IAG has a fleet growth plan for LEVEL in terms of numbers but coy about type. Clearly a Norwegian acquisition would affect that. In terms both of whether LEVEL would be folded into Norwegian long haul, or simply provide access to 787s. Airbus is keen to sell A338s in high density to a LCC to demonst...Jump to post
Sri Lamkan for 4 by conversion of A350 orders?
Unless they take end-of-line ceos.
http://aviationweek.com/awincommercial/ ... 350-orders
It’s not clear to me why that would be better than just doing a “regional” A350-1000 (-1000 fuselage with A359 underpinnings and engines). Your proposal may be a single investment in terms on fuselage length but a A350-950ULR based on the -1000 and a -950 based on -900 are still two separate invest...Jump to post
With each iteration of this "upgrade" to the A321LR, Airbus seems to go for a simpler and simpler modification. I suspect that this XLR will have three notable modifications: 1) An updated wingtip sharklet that uses new developments in aerodynamic research to decrease cruise phase drag. 2...Jump to post
This identifies the improvements for IB's A350. Confirms CF door surrounds ported back from the -1000. Also that the changed wing twist is already incorporated into the -1000, but apparently not the revised larger winglets. Maybe they will arrive on later -1000s, or they do not yield the same advant...Jump to post
This confirms Airbus will compete for the Qantas order. But with what? Neither a derivative of the 350-900 or -1000 is confirmed in the FG piece. Maybe they will do something in between, as I speculated in post # 72 above? https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-prepares-to-take-on-qantas-...Jump to post
Laser welding seems to be passé. There are still concepts using friction-stir welding to create very large, very thin metal sheets to increase panel size. A318 laser welding was mostly used for attaching stringers to skin, wasn't it? ( not making seamless larger panels ) I expected that if successf...Jump to post
FAL4 in Hamburg is very interesting in many aspects. Renate and Luise are only small part of it. But it is the first fully 3D production line at Airbus and while it looks completely normal, it is not. It starts with the space that is required and ends with a much more ergonomic work space. But thos...Jump to post
I find the comment about the priority being to ramp up sounding consistent with the message on why the A320plus was shelved. There must be a lot going on behind the scenes to work on production rate This new production approach may open up opportunities for design that were not available before. &q...Jump to post
Meanwhile, https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a350-1000-gains-performance-boost-from-higher-take-449476/ says: The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97-powered A350-1000 was initially approved with an MTOW of 308t. This was subsequently raised to 311t as an option. " The 316t option is available r...Jump to post
In the medium term I would expect DL to order more A330NEOs. The planes subject matter of the order placed so far will be used mostly in TATL flights according to DL. The number of 77Es, A332s, A333s, 763ERs and 764ERs in DL's fleet is to me an indication that, when the time comes, DL will need a f...Jump to post
The forward cargo hold on the ulr will not be active. I think this is what the SQ CEO meant by cargo restrictions which the media might have misunderstood as payload restrictions. It is basically the same thing. If you can’t use the forward cargo hold you are therefore restricting possible payload ...Jump to post
The big potential order for Airbus is Indigo for A339s, which would go a long way to securing the future of the programme.
I think we may see a Phillipines option conversion for say 6 A3510s as well.
The recent discussion about a possible "A350-1000 ULR" has prompted me to consider how Airbus might do it. A shorter fuselage would obviously save weight and increase range, the traditional "shrink" purpose. Assume a fuselage length midway between the A359 and A3510. Plus full us...Jump to post
I guess its all about the money.
The investors appear to have made an acceptable to good return.
As airiner design takes greater account of end of life recycling, and facilitates it, we are likely to see more "young" frames scrapped.
We will know within 12 months whether the A330neo has a short or medium term future. It is not going to be around long term, so in strategic terms Airbus will be already running options on replacement after say 2033, 15 years from EIS. Three things have to happen in the next 12 months to secure its ...Jump to post
aemoreira1981 wrote:United has shown that a standard Dreamliner can make it to Singapore both from LAX and SFO nonstop. One likely needs four A359ULRs to cover the service to Newark (3 in the air and 1 standby). I suspect that LAX will be the other destination. Peak usage would be 5 planes.
Is this a routine maintenance requirement?
And given that the first frame re-fitted is 12 year old MSN007, does that indicate its long term retention by EK, or is it an end of lease obligation?
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ar-448988/
The linked article reads as if MAXs are already delivered Strange.Jump to post
I have received compo twice fom BA. One was a 24 hour delay due to a broken 767 altimeter in Cyprus, they provided hotel and food in addtion. The other was Verona to LGW, return 320 late incoming to Verona, had returned to gate at LGW due to a tech issue. In both cases the compo paid a large proport...Jump to post
juliuswong wrote:Looks like A330-800 has her first customer.
Uganda Airlines is negotiating with financial institution for financing purchase of two A330-800.
Trump's decision has been flagged up for a while.
It would surprise me if there were no contingency plans between Airbus and Iran to ship used A340s quickly if that is possible. Indeed, it could be argued that the absence of such a contingency plan is commercially negligent.
This from an Indian source suggests there is a short window of opportunity for some immediate sales. Clearly not frames in production, but maybe some of the stored A343 / 346s? http://indianexpress.com/article/world/iran-aims-to-buy-airbus-jets-before-sanctions-window-closes-official/ And this indi...Jump to post
This from an Indian source suggests there is a short window of opportunity for some immediate sales. Clearly not frames in production, but maybe some of the stored A343 / 346s?
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... -official/
keesje wrote:Maybe they can attractively lease 6-8 A340-600's for the next 5-8 years and see after that what's available. I love the space, quietness and 4 engines above lonely Oceans / Poles.
Is this likely to be a purely Etihad matter, or is it with a view to a "merger" with Emirates?
If the latter then the decisions on cancellations / deferrals may well be different.
IAG has unexercised options on B78x and A35x, more of the latter. Its first A359 and B7810 are due very soon and its first A3510 next year. Presumably the options include the relevant engines too, RR T1000 TEN and TXWB. I am unclear what IAG's issues with Airbus are, maybe delays on PW 320 neos for ...Jump to post
Amdiesen, there are more than hickups; this is the long term plan for production. The rate is dropping. While it could be reversed, it means that the expected announcements at the summer airshows won't be spectacular. :( LIghtsaber We will see. I would not expect too many more orders for the 242t v...Jump to post
A 280t MTOW A350-1000 "lite" on the double bogie MLG might be an interesting proposition - a sort of 787-10 on steroids :) When determining landing gear size it is a combination of maximum takeoff weight and maximum landing weight. The A350-1000 lite would still have a minimum landing wei...Jump to post
Deliveries in 2019 reduced to 50
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... at-448102/
251T versions will be available form some time in 2020,
Is there any improvement in interior cabin width between the A333 and A339? I recall that the A350 Mk 1 proposal, based on the A330, featured interior sculpting to achieve a wider interior width. I accept that it would have had only a small impact, but at that time it was considered significant for ...Jump to post
FAA issues (apparently today) AD 2018-08-03: http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgad.nsf/0/22de72bba2cd5b24862582720049094e/$FILE/2018-08-03.pdf IMO, it’s difficult to understand how an engine manufacturer apparently did not detect, during high rpm engine test block testing, a reson...Jump to post
So why is that Air Asia team in the US?
On holiday or placing a launch order for MoM?
But I don't understand this 'final decision on future fleet' stuff. They already have launch pricing on the A330neo, Fernandez confirmed he was completely reassured by Airbus about the A330neo just a few months ago, and was sure they had the right aircraft on order (and IMO too). Why these flirts w...Jump to post
Is the 351t A339 able to do KL to Europe without compromises with a full 9-abreast pax load?
If not, and assuming they stick with Airbus, there may be an opening for a few A338s amongst the 66 A330s on order. (They ordered a few A332s a few years ago, but did not take them).
The huge asterisks * to the “owner” aircraft is that they are leveraged to the hilt. They all are pledged as collateral for loans to the keep the lights on. Yeah, they "own" about half of their fleet but all of those owned is collateral for loans. I think they own even one pen, which is n...Jump to post
First WOW air 339 enters final assembly
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... bl-447581/
Airbus has to integrate the C series and make a return on its 1$ investment in that programme. Once that is done, the space above the biggest C series will be clearer than it is now. An updated 320 / 321 may then have a role to play, or may not. The longer they can afford to wait, the better the ava...Jump to post
An all-premium A338 offering?Jump to post