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by Stitch
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747SP - Will We Have It Again?
Replies: 60
Views: 19244

Re: Boeing 747SP - Will We Have It Again?

blacksoviet wrote:
How much range would a 748 have if you gave it a 744 fuselage?


Before the Moderators lock this thread for necromancy, the original 747-8 was to be only a 3.5m stretch compared to the final 5.6m and was projected to fly another 500km. So maybe 1000km more?

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by Stitch
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 789
Views: 199861

Re: Boeing 737MAX Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Is this end of year burst of delivery activity common for the two big companies, A & B? Both OEMs often see delivery surges in the final weeks of the year. How much of this late in the year activity is driven by numbers? What part of "endoftheyearitis" is involved here? Well the OEMs ...

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by Stitch
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Releases 777X BBJ; 11,000+ nm Range
Replies: 68
Views: 13481

Re: Boeing Releases 777X BBJ; 11,000+ nm Range

I would go for an A350-1000LR ACJ if offered, as when you are hitting 18-20 hour flight times you will really notice the lower cabin alt/higher humidity that the composite frame brings. I presume Boeing won’t find a way to do that in the aluminium tube, but if they do they can take my money! Higher...

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by Stitch
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 301
Views: 76919

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

I’m curious what 77x variants this is referring to: GE also plans to develop versions of the turbofan with 102,000lb-thrust and 93,000lb-thrust, according to regulatory filings with the FAA. Those engines could power other 777X variants. The 102k model might be for airlines like Lufthansa who are n...

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by Stitch
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Releases 777X BBJ; 11,000+ nm Range
Replies: 68
Views: 13481

Re: Boeing Releases 777X BBJ; 11,000+ nm Range

kitplane01 wrote:
This is going to kill the 747-8 BBJ market.


That market was likely already dead, hence launch the 777X VIP.

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by Stitch
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Releases 777X BBJ; 11,000+ nm Range
Replies: 68
Views: 13481

Re: Boeing Releases 777X BBJ; 11,000+ nm Range

Dang. My partner has an ACJ A350 on order. Are there any real advantages for this? The Airbus already fit our king sized bed, and another for the pets. As a tall solo sleeper, I prefer a California King, myself, and like to have the headboard against the window belt for the natural light when I rea...

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by Stitch
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?
Replies: 228
Views: 29007

Re: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?

WIederling wrote:
Randy Boeing and his PR backoffice isn't really the source for any balanced or even god forbid neutral information. Try again.


And yet no outrage for all the Airbus PR charts posted by a certain Belgian with a Diptera infestation. :scratchchin: :rotfl:

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by Stitch
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1667
Views: 143000

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

The KC-46A completed its Phase II receiver testing down at Edwards AFB earlier this week and this seems to be enough for the USAF to issue the Military Type Certificate which would allow deliveries, both now penciled in by the end of the month. In other KC-46A news, Japan has signed for the second (...

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by Stitch
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 301
Views: 76919

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

I’m a bit surprised given how far along the program is that we haven’t seen photos of a full cabin mock-up. Does anyone have any idea if one exists and if so when we’ll get a look at it? https://www.flickr.com/photos/flyvertosset/16029027004/in/album-72157648577103403/ https://runwaygirlnetwork.com...

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by Stitch
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 301
Views: 76919

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

The GE9X has completed static testing and the initial flight testing so the next step will be to mate the engines to the 777X flight test frames. As such, they should be ready when Boeing wants them. As for the windows, as of last year Boeing noted that dimmable windows would be a customer option, a...

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by Stitch
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 vs A350 range
Replies: 177
Views: 16775

Re: 787 vs A350 range

Looking at the System Display, I'm guessing "GW" stands for Gross Weight, which shows 241,500kg and "FOB" is "Fuel on Board" which shows 51,300KG.

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by Stitch
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1152
Views: 294381

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

seabosdca wrote:
That picture is from today, post-painting. It sure doesn't look like any previous ROK color scheme - it's very "generic BBJ," with gray and black swoops.


Frankly I find it a significant improvement on the scheme adorning their 747-400.

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by Stitch
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1152
Views: 294381

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

Is this one still going to the ROK? That looks to still be the plan. It was delivered to Boeing Business Jets in 2015 and then transferred to the Bank of Utah. It was undergoing conversion by Korean Airlines into a VIP frame at Moses Lake before moving in earlyNovember to San Bernardino for paintin...

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by Stitch
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

To others:. DHL buying used A330Fs was an opportunity to purchase at a discount. And they are also still taking used 767s, as well, so it is not like DHL has "abandoned" the 767 in favor of the A330. Instead they are using both together, each according to their strengths within their netw...

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by Stitch
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

Would a 330neoF actually burn less fuel per trip than a 767F ? The 767 is considerably lighter than a 330, so even with the older tech engines, I am skeptical that the 330neo F would burn less fuel per trip. The longer the trip, the more the A330neo's fuel efficiency advantage should come to the fo...

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by Stitch
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

Question: Suppose you want to move freight in units larger than a 737F, and smaller than a 777F. Further, suppose you want a lower fuel burn than any plane who's engines were designed pre-1981. What would you suggest? Well the CFM56-2 engine on the DC-8 Super 70 series freighters was designed in 19...

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by Stitch
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

And vs the 767F, other operational and capital/infrastructural costs make the A330F less economical than the 767F. Eg. Ramp space and airport fees. I don't see how you can know that. Neither of us has enough data to be sure. But an A330ceo has a lower CASM in the passenger use than a 767, and an A3...

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by Stitch
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

I did a search of the internet using the search term "Concorde Freighters" and found nothing pointing to Air India or South African Airways using the plane in a freighter role.If they had, I'm confident the a.net photographers would have provided us with a ton of pictures because those wo...

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by Stitch
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

The main difference to the A330Fceo could be the 251 t MTOW. An increase of 18 t, while OEW could increase by 8 t or less. I expect there is nothing structural preventing Airbus from raising the A330-200F's MTOW to between 242,000 and 251,000kg if there is a desire from current or potential custome...

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by Stitch
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

But freighters often fly fewer hours per day, and therefore save less fuel per day. But some (a few) freighters are utilized enough to make the savings worthwhile. I expect the majority of those frames are the smaller turboprop and narrowbody frames as opposed to the larger widebodies like the 767/...

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by Stitch
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

Freighters often do much shorter trips with fuel stops as they are heavily loaded. :yes: Freighters likely seldom go out with full tanks as they are most-effective when loaded to near MZFW, which limits how much remaining of the MTOW can be used for fuel tankage. The 747-400ER and 747-8 could do As...

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by Stitch
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

bigjku wrote:
I don’t expect a 787F unless they stretch and up MTOW.


If the 787F ever becomes a thing, it will almost certainly use the 787-9 platform as the base as that would provide the optimum size and operating weights for such a program.

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by Stitch
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 10527

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

If you want to generate premium freight margins, frequency, frequency, frequency. If you are busy consolidating 103t, you are a margin bottom feeder. Better to operate a couple of NB freighters, and drop some customers. But does that kind of daily freight O&D demand exist to fill a 737 or A320 ...

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by Stitch
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus considering A330NEO Regional
Replies: 95
Views: 16030

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus considering A330NEO Regional

This is what Delta will order to replace their 767 fleet. Does you expect this A330NEO Regional to have legitimate, bi-directional 5,500sm range? If not it won't replace 763 nor 764ERs. DL has "full MTOW" A330-900neos to replace the 767s doing those missions. The A330-900neo Regional can ...

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by Stitch
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1667
Views: 143000

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

The USAF has confirmed that the 27 October delivery goal was not achieved and is not committing to a 2018 EIS though that still appears to be the goal. The USAF does not require the CAT-1 deficiencies to be addressed prior to accepting delivery, but Boeing is operating under the assumption they will...

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by Stitch
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did Boeing make a mistake putting middle exit doors on the 737 MAX 200?
Replies: 60
Views: 9721

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 200 no sense!!!

I would not be surprised if the reason Airbus did not go with adding two additional doors like Boeing did is because they cannot afford to lose the floorspace due to the A320 being two meters shorter than the 737-8. We also need to remember that the 200-seat MAX variant is specifically designed for ...

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by Stitch
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 301
Views: 76919

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

PW100 wrote:
Is this the former 787 surge line (40-24)?


That appears to be the case. The Static Test Frame was assembled in 40-24 and the original plans were to use 40-24 as the 777X FAL.

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by Stitch
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 71681

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018

lightsaber wrote:
Boeing needs a (777) conversion program.


While speculation has been the cost of swapping out the main deck's CFRP floor beams for aluminum ones is a stumbling block, Bedek/IAI and Boeing have been investigating separate programs for almost a decade now.

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by Stitch
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 301
Views: 76919

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

The later said "We have ordered 20 aircraft and firmly reserved 14 more (reconfirmable)" . :yes: In September 2013, the Lufthansa AG Board "committed" to 34 frames (of which 20 were firm orders via a transfer of deposits from their 20 747-8 Purchase Options) with up to an additi...

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by Stitch
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread
Replies: 523
Views: 47756

Re: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread

I will never ever step into any plane that is made in china. Look at MA60 case. Even for free.. I suggest think carefully about A320s and 737s... as some are assembled in China.... and some of those are flying for non-Chinese airlines. :) Airbus has an A320 Final Assembly Line in China and until re...

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by Stitch
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 439
Views: 127451

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Presumably, if another carrier orders the A338 and wants delivery soon after certification, Airbus can oblige by completing the initial airframes in advance :?: Probably not due to the lead time on parts for an aircraft and available near term production slots If those parts are interchangeable wit...

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by Stitch
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 7110

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

So it seems the model that many have been working from, a smooth KC-Y follow-on contract that would have no choice but be for more KC-46s, is dead, at least in the minds of current Air Force planners. Many of us (myself included) were under the impression that KC-Y and KC-Z would be larger transpor...

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by Stitch
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official 747-8 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 51631

Re: Official 747-8 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Sounds like a loose-loose situation. If i was an airline ordering, hearing something like that would just made me to conclude our negotiations with a zero total of orders. It depends on how serious the customer was and what conditions they were expecting in their RFP, including pricing, financing, ...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus revises 2018 delivery target
Replies: 138
Views: 13546

Re: Airbus resorts to trickery on delivery goal

It may be hard to find the records; but, I think that Boeing also increased their estimated yearly delivery estimate to include the expected McD production. Had Airbus done the same they would have changed their projected to 818, adjusted up by 18 due to the inclusion of the acquired A220. That is ...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR: 'Perfect Storm'?
Replies: 24
Views: 3183

Re: RR: 'Perfect Storm'?

Regarding NH, if they are under a Rolls-Royce TotalCare agreement, then RR might be handling all their inspections. Even if NH is responsible for some or all inspections, they would be doing it based on the intervals provided to them by Rolls-Royce and those intervals were too long based on the corr...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus revises 2018 delivery target
Replies: 138
Views: 13546

Re: Airbus resorts to trickery on delivery goal

So according to the article, Airbus will be adding 18 A220 deliveries to their 2018 guidance. Wikipedia says that 38 CSeries/A220 frames have been delivered by the end of September 2018. So Airbus is only claiming a subset of the total number of deliveries. Airbus took formal majority control of the...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 In Service Thread 2018
Replies: 139
Views: 21450

Re: 787 In Service Thread 2018

Would it not have been cheaper/quicker to up production and supply brand new engines to all affected frames? I imagine there are some long-lead-time items that make quickly scaling complete engine production a long-term process. I do expect Rolls and the supplier(s) of the affected components have ...

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by Stitch
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I remain of the opinion that when Boeing discusses seating, they are using their 1980s era OEM standards and not current hard product offerings from suppliers. So "245" seats would be equivalent to the 767-300ER: 24 First Class at 2x2x2 with 38" pitch and 224 Economy at 2x3x2 with 32...

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by Stitch
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I remain of the opinion that when Boeing discusses seating, they are using their 1980s era OEM standards and not current hard product offerings from suppliers. So "245" seats would be equivalent to the 767-300ER: 24 First Class at 2x2x2 with 38" pitch and 224 Economy at 2x3x2 with 32&...

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by Stitch
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Model Airports Thread
Replies: 2
Views: 1699

Re: Model Airports Thread

When I was a kid (many decades ago) I built a pretty large airport using large sheets of plywood in our unfinished basement. The runway was around four meters long with a parallel taxiway using Christmas lights for night operations. We used model railroad lights to illuminate the tarmac and decent-s...

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by Stitch
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Or as one poster has suggested Airbus should have and still could re-wing and downsize the 330, opposite ala 777X. It would likely be a little larger than the NSA as the 350 is versus the 787. Not a perfect competitor but nicely between the 321 and the 350 - another failed 1500 models sold. LOL Air...

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by Stitch
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The DC-XX / ATMR concept had a cabin width of 173in (439cm) that was designed around 2+2+2 but could support 2+3+2 with similar comfort as the 767 at 2+4+2. So I am guessing that is the minimum we're looking at. It was also supposed to weigh less than the 757-200 due to a smaller wing with an area o...

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Folding 777 Wingtips
Replies: 125
Views: 24475

Re: Folding 777 Wingtips

Dimmable windows was a gimmick but folding wingtips is an even bigger gimmick. I'm not saying that there's no place for folding wings, but just the tips is ridiculous. If you're gonna fold the wings do it right. When they figure out how to fold half the wings, that will be revolutionary technology....

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

I can easily see Boeing trading seat width for the comfort of an extra aisle. And if the pre-launch focus links passenger comfort to the volume of overhead bins, I am always sceptical. So yes, I would not be surprised to see them go below 17". Boeing would only trade it if airlines demanded it...

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

seahawk wrote:
16,5 will work for economy minus.


If it did, we'd see 767s with an 8-abreast section of the cabin and A330s, A340s and A350s with a 10-abreast section of the cabin from the worldwide majors.

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by Stitch
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

A "tight 8" means a 767 cross section at minimum and while this plane does seem to be designed around being a true 767 successor, the world's majors all appear to have set a minimum width of 17 inches / 43 centimeters so I expect that even if Boeing does with a 767 cross-section in the mai...

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1667
Views: 143000

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

And the new delay was due directly to the lack of the MTC, which is not ready due to the STC having taken longer than the USAF expected. So sounds like once the USAF issues the MTC, deliveries can commence even if there remain deficiencies to be corrected.

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by Stitch
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 194
Views: 45164

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I am assuming Stratolaunch Systems is still a viable operating business concern even with the passing of Mr. Allen.

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by Stitch
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 33
Views: 5353

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... o/XdDntBkM
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I-DUPA was an MD-11C combi, not an MD-11CF. It is mis-tagged.

It was converted in 2005 to a pure freighter.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... o/XdDntBkM

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by Stitch
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3473
Views: 416853

Re: TUI wants the 797

Reading the quote...posted, it states rather clearly that Boeing is presenting the airlines with a blank sheet of paper, asking them what they'd like. That's pretty much as far removed from payload/range charts, performance numbers, timelines and what have you, as it gets. And the bit about 'schedu...

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