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by tomcat
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flightglobal: Airbus A321XLR would have over 100t MTOW, range of 4700 nm
Replies: 153
Views: 21222

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

Would a 100+ tonne MTOW variant appeal to ULCCs who want to carry a full load of ~240 passengers out to farther points? They just don't have to go all the way to 4700 nm. Or perhaps, by putting more fuel into an integral structure, more luggage/cargo can be carried where the ACTs used to take up sp...

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by tomcat
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flightglobal: Airbus A321XLR would have over 100t MTOW, range of 4700 nm
Replies: 153
Views: 21222

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

Each ACT has the weight of 20 passengers at 250 lb roughly, so 2 ACT's could reduce the pax on the plane by 40. Do they increase the pitch then to permanently remove say 30 seats? This seems like the 772LR v the 77W, the W sold great, the 20% extra cost per seat on 77L is just not economic even on ...

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by tomcat
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH and SEA A333 starts today ( and YVR thoughts)
Replies: 31
Views: 5356

Re: LH and SEA A333 starts today ( and YVR thoughts)

End of September, the weekly LH newsletter was advertising BRU-SEA flights for 275€ return during the winter. I had a quick look on LH website at the time and it seemed that this tarif was broadly available, not just for a few selected dates. I hadn't seen such a low tarif from BRU to the west coast...

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by tomcat
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: LH considering order of up to 15 A380 Plus
Replies: 105
Views: 33077

Re: RUMOR: LH considering order of up to 15 A380 Plus

It's inconceivable that a listed company would feed rumors of a possible order with such a tease.

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by tomcat
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A220-100
Replies: 82
Views: 18553

Re: Delta Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A220-100

Quotes from the link in the OP: "“We need to find something that’s going to be more fuel efficient, something that’s going to create a greater range, and a greater bandwidth of options and the CSeries (A220) fit the bill,” he said. While the Boeing 717 is a quality aircraft and Delta paid penni...

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by tomcat
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort
Replies: 36
Views: 3800

Re: Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

Interesting that they landed 250 miles away from the launch site, they were scrambling choppers to get there ASAP; yet there's decent footage of their emergency landing....in the middle of nowhere. No Tax On Rotax +1 I was wondering about that too. It took rescue teams 90 minutes to get to the down...

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by tomcat
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 441
Views: 67146

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

As for showers and such, several people have stated that its possible on A350s and 77s. So then, why has no one done it? EK is rolling out great new 77 products, so why not that as well? It would make their product much more consistent. But I think if they did, would start knocking CASM down to som...

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by tomcat
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 162
Views: 38923

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

https://www.flightradar24.com/SIA21/1e3012e7


Looking at the ETA (2.04pm !!), it's not this time that they're going to challenge their new bird :-).
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BobMUC wrote:
SQ21 is online for the return flight to SIN:
https://www.flightradar24.com/SIA21/1e3012e7


Looking at the ETA (2.04pm !!), it's not this time that they're going to challenge their new bird :-).

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by tomcat
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 162
Views: 38923

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DpTHxVdUcAAe2TT.jpg 101.4 ton of fuel used, landed with 10 ton remaining ... Not bad https://twitter.com/FATIIIAviation/status/1050684281213747200 111t of fuel, 20t of pax and bags, 5t of catering to keep Zeke happy = 136t. Empty aircraft = 135t 271t TOW leaving another ...

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by tomcat
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 162
Views: 38923

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

Even better now: 06:26 down, 09:56 to go, ETA 4:22 AM and there's probably not too much air trafic over NYC this early in the morning. It currently shows a ground speed of 575 kts, flying at 37000 ft. Wonder how they will deal with the wind on the return flight, this might challenge the aircraft a b...

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by tomcat
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China’s high-speed trains are finally coming to Hong Kong, posing threat to HK aviation?
Replies: 50
Views: 8129

Re: China’s high-speed trains are finally coming to Hong Kong, posing threat to HK aviation?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-09-17/china-s-bullet-trains-are-coming-for-hong-kong-s-airlines After years of heated debates and long delays, eventually, the world’s longest high-speed rail network from mainland China will be extending to downtown Hong Kong tomorrow on Sept. 23, provi...

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by tomcat
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azul to replace E-195s by 2021 with E2-195s
Replies: 20
Views: 3039

Re: Azul to replace E-195s by 2021 with E2-195s

I didn't see a thread and found this interesting. More recently, the airline has been working to shed its older, more encumbered Embraer E-Jets, and in Jul-2018 it signed a letter of intent for an additional 21 Embraer E2 jets. Now Azul aims to shed its older E-195 E1 jets by 2021. https://centrefo...

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by tomcat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018
Replies: 434
Views: 54222

Re: Embraer E2 Flight Testing And Production Thread - 2018

What sales campaigns are underway? I know about: Spirit US Kenya And others? Flying around the world is neat. What I haven't seen is announcements Binter Canaries would be a start. Besides the "known" sales campaigns, there seem to be the unspoken sales campaigns which seem to bear some f...

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by tomcat
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 11449

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

I don't think that tourism is the most relevant point in this discussion. Of course, tourism can boost the traffic at an airport, but much more is required to make an airport an intercontinental hub than this low yielding traffic. I believe the first contributor to an intercontinental hub is the pre...

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by tomcat
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo
Replies: 119
Views: 19860

Re: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo

The A340-300 had 275T MTOW, so why has it been so difficult to transfer that to the A330-900? Is it mostly due to the A343 having four smaller engines while the A339 has two big ones? Basically, yes. The outboards gave them better bending moment relief for a 1% load delta between the original 257t ...

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by tomcat
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 259
Views: 48868

Re: AeroMexico AC Down 7/31/2018

https://twitter.com/i/status/1024406338468753408


The caption reads "At least 80 casualties".
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rufflesx wrote:
This video was apparently shot 5 minutes after the incident

https://twitter.com/i/status/1024406338468753408


The caption reads "At least 80 casualties".

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by tomcat
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to conduct study on the fifth FAL in Malaysia
Replies: 39
Views: 5780

Re: Airbus to conduct study on the fifth FAL in Malaysia

This feasibility study fits pretty well along the statement of Eric Schulz some 3 months ago: "we need to deliver what we committed to first” before moving on to an A320neo family upgrade." (*), even though increasing their FAL capacity may not be in itself the most difficult challenge fac...

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by tomcat
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air (BR) new expectations
Replies: 17
Views: 5235

Re: EVA Air (BR) new expectations

Where does Starlux come into this picture? They've just ordered 17 long haul aircraft, BR cannot just ignore it, especially if: BR's growth is going to be constrained by Taiwan's limited air rights. I believe this is correct as of 2018... Granted, the open sky agreements with the USA and some other ...

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by tomcat
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus offers longer range A35K for QR
Replies: 137
Views: 25600

Re: Airbus offers longer range A35K for QR

That is a huge increase which probably wont happen. Airbus would be better off putting the shorter A359 fuselage on the A35K wing/landing gear. That aircraft would be able to outperform the 777-8 comfortably. An A359 fuselage with the A35K wing / landing gear / engine would be a very interesting ba...

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by tomcat
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AirAsia X orders 34 more A330neo
Replies: 164
Views: 30087

Re: Air Asia to order more Airbus aircraft?

Airbus is promising range for KL - LON https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/07/airasia-x-orders-34-more-a330neo.html The caption under the small picture reads: "Asia’s largest low-cost airline, AirAsia X, has placed a firm order for 55 Airbus A330neo". So would the AAX o...

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by tomcat
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 70626

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

I'm trying to find an FAA reference to external fuel tanks as I've always been under the impression it's a big no-no for part 25 aircraft. Having little luck at the moment. I can tell you that a major concern for external fuel tanks is bird strikes. That's the thing, i'm not finding any references ...

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by tomcat
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 47988

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

After this order for 60 A220-300, is it correct to still expect an order of 60 A220-300 from Moxy (with deliveries said to start in 2020)? I find it a bit intriguing that both JetBlue's order and Moxy potential order cover the same number of aircraft, the same type and the same initial delivery time...

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by tomcat
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which European airlines do not connect their capitals to the European Capital Brussels?
Replies: 46
Views: 5227

Re: Which European airlines do not connect their capitals to the European Capital Brussels?

And that boys and girls is why the World despises the french just as much as they despise Americans who call their country America. Europe is a continent and it's much larger than the EU. Nah it's just EU haters looking for petty reasons to hate the EU and its members even more. Whenever somebody m...

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by tomcat
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which European airlines do not connect their capitals to the European Capital Brussels?
Replies: 46
Views: 5227

Re: Which European airlines do not connect their capitals to the European Capital Brussels?

@Tomcat; You have been around enough to know that some(but not all of any particular) nationalities who post here are largely ignorant of the difference between the trade block and the Continent and are falling prey to the propaganda of vested interests outside of this forum. If they read the openi...

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by tomcat
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which European airlines do not connect their capitals to the European Capital Brussels?
Replies: 46
Views: 5227

Re: Which European airlines do not connect their capitals to the European Capital Brussels?

Please refrain from mixing up Europe with EU; they are not the same thing and never will be. Brussels is a Nothing City to me with no compelling reason to visit. All roads do not lead to Brussels. FYI, in French, most of the time we refer to EU as "Europe". Depending on the context of the...

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by tomcat
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX looking to fly to MEX in the near future.
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: CX looking to fly to MEX in the near future.

Is nonstop MEX-HKG possible without severe weight restrictions? The best contenders for this route would be the 777-8, the A359-ULR and the A350-1000. They specifically said 777-9 Indeed, I have read this and they must have very good reason to have said so but if in the end of the day, another airc...

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by tomcat
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 70626

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Unless Airbus already have some additional range 'in the bank' I doubt the 'xlr' will have an additional 10% range myself.Thats (400nm) a big increase and a big increase in weight (fuel carried etc).But according to Leeham we may hear nothing from either AorB at Farnbrough -which would be boring! L...

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by tomcat
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX looking to fly to MEX in the near future.
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: CX looking to fly to MEX in the near future.

Interesting article below (only in Spanish). Cathay Pacific studying the possibility to have a direct HKG-MEX in 3-4 years when they receive their 777x orders and new MEX airport opens. Would not be surprised if this actually becomes a reality. http://www.transponder1200.com/cathay-pacific-anuncia-...

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by tomcat
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 470
Views: 70626

Re: Airbus A321XLR?

It depends if they want to increase the wing or not? If they go down that path, while more expensive, would also allow for an A322 stretch, which might be just enough to cause Boeing some headaches with their MoM proposal. Think of the thing basically as a modern DC-8. :D You are kidding, aren't yo...

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by tomcat
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42257

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

the flight computer predicted 9.5t fob at the end of the delivery flight but they ended up with 12.5t -https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgGgKSIVMAAprjU.jpg. That is 72.5t for 11hrs and 50 mins (albeit with a lighter payload than normal) .... Just 6.1t per hour :o Do you have a photo of the 9.5 tonne pre...

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by tomcat
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1527
Views: 550465

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Confirmed now.... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a350-1000-gains-performance-boost-from-higher-take-449476/ Airbus has disclosed that its just-announced new higher-weight A350-1000 option, available immediately, allows operators to carry 5.5t more cargo or avail of 400nm (730km) in addit...

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by tomcat
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?
Replies: 95
Views: 18776

Re: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?

The wing changes (new sharklet and retwist) apparently give about 1 percent improvement https://leehamnews.com/2017/11/01/new-pictures-changed-sharklets-a350/ So the other 4 percent has to come from the engine. Haven't heard anything about that. Is it limited to the XWB-97 or will it be on the XWB-...

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by tomcat
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 15372

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

From a safety standpoint, I've seen several flight attendants telling passengers, while giving exit row passengers pre-departure instructions, to look outside first before opening the exit. While cameras could be used, what if the power (battery or otherwise) doesn't work? Analog is best in some ca...

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by tomcat
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 15372

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

If the pilots could do their job without windows, the flight deck might be relocated somewhere else (in the belly?) and the space currently occupied by the flight deck could be turned into a new premium cabin space offering a unique panoramic view. This would make the pilot job less attractive thoug...

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by tomcat
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target
Replies: 104
Views: 13774

Re: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target

There are at least 60 A320 family frames waiting for engines, perhaps nearer to 100. If those frames had engines and would have been delivered already, the situation would be completely different. Manage the engine problems and the biggest part of the headache is gone. And this too is just your opi...

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by tomcat
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target
Replies: 104
Views: 13774

Re: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target

But what I do agree with is that both Airbus and Boeing are desperate to clear backlogs for the obvious reasons (money and slot openings), but also for this other reason about cycles. The nasty one is coming soon and no one wants to be left with hundreds of planes that could've been delivered that ...

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by tomcat
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target
Replies: 104
Views: 13774

Re: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target

I do wonder how sustainable the A320 production system is at these high rates. It is incredibly complex and these additional final assembly locations aren’t really adding capacity since most of the work still happens In Europe before large assemblies are shipped to China or Alabama http://www.moder...

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by tomcat
Wed May 30, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 104
Views: 5024

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

GCT64 wrote:
I've seen retired English couples at BOS taking BOS-IST-MAN rather than a direct flight to the UK (!). This is over 100% further, but probably much cheaper knowing TK's pricing.


A couple of non-avgeek friends did about the same: BOS-IST-AMS and return, clearly because it was cheaper.

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by tomcat
Sun May 27, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux aviation - 2018
Replies: 160
Views: 17113

Re: BeNeLux aviation - 2018

QR has been flying to BRU with a 77W instead of the regular A359 lately. Was it planned?

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by tomcat
Thu May 24, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 110
Views: 12240

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

But to also be fair, the flaps are designed to operate primarily in a somewhat high-speed airstream (departure, approach, landing roll-out) whereas the wingtips will only operate at taxi speeds. So the loads they will be subjected to during their travel will be significantly less. Most of the flaps...

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by tomcat
Thu May 24, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings
Replies: 110
Views: 12240

Re: FAA Gives Final Approval to 777X Folding Wings

To be fair, the big difference between these tips and flaps/slats is the motion. It's easy for the layman to feel that there's going to be a very large moment concentrated on a small hinge in the case of the wingtip, while other edge devices have loads more in-line with the wing structures, spread ...

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by tomcat
Thu May 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 to Athens
Replies: 30
Views: 7400

Re: Emirates A380 to Athens

I was in Athens last week and we were waiting for 35 minutes in the plane for a parking position. They might have revised the airport's capacity to 26 million but that means little to airlines like Aegean which have departure/arrival waves and need most of their flights to fit in a certain time fra...

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by tomcat
Tue May 22, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 to Athens
Replies: 30
Views: 7400

Re: Emirates A380 to Athens

15JUN18 - 30JUN18 doesn't coincide with the peak of the Greek touristic season, so the reason for this swap must probably be found elsewhere: fleet management? End of ramadan (leading to a surge of trafic from/to Athens from the middle east or south Asia)? End of Ramadan: no. Greece is not a popula...

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by tomcat
Mon May 21, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines
Replies: 53
Views: 13028

Re: Heathrow reveals quietest airlines

Who cares? If you don't like airport noise move. I can bet a lot of money 99% of the people living near there are younger than the airport and knew of the approach/departure paths before buying their house. I think that this argument is too simplistic. I've always lived under takeoff paths and I do...

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by tomcat
Mon May 21, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 to Athens
Replies: 30
Views: 7400

Re: Emirates A380 to Athens

15JUN18 - 30JUN18 doesn't coincide with the peak of the Greek touristic season, so the reason for this swap must probably be found elsewhere: fleet management? End of ramadan (leading to a surge of trafic from/to Athens from the middle east or south Asia)?

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by tomcat
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines have paid millions to settle safety violations
Replies: 20
Views: 3326

Re: Southwest has paid millions to settle safety violations

Google "Airlines that have received FAA fines" You will see AA, UA, DL, F9, WN have all received hefty fines over safety violations. I my opinion the answer is no. WN has an amazing safety record. I fly them weekly and never have any reservations about boarding one of their planes. These ...

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by tomcat
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality
Replies: 34
Views: 8279

Re: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality

LAX772LR wrote:
This may help as well:

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If I remember correctly, the pressure floor of the -9 has been raised relatively to the -8. Maybe a consequence of the wider gear trucks?

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by tomcat
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR to operate flights for Laudamotion out of DUS & ZRH
Replies: 24
Views: 3341

Re: FR to operate flights for Laudamotion out of DUS & ZRH

Galwayman wrote:
Great news for consumers , things are moving fast


Depends which consumers we're talking about. For example, those who had booked a Ryanair flight to/from Chania after May 31st might not enjoy the fact that their flight has been cancelled because Ryanair will be closing its base in Chania.

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by tomcat
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport
Replies: 79
Views: 6937

Re: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport

At BRU, the most interesting flight ever must have been the flyby of the NASA 747 carrying the Enterprise space shuttle. This took place on June 5, 1983 on her flight back from Le Bourget airshow. At the time, I was a child and I didn't know that this would happen but I was lucky enough to see the 7...

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by tomcat
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the highest cycle and hour A320 and 737?
Replies: 33
Views: 6898

Re: What is the highest cycle and hour A320 and 737?

More about ESG1/ESG2: "ESG1 approval provides approximately an extra six years’ operation" "What approvals are needed for A320 Family aircraft reaching ESG1 thresholds? “Basically the same process as was done for ESG1 will be followed,” says Roeger. “To operate beyond 60,000 FC/120,00...

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