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by PlymSpotter
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 136
Views: 19905

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

After that, the 787-9 will be too small. The 787-10 might be the right size but would probably struggle with MRU, LIM and SJO. The A359 might be a good choice, but perhaps too small for the likes of CUN or MCO? The A35K might be a good bet. I think it'll be Airbus' order to lose. The problem with t...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that operate(d) the 777 but not the 777-300ER.
Replies: 21
Views: 1105

Re: Airlines that operate(d) the 777 but not the 777-300ER.

To add to your list:

Air Peace (777-300A, but no ER)
Austrian Airlines
Ceiba Interncontinental (White)
Crystal
El Al
Euroatlantic Airways
Iraqi Airways
Jin Air
MedView Airlines
Nok / NokScoot
Omni Air
Privilege Style
Turkmenistan Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 136
Views: 19905

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

BA's choice of replacement for the 77Es at LGW will be interesting. The 77W, 779 and 35K are definitely too large to be accommodated on Pier 2, save the two end stands. Even the 778 is likely to be too large. So this leaves Pier 3, which I don't think is big enough to accommodate all of BA's operati...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amazon Air (watch this space)
Replies: 12
Views: 803

Re: Amazon Air (watch this space)

Those are just the official titles of the conferences, not details of the white paper you are referring to?

The problem is that it's all been happening 'right now' since Berlin in 1995. The UN moves slower than a retreating glacier - its deeply frustrating.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?
Replies: 17
Views: 1280

Re: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?

I would focus on domestic or short haul P2P travel with <100 seats, operating those current generation aircraft offering best-in-class emissions per passenger. My marketing strategy would lead with these green credentials and the ultimate aim would be to fully carbon offset all flights and operation...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amazon Air (watch this space)
Replies: 12
Views: 803

Re: Amazon Air (watch this space)

Radical changes are coming, mostly being driven through environmental issues. What examples can you provide here, and what evidence is there that government mandated changes are coming in the next ten years? Aviation and the environment is an issue I am very, very closely involved with. I simply do...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service
Replies: 130
Views: 14936

Re: Which London Airport Should JetBlue Pick to Launch Service

In the likely absence of LHR slots, LGW would be a good fit for them.

I'm not sure if LTN would even have enough capacity, or whether their A321s have the performance to operate out of LTN at MTOW. As for STN, I don't see it as being a very good fit with JetBlue's brand.

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sharpie-gate
Replies: 58
Views: 3055

Re: Sharpie-gate

Once again, the whole world is laughing at Donald Trump.

I'd be inclined to feel smug myself, if we didn't have our own prize idiot in Downing Street.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.
Replies: 62
Views: 11647

Re: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.

The only major headache for the ATR 42 is the performance of the ATR 72. They are both superb aircraft and wonderful to fly on. As mentioned above, the -72 is being outmatched by the A220 and E2. It has pushed the ATR into the short and rough field niche, where the -42 does have advantages over the...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai
Replies: 12
Views: 2507

Re: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai

Great to see another operator at LGW, and even better on the A350. Those things are incredibly quiet.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.
Replies: 62
Views: 11647

Re: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.

The only major headache for the ATR 42 is the performance of the ATR 72. They are both superb aircraft and wonderful to fly on.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL
Replies: 178
Views: 55803

Re: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL

The cost of scrapping and parting out will not be cheap in the Azores - this is likely to make the case for a repair more compelling. A good crew of mechanics would be able to remove the best parts of it in a week or two. Doors, avionics, actuators, engines, apu. They can be loaded into shipping co...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL
Replies: 178
Views: 55803

Re: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL

The cost of scrapping and parting out will not be cheap in the Azores - this is likely to make the case for a repair more compelling.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigns
Replies: 45
Views: 11298

Re: Cathay Pacific ceo Rupert hogg resigns

KLMatSJC wrote:
Does this mean we might see the return of CX special schemes?


Perhaps. I hear they are planning a series of Winnie-the-Pooh logojets to commemorate China's intervention in HKG

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigns
Replies: 45
Views: 11298

Re: Cathay Pacific ceo Rupert hogg resigns

Not unexpected, but still somewhat concerning. Underhand government intervention is never a good thing.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.
Replies: 62
Views: 11647

Re: Revival of the Dornier 328 (next try). Production in Leipzig planned.

The TurboProp Do328 is a brilliant aircraft to fly in from a passenger perspective - comfortable cabin environment, good cruise speed for a prop, and pretty smooth in turbulence. From an operational perspective, however, the thing is a real dog. That stellar performance means the 328's fuelburn is b...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 230
Views: 25528

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

Looking forward to your thoughts (and anyone suggesting something that's not a tube with 2 engines -- don't bother. Stay realistic. We're talking about the NEXT aircraft). What will Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft be? I would not be so certain. Yes, I expect it will be a tube, but two engines? I ...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest airport in EU with longhaul service
Replies: 16
Views: 1308

Re: Smallest airport in EU with longhaul service

TER sees service to BOS, OAK and YYZ, with annual pax. of around 600,000.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair cutting routes , selling planes ?
Replies: 17
Views: 4202

Re: Ryanair cutting routes , selling planes ?

With the rebound in lease rates for B737NGs, expediting the sale of aircraft at the end of S19 could be a very shrewd move. Yields are lower during the winter season, meaning they could make more money by selling an aircraft now than keeping it to the planned term (say, Apr. 2020) and flying pax. Of...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A321 emergency evacuation in Valencia
Replies: 45
Views: 12356

Re: British Airways A321 emergency evacuation in Valencia

It would appear the aircraft taxied clear of the runway before evacuation. There are also reports of a 3-4 minute delay after landing, before the evacuation commenced.

If confirmed, this is pretty concerning. Saudia 163 comes to mind.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WDL flying for easyJet
Replies: 11
Views: 2269

Re: WDL flying for easyJet

D-ACJJ positioned into LGW from CGN on 31st July, and began operating flights on 1st August. It is apparently covering for a delayed A321 delivery. Because of this, it operates a varied selection of routes, depending on which had the lowest bookings when the decision was made to lease cover and only...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jazeera Airways announces London service
Replies: 20
Views: 4072

Re: Jazeera Airways announces London service

Will be good to see them at LGW. Do we know which terminal they are going to use?

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you have a trip cancellation horror story?
Replies: 20
Views: 1863

Re: Do you have a trip cancellation horror story?

Quite a few, some very similar to your experiences. My Nan had lots of serious health issues related to her heart, so we had a few cancellations or would have to book very late when we knew it would be OK for her to travel. Fortunately, because we have a property in Menorca, we only ever had the fli...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing
Replies: 28
Views: 6509

Re: Georgian Airways flight attendant standing in aisle during landing

I had a similar incident with airbaltic whilst landing at Kiev. A man in my row passed out and slumped into the aisle on final approach. He was attended by crew using Oxygen during the landing, although their sympathy wore off when an empty bottle of Vodka fell out of his coat and it became clear he...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY / Hard Brexit consequences
Replies: 70
Views: 9748

Re: LCY / Hard Brexit consequences

The biggest potential risk for LCY is the presumed transition back to CAA certification from EASA certification. There are some hard nuts in the CAA still who want to rectify the 'mistake' made in allowing a +10% dispensation on certain declared distances, and who were definitely unhappy with EASA's...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC Planespotting Live, Staring 23rd July 20.00 BBC4.
Replies: 34
Views: 6832

Re: BBC Planespotting Live, Staring 23rd July 20.00 BBC4.

TUGMASTER wrote:
The guy they have flying in tomorrow from SEN in a PA28 is a top bloke and long time member on here.He’s very knowledgeable ... but depends what dumb questions he gets asked by the Snow/Peters combo.


Thank goodness for Charlie's segment tonight, otherwise it is awful and so inaccurate.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"
Replies: 54
Views: 10221

Re: Icelandair / Air Iceland Connect using Dash 8 "transatlantic"

Currently TF-FXB , a 19 y/o De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q400 is flying KEF-MAN as flight FI 440. 1.669 km / 1.037 miles = 2:15 h. Alternately they use this bird on KEF-DUB as well. Cause? Lack of planes, low densitiy route? I think it must one of the last adventures and challenges to do such flights...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will gulf carriers send A330neo to Americas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

Re: Will gulf carriers send A330neo to Americas?

It is plausible that KU could operate the A338NEO to North America. I'm sure they are more likely to use the A359 however, if a second North American route was launched. Very fair point, all posts above are referencing the A339. That said, is it confirmed that KU is getting A338s? Given that they a...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will gulf carriers send A330neo to Americas?
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

Re: Will gulf carriers send A330neo to Americas?

It is plausible that KU could operate the A338NEO to North America.

I'm sure they are more likely to use the A359 however, if a second North American route was launched.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: what's going on with the last new 737-8K2 for KLM
Replies: 92
Views: 19894

Re: what's going on with the last new 737-8K2 for KLM

I know mistakes happen, but that would be one hell of an error.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 116
Views: 6505

Re: 737-8200?

It's one way of dropping the tainted-"Max" name from public-facing fleet information. Expect more, unless Boeing comes up with a new name. Is there any evidence that the public as a group (not a.net members) has difficulty with the name? Ask your non-avgeek wife/husband/significant other ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air Starts London Luton - Russia
Replies: 29
Views: 4216

Re: Wizz Air Starts London Luton - Russia

davidjohnson6 wrote:
Relations between the UK and Russia are not good at the moment - and this will likely affect demand. Why is Wizz going to succeed when Easyjet failed on UK-Moscow a few years ago ?


It's fine - this time WizzAir will be offering a direct shuttle bus for passengers to connect on to Salisbury.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long delays on very short flights
Replies: 9
Views: 1025

Re: Long delays on very short flights

Road replacement is very common in the UK. Myself and colleagues used FlyBe extensively for work from EXT - I had a couple of 5h bus trips to London and one colleague even had a 9h bus ride to GLA. The bus company they used were rather useless and would frequently get lost - on one of my London bus ...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where is the limit for the Ukrainian traffic boom?
Replies: 21
Views: 3380

Re: Where is the limit for the Ukrainian traffic boom?

There is a lot of mention of tourism, but I also see another important point: Ukrainians taking up jobs in, or migrating to the EU. . This resonates with my experience. In the last couple of years I have travelled to Ukraine a lot from the UK on all carriers, I've actually lost count this year, but...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 4362

Re: Ryanair and or Easy Jet to the USA

It is quite plausible that easyJet, Ryanair and WizzAir will look at North America at some point in the near to mid future. They already operate sectors up to 5/6 hours, and now we have both easyJet and Wizz considering deploying their A321LRs on substantially longer routes. Once they have experienc...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ100 drops a stowaway
Replies: 48
Views: 10288

Re: KQ100 drops a stowaway

The cleanup of this sad incident was carried out by a friends' company. Not pleasant at all, it has certainly forever changed the life of the poor sunbather who witnessed it and was covered in human remains.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone flown all of a large fleet?
Replies: 16
Views: 1011

Re: Anyone flown all of a large fleet?

I've flown on almost 100 different easyJet A320 family frames - so around a quarter of the fleet, accounting for withdrawals.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Have You Flown on 737MAX?
Replies: 37
Views: 1846

Re: Poll: Have You Flown on 737MAX?

Yes I have - I can't say it was any different from any other 737 flight I've been on. Perhaps a nicer cabin and windows, but that's about it.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Compensation for Cancelled Flights in the EU
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Compensation for Cancelled Flights in the EU

It's been roughly two weeks since I put in for our compensation on the BA website. We still haven't heard anything nor received our money yet. Any ideas from previous experience as to how long this process might take? Is this a serious question? Yes, it is. I was just wondering how long this proces...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Compensation for Cancelled Flights in the EU
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: Compensation for Cancelled Flights in the EU

This was a real pain because it meant taking a long airport train ride back to the main terminal (...) The distance between the two terminals in Zurich is a little over one kilometre. How on earth could you call that a long ride? I made this 'trek' myself last Friday. It took less than three minute...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet and the xlr
Replies: 30
Views: 3797

Re: EasyJet and the xlr

There is a lot of fantasy involved in this article. However, it shouldn't come as a surprise that easyJet have been looking at longer routes, even with their 'basic' A321NEOs. Sub-Saharan Africa has several interesting destinations - Banjul, Lagos, Accra and Dakar for instance. I understand we could...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Past flights from Iberia out of Barcelona
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: Past flights from Iberia out of Barcelona

Iberia had a sizeable presence in BCN, I recall seeing their DC10s, A300s, A340s and occasional B747 there. I still have most IB inflight magazines from the late 1990s to mid 2000s. They are in storage at the family house, but if you really struggle I can take a look at the route maps next time I go...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic looking as well to the new XLR
Replies: 13
Views: 2484

Re: BT looking as well to the new XLR

Interesting idea, he seemed to be coy on whether it would be AirBaltic, or another carrier. I can see destinations like New York, Florida, Thailand and Beijing being feasible, just on leisure traffic. But at a frequency which makes sense to bring in a completely new fleet type, that I'm less confide...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 345
Views: 45333

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

@ bgm - exactly, this order caused nerves . Markets encounter surprises every day, however they can be categorised into positive and negative. Typically traders react bullishly or bearishly, depending on the categorisation. Which amounts to: not much. Get back to us when we see institutional invest...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights
Replies: 42
Views: 7982

Re: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights

With Iranian and Pakistani airspace closures, this would be an interesting route. I think certainly no Iran and probably no Pakistani airspace required for this route, but more like Russia - Kazachstan - China: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=hel-ktm I could see this work with 321XLR, considering AY h...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 345
Views: 45333

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Why don't you review IAG's share price. I don't really feel there is anything else I can add to make it more obvious, other than what I've already said: 'IAG's shares dropped quite substantially after the LOI was announced. They have since recovered, but it is a sign that the markets were not bulli...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights
Replies: 42
Views: 7982

Re: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights

With Iranian and Pakistani airspace closures, this would be an interesting route.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 345
Views: 45333

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Not sure which shares you're talking about; but Airbus is slightly up right now, so I guess investors are not too worried about losing this potential order... IAG's shares dropped quite substantially after the LOI was announced. They have since recovered, but it is a sign that the markets were not ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 125
Views: 16877

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/AIG deal

I'm focusing on the MAX's price because everyone I am responding to is claiming Boeing only secured this LoI because they offered IAG a price so low they could not refuse to work with Boeing to take them up on it. Well, you may exclude me from everyone. I have heard nothing which suggests Boeing dr...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa E175 incident in ATL?
Replies: 47
Views: 7722

Re: Mesa E175 incident in ATL?

Obviously I have no idea what type of baggage truck hit the aircraft, but it is likely that it was very heavy and very solid. For example, in the UK, those little tugs pull up to 4 baggage carts, typically each weighing 2-3 tonnes. So the tugs have to be heavy to get traction - IIRC the weight of th...

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