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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 28392

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

Not disputing your numbers but it begs an obvious question. The 777 killed the A340 in sales and the 346 never gained any traction versus the 77W. The A346 sold a total of 97 frames and the entire A340 family sold 375. And yet the operator based out of JNB almost exclusively flew quads long haul, i...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 28392

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

Last time I flew out of JNB our RTOW was at the MTOW. 77W MTOW is around 350 tonnes, trip fuel JNB-LHR is around 90 tonnes, 10:30 flight time, that makes a landing weight around 260 tonnes. MLW of the 77W is around 250 tonnes. BA does not plan on landing their aircraft 10 tonnes above MLW. When I d...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 28392

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

What are the numbers? I understand the 77W faces some heavy restrictions due to it being twin engined and it’s tire speed limits, but I find it hard to be believe that it is so restricted that a ~75t lower MTOW A343 can lift more payload when you have (had) airlines using the 77W on routes like JNB...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow criticises Border Force for 'unacceptable' queues
Replies: 10
Views: 1665

Re: Heathrow criticises Border Force for 'unacceptable' queues

When I flew into LHR a few weeks ago there was no line to use the e-gates and nobody checked any of my COVID documents. I was through immigration in about 5 minutes. Are they just selectively checking documents? I don't understand how there could be these huge queues based on my experience. I don’t...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 28392

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

BA777FO wrote:
The 77W also has just about the best performance to payload ratio out of the hot and high destinations like JNB and GRU back to London.


No way, its not great out of JNB at all. The 340-300 could lift more payload than it could, and the 744 even more so.

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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing
Replies: 32
Views: 3825

Re: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing

Average speed around 100kts. Indicated airspeed was 110, 120, however, something that surprised me is that my airspeed was very low at altitude (12,000feet), like maybe 95 or 90. Sounds like you were around 65% power Working the flight backwards (253 minutes total) Circuit time - 5 minutes 1 gallon...

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by zeke
Sat Sep 04, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing
Replies: 32
Views: 3825

Re: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing

I had a long flight flying in a PA28, 1976 Piper Archer II 180PS. The flight included a 23minute climb from 6,000ft to 12,000ft, and staying at 12,000ft for 50 minutes. Total flight time was 4h13 minutes because of a detour and having to avoid a lot of clouds. At 12,000ft, I leaned the mixture. I w...

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by zeke
Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-300ER Relevance
Replies: 95
Views: 28392

Re: 777-300ER Relevance

I had a quick question on the 300ER. We hear constantly about the reliability of the 300ER and how such a great aircraft it is etc. It’s not the most efficient out there anymore but airlines still love it. What makes the 300ER so good besides the efficiency. People say it’s reliable but aren’t most...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

While underlining above, you forgot the "NOTE" that says locations may vary. They wrote that specifically to address that it MIGHT not be next to you like they want as well as you may not be able to sit in the cabin you want. The note is to cover configuration differences between types, a...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citation 560X Crash In Connecticut
Replies: 37
Views: 12263

Re: Citation 560X Crash In Connecticut

That airport has a really short runway (less than 3700 feet) and Trumpf is right off the end of the runway... Never flown a Citation, but that's gotta be pushing its performance limit. Whatever happened must have happened fast. Wonder what the weather and load were like. 3560 ft at MTOW https://ces...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

Lets boil this down. Is there or is there not any suitable place to carry one violin on this aircraft type when it is being flown half-empty. No, the instrument cannot be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat in accordance with 14 CFR § 251....

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

This is incorrect (at least it's not universal). Cabin baggage: a) preferably should be placed next to the passenger but isn't required. Usually just required to be in the same cabin. This is especially true for the 145 where it can be placed in an aisle seat on the 1-seat side. A restriction like ...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

Neither "personal item" nor "under the seat" is relevant to the actual issue. The only thing that is relevant is the text of the FAR paragraph and words used in there and neither "personal item" not "under the seat" appear there. The only other relevant issue...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

On balance, it seems maybe the FA could have gone to an extraordinary length and put the violin in a seat, just to be nice, if the seat was available. But as it does not fit under a seat, it is not a personal item by the normal definition AFAIK. But what musical instrument is? A flute or piccolo? W...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

On the same united policy page it states that musical instruments can be personal items: You can carry a violin, guitar or other small musical instrument on board if it's in a hard case. These instruments will count as a carry-on bag if placed in the overhead bin. If placed in the seat in front of ...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

I think a lot of the problem here is that words matter, and both this statement and the f/a's statement are not correct. The regulation does apply, but it specifically carves situations where the instrument cannot be transported safely in a designated place for carryons or personal items. Purely a ...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant
Replies: 136
Views: 18730

Re: "We Don't Go With Federal Law" Says Flight Attendant

I know I might get flamed for this one; however, I am only reporting this, because I haven't seen any posting on this. From my FlightAware newsletter comes this gem: https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/violin/flight-attendant-denies-federal-instrument-regulations/ I'm not taking si...

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by zeke
Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

If you're interested in comparing aircraft size, look for the length of the cabin between door 1 and door 4 (that’s where seats can be placed). Then multiple with cabin width. For example, the A330-900 is about 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) longer than the 787-9, but also consider that the A330-900 tapers ...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

You are proving my point however, that most countries have small tanker fleets which makes investing in a Neo MRTT questionable over just sticking with and continuing the A330ceo based MRTT. Especially since used passenger planes can and have been converted to MRTTs. A Neo MRTT really only makes se...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Not sure why you are taking about orders Because this is a thread about the A330neo developments, the widespread acceptance by so many nations now of the A330 airframe in every competition. It is winning on its merits and proven capability, not due to politics. It is only natural in y view that the...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Stretching the A330 would not bring any benefit unless airbus puts in more exist doors. There were some discussions previously with US package carriers for a stretched A330. The KC-46 is cleared for limited operations. It can refuel certain US aircraft in operational missions. The USAF just doesn’t...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama

I managed to find an IATA doc https://www.iata.org/contentassets/c0f61fc821dc4f62bb6441d7abedb076/iata-guidance-for-managing-pilot-training-licensing-during-covid19.pdf There is another one that is aimed more at ground school that is more aimed at the mental health side of things. https://www.icao....

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

I never said the wake turbulence is an obstacle that makes it impossible. But it still needs to be tested and certified which costs money, because as I said they are different. No government is going to order 1 or 2 MRTT neos when they have a large new fleet of MRTT ceos, and most nations are not o...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Currency and recency for Part 121 pilots during Covid drama

Many of us that operated under Part 121 rules pre Covid never had to worry about currency. Our respective companies trained us and regular flying kept us in check. We now however face a different challenge. I for example have over 9000 hrs on A330/340/350 (we flew multi fleet) types, but I have not...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

I'm no aerodynamacist, but won't the larger size of the Neo engines have a more significant effect on the wake turbulance than their thrust which, as you say, is about the same for all types? Should be less, effectively same thrust is spread over a larger area. The velocity of the exhaust compared ...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Other issue is a lot of certification tests for a MRTT would have to be repeated, since the wake properties for the Neo are different than the CEO due to the different engines and wingtips. Wake of course is very important when you have other aircraft flying in close proximity for refueling. MRTTs ...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Florida Man Screams N-word and Hurls Metal Pole at MIA
Replies: 29
Views: 7049

Re: Florida Man Screams N-word and Hurls Metal Pole at MIA

Just a reminder to users: advocating for the use or acceptance of racial slurs is never — and will never be — permitted on these forums. There are other websites for that kind of ugly language, but we won't have it here. Furthermore, political language is limited to the Non Aviation Forum, so pleas...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

But, might slot limitations and environmental considerations play a part too? I think population density, geography, and intermodal transport plays a bigger part. You can drive freight from NYC to SFO or put it on a train, and have established logistics networks of FedEx, and UPS. Over the same sor...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

The 787 is lighter, more efficient, lower maintenance, and longer range than the A330NEO (although not by large margins). It is also about the same price, I understand. And while I expect an A330NEO can be had quicker at this point than a 787, the 787 line is no longer booked for years out, and if ...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 306908

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Not sure if you're trying to be funny, but considering it took Airbus only 8 years to from announcing the A350 as a clean sheet design to it being certified. I'd say 4 years to introduce a pre-planned variant is being more than generous. I also think the timeframe is achievable, looking at the A330...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 306908

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

777s and 747s use powered cargo loading systems on the main deck. I don’t believe Airbus has ever put a powered main deck cargo loading system on their commercial freighters. A321s, A330s and A300s require people to physically push the pallets into their positions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

2028? Surely an A330NEO F is long hanging fruit and relatively easy to do? Fuselage is the same as the CEO and therefore all the freighter changes are already developed. What am I missing? 2028 is when the new emission standards come in. The freighter STC can be applied to any A330, they just need ...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Yes, but I read that the original A330F had poor payload range for its size.. Barely transatlantic from MEM or SDF. With the higher MTOW and more efficient engines, I would think the NEO version would greatly increase its flexibility.. I'm sure Airbus wouldn't launch it without firm commitments but...

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by zeke
Mon Aug 30, 2021 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

I still think the A338F could be very successful.. The first A330F flopped because the weights were too low.. An A338F at 251T would be an outstanding midsized freighter. The ship has probably sailed on Fed Ex but UPS has a bunch of older A300s and 767s that could be ripe for replacement later in t...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23768

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Id suggest nada, zilch, zero. The A330 is in the ‘old news’ category going forward. Anything even around freighters, will be about A350 That is not the way Airbus works, they do constant R&D, they have a team looking at the A350 now, tye just finished the A321F, they will be back looking at the...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 29, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Unless they are confusingly mixing calendar and fiscal year in the same discussion (why?) my point still stands. There is a year gap between when they discussed fleet in 2027 versus beyond 2028- that gap being FY2028. It doesn’t matter if those don’t align with the calendar year. I interpret beyond...

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by zeke
Sun Aug 29, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

According to their website https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/investor-centre their FY 2021 was 1 July 2020 - 30June 2021. On that basis, their FY 27 would be 01/07/26 to 30/06/27 so you're about 9 months out. Fair enough my end date was wrong, looked at the 2021 results it’s the 12 months to 30 June ...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

They 20 787 figure is for 2027 (presumably year end), but they state no CAPEX beyond 2028, which can easily mean the missing 2 787s are being delivered in 2028. The years being mentioned in the annual results are financial years, not calendar years. For NZ that would be 1 April to 31 March. The 20 ...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Re the A350-100 or 77X, the chances of either happening wasn't that great imo, it was interesting that they had 12 787 options beyond the 8 ordered giving a potential 34 787s eventually. Of course there was no plan to shrink the airline. NZ have like many airlines for years been heading towards a s...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

So only 6 more 787s to come not 8 as originally planned this will save a lot of capex. The graph used goes to 2027, I’m sure I read somewhere the last 2 had been deferred to 2028? This graph goes out to when the 77Ws planned .are retired, while on the 77W I wonder what the original planned retireme...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Good to see the 787-10 is officially replacing the 777-300ER. It was always the plan. I said it was the plan 2 years ago. History will record the reason for the initial retirement and shrinkage of the 777 fleet from NZ was COVID, and there is no evidence that they will be getting any 787-10s at thi...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

What makes it highly unlikely is their financial position today, and forward looking projections for when the -10 EIS was originally planned is very weak. NZ as a country has isolated itself from the world, and recently totally shutdown just for a few covid cases. What makes it highly unlikely is t...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: original wing(span) of the 787-9
Replies: 9
Views: 2518

Re: original wing(span) of the 787-9

Does anybody know the specs of the original wing Boeing intended for the 787-9? 7E7 Facts and Figures Here are the projected ranges, passenger capacities and wingspans of the three proposed 7E7 models being offered by Commercial Airplanes. 7E7 Range: 7,500 nautical miles Capacity: 200 passengers in...

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by zeke
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

They've got seven 77Ws (per planespotters). NZ would be crazy - just crazy - to introduce a new widebody type in such a low quantity. Use more 787-10s where they have the passenger count; more 787-9s where they need range. Contracted Boeing 787 order initially intended to replace the Boeing 777-200...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Opus99’s “initial suggestion” is referring to his thread starting post made 7 months ago, not at time of order. You seem to be suggesting that NZ will never at any point in the future take up 787-10s which I, like Opus99, find unlikely. No his suggestion is that the 787-10 will be a 77W, that has n...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kam Air A340s
Replies: 20
Views: 8635

Re: Kam Air A340s

I have noticed that the A340s belonging to Kam Air have their doors and emergency exit doors left open. Is it safe to assume they are W/O? Seen that done in hot climates where there is no ground air available when people are working inside. Apart from starting the APU the ventilation options are li...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

When the -10 EIS was originally planned doesn’t matter anymore. NZ is not getting any more 787s until 2024 (when it is getting two) now instead of the originally planned 2022. Your statement applies to a lot of airlines in the region that are still taking or planning on taking aircraft. I agree tot...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

Also what makes it highly unlikely? will they close it forever? even if they don't. it remains the -10 will play a major role in replacing the 77W at Air NZ. if you dont like it you can contact them What makes it highly unlikely is their financial position today, and forward looking projections for...

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by zeke
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement
Replies: 122
Views: 26492

Re: Air New Zealand Considering Recent 787 Order to be used for 77W Replacement

The 787 order contracted in May 2018 was originally intended to be a replacement fleet for the 777-200,” says chief financial officer Richard Thomson. “With that fleet permanently grounded and impaired in 2020, the wide body fleet has reduced from 29 to 21 aircraft. The 787s that will enter the fle...

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by zeke
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter
Replies: 1826
Views: 306908

Re: Updated: Reuters: Airbus launches A350 freighter

Well I apologize, I was not aware that cargo loading systems including powered versions are customer options. Think of the loading system like the passenger configuration, it’s entirely up to the airline how they want to configure it. On the A320P2F for example there is no cargo loading system as p...

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