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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 784
Views: 67554

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Are Keesje und Dutchy the same person? And you miss the point, as did your alter ego. It is not about using written off equipment instead of not doing a deadly attack. The question was why the Tornado, not other assets. And in that environment it is definitely a valid concern to use the remaining l...

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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 27
Views: 8170

Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/sias-new-suites-for-a-380s-fail-to-wow-premium-passengers Text can be found on https://www.reddit.com/r/singapore/comments/8cjk3g/premiumsias_new_suites_for_a380s_fail_to_wow/ Apparently, the privacy on SQ's new suites on the A380 is considered insuffi...

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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STR-ATL, MUC-CLT and automotive industry
Replies: 45
Views: 3918

Re: STR-ATL, MUC-CLT and automotive industry

It has been discussed that DL STR-ATL flight is largely devoted to the Mercedes factory in Alabama. Yet it is whole 300 km (200mi) from the airport. I don't think more than a few dozen people on any given day would be flying this route specifically for the factory in Alabama. I'm sure Mercedes and ...

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by mxaxai
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HU announced SZX—VIE service to start in October
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Re: HU announced SZX—VIE service to start in October

This year they will serve PRG, TXL, EDI, DUB, MAN, LHR, MAD, SVO, MAN, VIE, CDG, FCO and probably OSL. Could MXP or HAM be next European destinations or Eastern European and Baltic cities like BUD, OTP or RIX? I would really like to see HU in HEL but that's probably not going to happen any time soo...

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by mxaxai
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HU announced SZX—VIE service to start in October
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Re: HU announced SZX—VIE service to start in October

I'm all for increased services from Europe to SZX (still looking for a LHR-SZX service to start - as that would be very useful to me) but that is a pretty unpleasant arrival time into SZX (well after the metro has stopped operating for the night and means a 2:30am-ish arrival into your hotel). Surp...

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by mxaxai
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet Engines "Backfiring"?
Replies: 8
Views: 1690

Jet Engines "Backfiring"?

Listening to the beautiful music that are the afterburners of some (or one?) F-16, there were a series of semi-loud bangs. Definitely not loud enough to alarm me (compared to the basic engine noise) but nevertheless powerful enough to make me feel the sound pressure in my body - some 3 km away. Whil...

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by mxaxai
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Departure vs gate close vs boarding time
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: Departure vs gate close vs boarding time

When I used to live in Paris it was a bliss to travel around certain European destinations thanks to Thalys and TGV but outside of this you have to revert to bear with the masses. Now imagine what it would look like if there was a semblant of competition in the rail business. The thing is, if I boa...

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by mxaxai
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Departure vs gate close vs boarding time
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: Departure vs gate close vs boarding time

This makes me think of a radio commercial here. Some business man is talking on his phone while at AMS saying AMS-LON is a terrible connection, always delayed. But he also says the last call hasn't been yet, so he still has time. This is exactly the behaviour that causes planes to be late. You shou...

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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skymark considering wide-bodies (again)
Replies: 10
Views: 2244

Re: Skymark considering wide-bodies (again)

If they already have the 737 and don't need the A321's range or cargo capability the 737-10 should serve them well. OTOH, Airbus might be interested in giving them a deal for a few A330neo?

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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Departure vs gate close vs boarding time
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Departure vs gate close vs boarding time

On several recent flights in south-east asia I've noticed the airlines (usually LCC) asking you to be at the gate 1 hour before departure, gate opening and boarding starting 40-45 minutes before and gate closing 20 minutes before departure time . Additionally, the boarding pass has occassionaly aske...

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by mxaxai
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Space Station crashing to Earth imminent
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: Chinese Space Station crashing to Earth imminent

Tiangong-1 has fallen to Earth across the south Pacific according to the Chinese space agency: (CNN)China's Tiangong-1 space lab re-entered the Earth's atmosphere around 8.15 a.m. Monday (8:15 p.m. ET Sunday), China's Manned Space Agency said. Tiangong-1 fell into the middle of the South Pacific, t...

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by mxaxai
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern reopens A380 PEK-AMS bookings in S18
Replies: 3
Views: 1308

Re: China Southern reopens A380 PEK-AMS bookings in S18

Zoedyn wrote:
It seems this is the only PEK-Europe service ever operated by A380.

It may have been the only and first PEK-Europe service by CZ or even by a PEK-based carrier in general but Lufthansa flew (maybe still fly?) the A380 to PEK from FRA.

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 784
Views: 67554

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Leaked information from an internal DoD report on the German Tornados: ⋅ 93 jets in inventory, 63 jets usable, 16 jets actually able to be made combat-ready on short notice. 10 jets are allocated to the NATO Response Force. ⋅ It will stay until 2035 if neccessary ⋅ IT a...

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by mxaxai
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Inaugural/Resumption FRA-SHE 10 hours nonstop by A340-300
Replies: 2
Views: 1551

Re: LH Inaugural/Resumption FRA-SHE 10 hours nonstop by A340-300

LH seemed to have had a difficult history of flying to Shenyang, where the airline used to be stuck in an on/off service mode in the last decade. The German carrier had the honor of launching the first ever nonstop service to Europe from SHE in the vast region of Northeast China in 2006, but ended ...

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Naval refueling drones
Replies: 28
Views: 2380

Re: Naval refueling drones

longer loiter times, lower risk for crew.

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 123
Views: 19128

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Too much costs is such a relative term. And 6 years is probably less than 1000 extra flying hours per frame, which is good to have as a reserve if the purchase delays, but really not enough to delay the purchase of a replacement intentionally. It does remove the need to decide immediately and to as...

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HOP ATR-42 wing-body fairing crack
Replies: 8
Views: 2649

Re: HOP ATR-42 wing-body fairing crack

the flight crew suggested a goose or block of ice may have struck the aircraft

Where would a block of ice come from? Releasing built up ice from the props?

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers stranded in Stuttgart as pilot found drunk before takeoff
Replies: 11
Views: 3544

Re: Passengers stranded in Stuttgart as pilot found drunk before takeoff

The flight that was cancelled was the return flight to Lisbon, according to the news. I presume they flew LIS-STR and had a normal (35 to 45 min) turnaround. Wasn't he drunk during the LIS-STR flight? Did he get drunk in STR? Pilots don't usually leave the aircraft during such short turnarounds, ap...

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers stranded in Stuttgart as pilot found drunk before takeoff
Replies: 11
Views: 3544

Re: Passengers stranded in Stuttgart as pilot found drunk before takeoff

Stuttgart is rated as one of the most boring cities in Germany, where a the local population is said to live by the saying “schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue“ (roughly translating into “work, just work to build your house”) and the region around Stuttgart advertises “wir können alles - außer Hochdeutsc...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 784
Views: 67554

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

That's an interesting graphic Ozair, particularly as I have never seen the Typhoon carry an LDP anywhere but the centreline. Methinks there's something to that... Even BAE's P3E publicity materials only ever show photos and renders with a centreline LDP. Indeed... https://www.eurofighter.com/assets...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2
Replies: 70
Views: 16171

Re: The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2

One of the most beautiful aircraft ever, in cruise flight. Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing! Perhaps the only other aircraft that might have been able to fly with her for any significant period of time, aside from a sister Concorde, would be the SR-71. The B-1 Lancer could only flight at Mach ...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?
Replies: 42
Views: 9068

Re: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?

People should stop hitting their heads on the wall regard the curfew. It is in place and will stay in place. Nobody is asking for 24h ops anymore. But it would be " really nice" to be allowed to land at 23:01 following a delay caused by, say, weather or ATC strike, even if paying triple l...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?
Replies: 42
Views: 9068

Re: Lufthansa needs bigger planes?

The A300 is much bigger than anything we have heard about the MoM, it is almost the size of a 788 and a good deal bigger than the 763. Half the A310 where -200, having about the range of a stock non-neo A321, and the many of the -300 left the fleet after just 2 - 4 years. None of them did very much...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?
Replies: 42
Views: 9068

Re: Lufthansa needs bigger planes?

The A300 is much bigger than anything we have heard about the MoM, it is almost the size of a 788 and a good deal bigger than the 763. Half the A310 where -200, having about the range of a stock non-neo A321, and the many of the -300 left the fleet after just 2 - 4 years. None of them did very much...

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Lexington shipwreck found
Replies: 13
Views: 2031

Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

cjg225 wrote:
They could spend a few days in that area and stumble across plenty more American and Japanese wrecks from the plethora of naval engagements around the time of the Guadalcanal campaign.

True. It isn't called ironbottom sound for nothing.

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request
Replies: 61
Views: 11930

Re: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-19/airbus-is-said-to-weigh-new-a330-cargo-model-spurred-by-amazon Airbus is evaluating an A33JF. Stretching the 900 for cargo at the cost of range. Recommended scope of the thread: Does Boeing step up with a 78JF proposal? - Will Boeing offer multiple...

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would B6 TATL service work with Mint included
Replies: 65
Views: 7219

Re: Would B6 TATL service work with Mint included

I don't know if B6 TATL is really plausible (that's a discussion I will sit out), but if they do try, I don't see it can work without Mint at minimum. There are airlines that fly long haul without a "proper" - lieflat - premium cabin, for example Eurowings, Scoot or Norwegian all only hav...

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project
Replies: 76
Views: 13732

Re: Lufthansa Lockheed Super Star Restoration Project

http://www.conniesurvivors.com/1-connie_news.htm#MAR15 apparently the project has been canceled According to German aviation magazin FLUG REVUE the decision to move to Germany has been confirmed, but not when this is going to happen, but neither the cancellation has been confirmed nor to continue w...

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34154

Re: Berlin Brandenburg more expensive and to open in 2020

The problem is the lack of proper supervision, but this is not just an issue that affects local governments (see the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg), but also state-federal projects like Stuttgart 21 and BER, where a big chunk of all the financing is from the federal government, are involved. Stuttgart...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34154

Re: Berlin Brandenburg more expensive and to open in 2020

NY is the most bloated, corrupt state government in the nation. It is harder and more expensive to do business here then anywhere else in the United States. It is the closest in ideology and practice to the large, bloated governments of Europe...so it is not surprising that they share similar const...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?
Replies: 103
Views: 8264

Re: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?

[ Two things in response to that sentence: 1) I do not make the equivalence between "wrong" and "shouldn't be followed." A passenger should follow crewmembers' instructions, regardless, as they are not in position to determine whether the instruction wrong. Therefore, "shou...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH increases 2017 profit by 70%
Replies: 14
Views: 3701

Re: LH increases 2017 profit by 70%

Ryanair is literally the second largest airline in Europe... Ryanair serves AMS,FRA,DUS,TXL,CPH,BCN,MAD,FCO,MXP and a few more. Presumably you mean in Germany, given Ryanair now has 430 738s. In fact, Ryanair has grown significantly in Germany of late. Of primary airports, it now serves: FRA (a fas...

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by mxaxai
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH increases 2017 profit by 70%
Replies: 14
Views: 3701

Re: LH increases 2017 profit by 70%

Excellent but unsurprising. By far the best managed of the EU3. But also the one with the least competition, particularly last year. Ryanair and Wizzair are rather small and only serve small, secondary airports. Easyjet is only slowly growing their operation. No Norwegian to worry about. Eurowings'...

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by mxaxai
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH increases 2017 profit by 70%
Replies: 14
Views: 3701

LH increases 2017 profit by 70%

Lufthansa just announced its overall numbers for 2017, with 2.97 billion € ($3.68 billion) earnings before interest and taxes (ebit) and 2.4 billion € after that. That equals an increase of about 70% and 30%, respectively. Eurowings managed a complete turnaround, from a loss of 100 million € in 2016...

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by mxaxai
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no new China - Germany Flights?
Replies: 10
Views: 2464

Re: Why no new China - Germany Flights?

Politics, politics, politics.... This is going to be more politics than aviation but anyway, lets go into some of the reasons ... ⋅ Both China and Germany are multicentric. That makes it much more convenient to funnel passengers through hubs. ⋅ Both countries' citizens need visa...

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by mxaxai
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no new China - Germany Flights?
Replies: 10
Views: 2464

Re: Why no new China - Germany Flights?

Because the curren bilatteral agreement between Germany and China is fulluy utilized in terms of weekly departures on the Chineese side. Chineese carriers cannot add more flights into Germany. Since Lufthansa has yet to fully utilize the numbers of weekly flights on their side of the agreement, Ger...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH moving more A380s to MUC
Replies: 37
Views: 13743

Re: LH moving more A380s to MUC

I assume that there are several reasons for the move of A380 from FRA to MUC and the concentration of the A350 at MUC. - LH is annoyed with FRA, the move by FRA to offer Ryanair reduced rates did not go over well with LH. - FRA is far bigger in freight than MUC. It makes perhaps sense to move the A...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1413
Views: 132515

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thx mxamai.My point is really that.If a Earth based specifically built launch pad made worth thousands on tons of concrete with specially angled exhaust vents etc can't take the hammering from a multi engine launch then what happens on Mars - or even the moon? Ie assume the BFR lands on the (unprep...

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by mxaxai
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?
Replies: 103
Views: 8264

Re: Time to Change "Compliance with All Crewmember Instructions"?

In most cases, Crew instructions are minimal, and mostly they are obviously in place for a reason. Maybe I fly on some unusual airlines, or Ive got lucky, but I've never heard a crew member make a request of a passenger that wasnt for the good of the passenger or those around them. If there are cre...

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by mxaxai
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings taking over DUS-EWR from Lufthansa
Replies: 36
Views: 5538

Re: Eurowings taking over DUS-EWR from Lufthansa

Eurowings is a poor airline, since they charged for everything onboard even entertainment. It is / wants to be a LCC. And you only know that your flight was super super cheap if you get charged for everything that comes extra. Otherwise you might get the idea that there could be cheaper flights out...

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by mxaxai
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1413
Views: 132515

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

What was the maximum times any space shuttle was used?So far for Spacex it is x2.X10 (up to) is one hell of a leap.But they do have a lot of experience with the F9 now.I hope they have privately tested many parts to breaking point.He often refers to aircraft being used over and over.But they are pu...

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings taking over DUS-EWR from Lufthansa
Replies: 36
Views: 5538

Re: Eurowings taking over DUS-EWR from Lufthansa

That is a BS answer and you guys are falling for it hook line and sinker. The route is currently flying and AB had 3 or 4 JFK slots. LH is now a monopoly airline. They have no interest Flying you anywhere but Frankfurt and Munich. Hopefully another airline will start the route. But dont fall for sl...

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by mxaxai
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Air Asia A320 Neo (Assumed engine fire) diversion
Replies: 15
Views: 3986

Re: Thai Air Asia A320 Neo (Assumed engine fire) diversion

cv990Coronado wrote:
Is this a P & W or CFM powered NEO?

AFAIK all Air Asia A320neo's use the CFM Leap engine. So it would appear to be unrelated to the recent grounding of indian P&W-powered A320s.

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 50 A330neo aircraft
Replies: 113
Views: 20517

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 50 A330neo aircraft

So to travel inside reasonable time limits, flying is about the only way in India. The point is not many people can afford to fly. India is very, very poor country on per capita income basis. But certainly more and more people can afford to fly, aided by both economic growth and improved efficiency...

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Saudi Arabia close to new Eurofighter order
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Re: Saudi Arabia close to new Eurofighter order

First Saudia-Arabia, then Qatar, then Kuwait, now Saudi-Arabia again. Will we possibly see joint exercises of their Eurofighter squadrons or rather optimisation of EF vs EF combat? Meanwhile, the UAE have shown interest in acquiring a Su-35 squadron as well as 24 F-35, pending export approval and ha...

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1413
Views: 132515

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

SpaceX footage from Falcon Heavy launch. Includes center core landing. https://youtu.be/A0FZIwabctw Ummm, That wasn't a landing. That was a rapid unplanned cannonball. Very Awesome shot though. Wish they had shown it earlier. Lucky it didn't hit the ship. Probably would've caused even greater damage.

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by mxaxai
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2169
Views: 272555

Re: Why is Boeing waiting to officially launch the NMA or the "797?"

If you squeeze range by using such extreme tactics it becomes a real world range less than the A321LR which as we know is not enough for TATL for Lufthansa. I'm confused about what point you're trying to make. Leeham showed what Airbus quoted for Airbus A321LR (208 seats in two classes, 4000 nm sti...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2169
Views: 272555

Re: Why is Boeing waiting to officially launch the NMA or the "797?"

The cargo thing is a bit of a wildcard, but IMHO they will err on the side of efficiency rather than capacity. The thing is: They need to make it either more efficient than the A321 or significantly more capable, i. e. more range and cargo. If they go for the former but end up missing the target, t...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 784
Views: 67554

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Couldn't that be done with Rafales too? The article makes it clear the Eurofighter, and other 4th gen fighters such as the Rafale, won't likely survive a Russian IADS. The Luftwaffe needs a Tornado replacement that is not only outfitted to carry nuclear weapons, but also capable of delivering these...

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by mxaxai
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2169
Views: 272555

Re: Why is Boeing waiting to officially launch the NMA or the "797?"

Rumour mill says it is even more complex. there seem to be 4 definitions voiced by the airlines. - US continental people mover (up to 300 seats (two class), no interest in cargo, >4000nm range, optimisation for routes around 2500nm) - Medium haul widebody 4000nm range, cargo is important, not more ...

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