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by vhtje
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 F-HSUN On The Move One Final Time
Replies: 7
Views: 3121

Re: B747 F-HSUN On The Move One Final Time

Who would crew such a flight? Do leasing companies have crew on staff? Or are there companies from which pilots and crew can be hired for one-off jobs like this?

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?
Replies: 15
Views: 4456

Re: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?

I will always remember taking off from SYD on 07 in June 2000 in a QF 747-438 heading to LAX. I was surprised - amazed - that a 747-400 could take off from runway 07 - 2,530m - for such a long flight. I assume it wouldn't have been full laden? How much runway does a full-laden 747-400 need? That is...

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by vhtje
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?
Replies: 15
Views: 4456

Re: Did QF buy the B744ER specifically for the MEL-LAX route?

I will always remember taking off from SYD on 07 in June 2000 in a QF 747-438 heading to LAX. I was surprised - amazed - that a 747-400 could take off from runway 07 - 2,530m - for such a long flight. I assume it wouldn't have been full laden? How much runway does a full-laden 747-400 need?

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 93
Views: 7849

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

BA often is much cheaper TATL starting from the EU. Example: in April 2019 I went AMS > LHR > LAS return for €1600 in Club. BA wanted something like £4,200 for LHR > LAS return on the very same flights. Yes I know there are additional taxes and charges flying ex-LHR, but really.... My company reloca...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet
Replies: 86
Views: 29298

Re: QANTAS to mothball most of the 787 fleet

The airline industry will be lucky if demand returns to 75% of pre-Covid levels by 2024. The tentacles into related industries are vast and the economic impact will be huge. QANTAS and others are smart to hunker down for the long term. As demand returns it will not be a quick rebound and airlines w...

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by vhtje
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't EK order 787 instead of A380?
Replies: 47
Views: 6350

Re: Why didn't EK order 787 instead of A380?

Until 6 months ago, EK has run a very successful and profitable business That, my friend, is very much up to debate. Yes, I know EK publish financial reports that show they are profitable, but I would like to see those numbers run on US-GAAP, published to US listed company rules. I daresay the resu...

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by vhtje
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175746

Re: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court

There will be structural over-capacity in the global air transport market for some time to come. Simple economics now calls for capacity adjustments, this is achieved through downsizing and/or the collapse/disappearance of entire airlines. Capacity must be cut to the point in 18 months there is a d...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 27
Views: 1696

Re: Dated flight terms?

The one that I wish was outdated is the dreadful “deplane”. I shudder every time I read or hear it. What is wrong with disembark? I am actually not too fond of “plane”, either. When I was in air cadets as a teenager in the 1980s, we got disciplined if we used that word; the word professionals use, ...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2424

Re: How common is self-transfer?

In March 2019 I flew MEL > SFO on QF, then SFO > LHR on BA, on two separate tickets. The QF agent in MEL, without prompting, told me he would send a message to BA that I was on my way, and explained the collection/recheck procedure at SFO (which I knew anyway). Considering the two bookings were not...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA axes LCY-JFK A318 premium service
Replies: 84
Views: 17114

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

aemoreira1981 wrote:
Ronaldo747 wrote:
The death of "Speedbird 1/2" again ...


I see G-EUNA meeting the scrapper....


Unlikely, I’d say. I’d lay good money on it ending up with Titan Airways, like it’s sister ship G-EUNB:

https://www.titan-airways.com/fleet/airbus-a318-100/

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dated flight terms?
Replies: 27
Views: 1696

Re: Dated flight terms?

The one that I wish was outdated is the dreadful “deplane”. I shudder every time I read or hear it. What is wrong with disembark? I am actually not too fond of “plane”, either. When I was in air cadets as a teenager in the 1980s, we got disciplined if we used that word; the word professionals use, w...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: COVID: The new era of continued expansion for aviation?
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: COVID: The new era of continued expansion for aviation?

That is a very US-centric view of how air travel may evolve. Conditions and circumstances are vastly different outside of the US.

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2424

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I've done it a few times. QR can offer some very tempting Club-class fares to Asia and Australia ex-EU, which typically means getting myself to HEL/ARN/AMS etc. Since STN and LTN are actually closer to me than LHR, I sometimes choose U2 or some other LCC to connect. I once flew Air Berlin from STN t...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 6961

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

I have never been fond of the cockpit windows on Airbus aircraft - all those pillars going at different angles, and differening window depths. It just jars with me. Compared to how elegant the cockpit window arrangement on the 707/7227/737 is, and I guess the DC9/MD-80 which has a similar look. The ...

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by vhtje
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA service to Australia over the years
Replies: 45
Views: 6620

Re: BA service to Australia over the years

Does anyone else remember 'British Airways' and the 'speed marque' appearing on the wall behind the Qantas domestic check-in counters, below the much larger Qantas signage? In Sydney, I mean? This happened soon after Qantas was privatised and BA took 25% ownership. It was in the old check-in area on...

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by vhtje
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8169

Re: Pan Am questions

Between 1971-1975 I'd say was Pan Am's height. It is interesting you seem to mention Pan Am’s peak was during the fuel crisis, when the world was over the barrel and at the mercy of OPEC. I like to think of Pan Am at its peak with the merger of National. It’s just a shame PA was never able to profi...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-10
Replies: 84
Views: 33952

Re: British Airways 787-10

Nice video! What pilots fly delivery flights? Boeing pilots or the airline’s pilots? There’s a terrific video on YouTube from the 1990s that shows BA accepting a then-new 747-436 and being ceremoniously, and literally, handed the keys. The handover of an aircraft is quite a palaver, and involves ai...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA restarts Montego Bay from LGW
Replies: 9
Views: 2228

Re: BA restarts Montego Bay from LGW

skipness1E wrote:
Ryga wrote:
Isn’t MBJ new to BA? They served KIN before.

No, it’s come and gone before, at least twice. Last time was an agreement with VS, BA stayed at KIN, VS stayed at MBJ.


Isn't that called market collusion, and highly illegal?

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by vhtje
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry
Replies: 56
Views: 15627

Re: Inching towards a collapse of the leasing industry

The airline industry is one of the most capital intensive ones out there [...] This urban myth is widely spread -- not just here on a.net -- but it is completely wrong. Establishing an air traffic network is just dirt-cheap compared to developing a functional road or even railway infrastructure. Th...

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA & B6 announce Northeast Partnership
Replies: 323
Views: 40770

Re: AA & B6 announce Northeast Partnership

Whilst this is terrific for AA's frequent flyers, it doesn't do anything for oneworld passengers flying into NYC, unlike the AS deal on the west coast. That is disappointing.

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by vhtje
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH Group to establish new AOC for leisure ops
Replies: 41
Views: 5645

Re: Lufthansa to create a new airline ‘Ocean’

Ziyulu wrote:
I think it is to disguise lower service standards. Still wonder why US carriers don't do this.


....because they have better morals and are less greedy when it comes to the welfare of their employees?

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 13514

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

The problem is that regardless of the price of the ticket / fare class airlines have not been refunding according to their statutory obligations as their business model is based on interest free credits provided by their customers.. I can see your point here, but on the flip side it is not the airl...

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by vhtje
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL France to cease flying
Replies: 16
Views: 4224

Re: LEVEL France to cease flying

So from this, along with the demise of LEVEL Europe (the former Anisec operation) do we extrapolate that LEVEL is done? The only remaining LEVEL operation is the IB part. That can be absorbed back into IB easily. As SCQ83 so eloquently puts it: LEVEL was a preventive measure against Norwegian long-h...

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by vhtje
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time For Delta To Consider New Airline Partners?
Replies: 85
Views: 12347

Re: Time For Delta To Consider New Airline Partners?

the Oneworld, Skyteam and Star Alliances have been around now What? 30 years? Hell! A whole LOT of things look different after 30 years! LH and UA were cool before the Star Alliance. Delta and Air France were cool before their Alliance, American and British were cool before their Alliance. What wen...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thierry Antinori hitting back on Emirates?
Replies: 8
Views: 2883

Re: Thierry Antinori hitting back on Emirates?

One airline publishes good annual reports. The other tries to mask its faults. Lightsaber I do not believe EK’s published financial results. Not for one second. I have no evidence of any wrongdoings, nor am I even remotely suggesting EK, or their auditors, are doing anything illegal. Quite the oppo...

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by vhtje
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA moving to LHR T-5
Replies: 107
Views: 16952

Re: Official: AA moving to LHR T-5

I read somewhere that the AA flights will all operate out of T5C, and that a oneworld-branded lounge will be built there. I understand there has always been provision for a lounge in T5CL but it was never built.

I can’t find the link, but I will keep searching and when I find it, I will post it.

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8169

Re: Pan Am questions

What I do find interesting is PA flying 727s from LHR to OSL/CPH/ARN. How did that come about? BA and SK must have been furious! Oh and the 747 LHR to BRU. On the European routes I think those were "tag-ons" to and from the LHR and FRA hubs, without point-to-point rights as such. United, ...

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by vhtje
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8169

Re: Pan Am questions

Some interesting insights here from 1977. (The height of Pan Am?) https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/261647/197778-panam-routes/ Looks like all Australia services were via Fiji/Hawaii/New Zealand. I do remember my grandmother, in the mid 1970s, flying PA MEL to NAN vv, so they must ha...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroméxico files for Chapter 11
Replies: 118
Views: 25761

Re: Rumor: Aeroméxico to file for Chapter 11

Folks and Moderators: Asking very nicely since all posts are quite interesting. May I ask that we concentrate on this thread about Aeromexico's situation (maybe some Latin American overall woes too...). I see that Delta comments are starting to highjack this thread. I actually would suggest startin...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS recapitalization - Sweden + Denmark state funds
Replies: 60
Views: 4828

Re: SAS recapitalization - Sweden + Denmark state funds

zkojq wrote:
Um what? Whenever has a legacy carrier ever set up a hub outside of it's own country and made a success of it?


Actually, and not that am seeking to disagree with your central point, but QF's scissor hub in SIN springs to mind. Very successful for much of the 1980s, 90s and 2000s.

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Seems that Cyrus held media interviews over the weekend, mounting a bit of a media blitz jut like Bain did before the bidding closed. Summary: Cyrus wants the new Virgin Australia to be smaller, mid-market and more like Virgin America; would keep 'Virgin' brand but drop Tiger; focus on a smaller al...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 342
Views: 56367

Re: Air Europa might stay independent.

If the deal doesn't complete...would UX still be for sale? Could they survive without latching onto someone else, like AF/KL? If IAG, with their strong financials, are having second thoughts about the UX deal at the moment, you think AF-KLM, in their perilous financials state, are a good candidate ...

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by vhtje
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 256
Views: 54216

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

What's really stopping the Govt from letting SAA fail, persuading Comair to drop the BA branding, and turning Comair into the country's main airline ? Many of the missing long haul routes would be picked up by other airlines within 18 months. Have you not been reading the posts on this thread? SAA ...

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opening of border USA/Australia speculation
Replies: 10
Views: 1295

Re: Opening of border USA/Australia speculation

I am hoping UK to Australia will open by Christmas, so that I may go to Australia for Christmas and all of January, but I think my chances are rather slim.

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by vhtje
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 53148

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion Thread

It’s widely known in the UK that Norwegian was almost bankrupt. Regardless of their new ownership I just can’t see how they expect the UK public to trust them again. A short haul trip booked at short notice is one thing, but a more expensive ticket booked many months ahead would be very risky for t...

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by vhtje
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Pan Am disappear?
Replies: 76
Views: 9752

Re: Why did Pan Am dissapeared?

Why was Pan AM so desperate to have a domestic network within the US, was not their international network not enough for them? I remember they were ( just in my opinion ) along with British Airways the largest international carriers in the world at the time just about any airport in the world you w...

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by vhtje
Thu May 28, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Majority of LH Shareholders are Voting for Rescue Package
Replies: 502
Views: 62146

Re: Lufthansa: 10B EUR bailout - Update

The difference is the kind of support. The EU eyes any form of re-nationalisation (full or partial) as undesirable. AF/KL get loans while LH will be 20% government owned. AF/KL have to make serious concessions on domestic routes on environmental grounds, LH has to "renew its fleet" as its...

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by vhtje
Thu May 28, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - New Documentary
Replies: 4
Views: 1349

Re: Pan Am - New Documentary

Personally, I think the world is obsessed with Pan Am. Like some other posters have said, there were other pioneering airlines. By today's standards Pan Am always had a rather small fleet with infrequent service over a lot of routes. They contributed a lot to the development of commercial aviation,...

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by vhtje
Thu May 21, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7701

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

Unless they are breaking ground on T5D right now, how do they plan to fit everything in the long term? I know things have changed dramatically in the last several months, but assuming a return to pre-COVID levels in, say, 4 years, is there even enough room for all OW carriers at T5? There wasn't ev...

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by vhtje
Tue May 19, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020
Replies: 90
Views: 19369

Re: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020

The 789 is probably too small for LGW especially since the densification of the 777 and the regular demand on some of BAs routes obviously in normal times. With the 787’s increased efficiency (compared to the 772), is the densification needed? In other words, could the 787 still make money for BA a...

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by vhtje
Tue May 19, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 8640

Re: Virtual tour of UA 727-022

Sadly, just a white page on desktop Firefox. Requires specific level of WebGL so probably not a good choice of technology if you want to reach a wide audience. Firstly, it’s not mine, I just shared it, which was very clear from my post, so why you are directing criticism of the tech employed toward...

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by vhtje
Fri May 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virtual tour of UA 727-022
Replies: 73
Views: 8640

Virtual tour of UA 727-022

I stumbled across this on a group I am a member of on Facebook, thought I would share: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=rtPb7TAsPC8&fbclid=IwAR1PrxW15K_ikBC1-JM89rVjii_wFOsHv_QwZV_GK1qgBsgPHRji1XuGjwY Three things that strike me are: 1) The generous legroom, even in Economy 2) The garish interi...

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by vhtje
Mon May 11, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5367

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

If a resource is limited not all demands can be met. It's the price that decides whose demands get satisfied and whose demands can't. Beside costing money, fuel hedges contradict the distribution function inherent in the oil price. Therefore I believe airlines shouldn't be allowed to hedge their fu...

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by vhtje
Sat May 09, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175746

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Actually he did not. He put $250 million into the Virgin Group. $100 million was for VS. It was not the for the employees; see the post above. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/12/richard-branson-facing-backlash-over-plea-for-uk-bailout-of-virgin?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other It is absolutely ...

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by vhtje
Wed May 06, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?
Replies: 18
Views: 2009

Re: Odd Qantas/Air N. Zealand DC8 flight in early 80s?

Didn't the Australian domestic carriers TN and AN also have flights to New Zealand at some point (I think the early 1980s), but which had to carry QF flight numbers, and only on odd routes, like HBA to WLG? I am sure I read that in Ansett: the Story of the Rise and Fall of Ansett by Stewart Wilson. ...

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by vhtje
Tue May 05, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1455
Views: 175746

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

I haven't followed Virgin Atlantic much, but one look at the diversity of their tiny fleet tells me cost control isn't their strong suite. Why in the world would they have 787-9's and A330-900's on the way? That is crazy having 2 aircraft with very similar missions in such small quantities, but if ...

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by vhtje
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52315

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Apparently Virgin Australia have sought bankruptcy protection in the USA. Clearly this isn't Chapter 11, but can someone with more knowledge of US bankruptcy law explain what's going on. The article isn't very informative. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/30/virgin-australia-launches-u...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will most A380s return to service?
Replies: 6
Views: 1098

Re: Will most A380s return to service?

Most unlikely:
AF
LH
KE
MH
OZ
CZ


Possibly:
NH
CZ
EY


Definitely:
QF
BA
EK
QR
SQ

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 47
Views: 5235

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

[Just imagine if frequency wasn't that important: we would have more A380's flying around, which may have provided a lower carbon footprint. There are numerous examples, but sometimes I wonder if we really need ten BA/AA flights between JFK and LHR a day... Alan Joyce (QF CEO) is on record saying h...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)
Replies: 47
Views: 5235

Re: The Airbus A380 Turns 15 Today (April 27)

On the very first day that SQ flew it to LHR, I happened to be on my way to Spain for an exchange rotation in Madrid and I was connecting via LHR. I knew SQ was flying it to LHR that day but I figured that it would be unlikely that I'd get to see it. ...and then we taxied right behind it while it w...

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