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by StudiodeKadent
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 65
Views: 9174

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

One can go back more than 15 years ago, when Airbus was arguing the future was VLAs to congested airports, and Boeing was arguing the intercontinental future was fragmentation. Boy, did Airbus blow that forecast. Boeing has already won this fight. You're somewhat right but not entirely. The two for...

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by StudiodeKadent
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore-Vancouver: “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week”
Replies: 21
Views: 3348

Re: Singapore-Vancouver: “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week”

I could see a 787-9 make SIN - YVR. That said it would require SQ/AC cooperation to some degree, and I don't think the route could sustain service from both SQ and AC.

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia and the A350?
Replies: 25
Views: 6609

Re: Virgin Australia and the A350?

I think that the A350-900 is probably the best way for VA to replace the A330-200s and 777-300ERs, but they're currently cash-strapped. Is it possible this is the order for VA? Sure, its a possibility. I just don't think its highly likely to happen now. But I do think in the future VA will go for A3...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon May 14, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 2202

Re: Japan Airlines to start new Long Haul Low Cost airline

I would have thought the Jetstar Brand would have been well positioned to fill this market for JAL. Could be: 1) JAL want more control of the airline 2) The Jetstar model has some commercial / investment shortcomes. 3) QANTAS has other priorities and would not be willing to make the investment requ...

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by StudiodeKadent
Fri May 11, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 224
Views: 30163

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

Let's face it, Boeing is out selling Airbus on the B787-A350. There's No dispute about that and it doesn't matter why. But they're differentiated products. The 787 is smaller. The 787-8 replaces the ER 767s and A330-200s/A340-200s. The 787-9 is a longer-range A330-300/777-200ER and A340-300. The 78...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun May 06, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.
Replies: 164
Views: 38184

Re: RUMOUR: Etihad going to announce to cancel & defer aircraft.

I have to agree the 777X being cancelled seems the most likely. A350s could get pretty much anywhere Etihad need. If Etihad really need, say, AUH - AKL or maybe some routes in South America, the A350-900ULR might be a more reasonable solution for them over the 777-8. Etihad really were exciting prev...

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by StudiodeKadent
Fri May 04, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33671

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

Who knows maybe they will surprise us and order a few 777-8, put them in premium heavy configuration, and get the jump on QF over SYD-LHR nonstop. Unlikely. What other routes would BA use them on besides LHR - SYD/MEL? Not only that but even in a premium-heavy configuration its dicey if the jets ca...

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by StudiodeKadent
Fri May 04, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 33671

Re: British Airways close to ordering Boeing Widebodies

Seems that a 777-X order is relatively likely. 777-9 forms a modest upgauge to the A350-1000s they have on order, and helps replace all those 747-400s that BA owns. 787-9s and 787-10s seem capable replacements for BA's 777-200ERs (especially given BA doesn't really fly many very-long-haul routes, an...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ‘Sad ending’ for 2 DL 747's in the desert
Replies: 37
Views: 12536

Re: ‘Sad ending’

While perusing this site I saw a photograph of two Delta 744’s now retired The accompanying narrative states in part ‘sad ending’ I don’t understand this statement, first, it is an inanimate object, secondly and far more important it is not a sad ending at all A sad ending is when the aircraft flie...

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by StudiodeKadent
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign
Replies: 28
Views: 8890

Re: Singapore Airline's new suites may need redesign

I have to agree that the SQ suite design is awkward. SQ's a great airline but this suite design doesn't seem to have any clear advantages over Etihad's apartment despite being more spacious. Its certainly less private.

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by StudiodeKadent
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed
Replies: 54
Views: 10295

Re: United Airlines 787-10 configuration revealed

What is interesting is that Singapore Airlines has only 36 Regional business Class seats in the space United has 44 Polaris Business seats. Singapore Airlines puts extra lavatories in spaces which are occupied by the Polaris seats on the UA configuration. In addition, SQ's regional business product...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 116
Views: 22637

Re: The future of Etihad

Does Etihad really need the A380? Is the residence really selling? Can the F pax be upgraded to the residence? The first two questions are matters of opinion. The last is a matter of fact. As for the last question, no. The Residence is paid-only. No upgrades. Does Etihad need the A380? Personal opi...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74614

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

There will be NO A350s at AA. 787-10 is a definite possibility. I agree 787-10s are possible, even quite likely, but no A350s? What about in 10 years when they want 777-300ER replacements? The 777-8 is far too powerful for the US carriers to want (unless they want to fly to like... Perth, Mauritius...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI Portugal to use ex SIA A380
Replies: 8
Views: 2059

Re: TUI Portugal to use ex SIA A380

CarbonFibre wrote:
How long have TUI had a Portuguese division?


I presume this is Hi-Fly right?

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74614

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

What I find interesting about the AA order is the paradigm that AA is changing on the 788. Many on a.net scratched their heads when AA put their 788's at ORD and used them TATL saying it can't be a good CASM, etc. as it's not a 763 replacement. Now, AA has doubled down on this 788 TATL philosophy w...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 116
Views: 22637

Re: The future of Etihad

SQ know they need the Australian-New-Zealander market. Its why they hate Qantas so much, its why they invested in Virgin Australia and haven't sold their stake, its why they are cozying up with Air New Zealand (NZ being Star and not-competing-on-Europe-routes-apart-from-London also helps). If they ...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74614

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

Yes, A.Netters seem to think that fleet commonality is no longer such a big advantage these days. But AA is proving to us that it still weighs heavily on fleet purchasing decisions. I think in an age where the world's largest single international airline only operates 2 different aircraft families ...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 116
Views: 22637

Re: The future of Etihad

From another forum, someone has posted that when celebrating EY's 10th anniversary of flying to China, EY Asia Pacific VP revealed that they were talking to Star Alliance. In my mind no doubt SQ and UA among others would veto but perhaps it depends on what EY are willing to give up. SQ would veto i...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74614

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

Question... we know they're incorporating the -9's tail into the -8 now, so they're giving the 787-8 some improvements. What would the impacts be? We know it would decrease manufacturing costs for Boeing and parts/maintenance costs for the airlines (through increased commonality), but what is the fu...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Double stretches of an aircraft, why don’t they work?
Replies: 24
Views: 2710

Re: question, may be a touch technical...

Obviously, this isn't an absolute, as the 739ER is doing just fine. The 779 will likely be a winner as well. But yes, the likes of the 764ER, 753, A346, 748i were total dogs in terms of sales... but they perform well. There are factors beyond just being a double-stretch (and therefore less optimize...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74614

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

I believe this is Doug Parker's first Boeing order. The a330-300s are due to retire by 2020, with the 763s likely to follow. Will be interesting to see what happens to the A330-200s after the last A333 is retired - on one hand they are an "orphan" fleet with just 15 airplanes but on the o...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Double stretches of an aircraft, why don’t they work?
Replies: 24
Views: 2710

Double stretches of an aircraft, why don’t they work?

I've heard a number of times that "double-stretches" of an aircraft "never work."

Is there a reason for this?

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by StudiodeKadent
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 DTW-AMS
Replies: 36
Views: 7924

Re: Delta A350 DTW-AMS

Inflight service just the whole feel of the flight I always prefer flying European when given the choice and it's practical. European crews are better trained and are held to higher standards than the crews of the US3 I can totally understand this on a "ceteris paribus" basis but if the s...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Lufthansa Group returning to Australasia?
Replies: 63
Views: 8812

Re: Possibility of Lufthansa Group returning to Australasia?

Think it would be more likely to see AKL-PER-FRA by NZ, than an QF PER-FRA. NZ will have much more feed ex-FRA with being able to hock into LH's network. If anything an NZ/LH JV on AKL-PER-FRA with NZ ops AKL-PER and LH on PER-FRA could be an option. That's actually a very interesting thought, but ...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 54626

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

As for QF, sure they have 380s and as soon as they have a viable replacement, they'll be out the door, probably starting around the mid 2020s, just when the 777-9 will be nicely bedded down. A combination 777-8 and 777-9 will be a very nice coupling along with the 789 and 78X. Sure a 350-900 and 35...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 DTW-AMS
Replies: 36
Views: 7924

Re: Delta A350 DTW-AMS

Surprised the DTW doomsday fanatics aren’t here yet to say how this is how DL plans to dehub DTW or make it less of what it could be ( lol ) Seriously though, why would the A350 be deployed on AMS as opposed to strictly Asian destinations out of DTW? Could be to compete with KLM for the higher-yiel...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ULH and overflight of UAE and Qatar
Replies: 14
Views: 3411

Re: ULH and overflight of UAE and Qatar

Perhaps someday, but there's nil evidence to suggest that that's today. A handful of ULH overflights here and there aren't going to endanger hundreds of 77Ws and A380s scissoring traffic together from all corners of the globe. The ME3's location is just too central to significant traffic flows; man...

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by StudiodeKadent
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL
Replies: 80
Views: 13761

Re: Air New Zealand announces ORD-AKL

Good work Air NZ! The ANZ/United Joint Venture seems to be strengthening nicely.

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69328

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

I don't see where the "stick it to Emirates" comes from. IIRC, QF management were very frustrated when EK increased LHR frequencies and didn't put EK passengers onto QF metal. The result I think was that 2 x QF A380s into LHR daily was not viable (or at least not as profitable as redeploy...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69328

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Thanks that all makes perfect sense, EK is certainly a force to be reckoned with especially with their geographic and labour cost advantages. QF may be able to make a very profitable niche with non-stops to key places. If these work I would think a fleet configured more to suit ULH would be the way...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69328

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Perhaps slightly off topic but as far as I can see there is no QF metal flying to DXB anymore. That being so doesn't the QF/EK arrangement seem somewhat one-sided or is there something I am missing? EK is the more powerful partner in the arrangement but the entire point behind this new direct fligh...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A320 Retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 8389

Re: American A320 Retirement

Aren't AA's A320-family aircraft very young?

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines
Replies: 113
Views: 22266

Re: Boeing formally delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore Airlines

Gorgeous plane for a great airline. I wish SQ the best with their 787-10s. Given their need for high density shorter range operations it seems a perfect jet for them, and keeping the CASM down is always a good thing. I look forward to seeing what their new regional business class seats look like.

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69328

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Meh. OW partners BA and JAL do a lot better than that on much shorter flights. Top notch fares, LCC service. Last time I checked, LCCs don't provide complimentary meals and liquor with one's ticket. Nor do they have in-flight snack bars. Also, QF may have gotten rid of the appetizer in economy, but...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 69328

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Is it really aimed at white people who don’t want stopovers in ‘foreign ‘ places ??? There was a shocking lack of passenger diversity on the inaugural flight ... it made me less likely to ever visit Perth What an ignorant comment... Galwayman without doubt wins the award for the being the most igno...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The era of ultra-long-range flights
Replies: 57
Views: 10052

Re: The era of ultra-long-range flights

RJMAZ wrote:
The A340-500 and 777-200LR could both do ULH 17-18 hour long flights for over 10 years. Question is what has changed to make these routes suddenly popular?


The A340-500 and 777-200LR were both very high CASM if I remember correctly. This restricted the routes they could be viable on.

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus A330 Neo Dropped From American Airlines Wide-Body Contest
Replies: 235
Views: 30543

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus A330 Neo Dropped From American Airlines Wide-Body Contest

Have to say I'm surprised by this -- not so much about the A330neo, which always seemed like a puzzling fit for AA, but about the A350. I would have thought the A350 would have been the perfect replacement for at least part of the 77E fleet, with the 787-9 being just a bit small and the 787-10 just...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Airbus A330 Neo Dropped From American Airlines Wide-Body Contest
Replies: 235
Views: 30543

Re: Bloomberg: Airbus A330 Neo Dropped From American Airlines Wide-Body Contest

It certainly seems that the 787-9 will be a better A330-300 replacement for AA, even if it does represent a large increase in capability it also increases flexibility whilst providing fleet simplicity and product consistency. The 777-200ERs, however, don't have a true replacement. The 787-10 has the...

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by StudiodeKadent
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS looks to return to LA and Paris
Replies: 26
Views: 4689

Re: MAS looks to return to LA and Paris

I can see MH returning to Paris. The USA though? Seems like it simply wouldn't be economical given the current jet. The MH A350 would certainly require a payload restriction to make LAX. I mean in theory I could see it happening... they'd have AA feed/connections which would help... but 39 high-yiel...

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by StudiodeKadent
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The CSeries' middle seat
Replies: 61
Views: 12188

Re: The CSeries' middle seat

I thought it was only 0.5" wider than the rest of the seats (i.e. 19" as opposed to the other seats' 18.5")?

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by StudiodeKadent
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One Single Business-Class Cabin Concept on Narrow Body Aircraft
Replies: 43
Views: 5172

Re: One Single Business-Class Cabin Concept on Narrow Body Aircraft

This might make sense on a CS300 with 1-1 seating. Use AA's reverse herringbone seat at 42in pitch and you should fit ~40 seats. Minus a few for galley/lavs in long-haul configuration and call it 36 seats. Now your J-seat is on par with the best widebody competition; range is ~5,000nm (with a few A...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years
Replies: 38
Views: 8451

Re: Virgin Atlantic Post £28million Loss, First in 4 Years

Perhaps getting overly political and insulting half of your UK customer base has come back to bite Dicky Branson on his wrinkly behind? Whilst I absolutely agree that partisan politics and taking sides in a divisive debate is not a good business strategy in general (because saying anything along th...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue
Replies: 282
Views: 44714

Re: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue

From a passenger perspective I absolutely hate the EJets. Narrow fuselage, tiny overhead bins, and the small very widely spaced windows. I’ve been stuck staring at wall paneling on many flights. I have no desire to invalidate or contest your preferences, but lots of people find the EJets more comfo...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue
Replies: 282
Views: 44714

Re: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue

Just wondering, in theory couldn't the E2-195 make transcon ranges? The E2-195 has a brochure range of 2600nmi... or roughly 4800km. Let us presume this is true for a 120pax configuration, which seems to be pretty close to JetBlue's typical config given JetBlue have slightly lower seating density th...

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by StudiodeKadent
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue
Replies: 282
Views: 44714

Re: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue

As you say, if B6 is strictly interested in lowering CASMs on its current thinner/shorter routes, then the E195E2 should win. B6 would also save on crew trg costs, and convert favorably the 20 undelivered E190s. I entirely agree here. However, with Delta CSeries coming in JFK (or LGA?), B6 will hav...

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by StudiodeKadent
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to base remaining 10 A350s at MUC
Replies: 33
Views: 6923

Re: LH to base remaining 10 A350s at MUC

Would be interesting to know how Lufthansa plans to replace the A333s someday. There good reasons for a A339/A359 combination as well as the 787-9/10. Unless LH needs the pilot/training/commonality advantages of the A339 . Same would aply to the 787/777-9 Very fair point. Maybe LH should go 787-10 ...

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by StudiodeKadent
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to base remaining 10 A350s at MUC
Replies: 33
Views: 6923

Re: LH to base remaining 10 A350s at MUC

Would be interesting to know how Lufthansa plans to replace the A333s someday. There good reasons for a A339/A359 combination as well as the 787-9/10. Unless LH needs the pilot/training/commonality advantages of the A339 (and given that airlines with their own MRO ops tend to like a big and varied ...

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by StudiodeKadent
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A cornucopia of widebody cabins at UAL
Replies: 20
Views: 4108

Re: A cornucopia of widebody cabins at UAL

Actually the A350 is only 2.2" wider than the 787 at armrest level . The widest part of the A350 is actually around shoulder level, which is great for window seat travelers and allows the A350's seats to be put right up against the sidewall without causing "crush." Oh, this is very i...

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by StudiodeKadent
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A cornucopia of widebody cabins at UAL
Replies: 20
Views: 4108

Re: A cornucopia of widebody cabins at UAL

With the delivery of the A350 United will be operating four different wide bodies of progressively wider cabin width: B767 15’6” 7 abreast B787 18’ 9 abreast A350 18’5” 9 abreast B777 19’3” 10 abreast Interesting to see the biggest jump in width is from the 767 to the 787 and you get five more inch...

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by StudiodeKadent
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New expansion possibilities for Japan Airlines
Replies: 16
Views: 2660

Re: New expansion possibilities for Japan Airlines

JAL could expand, absolutely. I think they'll operate the A350s at 9-abreast (but retain their generous economy class pitch of 34"), so that would make the A350-900 a big upgauge jet over the 787-9, and the A350-1000 would be a good replacement for the 777-300ERs in time. I could see them getti...

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