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by AndrewJM70
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian leaving EWR in a few weeks
Replies: 25
Views: 2973

Re: (Rumour) Norwegian dropping EWR

Norwegian may not even be around summer 2020. Except we thought that last summer too. After last Summer they had NOK 1.3bn profit, their Gatwick slots and shares in investment backs to trade, as well as cash from their rights issue. After this Summer they will have nothing, and few ways to raise ca...

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 8215

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

Loving the comments about airmchair CEOs and yes, whilst true that none of us are on the inside it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the airline is deep in the mire. If nothing else, the seat sale of $115 across the pond for the entire Winter should be raising a red flag. Bear in mi...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 8215

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

They can’t sell leased aircraft and anything they own is offset by debt. The borrowing costs will skyrocket now they have defaulted so their only option is to issue more shares. Their cash position will see them through one quarter if that, and short of a miracle they will run out around the end of ...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 8215

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

They are up to their eyeballs in debt, selling off assets and defaulting on bonds. Unless Q3 is stellar, which it won’t be, they don’t have enough cash to see them through to Spring, assuming Q4 and Q1 are as bad as last year, which they will be. On top of this they have 100 aircraft on order with n...

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 138
Views: 4732

Re: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities

Reports on Pprune that the major bindholder will reject the offer, wanting a share issue instead. Not good.

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 138
Views: 4732

Re: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities

https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/10/norwegian-air-proposes-to-increase-unsecured-bonds-call-price Why would this be announced ahead of the bondholders’ meting? Surely it could be used as a negotiation tactic? I am guessing it is academic as I doubt the bond will be repaid early but even so it smells...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 138
Views: 4732

Re: Norwegian Air Fights for Survival

I have been involved in a detailed analysis of DY’s P&L position for Q3 ahead of the results in early October. Our resources are the financial statements that appear on their Investor Relations pages. We have looked at revenue and cost trends and it does not look good. Bear in mind that Q3 is wh...

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Distance/Go Around Question
Replies: 29
Views: 3104

Re: Landing Distance/Go Around Question

Many airlines use the touchdown zone markers. BA for example make a GA mandatory if the aircraft has not touched down by the last marker. This can be quite harsh at an airport like LHR where 9,000ft plus is available after that last marker. A short-haul aircraft can be stopped comfortably within hal...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)
Replies: 63
Views: 11471

Re: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)

The airmanship and courage shown that day by Al and his crew was staggering. Rest in peace Captain Haynes.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon May 20, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which routes do BA have their 77W on?
Replies: 28
Views: 5663

Re: Which routes do BA have their 77W on!?

At the end of last year I flew on the 77W from LHR to MAD.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting a new Airline
Replies: 74
Views: 11254

Re: Starting a new Airline

Yes, launched this morning, free puppy for every passenger. Happy April 1st folks!

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK
Replies: 140
Views: 21720

Re: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK

At this point, US airlines flying these tattered 763’s anywhere are a disgrace. No wonder the US-3 are a joke....flying ancient relics with terrible dispatch rates and old grandmamas grumpy F/A’s to Europe! While European and Asian carriers fly new or properly renovated planes, having nice cheerful...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 136
Views: 20134

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

LGW could exclusively be served with the 787-9 and 787-10. The latter has range with full payload up to around 10 hours or 5000mi so will be fine for all the US and Caribbean destinations. Anything further can be served by the 787-9 which has almost as much capacity as the 777-200ER - around 300 sea...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA27 A380 having problems currently.
Replies: 53
Views: 14657

Re: BA27 A380 having problems currently.

It was going to Hong Kong. That is a lot of fuel.

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does a 777-200ER have a longer range than a 747-400?
Replies: 6
Views: 2287

Re: Does a 777-200ER have a longer range than a 747-400?

Boeing 747-400 7,285nm
Boeing 777-200ER 7,065nm
Boeing 777-200LR 8,555nm
Boeing 777-300ER 7,370nm

These will be maximum ranges which will not allow for a full payload.

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting a new Airline
Replies: 74
Views: 11254

Re: Starting a new Airline

Making comparisons with Branson is not comparing apples with apples. Branson uses the airline as a marketing vehicle to project his brand across the globe, which it does amazingly well. Whether it makes £10m a year or loses £30m doesn't really matter, because the rest of his empire has very little c...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGA to west coast
Replies: 45
Views: 6027

Re: LGA to west coast

They managed to extend the piers to accomodate EMAS so surely it would not be beyond the wit of man to extend them further to get the runways up to say 8,000ft. The extra 1000ft would not need a weight rating for touchdown so wouldn't require the strength of the original extensions.

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR
Replies: 101
Views: 19560

Re: JAL pilot 8 times over the limit at LHR

For information the UK drink-drive limit is 80mg. In most European countries it is 50mg.

This guy was about to take a 777 half-way across the world whilst at 189mg.

Lunatic.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best London base for a premium airline?
Replies: 12
Views: 2614

Re: Best London base for a premium airline?

From a location point of view Luton is probably best as it benefits from the best links to the Midlands of any airport in the area. The only issue there is runway length which precludes the use of larger aircraft such as the 787. An extra 600m on the Eastern end would transform the airport's operati...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 10627

Re: What was 1st type of aircraft to offer regular Non Stop passenger service across the Atlantic?

In terms of regular service, probably the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser from the late 1940s, followed almost immediately by the Constallation. These aircraft had incredible range for their time, and could in theory fly to the West Coast non-stop from London (taking around 18 hours) but often stopped en r...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What exactly did airberlin do wrong?
Replies: 30
Views: 6306

Re: What exactly did airberlin do wrong?

Air Berlin's seat cost for a 1 hour short-haul sector was around €70; Ryanair's is around €25. The answer is a simple as that.

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A midnight dinner on British Airways 777-300ER service from Boston to London Heathrow in World Traveller
Replies: 11
Views: 10479

Re: A midnight dinner on British Airways 777-300ER service from Boston to London Heathrow in World Traveller

They would do better to standardise the food service to Club World standard and charge it at cost (to the entire flight) in Economy. I would happily pay £20 for a decent meal than eat rubbish for free. Those that don't want to pre-book can buy non-perishable snack boxes etc on board. The cost saving...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 13241

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

I think you need to be a little more ambitious. Why stop at 6 runways? Why not 10?

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by AndrewJM70
Wed May 23, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 60
Views: 8382

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

I found it very odd that Luton have invested cash in building remaining taxiways but have not taken them quite to the ends of the runways. This doesn't seem to make much sense.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did CO abandon the DEN hub?
Replies: 37
Views: 6640

Re: Why did CO abandon the DEN hub?

They had a big central USA hub at IAH and if you look at the two locations there are far more communities in that area than at DEN to provide feed. There is very little from DEN in a big arc from SLC to ORD/STL with any sizeable population so I am not surprised a two-airline hub at DEN didn't work.

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SFO BA A380 takeoff on 1R?!?!
Replies: 46
Views: 7545

Re: SFO BA A380 takeoff on 1R?!?!

It is all to do with take-off performance and balanced field length. Basically the aircraft has to accelerate to V1, lose one engine, become airborne and clear a 35ft obstacle however, the airborne part does not have to be over paved surface. Where the runway meets the sea, as in this case, it means...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air KEF-MIA nonstop with A 321 - longest flight ever?
Replies: 34
Views: 8324

Re: WOW Air KEF-MIA nonstop with A 321 - longest flight ever?

The A321LR will have a range of around 4000nm (4,600mi or 7,300km) so similar to the 757 but at a 20% lower seat cost.

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BCN-OAK on LEVEL - Putting the Lows in Low Cost Carrier
Replies: 21
Views: 8895

Re: BCN-OAK on LEVEL - Putting the Lows in Low Cost Carrier

What an utterly dreadful airline by the sounds of things. However, no surprise really. Combine the attitude of Iberia with the penny-pinching of IAG and this is exactly what you can expect. So much for young and fresh!

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Operating Costs
Replies: 14
Views: 12470

Re: 787 Operating Costs

JMan - the 787-8 burns roughly 4.6t per hour, the 787-9 roughly 5t so broadly speaking if you take the block-hours of the trip and multiply by those numbers you will get the mission fuel. Obviously this will vary by the weight so for a longer trip these figures will be roughly 10% higher. To work ou...

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is the A321 so popular with US carriers?
Replies: 86
Views: 19341

Re: Why Is the A321 so popular with US carriers?

They are lighter and therefore cheaper to operate than wide bodies but with up to 220 seats, carry a decent payload. Also they have the perfect range for trans-cons and West Coast to Hawaii.

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA regional British isles routes cuts
Replies: 122
Views: 16736

Re: UA regional British isles routes cuts

No great loss - UA is a dreadful airline. Let's hope that the gaps are filled with Norwegian and possibly Jet Blue in the future.

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 87
Views: 15632

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

I have often thought that a similar system could work in London. Link Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick with a high-speed airside railway. You could check in at any airport for flights from any other and a 600m extension of the runway at Luton would allow some long-haul flights to operate to key destinati...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat May 20, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I start an airline company?
Replies: 53
Views: 40953

Re: How do I start an airline company?

The trick to starting a successful airline these days is to find a niche market away from low cost competition and exploit it. Eastern Airways in the UK is an excellent case study of this in action. There is one absolutely guaranteed way of ensuring that LCCs will never compete with you - the sub-50...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun May 14, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft accidents investigated with the help of plane spotters
Replies: 17
Views: 3801

Re: Aircraft accidents investigated with the help of plane spotters

I solved the 2006 CRJ crash in Lexington, KY from my armchair in Leicester, UK whilst watching the news report showing pictures of the aftermath and street signs, a quick search of which on google maps confirming that they had taken off on the wrong runway.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat May 13, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Familiar Types, New Experiences: BOS-LHR and LHR-BOS on British Airways' A380 and 747
Replies: 10
Views: 9169

Re: Familiar Types, New Experiences: BOS-LHR and LHR-BOS on British Airways' A380 and 747

From the horses mouth (a BA 747 captain) MTOW from 09 on a 60F day is 320t. Approx 70t fuel meaning that there is around 65t availavle for payload. This would allow the aircraft to go with a full pax load and maybe 15 LD3s (out of 30).

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by AndrewJM70
Fri May 05, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ERJ135 Performance and Economics
Replies: 8
Views: 1732

Re: ERJ135 Performance and Economics

BMI's aircraft are relatively cheap as they came as part of the sale deal so there are no lease charges to pay. This saves around £8-10 per seat assuming six sectors per day. At an average age of 17, maintenance costs will be creeping up and sooner or later the airline will need to find replacements.

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Familiar Types, New Experiences: BOS-LHR and LHR-BOS on British Airways' A380 and 747
Replies: 10
Views: 9169

Re: Familiar Types, New Experiences: BOS-LHR and LHR-BOS on British Airways' A380 and 747

Regarding the use of 9/27 at BOS, perhaps even more crazy is when 747s take off of 9, which happens surprisingly often. In fact, looking at the FlightAware track, it appears that G-BYGD did so on its return flight to LHR that night. Obviously given the short distance from BOS to LHR it is far from ...

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by AndrewJM70
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did BA reduce LHR-EWR to 2 x daily (from 3) and why?
Replies: 12
Views: 2972

Re: When did BA reduce LHR-EWR to 2 x daily (from 3) and why?

EWR is a Star Alliance hub, whilst BA is One World so very little connectivity. 2x daily on sub-250 seater has remained to serve local market on that side of town, (plus offering more connectiivity onto Europe via LHR than Star can now that BMI is gone).

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by AndrewJM70
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Familiar Types, New Experiences: BOS-LHR and LHR-BOS on British Airways' A380 and 747
Replies: 10
Views: 9169

Re: Familiar Types, New Experiences: BOS-LHR and LHR-BOS on British Airways' A380 and 747

Great trip report! LHR-BOS has been one of my favourite sectors over the years. It is a nice way to get to the States as it is a relatively short flight, so it is not uncomfortable, even in economy. You mentioned landing on runway 27. This is quite a unique airport in this respect as I can't think o...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-900ER performance
Replies: 22
Views: 5814

Re: 737-900ER performance

Some facts for those comparing the 739 to the 757.... The 757-200 weighs up to 115t on take-off and is powered by engines with up to 43k lbs of thrust. The 737-900ER carries almost as many passengers but weighs 85t and is powered by 2x 27k lbs of thrust. That is the reason that the bean-counters lik...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways HS Trident long haul routes?
Replies: 19
Views: 5407

Re: British Airways HS Trident long haul routes?

The 2E had the longest range - 2700 miles - so it could fly a 4-5 hour sector. 2Es were used on Moscow and Larnaca. Trident 1s and 3s were considerably less and were mostly used for shuttle flights or 2-3 hour sectors to Europe. Trans-atlantic airline service would not be an option, however with sto...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I start an airline company?
Replies: 53
Views: 40953

Re: How do I start an airline company?

My advice having worked for over 20 years in commercial aviation and knowing operating costs of running an airline backwards is as follows:

1) if you have less than $25m that you are willing to wave goodbye to then don't evn think about it
2) if you have more than $25m then invest it in property.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London-Paris electric flight 'in decade'
Replies: 27
Views: 3263

Re: London-Paris electric flight 'in decade'

I imagine it would work especially well on short cross water routes - UK to Ireland being a good example.

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One route aircraft
Replies: 52
Views: 9457

Re: One route aircraft

BA Cityflyer operate a Saab 2000 solely between LCY and IOM - it is a Eastern-owned aircraft but I believe flies in BA livery.

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic LGW operations and former routes
Replies: 26
Views: 4840

Re: Virgin Atlantic LGW operations and former routes

I stand to be corrected but I would be surprised if VS flew NRT from LGW as it would have been weight-restricted before around 1998 when the runway was extended to just shy of 11,000ft. I seem to remember that this was to allow BA to fly to South America without weight restriction - who promptly mov...

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by AndrewJM70
Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if BAW operated the A340-642?
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Re: What if BAW operated the A340-642?

The 747-400s entered service around a decade before the A340-600 first flew so the choice wouldn't have been available. Later BA elected to stay with Boeing and order the 777-300ER which is probably the closest in terms of size to the A340-600, however with 2 engines it was more efficient and cheape...

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by AndrewJM70
Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Heathrow operations with 3rd runway
Replies: 4
Views: 1448

Re: Heathrow operations with 3rd runway

That depends on which option is chosen I think. As I remember there is a very unusual option in the mix which entails almost doubling the length of the northerly runway to accomodate both take-offs and landings at the same time. Eventually there is the plan to do the same with the southerly runway b...

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by AndrewJM70
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which runways warrant airbus MAX braking setting
Replies: 15
Views: 2636

Re: Which runways warrant airbus MAX braking setting

Autobrakes are very efficient on Airbus aircraft. LOW is usually ample on most runways. MED can comfortably stop the aircraft within 3000ft of ground run. MAX can only be used for rejected take-offs and I can only imagine how quickly it would stop the plane! During landing reverse thrust does not ad...

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by AndrewJM70
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD80 uses more runway to land than 737/a320
Replies: 12
Views: 3029

Re: MD80 uses more runway to land than 737/a320

A few years ago I was staying in a hotel overlooking the landing runway (31) at KLGA. I had a room on the 7th floor so had a very good view. I believe most aircraft were operating LAHSO to avoid crossing 04/22 which was in use for departures. I can verify that the MD80s had no trouble stopping very ...

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by AndrewJM70
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does an airline plan and start a new route?
Replies: 4
Views: 2014

Re: How does an airline plan and start a new route?

As far as your second question is concerned, this is a little more straightforward. In terms of applying for a route, this is done through official government department channels by the airline's industry affairs department although this is not necessary in many cases (such as intra-EU) where Open S...

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