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Last week it emerged that Boeing is now discussing a 737 MAX10 with customers on a serious level, and that its sales people have been given “authority to offer” the aircraft.  The model would be the fifth in the MAX range, augmenting the existing the MAX7, MAX8, MAX8-200, and MAX9.

The MAX10 has the following key changes:

  • 66 inches longer than the MAX9
  • Single class passenger capacity up to 230
  • Slightly higher MTOW
  • LEAP-1B Engine
  • Trailing-link main gear
  • Entry into service approximately 2020

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It had to come.  Who even pays for Wi-Fi anymore?  Your correspondent does not on Delta, because of a very useful deal between T-Mobile and GoGo.  T-Mobile customers get free access allowing for Twitter and Facebook.  These two apps are great boredom solutions.

The jetBlue deal is sponsored by Amazon.  Passengers can stream Amazon Video on their devices.  The solution deployed by jetBlue offers 15-30mbps. This speed comes on all the airline’s US domestic flights.  GoGo is apparently operating at 10mbps.

Alaska Airlines, now owner of Virgin America, announced passengers on Wi-Fi enabled flights can use iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger at no cost.

jetBlue’s service is called Fly-Fi and is uninterrupted Wi-Fi – meaning no waiting to reach 10,000 feet before getting online. From the boarding to arrival Fly-Fi is connected.

jetBlue is in an interesting situation here. They use ViaSat for… Continue reading

Airbus produced their numbers for 2016 today.  They were better than expected – mainly because they hit a book to bill of one.  Airbus reported 732 net orders and 688 deliveries generating a book to bill of 1.06.  Airbus projects a ratio of under one for 2017.

Airbus had its usual year end flurry of orders – 60 A320neos for Flynas and 42 single aisles for the Chinese Bank of Communications.   But even so, orders were off a lot (350) from 2015.   What do the results look like in perspective? Continue reading

The Airbus Beluga XL, based on today’s A330 jetliner, will have an enlarged fuselage “bubble” section that is six meters longer and one meter wider than that of the Beluga ST – an aircraft derived from Airbus’ earlier-production A300-600.  Here is a picture of the currently in-service Beluga ST. Continue reading

Most airline delays occur on the ground. Ground operations have long been static because the fundamentals of aircraft pushback and taxiing have not changed much.  Nevertheless, there seem to be some real opportunities to save time, especially by reducing a common source of ground delays: tugs and ground crews.

An innovative solution, advanced at one time or another by companies such as Crane, L-3, Airbus, Lufthansa, and a Safran / Honeywell joint venture (EGTS), is to provide the aircraft with an on-board drive – motorized wheels that are powered by the onboard APU.

WheelTug, the smallest of the innovators in this space, has received FAA approval of its certification plan. Interestingly, it is also the only company left that is known to be actively working on what is more popularly called “E-Taxi.”  WheelTug also chose a different technical solution than the other players by putting the… Continue reading

Sukhoi civil Aircraft produced this PR today:

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) has completed repair work on six  (of 11) Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) for Interjet airline.

Technical teams from SCA were sent to Mexico as part of SCA’s after-sales support service for Interjet’s Sukhoi Superject 100. Thanks to the work done by SCA and Interjet specialists, all six aircraft resumed operations in the first week of January.  

Twenty-two SCA technical specialists were sent to Mexico for the warranty maintenance work. The team was made up of specialists with extensive experience in aircraft production and maintenance.

The troubleshooting procedure was agreed to with the Russian aviation authorities (Federal Air Transport Agency) and carried out under the control of the Mexican aviation authorities (DGAC).

Interjet is one of the world’s largest operators of SSJ100 aircraft and has been flying the model since 2013. Interjet’s SSJ100 technical… Continue reading

Qatar Airways is in the news again and, once again, its about Airbus. The airline plans to swap its order for up to 80 A320neos for A321neos.  “We are going to take all A321s, there will be no more A320s,” CEO Akbar Al Baker told reporters in Doha.

The airline has rejected four A320neo deliveries to date.  The engines for the A321s have not been selected – the rejected A320neos have Pratt & Whitney GTFs.  The airline’s CEO expressed dissatisfaction with the engines and this is the reason rejecting the four A320neos.  Mr al-Baker has threatened to take CFM LEAP engines instead.

The quote above bears some consideration – what does “all” actually mean?  The original order was for up to 80 aircraft.  Will “all” include replacement A321neos for the rejected four A320neos?  Mr al-Baker is a consummate communicator – he plays the… Continue reading

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