Three things we will never persuade everyone on this site: Boeing pretty well paid for all of its R and D, and production costs for the 787 out of it current cash flow. Program accounting is or was a standard way of accounting, especially for those things whose R and D all occurs before first sales....Jump to post
Moreover, I doubt WN would use aux tanks on the MAX planes. WN strives for fleet commonality and the ability to deploy their fleet all across the system. Having a small amount of aircraft with aux tanks for Hawaii flying creates a subfleet that is hauling around aux tanks for no reason if deployed ...Jump to post
I am reading that time is running out, and the most likely temporary solution is that Great Britain exits, but pays it 'dues' ala Norway and nothing will change until (if) agreements are worked out.
https://mainlymacro.blogspot.com/2017/0 ... rexit.html
Alaska does not have to be in a hurry to get rid of any models of the 320 They will need those planes to maintain their current flights and projected growth But someone else may want those 320s and Alaska may find a source of late model 737s. And Alaska is always going to say nice things about the 7...Jump to post
Autonomous autos will be the real challenge, both to trains and to airlines for trips under 300 miles (maybe even 450 miles). They likely will not look like a Tesla. You will book a trip, and comfort levels will be equivalent to airline Economy Plus up to International First Class. The existing high...Jump to post
Anyone wanting to understand the economics of auto/passenger ferries and fast passenger ferries can look at the economics of both in the Puget Sound. As I wrote I was watching our new fast ferry come in. They are expensive, but often essential for good service. The economy of our area depends upon t...Jump to post
While I like two day delivery really well, I often order things that are not needed for the next week or two. I assume that Amazon's delivery system is such that they see no real savings in slower delivery for some items. Is that so? Could they make a little more profit by giving me points for slowe...Jump to post
All this kind of makes the point that low utilization users should take advantage of companies that sell plane time by the hour. Assume those companies are aiming at a 15%(?) profit margin. You can then calculate what a plane costs to fly and maintain.Jump to post
The value of the blog was that it gave Boeing's spin on the current market and their strategy. It also somewhat put them on record for those spins and strategies. The best example of this was the first Randy's posts on Boeing's product lines. He (and Boeing) saw the 737 (along with its replacement ...Jump to post
The value of the blog was that it gave Boeing's spin on the current market and their strategy. It also somewhat put them on record for those spins and strategies. The best example of this was the first Randy's posts on Boeing's product lines. He (and Boeing) saw the 737 (along with its replacement d...Jump to post
As a not frequent flyer, I have both package deals (mostly big cities) and backpacking (mostly SE Asia), vouchers would work well for the later, probably not for the former. But if UA offered to redo a package that would be OK too.Jump to post
Employment agreement, union or otherwise, only protect very highly paid people now. They are kind of like medieval guilds, and generally are happy to screw the peasants. Adam Smith observed this centuries ago.Jump to post
In the so-called golden age of air travel in a 707/Douglas 8 you got a 17 inch seat and about 35 inch pitch. It was comfortable, and for most of us the trip was one of the high points of the vacation. I would save my Science American magazines to read on the plane. The food tended to be a little p*s...Jump to post
Assign overhead bin to associated seat. I well understand that not all seats might not have that associated bin, so charge a little less for those seats.
This would automatically control for extra large bags, which would impinge into someone else's space. A fair fee to gate check the offending bag.
I suspect that Airbus could do a modest response if the 797 looks like a 2000 or so sales plane, it is looks like a 5000 different story. Analogously, had the 321neo outsold MAX9 by a 60/40 ratio I think Boeing would not have come up with the 10.Jump to post
Certainty of punishment as opposed to severity has long been known to be the more effective deterrent.Jump to post
If you have ordered something with a promised date, and it isn't ready, AND you have come to the conclusion that you no longer want it, you are entitled by contract to cancel the order. If Qatar wanted the planes, they likely would have accepted the planes late, albeit with some remuneration. Simply...Jump to post
There has not been a previous era in which so many planes could compete against each other in so many routes. Which means airlines can look for planes optimized for the range and passenger size they want. Also noteworthy, in the US it is rare that you can fly anywhere in any of the wide body planes....Jump to post
A summary I think accurate: Against the 350, the 777X is about as good but more capable Against the current 380, A little better and not as capable Against the 330neo, 787, 350 - it will do OK, but not anything like the 777W did against the competition And another rule of thumb: Small planes are get...Jump to post
"Talk about technology lives from clear definitions", both right, and very wrong. Fly by Wire is a generic term with a variety of meanings, and if you are going to use the term you need to clearly define how you will use the term. There is no Language Definitional Policeman who has announc...Jump to post
Given the high possibility that both the 748 and 380 (two of those unlucky 8s again) have entered the dead parrot stage (but the coroner has been delayed) the big 777s are likely well (or at least OK) positioned. When it comes to VLA one needs a lot of ( )( )sJump to post
Politics is how large groups of homo sapiens make decisions; be the group a nation, an army, a company, or even a volunteer organization. The needless and naïve denigration of politics really hides a lot of ignorance.Jump to post
In an analogous field, post 911 regulations require small boats to stay 500 yards from ferries. That, of course, is basically impossible in inland waters given our geology and geography in the Salish Sea. When I got a boat I emailed the ferry system asking for clarification, but all they could do is...Jump to post
Res high tech aviation companies in the Seattle area: Just about every article on those companies and their work for Boeing mentions that Airbus contracts with them too. Actually the tax benefits for Boeing are so worded that they apply to any company, so long as they meet the requirements. Were the...Jump to post
Both A and B's CFRP are highly automated additive processes, so related to 3D printing. Either manufacturer is capable and will be further automating. If we want to go totally Sci Fiction, maybe if you want a dozen planes just have 'em printed off, and individually flight tested (no pilot of course)...Jump to post
IIRC Break even on the 787 includes a $30 million charge to cover past production costs. A number of us find this is problematical.Jump to post
Another sense in which the MOM is indeed in the middle of the market. We tend to emphasize range and passenger size. 737/320 models in their latest and largest iterations are lightweight planes pushing against the limits of what they can do (size, range, comfort, maybe others) They have over the yea...Jump to post
What evidence is there that European safety statistics are in any way inferior to US? You comment on Bob's Flight school makes no sense, nor reflects any reality.Jump to post
I have wondered why a few wider seats in awkward places, close to rest rooms or galleys, could not be squeezed in. Older planes often had some taper at the rear and if that taper improved aerodynamics, it could also be used for a seat or two that was a couple inches wider. My 'inner architect' says ...Jump to post
What "other" countries allow pilots to start flying at 250 hours? Does that include the major developed countries in Europe or Asia? The difference between 1,500 and 250 would seem to a non-aviation outsider to be substantial. What accounts for the important difference? Are the safety &qu...Jump to post
keesje wrote:I actively avoid narrow seats / aisles. Too much rubbing / bumping.
the new MAX 10 comes close enough to be somewhat competitive with the new 321. Airbus does not have to match the 797 with a 322, just be reasonably close. The exception would be an all new MOM defining a big as opposed to medium niche. In that case Airbus would need to do something big. But they wil...Jump to post
A 2-3-2 layout with 17 inch seats will likely be more comfortable than a 3-3 with 18 inch seats. Add about a 33 inch pitch in Economy Plus with a modern seat, and the comfort equals an old 707 from the 1960s. This could make enough difference for an increase in ticket price. I understand that the 38...Jump to post
One market failure in the industry is lag time between ordering (esp when everyone else is ordering, and slots are full years out), and receiving planes. Airline executives are needing to plan fleets for 5-8 years ahead. Really dicey. Having the option to change orders from one model to another two ...Jump to post
I assure you there are no free rides in respect to accrued maintenance or wear and tear, unless compensated for in another part of the agreement.
Res Boeing and the 787: They did indeed promise really low prices and quick availability, and soaked up a lot of orders that otherwise would have gone to Airbus. Airbus has done the same in the past. But Boeing wins the prize for losing the most money doing it! That is water under the bridge, I thin...Jump to post
I know the populations are small, and I understand economics. I simply noted, contrary to what some said, that WN does not have excellent coverage throughout the US. And that an independent regional with interlining might be able to improve that coverage.Jump to post
Southwest flies none in Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, to one location in Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, two in Washington and Nevada. Depending on where you draw the line for flyover country there may be a couple more. Anyway that is 11 states with only 9 locations. And it is ...Jump to post
https://www.southwest.com/flight/routemap_dyn.html https://www.jetblue.com/wherewejet/?intcmp=hd_wherewejet Southwest from Seattle to St Paul Minneapolis, and Canada to a line from Reno, Los Vegas, Albuquerque, Amarillo only six cities have service. Alaska has some flights there but not a lot. JetBl...Jump to post