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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon unveils 7 new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 11527

Re: Joon unveils 7 new routes

Yet another one of those spin-off airlines that will meet its end sooner rather than later.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 763
Views: 131832

Re: Qantas 'excited' about NMA and assisting Boeing with definition

Just curious - were they 'excited' by the 777 when it was in the works?

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mumbai Airport Breaks World Record for Number of Flights in 24 Hours
Replies: 21
Views: 7445

Re: Mumbai Airport Breaks World Record for Number of Flights in 24 Hours

On paper, BOM has two runways, but the cross formation ensures that it is more efficient to only operate 09-27.

Though bizjets do take off from effectively 'half' of the other runway on occasion.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea
Replies: 25
Views: 9152

Re: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea

Just like with EK, the O&D is irrelevant here and something that can be built over time. The India frequencies are important in order to sustain high volume traffic to the U.S. and Europe. The O&D is indeed relevant as the Indian entity uses that as a base for awarding traffic rights, and t...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea
Replies: 25
Views: 9152

Re: Turkish CEO: No need for the A380. Open for the idea

That depends. Frequency and capacity are not mutually exclusive. If they were, the 779 (albeit smaller), would also be bad. EK doesn't seem to have a problem operating multiple A380 frequencies. I think why it doesn't make sense for TK is the fact that their biggest market is Europe which is a lot ...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air India buy back Etihad's 77L?
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Will Air India buy back Etihad's 77L?

AI have been at a standstill for the last 5-6 months, coincidentally since the talk of divestment began. We have to wait for more clarity on this.

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Dutchy wrote:
Wow, they are storing planes not even 4 years old? https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... s/nwL5HQGy


What a waste.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 96
Views: 23197

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

AI have been static for a few months since the talk of the sell-off, so grandiose plans like the ^above^ may have to wait a wee bit longer.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia to JNB & NBO from 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3091

Re: Alitalia to JNB & NBO from 2018

Any news on their DEL route?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo Partners to order 430 A320s at Dubai
Replies: 111
Views: 23640

Re: Indigo Partners to order 430 A320s at Dubai

Funny - an airline called IndiGo have ordered 400+ A320s and A321s for just themselves.

I thought this was what the thread was about, that it was the formal signing of the order. Haven't heard of Indigo partners before.

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA next routes?
Replies: 40
Views: 3809

Re: BA next routes?

ISB - what has a new airport got to do with anything? The current airport can handle widebodies, and if BA isn't flying there now it suggests that there are other reasons - lack of traffic or otherwise that are at play. DAC - Biman isn't flying old planes on this route, IIRC they are deploying thei...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA temp suspends DEL service due to air quality
Replies: 51
Views: 12624

Re: UA temp suspends DEL service due to air quality

All I'll say is, if you ever head to DEL out of choice you're doing something wrong. In years past I've always felt that this is a problem that will have to get worse before it gets better, and hopefully now it's at that stage where the government actually lays down the law and clean air abounds. As...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA next routes?
Replies: 40
Views: 3809

Re: BA next routes?

ISB - what has a new airport got to do with anything? The current airport can handle widebodies, and if BA isn't flying there now it suggests that there are other reasons - lack of traffic or otherwise that are at play. DAC - Biman isn't flying old planes on this route, IIRC they are deploying their...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo Staff Manhandles Passenger At Delhi Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: IndiGo Staff Manhandles Passenger At Delhi Airport

"Do you know who I am?"

"How dare you touch me?"

"Come meet me outside and we'll see!"

Only in Delhi.

On a serious note, the firing of the baggage loader is a disgrace. Should be reinstated and IndiGo should apologize once more for that one.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 734
Views: 129888

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

mandargb wrote:
IF they are rethinking 767.
Why not 757 please.
They have cockpit commonality anyway.
And they can find bunch of customers for 757 too, isn't it?


Surprised it took over a dozen pages for this reply to crop up. :lol:

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4830

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

I think it's a combination of factors. 1) The Indian domestic market is still not mature enough to support larger models. 2) With the exception of Delhi and Mumbai, Indian airports are not congested and have lots of capacity for extra frequencies. 3) Historically, airlines prefer the economics of t...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4830

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

Quick sidebar: Does AI still have the 4-bogie A320s they inherited? Too lazy to look it up, but figured someone reading this would know. They were converted back to 2 wheel units years back and some retired, per old articles. None were converted IIRC. They were retired without modifications. Can yo...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 37
Views: 7947

Re: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?

Before others chime in with the answer, let it be known that AI aren't the beacons of fleet planning and optimization.

There may be some valid reasons for those dwell times, but other airlines operating ULH flights all over the world more often than not turn around and head back in quick time.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing change 737 tail after the 737-200?
Replies: 11
Views: 3412

Re: Why did Boeing change 737 tail after the 737-200?

From memory, the early 737s had a cable extending from the tail to the front of the fuselage. Why was that there, why did it go away, and when?

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-787-A350-777: Is there competition?
Replies: 4
Views: 911

Re: A330-787-A350-777: Is there competition?

It's in the interest of both A and B to not craft airplanes that compete head-on against each other. Every aircraft rolled out as a 'competitor' is usually a notch slightly above or below what the other offers - be it in terms of range, payload or other factors - right from the 737 vs A320 to the 77...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Southwest red-eye flights?
Replies: 33
Views: 5058

Re: Any Southwest red-eye flights?

I've seen WN's public presentation on this topic. The RES system was a problem preventing red-eyes, but that is resolved. The pilot contract has rates for red-eyes that Southwest considers unreasonable, but they *can* fly red-eyes per the contract. There is, however, another technical issue. The Op...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 & Caribbean/Central America
Replies: 19
Views: 1409

Re: ME3 & Caribbean/Central America

The ME3 rely heavily on pax from India / Australia / Europe flying into and out of their hubs. Only pax from Europe may potentially visit these destinations and the ME3 hubs cannot facilitate a connection seeing where they are.

Short answer.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A300/A310 v 767
Replies: 83
Views: 14127

Re: A300/A310 v 767

I lived in Kuwait starting 1994, and flew all of KU's planes over the years - including their 5 x A300s and 3 x A310s. Wonderful aircraft, and I'd like to think that they contributed to my preference of Airbus over Boeing when given the choice. Of course, toward the end they got a little tatty but t...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4830

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

Quick sidebar: Does AI still have the 4-bogie A320s they inherited? Too lazy to look it up, but figured someone reading this would know. Affirmative. These were the ones inherited from IC, and one of them is even carrying the Star livery: 2590130 However, they are being phased out as the NEOs enter...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Turkish the new Emirates?
Replies: 41
Views: 6534

Re: Is Turkish the new Emirates?

Nowadays anybody can get arrested as terrorist for years without evidence. This is not good anyway, but to establish an airline hub, it's about the worst thing that can happen. Passengers that have to fear, that they might get arrested, if they use this hub to change the plane, will use an other hu...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4830

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

I think it is all about the capacity, crew costs and aircraft operation costs. An LCC A320neo would be configured with 186 seats, an LCC A321neo would be configured with 239 seats. I am not sure what is the F/A requirement in India, but in EU or USA an A320neo with 186 seats needs 4 F/As, however a...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 16
Views: 4830

Why is the A321 not popular in India?

There are currently just 20 A321s flying in India, all belonging to AI and delivered between 2007 - 2010. AI also operates A320s (CEOs & NEOs) and A319s, and both types individually outnumber the A321s in the fleet. IndiGo operates a large number of A320s, and have a humongous order for NEOs whi...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KWI - SNN B77W KU177
Replies: 19
Views: 1979

Re: KWI - SNN B77W KU177

Funny, there was a story from a few months ago that claimed KWI-JFK was going to be direct and the SNN stop would cease.

What became of that?

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15578

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

c) With decline in ME - USA capacity, and Jet integrating very well with DAL, offers possibility of non-stops from India to Delta Hubs. Airports like JFK, ATL do come in mind for at least BOM/DEL non-stops. These 777's offer an opportunistic way to add capacity. Jet can fly BOM-JFK with an owned an...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15578

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

This means that their B77L services only are to India and to Pakistan. I wonder if Air India might be interested in buying back those B77Ls, given that there are routes for which they need that range (i.e., DEL-SFO). That may happen in more ways than you think. For one, offer them back to AI. In ad...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada
Replies: 48
Views: 4482

Re: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada

I am not sure if you are right on this one, Qantas is doing well and for many years compete with all the ME3, now they are doing very well cooperating, so maybe we could see one day AC cooperating and doing a good business with a ME3. "If you can't beat them join 'em". Scribbled all over ...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15578

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

AI should have not sold the 77L; they should have densified it. They could still do this when they get back the 77Ls. Remove F, make J a better product (all-aisle access), and make Y 3-4-3. (Yes I know AI has one of the most spacious Y products in the business, buy 95% of passengers flying AI won't...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada
Replies: 48
Views: 4482

Re: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada

The main reason for EK's existence today, is airlines in third word countries (India/Pakistan/Bangladesh/Nepal/Laos/Nigeria/Kenya ...the list could go on) can't get their act together and airlines in Western countries aren't willing to fly to low yield third world destinations. You're striking with...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada
Replies: 48
Views: 4482

Re: Emirates marks 10 years of service to Canada

More countries should do a Canada and clip the wings of the ME3. If the ME3 were allowed pseudo-free access to the Canadian market like in India / Australia, we would never see the likes of AC succeed on the likes of YYZ/YVR-DEL, among other routes.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda to defer aircraft deliveries
Replies: 4
Views: 1273

Re: Garuda to defer aircraft deliveries for 3 years

9W did something similar: didn't take delivery of a single aircraft between 2014 and 2017 and they improved utilization rates on their existing 737 fleet.

Seems to have improved things for them, over the burden of constantly accepting new frames and having the burden of financing them.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do some airlines order a round number of aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 7546

Re: Why do some airlines order a round number of aircraft?

[Because they are run by human beings and that is what we tend to do. Most airlines also have options, so if they need three more, they just only exercise three options. I guess it'll be interesting to check out how many airlines have ordered a 100 of something and actually stuck to it by not takin...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?
Replies: 17
Views: 1951

Re: Could IndiGo be a Perfect A330neo Candidate?

I suspect 6E will stick to the 321NEOLR as their biggest bird with the longest legs for the foreseeable.

SpiceJet on the other hand...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do some airlines order a round number of aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 7546

Why do some airlines order a round number of aircraft?

Be it LCCs like Air Asia (who have ordered 100 A321NEO - not 101, or 99), to FSCs like Lufthansa and their order of 20 x 779s, what's the deal with airlines locking into strictly 10, 20, 50 or 100 frames? Beyond the economics of sale and lease back deals and replacement of existing frames, surely ai...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 32
Views: 4265

Re: Air service between India and China

But who knows. BOM-PVG on 9W is probably the most likely Indian add if it ever happens (timed to connect with LHR, CDG, AMS). 9W has flown this route before - PVG was a stop on BOM-SFO using a 77W. Unfortunately, the slots offered by the Chinese authorities were in the middle of the night so they p...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL
Replies: 14
Views: 3303

Re: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL

LAX772LR wrote:
One of those routes that ya kinda already thought was served. :spin:

...oh well, good for them.


They did fly on this route many years ago, with a 767, then a 777 before pulling out.

As for DEL-FCO itself, it is served 5 x weekly by AI using a 787.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways confirms 737MAX-10 order
Replies: 7
Views: 2505

Re: Jet Airways confirms 737MAX-10 order

9W are getting 75 x 737-8 MAX for sure. Beyond that, this is all I could find from CEO Vinay Dubey during the launch of MAA-CDG a few days ago: Dubey said the airline had not decided on what type of planes to order and the manufacturer but the order would be in addition to the B737 planes that were ...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "LCCs buy the 737...and only the 737"
Replies: 15
Views: 4609

"LCCs buy the 737...and only the 737"

Where did this phrase come from? I presume it was used in the early days of the A320 when speculation was rife that then low-cost carriers might opt for the new model. If that was the case, can we say that Boeing was being complacent with the 737? Did they under-estimate the potential success of the...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 12882

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

That 2021 route map is pure fantasy. I don't foresee any African carrier flying to all of those Indian airports at least: DEL, BOM, MAA, HYD, AMD, BLR and CCU (?) as well.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA CEO outlines brand strategy
Replies: 44
Views: 8622

Re: SIA CEO outlines brand strategy

airbazar wrote:
Additional frequencies and efficiency. There are plenty on a short haul or regional routes where and A320/737 is cheaper to operate than an A330/777.


I'm referring to the fares. One tends to pay the same for an SQ or MI flight irrespective of the latter being a run of the mill service.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA CEO outlines brand strategy
Replies: 44
Views: 8622

Re: SIA CEO outlines brand strategy

I don't understand the SilkAir strategy. At least ex-India their product is clearly inferior to SQ and Scoot (if you add some bells and whistles), and yet their price barely wavers from SQ's high ones.

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons
Replies: 26
Views: 3916

Re: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons

It's amazing how some countries can take *snap* decisions on military procurement while some others like India take decades evaluating several types of aircraft and end up with none. In this context, Qatar has Rafales and Typhoons - India was looking at both, zeroed in on the Rafale years later, an...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons
Replies: 26
Views: 3916

Re: Qatar signs statement of intent for 24 Typhoons

It's amazing how some countries can take *snap* decisions on military procurement while some others like India take decades evaluating several types of aircraft and end up with none. In this context, Qatar has Rafales and Typhoons - India was looking at both, zeroed in on the Rafale years later, and...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spicejet orders 25 Q400s with rights to 25 more.
Replies: 8
Views: 1769

Re: Spicejet orders 25 Q400s with rights to 25 more.

The two main LCCs - IndiGo and SpiceJet have opted for ATRs and Q400s in sizeable quantities, while 9W have waved the white flag and are exiting this segment.

Interesting times ahead.

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines also run bus- and or train-services?
Replies: 30
Views: 2614

Re: Which airlines also run bus- and or train-services?

9W began AUH before they began DXB back in 2006-07. They did sell DXB on their website, and those pax were bused in 9W/EY liveried buses from AUH to DXB.

Not sure how popular those services were considering the abundance of services between India and DXB, but 9W soon launched DXB and SHJ anyway.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa to suspend Doha flights
Replies: 20
Views: 8423

Re: Lufthansa to suspend Doha flights

Does KWI remain? FRA-KWI-FRA on both LH and KU are very popular services.

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