This subject for a post seems to keep popping up in a similar way to the ' End of the A380', 'Last Northwest DC-9' and 'Let's restart the 757 line.' I think for better or worse KLM is part of Air France and whether that was a wise decision or not it happened, it's done. It will be very difficult if ...Jump to post
Couldn't more fuel be saved safer by having more efficient ground operations?Jump to post
The only control surface change that I could see helping would be a crazy split elevator design so only part of it moves at high speed, high AoA. Good luck engineering that onto the existing 737 and maintaining the same type certificate! I think it is pretty obvious now that the infamous 1M USD pen...Jump to post
The Fuselage length of the 707-320 was 152ft 11ins, I believe the 737 Max10 will be 143ft 8ins, a massive stretch from the 94ft or the original 737-100. The DC-8-63 is 187ft 4 ins compared to 150ft 7 ins of the DC-8 -10/55. The 737 stretch is more in absolute and percentage terms, nearly 50ft, quite...Jump to post
I remember reading years ago that TWA wasn't allowed to have a coach lounge on int'l flights (probably due to unfair competition). So when the 747s were on overseas flights, first class passengers actually had two lounges at their disposal. This is correct, I used to work for TWA in the early seven...Jump to post
Because that's the route a lot of customers with the cash for non-stops want to travel. This is purely an opinion, but I do not think it is a viable direct route. Perhaps, but (based on phraseology) it seems you're looking at the route in a vacuum, and not considering the opportunity cost..... i.e....Jump to post
Two things to me stand out which will need to be relooked at in a calmer way when things settle.
1 The FAA 's possible lack of independence due to funding and resource limitations.
2 The 'Grandfather clauses and their length, they seem to become great or even great-great-grandfather clauses.
AA 191 crashed and killed over 200 -- yet DC10s weren;t grounded until 16 days later after it became known what caused the crash. The difference: people weren't screaming GROUND IT.. Who knows, maybe if they had grounded it after the Turkish crash there never would have an AA191. And in those 16 da...Jump to post
I think it gets easier to count the operators still flying the 737MAX, than those who stopped flying it. List please? :-) Air Canada Air Europa Air Italy American Airlines Corendon Airlines Enter Air Fiji Airways Flydubai Icelandair Jet Airways LOT - Polish Airlines Mauritania Airlines Internationa...Jump to post
OMAAbound wrote: The last Virgin Atlantic A340 scheduled service will arrive into LHR on 1st November 2019, 2 A340’s will be kept on as ‘Spares’ for a further few months, operating select routes on an adhoc basis. How’s your chance to get out and see these beautiful French ladies for one final time....Jump to post
The map of the seating configuration would be helpful ? Willie announced 8New F 65 new J 46 new W and 296 Y for a total of 325. He also indicated dissatisfaction with Rolls Royce meant taking more GE was not a negative factor for the 777-9 decision Not quite. It's (F8 J65 W46 Y206). I suspect yours...Jump to post
Good point. How about Delta for partnering instead? If the current issues have escalated to cabinet government level I see no easy way out. Might be time to go separate ways? I agree that's exactly the point I raised in an earlier post. Delta with a 25% share. Their expertise and influence help KLM...Jump to post
It doesn't give a great impression of harmony within the EU, does it?
I would think KL would be much better off split from AF/KL with Delta owning 25% and KLM the balance.
I think as with the 747 replacement 'like for like' will need to take into account many changes which have occurred over the years. Just as the 747 was ordered in many cases as the only aircraft with sufficient range at the time. The 777 might well have been ordered because it ticked most of the box...Jump to post
New article from renowned German economy newspaper appeared tonight, reconfirming the decison about the 380 future is coming closer. Article in German language only, but I suppose online translators will help: https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/industrie/airbus-entscheidung-ueber-aus-fuer-a38...Jump to post
My perception from the outside looking in and from the comments in this thread, this merger looks like a marriage made in hell. In contrast to Lufthansa's takeover of LX and OS which doesn't seem to generate venomous comments. Is this a cultural thing of a matter of execution I wonder?Jump to post
Operationally EK quite possibly would do very well with a 77X,77W & 787 fleet. But, there are two other points which come to mind, one of which has been mentioned.is the single supplier situation. The other is a political one which has not, to my knowledge. How long will EK enjoy such liberal tr...Jump to post
My first flight ever was on TWA 747 N93104 (l/n20) LHRJFK 27 March 1970. I have since been fortunate to have flown on every version except the -8.
Without a doubt, the 747 is my favourite aircraft and I firmly believe the greatest and most influential commercial aircraft ever built.
OA940 wrote:A350 Landor, BOAC 787-10 and BEA A321neo? Pretty solid combo imo. Maybe a BCal too but I doubt they will.
Both SAA and SAS served the route back in the day. SAA dropped CPH in 1998. Also for reference the biggest market in Scandinavia is not Copenhagem but Stockholm. CPH is largely dependent on transit, while ARN generate more local traffic. SAA never flew to CPH. I worked for SAS in JNB in the '70s th...Jump to post
Other commentators have suggested flying a ULR from SYD-LHR may become uneconomical in a high fuel price environment. From where I sit QF should be focusing their energies on markets that are core to their customer base. I'd suggest these ULR flights only appeal to a very small percentage of QF cus...Jump to post
The 777X is supposed to be at least 18 inches in 10 across (or at least thats what the plan was) so about as good as a 9 Across A350. With all due respect, this is impossible. The 777X has the same external fuselage width as the current 777. 777 fuselage width is 244 inches / 620 cm. A350 fuselage ...Jump to post
What would be your insight on a turnaround plan for SAA? I'm curious to hear what your opinion is on the matter. I do not think network nudges, slight changes in business model or even operational changes will have any impact in the short term because they are not fundamentally the cause of SAA's p...Jump to post
Regardless of the fact that SAA got one of the highest prices ever for a slot pair at LHR the point that was being made still implies as ''the money has long gone''. Still not sure what point you're making. You're making a comment regarding it being a poor decision to sell rather than rent even tho...Jump to post
evanb wrote:jfk777 wrote:What happened to the slots from the cancelled second daily flights ? Sold or leased out ?
Leased for 5 years. Rumor is that they were leased to BA.
I can't see BA doing non-stop, the route was under serious consideration for cancellation before the 77W and mixed fleet saved the day. It's a very different situation for QF where it might well be viable. Posters have raised many reasons all in my opinion valid as to why it won't suit BA. The follo...Jump to post
SAA's problems can be brought down to one main problem, and that is the SA Government:- They interfere with all credible leadership. They don't/won't permit labour reduction/restructure. Their policies have destroyed the SA economy. Their unemployable friends and associates are given jobs at SAA. Th...Jump to post
The 747-400 came before the twin revolution. All significant orders for the PAX version came before 2000, that is before the 777 took to the skies, mostly before the A332 was delivered and mostly before the A330 had an ETOPS 180 certification. So the orders came when the only twin in competition wa...Jump to post
The TWA Hotel will be a destination unto itself when all is said and done. I'm looking forward to making the pilgrimage in the future. Be nice to see the inside of the old terminal again. Yes I'm that old. It will indeed, I can remember many hours spent there. Also, the bright red carpets on the je...Jump to post
global2: My only regret is never having been able to sit in the very first row in 1st Class (or any row in the front section) to see how close to a forward view you can get from the first window. You're right.....it is a different experience....back in the 80s I got to travel on seat 1K on a flight...Jump to post
My first flight was on a TWA 747 (N93104) in March 1970. I have flown on every type of 747 except the - 8, the airlines would include BA/TW/UA/LH/RG/MH/QF/SA/UT/VS/NW. Some of my best inflight memories were onboard a 747. My worst memory in the air was not on a 747 but, I clearly remember thinking ...Jump to post
My first flight was on a TWA 747 (N93104) in March 1970. I have flown on every type of 747 except the - 8, the airlines would include BA/TW/UA/LH/RG/MH/QF/SA/UT/VS/NW. Some of my best inflight memories were onboard a 747. My worst memory in the air was not on a 747 but, I clearly remember thinking a...Jump to post
Well LGWJNB didn't work, so I have serious doubts about STNJNB, anyway the best of luck to them.Jump to post
Lets hope it is not a serious issue, Rolls Royce and the industry in general don't need anymore serious engine problems. The share price will usually drop immediately on the hint of something negative, and as been pointed out,the RR price has been particularly sensitive for obvious reasons.Jump to post
Hopefully, this is not going to be a continuation of the problems experienced on the RR powered 787's. Is the XWB engine very different from the 900/1000 models on the 787? It seems as though to was a New York Madrid flight which diverted to Boston, I would guess it was last night. I can't see anyth...Jump to post
Very interesting calculations by some very knowledgeable members thanks. One thing that doesn't seem to have been mentioned but has been of interest to me. It seems the A359 might take a hit westbound but seems fine eastbound. How would that affect the total viability of the route? It seems as thoug...Jump to post
As they were only late customers for the 77W, maybe with frequency adjustments and joint venture partners they can have an all 787 fleet. Boring for us but very efficient I would think. Or as a second option and to keep Boeing honest, about the time of the replacement of the 77W and late model 777ER...Jump to post
The proper question is what's happened to South Africa The ANC and everyone that voted for them in 1994. Much too fast of a transition and bad policies like BEE and Affirmative Action, essentially leaving (very) unqualified people in key positions and let corruption run it's course. Its snowballed ...Jump to post
This is such an interesting discussion, the ultimate route really for normal commercial aviation. How does the recent increase in Oil prices to nearly $80 effect the viability of such a route and perhaps the forthcoming SINNYC route too? Without getting into a discussion of the up and downs of the O...Jump to post
What is this thread actually about? Let's put the title aside. That's what got me interested. But the more I read the more I think it's in danger of becoming a vent machine. A few more facts would be helpful. Do we know precisely the parameters of the announcement? For example, is it really 3 pilot...Jump to post
I just flew out on a 787 and back on an A380 and the A380 is way quieter than the 787. Unfortunately, I haven't flown an A350 yet. On the other hand, the 787 is much quieter than a 777 but so are most aircraft.Jump to post
I just cannot see the French government letting it happen. They will always find a way, it's just too much prestige for France to let such a thing happen.
As with all politicians, what Macron says and what he is really prepared to do are very different.
After just flying on a BA A380 this is what they need from a passenger comfort point of view. Not the very noisy 777 or the very cramped but quietish 787.Jump to post
Recently flew on 787 and 380 and they are way quieter than a 777. Not sure if the 380 is also pressurised at a lower altitude but after an 11-hour flight in Y on BA I felt much better than a similar 777 or 747 flight. Admittedly I was in J this time on the 787 but the previous time was in Y+. The 38...Jump to post
The 777 and A350 would be too much aircraft. I was also wondering whether the A321LR might be a great aircraft for intra Africa routes that may not be that busy. How would a 777 or A350 be "too much aircraft" given that SAA used to have 747s on the same routes? SAA used 747's on the route...Jump to post
Perhaps slightly off topic but as far as I can see there is no QF metal flying to DXB anymore. That being so doesn't the QF/EK arrangement seem somewhat one-sided or is there something I am missing? EK is the more powerful partner in the arrangement but the entire point behind this new direct fligh...Jump to post