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by kitplane01
Sun May 26, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I was hoping you'd answer the question directly. To be clear, you think losing all that many billion $$$ into the A380 was a more wise move than the better/earlier A350 proposal above? Yes. An A350 Mk. 0 in place of the A380 would have been even more outmatched by the 787-9 & 77W than the A380 ...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 26, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

The A380 in and of itself was not a commercial success, but so what? Hindsight is 20/20. With an unpredictable future, it's normal for companies to make multiple bets. Some work out better than expected, others fail. The A380 was part of Airbus's strategy to cover the full range of the market. Some...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 26, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I was in Toulouse back then and I can say without any hesitation that the economic impact in the region has been tremendous. The A380 program helped me to bring my children up and to buy my house. Whether it was successful as an aircraft program is something that is debatable. Obviously, today we a...

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by kitplane01
Fri May 24, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

So the fact that the A380 will end production after selling only 251 is made up? Are you saying the financial implications of that are made up? Why do you care about Airbus financials at all? If it's so bad , at least they quit on time . If it was really bad, you would be praising them for ending i...

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by kitplane01
Fri May 24, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

Airbus was driven by numbers and national pride before the A380. If a numbers-run Airbus program had encountered problems like the A380 or 787 eventually did, it probably would've been caused the "divorce" of the partners once they saw that it would never be able to return a profit. The e...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

Yes, they managed it. One can also manage divorce, broken bones, and tornadoes. And I don't know if you think Airbus loss $15B or $25B, but emotional support and wiring issues ... Think what Airbus could have done instead. Answer this question directly: Which would be better, the A380 program they ...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 72
Views: 15690

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

marcogr12 wrote:
Does the 2.3MTOW increase make it heavier and less competitive against the E2-190?


No.

But it's proof the airplane could have been lighter when it was designed, and that does make it less competitive against the E2.

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I think you're mixing up commercial and financial. The biggest problem affecting A380 sales was the initial delays that led to huge cost over-runs combined with a global aviation recession at the time of its launch. Most A380 operators seemed to be very happy with it until something better came alo...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

You can argue they learned lessons, and that the A380 was good publicity. That’s true. But $15 billion is SO HUGE. They could have paid down debt. They could have done a clean sheet A320. They could have an NMA/767-replacement in production (and watch Boeing cry about that). They spent a HUGE inves...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

it is funny that people that claim to be aviation enthusiasts are discussing this forever like bean counters. was 380 success? from our perspective? definitely. maybe not for some investors, but i dont really care. they wont die from it. was Concorde a success? definitely. was Apollo success? defin...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I was really hoping we could have another thread to relitigate this topic. :roll: Pretty much everything worth saying on this topic has been said and no one here is changing their mind at this point. It was a big airplane, some airlines liked, some didn’t like it as much, it never reached the level...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

So yes, the bean counters will (rightly) say the A380 program in itself was not a success, but Airbus as a company would have been the poorer if the A380 had not gone ahead. Absolutely no doubt about that. The indirect benefits, now and in the future, cannot be quantified but are numerous, and imme...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

Come on folks, what's he supposed to say? With the very narrow definition of "success" Faury uses, he makes his case. It's only slightly sillier than making the same claim about the B787 being a "success", as that program still has the possibility of making money. Both companies...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 23, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 221
Views: 20181

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I was really hoping we could have another thread to relitigate this topic. :roll: Pretty much everything worth saying on this topic has been said and no one here is changing their mind at this point. It was a big airplane, some airlines liked, some didn’t like it as much, it never reached the level...

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by kitplane01
Wed May 22, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 72
Views: 15690

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

For an ULCC looking at the A230, range is certainly already an issue. I calculate maximum pax range of the old -100, at 120 kg per pax including seat, O2 subsystem, life jacket, catering, with only 2330nm of range. 2750nm with this upgrade. A220-300 with 160 pax I now calculate 3,025nm range. That ...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 21, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 72
Views: 15690

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

It seems to me to be more and more true that the CS300/A220 series is mis-designed. I imagine for *almost* every route and *almost* every user the plane has a significant excess of range. If the plane would have been designed with a lower MGTW, it would have had a less massive structure and therefor...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 21, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1316

Re: Aviation in 2050

And a new McDonnell-Douglas company, hopefully. Or whoever the third player in large airplanes are. Also, KC-10 is expected to be out of service just before this time. Will there be any MD-11 or A340 in service (in any market)? It's called COMAC. The third airplane company is called Comac. Hint: Th...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 20, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1316

Re: Aviation in 2050

Also, we have many airlines exploring biofuels, which can further decrease pollutants. Biofuels do not decrease pollution, they only decrease the need for fossile fuels. The only thing biofuels really are, are an artificial copy of fossile fuels from non-fossile resources. However in terms of pollu...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 20, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 20
Views: 1122

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

Here is my current list: A 707 in Pan Am colors A 747-100 in TWA colors. A Concorde in British Airways colors A DC-3 in military drab A Sanders-Row Princess flying boat in BOAC colors A DC-10F in Fed-EX colors A Convair 880 painted like Elvis A Bae-146 painted like ??? An IL-62 painted by Aeroflot I...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 19, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 20
Views: 1122

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

Here’s some cool planes: ⋅  A replica Boeing Model 1 ⋅  Definitely a Concorde ⋅  B-52 ⋅  B-2 Spirit stealth bomber ⋅  Definitely a DC-3 ⋅  Maybe a 737-200 ⋅  BAE 146 ⋅  DC-8 ⋅  Convair 880 The other thing I am...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019
Replies: 55
Views: 7268

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019

I would be curious: Is a 747-800F worth more than a 747-800I? Is there even a market for the 747-800I?

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9539

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

Question: Are you describing real technology that is actually used, or what "could be"? Can something like CATIA do everything you wrote in so seamless a fashion? It have been used to varying degrees on various programs in the company. CATIA by itself can not do it all. There is a suite o...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 20
Views: 1122

Re: Help me buy for my new museum

I require that the museum feature BAC 1-11, BAe 146, and Dornier 228. Why? How are those three of the top ten most interesting airliners ever made? I wouldn't have picked them for the 10 ten most interesting British planes ever made (though the Bae-146 is kind of a unique configuration for it's siz...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9539

Re: Boeing TX: A Precursor to Boeing NMA?

Thank you for opening this thread. It is one of the most informative thread about how engineering work is being done (as opposed to the other NMA threads). What I don’t understand is what model based engineering is. Can someone explain more? The digital model is set to real dimensions (not a scaled...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help me buy for my new museum
Replies: 20
Views: 1122

Help me buy for my new museum

Luckily I'm a billionaire. And I like aviation, so I figured I'd start my own aviation museum. On my ranch I have space for ten planes. I'm pretty sure I can get anything that exists, so go wild. What I have planned so far .. A 707 in Pan Am colors A 747-100 in TWA colors. A Concorde in British Airw...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 18, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aerospace design and Software
Replies: 1
Views: 766

Aerospace design and Software

I'm curious how major aerospace designs are done these days. How does it work in practice? Does everyone use CATIA? And can one take a model from a design program and give it to a virtual wind tunnel, or must the model be rebuilt for the wind tunnel? Do these programs use dedicated clusters, or can ...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019
Replies: 55
Views: 7268

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2019

Favorite post. Much thanks!!!!

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by kitplane01
Wed May 15, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aviation in 2050
Replies: 21
Views: 1316

Re: Aviation in 2050

If I had to guess I would say that their will still be 787's, A350's, and a limited amount of A320 neos along with the new 797 that is being produced right now. Aviation does not change very quickly and I do not foresee that changing IMO. If you would have told someone in the 1960's that the 737 wo...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 14, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Kiwi Safty Video
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Kiwi Safty Video

https://youtu.be/dYu8kkD0Gy4
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Clearly Air New Zealand needs to stop flying planes, and focus on it's core competency of making airline safety videos.

But over 4 minutes!!!!

https://youtu.be/dYu8kkD0Gy4

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by kitplane01
Tue May 14, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12627

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

North Korea is cashing in big time on usage of airspace by foreign airlines. Someone educate me. I thought most responsible, western governments stopped their corporations from doing business with the NK. If so, how would Lufthansa or Delta pay the NK government? What is “responsible” about not doi...

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by kitplane01
Tue May 07, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12627

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

senatorflyer wrote:
North Korea is cashing in big time on usage of airspace by foreign airlines.


Someone educate me. I thought most responsible, western governments stopped their corporations from doing business with the NK. If so, how would Lufthansa or Delta pay the NK government?

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by kitplane01
Tue May 07, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8835

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

A way to check is observing NY to UK flights. From JFK to LHR with some slot constraint what is flying? From smaller nodes, is there a seasonal variation where NB's do the routes in low season, WB in high? I don't think that's true. 1) The NEO/MAX are new, and out in small numbers. And the previous...

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by kitplane01
Mon May 06, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8835

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

I'll use the example of TLV to compare an A321 vs a B777-200 ... ... Total payload 27 tonnes. So the A321 burned roughly half the fuel, but carried a bit more than half the passengers. However, the 777 carried an extra 7 tonnes of freight at just under double the A321's payload. First, I love any p...

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by kitplane01
Sun May 05, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term
Replies: 7
Views: 1248

Re: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term

How long can one store operational aircraft such that returning them to service is still quick and inexpensive? I'm aware there are people still flying Ford Trimotors. I'm not asking about that. If I take a B737/A340/CJ700, and prepare it for storage in a reasonable way, and then wait 2 years, and ...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the right number of airlines for a market?
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

What is the right number of airlines for a market?

Consider a large market like United States or Europe. What’s the best number of airlines to having such a market FROM THE CONSUMERS POINT OF VIEW? Would America be better off with three large airlines, or 10 smaller ones? How about Europe? Of course there are advantages and this advantages each way....

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 905
Views: 221160

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Is there anyone on this thread who thinks Alitalia will actually be shut down within the next decade? Not that it should, that it will? When was the last time a European nation shut down its national airline? If so, can you explain why you think this given the history? I’m willing to be convinced. (...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term
Replies: 7
Views: 1248

Re: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term

All storage is driven by tasks in the maintenance manual. Maintenance planning would drop task cards with specific tasks that are based on length of storage. To return to service, maintenance would drop task cards which would specify specific tasks to be carried out to return to service. Once the r...

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by kitplane01
Sat May 04, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How reduced AoA increase drag?
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: How reduced AoA increase drag?

"Induced drag has reduced effective AoA" I don't understand these words. But if it helps, reduced AOA in the non-stall condition produces lower drag and lower lift. Look at this picture Angle between chord line and effective airflow is smaller than angle between chrod line and freestream ...

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by kitplane01
Fri May 03, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How reduced AoA increase drag?
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: How reduced AoA increase drag?

"Induced drag has reduced effective AoA" I don't understand these words. But if it helps, reduced AOA in the non-stall condition produces lower drag and lower lift.

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by kitplane01
Fri May 03, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Storing operational Aircraft Long Term
Replies: 7
Views: 1248

Storing operational Aircraft Long Term

How long can one store operational aircraft such that returning them to service is still quick and inexpensive? I'm aware there are people still flying Ford Trimotors. I'm not asking about that. If I take a B737/A340/CJ700, and prepare it for storage in a reasonable way, and then wait 2 years, and t...

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by kitplane01
Thu May 02, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8835

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Since you’ve posted the LH numbers, have you checked what their annual profit was in 2018? If you subtract the cargo ops from the overall profit then it shows how important cargo actually is. The first link I mentioned says Konzernergebnis (=profit) is 2,163 billion Euro. Turnover from cargo was ar...

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cannot book ORD -> Midway
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: Cannot book ORD -> Midway

There are no fares loaded, so the GDS cannot price the itinerary. A human would be able to create the itinerary (albeit not sell it as a revenue ticket) but websites will only return results that have valid fares, and ones that are relatively easy to calculate at that. The vast majority of airline ...

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by kitplane01
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cannot book ORD -> Midway
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Cannot book ORD -> Midway

How come one cannot book a flight from O'Hare to Midway (says Travelocity). Not even a connecting flight. Not even a 2 hop connecting flight. It seems the computer should be able to stitch something together, even if it's out to Milwaukee and back. Delta has service Midway -> Milwaukee -> ORD and ba...

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by kitplane01
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Group Ticket Policy (team travel)
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Group Ticket Policy (team travel)

Alright so I have worked in Revenue Management in a few airlines and had control over group pricing and group policies so here's some thoughts: 1. Have there been any aircraft size changes? Many carriers use % of total aircraft capacity to cap the # of group seats sold on any one flight so if DL ha...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo
Replies: 33
Views: 2763

Re: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo

Wasn't ETOPS just Boeing lobbying the FAA? If airlines and aviation really cared about safety, if they really put safety first, I don't think we would have ETOPS. That's a new one to me. Name me one incident where the aircraft operated under ETOPS regulations and anyone got hurt because the aircraf...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Group Ticket Policy (team travel)
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Group Ticket Policy (team travel)

It used to be my local university could buy tickets on either American or Delta (our two local carriers). But more than a year ago, Delta changed it's policy. It will no longer sell more than 20 tickets in a single group at it's smaller airports. Which means university teams from small town schools ...

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by kitplane01
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread - 2019
Replies: 74
Views: 6388

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread - 2019

910A wrote:
According to the above link MQT is way up over 14%. Anyone know the reason? Same number of flights as 2018 with 1 flight to ORD, 1 to MSP and 2 to DTW.


I too would be interested in this. Same town, same destinations, same university. What's up?

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8835

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Could you provide any source? Narrow bodies weigh less per seat. Narrow bodies have less thrust per seat. Narrow bodies cost less to buy per seat. Not true at all. You must have cherry picked the worse widebody and the best narrowbody to get those numbers. With both aircraft at MTOW the widebody wi...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8835

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

Not true at all. You must have cherry picked the worse widebody and the best narrowbody to get those numbers. With both aircraft at MTOW the widebody will travel twice as far. The widebody for a fair comparison would be taking off well below MTOW or with more payload weight. Flying the same distanc...

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by kitplane01
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8835

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

It appears you are asking for a clear cut answer; however, as this thread has shown, the answer is not black or white...it all depends on a host of variables which is why we see some airlines on some routes select a narrowbody or a widebody. If there was such a clear cut winner we would see every r...

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