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by Stitch
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential for 797F Variant?
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: Potential for 797F Variant?

Does anyone think that a dedicated 797 freighter is a possibility? It depends on the dimensions of the final plane and how well they match up to a dedicated freighter. If the rumors of a slightly ellipsoidal fuselage are true, then maybe not since it would mean customized main deck pallet loading w...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1555
Views: 111415

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

The contract was for 18 KC-46A and 9 pods in October so the question is will the USAF waive penalties for the extended delivery timeframe.

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 91
Views: 14503

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

how do we know any of these percentages are truly significant without knowing the current actual values and the proposed new values. The OEMs will filter their numbers and can show "significant percentage improvement" just by changing the tracking parameters... Leeham.net normalizes to th...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 56
Views: 9581

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

airzona11 wrote:
Still lots of MD11s/A300s to be retired and nothing in the pipeline from A or B to replace them.


The 767-300 will lift more payload volume and more payload weight than an A300-600RF and fly it farther. Ditto the 777 Freighter and the MD-11F.

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 91
Views: 14503

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

While 50% discounts are probably correct, list price includes engines and Buyer Furnished Equipment that Boeing does not get a cut of. So Boeing gets closer to half of that actual sale price for the airframe itself. So Boeing probably only made a few score million per delivery and the write-downs wo...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 91
Views: 14503

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

I am guessing those figures are against the earlier A350s, not the upcoming ones ones with the aerodynamics and engine improvements. Perhaps we can reduce that figure by 2-3%? Considering the article posted after all of the A350 PiPs have been announced and in some cases introduced, I would guess t...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 91
Views: 14503

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

The 747-8 wasn't that expensive to develop and has led to the 747-8F which appears to have some future. Beyond the billions it cost to design, Boeing has written down almost $3.5 billion (after tax) due to production overruns and lack of orders. The only saving grace now is that the program should ...

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by Stitch
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA cancelations for 18June
Replies: 3
Views: 775

Re: AA cancelations for 18June

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AA subsidiary PSA Airlines has been subjected to multiple "technical issues" the past couple of days that have led to ground stops and hundreds of cancelled flights, many at CLT. So this is probably related. See viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1396687

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by Stitch
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 15771

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

It might also be that since Boeing will be taking ownership of it per their agreement with Cathay, the MoF cannot make an attempt to acquire it at this time and would need to wait for Boeing to decide to either donate it directly or make it available for the MoF to make an attempt to acquire it.

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by Stitch
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 229
Views: 47640

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018

B764er wrote:
So B-HNL was retired? I hope 777#1 gets to be in a museum.


She's being prepared for transport and display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96016

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

I wonder why Airbus did not just offer several common seating/feature layouts, which could be reconfigured at modest cost; and then an airline who wanted more than that had to pay extra for it. In that case I suspect that most A380s would have had one of the standard layouts; and retrofit cost woul...

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96016

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

How many hours / cycles does this bird have up? might be a cheap way into the ultimate personal jet... Dr. Peters already tried this. The recruited a Swiss company to sell it as a VVIP-jet (but found no takers).. :yes: Even if the airframe could be purchased (relatively) inexpensively, the actual o...

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 949
Views: 325769

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Aircellist wrote:
Regional, meaning what kind of range?


It would depend on the ZFW, but you're likely looking at 1000-2000nm, So domestic hops like those handled by LGW A330-300s.

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96016

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

How many of the first batch of 787 frames destined for final customer delivery were scrapped or foisted off on museum sites? Five. Remember: Boeing expected to sell off (near) all frames used for flight testing and qualification. Yes. Boeing does not hold back a frame for further testing like Airbu...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 35409

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

EduardoL wrote:
What is that white fuselage with a Japanese prefix?


Former JAL 777-300 that was scrapped in June of 2015. So it's likely being examined by Boeing to review how it's held up in service (it was delivered in July 1998). It might also have been used to help calibrate the robots.

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines and Corporate Jets
Replies: 90
Views: 8633

Re: Long Distance RJ Service

I did DEN-BHM in a CRJ-200 on UA and I felt that was interminable - and that was ~950nm and I was in Row 1 aisle so I could stretch my legs into the galley area. Going some 75% farther... :eyepopping:

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward
Replies: 43
Views: 6329

Re: 747-400 conversions (PAX to F) going forward

...I believe the FAA will no longer certify new combi designs with cargo and passengers on the same deck because of the fire hazard. As noted, new combination frames are being certified, they just lack the flexibility of earlier designs due to the bulkhead between the cargo and passenger areas need...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

The A330ceo had no long term future for significant new orders as it’s fuel inefficiency catches it up to it and Boeing worked through the 787’s production issues and backlog. That is why Airbus developed the neo in the first place. The demise of the A350-800 and the knowledge the 787-10 would even...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

With system-wide Average Load Factors for most long-haul carriers in the 80th percentile, by definition, on average 24 of those extra 30 seats are going out loaded. Surely? Not in the specific scenario I was responding to (as sabby and Polot subsequently alluded to). I don't come on the forum much ...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?
Replies: 95
Views: 17962

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

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LoganTheBogan wrote:
Any idea on how much performance and efficiency improvements will be gained by the engine PIP?


Around one percent per https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/our-s ... tomer.aspx

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

"Capability" is not just how far an airliner can fly but also how much it can carry over this distance. On average A350-900 can carry 30 more passengers than 787-9 for ~400nm further and if these 30 passengers can be filled consistently it is the more appropriate aircraft. The claim "...

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 141
Views: 17002

Re: Airbus A321XLR?

Any increases in range would require additional ACTs and Leeham.net believes you may have to hand-load the LR if you use three ACTs due to lack of hold space for sufficient ULDs.

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 272
Views: 66435

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

Planeyguy wrote:
Does anyone know Boeing's May order breakdown?


Boeing has not yet updated their Orders Page to reflect May.

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?
Replies: 95
Views: 17962

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

I guess the proper term is "280,000kg Capable" since the frame is capable of being re-certified to that MTOW with a paperwork change.

Airbus recently updated the A350-900 ACAP to add two Weight Variants (WV010 and WV013) that are rated at a 280,000kg MTOW.

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by Stitch
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 949
Views: 325769

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Till Airbus certifies the 280t variant for the non ulr (announced for 2020) it is not a paper derate of a 280t frame. Paper derate of the 278t? yes. The production block starting from the IB frame is ready for 280t when it arrives. The latest update to the Airbus A350-900 ACAP added two Weight Vari...

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

What I think was short sighted was Airbus developing the NEO instead of optimizing the A350-800. The A350-800/900/1000 would have been very compelling to a lot of carriers, had that -800 been optimized for it’s size instead of a shrink of the -900. The A350-800XWB was pinched between the 787-8 and ...

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 35409

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

Has the 777X got the silly windows? The windows will be larger and positioned to both allow in more ambient light and improve passenger sight lines when looking out. The dimming functionality from the 787 was considered, but I believe if it will be available, it will be a customer-specified option ...

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96016

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

Well look at it this way, LN005 was worth almost $424 million when she was scrapped (calculated by dividing the write down for her and LN004 divided by two) which is some ten times what MSN003 is said to be valued at and five times what she's expected to bring as spares (both per media reports). :si...

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 35779

Re: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

I'm guessing the other PAE paint hangars are busy with 787s.

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by Stitch
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 266
Views: 96016

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

I remember sometime just before the plane first flew, knowing the order books was pretty much floated by Emirates... At the time of first flight, Emirates represented 29% of the order book so while they were the largest single customer, they were not really "carrying" the program at that ...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 14843

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

True but aircraft manufacturers and designers often propose various ideas to aircraft design and seating. But in this case it is actively being promoted by real airline CEO and is already being put it into real world practice. I think all (or if not a large and increasing number of) Emirates aircra...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]
Replies: 151
Views: 14843

Re: Emirates looking to Windowless planes [BBC]

I would imagine the IFE system needed to deliver an image to a high-definition monitor inside the fuselage would cost and weigh more than the current windows. Plus it would be far more maintenance-intensive. That being said, this is not a new idea. Boeing looked into projecting images onto the insid...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 272
Views: 66435

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

Eyad89 wrote:
Great performance by 787 for half a year. Does this 71 figure inculde the EK order?


No.

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

The 787-9 does not match range and payload of the A350-900. But to be fair, it doesn't need to in order to address the needs of a significant portion of the market. It's how the A330-300E started to supplement and replace 777-200ERs even though it could not match the full payload weight nor the ful...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?
Replies: 95
Views: 17962

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

put the numbers, not statistics Well using an A350-1000 test flight with a blocked time of 11 hours and 22 minutes, the airframe burned an average of 6800kkg an hour. On a similar mission, a 777-300ER will burn an average of 8600kg an hour, which is 21% more. A TAM A350-900 flying GRU-MXP had a tri...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

What about the NEO freighter? UPS is picking up an additional 3 B767s and was rumored to be interested in the A330NEOF as an MD-11 replacement, along with the Amazon carriers. Airbus is really weak thus far in the freighter market. I fully expect UPS to go with the 777F when it comes time to replac...

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by Stitch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million
Replies: 99
Views: 6876

Re: Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million

The US President (not necessarily Trump) should go the other extreme, retire both AF1 birds, and fly commercial whenever a travel requirement comes up. Well President Nixon did it once on 26 December 1973, flying a United DC-10 from IAD to LAX. That being said, I am sure the other passengers on tha...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 8029

Re: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast

tigerotor77w wrote:
I don't see a need for a 779-size plane in their fleet.


The 777-9 is not appreciably larger than the 777-300ER. The floorspace delta is about 5% and natural growth could cover that. Also remember NZ operates their 777-300ERs at 10-abreast Economy.

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

Happy to be corrected but how could they have launched the NEO 2 years earlier unless it was to be a glider?As I understand it the engine was in fact 6 months late. Rolls was ready to commit to an engine (Trent 1700) for the A350 Mark I back in 2005 which, like the Trent 7000, would have been a Tre...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares
Replies: 45
Views: 10580

Re: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares

At the time Airbus gave the go ahead for the A380 they claimed a market existed for 1500 VLA. At the exactly the same time Boeing said the market was 500 frames. Are you sure about Boeing‘s figure of 500? It’s true that Boeing was less enthusiastic and we all know this but I don’t think the differe...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 8029

Re: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast

gregn21 wrote:
Why not just buy 10 more 789’s?


They may very well end up doing just that, but it is always prudent to review all viable options.

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares
Replies: 45
Views: 10580

Re: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares

I can understand existing A380 operators not being interested in them due to the customization. The first 25 frames affected by this went to SQ, EK and QF and SQ and EK rotate their frames out around 12 years and QF is not interested in adding any more at this time. So that leaves new operators. HiF...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares
Replies: 45
Views: 10580

Re: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares

[AFAIK Doric collected 21.1 million dollars of lease payments per year for each SQ A380, so including the money from the part out. That's an IRR of... 4.5%, not counting fees, yikes, given how risky a portfolio of Aircraft can be as financial assets an investor should expect 10+% IRR at minimum... ...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast
Replies: 50
Views: 8029

Re: ANZ looks for 77E replacement; must be able to fly non stop to N and S America East Coast

Probably not a coincidence the A350-900 is doing short-runway testing at Wellington this week.

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares
Replies: 45
Views: 10580

Re: Two A380s To Be Sold For Spares

[Doing the housewife's calculations, those two A380s lost 90% of their value over 12 years, having a listprice of US$ 445,6 M. (Source: Airbus, http://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/publications/backgrounders/Airbus-Commercial-Aircraft-list-prices-2018.pdf ) List price at the time the ...

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 949
Views: 325769

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

maortega15 wrote:
Will the -ULR have a corpse compartment like what SQ had on their A345?


I am guessing no, since I do not believe they ever needed it on the A340-500 flights.


maortega15 wrote:
Btw, has anyone seen a pic of it? I've never seen it!


I believe there is a picture of it in the photo database.

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by Stitch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

But the price reduction on the 787 effects the 797 in the same way. It limits the price they can ask for the 797, especially if they are willing and able to out price the A330NEO. As chiki noted, customers have already told Boeing what they're willing to pay for NMA and it's a fair bit less than wh...

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by Stitch
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26288

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

AA737-823 wrote:
To me, the 330neo is a lot like the 753/764 in some ways. Not a bad airplane, by any means, but...


That might not be a bad analogy, to be honest. A decent airframe that was launched too late into a market that already had entrenched incumbents of equal or better performance.

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by Stitch
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 949
Views: 325769

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

BOAC1966 wrote:
Seems a very long way to go to do short runway trials! There must be other reasons!


Perhaps Air New Zealand is considering long-haul service from WLG and Airbus is showing off how the A350 can handle them.

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by Stitch
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How far could an A350-900ULR go with a standard config?
Replies: 95
Views: 17962

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

ElroyJetson wrote:
I have not seen a direct comparison of fuel burn between an A359ULR and a 77L on let's say a 7000 nm mission. However, I would feel comfortable in saying the 359 will burn considerably less fuel.


Around 20% less per hour.

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