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by Polot
Wed May 23, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS looking for new long haul plane
Replies: 25
Views: 6148

Re: SAS looking for new long haul plane

SAS ordered a A333, not A339. I don’t understand why they are looking for a new long haul plane when they haven’t even received the ones they ordered yet.

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by Polot
Wed May 23, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 96
Views: 8556

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

There is nothing to agree to. FAA sets the rules. If a country wants to be arbitrary and not accept FAA definition... Oh.. fun time for airline audits. Lightsaber I suppose NTSB and FAA will settle after first operational incident. FAA can set any code they want, that doesn't shrink physical dimens...

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by Polot
Wed May 23, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY to refresh all interiors- drop first class
Replies: 45
Views: 6213

Re: SY to refresh all interiors- drop first class

Crap, that sucks. I enjoyed their J/F seating. Now Delta gets even more price leverage on premium out of MSP (as if they needed more). Bummer. SY is shifting it’s focus away from premium traffic, and honestly likely going to start shifting their focus away from MSP. They are going the ULCC route. T...

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by Polot
Wed May 23, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 96
Views: 8556

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

dtw2hyd wrote:
musman9853 wrote:
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The C2 Grayhound has a folding wing about 35ish feet long.


So 1/3 total wingspan and 1/15 MTOW is the best nearest real life example.

Odd that Boeing is designing a plane where the entire lift for the plane, and the stress that it imposes on the wing, is done at the wingtips.

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by Polot
Wed May 23, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 96
Views: 8556

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

FAA must be in Boeing’s pocket. We all know that folding wingtips are a security and operation risk and that planes are going to fall out the sky and passengers going to die because tip of the wing can move up and down. Do you realize how close to the fuel tanks it is too!?

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by Polot
Wed May 23, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara may transition from Airbus to Boeing fleet
Replies: 34
Views: 6643

Re: Vistara may transition from Airbus to Boeing fleet

FatCat wrote:
But what's the problem with Airbus?
That story with PW engines on 320neos?

Vistara uses the CFM leap.

Their current CEO seems to like the 737, as noted earlier he was CEO when Silkair decided on the 737.

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by Polot
Tue May 22, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the EU law (EC) No 261 enacted by European Parliament in 2004 to protect Air Pax is ever enforceable?
Replies: 34
Views: 1425

Re: Is the EU law (EC) No 261 enacted by European Parliament in 2004 to protect Air Pax is ever enforceable?

Anyone who was not provided compensation and assistance according with mentioned regulation should sue. That is much easier said than done when talking about a law that deals with international travelers. If you want to sue you have to sue them in the EU courts...and not everyone that gets affected...

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by Polot
Tue May 22, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the EU law (EC) No 261 enacted by European Parliament in 2004 to protect Air Pax is ever enforceable?
Replies: 34
Views: 1425

Re: Is the EU law (EC) No 261 enacted by European Parliament in 2004 to protect Air Pax is ever enforceable?

The law needs significantly more teeth punishing carriers that are not prompt. Most airlines just try to stall hoping that you will give up.

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by Polot
Tue May 22, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options
Replies: 83
Views: 14982

Re: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options

JAAlbert wrote:
Jayafe wrote:
Wise move. The sooner they get rid of 787s and MAXs, as stated by many above, the better.


Why? What's wrong with AC's 787s??

Jayafe’s issue is that is a Boeing 787, not Airbus 787.

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by Polot
Tue May 22, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 57
Views: 11821

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

Some Code E gates may not have the necessary "buffer" between them to allow a 777X with extended wingtips and another 65m span frame (777W, A350) next to it without risking a possible wing-to-wing collision during pushback or arrival. In such situations, the 777W could be parked next to a...

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by Polot
Tue May 22, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options
Replies: 83
Views: 14982

Re: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options

If people are saying how bad the 787s and 737max are why did AC even bought it in the first place? Not exactly clear to me. But AC was just out of Bankruptcy when they ordered a large 787/777 fleet. They had a brand new Airbus WB fleet in service / on order. IIRC at the time of the 787/777 order AC...

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by Polot
Tue May 22, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 327
Views: 58008

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

Do you think it’s coincidental that Airbus’ sales organization has undergone the only major reshuffling in the last quarter century while Boeing looks to be increasingly winning key aircraft sales campaigns? I certainly don’t. Does it seem odd that Airbus is rumored to have scrapped plans to furthe...

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by Polot
Mon May 21, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 57
Views: 11821

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

People are overcomplicating this system, it's pretty much just the aerodynamically shaped raked wingtip that folds up. There are no flight controls or fuel systems in this part of the wing, just wiring for wing tip lights and maybe anti-ice ducts. Maybe? I think you are oversimplifying the system w...

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by Polot
Mon May 21, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A330 domestic routes
Replies: 33
Views: 5726

Re: American A330 domestic routes

Wow, AA 332 PHL-LAX/SFO. I did not know that... Reminds me of daily EA L10 PHL-LAX & UA D10 PHL-SFO If AA had some A321 with 16 flat beds in J that are not A321T, they could probably handle PHL-LAX/SFO and let the A332s go to South America or Europe. They are not being used transcon because of ...

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by Polot
Sun May 20, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 57
Views: 11821

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

jownes wrote:
Is the foldering wingtip an option or compulsory on all models (esp regarding additional weight)?

It is standard.

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by Polot
Sun May 20, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLT concourse A
Replies: 22
Views: 2930

Re: CLT concourse A

wait....so PMAA never left A? Why not? AA did not keep the gates and does not currently operate out of A. But AA wants as many gates in CLT as possible to both expand and keep competition out. "and keep competition out". IF TRUE (which I doubt), that is an indefensible position for both A...

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Illuminated Tail: how and why?
Replies: 25
Views: 3917

Re: Illuminated Tail: how and why?

Where the light is is dependent on the aircraft. Sometimes it is on the wingtips, sometimes it is on the horizontal stabs.

Airlines mostly use it for branding. When money gets tight replacing the tail light bulbs is one of the things that commonly gets cut.

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 369
Views: 58167

Re: 737 down near HAV

That wasn’t taken in the immediate aftermath of the overrun in which the plane was largely intact and in one piece. That is the entirety of my point. It may look truly awful, but we're seeing the result of fire having consumed the plane, not what it looked like in the immediate aftermath. Unfortuna...

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 369
Views: 58167

Re: 737 down near HAV

AA 1334 is on the ground in MIA. Thankful for that.........hoping for the best for those folks in the actual accident but that big smoke plume doesn't make one feel very confident Until I hear confirmation of any deaths, I'm going to remain optimistic. Remember this "unsurvivable" crash: ...

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLT concourse A
Replies: 22
Views: 2930

Re: CLT concourse A

727LOVER wrote:
wait....so PMAA never left A? Why not?

AA did not keep the gates and does not currently operate out of A. But AA wants as many gates in CLT as possible to both expand and keep competition out.

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 81
Views: 17495

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Seems like a great move. They don't have to in-house outsource flying to LCCs/ULCC, they are bringing up the quality of SilkAir, and now can fly 737 vs A333s being smallest plane. SQ already has a in-house outsource LCC/ULCC in Scoot. I suspect part of aligning Silkair to SQ and upping its service ...

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 81
Views: 17495

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

This also opens SQ up to the MOM (from either Airbus or Boeing, or both) without having to make a decision on which brand to operate it under (for full service purposes)...

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by Polot
Fri May 18, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLT concourse A
Replies: 22
Views: 2930

Re: CLT concourse A

mikejepp wrote:
Is AA getting any concourse-A gates?

When will this new concourse open?

AA is trying get as many of the old A gates as they can when the others move over.

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by Polot
Thu May 17, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300
Replies: 77
Views: 16754

Re: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300

It’s been about 8? years since the LH group has ordered any new A330s as far as I can tell, so the fact that they haven’t ordered the 787 despite the chance to for ~15 years does not mean as much as you would think.

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by Polot
Thu May 17, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms
Replies: 86
Views: 4653

Re: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

Not going to be easy to get parts or even planes for the AB equipment. Limited banking and financing is going to put a major crimp in Iran's life style. But that is the point....your comment is from a US point if view. Europe, too, has banks that can give credit to Iran... :roll: And if US companie...

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by Polot
Thu May 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms
Replies: 86
Views: 4653

Re: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

EU also agreed to financing for companies exporting to Iran. I see many A380 seconf hand going to Iran. IR didn’t even want the A380 new saying they were not ready for a plane that size yet, and that their initial inclusion in the LOI/MOU/whatever was because of politics. I don’t think 2nd hand one...

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by Polot
Wed May 16, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ozark & the Boeing 727
Replies: 24
Views: 3196

Re: Ozark & the Boeing 727

OZ ordered 2 (or two were built). They never operated them, the planes were sold to Pan Am. And yes Boeing gave OZ a customer code-D4. You can see in your photo that the plane had already been sold to Pan Am and given its PA reg- N362PA. I wonder then why Eastern had that Z suffix :scratchchin: 438...

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by Polot
Wed May 16, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ozark & the Boeing 727
Replies: 24
Views: 3196

Re: Ozark & the Boeing 727

OZ ordered 2 (or two were built). They never operated them, the planes were sold to Pan Am. And yes Boeing gave OZ a customer code-D4.
You can see in your photo that the plane had already been sold to Pan Am and given its PA reg- N362PA.

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by Polot
Wed May 16, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why National Airlines never went Pacific
Replies: 70
Views: 4491

Re: Why National Airlines never went Pacific

NB: 300k over 2 consecutive calendar years, not 300k annually 2 years in a row--there's no way BA carried 300k passengers annually on a single daily flight to DEN. PHX and SAN got the same benefit. Thanks Jetero, I knew I didn't remember all the details about that, just remembered there was a way t...

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by Polot
Wed May 16, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24879

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

But Kanban frommetrics ihave seen (and they can be fiddled by outsourcing etc) Boeing and Airbus have similar workforce’s per plane produced. Perhaps the static stations lend themselves to more Automation. I have watched a few programs re high end car manufacturing. R8 and up. Mostly they use stati...

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by Polot
Wed May 16, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are all the factors that goes into deciding which airport receives a diversion?
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: What are all the factors that goes into deciding which airport receives a diversion?

Reason for diverting/Nature of the emergency. If it medical, for example, it may be more suitable to divert the nearest large city than to the closest airport which may be in the middle of nowhere.

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18583

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

keesje wrote:
Isn't the AA order for 767/A330 replacement? There will probably be another order for 777 replacements.

They have also stated they will replace some of the older 77Es.

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18583

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

I'm not of the 787-9 "small is fine" believers in a growing markets. I just don't see airlines downscaling from the 772ER from Asia for the next 20 years. I remember you sharing that opinion a number of times in the AA 777-200ER thread before they cancelled the A350 order and selected the...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 325
Views: 46625

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Tough to see Easyjet and Norwegian coming together. A319/320 vs 737/787 doesn’t mix well. One wonders how Easyjet view Norwegian now against an IAG controlled into. Better Easyjet gets the planes and presence on routes than a competitor. They can make it work if necessary- Easyjet has operated a mi...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies
Replies: 80
Views: 7555

Re: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies

......thanks for clearing that up for us 'mercure1' ...... we had no idea...... Other summaries of this investigation are of course available. Looking forward to hearing what the WTO thinks of all the state aid packages, political leveraging, costing deferrals, below cost pricing and military cross...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why National Airlines never went Pacific
Replies: 70
Views: 4491

Re: Why National Airlines never went Pacific

Back then, airlines were not free to open new routes where ever they wanted. The industry was regulated until 1979. Also, National was essentially a north-south east coast airline based in Miami with some transcon' flights to California from Florida with stops en route. Yep, if memory serves along ...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 80
Views: 8607

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

JFK is an Airbus pilot base. As others mentioned above, something like 80% of the transcon flying will be transitioning to the 737. It was pretty obvious that it wouldn't be sustainable as an Airbus base after the fleet deployment changes were announced a couple months back, and probably wasn't wor...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 80
Views: 8607

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

Unless you were hired recently, maybe 5 years at the most, there is no way you would give up seniority for location. Deadheading 6 hours to work means you lose like a whole day off every week AS maybe a good place to work, but its not like the US3 dont have crew domiciles in NYC. There is no guaree...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24879

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

In terms of deferred production costs, there is no line item in the Boeing accounts to repay the Japanese Government the subsidy, so the deferred production costs in the Boeing accounts are not a true representation of the full production costs. Exactly. And maybe that is why Airbus never 'touched'...

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by Polot
Tue May 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 164
Views: 19734

Re: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?

Offering a discount on the 748i does not also discount the ongoing costs of supporting an airframe that is heavy compared to a newer Big Twin, nor does it offer a discount on supporting four engines instead of two. Yadda yadda, Boeing could easily throw some first class A+++ maintenance in with the...

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 New Routes: ATL-NRT, DTW-FRA
Replies: 55
Views: 6830

Re: Delta A350 New Routes: ATL-NRT, DTW-FRA

Looks like DL doesn’t hate DTW. :lol: LOL it's for 5 days in January. They just downgraded the flight from a 332 to 763 over the past winter. Curiously, they downgraded all FRA flights to B763s. ATL and JFK used to be 764s, now FRA sees only 763s in Delta colors. FRA is a tough market for DL (and A...

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18583

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

Boeing lost 77ER customers SQ, CX, JAL, BA, United and Delta because of it. Not sure how you could make the case at all for SQ,CX, or UA considering that they retained Boeing for the replacement of their upper end for that range. Too early for JL and BA, as they haven't made the decision otherwise....

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18583

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

A wing 20% bigger (surface) would make a hell of a difference. Two or three different fuselage lengths could be based at it. It would be a more direct XWB competitor / 777-200ER/300ER replacement in terms of capacity-range. Ok, so the 787 was announced, the initial A350 in response did not pan out ...

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24879

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

That is not how you determine production costs. Nobody looks at the total money spent to build every plane in existence on that line when determining the production costs. They look at the cost to build a single plane. Boeing/Airbus try to sell planes for more than they cost to build them, they don...

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24879

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

The price aircraft are sold at reflects the demand and capabilities of that aircraft. Fact of the matter is that the production cost on the 787 line is many times higher that the A350, they have built more of them. And the first 100+ basically had double or more time put in them. As a way to hide t...

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24879

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

The price aircraft are sold at reflects the demand and capabilities of that aircraft. Fact of the matter is that the production cost on the 787 line is many times higher that the A350, they have built more of them. And the first 100+ basically had double or more time put in them. As a way to hide t...

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by Polot
Mon May 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 New Routes: ATL-NRT, DTW-FRA
Replies: 55
Views: 6830

Re: Delta A350 New Routes: ATL-NRT, DTW-FRA

Looks like an upgrade for the Auto show in Detroit. Makes sense. Is Frankfurt (and Germany, for that matter) a big player in the auto industry? I could see a route like LHR or CDG receiving an A350, whether it be limited time, seasonal or year-round, but FRA kinda took me by surprise. Germany's def...

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by Polot
Sun May 13, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets
Replies: 56
Views: 9556

Re: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets

I’ve argued this same point myself (mainly based on cargo loads-the route does very well in cargo, and my guess was always that the extra cargo capacity made the route viable on the 744). The point I was trying to make is that BA has given no sign that this was anything other than a one-off seasona...

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by Polot
Sun May 13, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets
Replies: 56
Views: 9556

Re: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets

The 744 swap was really more about a shortage of 789 frames this summer Probably shouldn't say that so definitively, considering that: 1) no one here knows that for fact, it's just postulation 2) if BA didn't believe the aircraft was justified on the route relative to both the demand and the opport...

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by Polot
Fri May 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18583

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

787 MLG are currently maxed out at current MTOW. I think there is still room with the wing.

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