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by sassiciai
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work
Replies: 48
Views: 6389

Re: Milan Linate to close for 3 months Summer 2019 - runway work

I understand MXP is a business center and not a leisure market, but closing in the middle of summer for 90 days? WX is not an issue the majority of the year given its physical location. No wonder Italy is in the shape its in with decisions such as this. MXP is Milan Malpensa, it will not close in S...

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by sassiciai
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Belgium to end flights to Hong Kong
Replies: 39
Views: 9263

Re: Air Belgium to end flights to Hong Kong

At least they keep running, so no bankruptcy or (I imagine) job losses If they succeed, it looks like it. But the article mentions also they expect an operational loss of 10 million euros over 2018, after losing 3 million in 2017. The region invested in Air Belgium in order to attract new jobs, and...

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by sassiciai
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28661

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

Well, it makes a change from the usual A versus B pissing competitions on most a.net threads!

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by sassiciai
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28661

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

FL360, on a 16-hour flight, I recommend that you book an isle seat - that's what I do on any flight over 6 hours and that happens at night. Then I am free of my 2 "colleagues", and can go for a walk, a pee, a beer whenever I want without disturbing the others. Yup, you loose the view from ...

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by sassiciai
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28661

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

A 14 hour flight is rather different, as absolutely everyone on board will have to "go" at least once, if not twice, during that flight time. Not true! ;) https://www.airlineratings.com/news/new-qantas-787-record-17-hours-without-toilet-break/ Sorry, couldn't resist. HaHaHa! I challenge y...

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by sassiciai
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 28661

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

I am not sure why but the number of toilets on this plane gives me anxiety. It does not seem like enough. 3 for 67 bladders in J and 3 for 94 bladders in W. So six toilets for 161 passengers. Most A320/737s have only 2-3 toilets for upwards of 190 passengers. I would contend that on the average A32...

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by sassiciai
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KLM-Flight on September 3rd 1972 EHAM - KJFK
Replies: 7
Views: 1632

Re: KLM-Flight on September 3rd 1972 EHAM - KFJK

I have a recently acquired reputation for being a pedant about thread titles. But here, you might be keeping away the guys who have the answer. Amend your title to "........KJFK" rather than the erroneous airport code it uses currently. Maybe it's so evident to all A.netters, that another ...

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by sassiciai
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 134
Views: 14942

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

The amount of nitpicking is unbelievable. First everyone was clueless on “slots” when it was obvious to anyone with a pulse what he meant and now we’re agrguing about DFW-CDG vs CDG-DFW!?! So you don't have a pulse, if I extrapolate your definition! Anyone with any understanding of flight direction...

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by sassiciai
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 134
Views: 14942

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

All my earlier posts in this thread have been censored, and I have receive a "board warning", whatever that is I cannot get my head around the fact that a.net will not accept the question about a flight from a hub to a spoke, or from a spoke to a hub, and the operational differences these ...

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by sassiciai
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO
Replies: 25
Views: 3960

Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Scary news. Schultz has been in post for what, just over a year?

I must agree with bigjku, there is more to this than meets the eye at the moment

Lots of opportunities for wild speculation, I do hope that Airbus comes out quickly with some more complete announcement

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by sassiciai
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Belgium operating for BA
Replies: 15
Views: 3643

Re: Air Belgium operating for BA

I just tried booking a round trip on the Air Belgium website, and all flights to HKG up to end November are "sold out" (in all classes), I didn't try beyond that date. If this is true, then it would seem that business has picked up, or Air Belgium sells many/most/all seats in a block to th...

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by sassiciai
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 634
Views: 78610

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread 2018

The whole Manila airspace area is such a congested area. Flights in and out are subject to delays. We have been looking at plans to solve this for years (even decades?) OK, build a second runway at CRK, and improve the bus transfer from CRK into Manila! It is currently a "local mess"! That...

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by sassiciai
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the 787 and 350 handle turbulence
Replies: 7
Views: 2071

Re: How do the 787 and 350 handle turbulence

Turbulence is turbulent. It is very forceful, unpredictable, can be long lived, sometimes unavoidable, active at a large range of altitudes, ...... The majority of us pax have flown through some mild turbulence, a smaller group through moderate rough, a minority through heavy turbulence. There are A...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2nd longest non stop MAX flight begins today
Replies: 109
Views: 20142

Re: 2nd longest non stop MAX flight begins today

Actually, why all the excitement about "2nd longest flight .....". If the longest works, then what's the fuss about shorter ones? LOL!

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air to kickstart US-DEL flights via KEF beginning Dec 5
Replies: 26
Views: 4114

Re: WOW Air to kickstart US-DEL flights via KEF beginning Dec 5

Hey, most carriers "start" a new route. What will WOW do differently to "kickstart" this route?

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by sassiciai
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

I cant believe that a European airport will refuse the arrival of a British-registered aircraft piloted by crew with UK licences the day after E-Day, when it was accepted the day before. Special protocols will be put in place allowing continuity across the industry (and other protocols for other in...

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by sassiciai
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

The no-deal Brexit leading to a civil aviation Armageddon may be a theoretical outcome. I have no proof or evidence to the contrary, but I just can't believe that a pragmatic first world environment will allow this to happen. Disaster will be headed off in time (or in the last minutes), and the worl...

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by sassiciai
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda shutter LHR
Replies: 61
Views: 13653

Re: Garuda shutter LHR

It's not only GA that does not fly to London by October but fellow Asian airline such as MF, 3U, D7, HX, and most other airline don't even fly to London too. So I bet GA is now following these that do not fly to London now. Hopefully GA and these airlines return or fly to London soon Hey, London is...

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by sassiciai
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 634
Views: 78610

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread 2018

Sorry, Devilfish, the link in your last post does not work for me.

The illustration you provide above is surely just the status quo, no? What's new about that?

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by sassiciai
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corrosion, Metal Fatigue Cause Wide-Body Freighter Landing Gear Collapse
Replies: 18
Views: 4197

Re: Corrosion, Metal Fatigue Cause Wide-Body Freighter Landing Gear Collapse

So much "fake news". 1) The maintenance program is approved by the FAA or the local authority. The Boeing "recommendation" is just that. It is NOT mandatory. 2) BA had gotten rid of their 767 a few months ago. Your post implies they are still in the fleet! What about older 320s?...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce
Replies: 39
Views: 4882

Re: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce

I really cannot stand FR for their tactics and how they deal with customers and employees alike however I’m struggling to feel sorry for someone getting fee’s on their accounts, what kind a moron try’s to bank an incomplete cheque The same kind that writes "fee's" when they should write &...

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by sassiciai
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul
Replies: 56
Views: 8047

Re: Report: SQ brand set for major overhaul

This forum is full now of people with such amazing attitudes! Either politically correct, or sexually balanced, or against "young (women) only" or against ageism. I could go on, but that's enough! What a load of wan@ers and wingers! Fly SIA if you want to and can afford to, and enjoy it. Y...

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by sassiciai
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Xiamen Airlines 737-800 involved in runway excursion at MNL, left engine detatched from the aircraft
Replies: 97
Views: 16961

Re: Xiamen Airlines 737-800 involved in runway excursion at MNL, left engine detatched from the aircraft

Zeke, Have a look at the photos in post 34 above - one of them shows the left main gear being extracted from the mud. It seems to have dug in, and been broken off

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by sassiciai
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 634
Views: 78610

Re: Philippine Aviation Thread 2018

I am quite sure that it is a DC 6, with the square windows. PAL previously had DC 4s, which had round windows http://www.goodall.com.au/photographs/philippines-60-70/seaphilippines.html PALs own website has a history section which details the operations of the DC 6 aircraft. Seems the DC 7 was skipp...

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by sassiciai
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 11359

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

Interesting, but AMS has chocolate, beer, brothels, "coffee houses", and a DL+KLM hub... Comparing Heineken to the over 400 Belgian beers to be enjoyed? Though I am sure there are more Dutch beers, but still. What Dutch chocolates can you name? Godiva, Neuhaus, Corne Port Royal, Cote D'Or...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 11359

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

I think it does not help BRU that Brussels has a second airport with CRL. Otherwise it is really easy to connect by train from and to Brussels. Somebody here called it a disadvantage to arrive in the city center by train, I call it and advantage. I have often used AMS or CDG and than the train to B...

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by sassiciai
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 11359

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

Literally within a 2 hr train from AMS and LHR. CDG is also not far either. Sorry, but there is no way you can get from Brussels to LHR using trains in anything approaching 2 hours. You might get to St Pancras station in 2 hours, but then how much extra time does it then take to get out to LHR BA a...

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by sassiciai
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 11359

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

There are quite a lot of Belgium people flying from AMS and most take the train on a combi ticket. And there are likely just as many Dutch people driving or taking the train to BRU. I did it myself several years ago, even though I live just northwest of AMS. If the price is right I will consider it...

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by sassiciai
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where does DL fly their 777s?
Replies: 36
Views: 3363

Re: Where does DL fly their 777s?

Well, I for one am not in favour of threads with titles that are questions like this. [Where/why/when/how/why] does <airline> (not) do this? As mentioned above, some basic research, even on the airline's website, will often provide the answer and more, and make the researcher a richer person While o...

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by sassiciai
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad CEO lays out restructuring plans
Replies: 145
Views: 29068

Re: Etihad CEO lays out restructuring plans

There is much on a.net about Etihad and its future, including a current thread on its new CEO's plan! I think that the inclusion of the Etihad name on a Boeing PowerPoint slide produced some time ago reflects more that Boeing has not kept this up-to-date rather than the absolutely crazy idea that Et...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR ATC tower evacuated
Replies: 19
Views: 3423

Re: LHR ATC tower evacuated

dalpar wrote:
Been reading something about earthquakes???

Could you please elucidate on the "earthquake" reference you introduced into this thread. Some of us are knocking on, suffering from the heat, and your post (and subsequent replies) pass above my head

It was a fire alarm!

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR ATC tower evacuated
Replies: 19
Views: 3423

Re: LHR ATC tower evacuated

Alarm is in tower, aircraft holding are on approach which is handled outside of Tower in a remote location (sorry not sure where don't know UK ATC too well) Operated by NATS, which has 2 centres, one at Prestwick in Scotland, the other at Swanwick, in Hampshire. The latter is responsible for (among...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR ATC tower evacuated
Replies: 19
Views: 3423

Re: LHR ATC tower evacuated

FR24 bears out the claim that nothing is moving. Nothing on approaches, nothing departing. On the few BA aircraft and one Virgin that I clicked, all are in holding patterns. It looks quite amazingly empty around LHR

Let's hope the situation recovers quickly, and that the fire alarm is not for real!

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by sassiciai
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Make a bid for a Neighbour-Free Seat ?!
Replies: 20
Views: 2603

Re: Make a bid for a Neighbour-Free Seat ?!

I too just read the Etihad email about this! It's always more pleasant to have at least one empty seat next to you, it just makes the entire experience so much better. No elbow competitions for the arm rest, enough room at be able to eat properly, and an easier proposition for sleeping. I have sever...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates massive reductions in service due to rway replacement
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

Re: Emirates massive reductions in service due to rway replacement

Why not do this work in the winter when the tarmac will set far more quickly? We are talking about Dubai. Please enlighten us on when the Dubai temperatures are so significantly lower that tarmac will set quicker! I imagine that the selected window has been determined very carefully to minimise dis...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

I didnt pick up on it immediately in your post, so here's a second reply "world historical failures" was a contribution from your friend Matt while talking about his favorite topic, the A380! I only responded to that, but it seems that you didn't read that - it was only a few threads up fr...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

Hey, Dave,

Are you starting to do it as well? I always felt that you were balanced and, well, neutral. What's happening here on this site - polarisation everywhere?

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

Arrogance coupled with a juvenile intellect will produce the stuff he spouts

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

Yeh! Let's wait and see if the outcome justifies the $10B "savings" over a clean sheet. Sometimes penny-wise ends up being pound foolish! Again, it is pointless to argue now, it is down the road that the results will show up. then you can make your assertions again, based on fact and figu...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

777X was officially announced in 2013, and it will likely be delivered to the first customer in 2020. That’s 7 years of development. On the other hand, A350 and 787 spent 8 years in development before their first delivery. 777X is definitely closer to being a clean sheet design than you give it cre...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

I am rather interested to know which variables in this non-clean sheet program are not under Boeing's control. Do reveal that , please Clearly you see trees and not forests, but since I'm good at making Revelations, I'll help you out. Once the decision is made to not do a clean sheet, a lot of vari...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

Some people loose the capability to think soberly if the A380 is the topic. Like the countless posts saying "except for EK the plane is a massive failure". How can you judge the success of a product by deducting the biggest buyer? That's absurd. The success of the A380 at EK must be so in...

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by sassiciai
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 179
Views: 51765

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Lajes is on an island in the Azores, which is a 2 hour flight from LIS.

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by sassiciai
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

Revelation, that's quite a funny remark, I guess you are pleased with it (else you would not have posted it). Maybe you could do me the courtesy of asking Google what is Sassicaia, and find out what kind of "bottle of alcohol" it is! Perhaps I chose that for some other qualities it has, ot...

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by sassiciai
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

"It ain't over till the fat lady sings!" On this story, she will sing most likely a long time in the future, when some of us on this forum today are no longer here! I just wish the extremists on both ends of the spectrum admit that their balls are not crystal after all, and their omnipoten...

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by sassiciai
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 42129

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

If AB took the risk to develop the 380 based on achieving only 600 deliveries than their decision making process was dumber than any of us ever knew. The decisions to build models were based on completely different numbers in those times, than put forward today. The aim was a production break even ...

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by sassiciai
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways giving one of their 777s a beautiful makeover
Replies: 30
Views: 10896

Re: Qatar Airways giving one of their 777s a beautiful makeover

Really, the only beautiful makeover for a Qatar 777 is to rip out the Y class 10 abreast seats, and go 2-4-2. Now that would be a much better step IMHO. While they are at it, install silencers on the engines! On a 6-hour flight in the "beautiful makeover", you will see the outside decor fo...

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by sassiciai
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What could be around the corner for disruption in the airline industry
Replies: 19
Views: 1568

Re: Disrupting the Airline Industry

I think fuel at $200/gallon would be rather disruptive

Serious escalation in current trade disputes might also significantly cut business demand for travel

Icelandic volcano eruption

Nuclear accident

Serious war between major powers

None of the above defy the laws of physics

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by sassiciai
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ejects passengers over airplane mode spat
Replies: 177
Views: 16298

Re: Delta ejects passengers over airplane mode spat

I got a laugh from the thread title - since when do Delta aircraft have ejector seats? I know that the UK and America are divided by a common language, but the verb "eject" in order to have a passenger walk unforced off an aircraft is not that! Well, that's a.net for you. Otherwise, no-one...

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by sassiciai
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing unveils hypersonic aircraft concept
Replies: 33
Views: 10256

Re: Boeing unveils hypersonic aircraft

Be careful in the title of "unveils" - as in Boeing unveils the 787, on 8th July 2007 This thing is not being unveiled as it does not exist! Just the pedant in me talking! My most recent flight was from HKG to BRU, and after I arrived in BRU, I had very swollen feet for a few days after. A...

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