Airbus needs to settle it's franco-german rivalry fast. It might not be allowed to paralize the company again. Macron and Merkel must get along. Looks like a top level issue to me.Jump to post
Build some bigger 737-follow on that is based on 787 technology and the 777X production robots. Optimize the narrowbody-diameter by using CFRP to carry cargo containers. Maybe provide modular wing sizes. Not everybody needs to go transpacific all the time.Jump to post
Usual fleet rollover. Especially at Singapore Airlines. They prefer a very young fleet.
Ryanair must be even more extreme. They retire almost new aircraft and sell them second hand and take factory brand new ones all the time. One every work week IIRC.
One would need a new engine generation to gain at least 15 percent operating cost advantage over the latest current aircraft. That is when investors break even on credits and stuff. New engines take their time (and a lot of money) and might mean new aircraft configurations. (like tail mounted open r...Jump to post
Airbus needed something in the top size to compete with Boeing in offering a full spectrum. This was a major reason they invented the A380. I can't see it not needed with all the growing traffic. Just wait until chinese airlines grow into widebody operator sizes. International travel FROM china is a...Jump to post
How about a Bear bomber as a private aircraft instead? It has some nice long range cruise speed, endurance and that wow factor at Aspen or Cannes? Not to roomy inside I have to admit. Maybe one could still order some Il-18 (Il-20) for beginners as they seem to be still build in military ELINT and su...Jump to post
Schulz seems to be a very good choice but Leahy is a legend. He has sold more by value than many nations earn over centuries. And he has been loyal to Airbus over many years through rain and sunshine. He must be really demanding to work for but he became aviation history by himself. Not many senior ...Jump to post
So we will have the engines and generators inside the fuselages -out of the airflow- and just tiny electric propellers left outside?Jump to post
The federal government nor any federal minsitry had any say in this.
Sounds like a plan.Jump to post
Good points. But the fire protection issues could be used as a "comfortable" cover up for deeper problems below the surface (layout, capacity, build quality, lack of documentation and such) that prevent the airport to be opened anyway.Jump to post
This has nothing to do with 'German politics', but merely the continuous incompetence and arrogance of the local lefty-loony Berlin government
There is no capacity elsewhere to close Tegel. The actual passenger numbers are way higher than Schönefeld plus BER (22 million a year IF it opens one day) can handle. So Tegel will have to remain open for many years if not forever. Tegel is some perfect shuttle airport (think LaGuardia) and will ha...Jump to post
They problem is not that they messed it up the first time, the problem is that they are still unable to turn around and sort things out. Thery are still not talking open about what the problems are. They seem to be lying about the status and completion. From a pragmatic point of view tearing it down...Jump to post
All their Berlin-Traffic from Frankfurt is planned to become A321. So a bigger A321 might be needed next.Jump to post
They specialized in engines (RR) and wings and are doing well as far as Airbus is concerned. Not sure what BREXIT means to industrial cooperation. Given that they have not much industry left, aviation is doing excellent compared to the rest.Jump to post
Thanks for the Bloomberg link. So Brégier sounds like Airbus is ready to commit to not only build the A380 for at least ten more years but to modernize it for the next "wave of updates" as he put it. Airbus sounds more decided than before to me to go on with the A380. Sort of good news for...Jump to post
OT: Concerning the -800 wing size: The wing was sized for both -800 and -900. However the -900 variant of the wing would use a more elaborate high lift system and therefore be slightly heavier.Jump to post
Well one could say as well modern business class seatbeds waste a lot of cabin space so the bigger the aircraft the more high yield customers fit onboard. Lastest A380 configs are with full upper deck for premium classes. This time the A380's "too" big floorspace is a big advantage.Jump to post
that was stupid. Did the A318 teach them nothing?
Just to remind you please they had planned some -700 as the smallest family member as well. So the -800 is no "shrink".Jump to post
So where is the engine? They said they had one and now they haven't even decided. If they cannot use military engines like they had planned they start all over again. And they still claim EIS 2023? How serious is this. I support new companies and ideas but at some point they need to prove what they ...Jump to post
The current decision was made by the Landgericht Frankfurt (state court), higher than some Amtsgericht (local court). You can still appeal within a month.Jump to post
EK has a huge A380 fleet so it will need new ones for both fleet renewal and growth. Dubai couldn't be the EK-hub it is without it.
So let's just wait what happens.
The A320 was one for sure, Maybe the 737 as well for adaptability. The 747 for size. You could go back in history. Comet, DC-3, F13. Montgolfières.
Coming next: The first commercial BWB, the first autononmous one, the first all electric commercial plane and so on. Hypersonic. Intergalactical.
Can't imagine that this question would come up suddenly during a show.Jump to post
AF one is about two aircraft only. That doesn't matter much. Airbus never competed because developing that very special configuration was not worth it for them,Jump to post
Passenger comfort IS very much connected to the aircraft type. If you sit inside a A380 maindeck in economy class on a window seat you have more space to your side than in other aircraft. Say an A330 for comparison. It is a huge difference regardless of the airline. Very low cabin noise is another A...Jump to post
Might make sense as the Airbus deal seems to include the Mobile production site expansion. So while the deal might harm the 737 MAX it supports US jobs in the south and elsewhere.Jump to post
I'd say these gate-check guys are smarter and serious. Different from some of the checkpoint scanning staff. They seem to be hired by the airlines not by the government. (I am talking about US flights from Germany)Jump to post
No need to get too sceptical. These projects seem to progress fast. Quite different from the old bureaucracy of big space organisations with long schedules and enormous costs that avoid risk at any cost. Stratolaunch's issue is that it looks to be too big for modern micro satellites. Maybe they can ...Jump to post
How can airberlin expect others to pay their bill? If this has happened in the past this is one thing. Flying there again and again and expecting to have others pay for you while you are broke seems like overstretching goodwill to me.Jump to post
To me it looks like you drive your Porsche for lunch to some restaurant one day, eat and when it comes to paying you say you have no money. And the next day you come back and expect them to feed you again?Jump to post
Not sure about that. Iceland is not bound to follow german law.
Why doesn't airberlin just pay for what services they had used before? Must be more expensive to park a jet for some days than to come up with a little cash. How do they pay for fuel? Do they just leave without paying? I hope not.
Good decision. This provides a nice way to let things escalate step by step in some controlled way not in chaos. Man the planes, engines on, get airborne or move to forward bases. Just what might be needed if NK gets nasty. Big public dramatic gestures that can take hours and days if needed. This wo...Jump to post
1. BER will not open for some time to come. 2.After it opens it will be too small, not operate at full capacity and be unable to be expanded 3. laws can be changed as assumed pax numbers were way too small Let's wait and see when or if Tegel closes. No airline from Tegel will move to BER wihout brut...Jump to post