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by marcelh
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5126

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

The tyre issues will blow next weekend’s race wide open - the weather forecast is for high temperatures (which the Mercedes doesn’t seem to enjoy) and all three tyre compounds will be softer than this week’s. That will pretty much guarantee at least two stops for everyone. Next weekend will be inte...

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by marcelh
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Explosion In Beirut
Replies: 66
Views: 3626

Re: Huge Explosion In Beirut

It has been determined by President Trump and his advisors that this was an attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx3oLZryzuo He was pulled up on the assertion with a request for clarification. I think it's just a bit too early to rush to say it was an attack. It appears to have been a deadly acc...

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by marcelh
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Protests in Berlin Over COVID-19 Restrictions
Replies: 16
Views: 733

Re: Protests in Berlin Over COVID-19 Restrictions

I think it’s fabulous that those Germans have started protesting these draconian lockdowns. btw, I support both anti-lockdown protests and BLM protests. I don't think someone from the United States of America should "advise" the Germans how to deal with Covid-19..... Keeping distance and ...

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by marcelh
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5126

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Interesting? Boring! Agreed. There really wasn’t anything “interesting” about this qualifying session. There's plenty of interest if you look beyond pole position - Lando Norris and the resurgence of McLaren (how good can they be next year with a Mercedes engine?), the struggles of Ferrari (how muc...

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by marcelh
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5126

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Sounds like you want F2. Which exists if you want to go watch it. No, but it would be nice to see the full potential of those drivers. Put Verstappen or Leclerc in a Mercedes instead of Hamilton and they will be world champion. Then their teams should be better at what they do then. Sure. Mercedes ...

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by marcelh
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5126

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Qualifying was interesting, even if pole wasn't in much doubt (despite an early spin in Q2). Hamilton on pole by 3/10s from Bottas and over 1s to Verstappen. Vettal cut a sorry figure over 2s off the pace in P10 (probably understandable after missing all of FP1, but his car looks almost undriveable...

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by marcelh
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5126

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Qualifying was interesting, even if pole wasn't in much doubt (despite an early spin in Q2). Hamilton on pole by 3/10s from Bottas and over 1s to Verstappen. Vettal cut a sorry figure over 2s off the pace in P10 (probably understandable after missing all of FP1, but his car looks almost undriveable...

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by marcelh
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus
Replies: 67
Views: 3483

Re: Herman Cain Still on Oxygen

not sure why people are tearing Herman Cain apart. Why tear this man apart for attending this rally, he may have gotten it there or somewhere else. It's impossible to tell since the coronavirus is airborne. We are all at risk. While I don't think it's smart to attend fundraisers or rallies. I don't...

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by marcelh
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 152
Views: 22351

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

Ronaldo747 wrote:
Well from now on there is a big gap between the Antonovs and the 777F, later potential 777XF. What's next?


It looks the gap is filled sufficiently by the produced 748F. Boeing would have built the 748F for years if the market wanted it. The market has said “we don’t need more”, so it will end.

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by marcelh
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US F15 intercepting Iran's Mahan Air A310 resulted in several injuries
Replies: 123
Views: 25292

Re: US F15 intercepting Iran's Mahan Air A300 resulted in several injuries

bennett123 wrote:
Based purely on the evidence so far, not a lot.

Hard to see that the US did anything wrong.

Is there any evidence that evasive manoeuvring was required.


Is there evidence it wasn’t required? In this kind of events I do take official statements from both sides with a grain of salt.

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by marcelh
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Three Arizona Teachers Catch COVID-19
Replies: 18
Views: 834

Re: Three Arizona Teachers Catch COVID-19

afcjets wrote:
.....because while covid19 might not survive in hot weather for long, people are spending more time indoors in those extremely hot states in the summer with the AC running.

This.

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by marcelh
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK recruitment
Replies: 20
Views: 4507

Re: EK recruitment

The claims that state that travel demand will not come back for at least 3 or 4 years are complete bogus. Looking at the USA where the virus is still spreading (and -IMHO- cripple their economy more than a temporary lock down) and the use of video conferencing world wide, the need to travel will so...

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by marcelh
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 22380

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

If we are going to live with it, we need health planning and funding for medical. That hasn't happened. The US is still Woefully unprepared for an event where this much healthcare assists are required. The biggest issue is that a huge part of the US population doesn’t care about their own health.

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by marcelh
Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Heavy Freight Aircraft (777X)?
Replies: 30
Views: 5048

Re: Future Heavy Freight Aircraft (777X)?

What about a A350F (the -900 or -1000)? Does it make sense for Airbus to introduce a dedicated freighter?

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by marcelh
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32342

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

On the other hand, as an European, I really hope that Trump get reelected! He does so much damages to the US standing in the world than 4 more years should finish to destroy the US momentum since WW 2 .... Are you pulling for Russia or China to become the next superpower? Which one do you like bett...

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by marcelh
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 284
Views: 75353

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

[quote="Revelation”] They rely on high passenger load factors and high premium demand to make them commercially viable. In short, we do not believe that these beautiful aircraft are sustainable in a very different airline industry . More confirmation that the idea of a V shaped recovery is gone...

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by marcelh
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 321
Views: 49326

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Amsterdam wrote:
Its doesnt matter how you think about it. You can say your money went to salaries of governemt employees or EU funding of Hungary or KLM now or to jobless peoples free government salaries etc etc.

Please stop. You are just making a fool of yourself (and it has happened before)

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by marcelh
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787
Replies: 174
Views: 33924

Re: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787

The 777X is a niche aircraft, only a little more capable than the larger 787/350s. It likely will have a long but not spectacular sales history. It is not and was not intended to be a game changer in the current sales distribution. The previous 777W turned out to be, and succeeded, the 380 intended...

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by marcelh
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time for Trump to fire Fauci?
Replies: 114
Views: 4754

Re: Time for Trump to fire Fauci?

In Fauci's mind, his reputation hinges on how many people die from Covid-19. He is not responsible for the economy. The truth is, we are going to have to weigh the death rate with the economic impact of shutting down the economy. A balance will have to be struck. Fauci's advice should be part of th...

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by marcelh
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787
Replies: 174
Views: 33924

Re: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787

The 777X is a niche aircraft, only a little more capable than the larger 787/350s. It likely will have a long but not spectacular sales history. It is not and was not intended to be a game changer in the current sales distribution. The previous 777W turned out to be, and succeeded, the 380 intended...

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by marcelh
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GOP Convention in Houston Cancelled
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: GOP Convention in Houston Cancelled

The Mayor represents all of its residents and her job includes to protect her city from the Republican jerks from themselves and infecting 1000's of innocents. Very good thing that she did so and what will America look like when Joe Biden becomes President in January 2021? On the assumption that Bi...

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by marcelh
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?
Replies: 38
Views: 10273

Re: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?

It seems to me that the A220 is not that a perfect flawless aircraft as widely advertised. Loads of tech and glitches. I hope they solve this sooner rather than later... No new aircraft goes without techs and glitches. And it’s widely known PW has some “issues” with their newborns... And on a posit...

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by marcelh
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 90787

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

32andBelow wrote:
Emirates going to be in a world of hurt. I expect P2P on 787 and 350 to be the way forward.

P2P is greatly exaggerated. Most 787 and 350 are connecting hubs. IMHO P2P growth will come from NB

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by marcelh
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 90787

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

The axe continues to swing, a further 840 FlightCrew have been shown the door, as predicted by yours truly the A380 will shrink to 40 airframes or less. I’m starting to wonder if the naysayers on this site will actually understand that what I’ve been saying all along comes inside the decision maker...

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by marcelh
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5126

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Nice race with a lot of action/retirements. Not a lot of people would have guessed Bottas 1, Leclerc 2 and Norris 3.

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by marcelh
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation plans to have a fleet of A340 cargo
Replies: 36
Views: 6333

Re: European Aviation plans to have a fleet of A340 cargo

European Aviation bought up a lot of -600s (and some -500s) preCovid, with the idea of leasing them out. Covid has obviously killed that market though, and with many airlines retiring their remaining A346s the scrap value of the planes is rapidly decreasing too. Hence now this cargo idea, because t...

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by marcelh
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ICAO adopts changes to CORSIA emissions scheme due COVID
Replies: 17
Views: 1705

Re: ICAO adopts changes to CORSIA emissions scheme due COVID

[quote="lightsaber”] Since China is excluded from these emissions regulations, how can one take them seriously? #2 economy gets a free ride despite being carbon heavy? Lightsaber[/quote] CORSIA can’t be taken seriously, because it excludes domestic flights by definition. So all the US domestic ...

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by marcelh
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 22380

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

The US government has bought the world stock of remdesivir. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/30/us-buys-up-world-stock-of-key-covid-19-drug?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1593543253 Europe and others can simply revoke the patent protection and allow Euro...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1121
Views: 309480

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

The KLM 744combi operation with destination PEK (via ICN) will stop and will be replaced with a 5 flights/week schedule to HKG. Preliminary planning is for 2 months. Normal general cargo will be transported. The AMS-PVG operation will be continued. Some pictures of the first HKG rotation KL 885/886...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 313
Views: 58016

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

It's an international race to the bottom. And as much as we like to blame others, it is us as consumers that have got the ball rolling. Cheap, cheaper, cheapest. From clothing (now made by people barely being paid enough to live), to food (the meat industry in most places is nothing short of a disg...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 18353

Re: EU’s US passenger ban affect on American carriers

Why don’t these countries just test at the port of entries. How hard is that? Its more costly to do it themselves I am guessing, its a large volume of USA passengers so the total cost will be exorbitant, and frankly the US govt and citizens have totally messed this up, so it shouldnt be a shocker t...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 327
Views: 69638

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

PH-BFV operating KL886 HKG-AMS today (27/06/20). such a great sigh to see her lining up here. I'll miss you KLM has temporarily introduced a 2nd frequency AMS-HKG-AMS with B747-400Combi 5x weekly, this flight 2hrs ahead of its daily B789 service. KL885/KL886 B74E + KL887/KL888 B789. KL now operates...

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by marcelh
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 313
Views: 58016

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

Yes I realised that. The truth is they’re not going to get better than this so it’s really up to the legacy crew members what they want to do Never waste a crisis to please the shareholders. It's an international race to the bottom. And as much as we like to blame others, it is us as consumers that...

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by marcelh
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint
Replies: 91
Views: 9129

Re: RAF's VIP A330 MRTT getting 'Austin Powers' Repaint

It looks very much like Mr Trump's plan to abandon the iconic Air Force One livery. Greetings, Absolutely, a First Class livery. "Fly the Flag" springs to mind. This makes a great statement about the countries modern, forward thinking approach to UK branding. Wherever this beauty lands, t...

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by marcelh
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 313
Views: 58016

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

https://simpleflying.com/british-airways-crew-pay-guarantee/ BA sent a letter to crew saying that their pay won't fall by more than 20% and I believe mixed fleet crew are seeing a pay bump. Can anyone confirm this letter was sent? BASIC pay won’t fall by more than 20%, but most of their pay is from...

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by marcelh
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32342

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

So far early campaign adds by Trump are spot on. Trump created the strongest economy ever. Lowest ever unemployment, highest stock market and just getting started. Also Biden dementia is very apparent that he is senile and has no business being POTUS. I still predict the biggest landslide since Reg...

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by marcelh
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16349

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Not all cases need hospitalization, indeed only a minority of cases are hospitalized, thus total cases are not relevant to the discussion of hospital capacity. A lot of Covid-19 patients who weren’t ill enough to be hospitalized are having long term health issues. So “not relevant to the discussion...

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by marcelh
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Red Wings SSJs -Return with an Amazing Livery
Replies: 22
Views: 3939

Re: Red Wings SSJs -Return with an Amazing Livery

http://www.ato.ru/blogs/blog-artyoma-korenyako/ulyanovskie-malyary-pokrasili-vtoroy-superjet-100-iz-novoy-partii-dlya What a nice livery, it looks better in the SSJ than in their Airbii. https://aviaforum.ams3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/data/attachment-files/2020/06/1527498_bdb0a9bb34abbc098da778db...

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by marcelh
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020
Replies: 182
Views: 18353

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - June 2020

Another interesting repatriation flight, this time GARUDA is supporting Philippine Airlines between MNL and PTY: - 23 June 2020 CGK - MNL GA9820 B77W PK-GIH - 23 June 2020 MNL - AMS GA8800 B77W PK-GIH - 24 June 2020 AMS - PTY GA8800 B77W PK-GIH - 25 June 2020 PTY - AMS GA8801 B77W PK-GIH - 26 June ...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?
Replies: 47
Views: 2030

Re: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?

but I do not think it is too useful though. Based on what? This is a time where people with no medical degree in a relevant field should listen to people who have a medical degree in a relevant field. If we want to restart the economy and social life to anything that resembles normality, wearing a ...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

KFTG wrote:
Also, why are you so worried?
I was told you just need a mask.

Most masks won’t help. Social distancing, stay at home when you are feeling sick and wash your hands will do a lot more.

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by marcelh
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16349

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Has a herd immunity strategy worked anywhere yet? Sweden has successfully flattened the curve. And their case fatality rates are coming down: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/coronavirus-cfr?time=2020-03-07..&country=SWE~NOR~DNK (Compare Sweden, Denmark and Norway) New daily deaths and new da...

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by marcelh
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1121
Views: 309480

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

Today the combi design is pointless in most cases, the huge belly capacity of standard passenger aircraft like the 777 or A350 can do the job just as well or better in most occasions (except for horses or other oversized special cargo). The B777 and A350 may have a huge belly capacity, but IIRC the...

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by marcelh
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet
Replies: 504
Views: 90787

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

In my opinion, we will have more suicides from economic loss due to Convid19 than the disease kills. True, but we will never know how many people would have been killed when we Covid19 had been considered as just a flu. Not only the victims of the virus, but also those because of collapsing health ...

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by marcelh
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16529

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

what was the cheapest fare out of VIE pre-COVID? Seems to me 40 Euros is not not much of a minimum. Then again, I live in Canada, where cheapest domestic fares we have here are 2.5 times that price. An additional 40 Euros isn't a lot, compared to a weekend Vienna including a decent hotel, fine rest...

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by marcelh
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16529

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Curious to see if it passes EU rules, setting a minimum price is generally not acceptable. Also curious how Austrian customers will be able to redeem their Miles and More flights. At this point, it is safe to say that the EU is dead, it is every nation for themselves now. This is the most hilarious...

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by marcelh
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32342

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

Trump will win in a landslide. The elitists don't care about the forgotten voter, they think the USA is "post industrial." Remember Obama talking about the magic wand? https://youtu.be/BRTGQUISjI0 Trump has delivered on jobs, the economy, foreign relations ("allies" in NATO are ...

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by marcelh
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 254
Views: 46333

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

Sam Chui has an article about it also, noting the first plane is now at IAI, It looks like a cut and paste job of the information linked above. https://samchui.com/2020/06/06/first-boeing-777-300er-freighter-conversion-begins/#.XtymbdVKipo It will be interesting to watch this, as 77W values drop wi...

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by marcelh
Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to close 777x and 787 order before month-end
Replies: 146
Views: 37003

Re: Boeing to close 777x and 787 order before month-end

Right now such a deal would heavily rely on politics. So I agree it's probably EVA because of what's going on in the south Chinese seas. For what is happening in the South China sea, I see that it is more reasonable for that unknown customer being ASEAN carriers such as Phillipine Airlines, Vietnam...

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