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by flee
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 77W’s ?
Replies: 87
Views: 7806

Re: Will UA order more 77W’s ?

This aircraft is working really well across United’s route system The recent order of four more airframes shows there is a need for higher capacity on many existing routes and more could be effectively and profitably utilized With 22 frames UA has been able to replace the 744 fleet on most of the r...

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by flee
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 10311

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

XJ has added few pre-loved A330ceo last year, with another pending for delivery. Not sure if these two A339neo will replace current fleet which are mostly pre-loved, except two factory fresh A330ceo. Those that are leased from AerCap are on ten year leases - the first of these are due to expire aro...

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by flee
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 81
Views: 16632

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

CriticalPoint wrote:
flee wrote:
United Airline wrote:
Why did they go for the A350-1000 at first?
They have been converted to the A350-900

I think the Airbus order was a legacy from Continental. United are Boeing true and true...


United ordered the A350 prior to the merger. Continental had zero orders

Ooops, my bad! Thanks for the correction!

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by flee
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 81
Views: 16632

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

United Airline wrote:
Why did they go for the A350-1000 at first?

They have been converted to the A350-900

I think the Airbus order was a legacy from Continental. United are Boeing true and true...

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by flee
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 504
Views: 81945

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

For Aer Lingus, it is a nice update of their livery. Compared to other airlines, it is just a normal boring "white with a tail theme" type of livery. However, compared to Lufthansa, it is way better!

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by flee
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten A380 Orders Removed From Backlog
Replies: 138
Views: 24970

Re: Ten A380 Orders Removed From Backlog

There must a question for QF's A380. They have been postponed for many times (according to Wikipedia) and they are still postponed until further notice. Very strange that a long time order but now still deferred should already been cancelled or converted to options. QF could have done the same thin...

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by flee
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Many A 330 Neo's Will Ultimately be Sold?
Replies: 74
Views: 8423

Re: How Many A 330 Neo's Will Ultimately be Sold?

I doubt there will be many orders from China. They have very new A330ceos and are now awaiting the development of their home grown CRAIC CR929. If development proceeds smoothly, these will replace the A330ceos.

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by flee
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321NEO engine shuts off in flight
Replies: 49
Views: 12756

Re: A321NEO engine shuts off in flight

I was really excited about this engine. I think that the GTF design offers enormous promise in the future of aviation. But you still need to be able to build the rest of the engine. PW should sell the gearbox to GE, who can use their advanced understanding of high-temperature materials to maybe mak...

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by flee
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flightglobal: Airbus A321XLR would have over 100t MTOW, range of 4700 nm
Replies: 302
Views: 49102

Re: Flightglobal: Airbus A321XLR would have over 100t MTOW, range of 4700 nm

Ty134A wrote:
i have a stupid question: why not add fuel tanks under the wings like with military aircraft? or maybe come up with some cv990 style solution?.

Fuel tanks are already on the wings - so adding more will increase the weight and spoil the aerodynamics. Too expensive to redesign.

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by flee
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321NEO engine shuts off in flight
Replies: 49
Views: 12756

Re: A321NEO engine shuts off in flight

I think fighter jet engines are probably stressed differently in combat when compared to civil airliners that operate 10 or more hours per day. Besides, PW has to balance the performance of civil engines with making them at an economic cost. The design and engineering optimisations might be different.

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by flee
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319neo CFM Leap-1A is certified
Replies: 62
Views: 7915

Re: A319neo CFM Leap-1A is certified

A press article mentions that the A319neo flight test article would be fitted with PW1500G-JM and the flight tested. "First A319neo MSN 6464 is in its eleventh month of CFM Leap-1A24 testing with engines that will be switched for Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW1124G-JM geared-turbofan (GTF) u...

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by flee
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 100
Views: 32085

Re: Airbus A330 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Those who wonder why China's airlines are not ordering the A330Neo should check this thread out - they have ordered the end of the line CEOs!

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by flee
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likelihood of a A350-700 and A350-800?
Replies: 29
Views: 3853

Re: Likelihood of a A350-700 and A350-800?

I think we can start thinking about this only if a new engine with greatly improved economics is available. I would expect something that can produce between 55-75K lbs of thrust. If it is to replace the A330Neo, a two model family will be needed - one that can seat 240-270 pax and another that can ...

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by flee
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 217
Views: 47109

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

346fetish wrote:
Who will take delivery of the A330-900neo in 2019?

Not a complete list but here are some airlines:

TAP Air Portugal - will be taking delivery of a lot of frames
RwandAir
WOW Air
Delta
Azul
Air Mauritius
Air Senegal
Thai AirAsia X
Hi Fly

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by flee
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Middle East Airlines Orders 4 x A330-900Neo's
Replies: 34
Views: 7808

Re: Middle East Airlines Air Liban Airbus A330-900Neo Orders

Boeing was probably not interested in getting just a handful 787 on order. From 5 A332 to 4 A339, this probably ends-up with the same capacity but less flexibility? I guess MEA will keep the most recent A332 (OD-MEE) in parallel of the A330 I think Boeing shareholders won't be pleased if their comp...

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by flee
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft company offers Il-96 jet to Argentina
Replies: 29
Views: 5956

Re: Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft company offers Il-96 jet to Argentina

One major weakness of Russian exports is the lack of after sales service and supply of spare parts at reasonable cost. This will be the first item I will be asking of any Russian company even before I look at their products.

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by flee
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 217
Views: 47109

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

updated version A350neo and possibly A350neo Freighter. Drop A330neo and A380 in mid 2025. I don't think the A350 alone is enough, if they drop the A380. There might be a need to have a larger aircraft (than the A350-1000) in the A350 family. That is why they are beginning to market the A330Neo/A35...

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by flee
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Lion Air ponders cancellation of 737 MAX orders
Replies: 156
Views: 29241

Re: Reuters: Lion Air ponders cancellation of 737 MAX orders

The Lion Air founder has now weighed in and it seems like they are serious with their threat, even though they will suffer penalties: See: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lion-group-founder-threatens-to-cancel-max-order-re-454238/ I think people in this thread are focusing on the technic...

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by flee
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Lion Air ponders cancellation of 737 MAX orders
Replies: 156
Views: 29241

Re: Reuters: Lion Air ponders cancellation of 737 MAX orders

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... re-454238/
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The Lion Air founder has now weighed in and it seems like they are serious with their threat, even though they will suffer penalties:

See: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... re-454238/

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by flee
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 595
Views: 91757

Re: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR

It is increasingly difficult for the engine manufacturers to improve fuel burn these days as the baseline has shifted to modern high bypass ratio turbofans. We are not going to get the same kind of improvements that we saw in the past. So even if there was a Neo for the A380, the most we can expect ...

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by flee
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

https://www.rolls-royce.com/~/media/Fil ... raphic.pdf
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Here is the infographic about the Trent 7000 from RR so that we are not misled by unofficial and erroneous "facts":
https://www.rolls-royce.com/~/media/Fil ... raphic.pdf

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by flee
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

jeffrey0032j wrote:
That said, FedEx has managed to make non stop Pacific 777F operations work to their payload requirements, this will remain a 777F only territory for the forseeable future.

FedEx tends to carry more volume than weight - so the 777F would not be carrying so much weight, just a lot of bulk.

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by flee
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

c933103 wrote:
I don't think many freighter operators would skip ANC on their trans-Pacific flights?

Yes, we see many B744s stopping at ANC. They'd rather lift more cargo and stop there to refuel.

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by flee
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish A21N Suffers Accessory Gearbox Failure (PW)
Replies: 8
Views: 2899

Re: Turkish A21N Suffers Gearbox Failure(PW)

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It would appear that this is becoming to be a problem for PW engine users. Here is another reported failure:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1405893

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by flee
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 253
Views: 46776

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

No, the A380 is quite efficient. The issue is that there are now smaller airliners on the market which offer similar or lower unit costs, and outside of slot/bilateral-restricted markets, it's preferable to operate smaller aircraft in order to capture higher yields (thanks to frequency and/or less ...

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by flee
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

What would be the cost to develop and certify an A330neo? They already have a freighter version of the base airframe, so there's not much more development needed there. And the new engine integration work is completed with the passenger side of things. I'd imagine it would mostly be about testing a...

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by flee
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

current 330 has a big problem of not having a leveled cabin on the ground. Not a big problem as the cargo deck will be equipped with motorised equipment to move the cargo loads into place. If it wasn't a big problem, why did Airbus go to the trouble of making the 330F with a higher standing nose to...

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by flee
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

With so many A330 Ceos about to come on stream for retirement as pax aircraft, there will be ample supply of good and cheap frames for conversion to freighters. I doubt a new build A330FNeo will sell at all, seeing how the current version has sold poorly. current 330 has a big problem of not having...

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by flee
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo
Replies: 160
Views: 24726

Re: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo

A350 made his first flight in 2013 - already looking for a new engine option? They have to be really unsatisfied with the current engines! I think they want to provide different engines such as GE The A350Neo plan is for post 2025 introduction - as we all know, there is a long lead time between con...

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by flee
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10739

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

With so many A330 Ceos about to come on stream for retirement as pax aircraft, there will be ample supply of good and cheap frames for conversion to freighters. I doubt a new build A330FNeo will sell at all, seeing how the current version has sold poorly.

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP receives first A330Neo
Replies: 69
Views: 14345

Re: TAP receives first A330Neo

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ap-453899/
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Lisbon to São Paulo in Brazil will be the first route.

TAP are also planning A321 LR transatlantic services.

See: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ap-453899/

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP receives first A330Neo
Replies: 69
Views: 14345

Re: TAP receives first A330Neo

IMHO, the "first to fly" claim is more for the airline, TAP.

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP receives first A330Neo
Replies: 69
Views: 14345

Re: TAP receives first A330Neo

I'm a bit confused between CS-TUA and CS-TUB. It seems that both frames used to wear the "First to fly" sticker... Am I right ? CS-TUA was a test frame and needs to be refurbished and reconfigured before delivery. CS-TUB is the second frame built for TAP but the first to be delivered. It ...

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP receives first A330Neo
Replies: 69
Views: 14345

Re: TAP receives first A330Neo

Here is the Airbus Press Release: https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/11/airbus-delivers-first-a330-900-to-launch-operator-tap-air-portug.html TAP Air Portugal’s first A330-900 is leased from Avolon. It features 298 seats in a comfortable three-class lay-out with 34 full-flat busi...

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20035

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

The Airbus that we have today is the culmination of the lessons learnt since the day of their incorporation. Now that the management is transitioning to a new, younger team who may not have been around in their formative years, it would be interesting to see how this new management will steer Airbus...

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo
Replies: 160
Views: 24726

Re: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo

The Trent 1000 TEN is a Trent 1000 souped up by incorporating Trent XWB tech, isn't it?.

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by flee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20035

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

Revelation wrote:
And here we are in the late 2010s and Airbus has finally enabled the center fuel tank and added bigger engines and MTOW bumps to A330, go figure

However, there is no increase in thrust - this is more an efficiency update to improve the economics of the aircraft.

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by flee
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo
Replies: 160
Views: 24726

Re: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo

I am wondering if the A350neo is being considered because the Trent 7000/XWB simply has too many problems for Airbus to base its future widebody lineup on just one engine. That engine has been a nightmare for the 787, A330 and A350 with delays and grounded planes. Given the problems at RR, I assume...

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by flee
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo
Replies: 160
Views: 24726

Re: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo

Is the A322 the right response to the Boeing MOM aircraft? The 757-300 is said to take too long to load and unload, so a wide body (Boeing MOM) is their proposed answer. An A322 will certainly offer unrivaled economics but will airlines trade this for turn time? We've seen a few hints already as De...

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by flee
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 253
Views: 46776

Re: Air France to halve its A380 fleet

I think AF is just taking a short term decision because they needed to decide what to do with the leased aircraft as they come up for renewal. They also know that if the market grows and they need more A380s again in 5 or 6 years, Airbus will be more than willing to cut another deal for new ones.

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by flee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 253
Views: 46776

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

I recall reading a few years ago AF publicly stated they wished they had never bought the A380's- too big for their type of operation. Don't tell that to Airbus, as they believe that the 380 is the perfect plane for high volume, long haul hub to hub markets. Airbus believes that if an airline can't...

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by flee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group network changes; Silk xfer 17 routes and 737NGs to Scoot; drops HNL service
Replies: 46
Views: 8298

Re: SIA Group network changes; Silk xfer 17 routes and 737NGs to Scoot; drops HNL service

eta unknown wrote:
I'm also wondering how long Air Asia X's KIX-HNL sector will last...

They have done quite well - the Japanese are filling most of their KIX-HNL flights. As a result, they increased their frequency from 4X to 7X weekly in August 2018.

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by flee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to halve its A380 fleet
Replies: 253
Views: 46776

Re: Air France will half it's A380 fleet

I wonder why cruise ship operators don't lease them for their fly-cruise operations?

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by flee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group network changes; Silk xfer 17 routes and 737NGs to Scoot; drops HNL service
Replies: 46
Views: 8298

Re: SIA Group network changes; Silk xfer 17 routes and 737NGs to Scoot; drops HNL service

The destinations replaced with Scoot are mostly the least premium heavy as the routes previously sustained on tourist and leisure travellers than the business travellers even for SilkAir. They could always bring in the Dreamliners configured with ScootBiz if they had to which IMO is definitely bett...

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by flee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo
Replies: 160
Views: 24726

Re: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo

Airbus has it's own skunk works, where there are staff which could be migrated to visible projects, so why recruit? Perhaps they want Airbus outsiders to join them so as to give a wider perspective. When you are already on board, you tend to be consumed by the corporate culture and your views and i...

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by flee
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20035

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

The cost of the conversion certification would be a nonstarter. The new engines would be multiple times more expensive than the host airframe. Lastly any nation that needs that reach has a tanker capable air transport. No way would there be a viable conversion program. A340s are a parts source for ...

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by flee
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20035

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

Would Airbus make more competitive a340 with four CFM Leap 1A same as the on A321neo. What do you think? Would save a lot of fuel, but still wouldn't be competitive with the A350 overall. But reengined A340-300's might be useful for special military and scientific applications. NASA has a DC-72 tha...

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by flee
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 10 A330-900 neo's, defers 10 A350-900's
Replies: 384
Views: 61771

Re: Delta orders 10 A330-900 neo's, defers 10 A350-900's

Your line of thought is interesting, but I highly question the large gap in purchase price. It doesn't jive with the purchases we're seeing in the industry, or the clues available about the 787 price. The A339 has been a slow seller, and nearly half the orders are from an airline that uses 9-across...

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by flee
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 10 A330-900 neo's, defers 10 A350-900's
Replies: 384
Views: 61771

Re: Delta orders 10 A330-900 neo's, defers 10 A350-900's

Coronado, the data, assumptions, analysis, and unbiased observations you have brought to this thread are much appreciated. This is the type of stuff that keeps me reading this forum and is a much needed relief from all the other bluster and fanboyism throughout the website. I second that! Most of u...

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by flee
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20035

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

Would Airbus make more competitive a340 with four CFM Leap 1A same as the on A321neo. What do you think? Would save a lot of fuel, but still wouldn't be competitive with the A350 overall. The most powerful LEAP currently available for the A321Neo is still a little short on the thrust needed for the...

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