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Re: "Prius of the Air?" Airbus shows battery-powered plane

DrFumblefinger ·
Always favor new technologies being developed, but I would think the weight of the battery packs would be prohibitive. Time will tell.
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Re: "Prius of the Air?" Airbus shows battery-powered plane

PHeymont ·
Well, the target date for the big one is 35 years in the future...in 1980 would you have believed how practical electric and hybrid cars have become? Given who's doing the research, I think there's a good chance...
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Re: Ever wonder what the inside of the A380 looks like

PHeymont ·
I'd like to try the A380 someday...but only in economy. It's not that much wider than many other wide-bodies (3-4-3 seating compared to 2-5-2 or 3-4-3 on others) and it's divided into sections that keep the perspective comfortable. But it appears that the big trend these days in first-class and business is seats that are practically cocoons, and separate the adjoining passengers with consoles, tables and who-knows-what-else. What happened to sitting companionably with your spouse, maybe even...
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Re: Airbus opens new Factory in the USA

GarryRF ·
On my frequent visits to Philadelphia from England I always fly with US Airways. Not an exciting experience - just a reliable journey with convenient times. But my last round trip was an amazing transformation. AMERICAN AIRLINES and US Airways have merged and the staff were amazing. The plane was a new Airbus 330 both times. The legroom was more than enough. I usually purchase extra legroom and this time I'm glad I didn't. The food was good and served hot. Free cans of Cola and orange etc.
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Re: Airbus opens new Factory in the USA

DrFumblefinger ·
There's a lot of competition on the TransAtlantic routes, so airlines need to put their best effort into drawing in customers. Just so you know, that's not usually what American is like when you fly it domestically. But I'm glad you had a great experience with them.
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Re: Airbus opens new Factory in the USA

Travel Rob ·
Really happy that Mobile, Alabama got that as it's bringing in a lot of jobs to the area.
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Re: Why your airline chose your plane

Jonathan L ·
I rode a 747 to and from China a few months ago. It was the first time in years that I had been on one, and it reminded me that not all coach flights have to be like a sardine can. The wide body had room to walk and stretch on the 13 hour flight, and toilets were actually comfortable. I wish they were still using them on cross country flights.
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Re: Why your airline chose your plane

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the bit of history, Pheymont. Nicely written and I, for one, found it very interesting. Looking forward to part II.
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Re: Airbus breaks even on A380; what's it's future?

Travel Rob ·
11 across is really packing people in like sardines. No way to share those armrests unless your holding hands with your seatmate
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Re: Airbus designs a seat with storage but with less legroom

PHeymont ·
I love the idea of better storage space, but I'm not ready to put my legs in the overhead! I'm sure this design would work well with 40" pitch, but not with 30-32" as we mostly get. But perhaps if they made the bins about half the depth shown in the design, there might be footroom and storage.
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Re: Airbus designs a seat with storage but with less legroom

DrFumblefinger ·
As Paul says, without adequate pitch between the rows, this would be painful. Might be useful on planes that only fly one or two hours, but it would kill you on a long haul.
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Re: Airbus designs a seat with storage but with less legroom

Travel Rob ·
People forget things on planes now. Imagine if their bags were truly out of sight.
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Re: The search for the right-sized airplane

DrFumblefinger ·
I believe that's the best summary of modern jet development I've ever read. Interesting and fun, thanks!
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Re: Airbus celebrates 10,000 planes

DrFumblefinger ·
That's quite a landmark! Congratulations to Airbus for contributing to our collective travel experiences.
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Re: Is JetBlue thinking of Europe?

GarryRF ·
As cross Atlantic fares remain excessive then there's still plenty of room for the new kid on the block to make a good living.
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Re: Allegiant takes off in new directions

GarryRF ·
Reading the revues on Airline Quality - it appears this airline suffers from delays and cancellations due to technical problems. Hopefully with recently made aircraft - their unreliable older planes will cease to be.
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Please Don't Squeeze the Passengers: Airbus

PHeymont ·
Airbus, the big European planebuilder has urged airlines to go with 18"-wide seats, up from the standard 17" in use now. Their studies indicate that the extra width makes a BIG difference in passengers' ability to sleep on long flights (which are...
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American Adds 1st Class to NYC-LAX flights

PHeymont ·
American's new Airbus A321s will be flying a 3-class service between NY and LA--the only airline currently offering first class on the route. Up to now, only Business and Economy have been available on U.S. airlines. DETAILS
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Gulf-based airlines order $150 BILLION in new planes

PHeymont ·
The growing airlines based in the Persian Gulf, especially Emirates, Qatar and Etihad, have gone on a spending spree to build up their fleets and routes. Boeing got the most orders, for their new "mini-jumbo" versions of the 777, but Airbus sold at...
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AA starts to roll out its new Airbus fleet

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which has been pretty much a Boeing shop except for legacy MD80s is getting the first of its Airbus 321 transcontinental models in the air, starting with flights between NY and LA. American put out a huge aircraft order, split...
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"Prius of the Air?" Airbus shows battery-powered plane

PHeymont ·
Airbus, the European plane manufacturer has shown off its first attempt at a battery-powered, no-emission aircraft. It's a single-seater with limited range, but is the first step in a program to achieve a 70-80 hybrid airliner by 2050. It's part of an...
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Ever wonder what the inside of the A380 looks like

DrFumblefinger ·
I've avoided flying on the Airbus A380 because the thought of over 600 people on a plane makes it all seem a little too crowded to me.  But a nice piece in the Washington Post shows a photo tour of the Emirates A380.  Worth a look....
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A350 to make U.S. debut in Philly, Jan. 1st

PHeymont ·
For those airbugs among us, to whom a ride on a new model plane is like spotting a favorite old car on the road, here's the word: Your first chance to sit on an A350 flight in the U.S. will come on New Years, when Qatar puts one of its new planes on a...
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easyJet's new idea: drone inspects planes

PHeymont ·
easyJet's inspection drone in flight          Photo: easyJet Drones are all the thing these days, and not just the military bomb-carrying ones. Amazon wants to use them to deliver packages, pilots are afraid of encountering...
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The squeeze goes on: more plans for more seats

PHeymont ·
When the New York Times printed this cartoon a few years ago, the trend was just beginning. Squeeze in more has become the order of the day, with extra space to be had only at a premium price.   And the squeeze goes in both directions. Not only...
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What if the exit row weren't a row?

PHeymont ·
That's the kind of question that comes to mind at first glance at an idea Airbus has asked a patent for...a circular seating arrangement, in tiers. OK, that's a little hard to grasp, so here's a drawing submitted with the patent application.  ...
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Qatar to get world's first A350 next month

PHeymont ·
Qatar Airways will be taking delivery in mid-December as the "launch customer" for Airbus's newest plan, the A350, designed to be a rival for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Like the 787, its fuselage is largely made of carbon-composite fibers and is aimed...
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Delta joins the mixed fleets with big Airbus order

PHeymont ·
The days of all-Boeing domestic fleets seem over as Delta joins American and United in mixing Airbus into its fleet. In Delta's case, this is reflected in a new nearly $15 billion order for 50 A350 and A330neo widebody planes. The A350 is Airbus's...
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World's First A350 flies next week

PHeymont ·
The Airbus A350, the European company's competitor for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, goes into service on December 13 with Qatar Airways, the official "launch customer." Like the 787, it uses carbon-composite fibers in its fuselage instead of traditional...
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Is the SuperJumbo era nearing its end?

PHeymont ·
With newer, more efficient planes crowding the market, demand for super-jumbos appears to be ending, and with it production of the A380 and 747.
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Airbus opens new Factory in the USA

DrFumblefinger ·
    Airbus is in the process of opening it's first manufacturing facility in the United States.  The company claims the factory will be the most efficient in the world and will have it focus on building the largest versions of its...
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Emirates A380 gets 615 seats, keeps legroom

PHeymont ·
That's a whole lot of seats, there, in Emirates new configuration that makes room for 98 more coach passengers by eliminating first class altogether, and shrinking business class by 18 seats.   The good news is that while the seats will not...
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World's largest plane visits Ireland

PHeymont ·
No, it's not the Airbus Beluga we've shown here or its Boeing equivalent; Russia's Antonov 225 Mirya, a 6-engined monster originally designed to move a space station to its launch site, recently visited Shannon in Ireland on a tour. Next stop, France....
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Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Think your airline seat is tight now? Wait for the next generation of planes being bought by  Ryanair and other budget/short-haul carriers. They're adding seats, and the space for them has to come from somewhere...   And, for the Airbus...
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Airbus breaks even on A380; what's it's future?

PHeymont ·
Airbus's super-jumbo A380, which has now been flying for 8 years, has finally broken even...but there have been no new orders for several years. That's led to reports that Airbus would close down the line once it finishes the last of the 317 orders,...
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Nepal's new airliner comes packed with relief supplies

PHeymont ·
Nepal Airlines took delivery of its second new A320 in Hamburg yesterday (April 29) and, taking advantage of the planned delivery flight, German relief agencies loaded it with 5 tons of relief supplies for the earthquake stricken nation. A team of...
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Airbus now "printing" parts for A350

PHeymont ·
A350 being assembled at Toulouse, France   I'm going to start with the cranky part: it's NOT 3-D printing; it's 3-D fabrication, or technically FDM (fused deposition modeling).   Now that I've gotten past that part, here's the wonder: the...
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India holds great promise for Airbus and Boeing

DrFumblefinger ·
India's got one of the fastest growing airline industries in the world and Boeing and Airbus are hoping to take advantage of this growth.
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Airbus deal with Iran worth $27 billion

Travel Rob ·
Iran agrees to purchase 118 jets from Airbus
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Is there room in the sky for a niche airliner?

PHeymont ·
Is there a market for this Russian-designed medium-haul widebody with its unusual shape and three-aisle seating? Rosavia thinks so.
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Are falling oil prices postponing jetliner sales?

PHeymont ·
Airbus and Boeing announced $3 billion in sales at Singapore's airshow, only a tenth of last year's sales. Falling oil prices may be part of the reason.
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Airbus designs a seat with storage but with less legroom

Travel Rob ·
Airbus designs a new seat with added storage. but less legroom
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A380 champ Emirates adds 2 more

PHeymont ·
Emirates, which operates by far the world's largest fleet of A380s, has picked up two more that were originally ordered by a carrier who cancelledd.
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Summon a helicopter with your Uber smartphone app?

Travel Rob ·
Airbus will be teaming up with Uber to test on-demand helicopter rides.
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Boeing exceeds Aircraft Delivery Expectations in 2015

DrFumblefinger ·
2015 was a good year for Boeing, as delivery of aircraft slightly exceeded expectations.
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"World's Strangest-Looking Plane" turns 20

PHeymont ·
The Airbus "Beluga" celebrates its 20th birthday, looking, as it always has, like a giant whale in the sky...you can see a picture at the link below. The special-purpose plane was built by Airbus for its own use; it transports large parts between...
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Why your airline chose your plane

PHeymont ·
  As you settle down into your seat, comfortably at the front of the plane (above) or squeezed into the last inches at the back (below), you must have sometimes wondered how the airline chose the plane you’re sitting in or why the schedule...
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Bombardier's new plane takes off into murky skies

PHeymont ·
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, which along with Brazil's Embraer, has dominated the market for 100-seat and under regional jets for years, has completed the first successful test flight of its CS300, a plane that can be configured for...
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Airbus Puts in Patent for Stacked Seating

Travel Rob ·
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Airbus logs #9000, an A321 for VietJetAir

PHeymont ·
Airbus is celebrating this week; it delivered its 9000th plane since being formed from British, French, German companies in 1968 to compete with the Big 3 U.S. makers. The new plane, an A321, went to a fairly new Asian airline, VietJetAir.  ...
 
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