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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 393
Views: 95137

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

Poor fuel burn and a wide aisle for quick turnarounds means this aircraft will only work on very short sectors. The longer the flight the bigger the cost gap between the Boeing and Airbus products. You do realize there is a negligible (4m2) of added wet area vs. the A320 NEO. There is more wing are...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: reports cash running out
Replies: 367
Views: 51111

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

So if 9W is running out of cash, what’s the incentive for Tata to buy a stake now? Why not wait until bankruptcy and just pick up the parts they want and not the leases they don’t (plus whatever parts a partner investor airline would want them to operate)? The customer base, slots, and the operatin...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 393
Views: 95137

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

Russian authorities have granted certification for the Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine which has been designed to power the Irkut MC-21. The type certificate has been signed by the federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia. State technology corporation Rostec says the certificate “confirms readiness” f...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 393
Views: 95137

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

A little surprised that this aircraft has no orders from China. I'd have expected some given how the two countries have a high level of cooperation in their aerospace industry. Any Chinese orders for the MC-21 is a loss of faith (face?) For the C919. That said, I have far more faith that the MC-21 ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 393
Views: 95137

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

Russian authorities have granted certification for the Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine which has been designed to power the Irkut MC-21. The type certificate has been signed by the federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia. State technology corporation Rostec says the certificate “confirms readiness” f...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EMBRAER launches 2 new executive jets: Praetor 500 & Praetor 600
Replies: 24
Views: 4239

Re: EMBRAER launches 2 new executive jets: Praetor 500 & Praetor 600

I find it interesting now that more information is available. The Praetor 500 has the fuel of the Legacy 500 with better winglets, but is otherwise a Legacy 450. In effect, helping the price competitiveness. The Praetor 600 is the Legacy 600 with two added fuel tanks and improved engines (mostly, mo...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air mulling widebody order
Replies: 57
Views: 10603

Re: Korean Air mulling widebody order

according to lightsaber, a 787 can be had for not much more and is a generational leap in terms of fuel efficiency. I'd be surprised if lightsaber tagged a near match as generational leap. :-) highly surprised, actually. IMHO you have to rethink source and/or content of your "fact". I thi...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air mulling widebody order
Replies: 57
Views: 10603

Re: Korean Air mulling widebody order

KE is one of the few airlines that should order the 779. However, they will be a tough negotiator. The Bloomberg article says KE isn’t keen on the A330NEO. I’d like to hear what it is that doesn’t interest them. RR. KE maintenances all of its engines whereas RR, in my understanding, offers power by ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 461
Views: 135263

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

On the same site, this post suggest A220 exceeding expectations for fuel savings and showing high dispatch reliability. https://www.wingsoverquebec.com/?p=7855 As for the site, looks like the informational http://www.lesailesduquebec.com/ is now available to english speakers without translation Tha...

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by lightsaber
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier sues Mitsubishi in Seattle over aircraft trade secrets
Replies: 42
Views: 6331

Re: Bombardier sues Mitsubishi in Seattle over aircraft trade secrets

You should read the link. The lawsuit is about outright theft of proprietary intellectual property/trade secrets and zero to do about "hiring practices" . AeroTec and Mitsubishi would be a co-conspirators of theft. The venue location is because AeroTec is based in Seattle. Since the AeroT...

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by lightsaber
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 125
Views: 23349

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

I would not get on a plane with folding wingtips. Full stop. Let's wait and see what happens with "impossible" as it says above. Not thank you. I don't need it. Reminds me of all the AW&ST "Feedback" letters in the mid-80's from people who would never fly on a 2 engine airpl...

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by lightsaber
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 461
Views: 135263

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

First Delta A220 should be delivered October 26. https://www.wingsoverquebec.com/?p=7866 On the same site, this post suggest A220 exceeding expectations for fuel savings and showing high dispatch reliability. https://www.wingsoverquebec.com/?p=7855 As for the site, looks like the informational http...

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by lightsaber
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s
Replies: 52
Views: 9949

Re: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s

UA is on record, a quick google yields around $1300/hr in savings 739ER vs 752. That is over $10,000 per plane per day. That was also when fuel was $3.50/gallon. That math changes with fuel price. Cut those savings in half and it is still incredibly significant. On top of fuel their is maintenance/...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s
Replies: 52
Views: 9949

Re: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s

1) Because Fed Ex was offering enough money for those frames to make it worth selling the,. 2) Because the 737-900ERs were being delivered, and enabled UA to save a couple million dollars per plane per year in fuel and maintenance costs. That sums it up. Financing+fuel< 757 trade in +fuel+ maintena...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Costs of 1kg extra / year for NB, WB, on average.
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: Costs of 1kg extra / year for NB, WB, on average.

Rule of thumb is $50/kg at today's oil per year. But be careful, that is for adding 1kg that does nothing of benefit. The A330NEO gain 6,000kg of more fuel efficient engines and wings. Airbus knows it will cost less to fly than the A330CEO. The 777x adds 800kg for folding wingtips and tons for more ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s
Replies: 52
Views: 9949

Re: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s

1) Because Fed Ex was offering enough money for those frames to make it worth selling the,. 2) Because the 737-900ERs were being delivered, and enabled UA to save a couple million dollars per plane per year in fuel and maintenance costs. That sums it up. Financing+fuel< 757 trade in +fuel+ maintena...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3346
Views: 390161

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Average cabin width (without 20 inch aisle(s)) at shoulderheight per passenger would have my preference. Sidewall shape, armrest number/ width, aislewidth give too much opportunity for creativity / perception management with seat(bottom, cushion)width. I disgree. Aisle width can and should vary. A ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 1602
Views: 84976

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Please keep on topic and do not discuss other users. If they violate forum rules, use the reporting function to notify the moderators. Please read the forum rules if in doubt. We are aviation enthusiasts and all cheer on our favorites. But if you want to discuss in detail, provide a link. If you acc...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The economics of used regional jets
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

Re: The economics of used regional jets

Fares are higher right now and so it is easier to make a profit. If fuel goes up too much these will be parked. it is the fact that the airlines held onto certified flyable aircraft that are cheap to rent or service that has them going back into duty. a start-up would not achieve the same Revenue pr...

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by lightsaber
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3346
Views: 390161

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

A "tight 8" means a 767 cross section at minimum and while this plane does seem to be designed around being a true 767 successor, the world's majors all appear to have set a minimum width of 17 inches / 43 centimeters so I expect that even if Boeing does with a 767 cross-section in the ma...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 125
Views: 23349

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

We are at the end of an era of cheap airport real estate. I believe most aircraft after the 777X will have this technology. Just as I believe most new engines will have CMC turbine blades after the 777X too. Technology moves on. Yeah, but people said the same thing about dimmable windows. Looks coo...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse
Replies: 328
Views: 49004

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

Given Roll's penchant for slow progress on the Trent 1000 issues, I wouldn't put any faith in what they are doing, let alone investing in for the future. If I had to make a bet, i'd wager that GE+PW will get the nod for the A380s and GEnx will make EK's 787 selection too. I keep hearing everyone ta...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 125
Views: 23349

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

These folding wingtips are like ETOPs, a needed technology that non-technical people have trouble understanding. My take is that they are a required design feature going forward. Underside laminar flow requires more wingspan than prior wings. There is a nice step change in fuel burn available with t...

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by lightsaber
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 1602
Views: 84976

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Tatas in talks to pick up stake in struggling Jet Airways - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/tatas-in-talks-to-pick-up-stake-in-struggling-jet/articleshow/66267478.cms?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=iOSapp&utm_source=sms Now I didn’t see that coming. Very exciti...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 vs A350 range
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: 787 vs A350 range

According to Boeing and Airbus websites, the A350 has more range than the 787. 787-9 has a range of 14,100km while the A350-900 has 15,000km and the A350-1000 has a range of 15,557km. So why is it that the 787 is praised as a game changing aircraft that opens up the ability for ultra long routes (s...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could anything save the 747?
Replies: 64
Views: 16082

Re: Could anything save the 747?

Please start a new thread.

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 109
Views: 23425

Re: Etihad Cancel A350 Order

Please edit the title to reflect the partial nature of the cancellation. Sad but expected news. I predict it will be all the 900s. Next up the 77Xs. *edit* thanks Actually it looks like all of the A350's are going. Per the article they will probably keep their relationship (AKA the A321 neo) with s...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United post Q3 2018 earnings
Replies: 40
Views: 8053

Re: United post Q3 2018 earnings

Nice results. Interesting how they trashed IAH over the last few years about the O&G market in decline yet they are now praising it. Probably has to do with re-banking it entirely. HOU and to a lesser extent DEN do well with high oil. As others noted, natural hedging. But some is good execution...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6056

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

I hope they can turn it around. FlyBe is the only large independent regional airline I know of. But it's certainly a difficult business model. I currently have to go from Scotland to Birmingham weekly for a morning meeting; I've tried same day driving (need to leave at 3:30am, and get back about 10...

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by lightsaber
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian drop LAX
Replies: 71
Views: 11105

Re: Ethiopian drop LAX

Will the tech stops on ADD-ORD and ADD-IAD still be at DUB? I'd assume so since they're keeping as a destination. Too bad LAX will no longer have carriers from all 6 inhabited continents, but it isn't a surprise this flight struggled once EI entered the LAX-DUB market. I'm sad LAX lost its one Afri...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13652

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

PlanesNTrains wrote:
Great airframe, limited orders, tougher financing. Otherwise, what’s there to get into over?

This.

We have no need to go A vs. B. This sums up this order.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3346
Views: 390161

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The possible translations of that statement range from GE thinks Boeing is nuts and is only catering to their fantasies to indulge a critical long term partner, to GE is falling all over themselves to be on this program, but can't decide how much they're willing to invest to clinch a deal. The trut...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Site in Toulouse, France
Replies: 27
Views: 5195

Re: Boeing Site in Toulouse, France

Brexit. Boeing UK was the entity that did the business of its parent in Europe. Expanding the French division makes a lot of sense. As mentioned above, Toulouse and the surrounding region is a centre of excellence for the important top tier suppliers. The UK division will still exist for suppliers ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 1602
Views: 84976

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Just wondering how the government could aid development of Indian airlines and Manage bilaterals in an unbiased manner ( leave aside bucket loads of cash finding way to babu’s accounts) . Here is a list of ideas 1. Bilateral capacity allowed to grow to infinity as long as not more than 25 percent p...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: reports cash running out
Replies: 367
Views: 51111

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Jet offers up to 50 days of leave without pay to flight attendants https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/jet-airways-offers-up-to-50-days-of-leave-without-pay-to-flight-attendants-118101501112_1.html That implies the company is shrinking... Thread Title "_ _ _ _ _ _ " airway...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Data: scrap value of an A380
Replies: 27
Views: 6250

Re: Data: scrap value of an A380

$6 million per engine is well pedigreed engines and nacelles! Not for power by the hour. Interior refurbished is costly:. $40 million per this link: https://www.businessinsider.com/airbus-a380-superjumbo-scrapped-for-parts-history-2018-6 The issue for the A380 is that it will be easy to swamp the us...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 1602
Views: 84976

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Fleet crunch may put Air India’s Mumbai-New York non-stop flight on hold https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/fleet-crunch-may-put-air-india-s-mumbai-new-york-non-stop-flight-on-hold/story-YiC2PyFSQrb07zKKCO7xCN.html It's telling if 4 77W's are grounded currently. What is AIs 777 utilization?...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13652

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

even with these orders the a338 is still far from resurrected. it's still an orphan frame I really don't understand why people keep calling the A330-800 an orphan frame. It has, what, 90+% commonality as far as parts vetrsus the A330-900? It's not an orphan, it's the read-headed step child of the A...

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by lightsaber
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 84
Views: 20239

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Looks like a nice aircraft. NOT a fan of the cheesy, bean counter driven visual cabin divider. Bring back the hard wall and make F respectable again! What is Y seat pitch? I agree that they look cheesy, until you sit in that first row of Economy. I feel like you get more legroom in those seats than...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 82
Views: 13652

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

Can someone dig up the HA A338 cancellation of thread? I think some A.nutters have to order some crow... :stirthepot: Well, it's still early in the day in the US, so give it time... :duck: Deafening silence.... one should think that the ressurection of the A338 would be newsworthy. It is exciting t...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 84
Views: 20239

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Finally, a fit replacement for the MDs. A220s will more likely be subbing for CR9/E75s, which themselves will go into service on CR2 routes. Some of the first routes announced have heavy E75/CR9 rotations today. Actually, the A220-300 is an excellent MD-80 replacement. The A229-100 (rumor only the ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic reports better than expected A220-300 fuel burn
Replies: 24
Views: 6854

Re: Air Baltic reports better than expected A220-300 fuel burn

Makes the Superjet look spectacular from a reliability point of view ;) :rotfl: No. Sadly, the Superjet is competing with the MA-60 for how fast planes could be parked. Air Baltic kept flying. Deliveries were delayed to ensure a spares pool, but the SSJ is in far worse shape. The ARJ-21 is bad too....

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse
Replies: 328
Views: 49004

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

There is a line in the banking industry that applies here, and is the reason why I still think EK will pull the trigger here - even without the performance improvement that Airbus and RR promised. When you loan someone a little money, and they default - they have a problem. When you loan someone a ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic reports better than expected A220-300 fuel burn
Replies: 24
Views: 6854

Re: Air Baltic reports better than expected A220-300 fuel burn

50 engine swaps.... Good god. Makes the Superjet look spectacular from a reliability point of view ;) :rotfl: No. Sadly, the Superjet is competing with the MA-60 for how fast planes could be parked. Air Baltic kept flying. Deliveries were delayed to ensure a spares pool, but the SSJ is in far worse...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NetJets to buy up to 325 Cessna Jets
Replies: 4
Views: 1717

Re: NetJets to buy up to 325 Cessna Jets

Answering my own question, Silvercrest for the Hemisphere. Later PR from Cesdna notes. Darn, I wanted PW812: https://www.flyingmag.com/netjets-inks-massive-deal-for-cessna-citation-jets There are issues with the silvercrest, Safran has been struggling with it. They really need to figure it out sinc...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EMBRAER launches 2 new executive jets: Praetor 500 & Praetor 600
Replies: 24
Views: 4239

Re: EMBRAER launches 2 new executive jets: Praetor 500 & Praetor 600

The Praetor 500 is $17 million. That competes in Price with the latitude, but with 500nm more range. The 600 is only $21 million. Oh, that fits nicely under the Longitude's ~$27 million price. https://www.businessinsider.com/embraer-praetor-500-praetor-600-private-jet-2018-10 The G280 lack winter TA...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NetJets to buy up to 325 Cessna Jets
Replies: 4
Views: 1717

Re: NetJets to buy up to 325 Cessna Jets

https://www.flyingmag.com/netjets-inks- ... ation-jets
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Answering my own question, Silvercrest for the Hemisphere. Later PR from Cesdna notes.

Darn, I wanted PW812:

https://www.flyingmag.com/netjets-inks- ... ation-jets

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic reports better than expected A220-300 fuel burn
Replies: 24
Views: 6854

Re: Air Baltic reports better than expected A220-300 fuel burn

From what I understand, the goal of a mature fleet management and safety program for a twin jet is for every aircraft to have engines of different ages and different manufacturing lots. On a new fleet this will involve a lot of swapping and checking engines. But it prevents double engine out situat...

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by lightsaber
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)
Replies: 1602
Views: 84976

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2018 (2)

Keep the posts civil, on topic, and free of cuss words. Due to the dynamics of the Indian market these discussions can get lively. But leave political accusations for non-aviation. The only politics that belong are bilaterals. For example, it was noted any expansion of Dubai bilaterals should have s...

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