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by lightsaber
Sun May 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500
Replies: 12
Views: 2660

Re: Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500

A bit more. Global 7500 is just a renamed 7000. I assume the web page is keeping the 7000 for those familiar with the name. Rolls Royce Pearl engines... Ok, a River in China? Am I dating myself recalling RR engines were named after rivers? 9% more thrust. https://airinsight.com/bombardier-launches-g...

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by lightsaber
Sun May 27, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500
Replies: 12
Views: 2660

Re: Bombardier launches Global 5500 and Global 6500

Not that much of s surprise. There was a huge gap in the Bombs lineup that was uncompetitive with the G500/G600 and Falcon 6X. Something had to be done. Engine work was intense 5 years ago. I'm glad it moved forward. A new wing was a must. The old wing was too slow at cruise. What this is bad news f...

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by lightsaber
Sun May 27, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 187
Views: 22075

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

The analogy may not be perfect, I agree, but there are elements that parallel. The 77W took orders from plenty of existing 747-400 customers as well as the M11/742/A340s it was designed to replace. There were many 744 operators that should have been natural 748 customers (JL, NH, NZ, to name but a ...

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by lightsaber
Sun May 27, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 187
Views: 22075

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

The analogy may not be perfect, I agree, but there are elements that parallel. The 77W took orders from plenty of existing 747-400 customers as well as the M11/742/A340s it was designed to replace. There were many 744 operators that should have been natural 748 customers (JL, NH, NZ, to name but a ...

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by lightsaber
Sat May 26, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A32x and c series common flight crewing
Replies: 10
Views: 1215

Re: A32x and c series common flight crewing

Well they should first increase the production rate and deliver aircrafts on time. Yeah... That sums up the minimum to start generating sales. I hope Farnborough brings an order. At this point it could be the most unheard of airline ordering 3 and I would be happy. But first, deliver to current sal...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority
Replies: 58
Views: 5511

Re: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority

When all restrictions are lifted CUBA-USA will be a boom until then they will strugle While true, it takes two to tango. The attack on the embassy was childish and set back relations a decade. There needs to be give and take, but by both sides. I think this will be solved about 5 years before Israe...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?
Replies: 64
Views: 8631

Re: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?

I've posted for over a decade the way to compete with the ME3 is to bypass them. Europe needs airport capacity though.. India needs to change tax laws as the high fuel and part taxes put their airlines at a disadvantage. Not to mention they also need airport expansion so people can fly at the times ...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....
Replies: 23
Views: 2431

Re: I watch/spot airliners; wife thinks I am nuts....

I guess I should consider myself lucky. My wife gladly goes with me spotting, and she was never into aircraft before she met me. In fact, the other day, she saw an aircraft at altitude making a hard left turn and asked me if it was being vectored to a particular waypoint. I asked her how she knew a...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14289

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Boof02671 wrote:
AA is getting some used A319s from Frontier.

The reason AA is buying is so many are selling. It doesn't matter who is selling when the largest opperator of the A319 is returning aircraft. U2 timed well for NEO EIS.

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14289

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

I'm surprised about used A319. Engine choice is irrelevant, AA have both engine choices. Thanks for the remark. Can you confirm AA is accepting used A319s with V2500s? AA made the wise move of CFM-56 for A319s and V2500 for A321, so they could buy used V2500 powered A319s, but are they? DL should l...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: (Theoretical) re-engine of An-225
Replies: 16
Views: 2336

Re: (Theoretical) re-engine of An-225

A GENx-2B would be the closest thing among the newer engines IMHO. One could dream about gearing up a LEAP (different companies, I know) to get the thrust and spectacular TSFC... Thirdly the russian military could decide to order some new, updated 225s with 6 upsized PD-14 engines. Following Russia...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Scheduling Quirks: DL versus the rest
Replies: 18
Views: 3252

Re: Scheduling Quirks: DL versus the rest

DL definitely takes full advantage of sending larger aircraft to outstations for RONs, and then return them back usually departing to the hub around 6am. I think this is a great use of airplane. Speaking again for DL, they do run a slimmer schedule Saturdays, very noticeably, but this may come from...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?
Replies: 12
Views: 2930

Re: Are the Trent 800 and PW4090/4098 engines still being made?

OK. The engine was bad. But why give money back to informed customers who bought them? The reason cannot be just to be nice. The only customer who took delivery was KE, and they only had a handful of examples. Apparently it was less costly for Pratt to recall the engine and write off what they coul...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 336
Views: 97871

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Apparently the A321LR has reached almost its 100 hour Flight Test target. I would assume we could see the first Delivery soon! - https://twitter.com/A320Archive/status/998909775483039744 I'm assuming a few more hours will be required to get certification with the PW engine no? I do not expect Airbu...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: Bamboo Airlines To Order 777X and 737MAX
Replies: 22
Views: 4643

Re: Report: Bamboo Airlines To Order 777X and 737MAX

I'll wait for other confirmation. That blog is known for reporting more sales than are firmed. I hope for more 777X sales, but a startup???

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by lightsaber
Fri May 25, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14289

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

I'm surprised about used A319. Engine choice is irrelevant, AA have both engine choices. Thanks for the remark. Can you confirm AA is accepting used A319s with V2500s? AA made the wise move of CFM-56 for A319s and V2500 for A321, so they could buy used V2500 powered A319s, but are they? DL should l...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS will participate and sponsor the rose parade from 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Re: SAS will participate and sponsor the rose parade from 2019

guib53 wrote:
ikramerica wrote:
Main sponsor replacing Honda? Or just an sponsor who enters a float and/or band?


yes,only a sponsor who enters a float and / or band

Ok, I thought the headline sponsor.

But any airline is welcome!

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14289

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

I'm ok with any airframe being retired at or near LOV limits! In particular the 60k/120k. That is, over 20 years, 8.2+ cycles per day and 16.4+ hours per day... The hours haven't been done in narrowbody usage. The cycles are certainly acheived by some. Lightsaber I'm curious of an operator like WOW...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac, UAC to develop CR929 300-seat widebody aircraft
Replies: 431
Views: 37484

Re: Comac, UAC to develop CR929 300-seat widebody aircraft

Let's get the Comac C919 and the Irkut MC-21into service first. These aircraft make test flights about once a week at best. At this rate -- I have doubts either of them will ever be more than another ARJ-21 which has what? -- 10 aircraft in service after fifteen years of development and first fligh...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14289

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

One of the many reasons DL is my go-to carrier. And one of several reasons why they are NOT mine. I will take LH and SIA's dispatch and OT reliability, clean toilets and 4 engines on younger aircraft over the drink light years before I even think of Delta. But, hey, everybody is entitled to their c...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 336
Views: 97871

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

For the ones who know: Is there a sign that the no. of gliders at Airbus parking lots gets smaller? Better: Are the latest PW modifications now successful and are they catching up with deliveries now? Flyglobal Iirc, they have reverted back to the older hub seal design until they can properly fix a...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 112
Views: 14289

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

Whether or not to refurbish an older airplane probably has a number of factors. It will include age, number of cycles, number of cycles until a C-check or D-check, fuel consumption, and availability of spare parts. I suspect that maintenance history for any given aircraft plays a role. Airbus is st...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

Advisory to the overly cautious: Prepare to walk in the future. It is probable that most future designs will include folding wingtips. I expect those thousands of 797s will have them, so they can park in the 320/737 spaces. And if the 380 ever re-wings ....... Yes!!! I will be shocked if the 797 do...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019
Replies: 180
Views: 18000

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

Personally, I also doubt the economics are there, but Delta for years now has cried about ME3 being the reason they cant serve the region. Now with a much-lauded agreement let them put their plane where their mouth was before. Anyhow, for the bulk of travelers, unless your destination is BOM from w...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

There are a few requirements from the FAA: - There must be multiple alerts for the cockpit crew if the folded wingtips are not unfolded before takeoff - The wingtips must be mechanically isolated so that no hardware or software malfunction can release them and fold them in flight. - Boeing has to p...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 24, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

Please read my above post on wing walkers. Insurance will mandate a process and audit. Big company insurance is nothing like personal insurance, the quantity of audits is amazing. Insurance auditors do walk airports. In particular when insuring code F aircraft. This isn't be an issue. Just as ETOPS...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

That is why checklists were invented. Obviously mistakes will happen and ground incidents will occurred but that is life. It’s not like planes with fixed wingles don’t occasionally make contact with other aircraft or structures too. Yes mistakes do happen and covered by insurance. But you cannot de...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

There is nothing to agree to. FAA sets the rules. If a country wants to be arbitrary and not accept FAA definition... Oh.. fun time for airline audits. Lightsaber I suppose NTSB and FAA will settle after first operational incident. FAA can set any code they want, that doesn't shrink physical dimens...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

I remember reading that Boeing stated that losing one or both wingtips would not create a serious control issue Would any of the folks at Boeing who said this be onboard of a test flight to check if it works? :scratchchin: I'd pretty much guarantee it - during flight test programs a great many &quo...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 107
Views: 11355

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

Did any airport operator agreed to charge it as Code E? Or, folding tips are great, but pay us Code F rates. Huh? Per passenger fees MTOW fees Gate occupied fees. Which is E. The aircraft is Code E. There is nothing to agree to. FAA sets the rules. If a country wants to be arbitrary and not accept ...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax
Replies: 46
Views: 6654

Re: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax

According to this report from OAG: https://www.oag.com/hubfs/Free_Reports/Asias%20Hubs%20Dynamics%20of%20Connectivity/Asias-Biggest-Airport-Report.pdf?hsCtaTracking=2f2b19d8-b4ae-46a5-96d5-cad38c4fe4d4%7Cab2edd55-88e1-4cb6-bda7-60b3a88feeeb HKG is 71% O&D, while SIN is 74% O&D. Tons of tran...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara may transition from Airbus to Boeing fleet
Replies: 35
Views: 7040

Re: Vistara may transition from Airbus to Boeing fleet

But what's the problem with Airbus? That story with PW engines on 320neos? Who said there is a problem? Airlines often switch. JetBlue went A320 on price and delivery slots. The same is happening here. Boeing has reduced production costs and is accelerating production to create slots. The PW engine...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rising Fuel Prices and it’s Impact
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: Rising Fuel Prices and it’s Impact

I'd say long haul low cost will be under pressure. If it continues to rise or remains at a high level for long you may see some capacity reductions in some places. Should be interesting to see this develop. I don't see how longhaul LCCs are influenced by oil prices. Their cost advantage doesn't com...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada will add 4 more A330-300s in 2019
Replies: 101
Views: 20629

Re: Air Canada will add 4 more A330-300s in 2019

There is currently a widebodies glut with a long wait for new types. Buying used makes sense. These are not being bought for a long period of utilization. Perhaps for 7 years or so. In my opinion, late 2019 and 2020 will be the years to order 787s or A350s for delivery in 2023+. AC has bought very v...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rising Fuel Prices and it’s Impact
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: Rising Fuel Prices and it’s Impact

You will see a more rapid transition to newer, more efficient, aircraft. Airlines unable to fund fleet modernization will be in trouble. The trend to upgauge aircraft will accelerate. e.g., replace A319s with A320NEOs or 73G with -8MAX. Multi engine aircraft will continue to fade away. I don't see a...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 23, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread
Replies: 261
Views: 31407

Re: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread

Allegiant A320 N256NV is en route from BFM to SFB for entry into active service. 33 x A320 on property now at Allegiant. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N256NV Rapid fleet transitions are always facinating. MD-90. Qty 29 A319 Qty 31 A320 Qty 33 It will be interesting to see what G4 buys going f...

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by lightsaber
Tue May 22, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 83
Views: 7040

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

Does the author realize a domestic 1st class ticket costs less than economy used to? International business class after inflation is cheaper than old Y. If you insist on buying the worst, most cost sensitive product, vendors will cut cost. I just bought TCON Y+ one way, first back for a family for l...

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by lightsaber
Tue May 22, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 57
Views: 12070

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

People are overcomplicating this system, it's pretty much just the aerodynamically shaped raked wingtip that folds up. There are no flight controls or fuel systems in this part of the wing, just wiring for wing tip lights and maybe anti-ice ducts. Maybe? I think you are oversimplifying the system w...

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by lightsaber
Mon May 21, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 57
Views: 12070

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

I'm amused the wings get so much debate. The 777X engines are far more advanced than anything else. 16 cooling loops where other engines have 4 to 6. More valves, more heat exchangers. Taking variable cycle to the next level. Hottest compressor outlet temperature yet (for commercial). Hottest turbin...

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by lightsaber
Sun May 20, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration
Replies: 87
Views: 21077

Re: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration

Nobody is quite saying this, but I am getting the feeling that the 737-9 may be the mainstream airplane, and the 737-8 effectively the shrink. Let the record show I'm saying the exact opposite. When the last MAX and NEO roll off the assembly line, the 737-8 and A320neo will have outsold their large...

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by lightsaber
Sat May 19, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA seeks DOT approval to downgauge Cuba service to regional partners
Replies: 26
Views: 4462

Re: AA seeks DOT approval to downgauge Cuba service to regional partners

Thread has gone off topic. Move discussion to non-aviation

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by lightsaber
Sat May 19, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9092

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

Everyone is deposing of the ERJ-190/195’s. It is going to be hard to sell the latest model with the previous model not doing well. Not true. I love it when people make personal assumptions without real facts to support them. Of the total of 748 E190 / 195 produced since 2004, 685 are still in opera...

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by lightsaber
Sat May 19, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Re: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?

However it's a tricky situation as the small airport can't raise the fees too much. If they did, the airlines serving them might move to another airport leaving them with nothing. And at the end of the day why would an airline leave if fees go up in this situation? Because they can't raise fares en...

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by lightsaber
Sat May 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Re: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?

A big factor is land acquisition and construction costs. These are much higher in congested major cities, especially if you have to build in and around active facilities. However as you say airports with large scales and relatively few constraints like ATL and CLT have very low ($2-3) CPE. That sum...

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by lightsaber
Sat May 19, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?
Replies: 214
Views: 28564

Re: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?

There remains only one widebody in production that isn’t sold out for several years. This particular campaign isn’t really a big deal though, as far as I can see. It’s pretty logical unless somehow or some way Boeing wends in some NMA conversion options/prices. Actually, there is major evidence of ...

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by lightsaber
Fri May 18, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 612
Views: 158563

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

I truly understand everyone’ s opinions about AZ, however, let me explain this rather that with a practical capitalist mentality, with an Italian mentality. AZ has been considered, for years, like a governmental department, where favors, nepotism, and personal interests have dominated the company. ...

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by lightsaber
Thu May 17, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 707 JT8D
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: Boeing 707 JT8D

JSTARS has JT8Ds

GE was agressive with the KC-135. Pratt made a huge mistake with the JT10D program cancelation.

Lightsaber

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by lightsaber
Wed May 16, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 25267

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

But Kanban frommetrics ihave seen (and they can be fiddled by outsourcing etc) Boeing and Airbus have similar workforce’s per plane produced. Perhaps the static stations lend themselves to more Automation. I have watched a few programs re high end car manufacturing. R8 and up. Mostly they use stati...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 16, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10477

Re: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

LH act like a bully to SN and OS, but isn't even able to have their own house (Eurowings) in order Not really. Its quite simple really - LH Group (like IAG) is a holding company. You want access to the bank coffers you need to earn it. Group will spend finite resources on units where it believes it...

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by lightsaber
Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe to retire ERJ 195
Replies: 55
Views: 9092

Re: Flybe to retire ERJ 195

Meh... Shrinking. Receiving four more E1-175s, so still an ejet opperator.

They weren't able to make a business case with the E-195s. Adapt and move on.

Lightsaber

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