radar that is used for a visually enhanced landing aid. Pretty common of late model Gulfstreams, Globals, and the Falcon7X, 8X. Don't know if the Fed Ex installation is a Honeywell product but you can Goolge it and learn more. This is not a Boeing installation, b...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

Is there any evidence that Airbus shift employment to places with more favorable to it labor laws? For example, in the US both Boeing and Airbus for their new factories chose a state that has rather anti-union laws (and people speculate without being sure that's why it was chosen). Does that sort of...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

Germany has more or less the same rules here as France. "Social selection" is very important. People get ranked by social status. Every child which isn't earning its own money (under 21 I think) gains you social points, same for a partner who isn't working and relying on you. You can get ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

mjoelnir wrote:
The usual European company looks at its work force also as an asset, costly to train and not easily replaced, when fired at the downturn, at the next upswing cycle.


Would it not be more correct to say that the usual European company has no legal choice in the matter? I'm willing to be educated.

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

quite a lot more of the manufacturing has stayed put in Europe than in the USA. That's false. The US has $12,000 of industry per person. Europe has $9,900 per person. All on a purchasing power parity basis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_o ... ted_States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy...

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by kitplane01
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would AS benefit from something larger than the 739
Replies: 35
Views: 4011

Re: Would AS benefit from something larger than the 739

Wouldn't SEA-ANC be a candidate for something larger? They're running 14 flights with 737s (various models) on that route every day. That's something like 2,300 seats. Seems like there might be a way to get the per seat cost down with something bigger on this key trunk route. I understand that for ...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

In 2006 Airbus Commercial delivered 434 aircraft with 56,966, employees which is 131 employees per delivery. In 2006 Boeing Commercial delivered 398 aircraft with 56,310 employees, which is 141 employees per delivery. In 2015 Airbus Commercial delivered 635 aircraft with 72,816 employees, which is ...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

Speaking for France ... There maybe requirements the employer must conduct a social selection among comparable employees, which is based on age, years of service, marital status, number of dependent children ... Being unmarried and/or having fewer children makes one more likely to be laid off? From...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

Re: European Labor Laws and Airbus

Speaking for France, in general there are protections against dismissal for employees and in case of a dismissal for companies operational reasons it must be based on compelling operational reasons. ... The threshold for the effectiveness of a termination is quite high. The burden of proof is on th...

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Labor Laws and Airbus
Replies: 35
Views: 2294

European Labor Laws and Airbus

Suppose Airbus wanted to reduce production. Under existing labor laws and real world practices, would Airbus be allowed to lay off redundant European employees? I understand that it's harder to do so in Europe, but in the end is it possible?

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by kitplane01
Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia
Replies: 517
Views: 132783

Re: LAMIA RJ85 crashes in Colombia

Mounting evidence suggests this was a classic human factors accident with similarities from recent crashes here in the United States. The female first officer was a newly minted pilot for the company and low-time, similar to the Colgan flight 3407 crash in Buffalo, New York. The Captain was an owne...

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by kitplane01
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1995
Views: 336642

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

ABX and ATI are two independent airlines owned by the same holding company, ATSG. The two airlines share a few office personnel but are otherwise independent of one another. I know of no ATI pilots who wanted ABX to strike in an effort to shut ABX down. On the contrary, many ATI pilots were/are sup...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021
Replies: 79
Views: 17305

Re: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021

as mentioned earlier, AB has an accumulated debt of 1066 Million €, going up every week. The equity is negative in that Region. I do not have figures on AZ but they are bleeding money as well. You cannot integrate such money losers into one Company or combine them under a Holding similiar to IAG. B...

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why more wide body than narrow body types?
Replies: 8
Views: 2940

Why more wide body than narrow body types?

By my count there are three narrow body aircraft made by a western manufacturer: The A320, B737 and the Cseries. These exist in a narrow range of sizes and range ability. The smallest is 110 seats, and the largest is about 200. They range about 3,100nm to 3,700nm. But there are seven wide body aircr...

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by kitplane01
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

Re: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

Now, let's consider what the market is already explaining to us; Of the A320NEO Program; 58 - A319NEOs on Order. (140-160 seats) 3,385 - A320NEOs on Order. (165-195 seats) 1,375 - A321NEOs on Order. (206-240 seats). So, if you're looking at the EADS market - you see that the majority of the orders ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

Re: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

1500nm is regional jet range. An aircraft is usually peak efficient at about 75% of its range for a payload. That's kind of my point. NYC ->Chicago, London->Frankfurt, and Shanghai->Beijing are well less than 1500nm, but need more size than a regional jet can provide. These very common routes have ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

Re: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

The problem is that no OEM would have sufficient grounds to build that plane. Why? Well acquisition/ownership cost is up around one-third of DOC with $2 gas, still one-quarter at $3 gas. A plane optimized for 1500nm range would have to be clean sheet, requiring an OEM investment of ~$15bn. In order...

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

Re: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

But I thought 3% was rather huge in this world. It's about the size of an airline profit margin. It's about the size of the difference in operating cost between the A321neo and the 737-9MAX (give or take on both). Maybe Southwest would not give up their one-type model for 3%, but I bet it would inf...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

Re: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

It would require a lower maximum possible gross weight, and therefore a lighter structure and smaller wings. It would be more efficient at these shorter flights (and almost all flights are shorter flights). How much more efficiency might a "right sized" plane have over these planes with t...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

Re: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

If you save ~5% of fuel on that mission, and we assume fuel is ~30% of DOC, that's -1.5% trip cost delta. By the time you aggregate engine mx, acquisition cost, and fees, maybe you get another -1.5% trip cost delta. So let's call it -3% total DOC delta for the short-range 737ish plane. I would not ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL S17 International Widebody Utilization
Replies: 57
Views: 12513

Re: DL S17 International Widebody Utilization

[quote][/quote][quote="FSDan"]Hi all, I'm not generally one to post about schedules for an operating period that is still half a year away, but I have been watching Delta's summer international schedule take shape over the last few weeks, ... [\quote] Love this post. Thanks for all the dat...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 3
Replies: 392
Views: 30153

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 3

There is a cargo flight every day from Marquette to Lancing. Can anyone tell me about this? And Lancing? How did they get to receive cargo? It must be forwarding from there???

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo/737MAX have too much range?
Replies: 51
Views: 9371

A320neo/737MAX have too much range?

The 737-100 had a range of 1500NM, and the new MAX can go past 3,500 NM. This is because the engines have much more thrust (from 15,000 lbs to 27,000 lbs so it can carry more fuel, and the engines are much more fuel efficient. The A320 history is similar. For most flights, these planes have an exces...

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by kitplane01
Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next aircraft program at Bombardier
Replies: 156
Views: 26368

Re: Next aircraft program at Bombardier

The -72 has a maximum range of around 800nm. What would the max range be for a 90-100 seat ATR with the same mtow? The ATR 72-500 has an maximum endurance of 8.5-9 hours at MTOW, and with a cruise speed of 250 knots that translates into at least 2000 nm / 3700 km. Granted, you have to trade some pa...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next aircraft program at Bombardier
Replies: 156
Views: 26368

Re: Next aircraft program at Bombardier

For a short and simple stretch? No. The gross weight increase is just paperwork, no need to strengthen anything other than obviously fitting a new, longer landing gear. How do you know the wing, tail, and landing gear can take more load? I've not seen this in the news. I'm willing to be educated. D...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021
Replies: 79
Views: 17305

Re: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021

as mentioned earlier, AB has an accumulated debt of 1066 Million €, going up every week. The equity is negative in that Region. I do not have figures on AZ but they are bleeding money as well. You cannot integrate such money losers into one Company or combine them under a Holding similiar to IAG. B...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next aircraft program at Bombardier
Replies: 156
Views: 26368

Re: Next aircraft program at Bombardier

The ATR-72 would need a longer fuselage, and maybe longer landing gear. It *would* need a gross weight increase, which means stronger wing, landing gear, brakes, etc. It would need a more powerful engine, since the plane will have both more drag from the longer fuselage and more weight to lift. For...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021
Replies: 79
Views: 17305

Re: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021

I can see how, logically - two European carriers, could merge together. Any law against such, would run counter to the EU's mission/ethos. So, yes, technically AZ and AB could enter merger discussions if they so wished. Ultimately, though, the final approval of that merger would depend upon two gro...

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