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by fjhc
Tue May 21, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 250
Views: 35844

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

Not to mention impossible, given that they could only buy up to 49% of a European airline.

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by fjhc
Sun May 19, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of medivac certification onboard TN 789’s
Replies: 40
Views: 6056

Re: Lack of medivac certification onboard TN 789’s

I'm presuming that @Wlederling was talking about the lower cabin altitude on the 787. But any aircraft has the same air pressure while on the ground! And, as many tragedies have shown (most recently in Moscow), fires can be just as catestrophic on the tarmac as at 35,000 feet, so flammability testin...

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by fjhc
Sun May 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market
Replies: 150
Views: 19556

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

Although the MRJ70 is 5 ft 9 in longer than that of the E175, the MRJ70 frame seats fewer passengers in every configuration. This is due to the MRJ's expansive aft cargo compartment, as well as the design of its empennage. The following photo of the MRJ90 (JA24MJ) illustrates this: http://progress....

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by fjhc
Wed May 15, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines to lease/buy up to 30 A321neo’s
Replies: 52
Views: 10561

Re: China Airlines to lease/buy up to 30 A321neo’s

The seats are forcing the withdrawal of the aircraft? I get if they have set an internal deadline to be rid of an old design by a certain date, but those can always be pushed back and the tickets sold for less.

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by fjhc
Fri May 10, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22605

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

A321LRs (and the hypothetical XLR) could be great for FI. Airbus could get a big coup by converting FI to Airbus- it's not a big order, but they're a well respected airline who push their 757s to the edges of their capabilities, and are well known for it. The MAX was always said to be for expansion-...

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by fjhc
Thu May 02, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unravel the A350-900 lower-range variants: Domestic & Regional
Replies: 42
Views: 7261

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

Isn't the change for SIA just a paper derate? They did something similar for the 777-200ERs didn't they? Saves on the airport landing fees and ATC costs. And I presume they can switch things round to even out flight hours/cycles if needed.

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by fjhc
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of MAX Grounding on Airlines without 737NG (AC, FI)
Replies: 27
Views: 7057

Re: Effect of MAX Grounding on Airlines without 737NG (AC, FI)

Presuming that there will be a big cheque from Boeing to help pay for all of this wet leasing?

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by fjhc
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

Going back a little way, and away from, erm, repetitive discussions, why was Canberra not available for use as a diversion? According to Wiki Qatar and Singapore both fly there with 777-300ERs, so the airport can clearly handle large aircraft. Canberra despite being the capital city of Australia is...

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by fjhc
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 54887

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

Going back a little way, and away from, erm, repetitive discussions, why was Canberra not available for use as a diversion? According to Wiki Qatar and Singapore both fly there with 777-300ERs, so the airport can clearly handle large aircraft.

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by fjhc
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing' s Trouble: Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet
Replies: 117
Views: 25675

Re: Boeing' s Trouble: Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet

ElroyJetson wrote:
Union shakedown published by the fake news NYT. Boeing has built commercial jets for 60 years. The record speaks for itself. Ditto Airbus. Neither manufacturer makes unsafe or poorly built aircraft.


The two crashed 737 MAX-8s might point otherwise...

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by fjhc
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 35045

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Lufthansa's management, like any airline's management, will assess all the options. This will include the MAX when looking at aircraft in that size category. That being said, I think the NEO will have the upper hand, purely from an operational point of view. Commonality with the existing fleet (acro...

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by fjhc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?
Replies: 41
Views: 6648

Re: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?

United is prohibiting basic economy customers from having carryons that don't fit under the seat, and charging to check carryon sized bags. What was strange to me when I flew this fare class recently, is that I was totally blocked from any sort of upgrade. Couldn't pay extra to change the seat assi...

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by fjhc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airshow 2019, Will Airbus move? A321XLR, A322 launching customers..
Replies: 80
Views: 16828

Re: Paris Airshow 2019, Will Airbus move? A321XLR, A322 launching customers..

Some people are going to say that UA are going to be cancelling the A350 order until the day they retire them, even if that's in 30 years time!

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by fjhc
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?
Replies: 41
Views: 6648

Re: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?

I've got return flights LHR-ORD (outbound via BRU, return direct) with United and Brussels Airlines (for the LHR-BRU segment) for £259. The 'fare' was apparently $13, with the rest being taxes and fees. This is basic economy, no bag, but still. Crazy cheap. I'm fully expecting a terrible seat (altho...

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by fjhc
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA LHR -> Grand Cayman via Nassau
Replies: 38
Views: 6173

Re: BA LHR -> Grand Cayman via Nassau

According to Wiki the runway at GCM is 2,155m long. A laden 777 for the flight to LHR isn't going to get out of that.

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by fjhc
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Hubbed LCC?
Replies: 43
Views: 4554

Re: A Hubbed LCC?

Ryanair offer protected connections too. Just looking at flights out of Manchester, there are a number of Italian cities and Athens routed via Milan Bergamo (BGY). While I wouldn't say that Ryanair operate a hub-and-spoke model, by some definitions BGY is acting as a hub!

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by fjhc
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Airbus' Ro-Ro naval fleet
Replies: 23
Views: 5120

Re: Future of Airbus' Ro-Ro naval fleet

How are components transported to Mobile as it stands? Belugas?

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by fjhc
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian terrible teen Boeing 787 stored/grounded
Replies: 47
Views: 15664

Re: Ethiopian terrible teen Boeing 787 stored/grounded

I suppose if you have to ground a 787 because of the RR issues, then grounding the oldest, most terrible of the terrible teens, would make sense. The fuel burn of that LN#10 airframe compared to others will be higher, as will maintenance costs.

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by fjhc
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8221

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

I think it's more "I'll never fly Ryanair again" and then next time they're booking flights "Oooo Ryanair are €10 cheaper! I'll book with them". My last trip cost me £34 return to Brussels, and next month I'm flying to Berlin for the same. Can't complain when you're flying hundre...

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by fjhc
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded
Replies: 31
Views: 8221

Re: FR8582 diverts and leaves almost 200 pax stranded

I wonder if the bus was provided by Ryanair, but that 100 passengers refused to take it, resulting in the chartered Aegean flight?

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by fjhc
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Sharklets
Replies: 51
Views: 10494

Re: A350 Sharklets

The winglet needs to be considered as part of the overall aerodynamic design. The newer A350s have a change to the wing twist and that change included a change to the winglet. Different aircraft have different requirements- it was was worth it for Boeing to fit the raked wingtips to the 777 because ...

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by fjhc
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 not popular in India?
Replies: 28
Views: 8585

Re: Why is the A321 not popular in India?

Why is it not popular? Two words come to mind. Tail strikes. Yes, Indigo is getting A321Ns, but now they have to train a subset of the crew on A321s and roster them on A321 routes. Given how popular the A321 is everywhere else, someone might want to let those airlines know about the possibility of ...

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by fjhc
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Airbus hiding a new A322 business case behind the 100t+ A321XLR study? Numbers..
Replies: 211
Views: 26616

Re: Is Airbus hiding a new A322 business case behind the 100t+ A321XLR study? Numbers..

Airbus are in a very decent place to be with the A320 family. They basically can't crank them out quick enough right now. They have to take into account that spending lots of money on an upgraded A321neo or an A322 stretch will take away a slot from an already developed A32Xneo of some kind. They wo...

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by fjhc
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much longer will Airbus build the A319 ?
Replies: 49
Views: 9594

Re: How much longer will Airbus build the A319 ?

Well, they'd have to go through the costs of certifying the new variant. But that might well be worth it for the few ACJ orders they have, and for the odd niche airline who need that performance.

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by fjhc
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW L1011 Timetable services
Replies: 76
Views: 8105

Re: LGW L1011 Timetable services

I remember flying on a Caledonian Airways Tristar from Gatwick to Mombassa, via Athens, presumably because the Tristar couldn't make it the whole way! This was in April 1997, I was 6 and an overly excited child as it was the first time I had been on a plane.

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by fjhc
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flat beds on narrowbodies
Replies: 20
Views: 3596

Re: Flat beds on narrowbodies

@flybynight I think we'll see separate fleets, just like with the 757s with them, or BA or AA's A321s. Some 'long-range' equipped planes with lie-flats, and then denser short-haul versions for the segments up to about 5 hours. We've already seen some flat beds on longer flights operated by CEOs and ...

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by fjhc
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines looking at wet-lease options to replace SSJ-100
Replies: 15
Views: 1997

Re: Brussels Airlines looks at wet-lease options for Sukhoi aircraft

Absolutely agree @PlymSpotter. I don't care how comfortable the plane is if it's several hours late! I feel like the A220 would be a great option for SN, with -100s replacing the SSJs and some -300s to replace the A319s. But of course I'm not sure that Lufthansa would be willing to bankroll such an ...

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by fjhc
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe reveals updated livery
Replies: 77
Views: 11937

Re: Flybe New Livery??

I've just flown into Manchester this morning, and I saw what looked like a Q400 with a black tailfin parked at T3. We parked on the other side of the terminal so I didn't get a close look (I was flying with Ryanair in from Girona). I did wonder what it was all about, as I didn't think any airline wi...

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by fjhc
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will Lufthansa Cityline be replacing their A340-300s with?
Replies: 21
Views: 5951

Re: What will Lufthansa Cityline be replacing their A340-300s with?

I would think they are. But they'll get as much use out of their A330ceos and A340s first. I could certainly see a group order of A330neos for Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, and Austrian.

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by fjhc
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair long haul routes
Replies: 70
Views: 15884

Re: Finnair long haul routes

4,000 nm from HEL does cover all of India. The very southern tip of Sri Lanka is where the cutoff is, so southern India would be pushing it on an A321LR. HEL-BOM though is easily inside that distance- it's 3,682 miles (3,200 nautical miles). I think the A321LR could be an interesting aircraft for Fi...

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by fjhc
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 9341

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

As others have said, Manchester isn't really a great tourist city. It's much more of a great place to live than a great place to visit. AA send their MAN passengers via PHL or the seasonal ORD service. It does kind of surprise me though that they can't make JFK work though. We used to have a daily B...

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by fjhc
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?
Replies: 53
Views: 5209

Re: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?

I know AA have 3 pilots on PHL-MAN. That's 6:50 according to AA's website, but the return flight is showing as 7:45, which of course is very close to that 8 hour cutoff. It's probably worth scheduling 3 pilots on the route so that they don't get caught out if something goes wrong causing a delay on ...

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by fjhc
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does DL send large planes to small airports?
Replies: 96
Views: 16483

Re: Why does DL send large planes to small airports?

What does RON mean?

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by fjhc
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines and Corporate Jets
Replies: 90
Views: 9371

Re: Long Distance RJ Service

I've done HEL-MAN on the Finnair E-190. Flew out on an A320. I preferred the Embraer for passenger comfort, although the A320 did have a cool camera mounted on the nose gear which displayed on the screens during takeoff! I'd happily fly longer distances on the Embraers. Did IAD-BNA on a United Expre...

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by fjhc
Wed May 30, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 104
Views: 5744

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

My boyfriend flew from Manchester to JFK via Madrid last year, because it was cheaper. According to GCMap, that's 34.1% further than the direct flights. The timings weren't important, the price was. Other trips between Manchester and NYC have included stops in Boston, Philadelphia, London Heathrow, ...

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by fjhc
Sun May 20, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's
Replies: 34
Views: 10376

Re: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's

Didn't Air Berlin fly 737NGs until the end? Kind of. They were operated by TUI and leased out to AB. Many people suggests that this deal was one of the nails in the coffin for AB as the rates were very high. Thanks! I knew they had some flown by TUI, but I didn't know about the high rates. Seems od...

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by fjhc
Sat May 19, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)
Replies: 92
Views: 18355

Re: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)

The new blue is definitely better IMO, but the loss of the yellow is definitely a sad thing. The suggestion of blue engines and winglets would definitely be a good one. Maybe use yellow on the cranes, and I think it would look great.

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by fjhc
Sat May 19, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's
Replies: 34
Views: 10376

Re: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's

Didn't Air Berlin fly 737NGs until the end? Regarding charter A32x, there are plenty in Europe. Titan, SmartLynx, Small Planet all have A32x. Titan still have some 737s, and have flown them for a very long time now. Of course if we're expanding 'charter' to cover all non-sheduled operations, then op...

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by fjhc
Tue May 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway
Replies: 56
Views: 6718

Re: Paul Griffiths: LHR should open 24/7, not build another runway

Bingo. The people who use LHR want to be landing/taking off at a vaguely civilised time, not departing at 3am. There is little demand for a European late-night hub, simply because of the geography and where people want to head. Heathrow needs more slots around the existing peak times, and a new shor...

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by fjhc
Tue May 08, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX 8 ERX?
Replies: 26
Views: 5671

Re: Boeing 737MAX 8 ERX?

I feel that if an A322 did happen, it would be a simple stretch more aimed at providing capacity for short-haul operators than a true 'MoM' aircraft. Take the A321neoLR, add a few frames, and you have a nice cheap plane that carries around 275 in Wizz Air style torture chamber seating. You'd need to...

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by fjhc
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-2000 Doable with new technologies, more potential with 787 : Bregier
Replies: 74
Views: 16173

Re: A350-2000 Doable with new technologies, more potential with 787 : Bregier

How much less range than the -1000 would a simple stretch have, without a thrust bump? The -1000 is capable of 8,000 nm, which is far more than most long-haul flying. Even if 6,000 nm is the more realistic real-world range for an A350-2000, it would cover all of Europe, Asia, and Africa from Dubai, ...

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by fjhc
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF
Replies: 54
Views: 16331

Re: Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF

I'm presuming that a stretch to a hypothetical A322 will require more exits (as the LCCs are going to want to put more seats in than the A321 ACF). I'd guess that this will be basically the same forward fuselage as the standard A321, with the L2 door, but with the stretch between the L2 door and the...

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by fjhc
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for a A300NEO?
Replies: 118
Views: 20635

Re: Time for a A300NEO?

It wasn't brilliantly optimised though. It wasn't a completely different wing- it was basically just a -8's wing with blended winglets which allowed it to fit into more gate spaces as the wingspan was shorter than the raked tips the -8 has. I think the main reason preventing Airbus from building any...

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by fjhc
Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Couple of BA flights from LHR on an AB6...?
Replies: 14
Views: 6521

Re: Couple of BA flights from LHR on an AB6...?

petertenthije wrote:
atypical wrote:
I think the better question is if any carriers still fly passenger A300s/A310s particularly in EU/NA/Asia.

Iran Air and Mahan Air for sure. Maybe also TAROM and MIAT Mongolian, the latter two are / were in the process of retiring them.


Plus Air Transat with their A310s!

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by fjhc
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Catapults, Arrester Cables and Commercial Aircraft
Replies: 31
Views: 3489

Re: Catapults, Arrester Cables and Commercial Aircraft

DC-9s or F-28s on carriers? That would be a sight to see!

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by fjhc
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena
Replies: 109
Views: 18995

Re: AVRO RJ100 Lands on St. Helena

Can't help thinking than an A319 or 737-700, perhaps with an ACT, would be the best bet. There are plenty of them about, easy to add in to any existing A32X/737NG fleet, decent range and performance, not too big or too small.

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by fjhc
Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.
Replies: 61
Views: 7478

Re: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.

I really can't see it happening. From a legal point of view, you could do what LATAM are doing and just rename stuff- have 'Lufthansa Belgium' for the flights from Brussles, 'Lufthansa Switzerland' for the flights from Zurich, etc etc. But the existing names are too tied to the different countries. ...

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by fjhc
Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA announces LHR-MSY
Replies: 143
Views: 20559

Re: BA announces LHR-MSY

In a different discussion it was stated that MSY was the largest unserved market to London. I believe that is wildly inaccurate. There are many larger markets without service to London or Europe for that matter. New Orleans is the 46th ranked market by population with about a dozen cities with no E...

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by fjhc
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Configuration and recent developments
Replies: 369
Views: 68084

Re: Boeing 737 MAX 10 Configuration and recent developments

I think the major problem Boeing have is that they're damned if they do, and damned if they don't. Simpler Scenarios: Scenario 1: Do nothing, until the NSA is ready in many years time. Result: Airbus continues to sell A321s at high margin, which puts huge pressure on Boeing's narrowbody line, in ter...

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by fjhc
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet takeover rumours?
Replies: 12
Views: 6740

Re: Easyjet takeover rumours?

While a us company might or might not be interested, they would be in an interesting dilemma. UK Stock Exchange rules require anyone purchasing more than 30% of the voting stock in a quoted company to make an offer for all the remainder. But UK and EU law prohibits an organisation based outside the...

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