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by uta999
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 152
Views: 22192

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

Split Boeing into two, WB and NB. Good company vs bad company. If the MAX does go south, declare Chapter 11 on the NB side only Then it either gets ‘saved’ or it fails and the debt is written off. Boeing WB survives as a much leaner profitable company which can develop a 787 based 767 sized new mode...

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by uta999
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 118
Views: 20281

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

She is on the move again for the last time at LAX as QF7474 - VH-OEJ

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by uta999
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG
Replies: 93
Views: 29245

Re: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG

Well luckily every parcel containing a Lithium battery was correctly labelled as such. Otherwise there could have been a fire. Oh wait...!

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by uta999
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 278
Views: 74085

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

There's a nice spot for the BOAC** 744 on the roundabout approaching T5 at LHR. Perhaps even replace the model Emirates A380 on the M4 Spur. Better still open one to the public on the undershoot of the old runway 23. There's a nice green area there crying out for an aviation park. https://www.google...

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by uta999
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow closes southern runway for repairs
Replies: 11
Views: 2446

Re: Heathrow closes southern runway for repairs

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.46983 ... !1e1?hl=en

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Anyone know why the three holding points on 09L have not been built yet? Planning permission went in several years ago. The plan was to match the other holding areas on the southern runway.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.46983 ... !1e1?hl=en

Google Maps

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by uta999
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow closes southern runway for repairs
Replies: 11
Views: 2446

Heathrow closes southern runway for repairs

Heathrow closes southern runway for repairs, possibly till October. Apparently the repairs run much deeper than normal runway resurfacing. The locals are not happy about the noise, but most airlines are only using their latest fleet, so much quieter than normal. http://www.fulhamsw6.com/default.asp?...

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by uta999
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 280
Views: 46278

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

A Flight Simulators paradise, especially if a working flight deck is included. Quite a few TCAS alerts though. I actually like it.

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by uta999
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29232

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4RvajdD3vI
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In the summer of 1976, we flew LHR-KUL (Subang) on a classic Qantas 742, via Belgrade, Bahrain and finally Kuala Lumpur. I think it even landed in Singapore on its way to Oz.

It took a while but enjoyed every minute.

Nice video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4RvajdD3vI

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by uta999
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 280
Views: 46278

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Once (If) deliveries restart, the next problem is that few airlines are in a position to pay for or use said new airplanes. Airlines with the largest MAX orders are probably in the weakest position to finance them in great numbers, at least for the next couple of years. Expect 50% of the built frame...

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by uta999
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-10
Replies: 84
Views: 33852

Re: British Airways 787-10

BA could be waiting to take delivery of both on the same mission, subject to quality issues if indeed there are any.

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by uta999
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 57302

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

Fixing the MAX and getting it back in the air is only half the problem for Boeing. The other half will be finding airlines that actually need, want and can afford to take those hugely optimistic orders. The finance and market has simply evaporated and may not return for 5-10 years, by which time tec...

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by uta999
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 313
Views: 57985

Re: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant

BA/AIG have to buy around 200 new aircraft over the next ten years, just to keep up with everyone else. That costs a lot of money. The management are simply doing what any of us would do if we were in charge. Cut costs and improve productivity. Staff moral at the moment is quite low down the list of...

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by uta999
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two types of different surfaces for the same runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 3772

Re: Two types of different surfaces for the same runway?

The reason why some of the runways first part is concrete is to avoid melting of the asphalt because of the high power settings at the beginning of the take-off (slow speed more time in the same spot) especially where there is military jets (after-burn) Here is an extreme example of the effect on a...

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by uta999
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1406
Views: 165451

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

VS fly to around 2% of the routes served by BA. For those saying fares will rise if they go under, they won't because the public will be very reluctant to travel for the next few years. This will keep fares low. Virgin are toast because a billionaire is asking for a loan! https://www.virginatlantic....

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by uta999
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Just one EZY flight in the air now. Liverpool to Belfast.

Two Virgin Atlantic planes left flying. LAX & JFK.

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by uta999
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Could the likes of EasyJet and Ryanair be in trouble if this goes on beyond the summer?

Not sure how much government support there will be, and they could emerge a lot smaller once a recovery starts.

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by uta999
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR terminal moves?
Replies: 38
Views: 11492

Re: LHR terminal moves?

If it were possible, now would be a great time to do major works at LHR.

Demolish T1, and create new holding points on 09L. Straighten a few taxiways, create new stands and satellites. This stoppage could drag on for 6-12 months and demand could be very low on resumption of some normality.

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by uta999
Sat Mar 21, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accelerating aircraft retirements
Replies: 83
Views: 18123

Re: Accelerating aircraft retirements

BA have implied that their 744s will probably be retired now. Will one or two be saved for a UK museum, or even on display at LHR somewhere?

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by uta999
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Grounded LH fleet at FRA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmrQIMxb3QE Sorry if this has been posted before but I don't read the whole thread. Feel free to remove if it's the case. Terrible quality video, but from what i can make off of it: it looks like Victorville without sand... dozens of airplan...

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by uta999
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?
Replies: 62
Views: 2506

Re: What will be the lasting effects of the Coronavirus on commercial aviation?

Everyone: How do we cut our carbon footprint, halt demand, kill globalisation, cut population, reduce air travel, stop climate change?

Nature: Hold my beer.

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by uta999
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

I wonder if BA will start sending their 744s or A380s down to SYD, to keep the flight crews on rota.

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by uta999
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

If this drags on as expected for many months, could we see whole fleets such as BA, LH, AF ferry their assets to the desert?

Can they seal them all sufficiently to store a large fleet here in the UK & EU for six months?

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by uta999
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73374

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020

Now would be a good time for Boeing to announce the cancellation of the entire MAX program. It would be completely lost and ignored by the mainstream media because of other news. Airlines would be grateful not to have to take their rather optimistic orders, and Boeing won’t make a loss on building m...

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by uta999
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Everyone, companies and individuals are going to need a 6-12 month payment holiday on all loans, mortgages and credit card payments. Even monthly bank payments. Soon it won’t just be the aviation industry that is in trouble. It will affect everyone. We will all run out of money within a few weeks un...

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by uta999
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Is there a link to FlightRadar24 to see the total number of flights each day, showing the rapid decline of the past few weeks?

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by uta999
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accelerating aircraft retirements
Replies: 83
Views: 18123

Re: Accelerating aircraft retirements

Hopefully a couple of BA 744 will end up at Duxford or another museum in the UK.

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by uta999
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTA Airlines Green Doors
Replies: 34
Views: 5278

Re: UTA Airlines Green Doors

Air France, when this is all over please bring back a retro UTA 77W, 789 and A321.

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by uta999
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336510

UK aviation needs £7.5 billion lifeline

http://news.sky.com/story/virgin-atlant ... t-11957708
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The chairman of Virgin pleads (on behalf of the aviation sector) for the UK government to offer £7.5B bailout now, or airlines could go under within weeks.


http://news.sky.com/story/virgin-atlant ... t-11957708

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by uta999
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1121
Views: 309344

Re: KLM retires all 747 by end of March

I wonder if BA will follow suit and accelerate their 744 storage / retirements.

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by uta999
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020
Replies: 463
Views: 73374

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, March 2020

Wouldn’t an iPad based ‘dumb’ EICAS system be easy to setup? Although not linked to the actual aircraft, it would provide full checklists and solutions for any event with a simple search, based on the stage of the flight in real time. It would know the a/c approximate speed, altitude, heading, attit...

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162770

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

631 deaths now in Italy from 10000 cases. That’s 6% of known cases dying, though it would be less if the unknowns are added. Still a very high number for a ‘flu’ strain as some keep calling it.

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162770

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Do we know why northern Italy was affected so badly by this virus quite early on? Yet the UK, with all the flights from China & Korea seems a long way behind the curve. It doesn't make sense, unless the UK just aren't testing for it.

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV
Replies: 31
Views: 9129

Re: Thai Airways Airbus A330 chops tail off gulfstream IV

Simply bolt another 'tail' on the other side and its good to go.

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK 'can't go climate neutral before 2050'
Replies: 32
Views: 1014

UK 'can't go climate neutral before 2050'

Climate change: The UK cannot go climate neutral much before 2050, unless people stop flying and eating red meat almost completely, a report says. But it warns that the British public do not look ready to take such steps and substantially change their lifestyle. The report challenges the views of ca...

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162770

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus- ... r-11954229
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This doctor explains what its really like in an Italian hospital. They have to decide who will live, who will die. There are just too many people to help them all. Like a war field hospital.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus- ... r-11954229

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182640

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51809318
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'Ghost' and largely empty flights are operating because EU 'Use it or lose it' rules still apply to UK slot restricted airports.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51809318

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by uta999
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182640

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

There appears to be a cluster of five deaths (of 30) in France, with possible links to CDG airport north of Paris. These are tiny villages where people commute to work there. The death rate from the virus in Italy appears to be the highest in the world at 5-6%. Italy has one of the oldest population...

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by uta999
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IMAGES: Plans to build runways north of LHR date back to 1946
Replies: 11
Views: 3923

Re: IMAGES: Plans to build runways north of LHR date back to 1946

I think that was part of a ramp in the late 1940s. There were tents there instead of passenger terminals, just south of the Great West Road (A4).

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by uta999
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182640

Re: Lufthansa is considering to ground entire A380 fleet

Lease them all to BA. Paint and a few headrest covers, job done.

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by uta999
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146901

Re: DY about to go bust?

I wonder if credit card companies are holding onto their money yet. That will be the sign of things to come for DY.

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by uta999
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible COVID-19 infection at Boeing Everett plant.
Replies: 45
Views: 8258

Re: Possible COVID-19 infection at Boeing Everett plant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... death_rate
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World road deaths = 1.35 million per year

COVI19 deaths (mainly the old and ill) = 3100 approx, though some would have died anyway through ill-health.

I will take my chances.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... death_rate

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by uta999
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible COVID-19 infection at Boeing Everett plant.
Replies: 45
Views: 8258

Re: Possible COVID-19 infection at Boeing Everett plant.

Here is a useful UN chart of world births and deaths. Approximately 60 million die each year. That is already 1% of us. This is likely to increase as the world population continues to grow by a birth rate of 140+ million per year. An increase to 2% will in fact stop population growth. I will let you...

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by uta999
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112134

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Perhaps Easyjet should create a UK regional division, paint the Q400's bright orange and call it Easy(prop). A great way to get their brand into LHR quickly.

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by uta999
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112134

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

https://news.sky.com/story/regional-air ... e-11949393
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FlyBe could collapse within days...

https://news.sky.com/story/regional-air ... e-11949393

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by uta999
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030
Replies: 63
Views: 7594

Re: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030

A hybrid would be far better in terms of safety, at least initially. Think about the bad weather, go-arounds and diversions recently in the UK and EU. Some flights ended up returning to their departure airport. That would cut the useful range down to 150 miles!

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by uta999
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182640

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

This could very well be the end for the remaining BA 744 fleet, in a similar way to Concorde after 9/11.

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by uta999
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling
Replies: 170
Views: 13620

Re: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling

With three runways, the taxi distance to/from the holding point(s) will be greatly reduced, as at least two of the runways will be used in mixed-mode. It will also mean there are two departure runways during the peaks, and two landing runways most of the time. That's an awful lot less wasted fuel on...

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by uta999
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182640

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus- ... k-11948097
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Coronavirus: British Airways and Ryanair cancel hundreds of flights due to outbreak.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus- ... k-11948097

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