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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Builds Next-Gen "Advance 3" Demo Engine
Replies: 31
Views: 5730

Re: RR Builds Next-Gen "Advance 3" Demo Engine

The switch to a 2 stage HP turbine implies a dramatic increase in pressure ratio. This looks like a MoM technology demonstrator... Just the right timing to get Boeing's attention... Lightsaber My understanding is that (1) Yes, they are going to increase the overall pressure ratio and (2) They are o...

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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Builds Next-Gen "Advance 3" Demo Engine
Replies: 31
Views: 5730

Re: RE: RR Builds Next-Gen

Quoting Okie (Reply 2):Makes you wonder if the limited number sales for the 777 is the driving force for GE to continue with the 2 shaft vs 3 shaft on the 9X. I think the fact that RR hold multiple patents for 3-shaft configurations has a lot more to do with why GE are sticking with 2 shafts rather...

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by kitplane01
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The fall of Robert Mugabe: Potential Impact on Air Zimbabwe & Zimbabwean Aviation
Replies: 18
Views: 2917

Re: The fall of Robert Mugabe: Potential Impact on Air Zimbabwe & Zimbabwean Aviation

What should happen is that the government of Zimbabwe does not spend money on prestige projects like having it's own national airline. There are in fact lots of airlines that can provide airliner service. Instead, they should spend whatever small amount of money they have on things like food and roa...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Leasing
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Aircraft Leasing

When an airline leases an aircraft, who owns the seats and other interior components of the aircraft? And does this differ from a short to a long lease?

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by kitplane01
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 457
Views: 105784

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

I am proud of Alitalia for outlasting all of the drama on this thread! People keep posting, and Alitalia keeps flying. I flew the reconfigured 777 in J this summer from FCO-JFK, and it was the most pleasant flight - with the best food - that I have had in a decade anywhere in the world. I will abso...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slot congested airports
Replies: 19
Views: 3118

Re: Slot congested airports

Slot Controlled means that airlines have actual defined slots that they control. Formal Schedule Review just means that the FAA reviews the airlines' schedules to ensure that they are feasible given ATC and airfield limitations, and if they aren't, they work with the airlines' Flight Ops department...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

The 787 is boxed in by its design metrics. the A350XWB just shows it. The 253 something t MTOW limit is a hard one. The wing is too small for further growth anyway. The electric system auxiliaries all solve problems that will be gone in the future ( like water cooling ). You can design things in a ...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slot congested airports
Replies: 19
Views: 3118

Re: Slot congested airports

The USA has three slot-restricted airports: JFK (maximum 83 movements per hour) LGA (maximum 71 movements per hour) DCA (maximum 62 movements per hour) EWR was slot restricted until last year. You missed LGB and SNA I think that's only half true sort of maybe. Quoting from the FAA website "the...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 7960

Re: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018

nutsaboutplanes wrote:
Glad to see the airline is moving forward with post merger synergy. Tough decisions to be made but financially and operationally prudent.


I honestly don't understand. How does this save anyone any money? AA will still be paying the same pilots the same pay.

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 7960

Re: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018

ORD and DFW are easy commutes. Their real choice is whether they want to bid for the 737 or Airbus fleet. ORD-STL is a horrible commute. Not easy at all. I have been 1 of 6 pilots waiting for the J/S before and that rolls flight to flight on both UA and AA. This will royally suck for the AA guys de...

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by kitplane01
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

My point is that around and just after 2006, when the design of the A350 xwb was being worked on, the 787 was not boxed in. The 787 is boxed in by its design metrics. the A350XWB just shows it. The 253 something t MTOW limit is a hard one. The wing is too small for further growth anyway. The electr...

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by kitplane01
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

If I'm the Airbus CEO, and there are unknown variants of the 787 and 777 coming, I'd be totally worried about the competitive performance of the A350. 787 at the beginning is at its end in a way. The design appears boxed in. Surprising Airbus as you suggest would require a major revamp. Airbus prim...

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 116
Views: 20413

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

Are there any significant passenger airlines that plan on flying the 747 indefinitely? It seems most airlines have definite replacement plans.

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by kitplane01
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

So you can not imagine that over 9 years, new design combined with perhaps new modelling software can lead to advancement? Have a look at the aviation partners original blended winglet for the 757 and now the scimitar one to have another example. There you can also question why they did not do the ...

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by kitplane01
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Foreign Airline Security Rules
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Foreign Airline Security Rules

The US government, to a certain degree, dictates to foreign airports and foreign airlines the security they must do overseas to fly to the US. For example, the US government describes the type of security screening that happens overseas for flights coming to the US. Do other governments do this? Doe...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed + Bombardier
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Lockheed + Bombardier

BBD had a problem doing the big deals, Lockheed couldn't help them with that. So I fail to see any immediate benefit to either Lockheed or BBD. If Lockheed indeed wants to re-enter the civilian market, they need a program which is successful in itself, otherwise, it is doomed. This might be right. ...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

You know the wheel got invented 5,000 years ago, right? And luggage has been used for almost as long. Yet nobody put wheels on luggage until about 30 years ago. They should have come up with that 4,000 years ago :old: :old: Yes! I also have questions about why it took so long to marry chocolate and...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

That's a good and plausible answer St Tim.However I don't suppose they would have bothered unless there was extreme commercial pressure to do so.After all who (other than a very few at Airbus) would have ever known that the original blended winglets were slightly sub optimal. I wonder if that's tru...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

The A350 has had sharklets from day one. This is simply an improved version being tested. No errors. Then they should have used the improved version from the beginning (I think)! Aerodynamics have not changed, the technology and materials and computers have not changed. It's weird to me that Airbus...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed + Bombardier
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Lockheed + Bombardier

The defense industry isn't anywhere near as volatile and cyclic as the commercial market. I could see Textron making a try at it with Cessna's support network. Outside of that, I can't see it. Actually, Textron would be a good candidate. I wonder about the anti-trust issues. Bombardier makes large ...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed + Bombardier
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Lockheed + Bombardier

I miss the civilian Lockheed airliners of yore. They were very classy in appearance IMHO, and the L1011 seems to have had the best safety record out of all the tri-jets. I don't think that Lockheed will ever get back into the commercial aviation game. The margins are very small, I don't think the m...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

This seems like an error to me. If one can really get significant improvements by adding sharklets to a A350, they should have come that way from the beginning. Winglet technology was around when the A350 was designed! The A350 has had sharklets from day one. This is simply an improved version bein...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed + Bombardier
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Lockheed + Bombardier

The defense industry isn't anywhere near as volatile and cyclic as the commercial market. I could see Textron making a try at it with Cessna's support network. Outside of that, I can't see it. Actually, Textron would be a good candidate. I wonder about the anti-trust issues. Bombardier makes large ...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed + Bombardier
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Re: Lockheed + Bombardier

IPFreely wrote:
Lockheed was in the commercial airline business. It did not end well for them.


Those people are very much long gone. Times are different, people are different.

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350
Replies: 124
Views: 25519

Re: Leeham: Airbus working on new Sharklets for A350

https://leehamnews.com/2017/10/25/airbus-working-new-sharklets-a350/ says: Airbus is working on further extending the range of the A350-900 and -1000. The company is quietly testing an extended Sharklet, which will extended the aircraft’s wingspan. ... and he even has a pretty picture, click to see...

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by kitplane01
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed + Bombardier
Replies: 12
Views: 2043

Lockheed + Bombardier

Suppose that Lockheed wanted to be like it's big brother Boeing. It wanted a counter-balance to cyclic defense spending. It wanted to grow. Buying Bombardier would have been just about the only to achieve that goal quickly. We would have had three integrated aerospace companies. Lockheed would have ...

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by kitplane01
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Re-engine existing aircraft in 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1634

Re-engine existing aircraft in 2017

It used to be that developers would produce an STC to re-engine existing aircraft. One could (for example) buy an old DC-8, re-engine it with four CFM-56, and have an awesome airplane. Re-engine the 727 into the Super-727. But these days this is no longer done for airliners. It is done for business ...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet
Replies: 55
Views: 12434

Re: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet

Some in here should dedicate themselves to write fictional crime novels. The SSJs currently not flying in Interjet are having issues with getting their SAM146's overhauled and/or substituted, nothing to do with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft but rather an issue for Powerjet to resolve(Safran+NPO Saturn), I'...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: How to set an avatar photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 363

How to set an avatar photo?

How do I set my avatar? The photo/icon people see when I'm in the forums?

-Thanks

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A380 as a Head of State Aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 6473

Re: A380 as a Head of State Aircraft

A huge part of AF1 being huge is the capability it brings as a flying command post. Along with other jazz like transport of Presidential motorcade vehicles, medical treatment space, etc. That requires space. And it's just not a requirement for anybody else but the POTUS. The rest of us just don't t...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A380 as a Head of State Aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 6473

Re: A380 as a Head of State Aircraft

This often comes up but the A380 is not as difficult as people think. It uses a shorter runway than a 747 and has less pavement loading than a 777. The only minor issue is wing width during taxi - but (scraping temporary buildings at airshows or aircraft tails at JFK aside) that is mostly an operat...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A380 as a Head of State Aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 6473

A380 as a Head of State Aircraft

No one operates the A380 as a head of state aircraft. Would there be any operational difficulties in doing so? For example, would most of the airports capable of landing a 747 also be able to land an A380. (We don't need a passenger gate, but do need a tall set of stairs. Factoid: By my count 13 nat...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet
Replies: 55
Views: 12434

Re: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet

Can someone explain WHY Interjet is having problems getting parts on their Sukhois?

I assume that Sukhoi wants the money that spare parts sales would provide, and understand how much a spare parts supply problem must cut into future sales.

So does anyone know what the particular problem is?

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 32
Views: 4229

Re: Air service between India and China

Like EK, there is another player in this market and it is called SQ. SQ offers a convenient connection for most cities in India excluding DEL and CCU to big cities in China. Also I suspect CX and MH cater to some of this traffic as well. Subu SQ is geographically disadvantaged for this market. For ...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Now more A380s than passenger 747s
Replies: 76
Views: 13171

Re: Now more A380s than passenger 747s

Title and facts are misleading to say the least. The number of 380 operators is small and couple of airlines account for large bulk of the 380s flying. So I wouldn't gloat that more 380s are flying, take those airlines out and its, "what is a 380?" No, the title is not misleading. It stat...

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by kitplane01
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership

Here's a deal for the accountants and lawyers to ponder; At some stage in the near future, two different airlines both want 40 CS300's each. Airline X will only buy them with heavy discounting, and nails CSALP down to a low price. Not much profit there. Airline Y sees the CS300 as a real bonus to i...

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by kitplane01
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Carriers vs The World
Replies: 36
Views: 2503

Re: US Carriers vs The World

Service is the main area thay US airlines are deficient and its a mix of training/union/labor laws that make it easy for that area to slip and to hold accountable flight crew for the lack of service. I don't believe that US labor laws are holding back US airline service. In France/Germany/Brazil, f...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

All of that is true, and has been true for a long time. But while the plane is selling great, has a huge backlog, and has no new competitors on the horizon is not typically when you make a new wing. "Has no new competitors on the horizon" : I count 2 or 3 direct clean sheet competitors on...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

People! Look at the BIG picture. Airbus isn't killing any CS500. If anything, they've just got CS500 handed over on a silver platter! Circa 2020, Airbus will have to either put a new wing on A32x or design all-new, own "MoM" aircraft, to be able to offer it's own 4000nm product. My money ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Lots of smart people have given their opinion but nonetheless here's mine. Loser: Embraer - Embraer must be super pissed that not only did the production costs of their biggest competitor get totally slashed overnight No. The plane is being built by the same people using the same processes with the...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

WaywardMemphian wrote:
Here's a simple fact. The C Series program was worth about 2 to 2.5 Billion in US dollars. ....For crying out loud, Airbus basically got it for free.


The first sentence is wrong. The second sentence is correct.

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

People! Look at the BIG picture. Airbus isn't killing any CS500. If anything, they've just got CS500 handed over on a silver platter! Circa 2020, Airbus will have to either put a new wing on A32x or design all-new, own "MoM" aircraft, to be able to offer it's own 4000nm product. My money ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer's E2 Program after recent CSeries news
Replies: 29
Views: 3508

Re: Embraer's E2 Program after recent CSeries news

E2-195 has the best prospects. While it lacks range, it carries more people than the CS100. Embraer must figure out how to get another 200 to 300nm for US sales. I'm curious why you think the E2-195 needs more range. What route do think the E2-195 currently cannot fly, but could with another 200-30...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Jets have falsely-certified Kobe Steel components
Replies: 1
Views: 874

Boeing Jets have falsely-certified Kobe Steel components

Kobe Steel has been faking strength and durability reports to hundreds of customers, including Boeing. Boeing has used Kobe Steel products that include those falsely certified by the Japanese company. Boeing does not consider the issue a safety problem. The U.S. airline maker is carrying out a surve...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C Series deal a pathway to ATR & Q400 replacement?
Replies: 24
Views: 3901

Re: C Series deal a pathway to ATR & Q400 replacement?

Slug71 wrote:
After the C Series announcement earlier, do you think this also paves the way for a ATR and Q400 replacement?


The deal does not provide BBD any extra cash.

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

My predictions. You can grade me when the future is known. It would be interesting to see other people's predictions. 1) There will be a significant order for the C-series in the next 9 months. At least 40 planes, or 25 orders + 25 options. 2) There will be no CS500. Ever. 3) Bombardier will have to...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

airzona11 wrote:
This is a short term cash infusion, for a quick return, who knows the politics involved or the vision. It is not for the CS500 8 years from now.



No it's not. No cash changed hands. No actual cash was invested. This is not a short term cash infusion.

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Jon Ostrower tweeted : 2) Airbus gives it moderate support with the goal of getting to break even so Airbus can get the intellectual property of the program at minimal cost in 2023, which is still 2 years before Boeing can do a MOM. ? What would be the point. They would own a design that breaks eve...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Im not sure why everyone here thinks that Airbus won something? This is not a profitable program, they sold aircraft that they will give away at a loss. Airbus has a lot of work to do to turn this product line around. Boeing isnt losing anything, the only people who care who sells more units are yo...

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by kitplane01
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1552
Views: 114352

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

IMO there is nothing DoJ can do about this. This is a deal between a Canadian and an European entity for a LLP registered in Canada. That's not true. As long as these companies have assets in the US, and want to sell in the US, they will be affected by the DOJ. As an example, when Hewlett-Packard w...

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