I flew the LHR-DAR route back in 2010. Was a 767 and it was packed heading south. Was about 60% full on the return a month later. I believe BA operated twice weekly back then.Jump to post
aerotransport.org is reporting in this weeks newsletter that Hi-Fly will take 3 ex SQ A380: MSN #3, #5 and #6 That would be excellent news. Hoping it's true. There was talk about up to 6 A380s for HiFly in the longer run. If they already have customers lined up, I wouldn't be surprised if they took...Jump to post
Excellent, this almost certainly means more A330neo.Jump to post
So we have various theories on why Airbus made this change. We know they want to increase production and are focusing resources on that. 1. One theory is that Boeing is getting cold feet about the MOM - and Airbus decides to delay their Plus/Plus-Plus project and focus on ramping on production of ex...Jump to post
One more A330-300 to SAS. To replace Tr A340-300 LN-RKP that will be scrapped next year https://www.sasgroup.net/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/04/sas-sas-orders-one-airbus-a330e-to-replace-one-airbus-a340-180412.pdf According to Flightglobal, SAS will get another A330 to replace on A340. https...Jump to post
This acquisition would result in various benefits for IAG: - Access to brand new aircraft - both widebody and narrowbody - Elimination of LCC TATL competition, meaning increased revenue on existing long haul network which is the bread and butter for IAG - Establishing a foothold in the lucrative Sca...Jump to post
Surprising news for sure.
If the acquisition goes through, I believe the long haul branch would be dismantled and aircraft moved to BA.
The short haul network would stay intact together with the Norwegian brand, helping fight Ryanair.
But those are just guesses.
A new order for the A380 might be on the horizon. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-airline/emirates-to-exercise-airbus-a380-options-sooner-rather-than-later-idUSKBN1HI272 Wow that is huge news and probably deserves it's own thread. Awesome if it turns out to be true, which I believe it is.Jump to post
Good move, can they use 321lr to expand tatl routes. If they can this could be a really good move. Anyone know how much commonality exists between the 321 now and lr models? I guess there must be s thread that discusses all that so if someone could point me too it, much appreciated. I don't know of...Jump to post
SAS placed order for 50 additional A320neo aircraft. Deliveries from spring 2019 to 2023 and will replace Boeing 737 and A320 aircraft. Thus, SAS fleet will consist of A320neo, A330-300, A340-300 and A350-900 aircraft in the future. news.cision.com Great news! But I'm a bit disappointed that there ...Jump to post
Congratulations SAS and Airbus. This was expected, but great news. Solid results for A320 program, but does this deal boost the chance of a SK CSeries deal or decrease it? I don't think we'll see the C-Series in SAS colors unless CityJet or another partner starts operating them. SAS is heading towar...Jump to post
I think some people are missing the essence of the article. The programs have been shelved. That does not mean they have been cancelled. The amount of R&D that has gone into this is not wasted. The first program was nearing presentation to customers. Airbus has chosen to divert resources to ramp...Jump to post
Why does this thread still have a questionmark in the topic? I'm certain there would be a lot more discussion and interest in this thread if it wasn't a question, but a statement. The HiFly A380 saga has gone from maybe to certain, to uncertain, to probably not, to certainly not.. to for sure. Anyon...Jump to post
A very good read indeed. The 717 remains one of my favorite aircraft - mostly because of it's DC-9 heritage.Jump to post
No fancy pants landing on this one either? Are they expending the last of the Block 3 boosters that won't be upgraded? And if so, why are they launching them with landing legs and gridfins (expensive), only to do a simulated re-entry procedure? Why not land them? In the stream it was said they were...Jump to post
No fancy pants landing on this one either?
Are they expending the last of the Block 3 boosters that won't be upgraded? And if so, why are they launching them with landing legs and gridfins (expensive), only to do a simulated re-entry procedure? Why not land them?
Everyone ready for Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS 14 today?
Launch from Cape Canaveral at 4:30 PM EDT / 20:30 GMT.
Live coverage here:
Why is that a shame?! Pathetic. Finally CX joins the rest of the world. I wonder if we’ll ever see SQ, GA, D7 or MH etc do the same? I prefer the more feminine look of the classic skirt and fitted jacket. No not in some boorish, male chauvinistic, sexist way, so please don't respond in that way. I ...Jump to post
11 hrs and 4,750 nm is something that is over the design goal, isn't it? Maybe they were trying to test its endurance with the flight and push it to the limit. Perhaps this is the maximum. Perhaps, there is more to come? It was not 4750nm . It was 4750NAM = 4750 miles = 4130nm NAM = North american ...Jump to post
Due to restrictions from NOAA, SpaceX is interrupting the live broadcast and will resume for Iridium sats placement. US Law (National and Commercial Space Programs Act) requires that remote sensing space systems (of which NOAA defines the second stage camera as being) requires a license and said li...Jump to post
The actual route flown was 7994km or 4316nm. However, per Airbus, they flew an extra 10% air distance due to headwinds. Apparently it equates to 4,750 nm without wind. Even if it's without bags that's pretty awesome, and suggests to me that city pairs up to 3800nm apart should be realistic contende...Jump to post
Launch successful, second stage separated and on its way. Due to restrictions from NOAA, SpaceX is interrupting the live broadcast and will resume for Iridium sats placement. Does anyone know what that is about? See also https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/status/979720608492683264 It's tinfoil hat time...Jump to post
I have never heard the expression North American miles. There are statute miles (as used in UK and USA) and nautical miles. I thought everything in America was measured in either Olympic Swimming Pools, School Buses or Football Fields. But seriously, another milestone reached for Airbus. Impressive...Jump to post
Falcon 9 launch today at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Iridium Next 41-50 mission.
Will be streamed live here:
The James Webb telescope is like an intricate piece of origami that needs to be folded correctly while i'ts in space. And the last space vehicle built by Northrop Grumman didn't fare so well, at least that's the rumor. They better get it right.Jump to post
According to Space.com, the James Webb telescope launch will be delayed by nearly another year due to the need for more testing. Congress awarded $8 Billion to the project back in 2001. The telescope is being built by Northrop Grumman and will be launched onboard an Airbus Defence and Space Ariane 5...Jump to post
And on top of this, oil prices are going up and up. At the end of January, JPMorgan put the average price per barrel at 70USD for 2018. Goldman Sachs is predicting 82,50USD for Brent per barrel in 6 months. That's close to the 2011 record high. I've not been one of those predicting Norwegian to go u...Jump to post
SpaceX sure keeps busy! Looks like they intend to build the BFR in LA/Long Beach: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/spacex-indicates-it-will-manufacture-the-bfr-rocket-in-los-angeles/ Tugg Interesting. With BFR production in California, engine manifacture and testing in Texas, and launches in...Jump to post
Fun little article on SpaceX and the mindset at it. I like part about replacing a $3,000,000.00 custom AC system for the fairing satellite cooling system with a $6,000.00 commercial system. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-trouble-book-20180316-story.html Tugg That was a good read. I kn...Jump to post
The Italian election results are interesting, and in line with the "populist" political wave going over Europe at this time. I don't think the F-35 plans are in jeopardy though, as Italy is one of three places where the F-35 is being produced (as far as I know). The program provides a lot ...Jump to post
Maybe we should have a common space launch thread for ULA, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin, Orbital ATK, Stratolaunch and so on?
Maybe even with Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian launch vehicles?
Just saying, the traditional boundaries are culturally defined, and I've found Russia and Turkey to increasingly reject European culture. I agree with that. I believe Samuel Huntington pretty much nailed it with regards to various cultures. If you look at North America, the US and Canada have prett...Jump to post
Europe as a continent includes Russia west of the Ural mountain range, north of the Caucasus mountains as well as Turkey west of the Bosphorus strait, where Istanbul's historical city center is, as well as 2/3 of Istanbul's population. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Europe_conti...Jump to post
Interesting article in the Barents Observer - stating that mysterious radioactivity in the air around Scandinavia could be from these nuclear powered missiles. A nuclear powered cruise missile with near unlimited range worries me a bit. In Norway and Finland, radioactive isotopes were discovered at ...Jump to post
In FG: Boeing sees 'big opportunity' in new midsize aircraft: McAllister , BCA CEO McAllister is quoted: "There is an opportunity between the single-aisle and twin-aisle [aircraft]" Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Kevin McAllister says on 1 March. "That opportunity is [fo...Jump to post
I agree with Max Q here. The weakest point of this design is the centre wing. With enough force being applied on each fuselage independently of each other, that's where this thing would break apart. Flexibility is absolutely necessary for this design, but not enough structural integrity is also a pr...Jump to post
any chance of this plane be used to transport passengers? If you read back through the thread you'll find out that a passenger version is being considered. Anyways, the comment on this being a DC-3 replacement is really quite interesting. A bulletproof, cheap to run, cargo plane would make a huge a...Jump to post
Here's a front line assessment on the F-up by the Russian backed forces: http://www.newsweek.com/total-f-russian-mercenaries-syria-lament-us-strike-killed-dozens-818073 Tugg Geeze, that is the most tragic thing I've read in a long time. The Russians weren't prepared at all. The thing is though, it ...Jump to post
This virtue signalling from Delta and United is not a smart move. If they had done nothing, only a small minority would even care or know about these discounts. But now they've angered not only the 5 million NRA members, not only the nearly 40% of households that own guns - they're pushing away the ...Jump to post