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by Flyingabout
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China to order 300 Boeings
Replies: 61
Views: 15428

Re: China to order 300 Boeings

Not exactly a vote of confidence in the C919 when the one customer China can force to buy them (itself) goes for 260 B737s

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by Flyingabout
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU airlines in trouble graph.
Replies: 20
Views: 6372

Re: EU airlines in trouble graph.

Should really be "which large EU airlines are in trouble", many of the smaller outfits are in serious trouble, being constantly propped up by state aid as the EU turns a blind eye. Croatia Airlines and Air Malta come to mind, the latter should have been closed down over 2 years ago, when t...

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by Flyingabout
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)
Replies: 189
Views: 25661

Re: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)

EasyJet is the largest A319 operator in the world. They could use the CS300 to replace the A319 in the future. Given that EasyJet is moving away from the 150 seat market with their new orders for the A320/1Neo, it wouldn't appear likely. That said, the CSeries is now a contender with any Airbus ope...

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by Flyingabout
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 191865

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

So much for wanting a third competitor to the A/B duopoly. This thread hilariously exposes that the real point of rooting for Bombardier wasn't for the existence of another manufacturer. This is sad news for the CSeries and for manufacturer variety in general. It's a shame to see Bombardier effecti...

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by Flyingabout
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 191865

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I'd have loved to see BBD go all the way on their own, but given the way things have panned out, this is excellent news. The Cseries is a phenomenal aircraft, a true product of the 21st century and it shouldn't be allowed to drown in bureaucracy. This industry needs innovation not protectionism. To ...

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by Flyingabout
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing provided Monarch with $130 million bailout
Replies: 66
Views: 12188

Re: Boeing provided Monarch with $130 million bailout

So Boeing struck an unfavourable deal just for market penetration in an all-Airbus airline? So many thoughts right now: Bombardier, tax, WTO, Belfast, tanker deal etc. Truly the pot calling the kettle black, I really hope that more US airlines buy the CSeries now.

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by Flyingabout
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monarch Airlines ceases operations, thousands stranded
Replies: 391
Views: 70330

Re: Monarch in trouble (again)...?

LuxuryTravelled wrote:
IAG are interested in the 737MAX order apparently,


For Meridiana, possibly? Technically not IAG, but after Qatar's statement about making the airline the new Alitalia, it could add up.

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by Flyingabout
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn't Ryanair chartering ACMI airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 2816

Why isn't Ryanair chartering ACMI airlines?

Seeing as Mr. O'Leary has effectively admitted that the current crewing problems that are causing them to cancel 50 flights a day are self-inflicted, out of the 2500 flights a day, 50-60 is a relatively small number. This had me wondering; when this happens in other airlines, ACMI airlines such as T...

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by Flyingabout
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 22379

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

Another one: C-GFAF landing at Toronto earlier today inbound from ARA. Photo: twitter.com/tompodolec https://image.ibb.co/dnqXPQ/IMG_7402.jpg The engines look tiny in that photo! Really dislike this livery, it's astounding to me that they chose this as a replacement, the boring typeface, small logo...

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by Flyingabout
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brits on Holiday in Romania left stranded due to Wizz Air aircraft that had to undergo "unscheduled" maintenance work
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Re: Brits on Holiday in Romania left stranded due to Wizz Air aircraft that had to undergo "unscheduled" maintenence wor

Daily Fail at it again. I'm sure Wizz Air offered to rebook these passengers on other flights they operate from Bucharest to the UK, with onward coach transfers, and many probably took that option. You'll always get a few misers, however, who think they've gotten the upper hand by staying in some cr...

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by Flyingabout
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 14090

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

Fairly catastrophic prediction seeing as IAG didn't make the list.

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by Flyingabout
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wizzair changes check-in procedures
Replies: 5
Views: 1683

Re: Wizzair changes check-in procedures

They're inconvenient policies aimed at getting people to pay for "peace of mind" by checking in earlier (and being bombarded with more last minute add-ons). First it was about conditioning the public to do their own check-in, now it's about doing it a few hours in advance, although I can s...

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by Flyingabout
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Joon routes announced
Replies: 58
Views: 12516

Re: First Joon routes announced

You question what's the end game with these haphazard in-house LCCs. Level when there's Vueling? Joon when there's Transavia? The only conclusion I've reached is that they will be the "Noah's Ark" of the next downturn - the plane and employee caps will be raised and it'll be a case of get ...

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by Flyingabout
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Operational Weak Spots of the Airbus A321NEO/LR Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 37357

Re: Operational Weak Spots of the Airbus A321NEO/LR.

I'm sure the airlines haven't mistakenly overseen your points until now. The one about crew rest is a non-starter as crew FTLs allow duties of up to 12 hours without need for rest (either on the ground or in the air) with the same amount of crew as would be expected on any domestic or mid haul fligh...

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by Flyingabout
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Monarch miss a trick?
Replies: 25
Views: 5294

Re: Did Monarch miss a trick?

We will never know and it's too late to enter that market now. Indeed. I really fear, however, for ZB as they currently are; I'm not sure what the USP is or if the real rationale behind the current investors is to sell it on if IAG or whoever were tempted to make a bid. I think the current owners w...

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by Flyingabout
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair in Ukraine
Replies: 16
Views: 3313

Re: Ryanair in Ukraine

Wizz Air will be rubbing their hands with glee, especially since Ryanair has knocked them off their perch in Sofia and Bucharest. They sunk a lot of money into Ukraine before the conflict began.

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by Flyingabout
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants
Replies: 193
Views: 25936

Re: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

I've seen Al-Baker at a few conferences over the past few years, and the man can't be an inch taller than maybe 5'4" (163cm). Maybe we should start proclaiming that his tiny stature hinders his ability to lead given he doesn't have the 'appearance' of someone in power? That would be ridiculous...

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by Flyingabout
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 199282

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

But has it? Can you show how many new p2p routes has the 787 opened? I think Boeing was wrong. The 787 is mostly plying exactly the same routes as planes before it. How about Calgary to Bejing on Hainan Airlines for one? BA to Chengdu as another BA's foray into Chengdu was unsuccessful and has sinc...

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by Flyingabout
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airberlin asks for state aid
Replies: 14
Views: 3824

Re: Airberlin asks for state aid

Enough. This makes a mockery of aviation and all efforts to hold airlines that exploit and mistreat their staff to account. If an airline isn't viable and sustainable, it should shut down. End of story.

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by Flyingabout
Tue May 30, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian appoints Stefan Pichler as CEO
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Re: Royal Jordanian Appoints Ex-airberlin Pichler As CEO

RJ chairman Said Darwazah said Pichler had been selected for his “professional capabilities and rich experience directly related to the management and the operation of international airlines.” - I guess making a profit isn't high on Royal Jordanian's priority list then.

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by Flyingabout
Mon May 29, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Bombardier CS500 opportunity window missed
Replies: 8
Views: 2878

Re: Leeham: Bombardier CS500 opportunity window missed

Agreed. I never understood why BBD didn't pursue a CS500 to begin with, especially as A319/B737-700 sales have been waning for almost a decade, and the trend for a preference of stretched fuselages being apparent across the board (ATR72 over ATR42, B787-9 over B787-8). From a layman's perspective, i...

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by Flyingabout
Tue May 16, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to receive A321neo
Replies: 51
Views: 10953

Re: Easyjet to receive A321neo

Another move towards consolidation with Wizz Air if you ask me. The two operations compliment each other very well, with very little overlap.

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by Flyingabout
Mon May 08, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern to operate COMAC C919 on Shanghai-Beijing route
Replies: 5
Views: 2466

Re: China Eastern to operate COMAC C919 on Shanghai-Beijing route

Hopefully it's going to operate on more than one route! Incidentally, can anyone else see the A320 design feature heavily in this aircraft? The gear assembly and door panel look identical, the flap track fairings are in the same position... I guess there's only to much you can do with 2 wings and a ...

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by Flyingabout
Thu May 04, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COMAC C919 Production And Testing Thread - 2013 - 2018
Replies: 358
Views: 59915

Re: Comac C919 Production And Delivery Thread

Few photos of the inside: https://imagr.eu/up/9ZygG_C-9_nJHUIAA2s6Y.jpg What is going on in this picture? The perspective is weird. Is that door in the back the aft galley, which would mean the picture is being taken over the wing? I can see seats in the glass on the back, but not sure if that's a ...

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by Flyingabout
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports in desperate need of more gates
Replies: 102
Views: 15694

Re: Airports in desperate need of more gates

My worst ever airport experience was in Treviso (LCC alternative to Venice, Italy). A woefully small waiting area that was cramped if any more than 2 flights were departing at similar times. Then when your flight is called, you have to walk to the corner of the room, down an escalator and into what ...

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by Flyingabout
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do you see Bombardier doing well?
Replies: 53
Views: 9803

Re: Do you see Bombardier doing well?

I'd say they're on thin ice. They dropped the ball early on with the CSeries, and should have launched a CS500 when they had a chance and gone with much more aggressive marketing and discounts than just relying on the innovations of the aircraft. Now you're hard pressed to find a major airline which...

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by Flyingabout
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and the CS100 at LCY
Replies: 17
Views: 3690

Re: BA and the CS100 at LCY

Although an orphan fleet, the A318 fits in neatly with the huge A320 fleet BA has based in LGW and LHR, particularly from a crew training and maintenance standpoint. To have just 2 alien CS100s to replace the the LCY-JFK service would make no business sense, and I suspect BA would rather end the ser...

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by Flyingabout
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Sukhoi signed a preliminary agreement with Iran to sell Superjet 100 planes
Replies: 16
Views: 5077

Re: Sukhoi signed a preliminary agreement with Iran to sell Superjet 100 planes

Not sure as to the viability of the link below, however it suggests that Iran has already had a change of heart about this agreement as a result of the recent groundings. http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12290873/iran-no-longer-wants-russias-superjet As previously mentioned, Sukhoi have handled the ...

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by Flyingabout
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Bombardier offering two different types of 100 seat aircraft (CRJ1000 vs CS100)?
Replies: 52
Views: 11131

Re: why is bombardier offering 2 different types of 100 seat aircraft (crj1000 vs cs100)?

Whilst not quite apples and oranges, the CRJ 1000 and CS100 are two very different aircraft that address two different markets. The CRJ1000 seats circa 100 Pax in an all economy config, and is optimised for short haul operations on sectors less than 1000nm. It has no belly cargo space and is has a m...

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by Flyingabout
Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tanzania confirms order for 1 787-8
Replies: 37
Views: 10751

Re: Air Tanzania confirms order for 1 787-8

Wouldn't this be the first 787-8 order in a very long time? The variant seems to have the way of all "smaller" family variants - except it sold well when the programme was launched.

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by Flyingabout
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe and Loganair to end franchise agreement.
Replies: 31
Views: 5331

Re: Flybe and Loganair to end franchise agreement.

BA franchise agreements seem really haphazard at the best of times. I still can't figure out why there are some Dorniers flying out of Denmark in the BA scheme...

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by Flyingabout
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to grow to 585 aircraft by 2024
Replies: 21
Views: 4993

Re: Ryanair to grow to 585 aircraft by 2024

If you support them by buying their tickets when other options are available, then you have no right to bitch about them. Most of the time there is no other option anymore. I think that is the point. Precisely, no competitors operated that flight (although they'd have my business if they did). Anyw...

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by Flyingabout
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to grow to 585 aircraft by 2024
Replies: 21
Views: 4993

Re: Ryanair to grow to 585 aircraft by 2024

Having flown Ryanair two days ago from Dublin, this news is depressing. To think that we, the passengers, have grown so accustomed to saving 10 euros, that we'll ignore being herded down stairwells way before the aircraft is even on stand, then made to wait on the apron in freezing gales whilst the ...

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by Flyingabout
Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Praise for the SSJ100, Cityjet to firm its options
Replies: 21
Views: 5923

Re: More Praise for the SSJ100, Cityjet to firm its options

Good news. I'm surprised by the fuel burn though. Those engines don't exactly look latest generation. It's about what's in the inside Well a big part of newer engines economy is their high bypass ratio, a feature you can easily discern from the outside. So it's not exactly silly to imply this. I ha...

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by Flyingabout
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A330neo Starts Final Assembly
Replies: 69
Views: 16930

Re: First A330neo Starts Final Assembly

Is the A330neo wing radically different to the ceo variant? Or is it more like the current one with a350-style winglets?

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by Flyingabout
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9273

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

I don't agree there is not an effect on safety by allowing very low experience pilots to fly airliners. I'm a retired airline pilot and worked for a couple years as an expat captain for Air India flying the B777. I can promise you if I had become incapacitated about 50% of the time it would have en...

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by Flyingabout
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience
Replies: 74
Views: 9273

Re: Wall Street Journal - New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

In the rest of the world, first officers fly airliners straight out of flight school (if they are lucky enough to get a job), having about 170-220 hours of flying with no detrimental effect on safety. In my opinion, the FAA system doesn't do much except force low hour pilots to become instructors or...

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by Flyingabout
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BAE mulls Avro RJ freighter conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 3096

Re: BAE mulls Avro RJ freighter conversion

I was under the impression that this conversion has been possible for quite some time, albeit not through BAE themselves. TNT in Liege had a sizable fleet of them, based on the older 146.

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by Flyingabout
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkey's regional jet program takes off at Farnborough
Replies: 11
Views: 2412

Re: Turkey's regional jet program takes off at Farnborough

With every respect, I give this project 0-5% of ever seeing the light of day.

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by Flyingabout
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines to start serving fries and waffles
Replies: 18
Views: 5673

Re: Brussels Airlines to start serving fries and waffles

I think the thread title is misleading. It should be "selling", not "serving" - it's up to the customer whether they want to buy them or not. Good initiative by SN, trying to stand out from the crowd and adds some identity to the BoB culture of sandwiches, crisps and coke that yo...

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by Flyingabout
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Decision Delayed Once Again
Replies: 11
Views: 1705

Re: Heathrow Expansion Decision Delayed Once Again

It's astounding that almost a decade has passed since tangible plans were created, then withdrawn, regarding the third runway. Given the volatility of the British market right now following the referendum, a decision to stop expansion once and for all (think BoJo as PM) could be the straw that break...

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by Flyingabout
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the MD80 series popular?
Replies: 29
Views: 10431

Why was the MD80 series popular?

Hello, long time reader of these forums and I've never seen this topic brought up. It's my understanding that the MD series was based on reworking the DC9, but I've always wondered why airlines bought it when it was seemed to be commercially disadvantaged to the B737 and A320 it was up against from ...

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