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by steman
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1621
Views: 219390

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

This is why I don´t understand how the acquisition of, say, 60 F-35A to replace the Tornado IDS in the strike role, would undermine the development of the FCAS with France. If anything that would give the Luftwaffe and the German industry an insight in LO platform and systems. The fear is that the ...

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by steman
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1621
Views: 219390

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

LOL, they’re targeting flying a demonstrator in 2026, and a 2040 EIS. Realistically, IOC for a squadron in Germany could happen around 2050, so any solution bought today is probably going to be close to worn out by the time that happens. This is why I don´t understand how the acquisition of, say, 6...

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by steman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best BVR Fighter in 1970
Replies: 50
Views: 2924

Re: Best BVR Fighter in 1970

How would the F-106 have fared in 1970? Apparently it could fly higher and faster than the Phantom, which, among it's short-comings for the Vietnam conflict, was one reason why the USAF kept the units stationed with the US. Apparently it was the premier interceptor, and while being designed in the ...

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by steman
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?
Replies: 33
Views: 3609

Re: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?

The Topic Author hasn´t replied yet since he opened the thread but I think he was not referring to the original choice of legacy Hornet F/A-18A but to the platform to replace the F-111, which ended up being the F/A-18F. The discussione veered onto why the legacy hornet was chosen over F-15A, F-16 o...

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by steman
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?
Replies: 33
Views: 3609

Re: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?

The Topic Author hasn´t replied yet since he opened the thread but I think he was not referring to the original choice of legacy Hornet F/A-18A but to the platform to replace the F-111, which ended up being the F/A-18F. The discussione veered onto why the legacy hornet was chosen over F-15A, F-16 or...

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by steman
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?
Replies: 33
Views: 3609

Re: Why Hornets and not Eagles for RAAF?

You mean why Super Hornets F/A-18F instead of Strike Eagles F-15E? I guess the fact that the RAAF had already been operating legacy Hornets for decades contributed to the choice. Moreover the Super Hornet comes also as Growler, which the RAAF also acquired. Acquisition and operating costs are also p...

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 278
Views: 32869

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

I don´t know if it has been reported before, this thread being extremely interesting and rich of information but also very long, but as the Meteor been integrated on the F-35 or are there plans to? Integration on F-35? Has started.. https://www.mbda-systems.com/2019/03/18/work-starts-integrating-ne...

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 278
Views: 32869

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

I don´t know if it has been reported before, this thread being extremely interesting and rich of information but also very long, but as the Meteor been integrated on the F-35 or are there plans to?

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The F16 and Mach 2
Replies: 19
Views: 2343

Re: The F16 and Mach 2

In the final weeks of it's operation, we had a visitor to BA Concorde Engineering, an American guy who I showed around. He had grabbed one of the few remaining pax tickets and was flying back on it. In the cockpit, he had an amazing ability, with two arms, to take pics with a camera, record with th...

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by steman
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The F16 and Mach 2
Replies: 19
Views: 2343

Re: The F16 and Mach 2

But can the F-16 actually reach Mach 2 operationally or just on test flights in clean configuration and with tanks half full? I´ve always read Mach 2,0 reported as max speed for the F-16 but that probably means theoretical in clean configuration, right? I know the ability to reach Mach 2 is not real...

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by steman
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 21282

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

I remember seeing QF 747s at FCO when I was young. They looked so exotic, coming from so far away. And later, when I moved to Germany and I used to fly in and out of FRA, I recall seeing the QF 744s sitting all day at the remote parking stands, where now Terminal 3 is being built. They would arrive ...

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by steman
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox
Replies: 137
Views: 29581

Re: Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to PC and Xbox

What I haven´t understood about this new FS is if there are differences between the PC and the Xbox version. A good Gaming PC or Laptop cost well above a 1000 Euros, more in the 1200/1300 euros range for Laptops, whereas a Xbox can be bought for less than 300 euros. Will the two versions be equally ...

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by steman
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement
Replies: 161
Views: 43298

Re: Finland in talks for F-18 replacement

I wonder what is the political aspect of this selection. Finland is not part of NATO and it shares a long border with Russia. During Cold War Finland was neutral and used both soviet and swedish equipment (not sure if they ever had American or British combat assets before 1991). The F-18 were acquir...

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by steman
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 100
Views: 7504

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Germany surprised a few when they bought the Super Hornet. In that procurement there were a few outliers that really pointed to the Super Bug winning at least a portion of the order. Hard to see them going with the P-8. I can't imagine what the unions would do. Best option overall and gives you int...

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by steman
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 100
Views: 7504

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Everyone seems to forget my favourite underdog, the P-1. Loaded with all the disadvantages that have been discussed threadbare here and in other threads, but it's just so damn cool. The P-1 performed a flying display at the last ILA Air Show in Berlin, two years ago. It´s quite a nice compact machi...

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by steman
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 100
Views: 7504

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Would an ATR P-72 be a good choice?
The Italian Air Force chose it to replace the Atlantics. As far as I know it has good ASuW/ASW (albeit light) capabilities and it´s designed for littoral/EEZ patrol, which should be good enough for German Baltic ops.

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by steman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5677

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

Not forgetting that they ordered five 747-443s, they were picked up by Virgin Atlantic. They get no prizes for fleet planning! Yeah that was a weird one too. They were actually intended as part of the alliance with KLM, which already had a substantial Boeing 747-400 fleet. Then the alliance broke u...

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by steman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5677

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

At the same time that they were getting rid of the DC10s and 727s they were introducing used A300Bs from Easter Airlines, not even of the same subtype they got new from Airbus and I recall the ex EA machines being hangar queens and having different configurations even among them. The used A300s arr...

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by steman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's DC10s
Replies: 29
Views: 5677

Re: Alitalia's DC10s

The DC10s weren´t the only models Alitalia got rid of in a short time. The 727s had the same fate. 18 Series -243Adv were introduced from 1976 onward only to be retired in the early 80s when the MD-80s entered service. At the same time that they were getting rid of the DC10s and 727s they were intro...

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by steman
Mon May 25, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa June International schedule
Replies: 16
Views: 6654

Re: Lufthansa June International schedule

Most of the european schedule will be resumed 01JUN as planned but some long haul don't have a slight of chance to happen FRA-GRU 5x weekly 748? FRA-MEX 3x weekly 343? FRA-BOM 3x weekly 333? I'd be surprised to see GRU happen with the current situation in Brazil. But GRU is already being served. I ...

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by steman
Tue May 19, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed, uniquely talented company
Replies: 40
Views: 3107

Re: Lockheed, uniquely talented company

It's actually Sikorsky, thank you very much. And once LM bought Sikorsky, the Sikorsky designs became LM designs. They bought the IP as part of the acquisition. W/r/t the Seahawk, while the airframe is a Sikorsky design, the electronic warfare systems are legacy LM. Nobody in their right mind would...

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by steman
Sat May 16, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed, uniquely talented company
Replies: 40
Views: 3107

Re: Lockheed, uniquely talented company

This is very focused on Lockheed Martin Aero. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems produces the Black Hawk, Seahawk, S-92 and S-76 helicopters. That´s Sykorsky and it really has nothing to do with Lockheed other than the latter bought it few years ago. All those designs predates the takeover ...

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by steman
Thu May 14, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed, uniquely talented company
Replies: 40
Views: 3107

Re: Lockheed, uniquely talented company

PresRDC wrote:
This is very focused on Lockheed Martin Aero. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems produces the Black Hawk, Seahawk, S-92 and S-76 helicopters.


That´s Sykorsky and it really has nothing to do with Lockheed other than the latter bought it few years ago.
All those designs predates the takeover

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by steman
Sat May 09, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What do fighter pilots see in their helmets?
Replies: 4
Views: 1142

Re: What do fighter pilots see in their helmets?

I guess they see pretty much the same kind of information they have on the HUD. If I´m not wrong the F-35 doesn´t have a HUD because all flight and tactical information are displayed on the helmet visor, right in front of the pilot´s eye. With the advantage that he/she can turn the head to look out ...

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by steman
Fri May 01, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1621
Views: 219390

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The AMK seems to be such a limited modification but with an impressive effect on Flight characteristics. I don´t understand why it hasn´t been implemented. From the articles and the pictures it just seems to consist in modified leading edge root extension and fuselage strakes. It also looks like it...

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by steman
Fri May 01, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1621
Views: 219390

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The AMK seems to be such a limited modification but with an impressive effect on Flight characteristics. I don´t understand why it hasn´t been implemented. From the articles and the pictures it just seems to consist in modified leading edge root extension and fuselage strakes. It also looks like it ...

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by steman
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Remain open until end of October at least
Replies: 99
Views: 17412

Re: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Close from June 1

Good question. I'm booked to fly VIE-TXL in the first week of July... Most likely your flight will be adjusted to VIESXF. But let's see if there will be any legal objections against this decision. That's actually rather good news. I've used Tegel and Tempelhof but never Schoenefeld. Be nice to get ...

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by steman
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Remain open until end of October at least
Replies: 99
Views: 17412

Re: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Close from June 1

If TXL will not open again, even for just a couple of months till BER starts, it is really the end of an era for West Berlin. I have heard that, before the Corona crisis, there were talks of some special events for the official closure of TXL in November, including special flights. But this is all m...

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by steman
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 1684

Re: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt

Those engines are really old. It´s high time that the Luftwaffe fields in a replacement.

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by steman
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No chevron on GE9X ?
Replies: 28
Views: 6996

Re: No chevron on GE9X ?

AFAIK it's required for optimum laminar flow over the nacelle. The surfaces must be superclean and smooth. This is why on the 787 the customer cannot paint the engine pods. The surface needed for laminar flow would be ruined just by the paint layer. So you have to select the pod in a color you like...

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by steman
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No chevron on GE9X ?
Replies: 28
Views: 6996

Re: No chevron on GE9X ?

Can someone also explain why the -9x has a much larger silvered leading edge on the nacelle than the -90? Sorry if I'm not using the right terminology, bit of a tech noob here. I´ve been wondering the same for some time already. It´s not only on the GE9X. It´s also on all engine types for the 787. ...

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by steman
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 343858

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

EI-WLA, AZ's only 77W has not flown for over a week now. Does anyone know if it is undergoing MX or being returned to the lessor? IIRC, the airline announced recently that its only 77W would be leaving the fleet this year. Not sure but it looks like it Abu Dhabi with an 8000 flight number a week ag...

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by steman
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Widebody Fleet of Western World
Replies: 53
Views: 7210

Re: Widebody Fleet of Western World

@PacoMartin, what I gather from your explanations and the data you provided is that growth in Widebody fleets is happening elsewhere, that´s to say outside of the US. Not sure if that´s the case for the major European groups. To me it looks they are at their highest number of widebody aircrafts in t...

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by steman
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Widebody Fleet of Western World
Replies: 53
Views: 7210

Re: Widebody Fleet of Western World

I´m not quite sure the concept of "Western World" applies to aviation or if it is actually appropriate to speak of Western World when discussing about long haul fleets. Aviation is globalized and there are only 2 aircraft manufacturers who offer widebodied long haul airliners. So maybe you...

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by steman
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2020 Orders
Replies: 281
Views: 68005

Re: Airbus and Boeing 2020 Orders

LH group seems to have an interesting contract with Airbus for the A350. They are allowed to swap an order from firmed to options to purchase rights and vice versa. LH seems just to optimize the firm order according the global market demand. So these A350 are still there in the books, but now eithe...

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by steman
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 932
Views: 135132

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Perhaps we will get an official model number from the USAF at some point. It really feels like with the changes compared to the E that we could easily go to a “G” but that has traditionally been associated with wild weasel aircraft so maybe a “I”, nope that is Israeli so how about “K”, sorry South ...

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by steman
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 278
Views: 32869

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Italy is a Lvl Two partner with the Netherlands while the UK is the only Lvl One partner. Previous to their order reduction there was an agreement that Italy would manufacture 1,215 wings, that has now been reduced to a minimum of 835. I am not sure there is an agreement on how many aircraft the It...

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by steman
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 278
Views: 32869

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Will the Belgian and Polish machines be built in Italy? I don´t know how the agreement is between Italy and the US concerning the Italian participation as Level 1 partner and the Cameri FACO line. Do they get to build every F-35 sold in Europe with the exeption of the British ones? Or can each Count...

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by steman
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China, Italy expand flying rights dramatically: 174 weekly frequencies allowed
Replies: 41
Views: 6050

Re: China, Italy expand flying rights dramatically: 174 weekly frequencies allowed

ShanghaiNoon wrote:

This machine accepts Chinese cards.


Oh, thank you.

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by steman
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China, Italy expand flying rights dramatically: 174 weekly frequencies allowed
Replies: 41
Views: 6050

Re: China, Italy expand flying rights dramatically: 174 weekly frequencies allowed

With this aviation deal done, Italy just got so much more potential to unlock with the Chinese tourism-wise. I can confidently bet, given the many world-famous places of interest Italy boasts, there'd be simply no shortage of wave after wave of Chinese tourists (many with deep pockets) who are will...

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by steman
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2910

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

UA flies, CDG, AMS, abd DUB from SFO in addition to Star Alliance hubs. Given that combined with LH they dominate to Germany it might work. I wasn´t aware of that, thank you. Still, the business case for SFO/LAX-BER is still not there in my opinion. But things are changing. Berlin´s economy is grow...

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by steman
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2910

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

I can see SFO and/or LAX on UA or Eurowings That would be nice but I really can´t see that happening in the near future. UA does not fly from SFO or LAX to Europe apart from main Star Alliance hubs like FRA or the Juggernaut that is LHR. Eurowings has such a small presence at TXL currently and no o...

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by steman
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25670

Re: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread

Lufthansa´s LH758 FRA-MAA seems to be heading on a southerly route. It´s currently over Sinai, whereas in the past several days it used to fly over Turkey and northern Iran. It’s kind of baffling how airlines plan to divert one flight and not another. LH755 nearly overflow the crash site near Tehra...

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by steman
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25670

Re: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread

Lufthansa´s LH758 FRA-MAA seems to be heading on a southerly route. It´s currently over Sinai, whereas in the past several days it used to fly over Turkey and northern Iran.

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by steman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where does the LH Group send its different brands in intercontinental travel?
Replies: 24
Views: 4662

Re: Where does the LH Group send its different brands in intercontinental travel?

Edelweiss only caters the Swiss leisure market so it´s not confusing for people starting from, say, Frankfurt. Not quite accurate, pretty much the entire WK network has LX codeshares on it and connections are sold from destinations around the LX network. I stand corrected, thank you. But it doesn´t...

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by steman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where does the LH Group send its different brands in intercontinental travel?
Replies: 24
Views: 4662

Re: Where does the LH Group send its different brands in intercontinental travel?

Don´t look at it from an aviation enthusiast point of view but from a passenger point of view. CityLine is for pax just Lufthansa, only that the airplanes are in the Star Alliance livery. Edelweiss only caters the Swiss leisure market so it´s not confusing for people starting from, say, Frankfurt. E...

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by steman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2910

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

Why would BER build a modern terminal pier with no jet bridges? Doesn't make any sense to me. It´s not uncommon for airports to have a dedicated Terminal/Facility for low cost carriers. Most low cost airlines don´t wish to use jetbridges, even when available, in order to pay lower fees. Some airpor...

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by steman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2910

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

While this delay was long and terrible, inauguration delays for airports are nothing special, think of Vienna, Istanbul or even Doha, they all were delayed and then fine. Berlin's economy is finally growing and the traffic increases more then in say Frankfurt currently, so there is reason for optim...

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by steman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14647

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

Deutsche-Bahn offers a limited alternative to domestic air transport. Prices are very high and travel times not what one would expect from "high speed" railways. Things are changing, with new faster, more direct connections but for the most part the German railway company prefers to serve ...

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by steman
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?
Replies: 27
Views: 2910

Re: Once the new Berlin airports opens in October, which new routes will be launched?

I guess EK hasn´t dropped HAM in favor of TXL yet also because TXL can´t take an A380 on regular service and even the 77W has to park on remote stands. Plus even Terminal A in Tegel is really ugly, cramped, outdated. I guess EK has weighed all options and, in the light of much higher yields in HAM h...

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