Archive for the ‘aircraft’ Category
The End of an Era: 2014 is the Last Time Any Airline Will Boast of Its Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets – Air China’s 747-8Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
I was surprised to see this ad:
Here’s how things looked back in 1968:
And here’s how things looked back in 2008 for Boeing’s jumbo jet competition, the Airbus A380.
Where’s our jumbo jet scorecard?
Boeing 747 1st Generation = SUCCESS! Unquestionably, but now obsolete
Boeing 747 2nd Generation = SUCCESS! Unquestionably, but pretty much obsolete
Airbus A380 1st Generation = FAILURE! Pretty much. A big money pit for Airbus
Boeing 747 3rd Generation = FAILURE! Approaching obsolescence faster than expected
See a pattern here?
Here’s How Larry Ellison Runs His Hawaiian Airline: $4000 Bonuses Paid to Pilots at “Island Air” Being RecalledTuesday, November 25th, 2014
And then you plan on giving the money back* again next year, maybe?
What a mess!
Hey, here’s a solution for LE.
Why not just sell your POS Toyota LFA and then use the proceeds to fund the bonuses?
Oh, here it is, parked on Van Ness in front of the House of Prime Rib:
That would cover it.
(Now, here’s the thing about the LFA. The suits at Toyota felt the program was taking waaaay too long, which it was, so they said, “Forget about the tranny, just finish that car!” So they slapped in a slushbox** and called it a day. That “awful” transmission totally doesn’t match the rest of the car. Oh well! But don’t take my word for it… [“One big giant squirrel.” “Awful transmission.”]
Anyway, this is the kind of thing what makes up your Legacy, Larry.
Don’t you care about your Legacy, Larry?
Or, if not, do you care about unnecessarily pissing off all your pilots?
*These bonuses weren’t exactly Christmas Bonuses, they were WE’RE FINALLY GETTING NEW AIRPLANES Bonuses. So I guess the Island Air people weren’t happy with the Airbussy prop planes they bought, so now they want to switch over to the Canadian competition? And then there was some kind of bonus for the pilots connected to that. Which planes would be best? Well, you just don’t know. You’ll never know, actually. Perhaps Island Air just doesn’t make sense as a bidness? I’ll tell you, back in the 1990’s people’d be trying to start up inter-island airlines just for the PR value, just to have fun. The idea would be to lose money on the airline (ooh look, we have all-jet aircraft!) to build up goodwill to use for another purpose. It didn’t work out..)
**Look at all those words in Wikipedia about the chassis and engine and then there’s just one line about the awful transmission…
What’s This – Asiana Airlines is Actually Happy About Its Recent 45-Day Ban from SFO? And Its Stock Price is Up?Monday, November 17th, 2014
Man, this recent report on Asiana Flight 214 from Anadolu Agency, the official press agency in Turkey(!), sure is informative – every line is pure gold.
“We have two weeks to appeal and nothing is set in stone, but we are still considering what to do because to be honest we have got off light,” said the man, who did not wish to be named given the sensitivity of the case.
Well gee, this is true or somewhat true or not at all – how do you prove it? IDK. But man, this is not good for Asiana to have an employee/insider celebrating like this, for various reasons.
Three people died – one of them run over by a fire truck responding to the scene – and more than 180 of the 307 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777 were injured when it clipped a sea wall and crashed into a runway at San Francisco airport on July 6 last year.
The SFFD gets a lot of criticism over its performance on that day, at least from outside of SF. (Here’s the rosier view from inside SF, FYI.)
United States National Transportation Safety Board officials have accused the pilots of mismanaging the landing due to a failure to manage speed and altitude, along with a reliance on an automatic throttle they didn’t fully understand.
Yep. It could be that it’s especially hard to learn on a modern Airbus and then switch over to the Boeing system. People should be looking into this…
“We can choose when to start the suspension, and if we do it during our off-peak season the damages will be greatly reduced,” he added.
Again, it’s OK to think this, but you shouldn’t come out and say this, IMO
The source said that he expected Korean Air – Asiana’s main rival – to be furious with the decision. As evidence, he highlighted that its services to Guam were stopped for more than four years after a 1997 crash claimed 228 lives, and that it was one of only two airlines that fly into South Korea’s Incheon International Airport that had refused to petition for leniency for Asiana – the other being its budget division Jin Air.
Sounds kind of petty, Korean Air.
Asiana had argued that suspensions had not been shown to improve safety.
Mmmm… I’m inclined to agree. I’m not sure about the effectiveness of this old school-style punishment.
The company’s stocks rallied on the local KOSPI bourse on Friday, rising 4.58 percent as the lighter-than-expected suspension was announced.
Did not know that.
You know, there are still a lot of stories to tell about Asiana 214. Like what about the people that received serious injuries – how are they doing?
On it goes…
Whoa: Asiana Airlines Flights To and From SFO “Likely” to be Suspended for as much as Four Months – Punishment for Flight 214Thursday, November 13th, 2014
From San Francisco-based military writer Kyle Mizokami comes word of a plan to temporarily suspend Asiana Airlines flights between Incheon International Airport (ICN) and SFO:
“Under the plan, the ministry will ask Korean Air to use larger aircraft on the Incheon-San Francisco route to increase the number of seats, bring in chartered planes, or channel passengers on transit routes. A senior ministry official recently visited concerned lawmakers at the National Assembly to brief them on the plan.”
Does this seem real to you? It seems real to me. Or perhaps elements of the Republic of Korea are trying to scare Asiana straight after the Flight 214 disaster?
Korean Air currently uses Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft on this route – might it be tough for it to expand capacity just for a few months? IDK. I can’t think of too many options for KA to use planes larger than these, excepting for one or two of their ten newish double-decker superjumbo Airbus A380’s, but it’s not like those aircraft are just sitting around waiting to be used this way.
This suspension idea doesn’t make sense to me – I suppose we’ll find out tonight…
It’s Finally Happening: Emirates Airlines Launches Daily Airbus A380 Superjumbo Service Between SFO and Dubai December 1stTuesday, November 11th, 2014
Well I just saw a banner ad, so consider that confirmation that, as of December 1st, 2014*, Emirates is finally offering daily flights to and from Dubai out of SFO on its shower-stall equipped** Airbus A380 double-decker superjumbos.
So, chalk that up as a victory for SFO.
Here’s your Emirates A380, equipped with a horseshoe bar in the back, upstairs, for Business and First Class passengers only:
It was back in 2008 that Emirates brought a then-new A380 to town, to show it off. Get all the deets on that visit right here.
But, IRL, they ended up using the smaller Boeing 777-300ER twinjet instead. When asked, the Emirates people said they were “considering” the A380 for daily flights to and from SFO. Well, six years later, the day has come.
Oh, here’s my take on SFO + A380 readiness right here. IMO, the A380 was, is, and will continue to be Just Another Airplane. Sorry.
*The writer is saying that the new, longer-range A380’s are lighter? Uh, I think he should have said heavier instead. More fuel = more range, right? That’s the case here. It’s still a very heavy aircraft, one that’s still heavier than designed…
**What happens to your used shower water after your five-minute-max spritz is over? Emirates wanted to dump it out in-flight but I don’t think they got permission to do that. So, there’s a holding tank that gets emptied out after landing. So, Emirates needs to burn more fuel to carry a useless load of soapy water waste water. Not too “green,” huh? Oh well.
Look Out, NIMBYs, It’s a Eurocopter 135 Above Mission Bay: “BEAR FORCE ONE” Comes to UCSF Benioff Children’s HospitalWednesday, October 15th, 2014
Well look what’s moving on up to the east side now – it’s “BEAR FORCE ONE,” which just happens to be a Eurocopter EC 135 P2+ with the UCSF Benioff logo right on the side, straight outta YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE (Yolo) County.
As seen by KQED’s David Mariuz just this afternoon:
I’m like YES YES YES.
(And who’s on the helipad batter’s circle now? Could it be SFGH?)
Anyway, SF has been bereft of medical helipads since the NIMBY’s came to power – it’s nice to see a reversal…
[UPDATE: Welcome NIMBYs! Here’s a little reading for you, just keep on paging down…]
Here’s a US Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter heading north on its way to attempt to save the life of a person up in Marin County.
As seen over Ocean Beach, which was closed to swimming yesterday, owing to high surf conditions:
Someday maybe San Francisco will have a hospital with a functioning helipad…
A380 Superjumbo Update: Where’s Your Messiah Now, SFO? Things Just Aren’t Working Out with the Big AirbusThursday, September 4th, 2014
Even back six years ago, even back in aught-eight, this kind of press release from SFO seemed more optimistic than average.
Anyway, we spent a lot of money getting ready for the Airbus A380 double-decker and we do get a handful of flights* every week, but things just haven’t worked out.
Oh look, it’s a Lufthansa A380 filled with German tourists going home after their summer vacations in the bay area, high above Daly City:
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I’ll tell you, the reason why we still use a lot of four-engined Boeing 747-400 jumbos at SFO is because we already have them. They’re there, hundreds of them. But they guzzle a lot of fuel, so, not too long ago, the A380 was considered to be The Future. But it’s a guzzler too. So The Future now belongs to large twin-engine aircraft like the Boeing 777 models (present and future) and the slightly smaller twin-engined Airbus A350 line.
So all that hype coming out of SFGov about the A380 being “green,” well that was a lot of hogwash. The A380 was/is just another jetliner and SFO took steps to accommodate its massive size and that’s fine, but it wasn’t/isn’t/will never be a game changer the way the people at SFO were hoping for (or lying about – I still can’t tell why they were so excited as late as 2008, when the promise of the A380 was already being questioned).
Anyway, here’s the update:
Arguably, the A380 was specifically designed for Heathrow, which has a runway shortage and a NIMBY neighbour problem. So great, here’s a giant plane that’s really quiet – isn’t that great? Well, read the link above to see how things are working out when the rubber meets the tarmac.
SFO also has a runway shortage and a NIMBY neighbor problem, but our airport is a lot smaller and, as stated, those A380’s aren’t really working out and nobody’s really buying them anymore, so we’re not going to have to deal with Heathrow’s problems. No no, we’ll just muddle through.
But the skeptics have already been proven correct, after just six years.
One wonders what SFO’s next overhyped fad will be…
*More so in the summer, when the French and the Germans really pine to come here, so they can stay “Near Union Square” in a fleabag hotel only to get bitten by bedbugs, only to be told that said fleabag hotel doesn’t have bedbugs so GTH. On behalf of San Francisco, I wish to say, “Sorry, French and German people.”