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by lalib
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to Lahore
Replies: 29
Views: 6212

Re: British Airways to Lahore

Great to see BA flying to Lahore. BA will get a headstart since VS due to commenced operations in Dec.

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by lalib
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Boeing 737-800
Replies: 49
Views: 8081

Re: SQ Boeing 737-800

I hold SQ in the highest regard. Best crew and service I've ever experienced. However, I think a bit of SQs grandeur will be chipped away by incorporating Silk Air and going NB. As a fellow poster had already mentioned the livery looks compressed on NB. Secondly, what was the point to incorporate Si...

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by lalib
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to start flights to Pakistan
Replies: 84
Views: 16326

Re: VS to start flights to Pakistan

Lalib that’s head in sand nonsense . The Foreign Office advise to the UK aviation industry continues to classify Karachi as an at risk airport with signifiant points of security concern. What Oman, Gulf Air and the UAE do is of no relevance. Only the new Islamabad facilities specifically meets UK i...

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by lalib
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to start flights to Pakistan
Replies: 84
Views: 16326

Re: VS to start flights to Pakistan

Awesome news - i wish Virgin and also BA for that matter the best in their Pakistan plans. Some questions come to mind: 1) Why is a Karachi option not on the table with each carrier? If their focus in on VFR traffic - then either of them(if not both of them) might do well with service to Karachi if...

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by lalib
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to start flights to Pakistan
Replies: 84
Views: 16326

Re: VS to start flights to Pakistan

Nice to see a new carrier entering Pakistan. I hope VS does well and smart to commenced ops from Lahore.

Not meaning to hijack this thread but perhaps SQ and CX can resume from Karachi. TG not looking good with further restructuring.

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by lalib
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8989

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

Even after being terminated don’t they go into 25% basic pay, free health care and accommodation until they leave the country ? That’s the UAE sponsorship visa conditions isn’t it ?. I worked in a rich neighbouring emirate, and some time ago (before corona) when my contract was summarily terminated...

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by lalib
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Qatar blockade, ICJ and ICAO
Replies: 25
Views: 6753

Re: The Qatar blockade, ICJ and ICAO

If the judgement cannot be enforced against these countries what's options do the ICJ have? Too far fetched for ICACO to enforce other Member States increase the the airspace charges that these 4 countries use to make a one off payment to Qatar. That would be great. ICJs reputation is at stake rende...

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by lalib
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 93
Views: 18110

Re: PIA banned from Europe

Agree PIA brought this on themselves - National embarrassment.

Hoping more irregularities are discovered and they are banned from other countries like UAE, Saudi, Japan and Thailand - too bad their network is not so extensive.

I'm Pakistani BTW.

All airlines should be subject to an audit.

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by lalib
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Emirates have to completely change business model?
Replies: 17
Views: 2506

Re: Will Emirates have to completely change business model?

Flight Pricing depends on the City pairs and the time of year. In Covid environment I would rather pay a premium and fly a well run airline in Y like EK. My choice is between TG and EK going to far east. I would avoid TG since BKK is a pain to transit in compared to Dxb (by no way perfect) but less ...

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by lalib
Wed May 27, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 155157

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

PIA is well known to harbor people without any degrees or qualifications. Should they be put in charge of this investigation? Is this surprising considering this country is the same one that harbored the 2000's most wanted person? Oh yes that geezer was a Saudi (best buds with the USA) not a Pakist...

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by lalib
Mon May 25, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 155157

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://www.thenews.com.pk/

Main headline. Airbus sending a team to Karachi today.
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VV wrote:
Who is examining the black boxes?

https://www.thenews.com.pk/

Main headline. Airbus sending a team to Karachi today.

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by lalib
Mon May 25, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 155157

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Being a Pakistani lived most of my time abroad I am embarrassed by the lack of transparency in the the country in all respect. There is an arrogance that people in authority exhibit which is completely unfounded. I hesitate in flying domestically and would never fly Pia internationally. If the Govt ...

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by lalib
Fri May 22, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 155157

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Pakistanis refer to PIA as Please inform allah . They normally have retired defence officers heading all their civil institutions, mostly guys who have zero experience in the field. A sure shot receipe for disaster and inefficiency. I believe the head of PIA (CEO) is an Air Marshall. I don't know w...

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by lalib
Fri May 22, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 334
Views: 98439

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

There is no way that the new low cost carrier would be named anything near 'Cathay Express'. No premium airline would dilute its brand like that. True and good point. CX took their their time in changing dragon air to cathay dragon - which I think was a good thing. Noted that dragon air was not low...

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by lalib
Sat May 09, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8989

Re: EK's possible future?

Contrary to popular opinion on this forum, I think it's very possible that this pandemic has killed the chances of Emirates taking any of the 789 orders. There will soon be an excessive amount of wide body aircraft coming onto the market which will make it a lessee's market for a few years to come....

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by lalib
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8989

Re: A380: what would Emirates do?

Just a wild idea: Could they (the management or Dubai government) let EK go bankrupt while founding a "new EK" out of I'm not sure what (maybe Fly Dubai, in a Swissair-Crossair-Swiss kind of move) so that they can cancel all the contracts they want and just take "back" what they...

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by lalib
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8989

Re: A380: what would Emirates do?

EK has FZ. Defer/cancel existing orders if possible. When restrictions on travel ease. EK could park half of their a/c and ramp up FZ to handle EKs regional destinations. Perfectly doable for subcontinent, middle east and africa. EK own metal to operate on long haul routes. During the course of time...

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by lalib
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8989

Re: A380: what would Emirates do?

I agree with Toinou. There will be a reluctance to fly. EK got a huge fleet that will be under utilsed. I'm no expert but perhaps EK should consider taking equity stakes in struggling airlines or state owned airlines such as MH, TG, PK, PL, Biman, UL, SAA. If these airlines are on the verge of coll...

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by lalib
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8989

Re: A380: what would Emirates do?

I agree with Toinou. There will be a reluctance to fly. EK got a huge fleet that will be under utilsed. I'm no expert but perhaps EK should consider taking equity stakes in struggling airlines or state owned airlines such as MH, TG, PK, PL, Biman, UL, SAA. If these airlines are on the verge of colla...

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by lalib
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?
Replies: 24
Views: 4231

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

Hi myki. Agree with everything you said. Going back to 2009 when Dxb asked AUH for a bailout. AUH asked for EK shares or Burj Khalifa. Instead AUH should have asked for majority shareholding in DWC on the basis that EK ops will move in 2020. AUH could have timed EY growth not spent money on midfield...

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by lalib
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?
Replies: 24
Views: 4231

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

Unfortunately this airport will not go as planned. Due to the current crisis EK is gonna need a major bailout from AUH Govt. I have feeling this will pan out like this. DWC - Terminal 1 EK, Terminal 2 EY. Genius I know! On a serious note, AUH is 70 kms away from DWC. EY is a much smaller airline wit...

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by lalib
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 334
Views: 98439

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

Crazy thing is that COVID-19 hasnt really affected Hong Kong that bad. It's completely hammered demand to and from the Mainland. My flight from Guangzhou to HK next month on Cathay Dragon has just been cancelled (not that I was ever going to take it given imposed quarantines in Beijing and HK). Som...

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by lalib
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 334
Views: 98439

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

I seriously hope CX can Mitigate some losses by increased demand for air cargo. The have 14 744 or 748 aircraft.

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by lalib
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211784

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

From an enthusiastic's point of view I'd love to see photos of the airlines parked nicely at major airports.

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by lalib
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211784

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

This may warrant a thread of its own........ What are CX's future fleet plans.

Also credit to them for their promptness in network adjustment and communication of the same.

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by lalib
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways enters Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 262
Views: 54955

Re: Minister: THAI "Financial Status Critical"; Rehab Program Failing

Just being in the news is negative publicity for TG.
Yesterday I flew HKG to Khi had a choice between TG and EK, went for EK despite flight and connection being longer.

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by lalib
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28911

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

Dragon air - KA where did they get that from?

As someone mentioned before the earlier established airlines got the best represented codes, so far the ones not mentioned PK, AI, JL, GF, TK, LH,

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by lalib
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad and Air Arabia to form AUH LCC
Replies: 46
Views: 9491

Re: Etihad and Air Arabia to form AUH LCC

I had the experience of seeing their AUH HQ and the people who work there, most of them are extremely clueless. They bring the lowest quality of employees from India to save money but in the end it causes a great deal of problems and long-term losses. Correct I also worked there before the crisis h...

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by lalib
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 334
Views: 98439

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

I was hoping to see Cathay restart HKG-BKK-KHI and compete with Thai, but I guess that's out of the question anytime soon. Maybe CA or CZ will try it out of PEK/CAN? (CA has a triangle route via Islamabad, but no direct PEK-KHI flights.) I feel so bad for Hong Kong, I know another Tiananmen is unli...

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by lalib
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 334
Views: 98439

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

Its going to be bad for quite some time the way things are looking in HK, and CX will certainly have to consider additional cuts and cost savings at this rate. Swire group should have enough money coming from elsewhere to keep them going if worst comes to worst. They aren’t your typical stand alone...

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by lalib
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Walmart Exec Greg Foran to head Air New Zealand
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Former Walmart Exec Greg Foran to head Air New Zealand

Rupert Hogg Ex CEO of CX could also have been a good fit. I read that his wife is a Kiwi.

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by lalib
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 334
Views: 98439

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

I was hoping to see Cathay restart HKG-BKK-KHI and compete with Thai, but I guess that's out of the question anytime soon. Maybe CA or CZ will try it out of PEK/CAN? (CA has a triangle route via Islamabad, but no direct PEK-KHI flights.) I feel so bad for Hong Kong, I know another Tiananmen is unli...

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by lalib
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to grow Fleet 30% - STC
Replies: 31
Views: 6629

Re: Emirates to grow Fleet 30% - STC

Emirates may end up taking over Etihad, so from this perspective a good proportion of the reported growth could come from simply acquiring this airline. Too much pride between the two emirates. The rulers of AUH would rather shrink EY to a boutique airline to stop the bleeding and leave it at that....

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by lalib
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to grow Fleet 30% - STC
Replies: 31
Views: 6629

Re: Emirates to grow Fleet 30% - STC

What on earth is he smoking?

If that were true then why isn't DWC being built at record pace? Correct me if I am wrong but with the A380 on its way out and the following types of a/c in A330NEOs, A350s and B787s means more slots required for EK at a slot constrained DXB airport.

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by lalib
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Fleet Discussion and News Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 7134

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

I know this doesn't mean much to the majority of A netters on this site. There is only one thing I give TG credit for that is that it flies to 3 Pakistani destinations and has been doing so for many years. Frequency to KHI is Daily and LHE I think is too. ISB 4-5 times a week. They have a good marke...

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by lalib
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 143433

Re: Updated: SAS presenting new livery

Roll out is tonight.

Honestly, this livery is in my top 3.

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by lalib
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss
Replies: 84
Views: 20731

Re: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss

Are we all in agreement that despite this loss QR has a solid future ahead? These are the advantages that they have going for them: - Major event in 2022 unparalleled to anything ever hosted in the ME - Modern Airport that can handle further expansion - Versatile fleet of WB and NB - Within top 3 Ca...

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by lalib
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai
Replies: 55
Views: 11632

Re: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai

Isn't this a reason why BA will struggle on this route? Competing against 3 daily A380's. I've lived in Dubai and when Not flying EK the terminal experience for other airlines is not as good as EKs terminal. And yet BA managed 3x daily LHR-DXB including A351 and super Hi-J 744 when EK runs 6x A380 ...

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by lalib
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai
Replies: 55
Views: 11632

Re: Rumour of British Airways launching Gatwick - Dubai

[quote EK runs 3x A380s daily LGW - DXB, so yes definitely not crazy to contemplate such a service from BA.[/quote] Isn't this a reason why BA will struggle on this route? Competing against 3 daily A380's. I've lived in Dubai and when Not flying EK the terminal experience for other airlines is not a...

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by lalib
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 143433

Re: Updated: SAS presenting new livery

LAX772LR wrote:
SAS A340 wrote:
And the SAS logo on the fuselage is perfect in colures (not screaming SAS).... there are more not so tasteful examples out there...

Um, your brand identification standing out boldly is what most advertisers SEEK.


If that was true. LH wound't ditch the yellow. The tail is the most visible part .

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by lalib
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 143433

Re: Updated: SAS presenting new livery

I was really hoping they would have moved on from the "silver on white" scheme that is near impossible to see in certain light conditions. What do they have against making the "SAS" actually visible on the fuselage? They were able to do it on the belly. One may have to have a cl...

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by lalib
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32508

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

Let me expand. New seats require different space. Say one first class layout needed 10m if cabin length to implement and the new one requires 12m, without moving the toilets? Moving toilets to allow new hard product is normally trivial, the way the A380 was certified, it isn't. Without moving the t...

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by lalib
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss
Replies: 84
Views: 20731

Re: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss

With regard to equity investments that QR has recently made, instead of going for the premier or OW members why not invest in the airlines that could actually benefit from a cash injection and QR's management expertise. A number of airlines come to mind, PIA, Iran Air, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh air...

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by lalib
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 143433

Re: Updated: SAS to present new livery by September 19th, 2019

Stunning lively! Love everything about it.

LH lively was a major flop

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by lalib
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss
Replies: 84
Views: 20731

Re: Qatar Airways Reports $632 Million Loss

With regard to equity investments that QR has recently made, instead of going for the premier or OW members why not invest in the airlines that could actually benefit from a cash injection and QR's management expertise. A number of airlines come to mind, PIA, Iran Air, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh airl...

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by lalib
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32508

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

One of the reasons for the accelerated demise of the A380 is that it costs 30 million to refurbish it - Something is wrong with this statement! We all agree and know that the A380 has increased operations costs since it has 4 engines compared to other WB's using 2. Does it really cost US 30 million ...

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by lalib
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 597
Views: 143433

Re: SAS new livery?

Any of the liveries indicated on this page would look good on an SAS aircraft.

Scandinavian countries to me are trend setters.

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by lalib
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 247
Views: 33500

Re: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread

I'm not sure what people aren't understanding about "it's cheaper." Why paint in China? It's cheaper. Yep, they probably could have painted it in Germany. But China was cheaper. Why not add a third colour? It's cheaper. Yep, the could have added a third colour, but this is cheaper. How ma...

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by lalib
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 247
Views: 33500

Re: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread

The LH livery without the yellow still hasn't grown on me unfortunately. With the new livery the aircraft looks a little incomplete and slightly awkward. LH old vs new illustrates which livery is more prominent. Compare what CX has done. New livery is beautiful its got the right proportions and look...

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