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by BOAC1966
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz steps down at BA
Replies: 83
Views: 12776

Re: Alex Cruz steps down at BA

I wonder if this somewhat sudden move is linked to the way BA has thrown so much capacity into the sky in recent weeks ...... whilst cargo helps the amount of pax capacity seems to be very high! I wonder about the current seat factors ...... suspect losing a lot of money at a time of preserving cash...

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by BOAC1966
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 533
Views: 195212

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

F-WMIL A359 now in CAY .....en route to TLS or more hot weather sea level trials for new nacelle.

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by BOAC1966
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 533
Views: 195212

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

See F-WMIL A350K in La Paz (LPB) ......calibrating new engine nacelle? High altitude environment..... could be an encouraging performance enhancement on its way during next year?

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by BOAC1966
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread 2020
Replies: 578
Views: 55857

Re: Rumour: Virgin Atlantic to announce W20 schedule with new routes

I think the wise move is do more with what you have ......too many carriers and businesses generally little myopic with their constant belief you must expand .....if what you got is viable consider staying there!

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by BOAC1966
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 533
Views: 195212

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

See that A350K F-WMIL prototype in Goose Bay

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by BOAC1966
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv
Replies: 36
Views: 20294

Re: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv

En route tonight to TLV .....no problems .....

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by BOAC1966
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 1187
Views: 538863

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Virgin G-VJAM leaving LDE for BOD ....pre service fitting out seems very extened!

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by BOAC1966
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 222870

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

CAA has done rather well with Operation Matterhorn! Well done. Very polished performance and typically well executed ....yes we do get a few things right in the UK!

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by BOAC1966
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 222870

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

The airline industry particularly those serving the leisure sectors have an appalling financial record dating back to the 1970s with the first big collapse of Clarkson! Few industries have such a bad performance worldwide! Part of the reason is there are few barriers to entry, poor financial steward...

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by BOAC1966
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 222870

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

What flight prefix will rescue flights use under Operation Matterhorn? will it be a special one or the aircraft “ owners” normal one?

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by BOAC1966
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 222870

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

Seem to be 36 MT flights inbound ....nothing outbound!

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by BOAC1966
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Engineering Cardiff
Replies: 26
Views: 4412

Re: BA Engineering Cardiff

In recent months increasing use of Bournemouth for 747 probably C checks. Also 777 currently there.

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by BOAC1966
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KSA overflight to Qatar
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

KSA overflight to Qatar

Noticed last night BA123 LHR-DOH flew a southerly routing over KSA as against normal northerly over Iraq. Has ICAO given a ruling that such overflights must be accepted by KSA for movements into Qatar. It would be great if the air embargo was eased by KSA and UAE.

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by BOAC1966
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 81150

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

When BA regional gave up domestic operations bar key feeders to LHR and LGW I seem to remember they gave a multi million annual subsidy to flybe. That ceased a couple of yesrs back and flybe have struggled to make decent money for many years. As said BA tried for many years to make non LGW and LHR w...

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by BOAC1966
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 81150

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

BA tried numrous time to make domestic and near Europe provincial links work! Possibly a move of a strategic nature in offering due strength of LCC over last decade but will always be a tough one in terms of decent operating ratio!

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by BOAC1966
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question
Replies: 17
Views: 7585

Re: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question

At last back in service after 40 days since ground hand handling incident ......beware passenger steps!

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by BOAC1966
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question
Replies: 17
Views: 7585

Re: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question

And a month after the prang still seems to be in Bournemouth! Hopefully repairs being combined with major check! Expensive outage given overall long haul fleet looks rather pushed at present!

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by BOAC1966
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question
Replies: 17
Views: 7585

Re: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question

This must be pretty expensive damage or specialist team needed as another week in Bournemouth. It flew back from JFK pressurised in normal flight profile ......where is the damage?

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by BOAC1966
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question
Replies: 17
Views: 7585

Re: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question

Still appears to be in Bournemouth ....must have been a fairly heavy strike with “passenger steps”!

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by BOAC1966
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question
Replies: 17
Views: 7585

Re: British Airways BA9175 airborne now - question

Flight profile back from JFK looks normal. BA source confirms planned and maintenance related following AOG 10 days at JFK. Any ideas why grounded so long?

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by BOAC1966
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA adds LHR-VLC, LGW-BIO/KGS/LEI; suspends LHR-BIO/LEI/MAH & LGW-BCN/PSA/VLC
Replies: 8
Views: 3239

Re: BA adds LHR-VLC, LGW-BIO/KGS/LEI; suspends LHR-BIO/LEI/MAH & LGW-BCN/PSA/VLC

I wonder when BA will be back to Doha as flights have been cancelled since March 2018 following ad hoc operations in the previous six months. Seems to have withdrawn as serious ME player

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by BOAC1966
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/defaul ... -09-26.pdf confirms CAT3 and ETOPS for -1000
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See latest type cert by https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/defaul ... -09-26.pdf confirms CAT3 and ETOPS for -1000

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by BOAC1966
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

MSN 220 trip home seems to be taking the long route ......heading north routing over the pole?

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by BOAC1966
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 in service thread - 2018
Replies: 111
Views: 31672

Re: A350 in service thread - 2018

Many thanks for placing CX performance in context. Appreciate issues touched upon and situation being of a broader nature rather than A350 specific.

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by BOAC1966
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 in service thread - 2018
Replies: 111
Views: 31672

Re: A350 in service thread - 2018

Any information as to how the A350-1000 performing in service? It appears Qatar frames pretty punctual but CX seem frequently well adrift of schedule .....could CX use it as substitute aircraft on regionals so ad hoc ....hopefully once deployed on long haul routes figures will improve.

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by BOAC1966
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 46567

Re: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018

Yes en route tonight with slight delay

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by BOAC1966
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

MSN228 homeward to MNL

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by BOAC1966
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 in service thread - 2018
Replies: 111
Views: 31672

Re: A350 in service thread - 2018

B-LRX now returning from Dublin

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by BOAC1966
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Trent XWB-97 ETOPS approval according to CS-E 1040 (certificate 10065874) for 420 minutes.

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by BOAC1966
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Will SQ ULH -900 undertake an extended flight ahead of delivery. I cannot recall any of the standard airframes doing any and on EIS they undetook commercial flights much greater than test frames. Is it just a case of extrapolation of data from flights of shorter duration and having confidence sub sy...

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by BOAC1966
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

SQ ULH on FR so pushback from paint today?

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by BOAC1966
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Not much action these days with SQ ULH NY ......is it having mods ....cabin fit ...ot still in certification process? After very active start to programme pretty quiet of recent weeks. Also -1000s appear inactive although thought CX and QR both due to receive deliveries soon. A lot of current test f...

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by BOAC1966
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

MSN1 returning home mid afternoon from KUL after short runway trials in NZ

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by BOAC1966
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

MSN1 now on South Island at Christchurch

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by BOAC1966
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Seems a very long way to go to do short runway trials! There must be other reasons!

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by BOAC1966
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

So what weather minima do QR use with their -1000? Assume CAT1. Seems restricting especially as that frame has accumulated around 13 hours a day since EIS albeit just to and from LHR( must have had several days with pretty bad weather). Is it a lack of operational hours or the CAT3c is unproven? Int...

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by BOAC1966
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

See MSN1 in Wellington arriving from Philippines ......purpose? Normaly MSN2 with cabin fit does showcasing although believe currently stored at BOD

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by BOAC1966
Mon May 28, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

What is happening with SQ ULH and the various -1000 already built. All seems very very slow just now!

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by BOAC1966
Tue May 15, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 110
Views: 26716

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

Strategy flawed if seeking longhaul presence. Needs to focus on doing exceptionally well destinations offering good feed within at best seven hours of BAH. The island has little tourist potential. Today there is too much established quality from nearby carriers and GF probably has to accept differen...

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by BOAC1966
Mon May 14, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 27578

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

Cost is very difficult to define! It can be apples or pears! A carrier or leasing company will use varying criteria to define “cost” in their individual settings. An important definition could be the “total cost of ownership over a defined time period”. That varies from each starting point and base ...

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by BOAC1966
Mon May 14, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

A35k progress in production seems painfully slow despite the one aircraft actually in service seemingly performing well. Test flying with prototypes ground to a halt and the next two production aircraft doing nothing. No doubt cabin fit issues arising but is there more? Also SQ ULH 359 after good wo...

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by BOAC1966
Sat May 05, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Airbus struggling with John Leahy gone?
Replies: 29
Views: 5894

Re: Is Airbus struggling with John Leahy gone?

One man in the scheme of things not important. Airbus have a superb product portfolio and achieved a great deal balancing the inevitable politics with particularly with Germany. The lubricating of deals extends across this sector as with many other industries ....sadly. Too many givers and too many ...

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by BOAC1966
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

MSN 216 SQs ULH has been doing some tough workouts this week, 5th flight today....impressive bid to get Certification extras validated!

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by BOAC1966
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 27082

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

Interesting comment re ETOPS being pushed too far and places excessive load on remaining engine. I wonder if there is any source giving the number of occassions when an aircraft has had to use ETOPS for real? Would that source show the type of occassion and situation i.e how long it was in diversion...

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by BOAC1966
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

The in service performance of Qatar A35k has been very good since starting with e cellent punctuality on DOH-LHR daily plus DOH - KWI sectors most mornings. This suggests no significant issues with either airframe or engines.

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by BOAC1966
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639885

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

MSN 216 sQ ULH either did another RTO or aborted mission as AIB01NY

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