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by lutfi
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order
Replies: 225
Views: 41274

Re: Rumor: CX to walk away from 777X order

[*] Would it be so bad if Cathay switched to the 787-9 for some of the smaller European and North American cities ? The 777-9 could be too much airplane for these times, the 787-9 has proven to be the sweet spot right now. Just something for our Hong Kong friends to consider. The A350-900 already do...

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by lutfi
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is the Boeing 747-8 a good freighter but a bad passenger craft?
Replies: 100
Views: 17442

Re: How is the Boeing 747-8 a good freighter but a bad passenger craft?

There will be a second VLA era, IMO. Probably elliptical hulls, big twins. The thing a lot of point to point evangelists miss is that even though smaller more efficient planes allow you to fly from London to Portland, that doesn't mean people will magically stop wanting to fly from London to Chicag...

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by lutfi
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines
Replies: 123
Views: 17767

Re: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines

At Xmas Cathay used to have 2 bag restrictions on transpacific flights- any excess bags carried on standby basis. This was before the 773ER as the B744 had restrictions. It usually required one or two extra cargo flights to clear the back log (mostly Filipinos and Vietnamese taking lots of gifts bac...

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by lutfi
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61282

Re: A380 Air France in Malta today

Last year in February an Air France A380 appeared at Aviation Cosmetics Malta for the first time. Looking at the pictures, it is the same hangar. What still struggles me the most is the fact that they didn't remove any interior and other useful materials. They either got the painting-spot on short ...

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair rejects passengers in wheelchair
Replies: 28
Views: 7815

Re: Ryanair rejects passengers in wheelchair

All of this makes it clear, then, why so many things about traveling by air are such stumbling blocks for the disabled in Europe. In many airports, there are gates that lead to staircases that wind down to buses that carry you to air stairs, etc. In the States, nobody is required to accompany you, ...

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by lutfi
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Grounding Indian A320neos with PW engines in India will have consequences: DGCA
Replies: 27
Views: 8881

Re: Grounding A320neos in India will have consequences: DGCA

If new generation jet engines cannot handle the level of pollution present in the air in the skies over India, how in the world to human beings breathe that same air and retain any acceptable level of health? They don’t. Estimated to kill 1.5 million a year https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollu...

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by lutfi
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Probe launched after oxygen bottles on CX planes found half-empty before flight from YYZ to HKG
Replies: 27
Views: 11207

Re: Probe launched after oxygen bottles on CX planes found half-empty before flight from YVZ to HKG

What is that even supposed to mean? What next, Hong Kong is becoming the Poland of 1939? Google will be your best friend to see what's going on in Ukraine. Believe or not, things that happened in Ukraine during the Orange Revolution is also happening in Hong Kong, and guess how Ukraine looks like n...

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by lutfi
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Dragonair Cargo exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

Re: Why did Dragonair Cargo exist?

Because before 2006 they weren’t.

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by lutfi
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Vistara advertising is also quite racist in advertising- all their featured cabin crew and pilots are of ‘wheaten complexion’. Do they not hire southern indians? SQ on the other hand is happy to use dark skinned indians in their adverts. Huh ??? I hope you were being sarcastic . OK - racist is mayb...

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by lutfi
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Vistara advertising is also quite racist in advertising- all their featured cabin crew and pilots are of ‘wheaten complexion’. Do they not hire southern indians? SQ on the other hand is happy to use dark skinned indians in their adverts.

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by lutfi
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United - Vistara form codeshare, frequent flyer benefits
Replies: 19
Views: 3269

Re: United - Vistara form codeshare, frequent flyer benefits

I presume Vistara will be like Bangkok Airways - happy to co-operate with the whole world

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 90739

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Can someone explain like I am 5 what the Boeing IAG A320 service agreement means? I don’t understand the meaning or motivation behind it. Both Airbus, Boeing and some 3rd parties (LH, AF, AAR) offer 'power by the hour' contracts for aircraft components, where for a fee they supply spare parts, and ...

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 759
Views: 154925

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

For CX - they are replacing the B773ER with a mix of B779 and A35J. The 779 are to replace the 4 class 773, and the A35J to replace the 3 class.

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by lutfi
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

The Indian government can't allocate slots at HKG. They can only allocate traffic rights. Airline then applies as normal process for slots... Note that IATA are already complaining that Indian govt is not following recommended slot allocation process for domestic slots. Obviously this is purely an I...

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Hearing that Vistara has finally got permissions for DXB, BKK, SIN, KTM, CMB

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26293

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

Hawaii also fly A330 to SFO. Should they also be included in your complaint? And, life isn't fair. There is no law or obligation saying that airlines must have loan agreements. Normally, they are on bilateral basis so that airlines can reduce stock by 'pooling' with each other. But in this case, AA ...

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter
Replies: 100
Views: 13023

Re: Tecam P2012 vs Cessna Caravan vs Cessna Skycatcher vs Twin Otter

Twin Otter is still for sale for one reason only - STOL performance that is crazy.

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26293

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

Yep. To loan a part: (1) you need a bilateral agreement between the airlines. There are IATA standard forms - not hard to do and can be put in place very quickly in an AOG situation. (2) The airline making the loan must say yes. Sometime they won't For example, an airline will have a 'float' of spar...

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by lutfi
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 288069

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

That is not true. Under the agreement drawn up between QF and Perth Airport prior to PER-LHR which includes other European destinations such as CDG and FRA, plus existing services to SIN and at the time AKL to be served from T3. The proposed PER-JNB by QF was not included in this agreement hence Pe...

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by lutfi
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Poor Air India has such bad luck. They fly an engineering team with a load of spare parts to fix a flight that's stranded in London, and guess what, the very part that requires replacement, is not among the parts they carried from India. Oooh, to be a passenger on that stranded Jet! Why can't Air I...

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by lutfi
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Why did Indian aviation end up in such bad way ?? All countries are having dream run with airplane travel. Some 25 big Indian companies are closing down. former billionaire Anil Ambani's 6 companies are near closure inspite of Ambanis going to Prime minister's office every week. Bad days ahead for ...

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Thanks - can't say I am surprised. If you can't beat Indigo - join them I think their getting an all-economy configuration was not intentional. they were looking to lease A320 aircraft in a hurry and this would likely have been the only one available at reasonable lease terms True - Cathay Pacific ...

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

Thanks - can't say I am surprised. If you can't beat Indigo - join them

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

I think HKG slots will go back in the upcoming weeks . The slots go back if unused for 80% of the quarter as per IATA rules. Jet had 2 daily flights from DEL and BOM (1 each ) with a total of 692 one way seats at the max. The Government should take the blame for this. Give it to anyone that has spa...

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019
Replies: 880
Views: 50595

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - June 2019

What configuration will Vistara's next delivery of A320 be? Will they decide to have domestic vs international configurations at some point (i.e denser/ all EY aircraft for domestic, and business/ premium economy for int'l? Once they start expanding out of DEL and BOM, will be surprised if they need...

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by lutfi
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 97
Views: 14046

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

Galwayman wrote:
kjeld0d wrote:
sonicruiser wrote:
British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years


This has to be the longest flight, no?


Haha hilarious,,,love it

One checked bag in economy = route won’t last long


deliberate segmentation of market? (i.e. not targeting VFR market)

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by lutfi
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1854
Views: 214031

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

When cheap, low-cost (and, let's face it: low-comfort) airlines entered the fracas, the GOI seemed to open the door for them - unlike what had happened previously. And travelers don't seem to care whether they have First-world or a Third-World experience; they want cheap prices. Something had to gi...

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by lutfi
Fri May 31, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GA LHR and AMS Routes News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 85
Views: 24270

Re: Garuda to close London again, reduce Amsterdam

The thing is, GA is a large domestic airline, with a small int'l arm. 38m passengers, of which only 4.7m are international... (and most of those regional) There's no reason for them to downsize domestically.

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by lutfi
Tue May 21, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated, confirmed - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order
Replies: 292
Views: 55937

Re: Report - Air NZ picks Boeing for wide-body order

NZ may prefer to start using smaller jets to more cities at higher frequencies. As a longer-term model. That may not work work longer term, as many of the ports are more and more slot restricted - HKG, PVG, HND - LAX also isn't easy to optimise. They can mitigate some of this by using JV partners, ...

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by lutfi
Fri May 17, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market
Replies: 160
Views: 23191

Re: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market

Scope clauses - chicken and egg.

The rest of the world doesn't have them - and the rest of the world has very few regional jets. WIthout artificially low pilot costs, RJ are niche - which is why you see more turboprops instead (better economics for short thin routes)

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by lutfi
Sun May 12, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: To the Oil Rigs of Venezuela: Closing an Oil Rig!
Replies: 12
Views: 6022

Re: To the Oil Rigs of Venezuela: Closing an Oil Rig!

We boarded a bus which had an armed guard at the front, and we were escorted by the military 10 minutes down the road to a remote helipad in Maiquetia. We boarded a U.S. registered, unmarked Bell 214ST, which contained it's own security detail You were also lucky with this one. The majority of the ...

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by lutfi
Sun May 12, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits
Replies: 136
Views: 29158

Re: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits

I'm sure they will have eventually a high density 2 class B779 too which would seat 450-460 passengers approximately. Exit limit on the 779 is 440 passengers, which is believe should allow a fairly sizable premium cabin still. I am informed that this can be increased if an additional exit door is a...

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by lutfi
Fri May 10, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits
Replies: 136
Views: 29158

Re: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits

EK still gets a yield premium I understand on 'underserved routes' like Khartoum.

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by lutfi
Mon May 06, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 287
Views: 95297

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

ikramerica wrote:
Interesting how various doors go first. Gear doors, cargo doors, pax doors. They must get damaged quite often.

Also all the emergency slides are removed. And the leading edge surfaces of one aircraft tail section.


Pax doors are useful for cabin crew training, so there is always a market

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by lutfi
Fri May 03, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional
Replies: 42
Views: 8821

Re: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional

Because if you look at a map of Japan, most of it is mountains. So the population is mostly in large cities on the coast. The 787/ 777 etc are on the trunk routes for those cities. But there are also lots of NB and regional aircraft for the smaller cities and towns Plus - Shinkansen. Those things de...

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by lutfi
Fri May 03, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional
Replies: 42
Views: 8821

Re: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional

Do the Japanese domestic widebodies have smaller fuel capacity than the standard birds? It'd be a waste of space to fly them with near empty fuel tanks since the Japanese domestic sectors are very short compared to what a standard 777 or A350 usually flies, is it possible to trade fuel capacity for...

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by lutfi
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore's Scoot Announces Route Suspensions
Replies: 17
Views: 6309

Re: Singapore's Scoot Announces Route Suspensions

HNL and MLE are not surprising. If you are a cost conscious traveller looking for a beach holiday from Singapore, Bali/ Langkawi/ Phuket make much more sense

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by lutfi
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Finnair Got It Wrong in China
Replies: 13
Views: 5985

Re: How Finnair Got It Wrong in China

Actually - I really like flying AY Asia-Europe. They don't pretend to be SQ/CX, but they deliver honest service for honest price, and HEL is a good airport for transit

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by lutfi
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000s and upcoming Boeing 777-9Xs
Replies: 70
Views: 18680

Re: Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350-1000s and upcoming Boeing 777-9Xs

Very simply - the A35K for CX will replace the 3 class B773ER, and the 777X the 4 class B773ER. With the issue that one of CX most premium heavy routes (JFK) needs plenty of payload/ range.

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by lutfi
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 136
Views: 27123

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

Yep - to me the most interesting thing will be the regional fleet replacement. For KA, A321NEO already ordered, and I think will also replace some A330 (once 3rd runway open) for more frequency CX/ KA have shown that they are happy to run B773 (regional) and A330 until 'end of life' (so 20-25 years ...

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by lutfi
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1854
Views: 214031

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

It appears 9W still has $140 Million debt on 10 x 77Ws. If owners can get these deregistered, they can be fixed and cabins refitted for another $6 Million each. Even if they sell at $30 Million/frame, not a bad deal. Is it possible to negotiate a deal to give back like 4x77Ws in lieu of $140 Millio...

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by lutfi
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans
Replies: 136
Views: 27123

Re: Cathay Pacific future fleet/route plans

HK airport is full intil 2023/4 new runway anyway - so unless HK Airlines goes under/ reduces flights most aircraft deliveries until then are replacements (ie. fair number of the 777-300ER will be returned to lessor, replaced by A35K and B779)

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by lutfi
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 398076

Re: Jet Airways Latest Developments Discussion Thread

Yep - but there is little or no risk to the interline partners due to the way that interline billing & settlement work

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by lutfi
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 398076

Re: Jet Airways Latest Developments Discussion Thread

Don't Indigo already have slots for HK?

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by lutfi
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 398076

Re: Jet Airways Latest Developments Discussion Thread

Also - SQ are very protective of their brand. Adding 50% to an airlines size in a matter of weeks - do you have time to properly assess the cabin crew, Pilots and Engineers you need to hire? Is it acceptable to have LCC configuration on leased A320 when your brand has been 3 class? Retraining Jet Pi...

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by lutfi
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 398076

Re: Jet Airways Latest Developments Discussion Thread

Vistar's excuse for found sleeping at the wheels and failing to grab Jet's slots https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/vistara-will-continue-to-develop-its-network-in-india-abroad-mum-on-tata-groups-stand-on-jet-bhaskar-bhat/articleshow/68881116.cms "...

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by lutfi
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 398076

Re: Jet Airways Latest Developments Discussion Thread

Does anyone know what % of tickets on those AMS/CDG flights are KL/AF tickets? I would suggest a reasonable proportion. Its one thing re-booking people domestically and re-reouting to Air India etc... but with likely thousands of AF/KL customers needing a new international flight to/from India in t...

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by lutfi
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 398076

Re: Jet Airways Latest Developments Discussion Thread

I think the Vistara business model makes sense when they start flying internationally & medium/ long haul (B787) Even SQ don't bother having premium economy on their Silkair narrowbodies or regional A330/ B787. Personally I think 6E is better matching what the domestic market needs (schedule, re...

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by lutfi
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AD to be issued on 787 RR Trent 1000 TEN engines
Replies: 28
Views: 11386

Re: AD to be issued on 787 RR Trent 1000 TEN engines

I'm not sure what Rolls Royce is doing anymore.. When did their engineering run off the rails? The RB211 was a reliable engine. the Trent flew for years on the 777 and I didn't see much of any trouble, But the 787? They've had monster problems. Did they try a step too far?? Um the RB211 was the rea...

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by lutfi
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AD to be issued on 787 RR Trent 1000 TEN engines
Replies: 28
Views: 11386

Re: AD to be issued on 787 RR Trent 1000 TEN engines

Any indication it is affecting 789s? Or just -10s? Newer 787-9s also have RR T1000-TEN, so presumably AD would apply to them as well. Presumably to the T7000 on the A339 too. There is so much pressure to under test. Lightsaber Agree. Commercial teams push engineering to accept timelines without eno...

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