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by mwhcvt
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW (Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter) enters administration
Replies: 13
Views: 4053

Re: LGW (Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter) enters administration

The price of Q400 must be practically zero right now considering in the last three months the numbers that have been stored through covid and bankruptcy now way they will all make it back in the air, I wonder if some could see cargo conversion to replace things like the ATPs at West Atlantic althoug...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: South African Airways lands in Miami after 20+ years
Replies: 28
Views: 8764

Re: South African Airways lands in Miami after 20+ years

I’d say from the wording it’s fairly clear why the stops to repatriate citizens from each on the way rather than the cost and delays sending an aircraft to each and then back to SA

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by mwhcvt
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Price of B737NG spares
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

Re: Price of B737NG spares

To be honest with thousands in service I would imagine the spares market to be fairly robust with plenty of new parts still in full production for at least a decade or more and lots of certified restoration suppliers

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by mwhcvt
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 75
Views: 17075

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

On the broader topic of Icelandair. In the scheme of things they are a relatively small airline. They are competing on the busy North Atlantic. They are looking to modernise the fleet, due to the Max issues. What's the view on here in terms of the future for Icelandair? Are they likely going to be ...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet east midlands
Replies: 5
Views: 2000

Re: Easyjet east midlands

Or potentially training rotations too, when VS first took delivery of the A330 they used EMA for training flight got quite a shock when it first dropped in

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wirtschaftswoche: Ryanair to buy up 100 A320/A321neo for Lauda
Replies: 66
Views: 11018

Re: Wirtschaftswoche: Ryanair to buy up 100 A320/A321neo for Lauda

Thing is MoL and former Airbus Head of Sales Mr Leahy had a particularly frosty relationship after MoL boasted of only using airbus to drive down Boeing on an order, supposably the next time MoL can knocking the response from Airbus was simple, this is the list price, you pay that or buy Boeing end ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?
Replies: 55
Views: 5817

Re: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?

Risk vs reward is just not justifiable when an aircraft can just be routed different or flights to the affected area cancelled

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are KLM 737 replacement options?
Replies: 508
Views: 53697

Re: What are KLM 737 replacement options?

It’s a duopoly of full size NB you either as an airline choose NEO or Max (currently only the NEO is being delivered with no date yet on the return of the MAX) there is no viable third option as frankly no blue chip airline is taking China seriously and I don’t believe Boeing will jump on a all new ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What did you buy yourself for X-mas
Replies: 44
Views: 1833

Re: What did you buy yourself for X-mas

Well I treated myself to 6 photographic prints by an artist I’ve been a follow/fan of for many years now

Look forward to framing them up later in the year and getting them up as a display in my lounge above the dining table

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc 787 stuck at LHR
Replies: 6
Views: 2614

Re: Royal Air Maroc 787 stuck at LHR

Clackers wrote:
Don't know why such a big plane is needed for this route. A narrowbody would be a better fit. B737?


The same reason LHR attract more local sub 6 hours W/B that most if not all other Europe Airports

Slot Restrictions & Capacity needs pax/cargo or both

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible 2nd A320 FAL in Mobile
Replies: 34
Views: 6951

Re: Possible 2nd A320 FAL in Mobile

I maybe wrong but I believe the BFM FAL and the TSN FAL both currently have a monthly output of 4x A320 Family aircraft however as both follow the same design and were built with the capacity to produce up to 8 aircraft a month so a second FAL at either location might be a bit far, but I could comp...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible 2nd A320 FAL in Mobile
Replies: 34
Views: 6951

Re: Possible 2nd A320 FAL in Mobile

I maybe wrong but I believe the BFM FAL and the TSN FAL both currently have a monthly output of 4x A320 Family aircraft however as both follow the same design and were built with the capacity to produce up to 8 aircraft a month so a second FAL at either location might be a bit far, but I could compl...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Even the Dreamlifters get a Christmas break
Replies: 23
Views: 7420

Re: Even the Dreamlifters get a Christmas break

Because of the shutdown of the Boeing factories during Chrismas - New Year, this is the perfect time frame to perform maintenance at the Dreamlifter fleet. Caused by the B767 assembly rate increase from 2.5 to 3 aircraft/month, all fully assembled B767 forward fuselage sections, produced by Spirit,...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Even the Dreamlifters get a Christmas break
Replies: 23
Views: 7420

Re: Even the Dreamlifters get a Christmas break

That’s because they are actually operated by atlas on contract exclusively for Boeing

IIRC

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?
Replies: 53
Views: 7464

Re: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?

Strictly speaking are not Boeing still building 737NGs in the form of all the different defence orders? I know they are a somewhat different beast again ie not exactly a stock frame but I’m sure there’s a line still building them at Renton for the likes of the Poseidon ordered my the RAF that’s just...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G-CIVZ to Dublin
Replies: 14
Views: 3351

Re: G-CIVZ to Dublin

Probably just a repaint to standard crest livery, as rumour has it that 7x 777-200ER are to get the OW Livery over 2020

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by mwhcvt
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways next US route - PDX
Replies: 148
Views: 28467

Re: British Airways next US target

Kind of makes you consider where a small number of A321XLR could come into play here as a preamble to sending in a B788 on these shorter routes? Especially as if they didn’t work out they could be moved to other airlines within the group or even sent onto African routes that have lost BA wide body s...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders
Replies: 114
Views: 16568

Re: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders

SteelChair wrote:
To me, what has always heen amazing is how little changed the A320 is compared to what, 4 major iterations of the 737.


The A320 has changed a lot over the years, but Airbus philosophy is evolution of the family over redesigned generations of Boeing

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by mwhcvt
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow runway resurfacing
Replies: 13
Views: 2551

Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

As has been said above thanks to the nightly curfew they as a rule will do it in sections of X metres per night, it’s a very effective ballet of machines, manpower and time This is a time lapse from a few years ago but worth seeing https://youtu.be/MsSKsFOAScY From time to time serious defects will ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?
Replies: 15
Views: 4243

Re: G7 in Biarritz: Can AF1 land there?

Well given that AF1 is whatever aircraft he is on then he can use a C-32 for this trip or at least a local last leg, of the trip leaving the VC-25 at a local USAF base

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by mwhcvt
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WDL flying for easyJet
Replies: 11
Views: 2642

Re: WDL flying for easyJet

Its fairly common for European carriers that are big on the bucket and spade routes to bring in chartered capacity in the summer months, this year the MAX issue has meant that there is a even bigger demand on the main AMCI companies as a result U2 might not have been able to find anything larger to ...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milestone: Airbus launches A220 production at Alabama facility
Replies: 19
Views: 4545

Re: Milestone: Airbus launches A220 production at Alabama facility

As I understand it this FAL like that of the A32X at Mobile will be purely to service the US market so at the moment that means DL, B6 and Moxy I guess Airbus is confident in its future sales within the US

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by mwhcvt
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most space-efficient business class seat design yet.???
Replies: 7
Views: 2971

Re: Most space-efficient business class seat design yet.???

First off I’m not sure that could be called business class if it targets the family market and I could see legitimate business travellers not being fan of shared family seats within the business cabin. Secondly it’s look horrendously cramped and cluttered what is with the two dividing panels I’d lik...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd flight over London just now.
Replies: 8
Views: 2333

Re: Odd flight over London just now.

It’s more than likely a Reconnaissance Ventures they do a lot of work for various government departments some of it fairly mundane stuff like mapping surveys for the Ordinance Survey though rumour has it they also do more secretive work too I think they changed their name a few years back to RVL Gro...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's
Replies: 81
Views: 18105

Re: MOL warns of UK base closures and cuts in the coming week's

The big trouble with MOL is he has about as much credibility as you average politician, i.e. ZERO :P it’s funny how his biggest base of all even bigger than DUB is not mentioned in these cuts STN I’d say this is just a classic case of using other believable factors to cull routes and or bases that j...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VIP Helicopter
Replies: 11
Views: 4687

Re: VIP Helicopter

For those that maybe don’t realise those jet trips are not leased aircraft they are 32sqd (Royal Flight) aircraft more than likely the BAE146 or if they have not now been retired the 125’s so it’s not a lease as in a private company but 32sqd has to Bill for each hour it’s used to the relevant body...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the A220 take advantage of MAX grounding.
Replies: 71
Views: 12437

Re: Could the A220 take advantage of MAX grounding.

The A220 is in a fundamentally different section of the market to the MAX with only the barely selling MAX7 just about intersecting with current top end of the A220 family, this is before we even consider that when it comes to capital expenditure by the airlines on aircraft this is a mutli year prog...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 105
Views: 16022

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

How does a renovation of a large hall of a relatively new airport (by US standards) take 7 years. I mean, #berlinbrandenburg much? Renovations are always time consuming vs new builds, add in the complication of the building you are renovating also needing to remain fully operational throughout the ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Need help with this Virgin Flight
Replies: 10
Views: 2219

Re: Need help with this Virgin Flight

I believe this is one of two that they are keeping as backup aircraft. No doubt down to the ongoing 787 Engine issue if indeed it is a spare stored off site I’d love to know the logistics of bringing it out of storage especially when it’s stored at an airport with limited flights from any VS base, ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Need help with this Virgin Flight
Replies: 10
Views: 2219

Re: Need help with this Virgin Flight

I believe this is one of two that they are keeping as backup aircraft. No doubt down to the ongoing 787 Engine issue if indeed it is a spare stored off site I’d love to know the logistics of bringing it out of storage especially when it’s stored at an airport with limited flights from any VS base, ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia
Replies: 42
Views: 11797

Re: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia

So subsidies go and the route goes that’s piss poor from VS as just a cursory look they seem to be selling on this route quite well, based on a dummy booking, at prices a little below to the same as BA on the route I wonder if BA has been in recipe of subsidies as well? Reading the linked articles,...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Re: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight

Not exactly. Today's exchange rate BRLxUSD is 3,80 so local authorities reported around BRL 150mm stolen which makes around USD 40mm. Well then they must have stolen more than 120kg of gold or the value is way off, as the current gold price is around $46,000USD per KG According to news reportit was...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Re: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight

I’m not sure where that value comes from but that figure is way off, it might 40m in the local currency but it’s in the region of 5-6m USD assuming we are talking treasury standard ingot this is only around 8 bars at 14.5kg per bar Not exactly. Today's exchange rate BRLxUSD is 3,80 so local authori...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia
Replies: 42
Views: 11797

Re: Virgin Atlantic to cancel St Lucia

So subsidies go and the route goes that’s piss poor from VS as just a cursory look they seem to be selling on this route quite well, based on a dummy booking, at prices a little below to the same as BA on the route

I wonder if BA has been in recipe of subsidies as well?

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight
Replies: 13
Views: 4022

Re: 120kg of gold worth USD 40mm stolen from GRU in broad daylight

I’m not sure where that value comes from but that figure is way off, it might 40m in the local currency but it’s in the region of 5-6m USD assuming we are talking treasury standard ingot this is only around 8 bars at 14.5kg per bar Either way it’s an audacious heist and seems well executed, given th...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VIP Helicopter
Replies: 11
Views: 4687

Re: VIP Helicopter

How much entourage goes with her? She probably travels with more than a helicopter's load of people and cargo. For other VIP's a helicopter is probably perfect for these type of missions. As the Head of State to one of the most powerful countries in the world, and that with the longest legacy, I am...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-32
Replies: 17
Views: 3520

Re: Boeing C-32

It's Boeing's competition to lose. My money is the USAF going to a split B767-2C/B737NG fleet for all the misc support airframes. Standardise on two and adjust capability to fit. If that means some E-4 capability has to be dropped then they'll drop it. Why the 767 and 737? Those two models in parti...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VIP Helicopter
Replies: 11
Views: 4687

Re: VIP Helicopter

For those that maybe don’t realise those jet trips are not leased aircraft they are 32sqd (Royal Flight) aircraft more than likely the BAE146 or if they have not now been retired the 125’s so it’s not a lease as in a private company but 32sqd has to Bill for each hour it’s used to the relevant body,...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-32
Replies: 17
Views: 3520

Re: Boeing C-32

Let’s face it ultimately this will likely end up being split over two families, with a few more C40B ordered to cover the lower end requirement with no concerns for fleet commonality as the DoD already operate a lot of 737 family aircraft and then a 767 based option for those uses and missions that ...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing C-32
Replies: 17
Views: 3520

Re: Boeing C-32

The only operator of the C-32 is the US Air Force (which operates 8 of them). So the UK can’t replace them with A332’s because they don’t even operate them. The US Air Force is looking for a replacement though, but this will definitely be a American built plane. So they could have a A321XLR then fr...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Luton Airport build its original terminal in that specific position?
Replies: 17
Views: 4822

Re: Why did Luton Airport build its original terminal in that specific position?

I think ideally they would expand south but there are certain barriers to that one being some historic ruins but that could be avoided by moving development off to the west of the ruins, in my mind you could put in a second runway to the south and west of the existing runway, put in proper full leng...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOAC 747 set for display with Red Arrows
Replies: 10
Views: 3760

Re: BOAC 747 set for display with Red Arrows

I wonder if the BA crew do much training for such a flight or are they basically told to fly this line and the red arrows will just work around them

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With A220 output set to climb, Airbus eyes additional facility in Mirabel
Replies: 12
Views: 3175

Re: With A220 output set to climb, Airbus eyes additional facility in Mirabel

Let’s face it this will have always been part of the plan, the Mobile FAL was only ever done to get around the threat of punitive import fees associated with the DL order, had that not happened one Airbus might not even be part of the project and two the FAL would not have happened, ironically the w...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines simpified livery ?
Replies: 25
Views: 6257

Re: Brussels Airlines simpified livery ?

As some others have said it feels more an interim livery, to get the aircraft into service earlier, OS and LH don’t just have the tail painted it flows down only the fuselage so it’s not like SN could not continue with this, same with the winglets seem more about a fast paint job only applying the l...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra to acquire A340-600s
Replies: 17
Views: 7448

Re: Plus Ultra to acquire A340-600s

Taking on a fleet of obsolete aircraft that have four very expensive to maintain engines, and were pushed out of the marketplace by another aircraft that is itself on the verge of being obsolete because it was so much more efficient does not sound like a sure-fire road to success. I don’t care how ...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra to acquire A340-600s
Replies: 17
Views: 7448

Re: Plus Ultra to aquire A340-600s

Clydenairways wrote:
Is this airline any connection to that previous airline Air Plus Comet ?


I don’t think so, currently they operate 4x A343, will be interesting to see if this is fleet replacement or expansion

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A319 nose gear damage in Leeds
Replies: 2
Views: 2644

Re: BA A319 nose gear damage in Leeds

Silly question one of the photos shows a Tow Bar at the front, if they were using a conventional tug during push back and the nose span would not the tug been span too? OR do they use TBLs which would mean the nose wheel was not correctly secured in the Crandall so was free to spin. OR like LHR T5 ...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 25978

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Does anyone know the agreed delivery schedule for this LoI for MAX? Between 2023-2027 which is why I’ve said across multiple threads this order has nothing to do with the cancelled Jet order Perhaps the hypothetical cancelled order or MoU or LoI was also for the same period. It could potentially be...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 25978

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

SO a 70 day delay by Airbus (Due to engine delays) is not good compared to an unlimited delay getting the MAX flying again? STrange times we live in. Does anyone know the agreed delivery schedule for this LoI for MAX? Between 2023-2027 which is why I’ve said across multiple threads this order has n...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 530004

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

June 2019 Figures Flightline Power Ons: 12 (314/266/322/324/308/319/329/257/334/274/327/326) Initial Engine Runs: 10 (322/308/266/324/314/274/319/329/257/326) RTOs: 10 (330/322/308/266/314/324/274/319/329/257) First Flights: 12 (318/282/330/322/308/266/324/314/274/319/329/257) First CAFs: 9 (321/31...

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