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by lightsaber
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All Indian airlines ban an MP for slipper attack.
Replies: 16
Views: 1994

Re: All Indian airlines ban an MP for slipper attack.

What I love is the statements noting AI would be investigated for banning this assailant.

I like how AI is justifying the permanent ban on the MP's safety. Past due for AI to create a no-fly list.

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Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the A350-1000 live up to Airbus’s expectations?
Replies: 33
Views: 7984

Re: Can the A350-1000 live up to Airbus’s expectations?

We're very focused on replacement on this thread. But as the opening quotes note, widebodies are fungible. If a larger plane has much better economics, it is easy to expand transfer traffic (not very profitable, but there is a market). The reality is the A359, 789, 787-10, and 779 will compete for e...

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Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo set an altitude limit of 30,000 ft for the A320NEO fleet
Replies: 10
Views: 3674

Re: Indigo set an altitude limit of 30,000 ft for the A320NEO fleet

Lower altitude also reduces the peak temperature during climb. The NEO combustor are having durability issues and a lower initial climb helps. But step climbing would mitigate if always flying below maximum possible cruise. This sounds like solving two issues with one easy to understand set of rules...

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Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 64
Views: 8614

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

There are numerous failed hubs. Many sad to discuss. Some are a victim of bad policy (Mirabel), some fell to longer range small planes (bypass, STL),and in some cases the outgrew the economics of the host city and thus experience harsh contractions in a recession. Sadly, there will be more. Of TK+ M...

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Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian next gen regional jets design missing winglets
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: Russian next gen regional jets design missing winglets

Winglets are a sign of insufficient wingspan/aspect ratio. ;). Seriously, the MC-21 has an advanced wing where the Winglets are instead a horizontal shaping of the wing. Only if the aspect ratio of the wing is poor, which all non-CFRP commercial wings are, do Winglets help.

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Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "First phase" of ARJ21's "operation demonstration" completed.
Replies: 6
Views: 976

Re: "First phase" of ARJ21's "operation demonstration" completed.

Wow... Lipstick on a pig. Two years into commercial service and two deliveries.

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Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 1754
Views: 121687

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7

https://youtu.be/eLvLlEvYELs

Excellent. Since parts are ordered two years out for specific MSNs, this is a timely change.

99,999 is enough for the NEO IMHO.

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PhilDur wrote:
Airbus announces a new MSN format with 5 digits https://youtu.be/eLvLlEvYELs

Excellent. Since parts are ordered two years out for specific MSNs, this is a timely change.

99,999 is enough for the NEO IMHO.

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Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?
Replies: 43
Views: 4566

Re: B6 BOS-RSW...why so many flights?

1 …. 2066 …. MSP 2 …. 1956 …. BOS 3 …. 1851 …. ORD 4 …. 1836 …. DTW 5 …. 1086 …. EWR 6 …… 975 …. IND 7 …… 911 …. PHL 8 …… 890 …. MKE 9 …… 831 …. MDW 10 …. 820 …. JFK 11 …. 754 …. LGA 12 …. 683 …. BWI 13 …. 662 …. CLE 14 …. 623 …. BDL 15 …. 622 …. DCA 16 …. 606 …. CMH 17 …. 575 …. STL 18 …. 511 …. D...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only one ship left to search for MH370
Replies: 57
Views: 8366

Re: Only one ship left to search for MH370

Boeing has no reputation or technical issue to fix here. ?!? Without knowing what happened to the aircraft there is no possible way you can state that as a fact! Despite all the blowhard rhetoric, there is every chance that this was caused by technical issues... Somebody, Why would Boeing pay to fi...

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional 737 MAX 7 orders by US-based carriers?
Replies: 13
Views: 2814

Re: Additional 737 MAX 7 orders by US-based carriers

Why would an Airline order significant number of Boeing 737-700MAX? As far as I can see, only Canada Jetlines (5), WestJet Airlines (25), Southwest Airlines (30) ordered them, so total tally is 55, out of 3.500 ordered. So what is the benefit the -700MAX holding over the -800MAX or say the CS300? R...

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: There's a fire burning in the widebody market
Replies: 30
Views: 7968

Re: There's a fire burning in the widebody market

I don't think it solely applies to the widebody market, the narrowbody A320/B737 may prove even more problematic for manufacturers. 60/mo productions rates are worrying, but more so for the parts suppliers who are going to have increasing price pressure from the glut of second-hand parts. Sadly I a...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sukhoi Developing 120-Seat Superjet
Replies: 9
Views: 2751

Re: Sukhoi Developing 120-Seat Superjet

Adding wing root or wing tip extensions isn't that big of a deal.

The issue is arriving on the market​ so long after the CS100 AND E2-195.

There should be a huge empty weight advantage. But is it enough???

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Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 1754
Views: 121687

Re: Airbus A320NEO Production Thread - Part 7

Another IndiGo A320neo delivered, just one day after the previous one: Airbus A320 -271N 7391 VT-ITQ IndiGo Airlines delivery 21mar17 TLS-DEL ex F-WWDG There goes the one NEO every 9 days. ;) Seriously, what is the regulatory status of the PW1100G in India? I've read too much bad information lately...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 P2P marketing claims
Replies: 73
Views: 4245

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

The debate is a bit pointless, if you look at predictions made at times when the rise of the ME3 was not predicted. If all the traffic routing between America and the Indian region would route through the European hubs, A380s would be saviours for exploding hubs, 787 and 777LR would be adding neede...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air Group unveils 737 MAX strategy
Replies: 11
Views: 3729

Re: Lion Air Group unveils 737 MAX strategy

Interesting that Malinda air is the launch operator on a very short introductory route. A mix of replacements and growth. Pretty much as expected. The added range will help. Has anyone heard fuel burn figures? The LEAP-1B has the upgraded low compressor, so it should have much better fuel burn. The ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9500th 737
Replies: 10
Views: 3047

Re: 9500th 737

737 will definitely overtake the DC-3 (~600) , C-47/C-53/C-117 (~10,200) for numbers produced soon. The numbers quoted on Wikipedia give: ⋅ DC-3 - 607 ⋅ C-47/-53 etc - 10,048 ⋅ Li-2 (Soviet Union) - 4,937 ⋅ L2D (Japan) - 487 Making a total of 16,079. So there...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only one ship left to search for MH370
Replies: 57
Views: 8366

Re: Only one ship left to search for MH370

Airbus did pay (in part) for the search for the AF447, didn't they? While a sad situation, too much has been spent. It is time to let it join other great mysteries. In AF447, it was believed to be an A330 defect that crashed the plane. Airbus needed to find the root cause and fix what turned out to...

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by lightsaber
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 248
Views: 48019

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

A little odd that there are so many when ops don't begin until October Quite strange indeed. First delivery remains scheduled for July, it looks like Southwest will build up a large 737 MAX fleet before putting the aircraft into service. Is WN still retiring 737 Classics prior to starting service? ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that serve Pepsi instead of Coca Cola
Replies: 36
Views: 2125

Re: Airlines that serve Pepsi instead of Coca Cola

StrandedAtMKG wrote:
If anyone should choose Pepsi for this reason, it's KE. Their logos are almost identical.

Yes, KE should align their logos with onboard product. ;)

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Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Economics of Airline Class
Replies: 20
Views: 4285

Re: The Economics of Airline Class

Good video, I like the caviats. In particular how the non-stop passengers are paying significantly more than the non-stop passengers. Also, that this was a premium heavy configuration. I expected to not like the video as it was a better link than my expectations. I like how they note an old Y cost t...

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by lightsaber
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?
Replies: 50
Views: 7996

Re: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?

[twoid][/twoid] There is a small niche for 4 holers among small operators with long range requirements but without the resources to get ETOPS/EDTO certification. That's only the second hand market of course, but at least it'll keep a few of them in the air for a while longer... Small victories. :ton...

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by lightsaber
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 160
Views: 11165

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

Folks: This is a discussion on the merits of cutting/keeping air service subsidies. It is *not* a discussion on: Food programs Junk food Railroads, HSR, and old land grants Military spending Politics other than as impacted by this air service Heath care other than is impacted by this air service Thi...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns
Replies: 54
Views: 9616

Re: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns

The CASM model changed not too long after the contract was signed and the planes were delivered. People forget that small airports were charging twice or more the RASM of similar competitive markets. Then companies realized it was cheaper to direct employees to drive the rental car a few hours than ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Poland's new central airport - decision imminent
Replies: 15
Views: 2597

Re: Poland's new central airport - decision imminent

TheLark wrote:
They could hire some Spanish consultants, they have experience with building unused airports in the middle of nowhere.

Or go big and hire Mirabel consultants!

What a waste of funds...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 160
Views: 11165

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

As much as I personally hate to see smaller cities lose air service, EAS is a complete boondoggle. As for Alaska routes, the federal taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for them. However, it would be perfectly acceptable for the State of Alaska to subsidize such routes. States should be given the po...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia board approves revised business plan
Replies: 52
Views: 9990

Re: Alitalia board approves revised business plan

Is it a new plan if the debt, cost structure, and group think prevents rapid enough reform? The 2009 plan had merit, but it needed to be implemented quickly and adapted as the market evolved. It does no good to be ready to compete in the market of 7 years ago! Seriously, how could AZ adopt a quick a...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.
Replies: 530
Views: 50939

Re: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.

What I do not understand is the following; MoM will compete with A321Neo -> latest generation engines in the low area of its markets and a A338 Regional and the 778 in the upper area of its markets both with latest generation of engines. At least in the case of A321Neo and A338 they are paid of and...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.
Replies: 530
Views: 50939

Re: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.

8 abreast for only 225-260 pax? No way is that going to happen. That would require a radical fuselage shape to be economical and I just don't see Boeing doing that (I won't complain if they do, it just doesn't fir their conservative MO of late) It would be nice if people would bother to read the th...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?
Replies: 50
Views: 7996

Re: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?

All depends if Airbus is willing to take another gamble on the A380 and produce an A380-850/900. It needs to be bigger to justify the expense of two extra engines. And for Airbus to pay to keep the global supply chain. The rule of thumb is every 1% increase in efficiency gains one more year of sale...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now
Replies: 133
Views: 31115

Re: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now

The photo posted by emiratesdriver is from DXB not DWC as referred to in the original post. The photo is also a shot of the maintainance base. It means nothing and is totally out of context for the original post. Taking a brief look at an airfield and seeing parked aircraft and making a determinati...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now
Replies: 133
Views: 31115

Re: EK theres no hiding parked aeroplanes now

The number of parked aircraft could be also do to other factors. Seasonal demand or lack of demand. Flat or declining demand on certain routes. Staffing issues. Reducing the number of seats to improve yields. EK doesn't have the capital expenses of most airlines so parking aircraft is not as expens...

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by lightsaber
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767, 737NG, A320/A330ceo's & A380 Ealiest Possible Termination Dates?
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: 767, 737NG, A320/A330ceo's & A380 Ealiest Possible Termination Dates?

The P-8 is assembled on a separate line for ITAR reasons, but as I understand it, they can roll commercial birds down it as well, if necessary. If this is true, Boeing could continue to build commercial 737NGs (airline and BBJ) after the three main production lines are fully dedicated to MAX produc...

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by lightsaber
Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767, 737NG, A320/A330ceo's & A380 Ealiest Possible Termination Dates?
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: 767, 737NG, A320/A330ceo's & A380 Ealiest Possible Termination Dates?

For the 737NG, at the end of February the backlog stood at 775 (1x BBJ, 6x 737-700, 81x 737-900ER, 687x 737-800), plus 27 P-8s. Assuming a production rate of 47/month, that's a minimum of 16.5 months of production (17 if we include the P-8s, but let's leave them out since they are likely to continu...

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by lightsaber
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is JAX so underserved?
Replies: 82
Views: 7319

Re: Why is JAX so underserved?

I would love for JAX to grow. What matters is the population earning over $75,000 per year. Families that earn less simply do not fly enough. Small cities support feed to hubs and a few other places (NYC). JAX and BDL are strikingly similar. I'll agree with the above poster that JAX should see a few...

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by lightsaber
Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why was the 737 designed that way?
Replies: 34
Views: 4336

Re: Why was the 737 designed that way?

Those that keep asking about a twin-engine version of the A380 (I'm not saying it is possible) should contemplate the B737 and, for that matter the B757, and its relationship to the B707. In many aspects they are twin versions of the 707. Yes, loads new avionics, ECP for the materials and construct...

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by lightsaber
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DWC welcomes its first scheduled A380 flight by Korean Air
Replies: 17
Views: 4049

Re: DWC welcomes its first scheduled A380 flight by Korean Air

So what was the charter for? since KE has regular flights to DXB with A332.. As per gulfnews.com article: http://gulfnews.com/business/aviation/dwc-welcomes-first-a380-passenger-flight-1.1991292 "The flight was the first in a series of scheduled charter flights the airline will operate to DWC ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DWC welcomes its first scheduled A380 flight by Korean Air
Replies: 17
Views: 4049

Re: DWC welcomes its first scheduled A380 flight by Korean Air

CanadaFair wrote:
There is such a thing as scheduled charters.

There is for a politician!

I had hoped of a regular flight. Cest la vie.

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 338
Views: 43773

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

Winglets, 11-across Y, and a staircase? We're.. Not enough IMHO.

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38722

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

You can add the A332/A338 to the current realistic available plane that can be used as a 767 replacement. Yes, of course. :oops: I don't think it is very realistic for UA, though. The issue of the A338 is very similar per flight costs to the A349 and worse economics on long range flights than the a...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 8 Earns FAA Certification
Replies: 8
Views: 1962

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 8 Earns FAA Certification

Congrats to Boeing. This is huge to have the certification early. My only question is how CFM allocates LEAP engines as that is the only constraint for a very rapid production ramp. Now they just need EASA certification to start first deliveries to Norwegian in May. EASA typically lags by only a lit...

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by lightsaber
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to start an airline in India
Replies: 27
Views: 3651

Re: Qatar Airways plans to start an airline in India

If QR thinks they are ready to go head to head with 6E and SpiceJet. Bluster won't work Agreed, but would QR actually want a major share of the domestic market? If they set up an airline in India it will be with the aim of funneling traffic to Doha while maintaining a small domestic operation to me...

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways chief says will not take any Airbus A320neos in 2017
Replies: 27
Views: 5427

Re: Qatar Airways chief says will not take any Airbus A320neos in 2017

Weird AL seems to be blaming others for over-expanding. All competition is hurting and QR isn't?

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to start an airline in India
Replies: 27
Views: 3651

Re: Qatar Airways plans to start an airline in India

If QR thinks they are ready to go head to head with 6E and SpiceJet. Bluster won't work.

What a transformation in Indian aviation over the last 5 years...

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an extension currently happening at Dubai DWC?
Replies: 10
Views: 1952

Re: Is there an extension currently happening at Dubai DWC?

The current terminal is too small for all of FZ's operations. FZ flies 10.5m passengers a year, and the terminal at DWC has a capacity of 7 million. Once the current expansion is complete, I think the plan is to move all of FZ to DWC. But what is the current status? I'm getting cynical as I see too...

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an extension currently happening at Dubai DWC?
Replies: 10
Views: 1952

Re: Is there an extension currently happening at Dubai DWC?

I am curious as to the status. There should be enough room for most of FlyDubai. I suspect Dubai doesn't have the funds for the Mega expansion yet. Funny how when things turn south every manager makes the mistake of no news is good news... Excluding India, it is a regional slowdown due to low (sub ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E195-E2 Rollout today
Replies: 30
Views: 6069

Re: E195-E2 Rollout today

I'm very excited about the E2-195. It is, in my opinion, the E2 jet with the best chance of success. E2-175, DOA (one customer who cannot operate the type due to US scope clause rules) E2-190, has sold to a number of customers, but not in great numbers E2-195, while the same as the E2-190, it has, i...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.
Replies: 530
Views: 50939

Re: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.

767MAX anyone??? :stirthepot: With 2 aisles, would this be a true 2-4-2 abreast airframe? 7-abreast is regarded as too much drag for too small of an increase, but could Boeing tinker with the same dimensions of the 767 to somehow fit LD-3s side-by-side? Or can we expect a CFRP, 8-abreast fuselage s...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an extension currently happening at Dubai DWC?
Replies: 10
Views: 1952

Re: Is there an extension currently happening at Dubai DWC?

I am curious as to the status. There should be enough room for most of FlyDubai. I suspect Dubai doesn't have the funds for the Mega expansion yet. Funny how when things turn south every manager makes the mistake of no news is good news... Excluding India, it is a regional slowdown due to low (sub $...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing defines 737-10MAX
Replies: 540
Views: 75412

Re: Boeing defines 737-10MAX

28k engines? The customer cry for 35k engines for the A321 was loud. There was demand for better -9 takeoff performance. So I am confused how the -10 misses out on more thrust...

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by lightsaber
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL MD-88 Phase Out
Replies: 65
Views: 14031

Re: DL MD-88 Phase Out

I still cannot find any link of AA extending MD-80 service. Such big news should have a link from some analyst. Will there be a bow wave of retirements? AA discussed its 2017 fleet plan in its January investor update: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/yp9uc5x7/lan/en You can find a summary here on F...

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