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by lightsaber
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 51
Views: 10272

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Possible shortage in CFM LEAP-1Bs as there are about 7 aircraft without engines out and about. That includes LN6740, LN 6785 and LN6796 all for Shanghai Airlines and LN6758 for Hainan Airlines, all pictured below. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUF80siVAAA61Px.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUF80snUQ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis
Replies: 218
Views: 47519

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis

A new addition in this category seems to be edging closer for both Boeing and Airbus: Airbus plots response as Boeing warms to new jet https://www.reuters.com/article/aviation-finance-airlease/update-1-airbus-plots-response-as-boeing-warms-to-new-jet-air-lease-ceo-idUSL8N1PH5OX The MoM will cost mo...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787-10 receives certification from FAA
Replies: 25
Views: 6442

Re: Boeing 787-10 receives certification from FAA

Congrats! Is this both engines or just RR? (Yeah... I'm being lazy...) Congrats for the certification! Will be a great plane for the airlines and Boeing. Good on Boeing for not waiting too long to offer the simple stretch. Going forward a few years... we will no doubt see ER/LR/HGW of the 789 and 78...

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by lightsaber
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBG: GE Engine Venture May Oust Rolls From Emirates A380 Contract
Replies: 48
Views: 5162

Re: BBG: GE Engine Venture May Oust Rolls From Emirates A380 Contract

Earlier posters worried about building these engines. The GP7200 parts have to be in production to support in service engines. Ok, probably not casings, but both Pratt and GE have relationships with the vendors. A PIP will help. But would anyone else buy? As per Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1961
Views: 303786

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Amazon is adding an additional 210 acres to the size of its facility at CVG, that brings the total to 1110 acres. https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/01/12/amazon-official-210-acres-added-part-cvg-air-hub/1030088001/ This is great news. Has anyone shown where the new land is relative to the ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11240

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

Perhaps the one which sold almost 4 times more units than the other :old: What amazes me is that the A321NEO, with greater engine reliability risk, is already 32% of NEO orders. The A321CEO was 23.6% of CEO orders, with many being a late surge 2010+. Not so many A319NEO orders... The A319CEO ended ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 139
Views: 36729

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

For those who think a new plane costs too much, why has every airline *except* SAA come up with a replacement plan?: http://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-repair-overhaul/airlines-rationalize-revenue-potential-airbus-a340 Yes, the above is an old link, butsadly still true. I wish I could say I'm su...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 139
Views: 36729

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

While I see that the A340-600s will not last forever I still do not understand why they should go out of service before the 744s. They are inferior to the 77Ws, but not to the 744s. The A346, in particular the engines, never achieved sufficient economy of scale to be economical to maintain. Per air...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis
Replies: 218
Views: 47519

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 vs Airbus A321neo analysis

I am fine debating what market acceptance means. It sounds like we are beyond the sales flop comment from another poster. Just remember the context in threads about A330-900 which has 214 orders from 12 customers in over 3 years and whether that plane has market acceptance. I see your orange and I ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 448
Views: 48624

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Just an arithmetic note: For EK to have a hundred 380s flying, but buying 6 a year it needs to fly each 380 16.5+ years. I believe that the 6-rate is currently just a study, rather than a definite decision - they have announced a cut to rate 8 from next year and, with one or two additional top-up o...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11240

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

8 hours in a 321? Do uou get a shoe horn to pry yourself out of the seat on arrival? In a seat wider than your namesake's? PAL A330V3: Y 17" wide, 32" pitch There is a seat you need the shoe horn!!! PAL A321: Y 18" wide, either 30" or Y+ 34" So where is the problem with the...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11240

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

Why the hatred of long range narrowbodies? That is how long haul travel started! (comet, 707, and DC-8). I *really* dislike double hubbing (aka bridge hubbing). The time such connections take are exhausting. Get me to my destination those few hours earlier and let me sleep in a real, static, and pro...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Pope held a marriage ceremony for flight crew aboard the pope plane
Replies: 6
Views: 1624

Re: The Pope held a marriage ceremony for flight crew aboard the pope plane

Isn't it unusual for two married crew members to work together on the same flight? I thought airlines frowned on this practice, ala ... 9W cockpit crew brawl? The story & video are awesome, so I am sure LA & the two crew members are thrilled for the experience of a lifetime. Given that this...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relative Fuel Efficiency Aircraft - Transpac
Replies: 16
Views: 2529

Re: Relative Fuel Efficiency Aircraft - Transpac

The effect of aircraft type on fuel efficiency is clearly visible in the results. Interesting white paper https://www.theicct.org/sites/default/files/publications/Transpacific-airline-fuel-efficiency-ranking-2016_ICCT-white-paper_16012018_vF.pdf Welcome to the boards. As you are new here, I will tr...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 78
Views: 5772

Re: Air India Privatization by June

India has no need of Air India anymore from an airline perspective. If a bank bailout is needed, that is better than what I've been reading. Lightsaber India definitely has no need for a national airline or debt associated with it. All I am saying don't nationalize AI debt when there are several cr...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 448
Views: 48624

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Yesterday French mag Challenge(s), which incidently Airbus the most, says Airbus may even have gone below that, considering the strategic importance of the deal ( and I'll add considering Leahy's imminent leaving the company ) : "Le prix catalogue de l'appareil est de 445,6 millions de dollars...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 139
Views: 36729

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

Is there an update to what LH plans to do with its A346s or when? The five A380s moving from FRA to MUC are taking some A346 routes, and the A359 is taking up a LOT of A346 routes starting in S18: http://lufthansaflyer.boardingarea.com/lufthansa-announces-aircraft-changes-for-certain-long-haul-rout...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 78
Views: 5772

Re: Air India Privatization by June

What's new? Air Asia won't bid: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airasia-india-says-no-plans-to-look-at-air-india-stake/articleshow/62528301.cms Singapore airlines hasn't committed either way: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/why-sia-sh...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet 737-600's
Replies: 28
Views: 4059

Re: Westjet 737-600's

ACDC8 wrote:
IIRC - none have the updates interiors - having said that, the -600 is the one I try to avoid.

One was doing the YEG-LAS last Saturday.

I flew the WJ 736 when they were new. I loved them. Then again, my basketball playing child was in diapers then...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread
Replies: 114
Views: 19990

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread

Who is buying/leasing used 777s (if anyone)? I'm being lazy and not going through all the posts. It always amazes me how quickly a widebody type can become unsellable. We've seen it with A340s, 747s, and I believe now 777s.

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E-Jet E2 gets another performance boost
Replies: 30
Views: 4774

Re: Embraer E-Jet E2 gets another performance boost

Just a note that I didn't realize at first but is helpful, the top graphic in the OP is from June, the article linked in the second post is from January 18th 2018. So the numbers in the graphic haven't been updated with any extra performance as of yet. I'm very curious as to range. There must have ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?
Replies: 86
Views: 8210

Re: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?

The thing is that there are multiple solutions to this problem; competing transportation methods, using alternative airports, expanding megahubs, and point-to-point flying (bypassing megahubs). All of these separate alternate solutions have occurred (or will occur) to some degree. High speed rail i...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus
Replies: 59
Views: 17122

Re: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus

The greatest salesman and he deserves a long and happy retirement. But to be potentially negative. Would JL have been a key member of the team/teams that had this obsession- no sorry 'death wish' with quads? Not once ,not twice but three times!!And this from the company that invented the widebodied...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 78
Views: 5772

Re: Air India Privatization by June

What's new? Air Asia won't bid: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/airasia-india-says-no-plans-to-look-at-air-india-stake/articleshow/62528301.cms Singapore airlines hasn't committed either way: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/why-sia-sho...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Angola Owes Foreign Airlines $500 Million
Replies: 7
Views: 1570

Re: Angola Owes Foreign Airlines $500 Million

EK dropped DT Management contract because of this and constant meddling by the Government. A pity really, Angola desperately needs to build some credibility. I believe SA is in the same boat, unable to repatriate cash back to JNB. Just float the currencies, it works out in the end. Without paying t...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 239
Views: 34259

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

One of the reasons BA didn't order the 747-8i: IAG's Willie Walsh said British Airways picked A380 over 747-8 in 2007 because of a poor relationship with GE. https://twitter.com/jonostrower/status/607987193739657216 This is one reason I suspect the 779 might not be seen in BA's colors. :( Or IAG fo...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL new requirements for service/emotional support animals
Replies: 31
Views: 1782

Re: DL new requirements for service/emotional support animals

I'm happy it is limited to dogs and cats. I'm sorry, but half the emotional support animals only should be at a home for a BBQ.

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by lightsaber
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E-Jet E2 gets another performance boost
Replies: 30
Views: 4774

Re: Embraer E-Jet E2 gets another performance boost

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2018-01-19/embraer-reports-e190-e2-spec-improvements As expected, with the certification date approaching Embraer announces new performance improvements for the 190E2: In short: -Aerodynamic improvements result in a fuel burn rate decrease of 17...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 83
Views: 8464

Re: 777-10 to be Boeing's 747 replacement?

The market for VLAs wasn't nearly as large as expected. With smaller planes flying further, fragmentation happened. Also, everyone does realize the 779 is an awesome 744 replacement, right? So if an airline needs growth from the A35K or 77W, it is low risk. If a 777-10 comes to fruition there will ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 239
Views: 34259

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Refurbishing used airplanes is too expensive, so they’re gonna buy new instead? Something amiss here. That's BA logic in a nutshell. If you're missing the beef in a sandwich, forget the sandwich and fire up the BBQ instead. Nothing amiss for the right new price. Uses A380s have a value as spares an...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 104
Views: 6508

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

This whole thing is a circus by Amazon but smart on their part from a business standpoint. So they had to break it down to 20 and make it look fair, keep this story going and spread the love around geographically ranging across a spectrum of cities. It's amusing that you think Amazon somehow needs ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040
Replies: 218
Views: 12402

Re: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040

With aircraft, weight is critical. Cars still don't fly, so wheels support that weight. The solution is so extremely simple. If battery density is too low you just increase range by making the cabin smaller and payload lighter. So what you'll see is a C-130 sized wing full of batteries with a small...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040
Replies: 218
Views: 12402

Re: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040

And Norway is also famous for their airliner designs and production facilities... They dont make electric cars either. Yet this hasn't stopped industry delivering electric cars to Norway. All the electric aircraft startups will have a full order book if the governments start forcing airlines to buy...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040
Replies: 218
Views: 12402

Re: Norway is to make all short-haul planes electric by 2040

I enjoy getting a good laugh watching the anetters say electric planes wont work. A massive 38% of the cars in Norway are now electric. The highest in the world by a very big margin. The USA is under 1%. Nearly all of Europe is under 2%. Most members here would be totally uneducated on this topic. ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Honest Discussion. Which Plane is More Efficient.....The A351 or 779?
Replies: 61
Views: 4070

Re: Honest Discussion. Which Plane is More Efficient.....The A351 or 779?

Please recall the GE9X will have variable cycle technology. There will be reduced turbine cooling at cruise, already in the LEAP engines. RR already has this for the 97. I think also the Trent 1000-TEN. Do you have a link? To my knowledge, the LEAP was the first variable cycle technology to hit the...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US shortage of pilots: what are the authorities doing?
Replies: 23
Views: 2011

Re: US shortage of pilots: what are the authorities doing?

If they continue paying second year regional FOs $60k/yr and second year major pilots six figures, the industry will correct itself in a hurry. As soon as small communities loose service, there will be a political will to allow more pilots into the service. We've gone from unsustainable in one dire...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QantasLink to receive 2 A320s
Replies: 15
Views: 3396

Re: QantasLink to receive 2 A320's

With the advent of the A320NEO, 10-15 year old A320CEO's probably won't have the value they once did. Since QANTAS own quite a few of the Jetstar A320's, the best option to retain value is probably to transfer them to other parts of the business. When we think about it. freeing up 737-800's current...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 83
Views: 8464

Re: 777-10 to be Boeing's 747 replacement?

There is a huge market for VLA's its just that the 748 and A380 dont provide a fuel burn advantage to justify. The 779 is not a 748 replacement. The 779 has only 80% of the cabin area, it needs to sacrifice significant comfort to provide the same number of seats. A 777X with the hump would have the...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 83
Views: 8464

Re: 777-10 to be Boeing's 747 replacement?

The market for VLAs wasn't nearly as large as expected. With smaller planes flying further, fragmentation happened. Also, everyone does realize the 779 is an awesome 744 replacement, right? So if an airline needs growth from the A35K or 77W, it is low risk. If a 777-10 comes to fruition there will n...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire A330 freighter fleet
Replies: 33
Views: 7153

Re: Etihad to retire A330 freighter fleet

Is it me or things @ Eithad is moving south rather quickly When you dramatically over-grow beyond break even, getting to break even is a long way down. While cargo is recovering, EY lacks scale as already noted. If EY is getting rid of A330Fs, I bet the 777Fs are sold. To others: EY is abandoning b...

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by lightsaber
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Ultrafan vs P&W GTF
Replies: 19
Views: 1133

Re: RR Ultrafan vs P&W GTF

Would there be any practical limits to the thrust levels applied to the GTF and Ultrafan? What I mean is if it's possible to have a large widebody twin like the (still theoretical) 777-10 or A350-2000 being powered by a GTF or Ultrafan engine. At this time I would estimate they would be limited to ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Honest Discussion. Which Plane is More Efficient.....The A351 or 779?
Replies: 61
Views: 4070

Re: Honest Discussion. Which Plane is More Efficient.....The A351 or 779?

Please recall the GE9X will have variable cycle technology. There will be reduced turbine cooling at cruise, already in the LEAP engines. It is extensively using fuel cooling to improve fuel burn (instead of air cooling). The first CMC turbine blades. I'm hearing rumors the GE9X will have one more t...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 84880

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Everyone does realize manufacturing economies of scale cannot be overcome by dictate? Airbus must order 25+ per year of items or the price of the item goes up (basically, it costs about the same to make 15 as 25 items as that is just how mass production works). Commercial airframes cannot be economi...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?
Replies: 38
Views: 6537

Re: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?

Plain Y passengers will not pay for the space of 8 across. It seems wise to offer 8 across Y+ (not PY, Y+). Say with 38" pitch. I don't understand premium economy, either sell a discounted J (narrower lie flat such as US airlines), shink the J cabin, but revenue manage to profit. Lightsaber I ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization by June
Replies: 78
Views: 5772

Re: Air India Privatization by June

I'm very curious if AI, when sold, will stay *A or move to another alliance... Obviously dependent upon the buyer. Air India privatisation: India to split airline into four companies The core airline business comprising Air India and Air India Express will be offered as one company, and the process ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers
Replies: 58
Views: 11603

Re: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers

Late edit, added SUB. Late comment: I'm of mixed opinion on DPS expansion. I watched Grand Cayman island be over-developed. It went from my ideal of paradise to... over-built. Perhaps Bali should be capped... (Ghad, kills me as pro-expansion to make that comment.) To be fair, Bali is already overcr...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA merger integration complaint
Replies: 64
Views: 7701

Re: UA FA merger integration complaint

I wish we could get to a point were seniority wasn't the driving factor on routes. Better FAs should do the long international routes, especially up front, not the longest tenured. Tenure is such a useless deciding factor. Oil and Gas has this same problem . A 20 year veteran who happens to suck is...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers
Replies: 58
Views: 11603

Re: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers

[quote="lightsaber"]It was noted expansion is easier in China. But it is also come to the point expansion is impossible in many areas. Oh well, that just means global growth must happen elsewhere. Business needs transportation, electricity, education, housing, clean water, and services for...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers
Replies: 58
Views: 11603

Re: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers

It was noted expansion is easier in China. But it is also come to the point expansion is impossible in many areas. Oh well, that just means global growth must happen elsewhere. Business needs transportation, electricity, education, housing, clean water, and services for employees. If any one require...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?
Replies: 38
Views: 6537

Re: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?

If people really cared that much, they would pay for 8-across. The space isn't free. Adding 1/8th more passengers adds quite a bit of revenue. If the yield drops less than 10%, advantage to the airline with 9-across. If anything, it will help sell Y+. Here on a.net we make a HUGE deal of 8 vs. 9 acr...

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