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by steman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1026
Views: 247524

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Please tell us how IG network is shrinking. Inviato dal mio Redmi Note 7 utilizzando Tapatalk They have been cutting a lot of long haul destination or turning them into seasonal: dehli, Mumbai, Moscow. Bangkok, Los Angeles, San Francisco and toronto to name a few. There's a thread about it and you ...

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by steman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread
Replies: 238
Views: 29866

Re: Revised Lufthansa livery fleet thread

When will people realise that their opinion of LH new livery is just that? An opinion! A taste. You can argument as much as you want about how bad that the yellow is missing, how better the old livery was but it's just your personal taste. Valid, legit, but just a taste, not a fact. I personally lik...

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by steman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1026
Views: 247524

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Guess if LH was offered to take over AZ and turn it into a profitable airline, they would find an internal solution for EN. The original plan of LH was to have AZ focus on FCO and leave MXP to EW. But now IG has started many routes from MXP and it would be way more difficult as 2 years back ... IG ...

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by steman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1026
Views: 247524

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Guess if LH was offered to take over AZ and turn it into a profitable airline, they would find an internal solution for EN. The original plan of LH was to have AZ focus on FCO and leave MXP to EW. But now IG has started many routes from MXP and it would be way more difficult as 2 years back ... IG ...

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by steman
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet in Berlin
Replies: 15
Views: 2946

Re: easyJet in Berlin

EFHK wrote:
steman wrote:
BER seems to be on course for opening in October 2020.


That is quite some statement to make!


There have been recent tests performed by the TÜV and they said they are satisfied.
T2 is under construction and seems to be progressing well.

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by steman
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet in Berlin
Replies: 15
Views: 2946

Re: easyJet in Berlin

Easyjet is a life saver for me in Berlin. Especially in TXL since they filled the void left from air berlin. In the past 12 months I have flown only on easyjet and only out of TXL (SXF is really inconvenient for me). I don´t remember exactly but I think they have a total of 37 aircraft based between...

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by steman
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 11757

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

So what is LH´s real issue here? They had to compete against LCC for many years. This is nothing new. And fuel prices used to be much higher than they are now. Can there be wrong managerial decision when it comes to Eurowings and its disorderly growth? Are they paying the price of their own mistakes...

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by steman
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 901
Views: 211347

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Certainly there were many pictures of the 787 line with ex-northwest 787s with red tails on the assembly line. All before the furst flights. There were no ex-northwest 787s with red tails. The red tails were all Air India with some Hainan. So it is standard practice for Boeing to start building air...

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by steman
Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 901
Views: 211347

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Another close up view of that EK folding wingtip now on the flightline https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EA6eYfPUYAAncM5?format=jpg https://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/1157036302761525248?s=20 There´s something I don´t understand. The plane hasn´t even had its first flight, probably not even started the...

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by steman
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 11757

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

Eurowings has become what Air Berlin used to be: a bit of everything and good at nothing. There´s much to improve there. As far as I´m concerned, Eurowings does not represent a valid option in Berlin, with few flights and on average much higher prices than the competition. They´re probably much stro...

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by steman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

The neo numbering gets me as well with the 5 and 7 engine identifiers, they should have just kept the 1 and the 2 for CFM and PW, respectively. What bothers me is that Airbus decided to keep -200 variant number for the NEOs instead of going with a different number, like -300 or -600. An A320NEO is ...

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by steman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 4472

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

If I´m not wrong the A310 gets its name from A300 minus 10 , the amount of frames removed from the fuselage to make it shorter. And it became A310, kinda setting the path for future models, so the next model (not version) was naturally the A320, followed by A330 and A340. The A300 and 310 got severa...

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by steman
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate airport closes 27/07/19 for three months
Replies: 15
Views: 3741

Re: Milan Linate airport closes 27/07 for three months

LIN is also getting a direct metro line connection, which will make it even more convenient to reach from all over Milan. People will keep on preferring flying out of LIN instead of MXP as long as they have that choice. Sorry but this is a fantasy. I accept there are some people who prefer flying f...

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by steman
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milan Linate airport closes 27/07/19 for three months
Replies: 15
Views: 3741

Re: Milan Linate airport closes 27/07 for three months

LIN is also getting a direct metro line connection, which will make it even more convenient to reach from all over Milan. People will keep on preferring flying out of LIN instead of MXP as long as they have that choice.

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by steman
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 168
Views: 68857

Re: Airbus A330neo Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

More deliveries: Airbus A330-941 1913 CS-TUK TAP Air Portugal delivery 19 July 2019 TLS-LIS ex F-WWYR, Star Alliance cs Airbus A330-941 1926 PK-LEI Lion Airlines delivery 19 July 2019 TLS-CGK ex F-WWYA How many NEO delivered? 18 so far...TAP have 12...Air Mauritius have 2...Delta have 2...AZUL has ...

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by steman
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 11022

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

BA once had in its fleet 57, making it the largest operator in the world of the type. This is incorrect, Japan Airlines was the largest B747 operator in the world at any one time. Japan Airlines had a large B747 fleet consisting of many different variants and short-haul / long-haul / freighter sub-...

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by steman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin
Replies: 42
Views: 6101

Re: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin

Being at TXL during the peak hours is an adventure. Berlin airports belong to the worst airports worldwide and the mayor should do his best to open the new one before even thinking of inviting Emirates. I've flown out of TXL 3 times, twice for long haul (when AB still existed), and once on a FRA-TX...

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by steman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting view of KTEB ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1330

Re: Interesting view of KTEB ...

And yet on other airports (JFK, FRA, etc) Google has implemented an algorithm that deletes images of airplanes at gates or on runways and taxiways, making it really bad for us enthusiasts who love to watch airports on Google Map/Earth.

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by steman
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 47629

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread

What is the latest on TXL and Schonefield? Will they definitely close? BER is just a new terminal for Schoenefeld. If you mean the old terminal, then yes the current discussion has been to keep the SXF terminal open for ULCC flights, at least until the new terminal can be expanded. If one has to be...

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by steman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 2990

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

Would be pretty great if a C-17 could receive a call out to intercept them instead of the 22s. Would love to see a shot of one alongside them along with a close up of their reaction. And how is a C-17 going to take off, climb and reach a TU-95 flying at high altitude and cruise speed? By the time i...

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by steman
Sun May 12, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 47629

Re: Report: BER Oct 2020 opening on shaky grounds

I came here precisely to say that! It would have been better, but also politically disastrous, to just demolish the building and build the terminal anew. Alternatively, just build the second runway for BER and a new terminal next to the existing one for SXF. It already has a second runway. BER has ...

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by steman
Wed May 08, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135463

Re: F-35 news thread

Would it be possible to have a tally of how many F-35s have been delivered to which customers? A bit like the threads on production and deliveries in the civil aviation forum. It probably cannot be very accurate/updated because not all Air Forces disclose such informations but one could roughly know...

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by steman
Wed May 08, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Typhoon T3 numbers j
Replies: 6
Views: 2333

Re: Typhoon T3 numbers j

It took me a bit to understand what you were writing about.
At first I thought you meant Tranche 3 Typhoons, then I realized you are talking about RAF T.3 twinseat trainers. What does RTP means?
So only 9 twin seater available? Out of a total force of well over 100? How can this be?

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by steman
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Luftwaffe A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019-2022
Replies: 17
Views: 6446

Re: Luftwaffe A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019-2022

These can't be there soon enough. Not really relevant, is it? The aircraft had a hard landing and suffered damage. The Globals are new (delivered in 2011), ordered as replacements for the ageing and problematic Challengers. This could happen to a brand new A350 as well. This is relevant. The aircra...

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by steman
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian EI a/c registration
Replies: 14
Views: 2399

Re: Italian EI a/c registration

I think it is a consequence of the merge between Alitalia and Air One some years ago. Air One established an Irish Leasing Company, AP Fleets, taking advantage of the convenient Irish tax environment. After the merge, Alitalia sold all or most of its planes to AP Fleets and leased them back. It´s a ...

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by steman
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135463

Re: F-35 news thread

Italian F-35s continue to work up to full operating capability through deployments away from their home airfield. Once again the men and women of the Italian Armed Forces show a much higher level of professionalism and dedication than the politicians who govern them. More often than not the AMI had...

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by steman
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The fashionable '8' in aircraft designations
Replies: 36
Views: 5403

Re: The fashionable '8' in aircraft designations

Luck has nothing to do with anything because it´s not a quantifiable entity and it does not affect events or outcomes. It´s existence is debatable at least. And according to your own exhaustive list, the number 8 has been associated with many different kind of airplanes. Some had success, some didn´...

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by steman
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF Tornado countdown; the end is near
Replies: 7
Views: 2360

Re: RAF Tornado countdown; the end is near

So, the RAF is the first operator of the Tornado to get rid of it (apart from the German Naval Aviation)? Who will follow? I guess the Italian Air Force will be next, then the Saudi Air Force and finally the Luftwaffe.

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by steman
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania Bankrupt
Replies: 6
Views: 846

Re: Germania Bankrupt

Didn´t they secure financing just last week?
That´s really a shame. Even less competition in the German market, especially Berlin.
I´ve flown with them last year. They were still offering complimentary meals, a true rarity in Europe these days.

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by steman
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 154
Views: 31213

Re: Lufthansa Fleet Threat 2019

According to the usually well informed lh-taufnamen.de we should see the following deliveries in 2019: A320 CEO : 6 A320 NEO : at least 7, more possible A321 NEO : 6 A350 : 3 Also 4 more 777F, 2 each for LH Cargo and Aerologic. The above is only about LH mainline. I´m sure at the end of the year thi...

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by steman
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa stops supporting the JU52
Replies: 26
Views: 8380

Re: Lufthansa stops supporting the JU52

It's about time. I never had a pleasant experience on the aircraft. It was always extremely loud . Not to mention we never landed in London we always got there and then turned around. Good riddance. For crying out loud, it's a (almost) 80 years old aircraft. Of course it's not going to be as quiet,...

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by steman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Generations" of fighter jets/naming conventions
Replies: 25
Views: 2293

Re: "Generations" of fighter jets/naming conventions

This series carried on for only a few more designs before officially ending with the F-111, (which in truth was more Bomber than Fighter). This led on to the 1962 Unified system (as I mentioned above), which adopted several existing US Navy designations (F-1 to F-4), before really getting into it's...

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by steman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where did Easyjet fail where others succeeded?
Replies: 31
Views: 5796

Re: Where did Easyjet fail where others succeeded?

U2 went from zero to being Berlin-Tegel TXL biggest carrier in few months, taking advantage of the collapse of Air Berlin. And they kept a relevant presence in SXF too, making them by far the largest airline in Berlin. With few oddities, like the CPH flights that leave 20 minutes apart, one to TXL a...

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by steman
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AW159 Wildcat (Lynx) prospects
Replies: 5
Views: 3045

Re: AW159 Wildcat (Lynx) prospects

It is one of the contestants for an upcoming order from the German Navy to replace the classic Sea Lynx (I think they are Mk.88s)
The other two models being considered are the NH-90 and the SH-60R.

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by steman
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 217
Views: 37049

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

I´m sorry if it has been reported before but I don´t think I´ve read it anywhere: will the Belgian F-35s be built by Leonardo in Italy? If I´m not wrong the Italian assembly line (FACO) is responsible for production of all examples destined to European Air Forces, with the exception of the RAF. They...

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by steman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 8896

Re: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019

The 779 has the perfect capacity for a 744 replacement. I assume they'll use it to replace the 346 on popular routes and in turn use the 346 to replace the 744, and the 359 for the 343. Otherwise the 35K has a very similar capacity to the 346, so they could order it instead. At the time of placing ...

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by steman
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019
Replies: 28
Views: 8896

Re: Lufthansa: decision, which planes will be replaced by B777-9 in summer 2019

Nothing is set in stone at LH. They change their plans quite often, which, although very confusing and difficult to follow, helps them staying flexible in ever changing market dynamics. Carsten Spohr had said that he might need more A350s and less 777-9 but he hasn´t followed up to that claim and or...

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by steman
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution
Replies: 19
Views: 4601

Re: Imperial Iranian Air Force, pre revolution

They had still to receive the last of the 80 F-14A ordered, which has been retained in the US. I don´t know about other combat assets. They might have had some more but I think they were about to start a modernisation of their Air Force, with the F-14 and F-16 to start with. Pre-Revolution IRAN rece...

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by steman
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hungarian Air Force C17 PFO-EIN Fri 28/9
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

Re: Hungarian Air Force C17 PFO-EIN Fri 28/9

I don´t think the Hungarian Air Force has a C-17. This must be one of those operated by a group of NATO Air Forces on Papa Air Base in Hungary. Each member of this joint operations group get to use one of the (i believe) 3 planes based on a hour plan per year. I don´t remember which are the members....

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by steman
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135463

Re: F-35 news thread

That is a big plane looking small on a big deck! Actually I find it quite compact. I´ve seen it (USAF A version) at static display of the ILA Air Show in Berlin few months ago and I was surprised by how small it is. But then again, it´s a single engine aircraft in the class of the F-16 so it´s not ...

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by steman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany agrees on purchase of 6 C-130J's
Replies: 19
Views: 3748

Re: Germany agrees on purchase of 6 C-130J's

Aren´t they going to be jointly operated with the French Armée de l´Air and based in eastern France?
By the way, the posted reuters link is wrong.

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by steman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing to Build UH-1N Replacement in Philadelphia
Replies: 33
Views: 6363

Re: Boeing to Build UH-1N Replacement in Philadelphia

Will it be called MH-139 in USAF service or will the Air Force assign its own designation? On a side note, Leonardo (former AgustaWestland) developed a military derivative of its highly successful AW139 in the form of the AW149, which is a bit bigger. From this they developed the civilian AW189. But...

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by steman
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135463

Re: F-35 news thread

The Dutch continue to work the F-35 across its multiple configurations. Dutch F-35 Tests in ‘Beast Mode’ Across California Skies Calling it "beast mode" with 4 small bombs and 2 small aa missiles sounds a bit ridiculous. I know it´s a Lockheed PR thing but still, that´s a very small load....

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by steman
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best choice for the Israeli Airforce next gen helicopters
Replies: 8
Views: 1440

Re: Best choice for the Israeli Airforce next gen helicopters

The German Luftwaffe is about to make a decision between the exact same two types: CH-53K and CH-47F. Germany has been a long time user of the CH-53G, similar to the CH-53D used by Israel. It will be interesing to see what the Luftwaffe and the IAF choose and the reasons (the official ones at least)...

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by steman
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?
Replies: 63
Views: 8350

Re: The world's ugliest airlines

It´s a totally subjective issue. They might look ugly to you. Have you wondered how they look like to people in China? I personally find Air China very pleasant, classic, vintage like. Hainan has a nice scheme to me. So does China Southern. But then again, this is my personal opinion on the look of ...

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by steman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY-BUD to be launched by LOT
Replies: 46
Views: 4721

Re: LCY-BUD to be launched by LOT

(as if the airports were part of any route planning) Ever heard about airport incentives? I would say it is not unusual that negotiating airport charges (with airport reps) are part of the route planning process. You´re quoting the wrong person. I didn´t write that. I asked how is the route going t...

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by steman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCY-BUD to be launched by LOT
Replies: 46
Views: 4721

Re: LCY-BUD to be launched by LOT

There is something that I don´t understand about this route. They are planning to start from February 2019, just one month before Brexit. Lot is a Polish airline. Will they have the rights to operate between Hungary and UK? Or will EU and UK airlines still benefit from a common open sky even after t...

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by steman
Tue May 22, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135463

Re: F-35 news thread

I don't get where people are thinking the UK are going for a full B buy. I have only ever read of the intention to buy F-35Bs, no As. A total of 138. In the past there were talks of getting the C instead of the B, which would have allowed a lower number of aircrafts to be procured, thanks to the hi...

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by steman
Tue May 22, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1228
Views: 135463

Re: F-35 news thread

Reducing order size and stretching out deliveries, even though this increases unit costs, are common MoD budget ploys. Personally I wouldn't be surprised, although disappointed, to see both of these happen at some point. Barring wars I'm not sure if the UK has ever managed to achieve the delivery o...

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by steman
Wed May 09, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: arriving after 23:00 in Frankfurt main
Replies: 31
Views: 5640

Re: arriving after 23:00 in Frankfurt main

Although I agree that the night ban should not be too strict and should take into considerations delays and newer models, the problem in this case is that Ryanair has had a very high number of ladings past the night curfew. This seems to be caused by a too tight schedule on the parts of Ryanair and ...

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