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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: 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: 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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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 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: 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 celebrates 10,000 planes

DrFumblefinger ·
That's quite a landmark! Congratulations to Airbus for contributing to our collective travel experiences.
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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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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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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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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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Airbus Puts in Patent for Stacked Seating

Travel Rob ·
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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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Airbus is thinking: Could a Mach 4 jetliner fly, commercially?

PHeymont ·
Airbus, which recently filed design patents for a huge follow-on to the A380 also has its mind on smaller and faster. Last week, they filed for U.S. patents on technology and design for a plane that would fly at more than 4 times the speed of sound...
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Indian Budget Airline Orders 250 A320's from Airbus

Travel Rob ·
                          Airbus A320neo's first flight          Photo: Wikimedia / don-vip  ...
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The search for the right-sized airplane

PHeymont ·
The plane that never was: Boeing's Sonic Cruiser concept helped pave the way for 777/787   Photo: Boeing   Will there be a 797 in our future? Is there a future for the A380 or the 747? And what’s happening with the rest of the ranges...
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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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JetBlue, Delta in Airbus news

PHeymont ·
Delta adds more A321s in move to speed up MD88 retirement; JetBlue takes possession of the first U.S.-built Airbus plane in Mobile, Alabama.
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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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Virgin Atlantic shifts gears, buys A350 over A380

PHeymont ·
Virgin Atlantic shifts its mix of planes, going for a somewhat-less-jumbo big plane that will still hold over 400 passengers.
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Is JetBlue thinking of Europe?

PHeymont ·
Airbus reports good numbers, and hints it may fly to Europe. Its Airbus order has options for long-range models to do it.
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Allegiant takes off in new directions

PHeymont ·
Allegiant is adding not only new routes, but for the first time is buying new planes instead of used.
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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 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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Airbus to revamp its A380 aircraft by 2022

DrFumblefinger ·
    It's been a fairly rough decade for the Airbus A380 jumbo jet.  Introduced as a plane for the masses, Airbus has had a hard time convincing airlines they should buy this massive aircraft which, depending on how it's configured, can...
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Airbus's new idea: People pods

PHeymont ·
There have been all sorts of ideas for how to get people on an off planes quickly, with algorithms for what rows or groups should go first, but Airbus is thinking outside the box...or maybe thinking of the box.   The European planemaker has filed...
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Boeing's first 737 MAX hits the runway

PHeymont ·
Boeing rolled out its first 737 MAX this morning. It's the newest version of the 737, and the one the company is betting on to keep its grip on the single-aisle jetliner market. Next step: test flights and certification before the first airline flights in 2017. It's an important milestone for Boeing, which is facing stiff competition for that market from Airbus's A320. Both companies are offering new-generation versions of tried-and-true planes, and the A320neo, MAX's direct competition, has...
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Boeing cashes in on big China order for 737 MAX

PHeymont ·
Boeing, which is racing Airbus for shares of the huge Chinese market for new planes, got a significant boost yesterday with an order for 110 more 737s, 80 of them the new 737 MAX that is just entering production, for China Southern Airlines and a subsidiary. China's government aircraft manuracturer and Boeing signed a deal 3 months ago for Boeing to build a final assembly plant in China for 737s. Presumably that plant was a factor in the order and at least some of the planes will be...
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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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"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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Qatar's new Boeing order includes a slap at Airbus

PHeymont ·
Qatar Airways orders 100 new Boeing airplanes, including 60 737s that are needed because of slow Airbus deliveries.
 
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