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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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"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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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: What if the exit row weren't a row?

PortMoresby ·
Maybe the overhead bins have, as they say, been binned. Back to the days when it was considered a luxury to let someone else handle one's luggage. I still think it is.
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Re: What if the exit row weren't a row?

DrFumblefinger ·
I think that seating arrangement would work well in zero gravity. Think of the PanAm space cruises in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Unless planes will be designed in a flying saucer shape, I can't envision what the Europeans are planning.
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Re: Airbus to revamp its A380 aircraft by 2022

PHeymont ·
Perhaps, in the end, the question is not really even one of size or fuel economy, but of passenger willingness to travel from home to "collection points" where they will change planes for their next destination. The Gulf carriers have made a specialty of that: Gather up Asia passengers from the U.S. and Europe and then sort them out and take them to India, China, Australia, etc., and do the same for passengers from those regions. That works as long as you have to make a change anyway. But...
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Re: Airbus to revamp its A380 aircraft by 2022

DrFumblefinger ·
I pretty much agree. I do think for many people convenience is the key factor. I'm usually willing to pay a little more for a direct flight than for a connecting one (because the connection is where you run into problems). And I don't think I'm alone in this observation. The airlines seem to think that price is king and for some people it certainly is. I think the A380s will succeed only if they are the cheapest planes around (lowest airfare). I can think of few things less appealing than...
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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: 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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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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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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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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"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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Airbus flies 5 A-350s in formation...and tells how

PHeymont ·
For those of us who are airplane-obsessed, seeing a new model in flight for the first time is a thrill...so imagine FIVE, all at once! Airbus, which just sent its first A-350 off into service has also released a video of its formation fly-by of five...
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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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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 celebrates 10,000 planes

PHeymont ·
40 years after its rocky start-up, Airbus passes a milestone with delivery of its 10,000th plane, an A350, to Singapore Airlines.
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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Airbus releases drawing of self-piloted aircraft

Travel Rob ·
Airbus releases drawing of a self-piloted aircraft.
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Re: Airbus's new idea: People pods

PortMoresby ·
There are all sorts of ways I find this concept unpleasant, but this in particular, "... everything in the cabin could be ready and waiting for the pilots when they arrive ... passengers could be pre-seated in cabin pods before the plane actually arrives" is particularly (potentially) unacceptable. It reminds me of the hours spent on the tarmac by passengers in recent years when there were delays. How is this different? While waiting in an airport has its downsides, the upsides of waiting...
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Re: Airbus's new idea: People pods

DrFumblefinger ·
For a company that builds great planes, Airbus manages to patent the worst ideas. Am I the only one who sees the following in that drawing?: Pod = sardine can Sardines = people!
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Re: Airbus's new idea: People pods

GarryRF ·
It is the nature of business that any idea is patented before it becomes talked about. Sardines in a can is has always been the philosophy of airlines. Just like supermarkets - stack 'em high and sell 'em cheap !
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Re: Airbus's new idea: People pods

PHeymont ·
Let's not forget that Airbus already has an A380 option with 11-across seating and over 800 passengers...the only change this patent makes is that it supplies a can-opener!
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

DrFumblefinger ·
I flew on Spanish budget carrier, Vueling, this past spring. It was a pleasant enough flight, but the aircraft had the tightest pitch of any airline I've ever been on. The pocket in the seat in front of you, where magazines and the air sickness bag are stored, was removed to allow for crowding of rows and even my knees were wedged in tightly to the seat back in front of me (seats couldn't be reclined, for obvious reason). I'm not sure how a seriously tall person could ever fit in.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

GarryRF ·
I'm flying on an Airbus 330 next month. 4,414 miles non-stop on each leg. So I've booked extra legroom near the exit. Wise investment for 9 hours 21mins. If only I could get those aerobics fans to stop tripping over my feet when I'm asleep.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Which airline, Garry? I'll be interested to compare in a couple of months; in July we'll be on AirBerlin's A330 NYC to Berlin...and I'm hoping for comfort. My wife's cousin, who's logged more passenger miles than most pilots have flight miles, has advised us to give up our window preference for aisle-and-aisle, across from each other...
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

GarryRF ·
Thomas Cook charter flight Paul. I think they give 31" per seat. (Says on my ticket) So I've gone for the extra space.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Was just reading in the Telegraph this week that Thomas Cook is the most-complained-about airline in the UK...hope they give YOU no reason!
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

GarryRF ·
Thomas Cook do charter flights - they sell you a complete vacation. Hotel, food, car rental, adventure tours from your hotel and flights. Probably find something in there that's not up to scratch. But complain ? No... not I. I'm looking forward to your report from Berlin. Maybe we'll do a long weekend from Liverpool to Schoenefeld (nr. Berlin) Easy Jet do it for £25 - £45 each way. And for that price I'll sit on the wing for 2 hours !! Would TravelGumbo sponsor you to write a report on this...
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Was just reading in the Telegraph this week that Thomas Cook is the most-complained-about airline in the UK...hope they give YOU no reason! What struck me when I saw that article is that Ryanair was the least complained about airline of the 37 listed.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Perhaps it has to do with expectations. There has been so much negative buzz about Ryanair for years that perhaps passengers simply know they won't be happy about anything but the price and getting there!
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