I see VLAs being important again only in one situation - where the world agrees to a carbon tax which makes multiple frequencies of smaller planes too expensive to operate. If charged on a carbon emissions per passenger/seat basis, then an A380, especially reengineed, probably will make a lot more ...Jump to post
How many years of production are there in the current backlog?Jump to post
This reminds me of some of the alternative options to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The most feasible were ice-rated super-tankers. They tried with Manhattan , she was holed 3 times in the attempt. One was tankers made of nuclear powered submarines that could go under the ice-cap. That was downright se...Jump to post
This may be where done aircraft make their inroads into civil aviation. Imagine a sub 50 seat aircraft that had one pilot, but emergency controls that would allow a standby pilot to control the aircraft remotely. If you had one standby co-pilot per, say 5 aircraft, the flight crew becomes 1.2 pilots...Jump to post
However Anchorage faces competition as a TPAC hub from Hawaii since Honolulu - Tokyo is also within range of the A321NEO. I could see Spirit open up a hub in Hawaii and start such routes, offering dirt cheap TPAC connections through their Hawaii hub. Of course they can also do this from Alaska, tha...Jump to post
I dont like it - Airbus gets the Cseries, Boeing gets the E2? Collusion is rife here I am so certain of it. Airbus and Boeing have got whole airplane market from 80-500 seats, short, medium and long haul. They dont need to compete with each other now, both will make lots of $$$ Boeing is likely abo...Jump to post
Embraer definitely got the better deal out of the two. Embraer will get $4.6 Billion, Bombardier received $1.
Probably off topic, but does AS remove the old VX seats in these aircraft and replace with AS J and Y products? Yes, but not yet. Replacing the seats takes a lot longer than painting the outside, so that will happen during the slack travel times when the aircraft can be taken off revenue service lo...Jump to post
If the cost of fuel rises to the point where a fuel stop becomes more cost effective than a direct flight for passengers, there will be several. It won't happen for awhile based on O&D The fact that Anchorage Fairbanks and Juneau are on world maps has more to do with bored cartographers wanting ...Jump to post
Did we come up with the idea of a shared tube for the 797 and NMA, or is there actually Boeing comments to this regard?Jump to post
To state my bias in the beginning, I hate seat back screens. I am tall, my head sticks above the screens, and at any given point I'm facing 18 screens. JetBlue is the worst worth their advertisements. I avoid them for that reason. That bias aside, my 6 year old tablet had a better screen resolution ...Jump to post
lhpdx wrote:ANC … 76.7% … 4091.336986 … 1014.841237 … 163.5538657
These are the underperformers of all of AS main stations....
But the 737 combos have the cargo in front with passengers in the rear. Protecting passengers from cargo in a crash is much harder with the cargo section behind the passenger section as on the 747 combo. My understanding is that the reason the 737 combi has cargo forward is access to the cargo door...Jump to post
Well... It would add 2 state capitols, and may well change where people want to fly regionally.
It also might provide an opening for Puerto Rico to become a state.
Whichever state bribes Boeing with "incentives."Jump to post
Iirc, there was a Philippine BAC111 that had a bomb go off in the toilet TWICE. Brought back into service each time. And this, right here, is the reason that an aircraft that can be economically placed back into service must be. If a relatively minor act of terrorism could condemn a $60 million pie...Jump to post
Than you, I'll check it out!Jump to post
I live near ANC, which may well be one of the best places in the world for plane-spotting. We still fly DC-6 aircraft up here, along with a few Grummans, and there are a host of airframes within easy driving distances stretching from the C-119 to a AN-2 being restored. Looking at all these old prop-...Jump to post
I think people are focusing too much on the business case. The ability to produce indigenous aircraft is absolutely a strategic resource. It does not need to sell thousands, it needs to sell enough to keep the production limes operating, and the workforce trained. The Superjet, the 204SM, and the MC...Jump to post
How much did the role of CADD play in the story? Boeing made a big deal at the time that the 777 was the first completely CADD designed aircraft, providing significant benefits. Had those brights not been available, world it have been worth getting more out of the drafting work done for the 767? Was...Jump to post
Transport Canada relented and never did enact this rule. However, I wonder if you are right and the 737 is the last allowed (in Canada) with a moveable bulkhead. I do know, as I was flying 737 combis in the arctic at the time, that new smoke/fire detection and fighting rules were started that were ...Jump to post
Advisory to the overly cautious: Prepare to walk in the future. It is probable that most future designs will include folding wingtips. I expect those thousands of 797s will have them, so they can park in the 320/737 spaces. And if the 380 ever re-wings ....... Could longer wings allow a future 737-...Jump to post
“Our goal is to have a strong and sustainable Horizon Air. As a CPA carrier, we can bring more value to Air Group by adapting to match the needs of our guests and our largest customer, Alaska Airlines,” said Gary Beck, Horizon president and CEO. The distinction between "guests" and their ...Jump to post
Am I the only one that is shocked it is taking this long to clear up whose plane went down today? FlightGlobal is reporting Blue Panorama but the pics match a bit with the Mexican plane being discussed on Twitter. We are talking about Cuba here. Have this in mind. Also, this incident is less than a...Jump to post
JFK is an Airbus pilot base. As others mentioned above, something like 80% of the transcon flying will be transitioning to the 737. It was pretty obvious that it wouldn't be sustainable as an Airbus base after the fleet deployment changes were announced a couple months back, and probably wasn't wor...Jump to post
I recently ran across a fantastic telling of the secrete trip of the Pan Am Clipper California from Auckland, NZ. to New York after the Japanese bombed Perl Harbor. It's a good read for anyone interested in flying boats. https://medium.com/lapsed-historian/the-long-way-round-the-plane-that-accidenta...Jump to post
Adding specifics to what others have said, a lot of fracking production becomes economically competitive at around $62 per bbl. As long term prices hover in the high $60's and low $70's, we well start seeing more production there. As for low cost carriers being in a weaker position, they tend to fly...Jump to post
And with all of that, they have never (1) threatened to use nuclear weapons aggressively, nor have they (2) ever done anything which would indicate that they were planning to use nuclear weapons aggressively. As I said, get your facts straight. Israel's threats or lack thereof to use nuclear weapon...Jump to post
Get your facts straight. Look at a map of Israel at its founding, look at a map now. I'm not saying that Israel feels much choice in the matter, but they do adopt an extremely aggressive posture. They make no secret of their willingness our ability to strike when they feel threatened, and they are ...Jump to post
Seems to me Iran has decided having nuclear weapons is of the utmost priority for them. Same decision made by the US, UK, France, Russia, China, NK, India, Pakistan, Israel, etc. With an unstable Pakistan on one side having nukes, and a belligerent Israel on the other having nukes, what rational ch...Jump to post
Why doesn't WN just shut up about it and start flights to Hawaii? Is it my imagination or do they just keep having press releases saying they want to start service to Hawaii, but have yet to announce anything definitive? AS and WS just announced definitively that they were starting flights and didn...Jump to post
5 years from now, I think HA having new, smaller ETOPS aircraft will have a larger effect on the maker than WN joining the fray.Jump to post
But do you really think the big 4 don’t pretty much control the domestic market? As of Jan 2018 United had the least domestic market share at 14% ALK Jetblue Spirit and Frontier combined just beat that. That is only United. A point of disagreement is on whether or not this is a problem. An airline ...Jump to post
Yes, but for political, not economic reasons. If a steep carbon tax raised the price of fuel to the point where a stopover was more economic than a direct flight, and if Russia closed it's airspace, then things might look like the eighties again at ANC.
Not holding my breath.
Yes, forgive me for my trying to include my entire continent (whose population nearly matches yours) as part of the west. :lol: :lol: Ahhh!!! I was purposefully leaving your country out as that now counts as a kingdom, no?! :rotfl: Sorry! I couldn't resist this! The Kingdom of Canada? I like the ri...Jump to post
BWIAirport wrote:I wonder how long they'll keep it around.
Same range and same crew cost...why not go with more seats and lower your CASM? Runway performance on island airports? Obviously AS feels they have enough smaller aircraft for this to not be a reason, mind, but my understanding is that the -8 does still have a useful niche. Do you mean the 9? Becau...Jump to post