Re: Airbus threatens to sue Boeing

From: (Brad Gillies)
Organization: Internex Online (, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date:         29 Feb 96 01:24:26 
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In article <airliners.1996.272@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Rick Hughes <> wrote:

>As previously stated when referring to our operation at Cathay, we
>routinely operate our A340's on ULH services to Europe and North America
>at speeds of M0.82 to M0.835.  The actual value depending on the factors
>applicable to all heavy jets:  weight, head/tail-wind component, altitude
>assigned etc. If required, we will cruise at M0.84, though this is rarely
>called for and does increase fuel consumption with the supercritical wing
>section. Fact, not fiction
>.... NO buffeting.
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What about the lack of climb and time to cruise performance?  I know The A340
in particular has a power problem that limits the aircraft to a step climb
which is more pronounced than it's competitors.
Any comments on this?

Brad Gillies
AME (Canada), A&P, PPASEL
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