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by Stitch
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

But that would also mean an Airline gets the upgraded engine and hangs them from a 941 and it becomes a 942. Wouldn't that require an awful lot of paperwork changes? If there are, there would be a process in place to handle it. Did any A340-300 series operator upgrade their CFM56-5C series engines ...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Qatar Airways confirms 787-9 and 737 MAX order
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: Qatar Airways confirmed order Boeing aircraft (updated)

The disposition of the 787s will be interesting to watch; the 789 would be very close in capacity to the A359 in QR ops, so I wonder if the 789 will be intended for (relatively) short flights, with the 350s being used on longer flights. The 787-8 fleet does not have flight crew rest facilities so t...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Seems more a PIP than a new thrust variant, IIRC the changes in Airbus subtypes usually go with thrust changes but who knows, maybe theres significant hardware changes. The EP does incorporate advances from the Trent XWB-97 and Advance programs, but this PiP might be one that cannot be retrofitted ...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 773 vs 77W short and medium haul trip cost.
Replies: 18
Views: 2653

Re: 773 vs 77W short and medium haul trip cost.

I agree with all you said. However, zeke's numbers show a 2% to 3% advantage for the 77W. I would have expected better, especially as the stage length increased. There is a fair bit of commonality in airframe and (GE family, at least) engines between the 777-300 and 777-300ER so that the difference...

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCA and SIA to form strategic cargo partnership
Replies: 6
Views: 956

Re: NCA and SIA to form strategic cargo partnership

TC957 wrote:
Hopefully SQ Cargo will order some 748F's in future.


I expect this more being SIA leveraging NCA's 747-8Fs (and other metal) so they don't need to buy their own to replace their 747-400 freighters as they are retired.

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

workhorse wrote:
How a 251t A330-800 would compare to the A350-900ULR (in range)?


Around 2000nm lower at Design Range per Airbus data, but regardless, with 30,000kg more TOW and 17,000 liters more fuel volume, the A350-900ULR will be able to handily outfly an A330-800 in real-world configuration.

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 773 vs 77W short and medium haul trip cost.
Replies: 18
Views: 2653

Re: 773 vs 77W short and medium haul trip cost.

Any insight as to why the 77W is better than the 773 on short lengths? And why the difference - for about the same TOW - is so small?? The GE90-115B is more fuel-and propulsive-efficient than the PW4090. The 77W also entered service with better aerodynamics than the 773 (some of which are retrofitt...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 79
Views: 17075

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

They will have plenty of spare engines once they start scarping the early build A380's. As with all Trent 900 operators, Emirates' are "leased" under Rolls-Royce TotalCare support contracts and Emirates also uses GE OnePoint to support their GE90 and upcoming GE9X fleets. However, I can f...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

Can someone more knowledgeable deny or confirm a impression I've about the A330 family? People here write that the A332 sold because it has more range than the A333. Both the A338 and A339 will have more range than the A332. This has historically been the case due to both the A330-300 having a (at ...

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by Stitch
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 75
Views: 11360

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

Why would an A380 Combi not be beneficial? Use the lower deck for cargo (no special equipment needed and no concern about weak floor) and use the upper deck for pax. Such a plane would only work on routes where you consistently had demand for 28 pallets because otherwise you're ferrying empty space...

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by Stitch
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 75
Views: 11360

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

1. I read long ago that in the preliminary studies for the A380, Airbus had imposed the cockpit be where it is now, midway between both cabins instead of at upper cabin level, thereby eschewing any possibility for the A380F to have a front loading like the 747F or AN-124. If so, what was the ration...

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by Stitch
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 75
Views: 11360

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

Matt6461 wrote:
Interesting. Which TPAC cargo routes are flown direct? Either by FedEx or others.


Per FedEx's site those would be:

Shanghai-Memphis-Narita-Shanghai
Hong Kong-Memphis-Incheon-Hong Kong
Singapore-Osaka-Memphis-Osaka-Singapore
Shenzhen-Memphis-Anchorage-Narita-Incheon-Shenzhen

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by Stitch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 75
Views: 11360

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

itisi wrote:
Something that never happened can hardly be a failure .... Airbus cancelled the plane right, not FX and 5X cancelled their orders.


The program is officially on indefinite hiatus, but it is doubtful it will ever be restarted.

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by Stitch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

Aptivaboy wrote:
Is this particular A330-800 definitely going to Hawaiian or will it be retained by Airbus as a test airplane?


The intention is that once it completes it's testing and certification role it will be refurbished and delivered to Hawaiian Airlines.

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by Stitch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the A380F a failure?
Replies: 75
Views: 11360

Re: Why was the A380F a failure?

FedEx, at least, was interested in launching non-stop services between China and their US hubs as it would allow them to offer later pickups to their customers while still meeting delivery schedule to the US. At the time, their only options were the 747-400ERF or the A380-800F and the A380 had a fai...

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by Stitch
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines
Replies: 206
Views: 38541

Re: Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines

My question: How on earth did this engine get ETOPS certified with its downright lousy reliability? Because it obviously did not show that "lousy" reliability during the certification program. Just as the GEnx never showed a high-altitude icing problem or the Trent 1000 a blade sulfidatio...

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by Stitch
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines studying A350-1000 and 777X for non stop flights to the US
Replies: 38
Views: 8725

Re: Vietnam Airlines studying A350-1000 and 777X for non stop flights to the US

But I don't understand why Boeing wants to play an active part in this process. It's like Airbus is trying to convince the German authorities to give EK more landing rights as they can sell more A380s. FAA Category 1 means that a county's civil aviation authority complies with International Civil A...

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by Stitch
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

While AirAsia CEO says that the 339 performs better then expected, I would like to know what this means for the 338 ;-) about the same. Relation between A332 and A333 is very well known. But afaics this is about Boeing having tried to place a bee under Fernandez bonnet so to speak. For what else wo...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F
Replies: 50
Views: 8739

Re: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F

So... Boeing lists the range of the freighter at 4,120 nautical miles. This is presumably at a full load. Any word on how light the vessel had to be to fly that far? ACAP says 105,000 pounds at 8000nm for an OEM-spec bird though real-world conditions using UPS' mission rules and DOWs would be less ...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Ethiopian Airlines to order 10-20 B777X
Replies: 46
Views: 8481

Re: Rumor: Ethiopian Airlines to order 10-20 B777X

If the 77X and the A350-1000 are so close in terms of performance, then ET may swing either way, now that Airbus has made inroads into ET's fleet composition. If it goes Airbus, it can address a fleet commonality issue. To be fair, if it goes 777X it does the same considering ET currently operates ...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 190
Views: 43357

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

I was convinced that the RR problem only was related to 789 - with a batch of faulty manufactured fanblades. Are we now talking about two different problems? No it is the same issue and it affects the Trent 1000 Package B and C engines and these engines are used on the 787-8 and 787-9. As far as I ...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

You wouldn't perchance have a link to the numbers source? 9t delta would be equivalent to 90 Uber Business seats. @ 100 something kg It was posted by chaostheory . Plus, Finnair's first A350 is an overweight "batch 2" aircraft. Yes if the weight reflected an additional 3000kg of structure...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24113

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

Revelation wrote:
But the article does make a jarring error -- no, no A380Fs were actually produced.


Yeah I found it funny the guy confused an artist CG rendering of an A380-800F in flight as the real thing. :rotfl:

The wings for FX #1 were built, but I believe that was all.

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

posted numbers for FinnAir A359 were in the 134..6t range afair? I do not know where KarelXWB's numbers come from. Finnair does operate two different configurations of the A350-900 - one at 297 seats with a much larger Business Class and one at 336 seats with a much larger Economy Class. So it coul...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines studying A350-1000 and 777X for non stop flights to the US
Replies: 38
Views: 8725

Re: Vietnam Airlines studying A350-1000 and 777X for non stop flights to the US

Should VN still get the Category 1 rating when they order the A350-1000 for their expansion to the US? I don't think so, but I might be wrong. If this succeeds, VN has made a very nice package deal. There would be no reason for the FAA to deny them Category 1 if the Vietnamese show that they meet t...

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by Stitch
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 3902

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

I wonder if Boeing is using the Dreamlifters to bring in large plane parts from Japan like the fuselage panel shown above? The Dreamlifters are dedicated to 787 production. The Japanese suppliers of the 777's fuselage panels will be doing the same for the 777X and both sets will arrive via ship at ...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines studying A350-1000 and 777X for non stop flights to the US
Replies: 38
Views: 8725

Re: Vietnam Airlines studying A350-1000 and 777X for non stop flights to the US

Boeing is lobbying for VN to get a Category 1 ranking and in return VN is buying the 778. No way Airbus could have won this. VN have stated that both their 787 and A350 orders were driven in part by politics to help address Vietnam's balance of trade with the US and the EU so that ship has already ...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

drdisque wrote:
This will be a great TATL aircraft to replace 777-200's and older A330's and all A340's still used across the Atlantic.


A330-900 has more than enough range for TATL operations with lower CASM and better sized for 777-200 and A340-300 replacement.

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 190
Views: 43357

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

audidudi wrote:
Then why would it be sent to VCV, instead of stayng at SCL, if it's just related to the RR engine issues? I haven't heard/read of any others going to VCV for this!


Closer to an RR MRO than SCL?
No space at SCL to park the frame?
Better weather at VCV if you will park a frame for a while?

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

As to the A330 Freighter and the A330 MRTT, Airbus does not necessarily have to move them to the neo platform. Military operators are generally not too concerned with the fuel economy of their aircraft and depending on the utilization, fuel burn can also not be the most important component of an RFP...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Err Stitch that should be O&D traffic at PER and Melbourne [MEL], not SYD. The route is MEL-PER-LHR. In the case of SYD, I was referring to the planned SYD-LHR non-stop this RFP is for. :D I was assuming QANTAS would tack on the Melbourne or Brisbane to Perth fare but according to a previous po...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 79
Views: 17075

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

I know its an order thread but correct me if I am wrong but I think Qantas did just let some 787 options expire? Yes they have decided to let one of their 787-9 options expire rather than convert it to an order in the interests of reducing CAPEX as they are also looking at an A321neo order for Jets...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 79
Views: 17075

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

This preliminary deal was signed in 2015. It was really a collaboration on refreshing VN's widebody fleet in which Boeing suggested VN order eight 777-8 and eight 787-10. In the end, VN decided not to add additional planes and instead converted eight of their outstanding 787-9 orders to 787-10. Las...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

For most Australians it will still be a one stop flight and you will have to book two fares. Well most Australians won't be taking the non-stop - that's the point. It appeals to the O&D traffic at PER and SYD. As for the rest of Australia, one expects the main catchment areas are the major citi...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24113

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

But that UPS order was than advertised here as up to 28 frames, the firming of the later 14 sure to come. I guess we can count on 20 more 748's to be delivered to LH then, right? Well not 747-8's since we know those options were cancelled for 777-9, but I guess we could use the above logic to say t...

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by Stitch
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

I don't understand QF's strategy because it's a very poor strategy. I see the merit of direct flights, just not when it results in capacity downgrades with ensuing smaller market share, lower total revenues vs. one-stop A380, much higher unit cost, much higher risk. It sounds to me that the goal is...

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24113

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

tomaheath wrote:
Will the 767s come with winglets?


As I understand it, the winglets are an aftermarket item so they are installed once the frame is delivered. So they will not have them when they emerge from the FAL.

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

kjeld0d wrote:
Can anyone explain to me why the 764 was not as successful as the 763?


It lacked the capacity and the range of the A330-200 and for most operators of the 767 family, the A332 made a better overall case for adding to the fleet.

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120782

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Sooner787 wrote:
So is Spaceman and the roadster on their way to Mars?


It will have a Mars crossing elliptical orbit around the Sun.

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1271
Views: 120782

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

The twin boosters landing together was amazing.

And the shots of the roadster and "pilot" in space...

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32781

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

I'm old enough to remember all of the nay-sayers here, "Airbus will never build it!" Well here it sits on the ramp for all to see! Congrats, Airbus! Anyone over three is old enough considering the first (and only) order was placed on 18 December 2014. And the "Cancellation Chorus&quo...

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

144,000kg for one of Finnair's A350-900 configurations. Did some digging and the source for this is some a-net member and nothing else or am I wrong? Yes it is an a.net member, but plenty of them work for airlines or MROs or OEMs and have access to this information. And this member has posted other...

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by Stitch
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

WIederling wrote:
A Firefighting guide will show max imaginable weights. ( not min or average.) The guide determines what you have to plan for and that looks at upper bounds.


And yet Finnair's A350-900 reported OEW comes in between 4,000 and 5,000kg higher than the figure given in the Firefighting Guide.

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Karel the figure in the acap is not the oew.... that is the maintenance weight which is just a average figure. A359 oew is now 136-137t and I would guess a351 is 149-150t. Odd. Airbus' marketing presentations clearly state "OEW 155t". I guess everyone uses a different weight definition. B...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 335
Views: 107286

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

That must be a mistake, empty weight should be around 155t and certainly not 129t. Karel I think that is manufacturer empty weight...does not include any furnishings and possibly not the engines. That is what I am thinking, as well. A350-900 Manufacturer Weight Empty for the first A350-900 frames w...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

I guess A350-900ULR has one advantage against 777-8. It is more versatile A/C and can be easily reconfigurated to standart A350 and used on usual routes without penalty of heavy niche airframe. Depends on what Qantas Group's overall long-haul fleet strategy entails. If the A350-900ULR or the 777-8 ...

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by Stitch
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 157
Views: 19909

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Interestingly, the carrier does not specify the 300-seat requirement anymore, suggesting any aircraft that can perform the mission at full nominal load will be good enough. But design payload of the 777-8 is a fair bit higher than design payload of the A350-900ULR. A 777-8 at an A359-900ULRs design...

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by Stitch
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24113

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

Did Lufthansa not already indicate that they wish to retire their 748´s early (20s)? I think that as more Jens Flottau at AviationWeek looking for a headline. At the 2013 IATA conference, Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz noted that once a twin became available in the 747-8 size category, LH would have...

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by Stitch
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24113

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

1) IIRC the cost-overruns were charged to the Annual results at the time; so I assume that the 150-run (so far) might well be profitable. What do you think? Yes, Boeing has incurred a number of write-downs due to the program being put in a Forward Loss position due to lack of orders. The last write...

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