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by Spiderguy252
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which are the most underserved or unserved routes from India?
Replies: 164
Views: 11066

Re: Which are the most underserved or unserved routes from India?

India-China without a doubt! You have the world's two most populated countries with over 2 billion people between them, and yet a mere half dozen flights from the entire country- 1. DEL-PEK Air China 2. DEL-PVG China Eastern 3. DEL-PVG Air India 4. DEL-CAN China Southern 5. DEL-KMG Shandong Airline...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 47
Views: 8812

Re: Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

readytotaxi wrote:
The same Zodiac that caused Boeing so many seat problems, oh well.


And Airbus too, with the A350.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Union action in Germany 10/04
Replies: 14
Views: 671

Re: Lufthansa cancels 800 flights amid strike action

Quite typical from Lufthansa. After all, it had been a fair few months since the last strike.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport
Replies: 79
Views: 6553

Re: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport

For MAA - it has to be that Air Austral service to the Reunion Islands.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC8 T/O extremely late - near miss.
Replies: 15
Views: 2741

Re: DC8 T/O extremely late - near miss.

Why were so many different cameras recording this take-off?

It's almost like folks knew what was coming.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No direct flights between India and Pakistan?
Replies: 31
Views: 5148

Re: No direct flights between India and Pakistan?

Sikhs go to Nankana Sahib, Panja Sahib, Narowal, Sacha Sauda and various places inside interior Lahore where they have several holy sites. Sikhs arrive in Lahore travel by whatever transportation as they please. They can also come freely, just like Muslims can go to Saudi Arabia freely. Except that...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Defers Salaries of Some Employees
Replies: 35
Views: 5119

Re: Jet Airways Defers Salaries of Some Employees

There may be nothing to this story as alluded to in the posts above.

However, if it is indeed true - does anybody really believe that 9W is a realistic candidate to take over Air India? Colour me skeptical.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Cayman Airways
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: Is Cayman Airways

As with any elderly aircraft type, fly them before they're gone!

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel
Replies: 85
Views: 13376

Re: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel

globetrotter94 wrote:
Out of interest, AI previously operated to TLV in the 20th century. At that time, I guess the route would have been similar to the routes LY is using for BOM-TLV?


Did that route originate in BOM? Was it an A310 back then?

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel
Replies: 85
Views: 13376

Re: First flight in 7 decades overflies Saudi Arabia to Israel

globetrotter94 wrote:
Out of interest, AI previously operated to TLV in the 20th century. At that time, I guess the route would have been similar to the routes LY is using for BOM-TLV?


Did that route originate in BOM? Was it an A310 back then?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why airline of the Philippines don't order 737 NG/MAX
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

Re: Why airline of the Philippines don't order 737 NG/MAX

Many countries in Asia and nearly around the world had already flown Boeing 737NG/MAX lately. The largest customer of the Boeing 737 is Southwest Airlines of USA. Philippines is one of the biggest country in the world, but the airline from these countries PAL, Cebu Pacific etc don't have a Boeing 7...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How can IndiGo mitigate impact on its brand image with NEO fiasco?
Replies: 33
Views: 4104

Re: How can IndiGo mitigate impact on its brand image with NEO fiasco?

I have a trip scheduled with 6E in a few weeks' time. Should I be worried? Of falling out of the sky? No. Of your flight being cancelled? Well, considering that the NEOs are grounded already your flight would have already been cancelled with the relevant communications made - so if that hasn't happ...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad
Replies: 25
Views: 4553

Re: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad

Lahore/Delhi and Karachi/Mumbai are very frequently compared as sister cities, but strangely, Islamabad has no straight Indian equivalent, mainly because the city is so new as it only became the capital as it was planned and built from the ground up fairly recently. Islamabad's equivalent would be ...

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui Plans A340-300 Replacement in 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 7047

Re: Air Tahiti Nui Plans A340-300 Replacement in 2018

I think it's pertinent to ask - after a glance at their fleet - that how they are planning to replace 5 A340-300 with only 4 B787-9.

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by Spiderguy252
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR and the UAE
Replies: 19
Views: 3611

Re: QR and the UAE

As RyanairGuru said, they were apparently huge markets for QR and they'll resume flights ASAP. Surprises me though, as I've flown very, very often throughout the Gulf and AUH<->DOH flights on QR were always empty - at least 3 or 4 times I was the only one on the plane. You mean the plane had only o...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 5268

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

Aah! So the people who jumped on Modi-Anna Hazare's anti-corruption bandwagon are now defending Modi on the very same corruption. Guess it wasnt about corruption for some of you considering your defense of Modi's corruption. But some of us "bootlicker" Journalists, we fought against UPA c...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad
Replies: 25
Views: 4553

Re: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad

Was the lack of a new airport (and the associated infrastructure and security) the only items stopping LH and BA from flying into Pakistan all these years?

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 5268

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

Managing news cycles is the only thing this Govt has done really well. Google for #RafaleScam hashtag to follow up on this allegedly "imaginary scam". I guess the lesson here is to not fall for Rahul Gandhi (or similar fickle personalities) claiming that such and such is going to "ex...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's newest gaffe: flew dog to NRT instead of MCI
Replies: 81
Views: 8187

Re: UA's newest gaffe: flew dog to NRT instead of MCI

United Airlines seems like several Air Indias rolled into one.

And I don't even think AI has killed a dog or such.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?
Replies: 68
Views: 5268

Re: Rafale Scam set to explode in India! Deal in trouble?

We were promised a political earthquake with the Rafale expose, looks like this is the only forum that is still interested in discussing this 'scam'. No point shooting the messenger! You "broke" this story a month ago. Why hasn't it 'exploded' the way you said it would? Maybe it really is...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 239
Views: 19545

Re: Air India Privatization by June

I also think it has to do with the particular routes they fly. Do any other Indian carriers have so much network out of Kerala (Kochi, to be specific), for example? They do not, but the likes of Air Arabia and FlyDubai (among others) will certainly step in to fill the gap if IX were to go away. Adm...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are relatively new a340-500s& -600s being sold off cheaply ?
Replies: 58
Views: 13283

Re: Why are relatively new a340-500s& -600s being sold off cheaply ?

Plus it was introduced right as the B77W was announced. Many airlines waited for that, seeing that as a better belly cargo bird. Only 131 combined of both types got built. Also, and this is especially true for the A340-500---it's way too heavy a plane (372t---380t for the Kingfisher NTUs) with too ...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo mulls up to 50 A330neo aircraft
Replies: 113
Views: 20589

Re: IndiGo mulls up to 50 A330neo aircraft

Given the enormous regional potential including ASEAN (beyond BKK/SIN), parts of Greater China, East Africa, Indian Ocean, Central Asia, Middle East (not only GCC), and Eastern Mediterranean, one could ask why Indigo is not considering the A321neoLR. For example, this aircraft is precisely the vehi...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 84
Views: 9912

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

Those were just for Air India. Indian Airlines (then a separate airline operating a mix of 732's and 1st gen A320's) also wanted around 40 new A320's to shore up their domestic network. Neither happened and both lost market share in their respective domains. Ek gained the most internationally while...

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Grounds affected Airbus Planes With Troubled Pratt & Whitney Engines After Indigo Incident
Replies: 72
Views: 11031

Re: India Grounds affected Airbus Planes With Troubled Pratt & Whitney Engines After Indigo Incident

Colour me skeptical that the likes of IndiGo, GoAir and others around the world have ordered 100s of these planes and are still betting on PW delivering to have them flying successfully day in and day out.

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 239
Views: 19545

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Unlike the past AI employees have not much leverage except for some international destinations. Domestically if AI stopped tomorrow, most of India will not even miss them. However internationally the effects will be felt especially on AI express routes to/from Middle East and some routes to USA. Wh...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 239
Views: 19545

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Unlike the past AI employees have not much leverage except for some international destinations. Domestically if AI stopped tomorrow, most of India will not even miss them. However internationally the effects will be felt especially on AI express routes to/from Middle East and some routes to USA. Wh...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 84
Views: 9912

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

Any news on AI launching Tel Aviv, with or without overflights rights over KSA?

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 64
Views: 11896

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

Nobody has mentioned the A330-900.

If 200-odd folks are SA's primary long haul clientele on any given route, what about that aircraft? How does the 332 do at present out of JNB?

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by Spiderguy252
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar
Replies: 84
Views: 14678

Re: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar

B777LRF wrote:
I'll believe it when I see the first DL aircraft landing in Doha. At best it would be a tag-on, probably from Dubai.


You will have to count on the diplomatic rift in the Gulf region being resolved before that were possible.

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 12269

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

Past experience suggests that you shouldn't read too much into these announcements from SG/6E.

Believe it when you see it.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways to launch second BLR-SIN flight
Replies: 10
Views: 1529

Jet Airways to launch second BLR-SIN flight

India’s leading private international airline, Jet Airways, will commence a second flight on the Bangalore Singapore route effective March 25, the start of the Summer 2018 schedule. The new flight will be an overnight red-eye flight with a morning return and will complement the existing day flight ...

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by Spiderguy252
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The decline in Gulf Air and Etihad: The common link- James Hogan
Replies: 23
Views: 7183

Re: The decline in Gulf Air and Etihad: The common link- James Hogan

What's factually wrong in what you have written is that the government of Abu Dhabi pulled out of GF to put their weight behind EY triggering the removal of AUH as hub. It was not the other way round. GF still kept a presence in Abu Dhabi with their Gulf Traveller fleet however, until they decided ...

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia
Replies: 65
Views: 11829

Re: PAL announces A321neo routes, up to 8 hours to Australia

tvh wrote:
downdata wrote:
Wow 8 hrs in a nb is going to be rough... maybe long range nb isnt that great of an idea afterall...

It is more about the chair you are sitting in, which can be the same as in a WB.


But inevitably it will not. And therein lies the problem.

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 203157

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Fully expecting some Eurowhite trash a la Finnair or China Eastern.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 239
Views: 19545

Re: Air India Privatization by June

PPVRA wrote:
We got lucky in Brazil that our government didn't step in to save those airlines. We started again with a clean slate and we're much better off for it.


Elaborate? What did Brazil do differently than the likes of India or Italy?

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 239
Views: 19545

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Believe it when you see it.

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by Spiderguy252
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics
Replies: 21
Views: 4560

Re: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics

But the problem is when airlines go 10 abreast in A350 and 9 in A330 which have happened and these are the two smallest width economy seats currently flying. Edit: I think the 8 abreast 767 are on par with these too. Only low cost and charter carriers have 8 abreast in 767 and 9 abreast in A330. Ev...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VietJet converts 42 A320neo orders to A321neos
Replies: 44
Views: 5306

Re: VietJet converts 42 A320neo orders to A321neos

Not talking about Vietjet specifically - but I wonder how many of these conversions to later, larger models are influenced by the fact that the airline in question is strapped of funds to actually accept what they originally ordered, therefore kicking the can in such a fashion?

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?
Replies: 50
Views: 7267

Re: What's behind Finnair's success? Can OK learn from it?

Buying the XWB when it was still defined as the old A350 has been a masterstroke. They got the launch discounts and as I understood from their then CEO speaking at the time the upgrade to XWB was essentially free. So they got a vastly better plane for the price of the original A350. This has been s...

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who flies the A340 to the U.S.
Replies: 65
Views: 10657

Re: Who flies the A340 to the U.S.

hOMSaR wrote:
I guess a follow-up question would be, what airlines fly the A340, but don't fly them to the US?


Qatar Airways for one.

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE bans Tunisian females/EK flights banned/EK bans females from Tunisia
Replies: 34
Views: 12602

Re: UAE bans Tunisian females/EK flights banned/EK bans females from Tunisia

These Gulf countries and their airlines are so volatile with their decision making...

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by Spiderguy252
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics
Replies: 21
Views: 4560

Re: 8 Abreast 787 vs 8 Abreast A330neo Economics

In my opinion 787 is too wide for 8 abreast but slightly too narrow for 9 abreast. 777 is too wide for 9 abreast but slightly too narrow for 10 abreast. 767, A330, and A350 widths are perfect for 7, 8, and 9 abreast respectively. Thankfully Airbus doesn't make aircraft which gives airline such a ch...

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by Spiderguy252
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flashback 1987
Replies: 41
Views: 3634

Re: Flashback 1987

barney captain wrote:
That. Was. Awesome.

Thank you!

Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?


Forthcoming orders, I presume.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?
Replies: 65
Views: 9797

Re: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?

Nimish wrote:
The 3-3-3 seating on the 772 is welcome, as is the Y+ seating, and much preferred over AI's 3-3-3 on the 787 or the 3-4-3 on the 77W. Once UA move this route to a 3-4-3 on a 777, it will not be as pleasant a flight as it is right now.


AI are still 3-3-3 on all 777s for the moment.

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by Spiderguy252
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon unveils 7 new routes
Replies: 60
Views: 14428

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 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2263
Views: 282606

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: 8121

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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