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Old 25th Feb 2020, 12:54
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It could be argued that Concorde and the A380 defined opposite edges of the design envelope for commercial aircraft. And they seem to be heading for a similar “niche” fate.
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Old 25th Feb 2020, 16:07
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Sad end to proud bird. Nicest aircraft overall to fly in (IMHO) as a passenger.
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 04:43
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It is a very nice ride, as is the A350. Actually all the 320 series and up are all nice rides, at least until Airbus started squeezing 9 seats across in some newer 330's in Asia. The 320NEO's with the GTF's are ridiculously quiet for a narrow body. Even sitting right behind the wing, you can barely here the engines, even on takeoff.
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 04:46
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Originally Posted by USMCProbe View Post
It is a very nice ride, as is the A350. Actually all the 320 series and up are all nice rides, at least until Airbus started squeezing 9 seats across in some newer 330's in Asia. The 320NEO's with the GTF's are ridiculously quiet for a narrow body. Even sitting right behind the wing, you can barely here the engines, even on takeoff.
The airline determines the seating configuration, not the manufacturer.
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 12:12
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The airline determines the seating configuration, not the manufacturer.
The manufacturer determines the seating configurations for certification, the airline may choose from optional approved configurations.
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 13:29
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I see on another forum that parts of the first A380 to be parted out are being sold off as key rings and baggage tags printed with the registration.. Unfortunately they've sold out as I've flown on that aircraft. However they are going to do the same thing with number 2.
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 20:53
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Its said that Air France intend to retire from service their remaining 9 other A380's by the end of 2022.

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Old 26th Feb 2020, 20:53
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The A380 is short and fat with big wings. As alluded to above, the stretch version would be a thing of beauty.....

SQ were charging about USD 400 more SIN - LHR (business class) for the A380 over the 777. I thought that was more than fair. Roughly the price of the noise cancelling headphones needed to make the two even vaguely comparable!
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Old 26th Feb 2020, 22:24
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Originally Posted by SLF3 View Post
The A380 is short and fat with big wings. As alluded to above, the stretch version would be a thing of beauty.....
Nah - you would also have to change the face..
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 00:56
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Just been watching a vid on youtube about a trip report on one of Air Transats A310's, still flying after 30 years. Compared with the 10 year lifespan of the A380 just goes to show how Airbus got the market for large 4 engine jets totally wrong but cracked it with the twins.
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 08:41
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Originally Posted by GeeRam View Post
Its said that Air France intend to retire from service their remaining 9 other A380's by the end of 2022.
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Itís a bit more definite than ďItís saidĒ...

https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/08/01/...lm,8341518.php
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 09:26
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Originally Posted by cashash View Post
Just been watching a vid on youtube about a trip report on one of Air Transats A310's, still flying after 30 years. Compared with the 10 year lifespan of the A380 just goes to show how Airbus got the market for large 4 engine jets totally wrong but cracked it with the twins.
Yes, I also watched that clip, I assume it was the Noel Phillips one. The Air Transat A310 was a daily visitor to my local Airport (NCE) in the summer season for the last few years however, there were a few occasions last year when it was replaced by their new A321 Neo's which I assume will ultimately replace the A310 on the YUL-NCE route.

I would imagine the fuel burn is quite a difference between the A310 and the A21N!

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Old 27th Feb 2020, 13:07
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They will be breaking up brand new B737 Maxs soon...

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Old 27th Feb 2020, 13:20
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No chance of that - the fall back is to simply disconnect MCAS and demand new type training.
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 14:30
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Originally Posted by USMCProbe View Post
It is a very nice ride, as is the A350. Actually all the 320 series and up are all nice rides, at least until Airbus started squeezing 9 seats across in some newer 330's in Asia. The 320NEO's with the GTF's are ridiculously quiet for a narrow body. Even sitting right behind the wing, you can barely here the engines, even on takeoff.
A380 is magnificent ride.... but so is the A350. Fully agree. I await my first ride on a 320NEO based on your description!
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 15:15
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No chance of that - the fall back is to simply disconnect MCAS and demand new type training.
The chance is greater that they will break them up then let them fly without MCAS.
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 16:19
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The fuselage could be converted to a condominium or a theme hotel. Or perhaps a bowling alley and gymnasium or spa. It is well insulated, and rainproof.
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 19:31
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No chance of that - the fall back is to simply disconnect MCAS and demand new type training.
But without MCAS the aircraft does not meet certification requirements for increasing stick force gradient approaching the stall. So no type certificate for the MAX. And I'm pretty sure the FAA won't allow airlines to carry passengers while operating on an Experimental TC - it isn't an RV we're talking about here where you can stick a warning placard on the panel and be done with it.
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 19:48
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Originally Posted by KRviator View Post
But without MCAS the aircraft does not meet certification requirements for increasing stick force gradient approaching the stall. So no type certificate for the MAX. And I'm pretty sure the FAA won't allow airlines to carry passengers while operating on an Experimental TC - it isn't an RV we're talking about here where you can stick a warning placard on the panel and be done with it.
How do you that?
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Old 27th Feb 2020, 23:06
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Originally Posted by KRviator View Post
But without MCAS the aircraft does not meet certification requirements for increasing stick force gradient approaching the stall. So no type certificate for the MAX. And I'm pretty sure the FAA won't allow airlines to carry passengers while operating on an Experimental TC - it isn't an RV we're talking about here where you can stick a warning placard on the panel and be done with it.
The Canadian Regulator has already suggested that any issues with compliance could be solved.

Canadian air safety official urges removal of key software from Boeing 737 MAX

However I feel we are now getting away from the purpose of the thread.
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