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by sf260
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only 13yrs service now decomissioned VS A346
Replies: 76
Views: 15070

Re: Only 13yrs service now decomissioned VS A346

The A340 has a long interval, 12 years on corrosion to HMV I would bet that with storage (stop clocking) this is retired to avoid heavy maintenance. Lightsaber I know the A320/330/A340 maintenance program inside out, storage doesn't stop your calendar timed maintenance tasks, only FH/FC based tasks...

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by sf260
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 161
Views: 47575

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

Is there any ESG planned for the A330? It's already available, some operators have already done it. For early A330's, there is an ISG which raises the limit to 33000FC/100000FH, then an ESG to 40000FC/130000FH (126000FH for -200). Currently available. For later built A330's, DSG is immedately at 33...

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by sf260
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Hub Benchmarking
Replies: 57
Views: 12164

Re: Airline Hub Benchmarking

Thank you very much for these super interesting posts.

One question, in the HUB-curve graph, BRU is in the middle of the Medium Sized hubs group, why isn't it in the chapter of Medium Sized hubs (Part II)?

Thanks for sharing this info with us, you did a fantastic job!

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by sf260
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A330NEO MTOW Question
Replies: 27
Views: 5870

Re: Delta A330NEO MTOW Question

As far as I am aware, the 251t MTOW option includes some physical reinforcements in the wing & wing box. It will be very difficult to go from 242t to 251t version (read: impossible without an Airbus modification SB, which is currently not in the planning as it will be very complicated to do this...

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by sf260
Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the A321XLR enable SN to operate Brussels-Lubumbashi?
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: Could the A321XLR enable SN to operate Brussels-Lubumbashi?

SN tried to serve Lubumbashi through its subsidiary Korongo, which ceased operations in 2015. Other than that, SN is maxed out again on its bilateral rights to Congo. The number of frequencies were limited from 7 to 4 weekly until early this year after a diplomatic (political) disagreement which las...

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by sf260
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 25528

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

However, I see Brussels Airlines as where it fits best, where it could fly all of the routes except FIH, KGL, and EBB. Range-wise you are correct, but the A330 is just too well suited for SN's Africa ops. They can take loads of cargo, especially the newer A330's in the fleet with the higher MZFW/MT...

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by sf260
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SN flightnumber, EW flight, OK aircraft...
Replies: 14
Views: 3107

Re: SN flightnumber, EW flight, OK aircraft...

SN has wet leased 1 A319 from OK to cover the summer season, this is for extra capacity. From what I’ve heard, this is mainly due to flight crew training issues (not enough SN capacity). It has not much to do with Eurowings, apart from the fact the SN is part of the “Eurowings Group” and that the EW...

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by sf260
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SPACEX Falcon Heavy Moon/Mars Rocket Successful in Spectacular Launch From Cape Canaveral
Replies: 2
Views: 816

Re: SPACEX Falcon Heavy Moon/Mars Rocket Successful in Spectacular Launch From Cape Canaveral

There is already a very long (and very interesting!) thread in the space/military section of this board. Everybody’s welcome to join the discussion over there.

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by sf260
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux aviation - 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 20268

Re: BeNeLux aviation - 2018

Moreover, apart from the Brussels airports, none of the Belgian airports recorded passenger growth. That is no surprise as Brussels Airport was the subject of terrorist attack in 2016 and the airport was subsequently closed for a couple of weeks. A lot of BRU-based airlines operated temporarily fro...

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by sf260
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 23043

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

Ultimately, people will book the flights because it is either direct to BRU or offers a convenient one stop option to the rest of Europe, be it called Brussels Airlines or Eurowings. I agree that the name is not the most imporant thing, but it holds / can hold a lot of value and recognition. You ma...

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by sf260
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 269
Views: 65716

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

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This has quite a nice overview of the differences between the old and new Beluga: http://www.aertecsolutions.com/download ... ga-ENG.pdf

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by sf260
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 441
Views: 132773

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

They are an option.

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by sf260
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux aviation - 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 20268

Re: BeNeLux aviation - 2018

But at Brussels Airport there is still stretch, not the case in Amsterdam... To be honest, is there? With Belgian politics? At AMS, the number of movements is (more or less) capped for the next couple of years, but it doesn't say much about the number of passengers. That still has a ton of potentia...

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by sf260
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux aviation - 2018
Replies: 171
Views: 20268

Re: BeNeLux aviation - 2018

2015 - 2017 growth (2 years in order to minimise the effect of the March 22 terror attacks):
BRU: +5,6%
AMS: +17,1%

:shock:

(sometimes it feels so humble to be Belgian)

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by sf260
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 441
Views: 132773

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread 2018

I learned this week that Airbus is looking to have the 251t A339 certified by mid-2019 (approx one year after EIS).

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by sf260
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Long Haul Ops Increasingly Complicated - Effect On Transatlantic JV?
Replies: 15
Views: 6836

Re: LH Long Haul Ops Increasingly Complicated - Effect On Transatlantic JV?

In Lufty's restructuring of Miles & More, HON, Senators and FTL bonuses for Brussels Airlines flights will be the same as Eurowings flights, that is less than the bonus on the other LH group carriers and United or Air Canada. Apparently, this will be rectified from January, you will earn as muc...

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by sf260
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Long Haul Ops Increasingly Complicated - Effect On Transatlantic JV?
Replies: 15
Views: 6836

Re: LH Long Haul Ops Increasingly Complicated - Effect On Transatlantic JV?

*Jump/LH Cityline -> high density 343s based at FRA, but no longer a separate operation? (Still shows up as operated by CityLine on the website, but wiki says otherwise...) Re: Jump. The 6 A340's in Star Alliance livery will be transferred to Brussels Airlines, to be operated for Eurowings DUS base.

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by sf260
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines considering BRU-DEL
Replies: 10
Views: 2872

Re: Brussels Airlines considering BRU-DEL

Don’t see Delhi happening soon tbh, at least not before 2019. There has been a lot of « mulling » in recent times, i have also heard similar stories about possible destinations like lagos, boston, san fransisco, helsinki,... They all seem to be high on the wish list, but so far, nothing has been ann...

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by sf260
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 36354

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

After some thinking you can indeed calculate the extra range in 2 ways. Either you calculate at the beginning of the flight, using fuel burn at start of cruise (having slightly less than 9t available). Alternatively, you can also use fuel burn at the end of cruise, and make a correction for carrying...

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by sf260
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 36354

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

Extra fuel burn for additional weight carried is approx. 25kg/ton/hr. So, if you load extra 9 tons of fuel, in 13 hours you will have burned an additional ~3 tons of fuel. So, after 13 hrs (~6500Nm) you are left with an extra of 6 tons. Good for another 500Nm of flight I am not following your logic...

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by sf260
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines to operate two A340 aircraft for Eurowings
Replies: 45
Views: 13399

Re: Brussels Airlines to operate two A340 aircraft for Eurowings

Then there is also SunExpress and (soon) Niki. I believe this setup with SN is an effort to simplify things. Instead of creating a new AOC, they are building on an existing one, which makes more sense in my opinion (also considering, EW and SN will be merged in due course, but it is not priority num...

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by sf260
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 42578

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

I also think that we should look at EU as one big aviation market. Not just each airport separately. In that respect, Ryanair would also have many quasi monopolies (Weeze, Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi, Paris-Beauvais, Frankfurt-Hahn, etc) ??? These are low-cost alternatives to larger airports. Usin...

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by sf260
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 42578

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

I also think that we should look at EU as one big aviation market. Not just each airport separately. In that respect, Ryanair would also have many quasi monopolies (Weeze, Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi, Paris-Beauvais, Frankfurt-Hahn, etc)

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by sf260
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH buys majority of Air Berlin
Replies: 271
Views: 42578

Re: LH buys majority of Air Berlin

One of the rumours I recently heard is that long haul Eurowings will be started/developed on the AOC of Brussels Airlines, with German crew and bases (ex-AB?). This would eventually supersede the co-operation with SunExpress, who currently flies Eurowings Long Haul. If this turns out to be true, it'...

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by sf260
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 36354

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

So that an airline may have more seats on an A330 than a 787 (and vice-versa) is a matter of choice, not necessity. The only necessity is that you equip the 787 with a 9-abreast economy. I think it is a real shame for Boeing that the 787 only in a 9-abreast lay-out can be competitive against an A33...

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by sf260
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 971
Views: 167837

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Malaysia Airlines

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by sf260
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

From a regulator point of view, this sounds like a recipe for ultimate confusion, especially as the aircraft are almost identical and are also both still flying. A number of registrations from 2001 (Sabena bankruptcy) have been taken up again by the recent A319/A320 additions. I think the Belgian C...

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by sf260
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

Yes, but only at the end of 2019. (Unfortunately, but you have to look at stepmom Lufthansa for messing up the whole schedule)

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by sf260
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

A330-342 MSN679 B-LAC CX Oct/2019 A330-342 MSN895 B-LAG CX Mar/2018 A330-342 MSN915 B-LAH CX Jan/2018 A330-342 MSN959 B-LAI CX Apr/2018 A330-343 MSN978 9V-STA SQ Sept/2018 A330-343 MSN983 9V-STB SQ Oct/2018 A330-343 MSN1132 9V-STO SQ Jun/2019 I have added the timeframe in which the aircraft should ...

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by sf260
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

B-LAC (MSN679) will stay with Cathay until July 2019, apparently Cathay already notified Aercap that they won't extend the lease for this frame. When it eventually joins the Brussels Airlines fleet, the roll-over will be finished (in other words: it will be the last one)

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by sf260
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

What is your source for the serial numbers? My source indicates MSN 679, 895, 915, 959 as CX a/c, MSN 978, 983, 1132 as SIA a/c.

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by sf260
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 36354

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

If MTOW increase is coupled with MZFW increase, it can increase payload and that again increases efficiency. Indeed, but your at the top right of the payload-range curve - which is already well behind the 787 on fuel burned anyway. How do I have to interpret that ? :-) I think he tries to say that,...

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by sf260
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azul to add 5 A330neo aircraft, reveals lease cost
Replies: 43
Views: 10821

Re: Azul to add 5 A330neo aircraft, reveals lease cost

My employer received an offer last year for 5 A330-900 (2018 deliveries, also from a "launch"-lessor) that was about 10% less than the rate above. A330neo lease rates could easily go below $700k/month for larger commitments.

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by sf260
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 83
Views: 19972

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

ME720 wrote:
LH managed to turn around SN, another lost case 10 years ago!

You have to give credit where it is due, and in the case of SN, it's definitely not all LH. Most of the turnaround was driven by internal force and ideas (that were eventually copied by other LH group airlines).

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by sf260
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

More information has reached me regarding the fleet replacement. 5 A330 will join the fleet in 2018, 3 ex-Cathay will join in H1, 2 ex-SIA in H2. Almost all of them will be a couple of months early for a natural roll-over. It would make for an interesting opportunity to operate additional frequencie...

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by sf260
Wed May 24, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

The oldest M/N/O have a MTOW of 215t. All others are 230t and 233t. Then I suppose the incoming ex-SQ/CX A330s are rated at 238t? What about OO-SFX (MSN 1085)? That's a pretty young ex-SQ A330 with RR engines. Any info on its MTOW? I have to correct myself, SFV & W are also 215t, so that makes ...

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by sf260
Tue May 23, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

KarelXWB wrote:
TK operates 233t A330-300 aircraft on IST-ATL.

Are you sure? From flightradar24 it seems that only the newest MSN's are operated on this route. To me, it looks like a combination of 238t/242t capable birds.

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by sf260
Tue May 23, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

The oldest M/N/O have a MTOW of 215t. All others are 230t and 233t.

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by sf260
Tue May 23, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

intotheair wrote:
Plenty of A330s are on routes longer than BRU-LAX/SFO. And SK currently flies an A333 on LAX-ARN, which is only about 100 miles shy of LAX-BRU.

Please name 10 A333 routes that are over 4900nm (=LAX-BRU). And now, name one that does it with a 233t A330-300. I am very curious.

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by sf260
Tue May 23, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's
Replies: 85
Views: 31742

Re: Brussels Airlines getting seven used A330-300's

Best choice for Brussels Airlines given the way they operate in Africa and the resulting low utilisation. SN's A330 operation and utilisation is in line with the industry standard. They do not have a particularly low utilisation. If anything non-standard, it would be operating from African airports...

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by sf260
Mon May 08, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position7

In reality, you will find that the majority of the UK electorate DO NOT CARE about the financial consequences. As I have said many many times, money was not the primary driver for the leave vote. Of course they do care. If the pound devaluates 20% and the UK GDP decreases with 10%, the purchasing p...

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by sf260
Fri May 05, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

Yes, absolutely, when that "contract" has an exit clause with no penalties (i.e. article 50). That is exactly how life works. That might be your interpretation of 50.3 and would mean a "hard" Brexit by default, which I meant to avoid by proposing to discuss the "penalty&quo...

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by sf260
Fri May 05, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

Maybe because we are leaving in less than 2 years and have already contributed far in excess of most of the remaining countries? You already agreed and approved what you are paying now, and what you have paid in the past. So basically, you think it is fair to break up a contract from one side, with...

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by sf260
Fri May 05, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

Can someone explain to me why a €50 billion bail is so unreasonable to the UK? In the end it is only 6-7 more years of the current contribution. The UK GDP is around €2500 billion, so if they just pay (like they do now) 0,3% of their GDP for 5 years, it is a finished business. It doesn't seem so unr...

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by sf260
Mon May 01, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

I never claimed it was the majority. I never said you did. I said "so many" and I stick by that - too many of the most senior EU politicians and bureaucrats have clearly stated that they want the UK to be seen to not be benefitting from leaving. I believe that they have their priorities w...

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by sf260
Mon May 01, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

The fact that so many EU politicians seem determined that the UK must be seen to be worse off after leaving really does not bode well for the very difficult negotiations to come. I think that is a misunderstanding on your part. There might be some politicians that like to see that, but they are an ...

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by sf260
Mon May 01, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

It seems that the UK isn't the only one to think that the EU is to blame for problems affecting their countries. Macron interview reported by the BBC this morning :- ....we have to face the situation, to listen to our people, and to listen to the fact that they are extremely angry today, impatient ...

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by sf260
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

Imo, the referendum should have never happened Why? Because the fundamentals of a society, or the way how different nations interact with each other, are not black or white as the result of a referendum. You can do such a referendum every 5 years, with alternating results, what are you going to do?...

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by sf260
Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1541
Views: 78169

Re: Brexit - EU position

I do not normally comment on these political issues, but I though I share my opinion this time. Having worked in the UK for many years and I think it is an absolutely lovely country (apart from the weather), I kind of support the EU27 on this. I believe the UK has had some less capable leaders in th...

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by sf260
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2017
Replies: 51
Views: 52071

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2017

I would take some of the values with a grain of salt, especially the higher-end wide body values. There are 6yo A330-300 for sale with a price tag of less than 40mil, and/or lease rates below 400k USD. I suppose it is not much different for the 77W. This puts a lot of pressure on the whole wide body...

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