Ignoring the CATIA snafu, I'd put it entirely on poor management, to be honest. The CATIA snafu also was due to bad management. Airbus itself states that the core issue was investing in tools too late in the program. This thread from earlier this year is one of the better ones I've read and partici...Jump to post
LupineChemist wrote:Revelation wrote:His boss is the Board of Directors
His boss is Willie Walsh. BA is not an independent company.
What's your view? His boss is the Board of Directors and he's doing exactly what they want him to do: wring the last penny out of the pound, and take the bullets when the inevitable complaints get made and problems arise. He's not resigning. If he gets the sack, it will come with a golden parachute...Jump to post
It seems the company providing power to BA needs to invest in better and more modern equipment, There's limits to what they can do. In the extreme, they could bury all transmission lines and put all sub-stations into giant Faraday cages, but to do that they'd have to pass on the costs to all the cu...Jump to post
From the brief interview of Alex Cruz I saw on TV the claim is that there was a "power surge" that stopped all the messages between various systems. I thought big international companies smoothed external power to prevent exactly that type of issue. Surge protection has its limits. There ...Jump to post
JannEejit wrote:Alex Crux, the CEO behind BA's thrift drive, refuses to resign...
The real question is why doesn't BA management just outsource itself? I'm sure they could find a management consulting outfit could come in and do a better job for far less money. Oh, you think there's something important and unique about BA's management philosophy that can't be replicated by an out...Jump to post
Airbus states that a 310 pax B77W has 11% higher fuel burn per pax versus a 525 pax A380. Interesting how Airbus uses 310 pax 77W when calculating cost per seat but assigns it to the 400+ seat VLA category. As above the A380's innate capacity is around 80% greater than 77W since it's a 10+8 aircraf...Jump to post
So basically, he doesn't want to be burdened with the cost of owning it, maintaining it, etc. Easy way to dump it and be heralded as a generous hero because of his celebrity status. The cost to maintain and operate such an aircraft for a year far exceeds its value. It is math. Very strange post to ...Jump to post
Both Western commercial aircraft manufacturers do indeed provide a definition of the term, "very large aircraft" (VLA). Airbus defines a VLA as an aircraft with more than 500 seats or the ability to carry more than 80 tonnes of cargo. Boeing defines a VLA as an aircraft that can carry mor...Jump to post
I can see how I might have lost you, and to an extent, I agree. But let's make no mistake - the 777-10x is not a new aircraft - attempts to paint it as such have more to do with marketing than reality. It is an evolution (albeit one involving wings, engines, and a lengthened fuselage) of a basic de...Jump to post
So there will for the foreseeable future be a niche for the VLA. Whether that niche is seen as sufficiently cost-effective for Boeing or Airbus to develop an all new aircraft (because that is what will be required; the A380 is based on technology that is already 20 years old) remains to be seen. I'...Jump to post
The 779 doesn't have VLA capacity. The -10X is close, but even then not quite there. How are you arriving at that conclusion, considering that there's no official/standard definition of what constitutes "VLA capacity" or not... :scratchchin: Regardless of your point about the usage of ter...Jump to post
I would argue that the real backlog for the A380 at present is 58 orders: 3 for NH, 47 for EK, 1 for EY, 2 for QR, and 5 for SQ. Interestingly enough (for me at least) the (unofficial yet well informed) A380 production list at http://www.abcdlist.nl/a380f/a380f.html shows all of the non-EK frames y...Jump to post
That was all reviewed several years ago... I cannot quote you what the actual electrical requirements are now... but they are huge for an aircraft - even with today's electronics for most things. And being able to operate with an engine out is a definitive requirement. The thread I referenced above...Jump to post
The proper frame for considering a VLA market is to begin by asking how much X trip cost an airline is willing to pay for Y capacity increase. For example, a 777+50% capacity plane that had 10% more trip cost would likely be very popular, right? Seems obvious to me. How about +50% capacity and 20% ...Jump to post
Agree, it's ugly. Every mama thinks their baby ain't ugly. Ugliness/beauty are irrelevant to operations, in case you haven't noticed. Otherwise, the DC-10 would still be up. I didn't say it was relevant to operations. In fact I said it is a subjective thing. Thanks for the strawman argument. I woul...Jump to post
And does it truly make sense to expect a separate frame for the freight market? The A380 could have made a pretty good freighter (no nose-loading, but immense capacity). Those 748F's are going to get obsolete right around the same time as the 748I and A388, and I somehow doubt B will reopen the lin...Jump to post
Recently I've been interested in Janet airlines, the famous airline from KLAS that flies a fleet of 737s to Area 51 and other secret military bases. This got me thinking, is there any other airline like this? Or aircraft? every government around the world has secret bases etc. Thanks in advance. Ar...Jump to post
The VLA segment of the market is far smaller than A and B thought 10-15 years ago. A380 got 317 orders , and 748 got 114. That's a total market of 430 planes, give or take, including freighters. If we assume that the 777-10x can nab 150 of them (that's highballing it), and assume that we'd see a gr...Jump to post
FriscoHeavy wrote:Great news for Boeing and Hainan. Boeing just filled ~1.5 months worth of 787 production capacity.
Already being discussed -- viewtopic.php?t=1361809 ...
Plenty of info in that thread.
I think this is a great purchase for Brussels Airlines (the other BA, lol!). Glad to see the investment in the fleet.
PITflights wrote:How many A330's is AA getting rid of - could they be from AA?
It's expensive. WN and AS both have horrid shorter notice fares. Flew to PDX out of LAX 2 weeks ago because it was nearly triple to do the flight out of BUR . LGB was double. Love BUR to death, but unless I book way in advance, it's just too expensive. Since yield management systems are quite effec...Jump to post
Brad Mottier, VP of GE’s business and general aviation, and integrated systems business enterprise units, said here Sunday that GE has signed a “definitive agreement” with Aerion for a joint study to define requirements for the three turbofan engines that will power the Mach 1.5 AS2 business jet. T...Jump to post
Aither wrote:Business strategy #101 : when you are in a fast growing market, the most risky decisions are the most conservative ones.
CX is paying for their conservatism.
Yikes .. I;m kind of surprised its allowed ... that certainly doesn't sound very safe! Then again, its the Caribbean .. so I'm sure the right authority was bribed to sign whatever approval was needed! ;) I do take umbrage to that statement. As bad as things are around here, the authorities would no...Jump to post
... this forum is obsessed with this kind of numerology... True, but we're only following the industry: it's Airbus, Boeing, etc, which pick the names for their planes. Personally I doubt there's someone at Boeing filled with regret over "burning" a 7x7 designation on the 717, I'd hope th...Jump to post
Interesting thread! For those that haven't been there, St Lucia is a great island, in many ways it's like taking a step back in history, great people, great food, great scenery, insane drivers, the way the Caribbean used to be. I went once in the early 90s and I agree with what you wrote. I hope it ...Jump to post
G-EUNB is currently flying Cambridge-Shannon to be painted. Has been sold to Titan Airways It was sold to Titan Airways two weeks ago and has already been discussed in great detail on a.net. I wouldn't put the emphasis on 'great' since the details seemed to be ignored a lot, but still, here's the l...Jump to post
Was there an actual problem?doesnt seen like much of a revelation Aren't you making this a bit too personal? :-) In any case, we don't know if there was much of a problem. We do know the guy had been causing trouble around 2AM before the flight left at 8AM ( ref: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...Jump to post
Oh so ANA opted for twins too did they? Well they did order the 777-9. ;) And there is a belief that ANA was required to take the A380's built and on order for Skymark to secure Airbus' consent to assume control of Skymark's assets (Airbus was the lead creditor for Skymark) and not because ANA had ...Jump to post
From https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-19/u-s-said-to-probe-attempted-cockpit-breach-on-american-air-jet The U.S. is probing an attempted cockpit breach on an American Airlines flight to Honolulu after a passenger placed a laptop near the cockpit door , said a person familiar with the ...Jump to post
When they tried to bring Concorde to JFK in the late 70's, It would have been no louder on landing than a 707 or DC8. Yes, but unless they were going to build a new aircraft for each flight, eventually they'd have to take off too! Now If America had suceeded in creating a SST, the amount of NIMBIES...Jump to post
So I was simply wondering if there ever was a MAJOR military project which didn't go overbudget and arrived later than agreed (because these two always seem to come along). I am mostly referring to new planes or ships, big, multi billion dollar projects... Not at all new, but back in the 50s the U2...Jump to post
The commercial case was smashed to pieces when the US realized that their "One Up" SST would never work out. Nimbies were allowed to progress on their path or even encouraged. With a working SST on their hands to gift to the world the US would have walked straight over any opposition. Yep...Jump to post
Eventually Chinese interests will own everything else, so why not this?
To think of the stink that went up when Dubai wanted to own port handling at a few US harbors..
I doubt that London Heathrow will ever become a backwater. ps - see Yogi Berra For non-US readers, I'm guessing the (paraphrased) line is "Nobody goes there any more because it's too crowded". I think the reference was to "it ain't over till it's over" ( ref: http://www.bbc.com/...Jump to post
Also, another big factor is the economy. A recession or at the very least, minimal growth, in late 2018 into most of 2019 could spell doom. I won't predict in terms of percentage of chances, but I strongly suspect that Republicans will pay heavily in the 2018 mid-term elections, and that President ...Jump to post
It seems the other shoe has dropped. Many of us saw this as inevitable, but some in our last long thread on the topic ( viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1339259 ) weren't ready to see it coming.Jump to post
Apology for resurrecting this thread. In any FBW design, does the computing power build 3D models of aircraft position and so forth in the air and then react accordingly, or they just translate input from pilots into output after being mixed with some predetermined parameters? It's definitely the l...Jump to post
GE commenced GE9X certification tests. GE Testing For Boeing 777X Engine Moves Into High Gear https://imagr.eu/up/VMzu8_DAD4uuLVoAAPcOV.jpg Indeed. The part I found interesting was: SETT, also known as GE9X test engine 002/1, is the first to incorporate all the design changes from lessons learned d...Jump to post
I don't think you can really trust rental laptop. All sorts of tricks were demonstrated to actually keep someone else in command. If that's your concern, you can't trust any electronic device. Snowden's leaks show the NSA is more than willing to bugger up brand new laptops with hacked firmware that...Jump to post
On the other hand you could put the prepared battery next to some flammable liquid like high percentage Vodka and you would get a nice fire started. In that case you would not even need explosive, just a way to intentionally create a battery meltdown on command. It is a hugely difficult topic. Sure...Jump to post
If I gave you the option of trying out a fire in the cargo hold of an airliner with 300 lithium batteries would you get on the plane ?????? I wouldn't, so I expect you wouldn't either. As to the result of a cargo fire inflight caused by lithium batteries I suspect if it couldn't land very very quic...Jump to post
My best shows ever where the 2002 Yes "Full Circle" tour ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Yes_concert_tours_(2000s%E2%80%9310s)#Full_Circle_Tour ) where I got to see two shows in the US and one in the UK. I was too young/poor to see them in the 70s. I saw several shows on this tour ...Jump to post
“Traveling with your laptop is part of everyday life,” the trade group’s CEO told Bloomberg News in an interview this morning. “We are not sure that this ban is adapted to the threat. We don’t know what is the basis or intelligence that justifies this measure.” They should get themselves an appoint...Jump to post
I know that Americans pronounce three digit numbers as, e.g., seven-forty seven, seven-eighty seven etc., but in the UK (and elsewhere) such numbers are generally pronounced individually, i.e. seven-four-seven, seven-eight-seven etc. Maybe Boeing should just carry on with the seven-ten-seven, seven...Jump to post
When I flew Concorde I was surprised that the seats were Economy-sized, then surprised again at how comfortable they were. It left me wondering what all Econ seats couldn't be that comfortable. It'd remove the incentive to upgrade to higher class. Think "Calculated Misery". If BA had intr...Jump to post