A huge shame. The Jade Cargo planes were all 744ERF models, some of the last off the line. They must have very few hours and cycles on them, but after five years (and good luck finding complete maintenance papers for them too) will they just go for scrap value? They seem to have had a major problem ...Jump to post
The A330-NEO is fresh out from a weight saving program anyway. Airbus want to keep it broadly weight neutral over an equivalent CEO, despite the larger and heavier Trent 7000 engines.
Just a shame the new composite fan isn't yet available as that with a composite fan case would save a useful amount.
It also mentions using them on the domestic network so the shorter, lighter aircraft could be just what they need. In addition no delivery dates mentioned except the airline wants them in the fleet and working "by 2020". Could these four be 788 cancellations or deferments from another car...Jump to post
It also mentions using them on the domestic network so the shorter, lighter aircraft could be just what they need. In addition no delivery dates mentioned except the airline wants them in the fleet and working "by 2020". Could these four be 788 cancellations or deferments from another carr...Jump to post
I'm surprised they didn't opt for the 787-9. Not much of a seat count difference but that could also be a reason they did order the -8 Things such as size, weight and various charges come into play too. It could be worth their taking the 788 if the costs of operation are lower for them. There are a...Jump to post
If a B-52M project was undertaken, then maybe some of the best examples (stored or not) could go through a remanufacture with a composite upper wing skin treatment as well as engines. There are certainly better Al-Li alloys out there now if composites are a stretch too far. I would compare it to the...Jump to post
The biggest problem with getting stored ones flying again is going to be engines. Ivchenko-Progress engines are a Ukranian product, so if Russia wants to restart production as well then an alternative to the D-18T would be needed. I don't think they have anything certified as yet in that range as i...Jump to post
The biggest problem with getting stored ones flying again is going to be engines. Ivchenko-Progress engines are a Ukranian product, so if Russia wants to restart production as well then an alternative to the D-18T would be needed. I don't think they have anything certified as yet in that range as it...Jump to post
Looks a bit like a Tesla Model X
and it's another good looker from Skoda that will apparently make it into production looking a lot like this. The Vision E
Can't see where the TOW tankers would come from. Thomas Cook has two and Jet2 a third, with no signs that their leases are going to end. They would need to be new builds or taken from RAF stock. This to me sounds more like prospectus padding. If ZB were to re-enter longhaul, then to and from where? ...Jump to post
I doubt it is that either. More likely it is one of the technology demonstrator aircraft that has been flying around for a while or heaven forbid, the B-21 if there is a demonstrator for it, which there most likely is. I mean if it was just an SU-27, who cares? It's a known aircraft type and everyo...Jump to post
Latest buzz? The TR-3B has been the holy grail of the conspiracy theorist since the 1980s, it's nothing new on that scene. The buzz of late is that it's about to be made public officially, like the F-117 was. Watching the tin foil hat brigades is interesting. Alex Jones used to be a fringe characte...Jump to post
There's always chatter with the fringe types pointing at supposed black projects. What we do know (from the director of SkunkWorks himself) is that Lockheed Martin and the USAF in general is always decades ahead in development work from what is known about today. Look at the B-2 Spirit. That's early...Jump to post
This current spate of operations will help show just how desirable it is to have a mixed fleet of capabilities. ALL the transport aircraft, working together. The bigger, long ranged C-17 and A330 Voyagers, to shift in bulk. A400M and Hercules to get the supplies and capabilities into needed location...Jump to post
Advance yes, Ultrafan NO. Now at 214/kWh (lm2500+G4, probably comparable, no mt30 data around?) sfc still has to come down quite a bit to match the diesel faction ( now at ~165g/kWh for the larger 2stroke engines. Even the medium rpm 4 strokes go down to 175g/kWh. i.e. gas turbines will remain a sp...Jump to post
Got me eyes on a Renault Zoe for next year. It would suit me perfectly. The new Nissan Leaf looks great but i can see there being availability issues for a while, even though it's built in Sunderland. If I had the cash I'd be all over a new Jaguar i-Pace which is a stunner and priced well below an e...Jump to post
This work is also going to feed into RR's marine and power applications. Just as the Trent core now powers some of the biggest and newest ships, eventually the Advance and Ultrafan will lead to high efficiency marine turbines. Quite a lot of future work going on at RR at the moment, especially in Ge...Jump to post
One bit of possible interest is the GE BGA H85 turboprop has specifically been certified by GE in Brazil and Argentina. Maybe Embraer will be taking a look at this rugged little motor for a new smaller aircraft. It's a next generation update of the Walter M601 family with parent company GE's input a...Jump to post
Richard Branson (Virgin Group) is certainly up there and he's not Asian. It's estimated he owns about 5 billion. Yeah, but how much of that profit is from aviation? He owns plenty of stuff outside of aviation. '902 VS isn't worth that much; Delta only paid about $250m for their just under half shar...Jump to post
One visible difference is that the GE is a "clean" burning engine, whereas PW motors tend to produce visible soot/smoke. As engines age, they all do this eventually. But if you do regular compressor/turbine washes this can be minimized. Pratts have always tended to be a little more smoky ...Jump to post
I would like to think that utilities in Florida start looking into some investment to take powerlines underground. Wires on poles just make more and more work when they get brought down by storms, and there seems to be a lot of wiring about that could do with hiding away safely under the street and ...Jump to post
I would not be surprised if MH is kicking the tyres soon on those AerCap lease returns from Air Berlin. Pratt engined A330s are just what MH likes, and the deal would involve AerCap who they also deal with.
Some cheap, fast availability widebody lift for them?
One visible difference is that the GE is a "clean" burning engine, whereas PW motors tend to produce visible soot/smoke.Jump to post
gunsontheroof wrote:Do leasing companies/Banks keep pilots on payroll for repossession flights?
History lesson. This is nothing new. Pan Am and TWA both had actually roped-off sections of the 747 cabins across the Atlantic for a basic walk-up and no frills fare. They brought this product in to compete with Laker Airways and Skytrain. Want something? Pay for it or bring your own, but the fares ...Jump to post
More or less the same here in the UK. A couple of years doing a Masters, then off you go for the Doctorate. It's called a Doctor of Philosophy as it's more research led than just reading and regurgitating stuff. A British Professorship is still quite a rare thing. The rank is only awarded to those w...Jump to post
Airbus should have this repaired quickly as their experience with composites goes right back to the A300. They introduced them as part of major structures like the tailplane quite early on.
If anything it'll be a good learning experience for the DL maintenance crews.
The good thing about those military launches is that all the attention remains on the first stage after the second stage separates and goes merrily onwards to its secretive mission... One thing that will never cease to amaze me is how the rockets plunges engine firsts towards the ground at several ...Jump to post
The problem that keeps cropping up in these threads is that somehow posters seem to think all aircraft orders for a type have to be made and firmed up before the plane even flies. UA has its fleet plans in place for now. Why do they need to order the 777X now? They could come to the conclusion they ...Jump to post
So 9K-ADE had no seat configuration at all in the rear ? I wonder why they never converted it to a standard 747 if they never used it to transport cargo and utilize its combi abilities ? Story is, the Emir kept the aircraft around in case they had to do a runner again. In the First Gulf War the Kuw...Jump to post
"Asked whether his opposition applied in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, he replied: "I'm afraid so." Define resident nostalgics.... :sick: As long as his personal religious views are not regarded as government policy...... Politicians are actually people who were...Jump to post
On a related note, why did Cathay Pacific purchase the 747-8f while getting rid of all of their passenger models? Is the nose door valuable enough that an orphan fleet (of admittedly 14) preferable to the 777f which would share commonality with the passenger fleet? CX will probably fly theirs into ...Jump to post
The article also mentions TK would want a lease deal. Tough to get. The 748i is a low volume aircraft with questionable residual value in ten to twenty years time, and that will scare off the lessors or jack the lease rates right up. Boeing Capital could do it initially but even they might baulk, as...Jump to post
Very "careful" language being used about this fatal crash 100 miles from Area 51 https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/unidentified-usaf-aircraft-crashes-at-nevada-range-440990/ The pilot killed was previously noted working on the F-35, but the Air Force has so far named the deceased ...Jump to post
...have waited for the invention of jet airplanes before crossing the Atlantic? We have the technology to explore the inner solar system today . There's no reason to tinker in the laboratory with blue sky technologies that could well amount to nothing. The Orion is not going to sell itself to Congr...Jump to post
You are right that the runway and taxiways might be fine, but the bigger problem to operate commercial flights is to see if the ATC infrastructure is in tact. Repairs to radars and other sensitive equipment might take weeks since those equipment need to be shipped to St. Maarten. Let's not forget t...Jump to post
On the plus side, nothing there that time and money can't put right. From the flyover shots on the news earlier, SXM seems relatively intact on the ground. Taxiways and the runway should only require time to drain and clear of debris, and the rest is construction and cosmetic work. It isn't like nea...Jump to post
It's obvious to me who Emirates are looking at as the main danger to their volume business. Air Asia X, Cebu Pacific, Scoot and the rest. EK wants to deploy the A380 against them, offering super low fares on high density A380s with their top-of-the-line CASM figures. The A380 gets extremely cheap to...Jump to post
The 78K is a handsome piece of engineering, whereas the 773ER has all the aesthetics of a bread van. It's just ugly. It is one aircraft I have never liked the look of. I second your opinion. Moe It's probably a symptom of my madness, but looking at a 777-300ER head on always brings this to mind htt...Jump to post
What boundaries, what specific goals are you wanting NASA to achieve? With a clearly defined goal no development will ever be completed, it will drift from one pork barrel project, to another crony company funding tool. Tugg That is what seems to be happening today. It isn't for me to set goals. I ...Jump to post
Some of you can't seem to think outside the box. I grew up in the 1960s when the TV and newspapers were full of NASA performing miracles. Every day almost, some frontier was pushed back and it all grew to a crescendo that one night in 1969 when I was allowed to stay up extremely late to watch histor...Jump to post
Any plan for transporting large payloads out of earth orbit should be designed, funded and in place before any SLS rocket is built to implement it. I suspect in about a year or two, we won't be hearing much about NASA Deep Space plans, because there is no interest in Congress or the public to fund ...Jump to post
Orion is too expensive and too slow to mature. Those two points alone should be enough to cause it major problems. NASA may be trying to do the job to the best of their abilities, but to the uneducated Senator or Congress critter it looks like a boondoggle project. They are the people holding the pu...Jump to post
It has to go. Come the day the sun swells up, moons like Titan and Enceladus will be almost tropical compared to today's bitterly cold wasteland. There may already be the precursors of life there (in fact that's been more or less confirmed by analysing the hydrocarbons there) and we as a species sho...Jump to post
I doubt anyone will be ordering big. There is regional tension, a softening travel picture and profitability under a squeeze all round. It isn't a great picture to offer to financiers and bond holders. When the world starts looking a little febrile, money takes flight into things like gold and commo...Jump to post
Won't ever work. Congress critters will bleat that it is Socialist, like they do over healthcare and airline fares. The market should prevail in all things.
So the story goes. Price gouging is a separate issue and there's a case for a law there, but widespread price fixing won't wash.