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by Kilopond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 256
Views: 32863

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

Well that's another slap to Boeing. [...] Why is that? Boeing sold more of their inferior -900/900ER/MAX9/MAX10 than one could ever have expected. And they really can be proud of turning a regional jet that almost nobody wanted to buy at launch into a great succuess story. They just should accept t...

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by Kilopond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 148
Views: 19411

Re: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT

Very strange... I can't believe SFO-PPT could be run protitably. But may be there will be some subsidies available, from a tourist board, an airport or whoever. We shall know if the route really starts but ends after two years...

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by Kilopond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14
Replies: 60
Views: 8906

Re: FlyNiki will cease flying tomorrow (14DEC)

The fault is not with EU commission but with the german government which wanted to interfere by putting tax money inside . Without this all this would be over long time ago with basically same result , except that no tax payer would have lost money. If anyone is to blame, it would be first of all t...

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by Kilopond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki, will cease flying Dec. 14
Replies: 60
Views: 8906

Re: Lufthansa withdraws the offer for Niki

Think of those folks who planned a Christmas vacation or wanted to go home over Christmas/New Year. The vast majority of them is going to be involuntary stranded at the place they are located at the moment. There will simply not be enough free seats available on any airlines next week and during the...

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by Kilopond
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 39452

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

If nobody will buy NIKI, the whole airberlin bankruptcy procedure is likely to collapse for an insufficiency of assets. The court had been informed about this threat on Nov. 1st. https://www.airberlin-inso.de/assets/downloads/ab-plc-kg/36a-IN-4295-17_MU.pdf Theoretically, this could lead to a crimin...

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by Kilopond
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 14564

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

Face the reality: the majority of Germans are brain dead. Those morons will happily applaude the actions of those pilots who acted as dumb puppets of the Wall Street and the City. One has to be blind in order not to see that the FRG regime is aggressively following one malicious aim: tearing down al...

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by Kilopond
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?
Replies: 88
Views: 11591

Re: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?

Concerning the navy heritage in aviation: in Russian and some other languages the title of the First Officer is Steersman (штурман from Dutch stuurman).

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Joon unveils 7 new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 11597

Re: Joon unveils 7 new routes

From anothoer article:

[...]IAG CEO Willie Walsh said Joon was a “hybrid” rather than “a very low-cost operation,” adding: “I’m not sure what Air France is doing there.”


Designing a New Airline for Hipsters (And Air France Investors)

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by Kilopond
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?
Replies: 19
Views: 5482

Re: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?

The whole plot is completely obsolete. Biofuel has now got the reputation of being the worst of any possible evils. Check it out and you will find claims describing how biofuel kills rain forests and their inhabitants, while also depriving humans of their food.

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by Kilopond
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s
Replies: 75
Views: 33360

Re: Amedeo looks to set up airline to utilize A380s

Good idea. Between airline seasonal upguages, haj charters, and UNHCR charters they should be pretty busy. Some airlines may opt for damp leases though. It still remains to be seen if it will really be a GOOD idea. But this unprecidented business model is very interesting and quite couragious, anyw...

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by Kilopond
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers
Replies: 97
Views: 24980

Re: Senate Tax Bill Opens Pandora's Box To Hurt ME3 Carriers

downdata wrote:
Not going to pass anyway...


Exactly! That is an extremely amateurish bubble of smoke. International air traffic is regulated by sets of laws and contracts that would automatically send this draft into the nearest paper bin.

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo carriers (UPS, FedEx) up-gauging aircraft, flights during the holiday season?
Replies: 78
Views: 8546

Re: Cargo carriers (UPS, FedEx) up-gauging aircraft, flights during the holiday season?

In addition to the normal holiday loads, Apple releases a new iPhone every Fall and that increases demand for air freight significantly as a significant majority are shipped via UPS and FedEx from China. As we are looking at late autumn freight peaks, we shouldn't forget those urgent-to-get, heavy ...

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s
Replies: 78
Views: 28778

Re: BA reported to be in talks to acquire SQ A380s

LupineChemist wrote:
Crazy theory. 2 frames for IB to rotate to MEX and 2 to go to IB in Northern Winter for EZE and then to EI for JFK in Northern Summer.[...]


I would respectfully dare replacing your wording "Crazy theory" with "If the price is right". :D

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH moving more A380s to MUC
Replies: 14
Views: 6478

Re: LH moving more A380s to MUC

Lufthansa obviously tries to secure as many slots as it can at Frankfurt and defend that fortress hub. Every now and then that airport gets new slots. Before the opening of the new runway in 2011 those slots had been capped at 81 per hour, now they are at 104 and it is expected that they will finall...

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian Aviation Thread
Replies: 378
Views: 43329

Re: Arabian Aviation Thread

Another remake of an old controversy: Kuwait Airways can bar Israeli passengers, German court rules Kuwait Airways canceled an Israeli passenger's ticket because of their citizenship. Nothing wrong with that said a court in Frankfurt and provoked an outcry. http://www.dw.com/en/kuwait-airways-can-ba...

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by Kilopond
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 957
Views: 152058

Re: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations

Obviously, there is no one ready, able and willing to fill the void left by the demise of AB.[...] With the only exception of the tiny Luxair: they are wet-leasing an Adria Airways CRJ700 in order to operate Saarbrüclen SCN - Berlin TXL from January. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlinerout...

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by Kilopond
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airlines weighing passengers ?
Replies: 66
Views: 5096

Re: airlines weighing passengers ?

Would never work in the USA, for scheduled jet ops. Everything from privacy advocates to equal protection/anti-discrimination advocates would have a field day with this.[...] Oh come on and just throw in the thought-terminating argument of "SECURITY". The frightened masses happily accepte...

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by Kilopond
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6535

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

You could still do 3 daily flights with odd slots.[...] That is exactly how they used to operate. For instance flight ZB220 LGW-PMI had been scheduled 6 times a week on days 12345-7. But using a differnt slot on every single day: 05:45, 06:10, 06:25, 06:40, 08:00 and 08:10. http://info.flightmapper...

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by Kilopond
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slot congested airports
Replies: 19
Views: 5450

Re: Slot congested airports

Yet, as far as the market value of slot pairs is concerned, Heathrow is second to none worldwide. Nevertheless, there are many other airports that operate at runway capacity limits. Milan Linate LIN, Paris Orly ORY - to mention a few - do not have any unused slots. There are even more airports that ...

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by Kilopond
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince William - Too many people on planet
Replies: 96
Views: 2635

Re: Prince William - Too many people on planet

Basically, this is a left wing position. Think of the abortion legalisation in the Soviet Union and the rest of the Eastern Block. Indira Ganadhi's forced mass-sterilisations or those in Peru. China's one-child policy. The dogmas of the Club of Rome. However, reactionary freemasons and their brainle...

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by Kilopond
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges
Replies: 184
Views: 28838

Re: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges

[...]All that was said was that airberlin cannot just fork out money as they please while being insolvent as no creditor may get preferential treatment.[...] Right, it is strictly impossible that ariberlin officially transfered any money to Isavia. Absolutely no way! But wait: this is the brave new...

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by Kilopond
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6535

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

[...]No attractive slots? Really?[...] Their slots had been chaotically scattered through the week and through the clock. They didn't have any series of 5, 6 or even 7 weekly slot pairs at ANY airport. Absolutely useless because this kind of slot set is freely available at most airports. With the e...

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by Kilopond
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6535

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

[...]I assume that the slots will be put up for auction as part of the liquidation but I dont think there's anything else that anyone would want. Monarch didn't have any attractive sets of slots, neither at Gatwick nor at Manchester nor anywhere else. Their chaotic mingle-mangle of mostly once-week...

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTair UT588 Loss of Control/Serious Upset Incident, Moscow Vnukovo, 13 October 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 5412

Re: UTair UT588 Loss of Control/Serious Upset Incident, Moscow Vnukovo, 13 October 2017

Thanks for posting this.[...] Thanks from me, too. I came across that topic a few days ago, when there had been a thread about the new UTair livery. But the whole thing had been much too complicated for me in order to translate it from one foreign language (Russian) to another (English). However, I...

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by Kilopond
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Airlines discriminates based on nationality
Replies: 42
Views: 3683

Re: United Airlines discriminates based on nationality

[...]How is it legal for them to charge double for no reason, discriminating against me based purely on nationality.[...] Sorry to tell you, but things like start of journey outside or inside the country of residence have been part and parcel of fare rules ever since. This has nothing to do with di...

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by Kilopond
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?
Replies: 61
Views: 19872

Re: China Southern to Leave Skyteam?

[...]Perhaps CA is the one which should be in Oneworld, but have a feeling the Beijing authorities would prefer CA to be in the biggest alliance? If one takes into account their mutual cross-over ownerships, it should be logical that CA and CX would sooner or later end up in the same alliance. Now ...

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by Kilopond
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Going back in time to the pre-jet era
Replies: 6
Views: 1970

Re: Going back in time to the pre-jet era

I wouldn't care about airlines at all. The strangest phenomenon of that time had been the TOTALLY MARONIC authority NACA. Those guys had been absolutely obsessed to find the "ideal profile" that would enable piston-engined aeroplanes to fly at 600 mph. Thanks to their wrong dogmas the US w...

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by Kilopond
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How large was AA at JFK at its peak?
Replies: 13
Views: 4083

Re: How large was AA at JFK at its peak?

Whenever the exact peak point of AA operations at Kennedy really was, it must have been AFTER the TWA takeover.

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by Kilopond
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New colours for UTair Aviation Russia
Replies: 24
Views: 3196

Re: New colours for UTair Aviation Russia

There is no official information from UTair about any changes of liveries or their corporate identity. However, it is clear that this public nuisance had really been physically comitted at the Ostrava, Czechia outlet of Eirtech Aviation.

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by Kilopond
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss CAA suspends regional airline Skywork's AOC with effect end of october
Replies: 17
Views: 3388

Re: Swiss CAA suspends regional airline Skywork's AOC with effect end of october

[...]Adria Airways will shortly station two aircraft in Bern and ensure continued connection between the Swiss capital and major European cities.[...] That's an interesting developement. Just too bad, that the revolutionary project of a Swiss Central Airport near Bern with intermodal connections ha...

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by Kilopond
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why was DC10 better than L1011?
Replies: 26
Views: 5395

Re: Why was DC10 better than L1011?

Actually, the DC-10 was one of the deathliest airliners ever produced, so she definitely can't be categorised as "better". But of course as "better selling". The Rolls Royce disaster might have been the most important factor but in order to cover all aspects one would have to wri...

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by Kilopond
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Russian Quad Jet For Decade of 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 4980

Re: New Russian Quad Jet For Decade of 2020

[...]Any new proposed widebody must beat the established competition in its niche. I cannot identify one niche as two widebody engines burn less fuel than four PW1100G. It sounds like a University project. A learning experience to be shelved.[...] Exactly. They claim they would need engines with a ...

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by Kilopond
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting from a flight to international land/marine transport
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

Re: Connecting from a flight to international land/marine transport

[...]Is it common for other airport around the world to offer passenger access to marine or land transport toward another region with different passport policy, without first asking the passenger to clear the border check for the place where the airport is physically located in?[...] No. But a poli...

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by Kilopond
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Has a Secret Weapon for Competing With the Airbus A321
Replies: 83
Views: 21958

Re: Boeing Has a Secret Weapon for Competing With the Airbus A321

Two years ago, in autumn 2015 (when the once excellent site pdxlight had been last updated), the MAX9 had 217 firm orders. Now, according to wikipedia (OK, a lazy, quick and dirty source), the GRAND FINAL count for the MAX9 and the MAX10 COMBINED stands at just 337. That compares to the 321NEO's 105...

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by Kilopond
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo
Replies: 95
Views: 18415

Re: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo

One can track flight HAL9975 XFW-JFK both on flightradar24 and flightaware. Registration is N202HA.

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by Kilopond
Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and TLV
Replies: 31
Views: 5486

Re: AA and TLV

There is a financial/legal obstacle that prevents AA from continueing TLV. American Airlines have inherited a claim of USD 17 million. That's what the former Israeli workers demand as a compensation for being fired by TWA. Here is an article from 2014 which isn't obsolete yet: https://www.prnewswire...

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by Kilopond
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side
Replies: 68
Views: 13525

Re: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side

[...]The most obvious copy however is the B-29 Superfortress / Tu-4, this is as far as I know also the only aircraft that is officially known to be a copy.[...] Other interesting rip-offs of about that era were the B-52 (military) and the 152 (civil). Although they did not plagiarise each other, bo...

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by Kilopond
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the deal with LHR's third runway?
Replies: 140
Views: 16600

Re: What's the deal with LHR's third runway?

I mean, Northolt had been confused to be some kind of Heathrow's Polderbaan before. So just make it official in order to relax the problem. The runway at NHT is long enough for a lot of shorthaul flights. (I remember a totally excited report of a Swiss pilot who said that their fully loaded CS100 co...

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by Kilopond
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges
Replies: 184
Views: 28838

Re: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges

[...]Like a member said up thread, just because the services and consumables are not assets, other vendors are not charities. Yet, it will be interesting to watch how this particular, extremely crazy story ends. Scarcely will BOC find a new home for their 18-year-old veteran aeroplane within a few ...

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by Kilopond
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges
Replies: 184
Views: 28838

Re: Air Berlin plane grounded at KEF for unpaid airport charges

I think the Iclandic authorities committed a mistake: they arrested a Singaporean plane that belongs to BOC Aviation. Airberlin couldn't care less, I'm afraid.

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by Kilopond
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?
Replies: 109
Views: 22057

Re: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VMrh0iJMl8
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The A319NEO will definitely not become a commercial success. Rather a blatant failure, that is. Nevertheless, it has some unique characteristics that would justify her serial production. For example, the Antartica traffic of the Austrailian authorities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VMrh0iJMl8

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by Kilopond
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the deal with LHR's third runway?
Replies: 140
Views: 16600

Re: What's the deal with LHR's third runway?

To make things easier, they just should add a Northolt satellite to Heathrow and connect them with some kind of fancy people mover. Northolt's current RAF operations could easyly be kicked off to another airfield.

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by Kilopond
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1565
Views: 159480

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

As I see it, Boeing - with governmental support - tried to blackmail Bombardier into bankruptcy. They failed dramatically and they have lost their face.

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by Kilopond
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 39452

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

When iag / bad bought bmi they had to relinquish domestic slots. Virgin through little red tried to establish domestic connections but didn't work and then gave up.[...] Another example of this kind had been the VLM slots at LCY. After the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ordered the AF/KL subsidary...

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by Kilopond
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: what transatlantic markets could the 797/MOM open up?
Replies: 106
Views: 13126

Re: what transatlantic markets could the 797/MOM open up?

I believe that a "MOM" capable of intercontinental flights would be a failure. The economical range should not exceed the distance a single crew can legally perform outbound and back inbound to the point of origin during one single shift. Of course they could always develope an additional ...

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by Kilopond
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 39452

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

Just some thoughts. After the new landing runway opened at FRA, they haven't yet reached the technical limit. The combined capacity of hourly take-offs and landings has now risen from 81 to 104 and it will further rise during the coming years. That's why Ryanair had been able to enter the market bec...

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by Kilopond
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airBaltic grounds CSeries fleet
Replies: 37
Views: 12964

Re: airBaltic grounds CSeries fleet

airnorth wrote:
Wouldn't SWISS be affected as well?


There are no directives on the EASA or BAZL sites. The HB-JC* ships seem to perform quite normal.

Maybe it's jus a minor problem BT can't solve fast enough. Remember, they are just a modern skeleton company that has outsourced almost everything.

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by Kilopond
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 103
Views: 9578

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

I agree with all the common-sense arguments against the "Tulip". Nevertheless, that "Hollow Earth" logo inherited from Continental is just plain ugly, ugly, ugly!

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by Kilopond
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta introduces complimentary Prosecco in International Economy
Replies: 29
Views: 6285

Re: Delta introduces complimentary Prosecco in International Economy

:D If they had a better sense of humour and some guts they would start serving Crimea Shampanskoye and Freixinet Cava...

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