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by douwd20
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 964
Views: 154642

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

This is great news for travelers. They have bambozzled passengers for the last time.

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by douwd20
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

[*] The A380 is too big too late. Plus airport infrastructure has to be upgraded to accommodate her it wasn't a good move by Airbus. The other issue is life span of these giants. We have seen two scrapped already and they where only around ten years old Since there is no used market for it they will...

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by douwd20
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

Airports spent billions expanding their infrastructure. You'd have a point if that infrastructure was never used. But it has been and will continue to be used for a good few years yet. Oh yeah considering landing and taxiing to the terminal, waiting on the stand, unloading passengers and baggage, c...

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by douwd20
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

“In use for ten plus years” does not mean net profit. Similarly writing down costs / amortizing /depreciating does not mean no one cares anymore. A loss is a loss is a loss. All relative of course, but to say “who cares if they spent a billion dollars i’m looking at a thirty year period” is just st...

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by douwd20
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

Not at all. Those facilities have already been in use for ten years and might be for another 20. The money has been spent, used and written off. You base your budget on a cost/benefit analysis business case. If the market for VLA was over 1200 as Airbus said then the decision to spend the money is ...

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by douwd20
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

I'm curious how some of the major airports are feeling right about now who made major retrofits to support the A380. I'm equally as curious how some of the major airports are feeling right now who have not made major retrofits to support the A380. Who really cares? The A380 has been in service for ...

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by douwd20
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation to date?
Replies: 127
Views: 14157

Re: A380 Biggest manufacturing loss in civil aviation ?

AFAIK that $25b number is complete fiction and it annoys me that it persists and persists. It's literally double the last feasible estimates that were being made back in the day. Someone made a mistake mixing up currencies, producttion and R&D costs while joking about the ever-increasing budget...

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by douwd20
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

Does this mean every A380 Emirates retires is headed for scrapping?

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by douwd20
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing monopoly on the VLA market?
Replies: 94
Views: 10506

Re: Boeing monopoly on the VLA market?

Boeing's position has been the VLA market is small and shrinking. This is why they did not pour billions to produce an A380 competitor clean sheet model. This has been consistent in their market forecast for at least 20 years.

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by douwd20
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of future Quad Engine passenger planes
Replies: 59
Views: 6264

Re: Potential of future Quad Engine passenger planes

I think it would take one disaster of a twin engine plane on a long haul flight, where the regulation will be changed. No. That will never happen. ETOPS is here to stay. Quad engines are dead forever. They have proven themselves for decades now. What is this love affair for four engines in a world ...

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by douwd20
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104639

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

But deep down, I think Boeing would have been happy with Airbus being preoccupied with such a money pit that has been a drag on its resources. One has to wonder what they have to contend with afterwards. Absolutely! Boeing was lucky that Airbus was bogged down with developing the A380 and A340NG wh...

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by douwd20
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37580

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

...... but Boeing did guess the market right in the end. That is the bottom line. Regardless how great the aircraft was Boeing knew the market was not headed in that direction. I still remember the tumultuous day in the industry when Boeing announced they were cancelling their super-jumbo effort an...

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by douwd20
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37580

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

...... but Boeing did guess the market right in the end. That is the bottom line. Regardless how great the aircraft was Boeing knew the market was not headed in that direction. I still remember the tumultuous day in the industry when Boeing announced they were cancelling their super-jumbo effort an...

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by douwd20
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 964
Views: 154642

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

As soon as WOW Air can vanish the better. The most awful airline I've ever flown or tried to fly.

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by douwd20
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594200

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Today's NY Times has an article that raises the spectre that the Lion Air isn't truthful about it's maintenance practices. A former investigator for Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said that Lion Air repeatedly ignored orders to ground planes for safety issues. Pilots and former...

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by douwd20
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594200

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

musman9853 wrote:
haydenschool wrote:
Brand new aircraft gone bye bye...



Screw the plane, just hope there are survivors


Well with 7 billion humans on the planet. The 737 is a rarity if we just go by the numbers.

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by douwd20
Sat May 26, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority
Replies: 77
Views: 7785

Re: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority

For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would want to visit a country whose citizens would willingly risk their lives and more over the lives of their children to escape from! Travel to that country is a disgrace and appalling! Thank God Delta lost money on the route and is calling it qu...

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by douwd20
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL
Replies: 89
Views: 12204

Re: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL

From a marketplace prospective, just what would WN offer by flying to Hawaii that isn’t already captured by every other carrier? Everyone with a 737NG now flies to Hawaii, WN’s fares are no longer low enough to count as an LCC (certainly couldn’t be on ETOPS routes), and operating a route solely fo...

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by douwd20
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Southwest fly to Europe?
Replies: 61
Views: 9781

Re: Southwest to Europe

FlyHappy wrote:
can we first dispense with the myth that WN is an LCC ? they aren't..


They are as LC as I'll ever go. The ultra-LCCs are absolutely horrible.

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by douwd20
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?
Replies: 57
Views: 7773

Re: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?

Passengers do not like connecting. Airlines that offer direct service have a competitive advantage. That will never change. Who actually WANTS to fly thru a hub? If I can avoid LHR or many others I will every time.

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by douwd20
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61383

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

That statement could not possibly be any further from reality, as over 90% of all 787 and A350 operate from a hub. In fact, these twins have increased hub strength significantly. You may be more succesfull in claiming that the growth has somewhat bypassed the traditional international "superhu...

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by douwd20
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61383

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Aither wrote:
That's Boeing propaganda.


Let me know when Airbus's forecast of 1200 VLA market materializes and I will eat my words. The sales figures for the 787 and A350 proves the point. The hub busters have already won.

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by douwd20
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61383

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

The one airline the A380 works for signs up for more. Not a shocker really. The inevitable is just kicked down the road. I believe that is what Airbus needs precisely for the market to catch up. By 2025-2030, more and more airports will run out of slots and frequencies cannot be increased. The only...

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by douwd20
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61383

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

The one airline the A380 works for signs up for more. Not a shocker really. The inevitable is just kicked down the road.

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by douwd20
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

The mega-hub to mega hub was the model Airbus relied upon and it was wrong. Oh, so not point-hub-hub-point after all then?!? Nice move of the goalposts. Anyway, as I said, hub-to-hub was not the only model. If we're going to go down that route - has the 787 killed all hubs yet? (An equally spurious...

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by douwd20
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Once Boeings 777 program took off, it was the slow downfall of the 747 and will eventually be the downfall of the A380. They also didn't foresee the progress that engine OEMs were making in making honking huge engine[, the payload/range gap between a 77E/773 and a A380 is massive, maybe enough to j...

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by douwd20
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I think the main error is that Airbus didnt forecast the markets correctly ..... - Passengers want direct flights from point to point and no the old wheel and spoke model airbus thought would still work - flight frequency is wanted .... and not less flights with a bigger plane - Still uses too much...

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by douwd20
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I think the main error is that Airbus didnt forecast the markets correctly ..... - Passengers want direct flights from point to point and no the old wheel and spoke model airbus thought would still work - flight frequency is wanted .... and not less flights with a bigger plane - Still uses too much...

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by douwd20
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme
Replies: 126
Views: 19189

Re: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme

Just another desperate attempt to save a money-losing venture. If China agrees it will only be to pilfer/harvest whatever technology they can for their own domestic aerospace industry.

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by douwd20
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme
Replies: 126
Views: 19189

Re: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme

And somehow this move will magically make airlines want the A380? This is not the same business case as the C-Series. The Chinese market is heavily regulated and restrained by the state. Airlines can't just open new routes or add capacity as they see fit, and the government has curbed the number of...

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by douwd20
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme
Replies: 126
Views: 19189

Re: Airbus offers China Industrial Partnership for A380 Programme

And somehow this move will magically make airlines want the A380? This is not the same business case as the C-Series.

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by douwd20
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

No. There is no business case for the A380 (great aircraft btw) in the US. I think everyone who has any knowledge of the airline industry would have to admit that the US has more flights than any other nation. Certain German posters will never admit this, but whatever. The A380 is simply too large ...

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by douwd20
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WoW Appears off to a good start from DTW
Replies: 40
Views: 6292

Re: WoW Appears off to a good start from DTW

The worst airline ever. I will never fly them again or rather attempt to fly since I bailed before they chance to screw me over. Fascinating thing this is I kept getting text messages as if I was on the flight. You see I made other reservations once they screwed me over with my XXL seat I bought whi...

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by douwd20
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

beenalongtime wrote:
The orders will come....


From who? VLA segment is dead. No amount of wishing will change that. If it makes you feel better the 747 is dead too.

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by douwd20
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88714

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Airbus can make the production line last for ten years with a 100 unit order from Emirates at 8 a year. However, its not the only thing Emirates wants, they want an improved A380 which is not worth Airbus's ROI at 8 a year. Yep that's the other huge sticking point. They want an A380-NEO and who can...

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by douwd20
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 707535

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

DWC wrote:
Matt6461 wrote:
No matter the lack of sales, Airbus won't be stopping the programme until EK decides to.


It would be quite unprecedented for an aircraft manufacturer to keep a production line as expensive as the A380 running for a single airline. At some point it will become unacceptable to the board.

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by douwd20
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders
Replies: 256
Views: 88594

Re: Dubai AIr Show 2017 - Airbus Orders

CHI87LG wrote:
The future of the A380 is on the stage here. Let's hope it works out, as the big bird hopefully still has her best years to come.


Regardless there isn't much of a future. Airlines are not suddenly going to warm to something that really only works well for one airline.

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by douwd20
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5809

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

Too bad Cuba doesn't have China's population otherwise the doors would be wide open. Too much money to ignore.

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by douwd20
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership

I'll point out that you initially said "Airbus took over without paying anything", now you're chosing the even stronger "they got in for free". "For free" would imply that you or myself could fulfill Airbus' duties under the agreement just as well as Airbus can. That's...

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by douwd20
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership

It's hardly three days since the deal was announced and the first few myths are already forming, such as Airbus not paying anything. They are not paying cash today, but they will pay for the second FAL, they will put in marketing, sales, support, supply chain management - and they will pay cash in ...

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by douwd20
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

So does the Mobile Final Assembly Line mean the tariffs are history? No. Experts say jets assembled by Airbus and Bombardier in Alabama, as the companies have proposed, could still be subject to the tariffs if a significant portion of their parts come from overseas. So they are going to have to sig...

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by douwd20
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I have no doubt the C-series will be successful and I can't wait for my first flight on one of them. You do because you hate Boeing? John Leahy, Airbus’s master salesman, dismissed the C Series as nothing more than a “cute little plane” offered in a narrow segment of the market where there was no d...

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by douwd20
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

"Move heaven and hell to stop it?" Asking the government to investigate is hardly "moving heaven and hell". And surprise the US government agreed. Moving heaven and hell is what the Canadian and European governments have done to make their needy children a success in a very mean...

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by douwd20
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

They get a money-losing program for free. Sounds great to me too. :o Boeing says Bombardier CSeries jets may face hefty duties despite Airbus deal https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/18/boeing-says-bombardier-cseries-jets-may-face-hefty-duties-despite-airbus-deal.html So money losing that Boeing moved hel...

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by douwd20
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Karma. As Sun Tzu said, "Never back an enemy into a corner". Now Boeing's nightmare is just beginning. Airbus buys itself breathing room by allowing C-Series to carry on with the 100-150 and potentially an A320 replacement in the form of a CS-500. While Airbus itself focuses on a response...

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by douwd20
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I guess you haven't been following Boeing's stock. You mean like being down on a day that markets hit a record high, while Bombardier close up 15% and Airbus stock u nearly 5%. The market clearly knows the implications of this deal. Remember, past results are not a guarantee of future performance. ...

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by douwd20
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 186415

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Were I a Boeing shareholder, I'd want heads to roll.... Look at where Boeing is strategically today. Doesn't look good. The day they announce the NSA is the day that Airbus announces the CS500. And they day they announce the MOM is the day they announce the 320.5 and the 322. And Airbus will spend ...

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by douwd20
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Now more A380s than passenger 747s
Replies: 76
Views: 15944

Re: Now more A380s than passenger 747s

All water under the bridge. The VLA segment is dying and the A380 will join the 747 in the graveyard soon.

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by douwd20
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf Decided On KC-30 Part 2.
Replies: 327
Views: 22812

RE: Usaf Decided On KC-30 Part 2.

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by douwd20
Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Emirates Boss: Global Warming Theory Is Rubbish!
Replies: 136
Views: 10181

RE: Emirates Boss: Global Warming Theory Is Rubbish!

Let me guess next up the CEO of Exxon saying it's rubbish as well.

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