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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Oct 01, 2022 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH set to return A380's to Airbus
Replies: 46
Views: 9897

Re: MH set to return A380's to Airbus

Interesting. I seem to recall (but I might be wrong) that BA 'kicked the tyres' on these RR-powered birds when MH first indicated that it wanted to sell them? Would they be interested now, if Airbus offered them with some kind of manufacturer's warranty? Of course there are also the other RR-powere...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 27, 2022 7:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Really Happened to MH370?
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: What Really Happened to MH370?

There are plenty of threads on MH370. Given that there's scant new info on this, I'm not sure what purpose would it serve to have another thread on this? In any case, it is my opinion that there are circumstantial evidence that the Captain may have flown the aircraft into oblivion in retaliation for...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Was there the same amount of willingness and determination to get them into F1 like there is/was with Herta? I'm under the impression the push for Herta is being driven by a team, but were any of the teams back then just as serious with Loeb and Rossi? I believe Red Bull did push for Loeb. He would...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 20, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel demand on Qatar between Doha and LAX
Replies: 18
Views: 2524

Re: Travel demand on Qatar between Doha and LAX

With their huge populations only a couple of hours flight away, India, Pakistan and the rest of the ISC are the lifeblood and cashcows of the Persian Gulf airlines. With a one-stop connection between the likes of Seattle and Kolkata, Toronto and Lucknow, or San Francisco and Islamabad, these airlin...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Sep 19, 2022 12:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12419

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Some photos I took today : https://i.ibb.co/hYVJKCs/FA6-A67-F4-7-F1-E-4-ACD-AB05-84-AD5-A42-FDBA.jpg Amazing to think that two years ago we were ravaged by a worldwide pandemic that caused almost the entire world to retreat into our homes. Now, this photo shows that it's almost back to normal.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

For both situations, I reckon if Bernie Ecclestone was still running the show a solution would have been found by now. Like I said, if a way was found for Kimi Raikkonen all those years ago, I'm sure a way could be found for Colton Herta if he is as good as some say he is - but then look at how lon...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reno Air Races Crash
Replies: 28
Views: 6590

Re: Reno Air Races Crash

I wonder why the pilot didn't level off? Surely he would have hade a much better chance to recover by leveling off.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Sep 16, 2022 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

There's always Ricciardo, but his last 2 seasons at McLaren may have tainted him a bit too much, especially considering the money he'd be asking (he's one of the best paid drivers on the grid, and he's certainly not been worth it for his last employer). Not to mention that he's already snubbed the ...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Sep 16, 2022 8:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What happened to Ean Higgins?
Replies: 1
Views: 782

Re: What happened to Ean Higgins?

Maybe he has connected with Michael Shrimpton.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Sep 15, 2022 5:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gulf states demand Netflix pull content deemed offensive
Replies: 39
Views: 2571

Re: Gulf states demand Netflix pull content deemed offensive

As much as I'm not enamoured with the Arabs, I find the hypocrisy displayed by some posters here to be nauseating to be honest.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 13, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3624

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

Considering that having the UK now King as Head of State dosnt not actually cost the Australian taxpayer anything, but the caveat to that is that there is a representative for the King in Australia and that’s the Governor-General currently Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Retd). His annual salary i...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3624

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

What's the benefit of being a republic for Australia, Canada & New Zealand. I honestly can't see it.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 13, 2022 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: May we never forget.
Replies: 47
Views: 7734

Re: May we never forget.

I also think how much more aware people are about aviation security. Prior to 9/11 if a plane was hijacked nobody thought it would be used as a missile. The Tom Clancy novel Debt of Honor was released in 1994, and in it, a Japanese 747 was used on a suicide attack on the Capitol Building. Hell, rig...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Sep 13, 2022 3:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 21 Years Since 9/11
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: 21 Years Since 9/11

As there are more people who were born after 9/11, I hope we talk to them about it the right way. I want to be clear that I am absolutely not defending the awful people who committed and supported those attacks. However, this wasn't a case of America doing nothing wrong and the attack unprovoked. P...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Sep 12, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

He does bring money into the team though and ultimately Williams has to choose between 2 good drivers or 1 good and 1 sugar-daddy driver... Can they afford the former? According to Jost Capito, yes they can. Granted this was last year, and they still kept Nicky on the grid - but it's probably a cas...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Sep 12, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage
Replies: 23
Views: 2233

Re: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage

The owner of the ship was also the owner of the shipyard. Indeed. And here's the "best" part - the CEO of the company, who stepped down before the crap hits the fan, wasn't truly hurt because of this. He still made around $50 million in 2021, making him Malaysia's top paid CEO (the compan...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Sep 11, 2022 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage
Replies: 23
Views: 2233

Re: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage

These ships were designed specifically for the Asian market, it’s a surprise that one of the bigger operators hasn’t snapped them up for that market. The owner of the ship was the largest cruise operator in the Asian market. They went belly up because they couldn't negotiate additional financial su...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Alex Albon is down with appendicitis. Formula E Champion Nyck de Vries will be taking his place with the Williams team, which is funny because he spent FP1 with Aston Martin!

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Sep 09, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cases where enhanced models were not so well received?
Replies: 18
Views: 1624

Re: Cases where enhanced models were not so well received?

You could even say the 748 to a certain degree. I would think that the 748 meets its requirements and was well received by the market, namely the freighter market. The 747SP is actually one that meets this requirement, whereby it was an enhanced long range model that didn't gain traction once Boein...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Hannah Schmitz is the racing strategist @RBR: https://www.redbull.com/int-en/hannah-schmitz-oracle-red-bull-racing-strategist If I were Red Bull, I'd give her a bonus and pay raise with a long term contract to lock her up with the team for a long time. If I were Ferrari or Mercedes, I'd tempt her t...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Sep 04, 2022 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Yuki actually only caused a VSC. Bottas's engine failing was the reason that the SC was brought out. That does seem kind of fishy to send him out there at that point in the race after adjusting his belts for half a minute. He had no shot at points. To be honest it's not really fishy for a team to s...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Sep 03, 2022 8:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 5818

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

I'm not American, but I've read a lot about the American car buying experience. How you people tolerate the nonsense being put about by the dealers I'll never understand.

Honestly, if I were American, I'd definitely support FTC oversight of car dealers.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Aug 31, 2022 2:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever bypassed your primary home airport?
Replies: 29
Views: 2407

Re: Ever bypassed your primary home airport?

Never did this, but I know of an acquaintance who took a bus to SIN to catch a SIN-KUL-LHR flight. Even with the bus fare, he ended up paying less than flying KUL-LHR!

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Aug 27, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

In the case of Danny Ric, all we are being told is "it did not click" with him driving the McLaren. How do we know Danny will "click" with whatever car he (presumably) gets into next? Presumably we're being told he likes a car that lets him break really late, is any of the seats...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Aug 17, 2022 5:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Defunct Low Cost Airlines in Europe
Replies: 19
Views: 2175

Re: Defunct Low Cost Airlines in Europe

Never flown on Niki, but if I recall correctly Niki Lauda continued his tradition of captaining scheduled flights from time to time.

To be honest, it's amazing that he had the time to manage the airline, take up flight ops while at the same time also being an F1 pundit for German TV as well.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Aug 17, 2022 4:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clickbait Videos
Replies: 22
Views: 1643

Re: Clickbait Videos

cpd wrote:
Car wow channel is hopeless too, he spends about 15 minutes of waffle and blah blah blah to cover what should take 1-2 minutes at most. So you end up scrolling through to the last three minutes.


To each their own, but I actually like Mat Watson's presentation angle for Carwow.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Aug 16, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Condor Airlines and the new paint scheme
Replies: 16
Views: 2134

Re: Condor Airlines and the new paint scheme

The livery is distinctive, if a bit weird.

I would think it would have been nicer if they had done up the whole plane in the different colours that they have chosen, kind of like a 21st century Braniff "End of the Plain Plane" livery.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia MOU for Airbus A330-900
Replies: 38
Views: 6803

Re: Malaysia MOU for Airbus A330-900

Elections are just around the corner, hopefully the MOU is more binding than whatever they did with the 787 agreement.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: [CNN interview 12/8] Emirates wants Airbus to build a new version of A380
Replies: 237
Views: 42568

Re: [CNN interview 12/8] Emirates wants Airbus to build a new version of A380

I wouldn't be surprised if it were a Boeing-Airbus joint effort as was originally planned for the A380. But count me sceptical. Do you have a source that the A380 was originally a Boeing-Airbus joint effort? Given that Boeing had the 747 and 777 at the time, I don’t see how they’d want to get invol...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

StarAC17 wrote:
If Otmar is willing to have him back I would go back to Alpine if I was Danny Ric, he had a good 2020 in that car with 2 podiums IIRC.


I would think Otmar wouldn't have an issue with Danny Ric returning, given that it was Cyril Abiteboul who was managing the team at the time of RIC's departure.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 Production/Delivery Thread - 2022
Replies: 305
Views: 79549

Re: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build

And to think Boeing originally thought the 747 to be a stopgap aircraft until the SSTs take over. Turns out it was the 747 that changed the world.

Sure there are others that can claim the title of biggest airliner, but only the 747 can be called the Queen of the Skies!

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

https://www.skysports.com/amp/f1/news/1 ... ula-1-2023
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The F1 silly season just got sillier - Alonso replacing Vettel at Aston Martin!

So Piastri will no doubt be in that Alpine. Who's replacing Latifi?

https://www.skysports.com/amp/f1/news/1 ... ula-1-2023

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Nicoeddf wrote:
Why would the nationality matter?


Well, from my observation Italians are notoriously political, which can be seen throughout Ferrari's history.

Right now the last thing Ferrari needs is politics.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Ferrari needs a strong leader.

A strong, non-Italian leader.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Hungary qualification was a surprise to say the least, winners and losers. Winners: RUS - pole position. WHAT!?! SAI - P2 just missed pole, but ahead of LEC NOR - P4 good result! OCN - P5 won last year, so good mojo. ALO - P6 with his team mate @P5, a track which suits the Alpine BOT - P8 is just g...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jul 29, 2022 6:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I doubt Vettel will completely quit racing, for sure he doesn't want to end his great career in a backmarker car. Perhaps like some other ex-F1 drivers he could get a ride with a US based Indy Car series team or be part of a team in endurance racing (LeMans). I don't think he's going to go racing f...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Jul 28, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Not surprising that Vettel's retiring. He already gave a hint earlier that he's not into running at the back. With Aston Martin being highly disappointing this season, the fun just got sucked out for Vettel. Honest, Lawrence Stroll needs to pull his head out of his ass already. Does he want a backma...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Jul 27, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 5th-freedom flights - Where did you go?
Replies: 60
Views: 5617

Re: Your 5th-freedom flights - Where did you go?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgkksTgu_Tk
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Not a lot of fifth freedom options for me, so I only managed one flight, KUL-CGK on KL.

In fact, it was a special Miffy themed flight in conjunction with the then new Economy cabin launch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgkksTgu_Tk

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jul 26, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bill introduced in U.S. Congress to raise pilot retirement age to 67
Replies: 68
Views: 7612

Re: Bill introduced in U.S. Congress to raise pilot retirement age to 67

It’s not, for the 100th time, a “1500 hour rule”; it’s an Airline Transport Pilot certificate rule. If you’re a Pilot flying Airline Transport, having an ATP would seem to be a baseline requirement. How is it that American airlines can't take fresh pilots and train them to get an ATP, like many oth...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 426
Views: 36587

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Very inconsistent stewarding when you compare the Ocon-Tsunoda incident to the Perez--Russell one. Incidents are supposed to be judged based on the incident itself, not the outcome, so Russell should have gotten a 5s penalty. In the case of Ocon-Tsunoda, they touched. Russell didn't touch Perez and...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 25, 2022 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The status of MH's odd B747-400 with retro livery
Replies: 9
Views: 4344

Re: The status of MH's odd B747-400 with retro livery

The A380s were all parked at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, with currently no plans to reactivate them. While correct, there are one or two maintenance flights being flown recently. Are their A380s leased or owned outright? W8th LHR capping passenger numbers, perhaps they could redeploy t...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jul 24, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The status of MH's odd B747-400 with retro livery
Replies: 9
Views: 4344

Re: The status of MH's odd B747-400 with retro livery

jimmy9irons wrote:
What is the status of their 747 and A380s?


All 747s, including the freighters, are long gone.

As for the A380s, it's still around although not doing much.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The status of MH's odd B747-400 with retro livery
Replies: 9
Views: 4344

Re: The status of MH's odd B747-400 with retro livery

It's now flying with Air Atlanta Europe & is currently on lease to Saudia.

Why it never took off in the retro livery? Changed priorities. It was at that same time that the airline was restructured.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The bad joke that made Air France cancel a flight
Replies: 2
Views: 2134

Re: The bad joke that made Air France cancel a flight

Why did the employee say terrorist instead of monsters? Kids don't understand a thing about terrorism!

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Jul 21, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 68
Views: 16338

Re: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022

Is MH taking cues from AA's "Project Oasis" regarding no IFEs? :duck: To me, this looks like a downgrade since other premium airlines are actively fitting screens on their narrowbody jets Just hope that the Maxes will get a different, better seat with IFE According to anecdotal comments, ...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Jul 21, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 68
Views: 16338

Re: Malaysia Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022

While awaiting news on MH's widebody replacement announcement, they have meanwhile announced the refurbishment of the 737 fleet cabin. Key takeaways - New slimline seats by Safran without IFEs all round, but features in-flight WiFi and USB-C/A ports in each seat. - Reduction in J capacity from 16 to...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Jul 20, 2022 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Open Fan Technology Demonstrator announced by Airbus and CFM
Replies: 59
Views: 11721

Re: Airbus A380 Open Fan Technology Demonstrator announced by Airbus and CFM

What's the difference between this open fan & the UDF that was tested 30 years ago?

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to shed 3,000 employees
Replies: 9
Views: 3932

Re: JAL to shed 3,000 employees

It's interesting how NH & JL have overstaffing issues, when other airlines are facing massive, disruptive shortages!

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 18, 2022 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2022 - Airbus Orders and General Discussion Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 59289

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2022 - Airbus Orders and General Discussion Thread

Duke91 wrote:
JerseyFlyer wrote:
Malaysian for 20 A339s?


Last I heard it was 30 A330s


More like 20+10 options

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