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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL MD-88 Phase Out
Replies: 94
Views: 25686

Re: DL MD-88 Phase Out

N928DL was stored. It shows another one was stored but I can't find a reg. number. Does anyone know what the other MD-88 retired was? N914DE ship 9014 is the second one, the third one that will be joining it tomorrow will be 925. While just a few, it has begun. DL is not going to invest in the end ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to cut short-haul at LGW, increase long-haul
Replies: 34
Views: 8950

Re: Norwegian to cut short-haul at LGW, increase long-haul

Didn't Norwegian make a profit last year? Why the doom?

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

In the last quarterly report, deferred production costs really started to drop in earnest after Boeing went through some significant cost cutting efforts. Let's wait and see how much they drop in the coming quarters and once the rate hits 14 a month to see if charges are even necessary. A bigger ac...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

In the last quarterly report, deferred production costs really started to drop in earnest after Boeing went through some significant cost cutting efforts. Let's wait and see how much they drop in the coming quarters and once the rate hits 14 a month to see if charges are even necessary. A bigger ac...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ( Rumour ) Norwegian considering buying Monarch
Replies: 29
Views: 3485

Re: ( Rumour ) Norwegian considering buying Monarch

But, I have it on good authority that Norwegian is going under. That self centered maniac wouldn't have lied, could he? Ok, being serious, this gives Norwegian easy expansion where better management and some route changes will generate a profit. Not to mention more pilots for the expansion of DH. :p

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

So looks like Turkish is in the market for the 787 or A350. This is probably one of the RFPs that is supporting the 787 production increase. And they just signed an LoI for 40 - http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1374365 Increasing the production rate may have been necessary to ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 40 787-9 aircraft
Replies: 151
Views: 19681

Re: Turkish Orders 40 787 Dreamliners

To simply chalk this up to politics is naive. There is a lot more here than some political message. Matter of fact if you want to compare, relations between the US-Turkey are hardly the warmest at the moment, with plenty of rather major thorny issues outstanding, while relations with European natio...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 96
Views: 11860

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

If true, this means that there is no way that the A330-800 ever gets built as this takes over virtually all of its missions. It would likely kill off the 787-8 Dreamliner as well. Yes I see this killing off the A330-800. I've read all the replies and this is the pair I agree with. The most viable p...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 161
Views: 23637

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

To the numbers above on FR being 1700 pilots short, my math is closer to 1400. I know, a nitpick, I simply prefer accuracy. Personally, I'm impressed they found 700 hires. "Up to €12000" being the key words here. It is ryanair lingo. Like they say they fly to Frankfurt and they fly to HHN....

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Embraer 195 E-2 Vs. 737-7MAX Vs. CS300 Vs. A319 NEO AND Embraer 190 E-2 Vs. CS100
Replies: 13
Views: 1508

Re: Embraer 195 E-2 Vs. 737-7MAX Vs. CS300 Vs. A319 NEO AND Embraer 190 E-2 Vs. CS100

The E195 and CS100 are close. Very similar weights but the E195 can carry a 13 more passengers but carries 20% less fuel. So it flies around 500nm less. I can see the E195 having a very slight advantage on CASM with short trips. They both have near identical trip costs. The CS300 would have higher ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 2200
Views: 283489

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

We do not have to take everything for granted as we have actual data. September will end with three times more P&W deliveries than the months before, and more aircraft are being pulled from storage. That means more engines are being shipped to Airbus, just as the article describes. Where else w...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw
Replies: 20
Views: 2862

Re: Poland wants to build new airport for Warsaw

or mandate interlining, ie., every operator has to interline with other operators, no exceptions. Which airports currently "mandate interlining"? DXB. All it is in reality is a bag transfer. At DXB, the airport handles the luggage anyway... It is a way to ensure a Wayport due to the natur...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ends talks with Ryanair on flight connections
Replies: 18
Views: 3960

Re: Norwegian ends talks with Ryanair on flight connections

Ouch! The cold war between airlines Ryanair and Norwegian has taken a new turn. According to Norwegian, the Ryanair chief’s attack on the financial situation of Norwegian is due to the fact that many pilots chose to leave his company and start working for Norwegian instead. http://www.aviation24.be...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 109
Views: 15984

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

jnev3289 wrote:
No words...

I spent hours trying to better express the stupidity of this bail out right after another bail out..

You win.

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Embraer 195 E-2 Vs. 737-7MAX Vs. CS300 Vs. A319 NEO AND Embraer 190 E-2 Vs. CS100
Replies: 13
Views: 1508

Re: Embraer 195 E-2 Vs. 737-7MAX Vs. CS300 Vs. A319 NEO AND Embraer 190 E-2 Vs. CS100

@Lightsaber 1) "Errr... CS100 competes versus the E2-195. The CS100 has far more range, but the E2-195 is being designed to have lower maintenance costs with an attempt at lower per trip costs." -> The 195 E2 carries 10% more passengers and promisses better CASM. 2) "I don't know why...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 161
Views: 23637

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

I have also heard that Ryanair pilots have jumped to SAS ? True. To be fair, there is significant pilot churn in Europe due to increasing offers. FR messed up though. This has been obviously going on too long to be missed. Making the front page of global news sources for negative reasons, a bad on ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

But let's not forget that the A330NEO programme itself has sailed into headwinds on the execution front, specifically with delays of a year+ in the Trent 7000. The A330-900 should be in service now. It hasn't even flown yet. Those that argue that one of its biggest selling points is availability sh...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)
Replies: 161
Views: 23637

Re: Ryanair running out of pilots? FR cancels 110 flights (09/12)

Ryanair have said that the problem has been caused by the company changing the holiday entitlement which currently runs from April to March, to run from January to December instead. "We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we're working hard to fix that," There is no credi...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3620

Re: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience

The increase in hours was way to high a jump, has affected all US operations to some extent & still did not do anything for the improper training of the crew. It was a feel good reaction to look like the government was doing something. Agreed. But what should be the in between? The cost to go f...

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by lightsaber
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

Perhaps there is nothing to know and the rate in crease is to produce more cash in the near future rather than later. Well Boeing can't deliver 787s faster to airlines that don't want them faster so the customers appear ready and willing to accelerate deliveries. And 787 orders are still looking de...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

My point is that increased 787 volume forces the A330NEO to compete more vigorously. As my above post noted, I think this is an indication Indigo, Spicejet, or both ordered the 787... Or maybe I just hope. Very interesting thoughts. Time to make some popcorn! :biggrin: We need popcorn. The last two...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level
Replies: 20
Views: 3078

Re: Rolls Gearbox Hits Record Power Level

Imagine how many food mixers that could power. Dinner for thousands ready in seconds. GE very quiet on gears. P&W very quiet on a widebody GTF. Could RR have a jump on both come the next generation of widebody engines? I'm also intrigued about P&W's patents. Gearbox's have been around forev...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta A350 wing delamination during tire burst at HSV
Replies: 37
Views: 13904

Re: Delta A350 wing delamination during tire burst at HSV

What's a gel coat? It's what my girlfriend gets on her nails to protect and enhance the color. Actually, on a composite aircraft or marine structure, it's used for basically the same purpose. ROTFL. Does your girlfriend mix epoxy and track the lot# and expiration date? But yeah.. same process and a...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Embraer 195 E-2 Vs. 737-7MAX Vs. CS300 Vs. A319 NEO AND Embraer 190 E-2 Vs. CS100
Replies: 13
Views: 1508

Re: Embraer 195 E-2 Vs. 737-7MAX Vs. CS300 Vs. A319 NEO AND Embraer 190 E-2 Vs. CS100

Errr... CS100 competes versus the E2-195. The CS100 has far more range, but the E2-195 is being designed to have lower maintenance costs with an attempt at lower per trip costs. The CS300 does compete with the A319NEO and 737MAX, but now the 737-7MAX is only a shortened -8 and thus is a larger true ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

The 330 NEO was just an airbus insurance policy in case 350 had the same development problems as 787 Sorry, but this sounds like "revisionist history" to me. I was here on a.net throughout all the discussions as the A330neo was being formulated, and I can't even recall the "insurance...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A.net blind to China's Domestic Civ Av?
Replies: 7
Views: 1189

Re: A.net blind to China's Domestic Civ Av?

Threads must be started with more than a subject and one word. Dome discussion. Thread being locked.

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

I'm curious if Leeham will point out how devastating this is for the A330NEO. The advantage of short term slots just went away. With only 204 A330NEO + a dwindling A330CEO backlog, there should be concern. Is there even a know active A330NEO sales campaign? Interesting point. In my view A330NEO doe...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 376
Views: 86700

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Please continue here... Who do you think will be the buyer of Alitalia? It'll get ripped apart like Air Berlin. Slots and routes will be sold, aircraft will be sold, and maybe small parts of the actual business is taken over by different buyers but I doubt anyone is buying Alitalia as is. Agreed. I...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

Interesting to see Boeing's reasoning. The see high replacements "in the next decade.'. They also note every year in Asia, a hundred million people fly who never flew before. http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2017-09-15/traffic-widebody-demand-back-boeings-787-rate-bump Boein...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 270
Views: 25452

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

I wouldn't take Leeham's pessimism as gospel - not to get into the Leeham debate again though. And even with all the pessimism we have been hearing about widebody orders, the 787 is already 70% of the way to matching 2016's and 2015's orders with 25% of the year remaining so a slight rate increase ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?
Replies: 57
Views: 9046

Re: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?

There are some rumors in Russian forums regarding IL-96-400M - an updated and stretched IL-96-300. But it's too early to say anything at this moment. Who knows? MS-21 (mid range) is performing now it's test flights and IL-114 is also being considered for mass productions. As for the reasons why the...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to add 4th daily flight to SYD from 25th March 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 4665

Re: Emirates to add 4th daily flight to SYD from 25th March 2018

This might surprise you and a few other people, but on most routes ex-SYD, EK is more expensive than both SQ and CX. CX <<<< EK = QF < SQ ex-SYD No. QR < EY< CX < SQ < EK/QF EK/QF have yet to offer anything below 1000 AUD to Europe or 1300 AUD to London like SQ from SYD. This illustrates why the ME...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Repossession of Commercial Aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 4929

Re: Repossession of Commercial Aircraft

To answer some questions. The leasing company agents first take possession of the maintenance log. How quick is per contract and how likely the leasing company will gain or lose future revenue or asset value. a lease is a contract which will stipulate how an aircraft can be taken - it's not written ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?
Replies: 57
Views: 9046

Re: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?

Funding did go away, but Russian planes were never competitive with the west. But you didn't see Western airliners in most of the east either until the time when the USSR was well on its way to collapse, and couldn't offer Malev, Interflug and LOT anything newer than Il-62s. They didn't care about ...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike
Replies: 137
Views: 13344

Re: Air Berlin pilots now on sick leave strike

I wouldn't be surprised to see it shut down within a few weeks. The big question is what happens with the lessors. Aer-Cap pulled the plug, and the question is why A big deal aercap pulling ten A330-200s quick. I found a link and had it translated: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_...

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by lightsaber
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Replacement engine/major part transportation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1230

Re: Replacement engine/major part transportation?

Modern engines have the fan removable from the rest of the engine/nacelle to ensure a fit in an MD-11 freighter (design requirement to literally FedEx the engine). Early airframes were faced with a market without a global freight network. Now there is a network with Charters supplying the final leg ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India facing issues with LEAP, CFM refuses to comment
Replies: 18
Views: 4684

Re: Air India facing issues with LEAP, CFM refuses to comment

The LEAP issues have a known low compressor issue that results in the High compressor bleed valve having to be pinned open (bad feed of the high compressor leads to a surge). However, I haven't been hearing reliability issues, this is fuel burn and a durability issue (more fuel burn=more wear, in pa...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?
Replies: 57
Views: 9046

Re: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?

When Russia had money, they also had domestic customs (travel restrictions). How can you generate high demand when customers are prohibited from traveling unless you were an elite? The AN-124/225 were military planes. Funding did go away, but Russian planes were never competitive with the west. They...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K
Replies: 35
Views: 5187

Re: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K

This seems strange, A350-1000 is too big to start any operation, so is B787-10! They would be better with -9, - 8 or even A339. Disagree. CASM is king. Especially since, virtually every airline in India going West has to compete with Emirates. They'll have 400 passengers on a 787-10 with Premium Ec...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees
Replies: 91
Views: 18349

Re: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees

Whether DL charges$399 or $199 or $599, here the thing. They didn't have to send down all these 747's to MCO. They could've simply flown the original aircraft down and called it a day. The fact that they subbed in 747's says a lot about the airline and how they actually care about people. Delta als...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K
Replies: 35
Views: 5187

Re: Spicejet evaluating B787-10 or A35K

This might go to Boeing. Because they are a Boeing operator and the aircraft probably will be focused on regional flights. For higher density cabin and flights op to 4500NM the A350-1000 seems the more expensive, overspecified option. http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=&R=4500NM%40DEL&MS=wls&MR...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?
Replies: 17
Views: 3587

Re: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?

But couldn't these aircraft be optimized in regard to civil use? Less heavy... not that rigid. So the opposite of what is done with F variants of civilian jets. Except that reinforcing the floor of such and cutting a big door in them is much simpler than "weakening" a C-17. To weaken a C-...

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by lightsaber
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to study all-economy A380 to combat low cost carriers
Replies: 101
Views: 17197

Re: EK to study all-economy A380

So, Premium Y, Y+, Y- ... I can't imagine what would be the fourth one. What are the odds that their new Y- section will be 11-abreast? I see 4 easy. 7-across top deck, 20.5" wide, 38" pitch. An old business class seats branded as Y++ as business class is becoming full flat. Two 30kg bags...

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by lightsaber
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37841

Re: Future of 777X

I think you could well be spot on here. The 747 was very often bought for range and not capacity and I think the 77W was also to a point. Now you have so many options with the range where you can have less capacity for similar seat mile costs. Why buy something which will end up having the last 30 ...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10387

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

LAX772LR wrote:
Unless they do it via Japan (fat chance) then probably neither, any time remotely foreseeable.

Yea... I cannot think of a way to make the route work directly. Europe to LAX to Hawaii is much easier....


The ME3 will grow, but not to. Hawaii.

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37841

Re: Future of 777X

I agree the 777X is likely to build sales with time. Right now, Airlines know there is a widebodies glut, so they will order closer to delivery. To others:. We had a bubble in aircraft ordering. The long backlogs are an abnormality that we're wonderful for the 787 and A350. Unfortunately for the 77...

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by lightsaber
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37841

Re: Future of 777X

Big 777 customers BA, AA, GE, JAL, United, ILFC and Air France seem missing in action. It's no secret you dislike the 777 in general, but much to your dismay, most of those are likely 777X customers. Not sure about JL, but not UA. Likely not all of these, but AA, AC, AF, BA, CA, CI, GE, JJ, KE, QF,...

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by lightsaber
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 43
Views: 6664

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

No, NAN is just too far away to be a realistic connecting hub. 3500nm (realistic range fro 737-8MAX and A320NEO) from NAN gives you Aus, NZ and Hawaii. North America and Asia are out of range. More range means widebodies and the KEF style hub ends there. NAN: http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=&...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer pitches E195-E2 for JetBlue
Replies: 124
Views: 19513

Re: Embraer pitches E195-E2 for JetBlue

Has B6 looked at the A319 or is that still "too much airplane"? It's not too much airplane, it's too high CASM. The CS300 should approach the CASM of the A320NEO. The E2-195 should have lower per trip costs than the CS100 which means both have significantly lower per trip costs than the A...

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by lightsaber
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer pitches E195-E2 for JetBlue
Replies: 124
Views: 19513

Re: Embraer pitches E195-E2 for JetBlue

I'll bet Embraer is willing to give the E2 to B6 for a much lower price than BBD can discount the CSeries. This will be interesting. If Embraer can't convince their 2nd largest E190 operator to buy the E2 then that will look very bad. This will be tough for B6 because they've publicly shown interes...

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