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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

The ultimate example being Concorde - an amazing achievement, awesome aircraft to fly in, but a huge financial disaster. Very glad they did it though. I agree, the most exciting aircraft I've ever flown - an extraordinary combination of thrill and prestige. I get a somewhat reduced version of this ...

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Everyone has a price. Airbus is not immune to this. If anyone can make Airbus an offer that they can't turn down, it's Emirates. EK has proven itself to singlehandedly be responsible as the reason the world's largest passenger airplane continues to live on for at least another decade or two and tha...

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA cancel Tokyo flights all week
Replies: 2
Views: 3457

Re: BA cancel Tokyo flights all week

Thinking about, these 787 Problems must be the reason two 747s didn't get withdrawn at the end of last year.

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Maybe Airbus should focus on an LR version of the A380-800 instead of a Neo. Multiple ACT, thrust bump etc. Should be much cheaper to accomplish than a Neo, and could be popular with certain airlines. The downside would be lower cargo capacity, and it's not exactly stellar in that department as it ...

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Are we generally spending too much energy on this thread while forgetting that: They are not a blue chip firm, are they? No, they have a far greater asset, the Dubai Government. Thanks. Perhaps you have a greater confidence in the future stability of the Middle East region than I have? And I am by ...

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Egerton wrote:
Are we generally spending too much energy on this thread while forgetting that:

They are not a blue chip firm, are they?



No, they have a far greater asset, the Dubai Government.

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

So if I'm correct, BA flies the A380 to MIA, SFO, LAX, JNB and HKG? Still, another good boost for the program. I'm sure there are a couple of other routes the A380 could add capacity for BA considering how busy LHR is. YVR must be returning in/before March as a friend has told me he's flying it. OR...

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

So if I'm correct, BA flies the A380 to MIA, SFO, LAX, JNB and HKG? Still, another good boost for the program. I'm sure there are a couple of other routes the A380 could add capacity for BA considering how busy LHR is. YVR must be returning in/before March as a friend has told me he's flying it. OR...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Interesting, but I hold a different view. 1. GE sold BA (or were they still BOAC?) dreadful engines for the initial 777 and part of the deal was for GE to take the engine repair facility in Wales off the airlines hands. These first GE engines were a disgrace and the support ditto. 2. Have you notic...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Well the 777W is all GE and if their relationship is that bad...... A. It can’t be that bad because GE Aviation in Cardiff overhauls all the RB211s for BA. B. They had GE powered 777-200ERs long before they had GE powered 77Ws C. The youngest 77W is 2014 built and are extremely useful to BA such as...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus
Replies: 55
Views: 16571

Re: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus

54% market share but with 15% margin? As I stated upthread, Leahy gave specific instructions to his team to never cross over the 50-52% figure so as not to trigger wailing by Boeing or retaliatory measures by the US Administration So, we'll possibly have soon: Airline : -Knock knock, hi, would you ...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Well the 777W is all GE and if their relationship is that bad...... A. It can’t be that bad because GE Aviation in Cardiff overhauls all the RB211s for BA. B. They had GE powered 777-200ERs long before they had GE powered 77Ws C. The youngest 77W is 2014 built and are extremely useful to BA such as...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

par13del wrote:
I guess it would not be a shock if as soon as the A350-1000 arrive they get rid of the 777W's.


No chance.

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Philippine747 wrote:
I don't know if this was discussed here, but how is BA doing on their existing A380 ops?


In what context?

All the flights I have been on have been full. But this is expected due to the nature of the routes they fly.

Although the one destination I find quite odd is YVR....

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

LHR is probably the airport that has most need for A380. BA can easily deploy A380 profitably to routes such as LAX, SFO, HKG, SIN, JNB, PVG, SYD and even MCO, YYZ and YVR seasonally if it decides to make some A380 high-density. And even with the A380, those long range routes can still maintain mul...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

LHR is probably the airport that has most need for A380. BA can easily deploy A380 profitably to routes such as LAX, SFO, HKG, SIN, JNB, PVG, SYD and even MCO, YYZ and YVR seasonally if it decides to make some A380 high-density. And even with the A380, those long range routes can still maintain mul...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

They have not used the A388 to replace the 747s. They don't have plans for A380 on NYC route (their busiest). A380 too big for that. It seems BA are doing an analysis of where for them frequency wins over capacity per flight with regard to revenue potential. While NYC so far doesn't get the A380 tr...

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by Arion640
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A Question for American Members
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Re: A Question for American Members

I sort of know the reasons why, but thought I'd start a discussion and get some views from American viewers. Why is the US, regardless of R or D in the whitehouse, so insistent on spending huge ammounts of money on defence? Being a Brit, we seem to have enough defence capability to sort out our own...

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by Arion640
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

You mean, those glossy pdfs with "fact" watermarks??. If I may ask, where are the watermarked PDFs that prove EK is a loss making company? Every published financial report claims it is a profitable airline, every brand image management/data analysis company claims it is the best-run airli...

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by Arion640
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

I never attached much likelyhood to the used A380s idea, unlike many others here. Just tactics to get the price down. BA never bought used WB's as far as I know. Replacing 50 747s with 12 A380s and a bunch of twins.. equally unlikely. BA replacing a 747 by a 777 fro LHR means cutting capacity from ...

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by Arion640
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 215
Views: 27973

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

I heard down the grapevine they wanted 4 more from a BA source.

However, they have 36 747's to replace with 12 787-10's, 18 A350's and and remaining 787-8/9's to come. Hard to see where the slots would come from unless a handful more 777's got taken to Gatwick, unless the number was indeed around 4.

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by Arion640
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

People fly Emirates for the A380. Certainly the case here in the UK. Marketing power is huge. The A380 stands out and people talk about it. I've known people fly to Dubai partly to try out Emirates and the A380. No disrepect to anybody on this forum, but I've repeated the above many times but not m...

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by Arion640
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

If Emirates are replacing the A380s with A380s then why did they order the 777x? I really thought that the 777x would replace the A380.Sorry for being ignorant. The Business model is run for the A380. The 777 and (later) the 787 are just the supplementary aircraft. Emirates will try and cover as ma...

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

... but more people are incredulous that so many commenters reckoned the aircraft was 100% dead and buried, yet it continues on. 68 firm backlog, 61 from one airline. That is hardly three-year healthy production run, so spare me for not saying long live VLA. No one knows where EK's growth is going ...

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Very interesting as well. I'll have to look for notes from the press conference, but it seems a "massive upgrade" is not in the cards at this point in time. https://twitter.com/AlexInAir/status/953937289457127424 So after $25bn spent, this is what counts for good news for the A380: assura...

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airports are most likely to top ATL as world's busiest in the next decade?
Replies: 13
Views: 2445

Re: Which airports are most likely to top ATL as world's busiest in the next decade?

Would be LHR if they'd had Runway 4 by now.

Anyway, IST, DXB until DWC is open. Wildcard, LAX?

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

This order also possibly suggests that any move to DWC is not imminent.If they are to keep their pax numbers up/growing at their present airport they 'have' to use this aircraft.Indeed will be interesting to watch the ratio of their present 3 class to 2 class change over time. Sadly I don't suppose...

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian 787 sets record for quickest subsonic transatlantic flight
Replies: 64
Views: 15350

Re: Norwegian 787 sets record for quickest subsonic transatlantic flight

Wasn't a BA 777 the previous record holder?

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

The A380 was revealed on this day in 2005. Coincidence much?

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

This is an MoU and there was no mention of engine selection - its more than likely going to be RR. The airlive.net article mentions they are evaluating options for the engines. I'd say they will move torwards an all rolls fleet. I think with the line staying open this could pave the way for a NEO i...

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 374
Views: 41320

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Great to see this - never thought it would pull through.

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 destinations?
Replies: 80
Views: 12654

Re: Iberia first A350 destinations?

a350lover wrote:
skipness1E wrote:
Heathrow. They’ll maybe replace the A346 for familiarity?


LOL. For sure they'll need to put them on this route for crew training purposes.


I think we'll also see the same for BA's A350's and swap out the 787/777 flight for a few weeks.

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by Arion640
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: QR might invest 25% in a US startup airline
Replies: 10
Views: 2272

Re: Rumor: QR might invest 25% in a US startup airline

Perhaps a TWA or Trump shuttle re-launch?

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by Arion640
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One type airlines
Replies: 32
Views: 3323

Re: One type airlines

MartijnNL wrote:
To me A319/A320/A321 is not one type.


Agreed. I wouldn't look at 737-700 and -800 as the same type netheir.

I could only say Ryanair off the top of my head as an only true single type operator at this point in time. All that will change with the 737MAX200 however.

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by Arion640
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A Question for American Members
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Re: A Question for American Members

Why is the US, regardless of R or D in the whitehouse, so insistent on spending huge ammounts of money on defence? Being a Brit, we seem to have enough defence capability to sort out our own affairs. The entire UK is 2000 square miles smaller than Michigan. Even if we only spent money on defending ...

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by Arion640
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A Question for American Members
Replies: 21
Views: 800

A Question for American Members

I sort of know the reasons why, but thought I'd start a discussion and get some views from American viewers. Why is the US, regardless of R or D in the whitehouse, so insistent on spending huge ammounts of money on defence? Being a Brit, we seem to have enough defence capability to sort out our own ...

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by Arion640
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 13023

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

How long until the first BA example rolls off for a March delivery?

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by Arion640
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 189
Views: 12635

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

Holiday airlines seem to be a very European/Canadian thing due to the cold climates. Americans like to drive everywhere and may just drive upstate for a holiday etc. Or if you live in New York you may fly to LA etc, it just doesn't seem to be the same culture. While I can't speak for the statistics...

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by Arion640
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 189
Views: 12635

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

Holiday airlines seem to be a very European/Canadian thing due to the cold climates. Americans like to drive everywhere and may just drive upstate for a holiday etc. Or if you live in New York you may fly to LA etc, it just doesn't seem to be the same culture.

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by Arion640
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UA fly EWR-SIN with B789?
Replies: 14
Views: 4723

Re: Could UA fly EWR-SIN with B789?

Even with a A359ULR, it's questionable if one has a Y cabin. SQ plans only a J and W cabin. PER to LHR and IAH to SYD are at the edge of the range. A better option would be a direct flight SYD-IAH-EWR or SIN-LAX or SFO-EWR on the same plane (thinking akin to how AC does SYD-YVR-YYZ on the same plan...

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by Arion640
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac, UAC to develop CR929 300-seat widebody aircraft
Replies: 421
Views: 33026

Re: Chinese and Russian Widebody Project takes shape

Interesting - although the only place I really see it flying is China and a few surronding countries. I'm trying to decide if it's a 787 or an A350? Probably more A350. While it's not a disaster issue for A/B as I don't think we'll see these eat the western market share for them, it will certainly e...

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by Arion640
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights
Replies: 53
Views: 3145

Re: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights

There are no services between BHX and any London airport. I appreciate that city to city the train is the best option. However there is no direct train service between Birmingham and LHR or LGW so you might think that a few flights to make connections would be feasible. British Midland used to fly ...

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by Arion640
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 150
Views: 15427

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

Looks like the're just as out of touch as their JV partner.

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by Arion640
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Intercepts 2 UAE Flights
Replies: 16
Views: 5302

Re: Qatar Intercepts 2 UAE Flights

wedgetail737 wrote:
I see an invasion being planned and a war brewing.


Thanks for that....I'm due to fly into DOH in May.

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by Arion640
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 84824

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I expect they are also making regular trips to IAG HQ to try and shift a few more. Airbus are in a very tricky position. WW has stated BA could operate more, but with so many impeccably maintained A380s arriving on the used market, from the likes of EK, with lessors struggling to get rid of them it...

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by Arion640
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 84824

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I expect they are also making regular trips to IAG HQ to try and shift a few more.

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus lower deck socializing space
Replies: 38
Views: 9100

Re: Airbus lower deck socializing space

DDR wrote:
Arion640 wrote:
Didn’t the 747 have some sort of lower deck galley with an elevator?

Yes. So did the DC-10 and L-1011.


I'd seen the 747 one in executive decision and now you mention it, the DC10 one in Commando.

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus lower deck socializing space
Replies: 38
Views: 9100

Re: Airbus lower deck socializing space

Didn’t the 747 have some sort of lower deck galley with an elevator?

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by Arion640
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers
Replies: 58
Views: 11582

Re: Gatwick airport; is it still world no 1 single runway airport by pax numbers

Are they going to build a second runway at Gatwick or not? Also, what happened to the proposed "Heathwick" rail link? One day maybe. The UK government wasted years deciding on Heathrow v Gatwick when the answer was going to be Heathrow from the start. One of the main problems with Heatwic...

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