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by airbuster
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair 747 fly by over Kemble.
Replies: 19
Views: 4470

Re: Corsair 747 fly by over Kemble.

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
Nice. Thus ends a long chapter of Corsair's history





Thanks for the post. I wasn’t aware that Corsair was one of the few airlines that operated all 747 models except the -8. Interesting.

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by airbuster
Sat May 23, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 42891

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

- No A350’s at KLM yet ;P As part of Ben Smith's fleet rationalization plans, all A350s will be allocated to and operated by AF. KL will have Dreamliners (-9s and -10s). AF will keep a few 789s that had been delivered to it prior to the decision, but all future 789s for the group will be delivered ...

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by airbuster
Mon May 11, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 42891

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Some KL A330 facts as of now: - Lease or financing agreements on the 330 fleet havent been changed as breach of contract penalties are too high. - CEO has stated to retain the 330’s as a hedge if the market recovers faster than expected and not be short on capacity in that case. - Thursday it's expe...

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by airbuster
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23474

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

AF doesn't have any 787s on order (any more). They still have 10 787s which isn't large enough a fleet to have a common type rating for the AF pilots, they just won't have enough practise with the 787s. So AF had a decision to make, order additional 787s as A332 replacement or transfer the 787s to ...

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by airbuster
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France 777F’s
Replies: 30
Views: 4479

Re: Air France 777F’s

Doesn't MP still have one 744F in their own livery? Maybe I'm remembering incorrectly. But it would fall under the same group Yes they do. It’s nearing its max hours/cycles though. MP wanted to replace it with a newer ERF (ex Cargolux) but wasted time on securing the deal. Cargolux already sold it ...

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by airbuster
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23474

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

For what it’s worth: I’m Dutch, I work for KL and I would hate a breakup.

AF saved us of our own peril in the past, we owe them a lot.

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by airbuster
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 42891

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

I know that Ben is the CEO of AF/KLM but I never hear or see Anne Rigail the CEO of Air France? Who often appear in the world media and seem to make decisions are Ben Smith and Pieter Elbers (CEO KLM). Should Anne Rigail not step up and speak on behalf of Air France and not only Ben Smith? When thi...

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by airbuster
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 42891

Re: Air France & KLM - Master Thread

What wold it mean for AF is the government was to nationalize it? What would change and why is Ben Smith against it? Also, is KL still flying seasonally into SLC? On the AF question, nationalizing would not necessarily mean Ben Smith would be replaced he has a strong political and internal support....

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by airbuster
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 42891

Re: Air France & KLM - Master Thread

Very curious how KLM will handle the 330s, particularly the -300. Given how few they have, and the desire to phase them out in a few years anyway, I wonder if they'll simply use 787s on those routes when they're able to reopen. Also a shame that the next few AF 350s will likely be delivered only to...

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by airbuster
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 289
Views: 42891

Re: Air France & KLM - Master Thread

Hey, I thought with so many changes going on with AF/KL at the moment, I thought we could have Master Thread, to keep it all in one place. Please feel free to add info or updates that you find. Air France Cabin Refresh: All A330's are now complete. 77W COI fleet: F-GSQX is apparently currently in f...

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by airbuster
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

Actually, not really. It's 50/50. KLM would more likely to order MAX in the past, but looking at the grounding and the crash + slots restrictions in AMS makes them think twice. The other major reason to switch is the fact that Air France uses A320/A321 and A220. The grounding and the MAX problems w...

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by airbuster
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 767 into LHR
Replies: 15
Views: 6023

Re: TUI 767 into LHR

Embajador3 wrote:
airbuster wrote:
Embajador3 wrote:

Ryanair never operated from LHR, it operated from LGW.


I’m 99% sure Ryanair operated BA flights during the cabin crew strike.


Yeah, that is correct, but they never operated for BA at LHR. They did operate at LGW.


Aah thank you. My bad. I didn’t understand it at first.

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by airbuster
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 767 into LHR
Replies: 15
Views: 6023

Re: TUI 767 into LHR

In the past when British Airways staff have gone on strike, one sometimes sees various other airlines being brought in as charter surrogates - I recall about 10 years ago, Ryanair being chartered for a few days to operate BA flights. I think that TUI (or Thomson) have also operated into Heathrow un...

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by airbuster
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 202
Views: 32846

Re: Airlines unpaid leaves and layoffs thread.

Most probably.. But what does that say for people that have to pay the morgage which is based on more than that amount? Pay the taxes based on that house, etc? And this concerns a lot more than just KLM employees, if this crisis continues for a long time, a lot of houses will be put on sale, withou...

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by airbuster
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

“But Boeing if you screw up any more we will order the A321.” I know that this is a bit off-topic, but it looks like Boeing has screwed up again, and I can’t judge how serious these problems are . There is a problem with the engine nacelles, you will get a single or dual engine failure if the engin...

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by airbuster
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlink ATR-42?
Replies: 22
Views: 3256

Re: Northwest Airlink ATR-42?

I’ve got no info whatsoever but love the picture of an ATR in NW “Orient” colors. Thanks for sharing.

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by airbuster
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there any possibility of an AF-KLM breakup?
Replies: 30
Views: 3859

Re: Is there any possibility of an AF-KLM breakup?

I think that the current crisis might fuel some tensions between the two airlines. France is heading into a lockdown while the Dutch are still not getting it and are making matters worse by trying to prevent economic damage. I predict that AF is going to ground itself pretty soon and KLM will get g...

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by airbuster
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR; Ex-Jet Airways 77W’s to find new home.
Replies: 73
Views: 15451

Re: RUMOUR; Ex-Jet Airways 77W’s to find new home.

Wasn't there a rumor of KLM taking one or some of them? Just one, the one parked in Amsterdam. But if they are going to go through the effort of properly refurbishing one, they might as well set up a line to do 5. It would make sense for KLM. 5 more would mean all 747s get replaced by 777-300ERs, w...

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by airbuster
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thief River Falls switching to Denver Air Connection from Boutique Air
Replies: 13
Views: 2571

Re: Thief River Falls switching to Denver Air Connection from Boutique Air

This was discussed briefly in the OAG thread, but I think it merits its own thread. Effective June 1, the Essential Air Service contract for Thief River Falls will be switching from Boutique Air to Denver Air Connection. Boutique Air had been serving TVF-MSP 3x day with 9 seat Pilatus Porters. Denv...

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by airbuster
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civilian aviation to military?
Replies: 23
Views: 2264

Re: Civilian aviation to military?

RNLAF (Netherlands) used to have some civilian rated pilots integrate into the transport wing. A classmate of mine at the KLM flight academy didn’t get into KLM but managed to get into the Coast Guard which is a Air Force position.

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by airbuster
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

However Elbers is a tough one and want to keep overall costs low at KLM. The easy choice to accomplish that is the MAX. Nope. Get rid of the 737, get Airbuses instead, stop acting alone and leverage the AFLKM group might. I agree with you that would be sensible. And that is exactly what Ben Smith w...

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by airbuster
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

2 days ago I heard second hand from someone that spoke to Elbers that he told him he would have wanted to order the MAX (as we all know) but he just can’t at the moment for several reasons, the number one being the grounding. If we consider all reasons: -Max grounding -AMS slot constraint -Environme...

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by airbuster
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

However I still have the impression KLM wants the MAX but if Boeing can't get it's stuff sorted (soon) they will go for the A320. In a perfect world, I understand that MAX would have been a no brainer at KLM. But in the real world, where KLM is part of AF-KLM group, where the MAX is grounded with u...

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by airbuster
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

To my understanding the “all Boeing” statement that keeps returning is about the wide body fleet. They want 1 common type on long haul. Thus 777/787.

The european narrow body fleet is a different story.

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by airbuster
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

So the guy is at Boeing and speaks these words about that they consider an Airbus order. I would do the same. I can’t judge how serious they are “considering”. The article isn’t clear about where Elbers was in my opinion when he mentioned they were considering switching to Airbus for the European f...

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by airbuster
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50602

Re: KLM considers A321 order

So the guy is at Boeing and speaks these words about that they consider an Airbus order. I would do the same. I can’t judge how serious they are “considering”.

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by airbuster
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM discrimination controversy in Korea
Replies: 100
Views: 12636

Re: KLM discrimination controversy in Korea

The guy says he forgot to write it in English. Maybe he thought of Korean first. I’m sure that on that flight they didn’t have separate toilets for Koreans and “other” people. Confront a person alone first, give them time and a chance to explain. This individual went to twitter to show the world an ...

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by airbuster
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 79
Views: 18746

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

Chipmunk1973 wrote:
How much more fish can you carry on an A321? :scratchchin: :rotfl:

Sorry, someone was bound to mention it.

Cheers,
C1973


Made my day!!! LOL

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by airbuster
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XK ATR72 landing in strong winds - video
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

Re: XK ATR72 landing in strong winds - video

Wayfarer515 wrote:
Actually, I think a go around was the proper thing to do in an unstabilized approach, so no I don't agree it was a good landing.


Looking at the video I agree. It might have looked less worse to the pilot inside.

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by airbuster
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210702

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

AF to suspend all flights to China until Feb 09th. https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/coronavirus-air-france-annonce-la-suspension-des-vols-pour-la-chine-continentale-jusqu-au-9-fevrier-20200130 Yes and no statement from KLM. They are being a follower and trying to be forced into stop flying. I’m su...

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by airbuster
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210702

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

AF to suspend all flights to China until Feb 09th. https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-eco/coronavirus-air-france-annonce-la-suspension-des-vols-pour-la-chine-continentale-jusqu-au-9-fevrier-20200130 Yes and no statement from KLM. They are being a follower and trying to be forced into stop flying. I’m su...

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by airbuster
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

People here are talking like the MAX just got a little delayed, which has advantages and disadvantages for KLM. Seems to me like denial. The NB segment got turned up side down. A has all the cards, B is struggling for survival. It's evident B has been misinforming you, it is worse then you think, n...

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by airbuster
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

Ok I’m a KLM Airbus fanboy. Period.

That said, could we please stop this thread now? I’m all for freedom of speech but everything has been said and dragged out on here.

Let’s continue when any news comes out.

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by airbuster
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

so If the e295 takes over some of 737flying that leaves a small (30ish) remaining fleet of 737s at KL. Would it be viable to change this to 321s? I think a lot of posters assume the whole 50 737s need replacing but if AFKL wants to grow Transavia with second hand KL 737s and insert new 321s to the m...

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by airbuster
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CR929 to become single pilot aircraft?
Replies: 48
Views: 6063

Re: CR929 to become singe pilot aircraft

Sure, you should have seen my 2 days of recurrent in the simulator the other week. Never would WE have made it through the scenarios singel pilot.

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by airbuster
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 80 kg (175 lbs) of coke found on B744F, crew arrested
Replies: 35
Views: 10274

Re: 80 kg (175 lbs) of coke found on B744F, crew arrested

On a Dutch site it said the drugs were found hidden between the pallets on the main deck. It also mentioned the loaders were being detained and interrogated. An awful situation to be in if innocent. I highly doubt all 3 pilots are guilty but we’ll see. It’s happens before. When some other Dutch MD11...

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by airbuster
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL TU114 in 1967
Replies: 29
Views: 4680

Re: JAL TU114 in 1967

I believe KLM also had something to do with it.. Found something: KLM goes Ilyushin For the summer schedule of 1971, the Dutch national airline KLM made a joint venture with Aeroflot on the route from Amsterdam to Tokyo with a stop at Moscow-Sheremetyevo. At the time KLM operated 3 flights a week t...

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by airbuster
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL TU114 in 1967
Replies: 29
Views: 4680

Re: JAL TU114 in 1967

I believe KLM also had something to do with it..

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by airbuster
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

The only Airbus rumor I’ve heard internally is that the KL morning LHR flight on the A330 might be coming back....but as said nothing substantial. However if true it would indicate a need for capacity up gauge on European sectors.

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by airbuster
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

Look guys. I fly the Airbus for KLM. I have this discussion week in week out. If anyone would love an A320 order it would be me but I can assure you that nobody knows at this moment what KLM will order. I haven’t heard rumors or management say anything about this. Time will tell.

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by airbuster
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

It’s more near 800 pilots on the 737 at KLM.

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by airbuster
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

BOC aviation leasing just ordered an additional 18 unconfirmed 320neo series. Would be ideal replacement to start with the 73G’s at KLM. KLM has more aircraft already leased from BOC.

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by airbuster
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 96
Views: 10946

Re: Pilot shortage

Hello. I’m 35. I’ve been flying at my legacy European carrier for 14 years (yes I was 21). I’m right in the middle of the seniority list and a long haul FO at the moment. I make above $200.000/year. You can say all you want about the system (I’m well aware of the differences between US and Europe) b...

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by airbuster
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish A330THY off RWY at Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Replies: 31
Views: 8445

Re: Turkish A330THY off RWY at Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Well TK keep doing those overruns or excursions. The more you do them the more they become the norm. Seriously though. Is it cockpit culture, inexperienced crew, difficult network of destinations with poor infrastructure, no adequate fatigue management system? Something needs mending. I’m still not ...

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by airbuster
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fokker 100 Crashes in Kazakstan
Replies: 99
Views: 27309

Re: Fokker 100 Crashes in Kazakstan

I flew the Fokker 70/100 for 6 years in Northern Europe. 6 winters flying up and down to Scandinavia. I spent many preflight walkarounds in the cold and snow. Never ever in those 6 years did I skip a tactile, hands on wing check in several positions. The eye isn’t good enough. And the rule was simpl...

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by airbuster
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A220 a good aircraft for KLM Cityhopper?
Replies: 23
Views: 4496

Re: Is the A220 a good aircraft for KLM Cityhopper?

I believe it would have been a great move to order the A220 and eventually grow to the possibility of having the -100/-300/-500 in the fleet. There is no scope clause for pilots between KLM and KLM Cityhopper. Taking this, Schiphol slot restrictions and the AF order into account I don’t understand w...

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by airbuster
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest airline rivalries of the world
Replies: 24
Views: 3273

Re: Biggest airline rivalries of the world

Flanker7 wrote:
AF and KLM :rotfl:


That’s exactly what came to my mind too! Haha. It’s true in a way though not what TS meant.

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by airbuster
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France orders additional A350s
Replies: 73
Views: 15991

Re: Air France orders additional A350s

Good news for AF. It’s a great addition to the fleet. What I don’t get is the 787s not transferring to KL. AF will have 3 LH and 2 S/MH cockpits. Total 5. Whereas KL will be on 3. If AF would get rid of the 78s that would be 4 which is acceptable given their size.

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by airbuster
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53791

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

Well I for one would be content with either KLM ordering the 320neo series or waiting for a proper NSA by Boeing. I have followed Leeham news’s in depth corners on MCAS. It really is an outdated way of patching up an old design. We live in the FBW age now. Please people stop believing in the ruggedn...

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by airbuster
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL685 AMS-MEX diverted because volcano and horses?
Replies: 53
Views: 9113

Re: KL685 AMS-MEX diverted because volcano and horses?

Unless someone from KLM can give background info this is all pointless guesswork. Horses are precious cargo and need special care. If they deemed this to be the right call then that’s it. Not an easy call to make I’m sure. Too bad for the inconvenience to the pax but sh!t happens. I’ll try and dig ...

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