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by lightsaber
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months
Replies: 41
Views: 5097

Re: Emirates and Flydubai merger in 18 months

FlyDubai needs to rethink their position to move to DWC, but is there room at DXB? I can't think of many advantages if they remain at separate airports. It would be less than convenient for transfers. PErhaps the Dubai/Emirati government will tell foreign carriers to move to DWC? I'm sure foreign a...

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Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL orders additional A330-300 P2F
Replies: 31
Views: 4509

Re: DHL orders additional A330-300 P2F

Considering the A330NEO delays, I'm sure the terms were excellent. I wonder if there are any puts (reverse options) l?

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 1995
Views: 206222

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

[list=][/list] They did than not discount the A320ceo in a A320ceo sale, they were offering a very good customer a deal to compensate for late delivery, completely different thing. I am sorry, but that is not the case - Airasia wanted to take MORE Neo's than originally scheduled but Airbus could no...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 109
Views: 11346

Re: TATA group may buy Air India

Labor productivity and debt relief will determine the viability. Can AI be reformed?

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by lightsaber
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 262
Views: 68006

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

As far as I know, Airbus oversold the ceo rather than needing additional orders. The engine and therefore delivery troubles led to pulling some ceo deliveries forward, but Airbus will because of the amount of undelivered A320 family ceos stop the ceo production later than planned, we will definitel...

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by lightsaber
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 163
Views: 12539

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2017

Qatar should buy AI while Modi is desperate to achieve something and Qatar need to teach a lesson their neighbors. Its a win-win. Most aircraft related debt is lease debt, buyer need not to pay anybody. Working capital debt from global sources should be at a competitive rate, shouldn't be a problem...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320neo SHARP package
Replies: 23
Views: 1725

Re: A320neo SHARP package

What would be the trade offs of the change? In other words, why would Airbus make this an option and not standard (other than being able to squeeze out more money from customers)? Weight and parasitic drag are two I can think of, perhaps it's also expensive to make the part. It will depend on the c...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom: NYC-LON Mach 2.2 Startup
Replies: 95
Views: 28100

Re: Update on Boom SST: SST has a real future

I hope this works. Who doesn't want to save time flying? Supersonic flight opens up *many* new windows for TATL flying as no longer must the flight be when people could sleep. The 2023 EIS is too optimistic though. Flight testing of the demonstrator will take up 2018 and 2019. Then the real developm...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 28717

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

Which are the three departure banks? One is the afternoon one for flights to Europe and Australia and the other is the late night bank for flights to USA and London. The ultimate plan is to have 3 banks out of DEL. I think in future, the main HUB will be DEL, with BLR, MAA and BOM being "focus...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 281
Views: 28717

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

AI has built a nice little afternoon departure bank from DEL with flights departing to LHR FRA VIE MXP CPH ARN SYD MEL Depending on the day of the week. Am I missing any? BHX, FCO, MAD, CDG *Finally* AI has copied the circa 2005 EK departure bank to feed a European service network. But a dozen citi...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29516

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

The news today is the incremental order. It's destined to be a nice size subfleet fleet, but today's order doesn't provide significant new insight to fleet strategy. Delta's 739 and A321 fleets are being built by multiple (some small, like this) transactions - as was the MD-90 fleet. A few receipts...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders
Replies: 262
Views: 68006

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Airbus News And Orders

Ethiopian order for 10 additional A350s confirmed :) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DCxGfn_UMAAyW8x.jpg https://twitter.com/_AirlinerWorld/status/877153541055500290 Good news. I thought with the issues Ethiopian is having getting cash out of some nations that they would have to slow expansion. Very go...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model
Replies: 130
Views: 16844

Re: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model

Never was a fan of the Hunchback of Puget Sound, and will never in a trillion years understand why it's maintained the cult of personality that it has among AvGeeks I think that might be treason. We must call the brotherhood together to discuss this distressing blasphemy. For it is written the 747 ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rutaca goes bankrupt
Replies: 13
Views: 2693

Re: Rutaca goes bankrupt

Perhaps the hours running out was in relation to an upcoming maintenance check. It must be increasingly difficult to keep them flying. But on all 5 frames?? If it's the availability of spare parts, then they could ground one of them and cannibalize on it. And they could have then wound down their o...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 788
Views: 118064

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

The step from a 77W to 779 is rather small, something like 20-30 seats if you are a 10Y operator. Adding 80 seats is a different story. 80 seats is a nice step. The reduction in costs per seat will be significant. The A380 is becoming a niche aircraft to fly hub (slot controlled or not) to high dem...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet and the 787
Replies: 19
Views: 3308

Re: SpiceJet and the 787

It is more profitable for a foreign carrier to operate the flight and SpiceJet be just a marketing carrier. SG can avoid lot of Indian duties/taxes and regulations. Wise solution. Overly burdensome taxes/duties for business to relocate. Smart of SG. Wet lease the service. Again, Indigo and other LC...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PW1100G Engine Failures and ETOPS
Replies: 29
Views: 6520

Re: PW1100G Engine Failures and ETOPS

The PW1100G variant for the A320neo received ETOPS 180 approval: Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1100G-JM engine has been granted 180 minute Extended Range Operations (ETOPS) eligibility by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had approved ETOPs for the en...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10
Replies: 266
Views: 33013

Re: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10

Honestly pretty disappointed. I haven't seen any official mention of new landing gear and it looks like they are still using the Leap-1B instead of the larger, more efficient and more powerful Leap-1A/C that was needed to be an actual competitor to the A321neo. Even less range than the -9 means tha...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's busiest non-hub to hub domestic route
Replies: 14
Views: 5537

Re: United's busiest non-hub to hub domestic route

Measured by 2017 seats, SFOLAX would rank first, followed by ORDLAX, then EWRLAX. Assuming LAX is not counted as a hub. The below are top 25 by total 2017 seats, but the list does includes hub to hub flying. ORDSFO 1,897,128 EWRSFO 1,709,489 LAXSFO 1,528,904 DENSFO 1,485,834 LAXORD 1,416,750 EWRLAX...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320neo SHARP package
Replies: 23
Views: 1725

Re: A320neo SHARP package

What is the status of this package? I do not know the added weight, any other penalties, or how much the runway length is reduced.

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Whats better A320 vs 737 for hot/high/short field and why?
Replies: 32
Views: 3452

Re: Whats better A320 vs 737 for hot/high/short field and why?

We need to compare payload for hot/high. Has anyone seen the A320NEO curves? Airbus has bragged how changing the FBW logic has improved all short field performance. Soon there will be the A320NEO (specific to that length) short field kit. :) I believe that will shift the performance significantly in...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 354
Views: 86675

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

9M-LRD has yet to fly its first revenue flight since delivery a few weeks ago, what's the hold up? It is used for ground training - maintenance training - crew training for all Lion Air Group. Also engines were leased from Boeing for the delivery flight. New engines (inspected ones) arrived two day...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service
Replies: 70
Views: 18340

Re: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service

Any flights? Most of the issues I know of with the ARJ-21 still haven't been addressed. They'll lurk as the certification process was very sub par. It won't be GE's fault when the CF-34s go in for early shop visits... http://bbs.wenxuecity.com/military/1430868.html It said that #107, #108, #109, #11...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Fined After Two 'Unsafe Incidents' in China
Replies: 42
Views: 7565

Re: Emirates Fined After Two 'Unsafe Incidents' in China

Isnt the 'No expansion' part much more significant than the token fine? I don't know anything about UAE-China bilateral, but with the recent downsizing of EK's US ops they have some extra slack in the fleet and may be looking for alternatives...? It's only 6 months I thought EK had maxed out China ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad drops San Francisco
Replies: 61
Views: 15268

Re: Etihad drops San Francisco

A rare display of competence by AI Had they started/done more of this a decade or so ago, they could've significantly stunted the growth EY/QR in their comparatively nascent stage, if not finish one or both of them off outright (at least in the scope as global carriers). If AI had been run as a bus...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are those A321LR routes economically viable?
Replies: 29
Views: 5088

Re: Are those A321LR routes economically viable?

I seriously doubt any of the REC-CDG, BSB-JFK, REC-JFK, SSA-JFK, BSB-BOS legs are possible without serious restrictions. The one to CDG is touching 4000nm which is around the expected range, while all others are above 3600nm. If you consider fuel for reserve and alternate airport, anything close to...

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by lightsaber
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 344
Views: 73643

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

If and I really hope it doesn't happen but if AZ folds do you think another SkyTeam member steps in to increase service and will SkyTeam look to add another member? Sky Team is the alliance to lose most should Alitalia fold. Italian loyalists will have no more domestic and few European nonstop opti...

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by lightsaber
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH restarts MUC-SIN
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Re: LH restarts MUC-SIN

Duplicate thread. Please see above link;

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by lightsaber
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure
Replies: 71
Views: 20320

Re: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure

"According to TMC CEO Scott Wise and v-p of operations Chip Schultz, the left engine flamed out at crusing altitude and the pilots made two in-air restart attempts before diverting to Buffalo. “The right engine never quit, and it was a textbook single-engine landing,” added Schultz." http...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure
Replies: 71
Views: 20320

Re: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure

The Hawker 400 has. A reputation for engine out due to inadequate anti-ice capability. Is the JT8D unsafe because the MD-80 didn't have enough anti-ice capability to avoid engine out in Florida and the Caribbean? No. Is the CF-34 unsafe because the ARJ-21 cut capability too far? No. It is airframe ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways 2016 financial results
Replies: 14
Views: 3289

Re: Qatar Airways 2016 financial results

aviationaware wrote:
As long as I don't see a PCAOB compliant audit report for those numbers, they are an invention.

I have to agree. Some audit is required. What rate does QR depreciate assests? There are a half dozen airlines I'd like to see more information, EK, EY, and AI included.

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by lightsaber
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure
Replies: 71
Views: 20320

Re: Actress Jennifer Lawrence's private plane suffers dual engine failure

Here we have a jet airplane, powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D, losing both engines. Luckily not over water hours away from an airport. That are the frames using that engine. Aérospatiale Corvette Alenia Aermacchi M-311 Boeing Bird of Prey Beechcraft Beechjet 400 Cessna Citation I Ce...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MC-21 Development Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 51251

Re: MC-21 Development Thread

Near the end of the 2016, Irkut/UAC (along with other aircraft manufacturers) issued the marketing [demand] forecast with region breakdown. This information has not been published here before. http://www.ato.ru/content/irkut-predrek ... -2035-goda http://www.rusaviainsider.com/irkut-for ... d-by-20...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer Ups E-Jet E2 Performance
Replies: 82
Views: 17899

Re: Embraer Ups E-Jet E2 Performance

Embraer adds range to E190/95 E2s (https://leehamnews.com/2017/06/02/embraer-adds-range-e19095-e2s/#more-23640) Last week, Leehamnews echoed the presentation of John Slatery (CEO of Embraer Commercial Airplanes) about increasing the range of the 190 E2 and 195 E2 jets: "The reach for the E195-...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 787-10 Range vs A350-900
Replies: 76
Views: 11074

Re: Boeing 787-10 Range vs A350-900

What is the operating empty weights of the two planes. Being dangerous and going of Wikipedia: 142t for the A359. I see 128.85 for the 789 and would estimate 142t for the 787-10. I'm missing something here... Are the empty weight (OEW) of the 777-10 and A350-900 similar? Figures I see suggest that. ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 1995
Views: 206222

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

P&W confirmed that the bearing issue has been resolved. Meanwhile, Chris Calio, president of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, confirmed that the company has completed developing improved combustor lining material and an improved carbon air seal for the PW1100G-JM’s Number 3 bearing. Toge...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK mulls 20 additional A380s
Replies: 119
Views: 24792

Re: EK mulls 20 additional A380s

Why not just carry out the maintenance required to keep the A380s it already has in service? I flew on a Kuwait Airways A320 that was 20 years old the other day and (because it had been refurbished) I couldn't have told the difference between that and a brand new one. The first build have too many ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 109
Views: 11346

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

You want to liquidate "the Indian aviation industry"? Time for a pill. :) No, if I were minister of transport, I'd allow air India to be liquidated. It's assets and employees would be largely absorbed by better run private companies like Jet, spicejet, etc. Impossible to have a healthy in...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Meridiana Be Italy's New Main Airline?
Replies: 11
Views: 3181

Re: Could Meridiana Be Italy's New Main Airline?

It will be Ryanair. As much as Patriots might want a home airline, FR, Wizz, and U2 will take the short haul.

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by lightsaber
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: P&W to cut PW1000G fuel burn by 5-7%
Replies: 20
Views: 2093

Re: P&W to cut PW1000G fuel burn by 5-7%

P&W believes they can cut PW1000G fuel burn by another 5-7%. This should be achievable by the mid-2020: Pratt & Whitney is planning to achieve additional 5 to 7 percent fuel-burn reductions from its PW1000G geared turbofans by the mid-2020s through the adoption of a higher-technology core f...

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by lightsaber
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: P&W to cut PW1000G fuel burn by 5-7%
Replies: 20
Views: 2093

Re: P&W to cut PW1000G fuel burn by 5-7%

Not a big deal...engines generally progress at about 1% a year in any case. Although improvements are not introduced every year, instead they come in chunks with PIPs, general engineering tweaks and minor reworks. I'm sure CFM Leap is not maxed out yet either. I agree however, that because Pratt us...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar
Replies: 637
Views: 122430

Re: Breaking: Bahrain, Egypt and KSA closed their airspace for Qatar

Wow... Watching this develop is amazing. This is a trade war on quite a scale. I'd imagine supermarket shelves will go bare in Doha. This strikes me as a play to reign in support of Iran. I'm curious as to how much feed to India is impacted. I need popcorn! Lightsaber PS, late edit: Nevermind, food ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA invest $1.5 billion in LAX facilities
Replies: 52
Views: 9098

Re: AA invest $1.5 billion in LAX facilities

The next step for LAX is building terminals 0 and 9. Terminal 9 for B6, NK, etc. Terminal 0 for WN expansion. Sounds like T9 will be for UA. I agree T0 for WN. They need that much space. There is no way Concourse 9 will be anyone but UA. 8 and 9 would be all UA. It is T7 that would be traffic depen...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New AD for the SSJ100
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: New AD for the SSJ100

Sure the openness is good, but having problems with the tailfin attachment, then the rudder, is a bit frightening. Most aircraft get a lot of ADs - just look at all the ADs and EADs (Emergency ADs) issued for B737 or A320s (you can find the ones required by EASA here, I think there is a similar FAA...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Preview 2017 Paris Airshow, Announcements, Expectations, Almost Baseless Rumours
Replies: 143
Views: 27922

Re: Preview 2017 Paris Airshow, Announcements, Expectations, Almost Baseless Rumours

IF the MoM is launched I reckon it will be at the Dubai air show with Emirates and/or Qatar ordering it. Why Emirates? Flydubai seems a more logical choice to me. As for Qatar, they're already well-invested in the A320 family unless the A321-200neoLR lacks the payload-range they want for long-haul....

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 109
Views: 11346

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Are they? That much over that long is a government subsidy. All it takes is one trade war with one country suing at the WTO to bring an instant end. It is very different government owner versus private owner. If AI isn't privatized before a suit is filed, they are done. I see no one doing this righ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Your Favorite Airline Have Too Many Planes On Order?
Replies: 82
Views: 10156

Re: Does Your Favorite Airline Have Too Many Planes On Order?

The thread starter showed stats that the market has over ordered.That prior to this thread seems to have been generally agreed.Yet when asking about favourite airlines they all (without exception?) are underordered according to writers here.Both can't be right -no? Pick the over-ordered airlines. A...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Your Favorite Airline Have Too Many Planes On Order?
Replies: 82
Views: 10156

Re: Does Your Favorite Airline Have Too Many Planes On Order?

Southwest Airlines might need to order extra Boeing 737 MAX 7 planes as Southwest Airlines operates routes that might be too big for a 737-800 or a 737 MAX 8. Planespotters.net shows Southwest with 500 (yes, five hundred) -700s at an average age of 13.0 years. -700s make up a little more than 2/3 o...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER: 5th Anniversary of the supposed opening
Replies: 41
Views: 6693

Re: BER: 5th Anniversary of the supposed opening

Clearly, they should demolish it, design a bigger terminal for the city needs and build it. If they had done this in 2012, a new terminal could be opened by now. Maybe, but the thing is in 2012 they had no money to do so. 2012 was in the middle of the economical crisis so they were not going to spe...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian govt wants to exit AI
Replies: 109
Views: 11346

Re: Indian govt wants to exit AI

Eventually India will trigger a trade war with someone and they'll go after Air India's subsidies forcing an abrupt end with no debt relief. That is an easy WTO case to win. Will AI be spun off before or after that disaster? Once the suit is filled, there will be no saving AI. Lightsaber Wait. They...

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