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by Blotto
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704589

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/failed-certification-faa-missed-safety-issues-in-the-737-max-system-implicated-in-the-lion-air-crash/ This probably should be posted in most of the MAX crash threads here. Gates specifically points to three major problems with the MAX, and his ...

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by Blotto
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus
Replies: 351
Views: 53636

Re: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus

Someone83 wrote:
Nothing out in the press yet?


Because the press conference is tomorrow and I doubt that this order was planned to be announced today. Leak...

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by Blotto
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704589

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

If that's right I find it astonishing that MCAS was certified under this regime. Given the quite large and apparently abrupt alterations in pitch MCAS can command, one would assume some redundancy/cross-check procedure would be in place to identify/rectify a faulty data situation in case the primar...

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by Blotto
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704589

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

bob75013 wrote:
Actually, up to this point we haven't proven two crashes with similar context


At this point most regulators feel that there has to be prove that both crashes do not have a similar context given what they know. They can't wait for the reports or a third crash. I agree with them

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by Blotto
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704589

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

So the reports of eye witness's talking about flames from the a/c and baggage falling before the crash have been officially discounted? I would expect reports of debris and/or baggage to be found along the flight path. It's of course hard to prove something not being there, but it's awefully silent...

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by Blotto
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 709083

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Do we know the orientation of the crash based on photos or people's datamining the crash photos and maps? In other words given the lack of FR24 data, can we state if the plane was headed west or northwest or east? With the crash site pinpointed in post #1171, do we assume the plane - at some point,...

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by Blotto
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 149
Views: 28411

Re: Lufthansa Fleet Thread - 2019

ek354 wrote:
Are the registrations for the new 777X already known? My bet would be on the D-ABZ* series..


Nope. Zulus are already taking. Look for something with more rhythm ;)

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by Blotto
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 709083

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Francoflier wrote:
I'll be amazed if any bit of the aircraft survived intact, including the recorders... all that seems to be left at the scene is shrapnel.


Remember the Germanwings crash. Also high speed impact, both FDR and CVR were recovered. I'd be surprised if they have been destroyed here

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by Blotto
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 822
Views: 116756

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

It certainly doesn't hurt that without a formal launch it is much more difficult for Airbus to respond. As others have been pointed out the risk with a later launch is that you have spent a billion or three of cash on development for no reason. $25B+ of unexpected costs on the 787, together with ma...

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by Blotto
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.
Replies: 133
Views: 31748

Re: Reuters: Airbus pencils in orders for new A321XLR jet.

How do you release a significant improvement without causing your existing backlog to collapse? Most if not all of your customers aren't going to want to be the owner of the last metal wing A32x, yet by definition you won't be able to produce CFRP wings at full rate from day one. This should make f...

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 234
Views: 50228

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

N14AZ wrote:
Blotto wrote:
The remainder of the A/C is located on LHT premises so Fraport doesn't care.


From the picture I would say the aircraft is stored behind LH's "butterfly hangars", correct? More or less this location, correct?


yes, correct

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 234
Views: 50228

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

and I suppose FraPort would like to see it vanish reasonably fast. The remainder of the A/C is located on LHT premises so Fraport doesn't care. And they use it for funny stuff. There has just been a tank rescue training. You typically don't do that with A/C you still want to fly ;) Not sure though ...

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by Blotto
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First B777-9X of LH in PAE now
Replies: 94
Views: 22635

Re: First B777-9X of LH in PAE now

pabloeing wrote:
¿european destinations in the first routes for this plane for crews like FRA-LHR or FRA-CDG?


LHR? Good luck getting a slot ;)

Expect domestic routes.

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

Let's not forget an agent also has to pop the door of the plane... So a human still has to be down there during docking. Same goes for multiple bridges on wide bodies. Still requires too agents if you don't want a significant lag between the opening of the two doors. That's a great point. Every car...

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6047

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

It's about time. Seriously, this can't be too hard. You exactly what plane you are dealing with. At least your parking guidance system knows it. So now you know where the door is. Cross check with camera. Good news, the door has to have a visual frame, so edge detection should be manageable. Use som...

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 103797

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Good move.
Go with the 350, maybe stretch it.
Focus on a real 330 replacement
Give the 321 some more legs

Seems like a good strategy

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by Blotto
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52064

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Air France/KLM, Lufthansa Group and IAG have many 777 and older long haul planes to replace to say none will get replaced by 777-9 is silly. In the absence of the A380 how else do you move 400 people. LH has 744, A340-600, A380 and 747-8 to replace in the next 10 years , some are replaced by the A3...

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by Blotto
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52064

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Air France/KLM, Lufthansa Group and IAG have many 777 and older long haul planes to replace to say none will get replaced by 777-9 is silly. In the absence of the A380 how else do you move 400 people. LH has 744, A340-600, A380 and 747-8 to replace in the next 10 years , some are replaced by the A3...

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by Blotto
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A340 with two GE90’s.
Replies: 84
Views: 20211

Re: A340 with two GE90’s.

GalebG4 wrote:
Would Airbus make more competitive a340 with two ge90’s same as the on 777-300er.
What do you think?


Since this has been answered, I want to change the question a bit:

Would Airbus make more competitive a340 with four CFM Leap 1A same as the on A321neo.
What do you think?

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by Blotto
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7121

Re: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years

Connecting the MUC Airport with the HSR line to NUE will provide Options like eliminating flights between NUE and MUC. There are no plans to connect MUC to the long distance network. They will get regional trains once the link to Erding has been built. Don't hold your breath for an ICE connection t...

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by Blotto
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7121

Re: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years

Last time I was in MUC there was no HST from the airport station, not even express train to the city center. Are there even plans for that? Germany and Europe have lots of unrealised potential for ecological ground transport (if Germans just could produce low-emission electricity). https://en.wikip...

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by Blotto
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 8832

Re: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019

LH's 744's are no doubt in immaculate condition, but aren't those some of the highest hour 744's still in service. Surely, the remaining 744's will be the first to be replaced? Sure they all have a high number of hours and cycles. But no 744 is even remotely close to its limits. If they are to be r...

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by Blotto
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 234
Views: 50228

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

frmrCapCadet wrote:
It appears the fire burned through the skin and into the fuselage. I can't imagine that it would only be minor damage. Anyone enlighten us otherwise?


No minor damage. The aircraft is done. From what I hear they are waiting for the insurance to get their stuff done and then it will be scrapped.

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by Blotto
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 7182

Re: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017

What kind of study is that? The only facts they use are the BTS numbers. All other data are assumptions. They assume DOW, TOW, fuel burn, diversions, holdings, etc. And once they are done with it, they divide by the number of Pax. And, surprise, dense configs come out as being fuel efficient. Doesn'...

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by Blotto
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A330 damages Korean Air B777
Replies: 7
Views: 2343

Re: Asiana Airlines A330 damages Korean Air B777

What is it with Asiana 330s slicing other aircrafts into pieces?

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by Blotto
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA
Replies: 234
Views: 50228

Re: LH A340 damaged by pushback tug fire at FRA

Not sure this video has been posted earlier in the thread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvjHCrop6G0 Obviously judging by the hole and the way framework is hanging down there is no way this aircraft will fly again. This is the head of the aircraft, avionics bay, cockpit, nose wheel well and most ...

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by Blotto
Fri May 25, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 628371

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
MSN 209 (LH#10) sporting its final regs (D-AIXJ). Delivery imminent


ToT next Wednesday, flying home to MUC on Friday.

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by Blotto
Thu May 24, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax
Replies: 46
Views: 7701

Re: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax

FRA has roughly 60% transfer pax. Remember: transfer pax are counted twice. So 40% is O&D traffic, 2x30% is transfer So in reality, out of every seven passengers: - four are starting or ending their journey in Frankfurt - three are changing flights in Frankfurt That means: - 57 % of all passeng...

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by Blotto
Thu May 24, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax
Replies: 46
Views: 7701

Re: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax

FRA has roughly 60% transfer pax. Remember: transfer pax are counted twice. So 40% is O&D traffic, 2x30% is transfer Thats a huge assumption that 50% of the transfer passengers are transiting & 50% are actually transferring. If they don;t list them different there would be no way to prove t...

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by Blotto
Wed May 23, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax
Replies: 46
Views: 7701

Re: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax

FRA has roughly 60% transfer pax. Remember: transfer pax are counted twice. So 40% is O&D traffic, 2x30% is transfer

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by Blotto
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 628371

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
There could be as many as 4 contractual deliveries on 4/30 (MSNs 200/201/202/203). Stay tuned.


Nope, MSN202 won't be delivered today, ToT will be on thursday

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by Blotto
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH moving more A380s to MUC
Replies: 37
Views: 14253

Re: LH moving more A380s to MUC

https://www.lh-taufnamen.de/lufthansa/ seems to have updated, indicating which specific A380s will go to MUC and which specific A346s will go to FRA. Looks like FRA will actually get 7 A346s despite MUC only getting 5 A380s. FRA will get 7 from MUC, however MUC is getting two A346 (-HH/-HU) back fr...

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by Blotto
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIC: First A359ULR rolls out, new winglet design
Replies: 56
Views: 22691

Re: PIC: First A359ULR rolls out, new winglet design

I naturally assumed it would be special inside, but as you point out weight saving will be everything for this model. What I heard recently in Toulouse is that they really remove everything they can to save weight to get to the performance they'll need. What I've been told is that they actually ren...

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by Blotto
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doubts about the use of LH long-haul fleet
Replies: 86
Views: 16367

Re: Doubts of the use of Lufthansa long-haul flotation

RainerBoeing777 wrote:
now what will happen to the old and deficient A343 ???? obviously they need to be replaced and an order should be made soon


Why? They work ok for LH as a group. Don't be suprised if they will be ESG'd

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by Blotto
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to base remaining 10 A350s at MUC
Replies: 33
Views: 7006

Re: LH to base remaining 10 A350s at MUC

holzmann wrote:
I am sure FRA will be the B779 base.


Why? I'm not so sure about that

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by Blotto
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The A380 and US airlines: Too late or still a chance?
Replies: 111
Views: 14853

Re: The A380 and US airlines: Too late or still a chance?

If almost any operator chooses to fly the A380 into either LAX or JFK or both, there has to be enough demand for US carriers to fill the aircraft as well. In fact there are A380s home bases that see less A380 traffic than LAX/JFK.

The US3 will have their reasons to ignore the aircraft.

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by Blotto
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 628371

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

And it appears that Airbus will upgrade the A350 cockpit by introducing touch screen monitors in the coming months. https://twitter.com/RAeSTimR/status/965965366097661958 I thought that is available as option since day one. Maybe I misunderstood and now they are finally ready to install them if you...

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by Blotto
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 210780

Re: LH introduces revised livery

holcakker wrote:
MUC and FRA will be quite a dull place in a few years.


Wait what happens to VIE and ZRH ;)

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by Blotto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 65293

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

lightsaber wrote:
Something is up with the A346 is LH is retiring them early.


Simple: Engine costs. The contract with RR is pretty backloaded, making operations more expensive by time. So this is the type that is retired as soon as possible. For the A343 LH is thinking of using the ESG and fly them longer.

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by Blotto
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61217

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

With top up orders from few airlines -which I’m expecting from AF, LH and Especially BA, I wonder if Airbus would commit to a NEO? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Correction LH and AF are not in the market for more A380s. AF converted its backlog into A350-900s and and LH cancelled its last 3 it...

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by Blotto
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 in service thread - 2015-2017
Replies: 1036
Views: 185471

Re: A350 In Service Thread - Part 1

There is a known problem with a hydraulic pump not being as reliable as it should be. Many have had to be replaced in the field. Yellow hydraulic system is a big mess on the A350. So many AOGs because they did something new there... That's why I always have to laugh when Airbus releases their dispa...

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by Blotto
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4438
Views: 1529187

Re: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17

Seems to me that the easiest way to tell the difference is the group of three windows, one of which appears to be blanked out, after door 2 and then a gap before the windows start again. You may use the position of the antennas. 359 has a pretty small distance between the Sat antenna in the back an...

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by Blotto
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 193215

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

I can't understand why they diverted to such a remote airport? It's a 4-engined aircraft. It still had 3 good engines. An A380 with 3 engines running isn't required to land at the nearest suitable airport. It would have been easier to get accommodations and flights to their final destinations for t...

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by Blotto
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland
Replies: 20
Views: 8543

Re: LH 440 FRA-IAH reverse over Iceland

Probably a minor technical issue that nevertheless prohibits a continuation of the journey. They fly all the way back to FRA because of ideal maintenance facilities there We have a winner. LH already has a A380 stranded in the US. I guess they feel that this is enough. So technical issues are bette...

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by Blotto
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH B747-8 to Dubai
Replies: 26
Views: 7431

Re: LH B747-8 to Dubai

DXB has been operated with a 744 last winter. Looks like winter demand is higher

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by Blotto
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4438
Views: 1529187

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Slug71 wrote:
Anyone know if the wing twist from the -1000 has been updated onto the -900 yet?


-900s are getting updates from the -1000. e.g. the wing, NLG (now silent on rotate :)) and other small parts are different than on early MSNs. If the wing twist is already part of the updates, I don't know.

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by Blotto
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 65293

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

They have retired 7, with reports of 6 more scheduled to retired within 12 months. That is more than a few single frames, that is over half their fleet. No A346 has been retired as in "they will never fly again". They are parked. And LH plans to fly the type into the mid 2020s. LH has a p...

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by Blotto
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 65293

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

Spiderguy252 wrote:
So will Lufthansa be yet another carrier who will shed the 346 and continue flying the 343 for a few more years?


There is no indication, that LH will retire the A346 soon. Only a few single frames, not the fleet

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by Blotto
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 65293

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

Fuel burn on the A340 is not as bad as some people here pretend. Not as bad? At routes operated by both A346 and A350 I see an advantage of about 30% in trip fuel for the A350. Granted, not scientifically accurate, just random loadsheets. But real life data. And on top you get the extreme costs wit...

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by Blotto
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 65293

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

That's right. 5 to MUC, with (I assume) the same number of A346s shifting to FRA. Michael They will switch 380s for 346s. Those 346s will take over the routes that were flown by the 380s ex FRA. On top other 346s will move to FRA for routes like BOG as they are replaced in MUC by 350s. No plans for...

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