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2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:09 pm

Looking back to what I consider to be one of the best years for Civil Aviation I decided to contribute a little in recognizing all the great achievements that both Boeing and Airbus have accomplished.


B777-200LR Maiden flight
B777-200LR World breaking record.
B777-200F Launch
B787 Extrodinary sales progress
B787 Fastest selling wide-body
B787 First Composite section completed
B747-8/8F The Launch
B737-900ER The Launch
A380-800 Maiden Flight
A380-800 Record for MTOW
A380-800F First metal cut
A318Elite Launch
A318 PW certification
A350 Launch + sales progress
A340-600HGW Maiden Flight

+ breaking order records for both Airbus and Boeing.

What a wonderful year. Lets just hope that 2006 keeps up with this trend.

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Wings
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Sat Dec 31, 2005 11:16 pm

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
What a wonderful year. Lets just hope that 2006 keeps up with this trend.

We all hope like that. Best wishes from New Zealand
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Sat Dec 31, 2005 11:40 pm

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
B777-200LR Maiden flight
B777-200LR World breaking record.
B777-200F Launch
B787 Extrodinary sales progress
B787 Fastest selling wide-body
B787 First Composite section completed
B747-8/8F The Launch
B737-900ER The Launch
A380-800 Maiden Flight
A380-800 Record for MTOW
A380-800F First metal cut
A318Elite Launch
A318 PW certification
A350 Launch + sales progress
A340-600HGW Maiden Flight

When it is in a list like that, you can really see what this year has produced from both Airbus and Boeing.
I hope next year is just as good. Big grin
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:17 am

I don't know... That IS an awful lot of things for one year. I dont know if 2006 can handle half of that. Maybe '06 is the year things finally calm down.
 duck 

OKOKOK I'm just kidding. I just hope this bubble of progress doesn't burst like the .Com businesses.

Don't get me wrong, I love aviation and hope for the best. I'm just a little more cautious than most.

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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:47 pm

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
When it is in a list like that, you can really see what this year has produced from both Airbus and Boeing.

The thing is that am sure, we can also add some more accomplishments to that list.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
I hope next year is just as good.

One can only hope so.

Quoting BigJimFX (Reply 3):
I don't know... That IS an awful lot of things for one year. I dont know if 2006 can handle half of that. Maybe '06 is the year things finally calm down.

I have to agree with BigJimFX, I too predict that 2006 will be slower in both sales and accomplishments. The major events that comes to my mind are the following.

A380 Entry into commercial service
A340HGW Entry into commercial service
B777LR Entry into commercial service

What else can we expect from 2006?

Regards,
Wings
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:30 pm

Not to be gloomy, but 2005 also had its share of frustrating aviation occurences
- The most deadly crashes since 2001. RIP those involved with the Helios 737, the two Nigerian aircraft, the Chalk's Mallard, the Colombian MD-80, the Mandala 737 and the other aircraft
- The final delivery of a 757
- The announcement the 717 will cease production
- The bankruptcy of Transmeridian, EUJet, VASP, Jetsgo, Exel Holland etc.
- The failure of Rekkof to restart F-70/100 production
- The final ever flight of a Caravelle (Waltair, Congo)
- Seeing the A-380, A-340 and CRJ 100/200s not selling well
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:19 pm

I don't think the A380 will sell much in 2006. I think airlines will wait and see what other airlines say about it's performance once it's in service. After that I think a few more airlines will order the A380.
I would like to see more A350 orders and I think we can expect them. The 787 will get more orders but not as many as 2005 and some 747-8 progress.
I can't wait for what this year is going to give us.
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:47 pm

Hi everybody,
Happy new year to all! This being my first post for this year 2006, I will start with the year 2005 by reviewing the major events of last year in civil aviation. Enjoy!

-Southwest and America West retire last B737-200.
-Continental retires last MD-80.
-Czech Airlines introduces the A320.
-Airbus A380 maiden flight.
-US Airways and America West announce merger.
-Delta swaps equipment from B737 to MD-80 on Shuttle routes.
-Jetblue introduces the E-Jet.
-Air Europa orders A350's as launch customer.
-Finnair introduces the E-Jet and orders A350's.
-Boeing 757 aircraft out of production.
-Air France and KLM create Flying Blue, a common FF program.
-Boeing receives additional orders for the B787 from the following airlines: Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian, LOT, Aeroflot and Qantas which orders the aircraft in large number.
-Malev announces plans to join One World alliance.
-Delta and Northwest file Chapter 11.
-Qatar orders A350's in large number.
-Boeing launches 747ADV with initial orders coming from Cargolux.
-Aer Lingus retires last B737.
-Russian Aviation Authority grounds IL-96 aircraft for braking malfunction.
-Austrian introduces the B777.
-Egyptair orders B737-800's.
-KLM and Northwest introduce the A330.
-Cubana introduces the IL-96.
-Ryannair expands by adding five new European destinations.
-American introduces the B737 and B757 with winglets.
-Continental introduces the B757 with winglets.
-Airbus plans to settle a plant in China because of a massive order for A320's coming from Chinese airlines.
-Southwest B737 overruns runway in MDW.
-American retires non-ER B767.
-Lufthansa celebrates 50 years of operation.

This is my forecast for 2006:
-Malev joins One World.
-Aeroflot and Tarom join Sky Team.
-First A380 delivered to Emirates.
-American retires last ex-TWA PW powered B757.
-Air France retires last B737 (if not this year early next year at the latest) and last Classic B747.
-New terminal opens at JFK.
-Ryannair retires last B737-200.
-Lufthansa is first airline to order the 747-8 in passenger version.
-Aer Lingus celebrates 70th anniversary.
-United celebrates 75th anniversary and exits Chapter 11.
-America West is officially taken over by US Airways.
-Boeing 737 order number goes over 6000.


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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:21 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
-Boeing receives additional orders for the B787 from the following airlines: Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian, LOT, Aeroflot

Aeroflot? Have I missed something?

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
-First A380 delivered to Emirates.

Dont you mean Singapore Airlines? Emirates will only be receiving their first A380 in mid 2007.

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
-Boeing 737 order number goes over 6000.

I believe that Boeing was able to surpass this figure in 2005

Regards,
Wings
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:25 am

Quoting WINGS (Reply 8):
Aeroflot? Have I missed something?

He actually meant Air Canada  sarcastic 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:50 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
-Aer Lingus celebrates 70th anniversary.

I forgot all about that! It's in May. Big grin

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
-Ryannair retires last B737-200

I thought they had all gone. Are there some remaining?
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:58 am

It was a good year for airplanes and airplane builders and a bad year for most airlines and airline companies.
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
I will start with the year 2005 by reviewing the major events of last year in civil aviation. Enjoy!

Let me add the following:

-TAP celebrated 60 years, changed its livery, joined StarAlliance and placed an order for A350's  Big grin
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:20 am

You all forgot one great event in 2005. The first non stop round the world flight for a jet in that scaled composites airplane.

[Edited 2006-01-03 20:21:24]
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:22 am

Quoting BigJimFX (Reply 3):
dont know if 2006 can handle half of that. Maybe '06 is the year things finally calm down.

thats what i was thinking this year will hopefully be a good year for aviation but not as good as last year ie. theres not going to be any record breakers etc (source... you guys)

but come on 2006 give us a better year for safety
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:32 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
America West is officially taken over by US Airways.

Uhh do you mean America West and US Airways fully interrogate the two airlines to one brand under US Airways? Because US Airways was taken over by America West...

Domestically 2005 was the worst year by far financially for the U.S airlines and one I'm sure they wish to put behind them.

-Delta in Chap 11
-Northwest in Chap 11
-United in Chap 11
-US in Chap 11
-ATA in Chap 11
-Indy in Chap 11
-American to post a full year loss
-Record high fuel prices

While the year was great for the aircraft makers the U.S carriers probably were thrilled to make it to 2006.
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:56 pm

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 9):

No I meant Aeroflot, they did order the 787. But yes you're right, I forgot to mention Air Canada.

Quoting TAP1972 (Reply 12):

Yes you're right. I should have talked about TAP. I knew they had changed their livery, joined Star and ordered A350's. It just wasn't on the top of my head when I made this post, I had to go when I posted. However I didn't know that airline was now 60 years old. Thanks for telling me.

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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:01 pm

Quoting Tbird (Reply 15):
Domestically 2005 was the worst year by far financially for the U.S airlines and one I'm sure they wish to put behind them.

-Delta in Chap 11
-Northwest in Chap 11
-United in Chap 11
-US in Chap 11
-ATA in Chap 11
-Indy in Chap 11
-American to post a full year loss
-Record high fuel prices

Yes, this is quite bad. Although the original topic starter had lots of positive events, almost none of those involved US airlines. The airline industry in the United states is currently falling apart... and its going to get a lot worse before it gets better. For airline workers and their families, investors, etc in the United States, 2005 was a horrible year.
 
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:28 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 16):
No I meant Aeroflot, they did order the 787. But yes you're right, I forgot to mention Air Canada.

No they have not. The A350 vs B787 is still open at Aeroflot. The only thing that we know is that they are leaning towards the B787, but no final decision has been made yet.

Regards,
Wings
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RE: 2005 A Great Year For Aviation

Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:23 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 7):
This is my forecast for 2006:
-Malev joins One World.

I would say 2007, as they said that the joining procedures will take 16-18 months. They said it around October 2005.
By the way, it was a really good list!

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