Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2794 times:
Not sure how many of you are terribly interested in this news from the Kingdom of Bhutan . Anyway here is an artist impression of A319 in Druk's colors so am posting this. News is almost one month old.
BTW the article claims BAe 146 is expected to fetch just $2 million - sounds a good deal to me! Or is it a typo?
Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3133 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2724 times:
I recently got the Justplanes video on Druk Air (an older video), the scenery in Bhutan is really spectacular and the approach into Paro very challenging. In Boeing's Aero magazine there was an article on the 737 demo flight. With the bigger twinjets, it must be even more difficult than with the BAe.
Bhutan has been very restrictive on tourism, and Druk Air is the only scheduled airline into the country, so with the extra seats (their BAe 146-100 only have 71 seats), they can increase tourism by almost 100%!
I heard Druk Air is considering to keep one BAe as a freighter.
Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3133 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2618 times:
Roy, don't you contradict yourself when you first say the A319 is the best aircraft for Druk Air (or was that ironic) and then you say that bribes must have been involved. Why would Airbus need to bribe to see the best choice?
Maybe Bhutan isn't as corrupt as its neighbours.
Even though it's a small deal, it has some importance due to the operating environment, so I'm sure both A and B made good offers, but I wouldn't call them bribes.
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been...
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 71 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
Konstantin, Roy actually meant the whole thing the other way around - he was serious about the A319 beingthe best aircraft for Druk Air, he was not serious about the bribery part... if you want to know, where those arguements came from, just have a look at the Air India Selects 10 A340-300 And 18 B737-800 thread - or at what it has turned into...
P.S.: You've probably guessed it - that thread has turned into an A vs. B thread...
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
Why is the A319 the best aircraft for Druk Air's routes? Are these not just replacement orders for the Avro RJX's they ordered before the RJX program was cancelled? If so, then the RJX must surely have been the best aircraft for their needs.
Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2540 times:
In the words of Druk Air chief on their decision to go for Airbus: While the main competitor, Boeing, had also conducted a two-week test and demonstration of the Boeing 737-700 in March this year, the management recommended the Airbus A319. Although Boeing and Airbus are similar in terms of technology and safety, we found that Airbus had a better technical performance, Sangay Khandu said. While operating out of Paro, the Airbus A319 has a lower load penalty and can carry three tonnes more than the Boeing 737-700. Druk Airís managing director said that the Airbus A319 was also cheaper than the Boeing 737-700.
Cargo is critical for Bhutan since they import pretty much everything from salt to cement from outside.
Regarding my original question: Does $2 million sound right as value of BAe 146? Anyone know?
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Does $2 million sound right as value of BAe 146? Anyone know?
Druk's BAe146's are the ancient -100 models that have seen plenty of rough use. I'm surprised anyone is willing to pay even that much for them. It's hardly a booming market for secondhand airplanes right now.