So if (Boeing) have to keep the 300 line open for the KC-46 then why not open it for a 400 series freighter. The 767-400ER is not just a simple stretch of the 767-300ER. The model had a number of parts specific to it and suppliers may no longer be making those parts since it has been a decade since...Jump to post
How does weight vs volume play out when going from an 330-800F to a -900 to a -900 stretch? I'd think you'd hit a weight limit long before you maxed out the volume on a stretch-of-a-stretch. Amazon ships small packages so they likely run out of volume before they run out of weight. UPS would be sim...Jump to post
Does Boeing step up with a 78JF proposal? Unlikely. The 787 line is full as-is with passenger orders. Will Boeing offer multiple 787Fs? 789F, 78JF...? Maybe in the distant future once passenger model sales have slowed sufficiently to allow for a freighter. Does this kill the A338F paper airplane? T...Jump to post
Bringing the A321neo into the discussion is valid, IMO, since it is one of the models Boeing (and potential customers) will be evaluating as part of designing the NMA. And I know for some folks, it's Always Sunny in Toulouse, but I feel it is a bit premature to declare the A321neo to be unstoppable....Jump to post
The only reason you would have a three-engine frame would be due to the engine thrust being too low to support the airframe using two engines. So you'd need a significantly more efficient engine design to compensate for having that third engine (especially with the weight mounting it would entail). ...Jump to post
[ With all respect for the 737, the battle between A321(neo) and 737-9/-10 seems over. Indeed, it is clear that all airlines have purchased all of the frames they will ever need in this category and will wait a decade or more for NSA and NRA before they order for expansion and replacement. And I ad...Jump to post
"Be scrappy or die" isn't really that different from any other manufacturer But it IS VERY DIFFERENT from other launch providers where over-engineering (costs be damned) has been the rule for decades. And the payload launch prices have been extremely high because of it. I remember when $1...Jump to post
Respectfully, do we know this report is about the VSV lever arm? Yes - it has been mentioned in plenty of reports over the past few weeks, including those regarding the flight test of the GE9X. I ask because Tim Hepher has done a lot of aviation reporting, and if the issue was one and the same, I w...Jump to post
Of course, this makes one wonder what that 'new part' is, and why we have one GE-9X flying around with a functioning engine yet they can't make more in time for 777x initial testing. The issue is with the lever arms that actuate the Variable Stator Vanes that control the airflow through the HPC. GE...Jump to post
It would indicate Boeing has for now thrown the towel on <3000NM <240 seats. The 737 MAX family addresses that currently and NSA will address it in the future. NMA plays in a different area of the market, one currently handled by 1980s technology (767) and previously by 1970s technology (A300). Not...Jump to post
Then what, precisely, does Boeing gain by reporting a lower max seating than 381 seats? If it was so easily achievable to stuff 380 seats into a 788 as you insist why aren't Boeing reporting 380 max seating? IIRC, so they could use the 764 evacuation test to certify the 788, rather than running a n...Jump to post
The 797 is not a 767 replacement if it does not manage freight. It won't if it uses the LD3-45 like the A321(LR), but we have heard reports that Asian airlines want a larger ULD to allow it to carry more varied revenue cargo. So if Boeing goes with the LD2/LD8, it would be able to manage freight fa...Jump to post
And depending on the airport, the span itself may not be a major (or even a minor) issue in terms of airport operations. Unlike the A380 and 747-8, the 777X does not have outboard engines so the 777X wings might clear obstacles that the larger frames cannot due to their outboard engines as opposed t...Jump to post
I am going to guess that most airports outside the US have only Code C gates (for narrowbodies) and Code E gates (for widebodies) so a 60m span NMA will use the Code E gates.
What about the US? Are Code D gates common, or do 757s and 767s mostly use Code E?
SpaceX has always been significantly cheaper than ULA - it's been a point of controversy between the two as well as with certain members of Congress and government spending watchdog groups. As for reliability, while Atlas V has a 100% success rate, there were two issues with launches, one of which r...Jump to post
keesje wrote:Stitch wrote:Well if NMA does have a 60m span it's aero will be amazing so no way a simple stretch of the A321 frame would compete with it, especially on long-haul missions.
Also amazingly heavy, expensive & unpractical
OldAeroGuy wrote:Note there is no non-normal procedure for inflight wing folding. All non-normals are for ground operations.
Question-thought. The James Webb telescope. It is ( to me) the crowning glory of mans ingenuity in space.A telescope that can literally peer back to the beginning of time. BUT It is in a place where no repair mission can help it.Hubble needed two or three repairs. The idea that it will work flawles...Jump to post
seabosdca wrote:Code D is 52m. It's hard for me to believe that they would fit this aircraft into 36m even with folding tips. That's a 737 MAX/A321 wingspan.
RR is still a runner, but Boeing has a high comfort level with CFM and GE might be willing to spend a lot of money to get on the NMA whereas I doubt RR can/will. Does the UK still offer RR up to one third of the cost of a new engine program via RLI? If they do, that would certainly help RR develop ...Jump to post
Can't wait to see a Boeing video of the 787X and 737X flying together. That should be spectacular when it happens. Really? What on earth would be spectacular about seeing a 737X and 787X flying together, especially considering that there's no such type as a 737X to start with! 787-10 and 737-10. An...Jump to post
I wonder if the high scrape rate takes into account the learning curve? After all, are we not dealing with a new boom, new aerodynamics and camera system? Even with highly experienced operators, you would expect a learning curve. Perhaps they are not coming down the curve as fast as they would like...Jump to post
A two engine 747 would be awesome! There was one on the drawing board in ‘76. Really? There were no engines powerful enough at the time. There was a "777" concept from 1977 (part of the 757 / 767 family) that was a 767 frame with a third engine in the after fuselage ala the 727 and with a...Jump to post
I'm not sure what there is to address if "scrape rate" is "less than contemporaries"? *shrug* I don't know if the contract says that the KC-46 cannot scrape a stealth airframe or if the issue is that sometimes the boom operators do not detect that they have scraped an airframe (...Jump to post
We should also add the two Transaero NTUs since they have been purchased by the USAF for the VC-X program but are currently in storage at VCV: L/N 1519 - 747-85M , RC076, serial number 42416, Transaero Airlines #1 NTU, EI-MOW, N894BA, owner : Boeing Company, white livery, roll-out May 12 2015, F/F N...Jump to post
A question on the naming - why are freighters that are converted from Boeing's passenger aircraft called Boeing Converted Freighters? Are there, or have there been any other parties that do such conversions and carry a different name? Yes. As you noted, a BCF is a freighter modified using a Boeing-...Jump to post
Who could forget the failure that was the 767-400? Not even remotely accurate to call it a custom modification even if only two airlines ended up ordering it. Otherwise, we'd need to add models like the 737-100 for Lufthansa, the A340-8000 for the Sultan of Brunei and the A330-800 for Haw--, er, Ai...Jump to post
Super80Fan wrote:I think we're well past the time for the government to come in and split up United, Delta, and American. It's only fair to the rest of the airlines and the travelling public.
Res United - what else does Boeing have to offer to replace SOME of the 128 757/767s? Right now that is one of Airbus's advantages. The 737-10. And maybe more 767-300ER. and 787's And A330-800s. But how much does UA wish to up-gauge 767 routes? The A330-800 and 787-8 offer almost one-third more spa...Jump to post
Because we all know that .5in of seat width is all the difference between rubbing someone else's shoulders and your seat becoming you living room lounge chair..... You'd think that with some of the hyperbole thrown about by certain Airbus Aficionados, but in general I get the desire to have more sh...Jump to post
I'm going to hazard a guess that the program is being driven by the need to meet the timeline (airlines want NMA by the middle of next decade or they will pursue other options) so Boeing needs to have a business case that can support it. The longer Boeing waits, the cheaper NMA should be as general ...Jump to post
[Most 600 customers were offered three options - retrospective buybacks, compensation, no cost HGW replacement. Some selected more than one. RR recently offered more attractive low use PBTH terms and pricing which might see the A340 live on a little longer for executive, government and ad hoc chart...Jump to post
Don't think anybody in the right mind predicted the 777-300ER to beat promise by 10%. This 10% free performance killed the A340NG. Pretty sure it was not 10% - a miss like that, even a positive one, would be a sign Boeing's engineers really stuffed it. Doubly so since they were revising an pre-exis...Jump to post
There never was a "moving to 9 abreast" on the 787. imu comparative presentations by Boeing shew 9 across early on. I do believe most carriers announced they would be 9-abreast at EIS, but Japan Airlines, British Airways and Continental all initially said they would configure their 787s w...Jump to post
Not a great look for SpaceX, but I guess it’s probably a result of a different design philosophy (driving costs down vs. absolute reliability). It sounds like this same type of part was used on SpaceX CRS-1 through SpaceX CRS-6, all of which were successful, as were the two COTS Demo Flights that c...Jump to post
I could believe, that a to comfortable economy class cuts into business class sales and that is the main reason for a worsening economy class. If Y is horrible more customers buy business class. I honestly think Economy Class is so terrible now because airlines are doing all they can to drive down ...Jump to post
Yet one outcome of 'data gathering' could be 'there is no problem to be addressed', if I understand correctly. That is not my understanding of the situation. To my knowledge it has to be addressed prior to the USAF accepting delivery, but this data collection will determine who (in the end) pays fo...Jump to post
I am quite tired about this the customer is not willing to pay. There is no real choice. Because the rest of the world has looked at the US carriers experimenting with offering it to many/everyone (American Airlines "More Room Throughout Coach" and JetBlue's original seating that offered ...Jump to post
Unfortunately for Boeing, they discussed the a/c specifications with the airlines who would purchase the a/c and not the customers who would buy seats once the airlines completed fitting out the a/c. And yet as the airlines are in the business of moving customers from one point on the planet to the...Jump to post
As I understand it, if the "scrape rate" of the KC-46A is no worse than contemporaries, the USAF has to pay for the modifications. If it is worse, then Boeing pays. It's strange if B sees resolution of the payment issue for this issue important enough to delay shipping product. You would ...Jump to post
A340NG (EIS:2002) was quite a bit earlier than the 77W (EIS:2004). Boeing thus knew where to aim for. My guess: they also made offers one could not walk away from. Well we know Airbus made SAA an offer they could not walk away from them to switch them from choosing the 777-300ER in an RFP between t...Jump to post
The fact that 10-abreast started catching on in the 777s basically means that the floor area of the 777 can be utilized more densely and efficiently than the 8-abreast from the A330/340 fuselage. but a330/340 can be nine abreast. Think that's only way you can get 475 seats on a 346. The A340-600 se...Jump to post
....so the reason for them mentioning international data in this request for data is? More data points than just the KC-135 and KC-10 fleet? I could see them asking Italy and Japan for information on the KC-767A and KC-767J since those are also 767s. As I understand it, if the "scrape rate&quo...Jump to post
So which international countries are operating Stealth a/c and encountering refueling boom issues from international tankers which will provide these statistics for the US Air Force to evaluate. (international norms) The issue is not confined to just stealth aircraft so the data does not need to be...Jump to post
Don't they need it for Australia, the ULR? IST-SYD/MEL has been suggested in Australia for a number of years, without specifying if there was to be an intermediate stop. The A350ULR would fill the bill nicely as an intermediate stop, making Australia- Europe 2 stop, would not be viable. Done right ...Jump to post
For years we have been told comfort doesn't matter so maybe that message is just being heeded? It matters, but it may or may not matter more than other factors (price, schedule, convenience, etc.). For me, I value convenience and comfort more than price so I always fly First or Business Class and t...Jump to post
So the Turkish Airlines order is firmed? It's at the MoU stage at the moment, but it will be firmed (see below). I think this whole order is still "only" a commitment. Yes, but it looks like TK has decided on what they want and how many so now they just need to line up the financing and f...Jump to post