3 Links I Love: Air Asia’s Growth in the US, Norwegian Too, Delta Winglet Porn

This week’s featured link:
CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a RealitySkift
When I wrote about Air Asia coming to the US, I mentioned that it wasn’t really Honolulu that got me interested but what could be next. Here’s a good interview with the CEO of Air Asia X where he talks about some of those plans.

Two for the road:
Norwegian focuses on mid-size US cities for new Atlantic servicesATW
I’ll talk more about Norwegian’s flight plans for Stewart and Providence next week, but for now, take a look at this article which suggest more mid-size cities are going to get service in the US. I’m sure there’s a lot of excitement about that prospect.

First look: A350, Delta’s new flagship aircraft, begins to take shapeDelta News Hub
Look at that winglet. It’s a beaut, Clark.

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Bill from DC
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Bill from DC

Sad to see Delta replace all those beautiful Boeing wide bodies with these airbus planes. Fortunately the 787 revolution is thriving without them!

Jamie
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Jamie

I flew on the 350 for the first time a month ago and really quite liked it. Yeah, sure there are no cool dimmable windows but she was REALLY quiet. She was awesome, except for Ethiopian’s questionable setup on board.

Tim Dunn
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Tim Dunn

Given that DL’s 350s (and 330s and 767s) all have wider seats in coach than AA and UA’s 787s, I suspect that DL might quickly develop the reputation as being the spacious US airline. Given that DL’s 350s will hold more than most carriers’ 787s that can operate 16 hour flights, the economics are very likely for the 350 over the 787 as well. Airbus designed the 350 after Boeing finalized the 787; just like so many other directly competitive A vs B planes, Airbus made the 350 larger and more capable than comparable 787 models which, on longhaul aircraft… Read more »

George
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George

FYI UA is thinking of changing the 350 order to 330 NEOs, or maybe just canx altogether

Bill from DC
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Bill from DC

Of course airbus designed the 350 after the 787, that’s their M.O. Let Boeing create the market first then when it proves successful, copy it and improve it slightly.

The one time airbus tried to create the market first, they ended up with an aircraft that basically only one airline is currently willing to buy. 380 production now slowed to one per month. Yikes!

Oliver
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Oliver

So fly on your Boeing planes with tiny seats. It’s still a somewhat free country, so I will choose what is best for me, no matter who the airframer is (the pieces are all sourced from the global market anyway).

Bill from DC
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Bill from DC

Feel free. Of course it’s a little ridiculous to blame the airframe manufacturer for the interior buildout chosen by the airlines.

Oliver
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Oliver

The airframer chooses the cabin width. And should hopefully have someone on staff with enough math skills to calculate what layouts that width supports.

Tim Dunn
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Since Airbus has spent tens of billions on the A380 which has sold a couple hundred copies to a handful of airlines while Boeing has spent tens of billions on the 787 which has still not recouped its development costs despite selling nearly 1000 copies (yikes), I would hardly throw stones or claim a victory for either A or B for either project. Airbus still has built a larger aircraft that has wider seats which is more significant to passengers on the types of flights that the 787 and A350 were designed to operate. And the A350 comes with some… Read more »

Oliver
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Wonder if the 747-8 will recoup its (somewhat limited) development costs.

southbay flier
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southbay flier

17″ wide seats in coach isn’t a part of any revolution I want to be a part of.

David SF eastbay
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David SF eastbay

Now there is a good reason to fly to Stewart Airport, because it’s near a mall.

southbay flier
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southbay flier

It’s also near the intersection of two interstate highways, I-84 and I-87 (NY Thruway).

Nathaniel
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I remember when the Mall of America opened northwest offered shopping trips. An early flight into MSP transfer to the Mall and back, then a late flight home. So it’s been a draw before, though MOA is a bit bigger..