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by Stitch
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus beefs up A350-1000, A350-900
Replies: 97
Views: 20066

Re: Airbus beefs up A350-1000, A350-900

I wonder if the improvements made to the -900LR could be made to the -1000 to get a similar range plane with higher capacity? The A350-1000 has the same fuel system as the A350-900 so there are no technical reasons why the fuel capacity of the A350-1000 cannot also be increased to 165,000 liters fr...

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

Planeflyer wrote:
I plan to take a good portion of my BA gains and move it to EADS as I think the latter is now undervalued. In other words I think the 321NEO and 350 issues will be ironed out resulting in improved earnings growth.


I did the same.

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340-600 Overwing Exit Door and Modified Cowling?
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: A340-600 Overwing Exit Door and Modified Cowling?

Regards the history of this change, can I assume that certification was impossible without this mod? I wonder how something like this could be overlooked in the original design phase. It's said that the additional weight required by the overwing door was vexing since early -600s were overweight any...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 632
Views: 107475

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

Since it appears that Airbus launched A350-900ULR for SQ only, can we assume that it would also launch A350-1000ULR for QF only? That definitely would make a better rival against 778 if it comes to seating anywhere near 300 for those routes. Well Airbus statements could be interpreted that all A350...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 632
Views: 107475

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

Sure, Sandilands can sometimes be useful. But what are you trying to suggest: That AJ wants to put 300 seats in a 359 to do Sydney-London? That his new ULH fleet will have a passenger density much higher than his 789s? 50 more passengers than SQ's standard 359s? Well Sandilands is starting to sugge...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 632
Views: 107475

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

It's now clear that '300' is a red herring. in his detailed comments in August Alan Joyce said that Qantas would "challenge Boeing and Airbus to deliver an aircraft capable of flying regular direct services like Sydney-London, Brisbane-Paris and Melbourne-New York non-stop with a full payload ...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

I'd suggest the accounting block is linked to a period of time just as much as it is to a quantity of units delivered. As such, accelerating deliveries would bring the extra 100 aircraft in the revised accounting block into the time period of the previous 1300 accounting block period The Accounting...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

Ostrower on Twitter reporting that Boeing to increase production rate to 14, and the accounting block has increased by 100 frames. I don't have a link I can post yet. AGAIN!? I remember SEC was planning to investigate them on their debt deferral antics. How did that end? Sounds like it never happen...

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by Stitch
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

Perhaps there is nothing to know and the rate in crease is to produce more cash in the near future rather than later. Well Boeing can't deliver 787s faster to airlines that don't want them faster so the customers appear ready and willing to accelerate deliveries. And 787 orders are still looking de...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

Could be some options are going to be exercised and as was stated airlines want planes sooner, not later. Could also be EK is ready to commit to the 787. Well they just publicly announced they're not ready to commit to either the 787 or the A350, so either it's a feint to make a 787 order announcem...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 137
Views: 14983

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

Good to know, thanks! But with the same logic, should be the design of the refuelling system in the 744, already designed and in use, transferible to the 748? The one in the VC-25 and E-4B should be usable as a base to develop it for VC-X, but it will still require development for VC-X specifically...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

I doubt that would ever happen (all 787 production moved to CHS) as the unions would throw a fit (even if Boeing does bring a new plane in Everett to replace the 787 line there). Plus Boeing's official rationale with putting a second 787 FAL in CHS was to "spread the risk" in the case of ...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1
Replies: 557
Views: 156447

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

Anybody know what Airbus finally decided to do about the MTOW? 251T, or is it still unofficial? Looks like 242,000kg remains the highest option. They were studying 245,000kg earlier this year, but no mention since. I would expect if they were intending it to EIS with higher, we'd have heard about i...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 137
Views: 14983

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

...or it's upcoming replacement (which will almost certainly have mid-air refueling). Dont know in what it can be based, as it is cut off from the AFO, likely there as well... The E-4B replacement will most likely be based on the 767-2C platform used for the KC-46A and that platform has already bee...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. House of Representatives votes to block aircraft sales to Iran
Replies: 35
Views: 6806

Re: U.S. House of Representatives votes to block aircraft sales to Iran

Within reason. But if this kills billions of business, it would set a rather strong incentive to exclude US technology wherever possible for future projects and kill future prospects for US Avionik and engine manufacturers in none-US aircraft. Which could be interesting considering the two largest ...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

I'm curious if Leeham will point out how devastating this is for the A330NEO. The advantage of short term slots just went away. With only 204 A330NEO + a dwindling A330CEO backlog, there should be concern. Is there even a know active A330NEO sales campaign? Malaysian is saying they're still looking...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 137
Views: 14983

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

On the flip side, the likelihood VC-X will need to operate for any period of time, much less an extended period of time, in an NBC (Nuclear | Biological | Chemical) environment is far less today and going forward than it was in the 1980s during the Cold War and a general build-up to tactical and str...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

I think everyone knows how the accounting block works Stitch. Clearly everyone doesn't since people continue to make posts directly equating the Accounting Quantity with the number of frames needing to be produced to "account for" / "break even on" all outstanding 787 program co...

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by Stitch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

The increase in accounting block has been predicted by many because it is evident that Boeing is not going to be able to cover all the deferred costs without making the 787 selling price uncompetitive. It's been predicted by many because the 787 remains popular with airlines, who continue to order ...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL unveils 787 retro livery
Replies: 12
Views: 3399

Re: JAL unveils 787 retro livery

Momo1435 wrote:
It would be nice if it was real.


Correct. This is a fake livery digitally painted over a standard JAL 787. There is a "before" and "after" tweet following.

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. House of Representatives votes to block aircraft sales to Iran
Replies: 35
Views: 6806

Re: House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran

This bill still has to be approved by the Senate, yes? And then signed by The President. That is a very interesting way to block sales: If OFAC can't issue licenses, sales can't proceed. My question is, does Airbus already have all the required licences for its IR order or are they issued on a per ...

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by Stitch
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block

The 747 uses Buildings 40-21, 40-22 and 40-23 so that would be the most logical location for NMA at Everett if the decision is made to build it there.

The 767 uses Buildings 40-31, 40-32 and 40-33 which are behind the 747 assembly zones. So they can remain in place without impacting NMA.

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

As I said some time ago, seeing the routes that 787-9's and A350-900's are opening up nowadays has finally woken me up to the long-haul fragmentation taking place out there now. Agreed - their operating economics (CASM) is so good that routes that used to need a 300+ seater (777-300ER) to really wo...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 137
Views: 14983

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

Dutchy wrote:
Wow 600m for just a design will be expensive.


This is why the entire program was projected to run upwards of four billion. On the plus side, we do get forty years out of them so it's only $100 million a year. :)

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

I wouldn't take Leeham's pessimism as gospel - not to get into the Leeham debate again though. And even with all the pessimism we have been hearing about widebody orders, the 787 is already 70% of the way to matching 2016's and 2015's orders with 25% of the year remaining so a slight rate increase ...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

Perhaps the increase in monthly production rates is short-term, and reflects that customers who had deep discounts and flexible launch-style contract T&C's, have now all been rolled for the last time, capped to the early 20's. Presumably, the majority will lock in those prices. Could be. Boeing...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

Why should Boeing get a free "get out of jail" card for a financial disaster that is the 787 program when Airbus has been shred to pieces here on A380 and A400 problems. Because stating a falsehood over and over doesn't make it any more true? The Accounting Quantity has never been a repre...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

It's an explicit acknowledgement by Boeing that a run of 1,300 wasn't going to cover $30 Billion in deferred costs. There has been extensive discussion about this on a.net. :sarcastic: It's an explicit acknowledgement by Boeing at how popular the 787 is with airlines and passengers. .....wait for i...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to accelerate 787 production, increases accounting block
Replies: 189
Views: 18192

Re: Boeing to accelerate 787 production to 14x per month

Kind of surprised it was only to 1400 (I expected 1500-1600), but a conservative boost won't raise the attention of the market as much and they can always raise it later should they close in on 1400 firm orders.

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

It's a nice theory, but I doubt that's the reason why MH ordered a handful 787s...So if MH believes the A350 is too expensive for missions below nine hours, then for sure the 787 is too expensive as well because its price tag is in the same ballpark as the A350. To me that sounds like MH will deplo...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Turkish 747-8i order
Replies: 92
Views: 22967

Re: Possible Turkish 747-8i order

Something doesn't add up. Wouldn't it make more sense to lease the aircraft from Boeing Capital? Boeing Capital doesn't like to hold the paper for planes for extended periods. They tend to act more like a "bridge loan" until the customer can secure more traditional funding and take over. ...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

There is a continuing impression that the FAA is much more partisan than the other national CAAs. And yet the EU's EASA and the Japanese JAA and other national certification authorities all use the FAA's certification as the basis for their own. If there really was as much worry about the objectivi...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Turkish 747-8i order
Replies: 92
Views: 22967

Re: Possible Turkish 747-8i order

I missed this thread and so inadvertently posted a new thread, but now Chris Edwards is saying on Twitter that he has a source confirming a deal for AerCap to order 12 x 747-8 and lease them to Turkish. I still don't believe it. I can't see any benefit to Turkish from ordering 747-8 rather than che...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

While I also expected this order to go A330-900, the MH fleet is predominately Boeing by around a 2.5 to 1 ratio and MH has had a long relationship with Boeing going back to the 707 and including the 747 and 777. And they appear to have selected the 737 MAX as their narrowbody fleet going forward, i...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

The 787-10 would be too similar in size to the A359 wouldn't it? Now that wouldn't have made sense. The 787-10 offers two more rows of Economy and 4 more LD3 positions so it's about 3% larger in passenger capacity and 10% larger in cargo capacity. However, I believe the better comparison would have...

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by Stitch
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

Boeing news release: 8 x 787-9 Interesting. I would have expected the 787-10, but the 787-9 would give them similar passenger capacity to the A330-900 with more cargo space and much better range so it is a more flexible platform and more "future-proof" should they decide to launch more lo...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

No mention of variant however a model of a -9 can be seen...I'd be interested to see how many options for the 787 they have or if they intend to lease more aircraft. As others have said, this order of 8 is much less than the number of aircraft they said they were looking for. Current CEO Peter Bell...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH orders 787s

But why is it political? The 787 was on MH's list as well. It's not like they weren't considering it at all. Indeed, all the political smell, the visit to the US and the surprise with the announcement is just a coincidence :) So I guess we can presume every Airbus RFP win that has been or will be f...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH orders 787s

What am I missing? The 787 offers more range capabilities. I guess it is because the 339 cant reach europe without load restrictions unlike the 788/789? I'm surprised aswell, was really expecting a new order for more A350s (if they want to restart European routes like AMS and CDG) and A330NEOs to c...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH orders 787s

I'm kind of surprised the A330neo did not win. Cheaper to purchase, cheaper to maintain, lots of trained pilots around, lots of spare parts, etc. Good range, good capacity, good economy. What am I missing? Well the new a.net narrative appearing to be forming is that it's a move to get the US Depart...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 43879

Re: MH orders 787s

I'm kind of surprised the A330neo did not win. Cheaper to purchase, cheaper to maintain, lots of trained pilots around, lots of spare parts, etc. Good range, good capacity, good economy. What am I missing? Well a new a.net narrative appearing to be forming is that it's a move to get the US Departme...

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by Stitch
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

dtw2hyd wrote:
Who needs folding wing tips? Imagine taxing out with tips folded, hold short of the runway, and wing tips refuse to open or lock. Back to the gate.


I would not be surprised if the majority of the time the wingtips remain extended during airport operations.

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

enzo011 wrote:
I do wonder if the extra space in the 777 is really noticeable if they have the same layout as the A350 in J though.


BA Club World might be one of those as the patent filing drawings for their 2+4+2 cabin on the A350-1000 looks pretty cramped.

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-900 vs 900ER
Replies: 13
Views: 2412

Re: 737-900 vs 900ER

FlyHossD wrote:
Is Operating Empty Weight the right standard to use here?


Since we're talking structural weight, I believe it is.

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-900 vs 900ER
Replies: 13
Views: 2412

Re: 737-900 vs 900ER

keesje wrote:
The 900ER weigh a lot more than the -900 amongst because of the aft wing exit door, flat bulkhead.


The difference in OEM OEW between them is ~1700kg - about 4%. Not exactly "a lot".

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by Stitch
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question Cargo B767-300ER / LD2
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Question Cargo B767-300ER / LD2

A380MSN004 wrote:
If I'm correct both cargos in a 767-300ER can hold in total 30 LD2


Correct - 16 forward / 14 aft

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

EK ordered and then cancelled the A350-1000 and when they did have it on order, the number was one-fifth of the number of 777-9 they have on order. QR has a third more 777-9 on order than they do A350-1000, whereas EY has a quarter less and CX a fifth. And both SQ and LH have so far skipped the A350...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

I think that the wider fuselage of the B777X is a poor argument considering that the additional seat advantage argument only applies to economy class, which in turn doesn't represent the full length of the cabin. The additional width is not sufficient to add a C-class seat, let alone a Y+ seat. :sh...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

An (over simple) thought. The 787-10 seems fine on size/pax numbers but a tad limited on range.Airbus loves using the ACT route to add range. Could Boeing swap some cargo space for an act or two or is it already over limited to do this? Like all 787s, the 787-10 is fuel-weight limited, not fuel-vol...

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by Stitch
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 34486

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

What's the latest on the development of the A350 Regional? That would be a better replacement for the 77A. The A350-900 Regional just offers lower operating weights and de-rated engine thrust. There are a number of Weight Variants that could apply (WV005 / 008 / 014 / 017) ranging from a low of 210...

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