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by Polot
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with underbelly branding
Replies: 13
Views: 710

Re: Undercarriage branding

YYCowboy wrote:
Has Air Canada got something like this going with the new livery?

Yes, they have the maple leaf roundel on the belly.

It is a growing trend that started with Emirates. QR and DL also do it now, along with countless other airlines other people can mention.

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by Polot
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 757-300 Update
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Re: United 757-300 Update

Do any 752s or 753s currently flying have scimitars? If so would someone post a link to an image? I don't believe any have split scimitar winglets (with the downward strake), but UA has been retrofitting their 752s with the new scimitar blended winglets (top of winglet different): 4263365 AFAIK the...

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by Polot
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?
Replies: 168
Views: 21297

Re: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?

How much of that extra volume in the circular version is useful though, versus just being wasted dead volume? if you look at the A320 X-section there isn't much wasted volume. If any. A flat oval may place pax more efficiently ( though I doubt that) but you loose any sane storage for bags. It would...

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by Polot
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?
Replies: 168
Views: 21297

Re: Airbus Responds to Boeing MoM launch '17/'18, Not?

No tube fuselage is much more effective than the circular version. a 8m circular fuselage that is 20m long has a volume of 1005 m³ and an external area of 502,6 m² an oval fuselage of 8x7 m that is 20m long has a volume of 754m³ and an external area of 442 m² 1005/754 = 1,333 502,6/442 = 1,137 the ...

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by Polot
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are Airlines paying a Maintenance Fee to Airbus, Boeing & Co
Replies: 7
Views: 1435

Re: Are Airlines paying a Maintenance Fee to Airbus, Boeing & Co

So basically if the development cost went out of the roof (like what happened on 787), manufacturers are still hoping to make some good chunks of profit by their tech support and documentations? Yes. Boeing and Airbus make a ton of money supporting the frames in service, especially when the plane i...

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by Polot
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a A300NEO?
Replies: 118
Views: 18789

Re: Time for a A300NEO?

good point, but if you shorten the fuselage, doesnt that mean you need to increase tail size? The needed tail size is dependent on the engine thrust. If engines are the same then yes shorter fuselage needs larger tail, but as a MoM would have less powerful engines than the A330/787 is can likely ge...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 236
Views: 18781

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Why do people keep saying VX wasn't profitable? Look at their financials. It's not like they were in a state of impending doom or questioned their ability to continue to operate (aka Sears) so maybe there are other motives for the sale i.e. institutional holders pressured the board to either grow o...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Number of airplanes with StarAlliance livery
Replies: 16
Views: 2418

Re: Number of airplanes with StarAlliance livery

Hi I need to know the Star alliance livery rules. There was a pdf of the requirements floating around on the web a few years ago. From memory, I believe the rule was 10% of each fleet type that flies internationally is supposed to be in the alliance livery. Of course, if you were at 8% and painting...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 or 737, how to decide between them.
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: A320 or 737, how to decide between them.

The main factor is whether or not you need ULDs. An A320 family plane can accept the LD3-45, while the 737 can only accept bulk. That is why almost all major European flag carriers (with the exception of KLM and LOT Polish) operate Airbus narrow-body planes, while Norwegian and Ryanair have selecte...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 or 737, how to decide between them.
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: A320 or 737, how to decide between them.

Available fleet (might have a spare A320 sitting in hub X at the time available to operate a new flight), capacity requirements (738 generally seat slightly more than A320, A321 more than 739), product requirements (if product on two planes differ), performance on route (one may have lower fuel burn...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 236
Views: 18781

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

AS had a chance to do something bold and they didn't. I suppose building a solidly profitable airline doesn't pass for "bold" these days. Either way, Alaska has clearly decided that it's more in the business of making money than value-diluting "differentiation." Again, that is a...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA's A-330-8 order
Replies: 75
Views: 16804

Re: HA's A-330-8 order

Look again Dutchy: Yes indeed, - in 2017 --> a/c a A332 is apparently 241m That $241m is for 1 A332 PLUS 3 A321neo's Assuming the A321s are $50m that makes the A332 $91m, a bit higher than speculated above but not way out of line considering the unknowns involved. Gemuser I imagine the capex for th...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a A300NEO?
Replies: 118
Views: 18789

Re: Time for a A300NEO?

Airbus is in a very good position to combat whatever comes out of Seattle. If Boeing go for a widebody aircraft, Airbus could re-engineer the A330 with a smaller and maintain commonality wit the A330. If Boeing go for a narrowbody, Airbus could re-engineer the A321 with a bigger wing and maintain c...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA's A-330-8 order
Replies: 75
Views: 16804

Re: HA's A-330-8 order

For the raw airframe, $79 million for an A330-800 is probably about right. You then need to add to that the separate CAPEX for the engines, APU, cabin, electronics, landing gear and other Buyer Furnished Equipment. That probably is another $50-80 million. Also note that the capex figure doesn't inc...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA's A-330-8 order
Replies: 75
Views: 16804

Re: HA's A-330-8 order

The capex figure cannot be the purchase price. At $140 million the A338 would almost be as expensive as the 787-9 , that cannot be right. Capital expenditures would also include the purchase of spare parts, simulators etc. Everything you need to introduce a new aircraft into the fleet. I'm not even...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA's A-330-8 order
Replies: 75
Views: 16804

Re: HA's A-330-8 order

You can't really get that information at the total price HA is paying per a plane from that though. Unless, for example, HA is paying significantly more for their single A321neo in 2020 versus their 8 in 2018

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Delta and United switch gates at EWR?
Replies: 8
Views: 1105

Re: Could Delta and United switch gates at EWR?

Step down for Delta and a split operation involving towing for international arrivals. UA probably has to make it worth Deltas while... Delta already does that. B1, where Delta is located, is not connected to the FIS, only B2/B3. I believe DL's international arrivals usually use B2. They still use ...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 56
Views: 9046

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

In the case of the U.S., would that mean that Bermuda II would come back into play? Further, I seem to recall that the EU had some say over LHR. Remember that only PA and TW (later UA and AA) could fly into Heathrow, and only from certain U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francis...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 56
Views: 9046

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Except they categorize Ryanair as a UK airline. Ireland, where they based, is not planning to exit the EU. So it would mainly effect UK domestic routes. However, in the end we might end up with a open skies solution anyway, or some other agreement. For instance Norway is not part of EU, but Norwegi...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 56
Views: 9046

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Nothing the article says is technically wrong. If the EU and UK don't reach an agreement than UK majority airlines will not be able to fly intra-EU (unless they are 5th freedom flights assuming the EU gives UK 5th freedom rights) and EU majority airlines will not be able to fly intra-UK. But surely...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 56
Views: 9046

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

Nothing the article says is technically wrong. If the EU and UK don't reach an agreement than UK majority airlines will not be able to fly intra-EU (unless they are 5th freedom flights assuming the EU gives UK 5th freedom rights) and EU majority airlines will not be able to fly intra-UK.

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by Polot
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

VS11 wrote:
So the suspense can drag for another year or so.... :shakehead:

I doubt the suspense will drag on that long. I suspect we will officially know where UA's head is at by the end of the year at the latest.

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by Polot
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

So what is the cut-off date by which United (or any airline) needs to commit to a plane before it starts getting built? How long does it take to build an A350? How many months in advance do manufacturers need to plan for a plane to start the manufacturing process? The UA A350 EIS is 2018 which is a...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

Let's not forget this is pretty much uniquely American thing. We don't hear it about European carriers Boeing orders and why they should be cancelled. That is because right now there are no rumors of a European carrier cancelling a Boeing order. Keep in mind we are not having this discussion becaus...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 248
Views: 47964

Re: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1

Why is there such a large gap between certification and first delivery? Well for starters since the plane is running ahead of the initial schedule (Boeing was originating targeting 3Q2017 EIS, while acknowledging that if things go smoothly they may delivery it earlier) the airlines may not be fully...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air Group unveils 737 MAX strategy
Replies: 11
Views: 3727

Re: Lion Air Group unveils 737 MAX strategy

According to wikipedia (I know...) Malindo was going to rebrand to Batik Air Malaysia, thus becoming full service, but that plan was put on hold. Is that rebranding still happening, or is Batik Air Malaysia now being added in addition to Malindo (There is currently a 737MAX painted in Batik Air Mala...

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by Polot
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 369
Views: 31326

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

IATA is a trade organization, not a legal authority. Things like US DOT, Transport Canada, UK CAA, etc are the ones that define that is permissible or not. Personally, I am not aware of such restriction for check luggage. Airlines cannot accept such shipments as cargo on passenger aircraft, but not...

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by Polot
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 P2P marketing claims
Replies: 73
Views: 4233

Boeing 787 P2P marketing claims

Back in 2006 lots of people, including Boeing PR, claimed the 787 could make hubs to disappear as more airlines would deploy the aircraft from and to secondary airports (i.e. spoke to spoke). If Boeing PR was saying that "the 787 could make hubs to disappear" then it should be easy to fin...

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by Polot
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?
Replies: 50
Views: 7993

Re: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?

An A380 is just a twin engine per deck... it's an obvious statement but people seem to forget this. While the 747 is a 4 engines for 1.5 aircraft... or A340 was 4 engines for 1 aircraft. These are totally different stories. yet they are bundled together and cannot fly at different time or to differ...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

In any case having Trump as president should suit the airlines as he is all about keeping jobs in the US, surely that is a positive and not a negative? That may be good for domestic traffic. That may not necessarily be good for international traffic which the A350 is intended for. Especially if for...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

While I agree the idea that Delta would have preferred taking the 787-9 over the A350-900, I don't believe they had much of a choice. Its been reported, for what its worth, that the earliest Delta could have received the 787-9 was 2020 and Delta could not wait that long. Boeing attempted to bridge ...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

The 789 - oddly enough - flies farther on the same amount of fuel (to within 100 gallons) as the 788. While carrying more payload... Hmmm...does the 789 have more efficient engines than the 788? Otherwise, you have an aircraft that is heavier, has more fuselage wetted area and yet uses the same amo...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

There was a comment made on another board about UA possibly being interested is some lease-returned/used ex-EK 77Ws. Could this be legit? Well as the linked article in the opening post says UA "may sprinkle in some used [77Ws]." EK would be a likely candidate for the source of used 77Ws c...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

Sure, 3 years is a long time. But it is more like 2 years 4 months since the order and what about the challenges you mention could not have been predicted in that time? Did the Chinese carriers order and receive their aircraft in between then? Did the LCC's only state their intention to fly TATL in...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

Listen, I don't follow aircraft orders nor to I really care about them. All I can say is that I had a lengthy conversation with an employee in Airbus' sales division. Airbus had employees in Chicago two weeks ago doing damage control when UA wanted out. UA, Delta, and American do not want the A350....

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

size being an issue with the A330-900 is not ruling out the A330-900. The 787 has the same size issue as a replacement for the 767. Hence UA's interest in a MoM. They never say they see the 787 as an ideal 767 replacement either. But they already have 787s for flights that need more capacity or ran...

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who are Ceiba Intercontinental?
Replies: 6
Views: 1025

Re: Who are Ceiba Intercontinental?

They are Equatorial Guinea's national airline. They have some ATRs, 738s, the 767 you saw, and a pair of 77Ls. One of the 737s and 77Ls is operated by White Airways of Portugal to get around Cieba's EU ban. The other 77L is a VIP plane for the government.

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by Polot
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's 100 737-9 MAX: when, how and if?
Replies: 15
Views: 4011

Re: UA's 100 737-9 MAX: when, how and if?

I won't be surprised if UA will use (at least some of) the MAX 9 as a high-capacity provider with 188-189 seats. 189 seats is max capacity without using the Type II exits behind the wings. DL has 192 seats with Smart-Flex galley/lavs in their A321, and UA might need something similar as pilot short...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

My understanding is there was around a 7% drop on range on some types between the former integrated airplane configuration (IAC) and standard. The former IAC payload on the 77W was 386 pax in 3 class with a range of 7850 nm, with standard that reduced to 336 passengers in 3 class and 7370 nm in ran...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

As I have already pointed out, at the front of the docuemnt Airbnus clearly states, "The aircraft is designed to offer multiple payload capabilities with a consistent range ability across the family", it also lists in in section 2 that the A350-900 aircraft currently has 6 different weigh...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

And yet the ACAPs says differently Incorrect, the ACAPS does not say that. Manufacturer's Empty Weight (MEW) - "green aircraft" Operational Empty Weight (OEW) "green aircraft" plus cabin equipment, crews etc Dry Operating Weight (DOW) - OEW plus catering, potable water… They als...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?
Replies: 53
Views: 8413

Re: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?

They have seen the future and it is called the 797. They are extremely bullish on that possible aircraft as a 757/767 replacement. If Boeing is good at something it is "being bullish" on $something. ... until it finally founders. They in that sentence is referring to UA, not Boeing. UA ha...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

No operator can carry 70 tonnes of payload in a 77W, and you can carry more than 53 tonnes of payload in an A350. And yet the ACAPs says differently. Again he never stated that he was 100% right and that what he said should be taken as gospel. He just stated what the ACAPs said. He even acknowledge...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.
Replies: 66
Views: 9651

Re: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.

But again, you are not explaining why all Premium Economy would be best. Why not have a standard Y cabin to capture passengers who do only care about price while also spreading your flight costs across more seats? That doesn't suddenly devalue your PE cabin. We all recognize that PE is a growing se...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7216

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

Nothing is free. The cost is hidden in the overall ticket price. Assuming of course, the ticket prices go up as a result of this announcement, or AA were planning on lower ticket prices. In this case it literally is free- AA is eating the costs to remain competitive with DL in this very important m...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL operations in FLL and MIA
Replies: 17
Views: 2299

Re: DL operations in FLL and MIA

DL flies to more destinations from MIA, but carries more passengers from FLL. DL is the 2nd biggest carrier in MIA (after AA obviously), and the 4th largest in FLL (after B6, WN, and NK in that order).

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38709

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

Why is it no operator is able to carry 70 tonnes of payload in a 77W the distance you have stated, while operators can carry in excess of 53 tonnes of payload in the A350-900 over the distance you have stated ? Why does Airbus state in the front of the ACAPS "The aircraft is designed to offer ...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?
Replies: 53
Views: 8413

Re: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?

United needs to accept the fact that they are no longer a big fish and do not have the clout to dictate aircraft development. The days when Boeing was willing to whip up a tailor made aircraft - 767-400 - for the then Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines, are long gone. They need to learn to adj...

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by Polot
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?
Replies: 53
Views: 8413

Re: What is the problem for United to replace the 763 with 788?

Step 1: Replace fleet of old 763s with fleet of new 763s. Step 2: As those become long in the tooth, replace with discounted 797s which fill open production slots as it's coming due for a mid-cycle upgrade, a la 777NG ~> 777X. Problem solved. Except for the fact that your competitors would be killi...

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