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by afgeneral
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16412

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Train from Vienna to Zagreb takes forever. Laughable to suggest this is acceptable to business travelers instead of a flight. But this is what you get if Virtue Signaling is more important than common sense. Losing a day on a train is not acceptable for a North American VFR traveler either. Time is...

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by afgeneral
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Romanian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 10800

Re: Romanian Aviation Thread - 2020

The Polish community is more established (eg they have bought houses/appartments) and has moved up the wealth chain instead. The Romanian community is more recent, less established (eg renting accommodation instead of owning) and doing the lower skilled lower income jobs. Any actual data to support...

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by afgeneral
Mon May 04, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United exercises options for 8 787-10s
Replies: 140
Views: 24989

Re: United exercises options for 7 787-10s

I wonder if the funding is coming from CARES act whilst they are planning to fire employees... That will be a shame if true.... Since the CARES act money doesn’t even cover the cost of payroll they need to keep on through September 30th in exchange for that money, I would say no, the CARES act fund...

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by afgeneral
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Skyteam - is there any?
Replies: 67
Views: 10740

Re: The future of Skyteam - is there any?

there will likely continue to be 3 alliances as long as there are 3 main legacy carriers in the US

if either Delta/United/AA merge with each other (unlikely) then we might see one of the alliances collapsing

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by afgeneral
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 147082

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

The pace always confused me. The relatively few E2 sales during the negotiations certainly reduced the enthusiasm. Lightsaber Indeed, just imagine Airbus doing the same with the C-Series. Deal taking 24 months to complete and then along the way Airbus complaining that US regulators are killing DL o...

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by afgeneral
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 147082

Re: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer

Confluence of factors in my view: The lack of a scope compliant E2, Boeing cash position, Brazilian political situation, and finally COVID-19. nah, this Boeing being overly cautious in making anything happen and dragging their feet + being in a really bad cash position due to 737 MAX, it's like tak...

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by afgeneral
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 24772

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

Help me understand why one UK airline with a billionaire owner is worthy of saving in your opinion, but another isn’t? :confused: EasyJet innovates while VS replicates (British Airways). I am not in the Europe scene when it comes to aviation for some time now but I wanted to know, genuinely, what k...

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by afgeneral
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs
Replies: 81
Views: 12257

Re: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs

The issues you point out are just a few of many flaws and fallacies in the above post as well as the article posted by the OP. They make everything sound so simple when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Ask anyone in the medical profession about the idea and they will laugh out loud ...

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by afgeneral
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1514
Views: 259744

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

But, why wouldn't air traffic return to normal after the virus outbreak is over? In Europe most governments are pouring money into their economies to keep businesses 'alive' till they can reopen again after the crises. I'm sure the US economy will also get incentivises. I don't get it either and I ...

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by afgeneral
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 182179

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

are we past the "X" will never be allowed to happen phase?

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by afgeneral
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 59915

Re: Boeing in Crisis

Yeah in any case there is Chapter 11. What I wonder is if Trump would order massive amounts of KC-46s or something like that. But realistically that wouldn't really help. it is feasible to carve out all the defense programs and only save that they could effectively let the commercial business die o...

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by afgeneral
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22265

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

English is not my first language but why is nobody questioning the term "punching"?

what he is doing looks a lot like "tapping"

if he was actually PUNCHING her eyeglasses would be flying through the cabin

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by afgeneral
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tarom updated livery
Replies: 12
Views: 3170

Re: Tarom updated livery

steady eddie wrote:
whats with all the mess on the 'A' that looks like a load of tiny text, surely could have been better placed. looks like the decal is falling off from a distance


looks to be some text on and next to the cargo door

older 42s and 72s seem to have the text written in black and above the logo

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by afgeneral
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Romanian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 10800

Re: Romanian Aviation Thread - 2020

BoardingPass wrote:
meanwhile TAROM's first ATR72-600 was painted and is wearing an updated livery, photos: https://bpne.ws/JkIC


Not sure what the extra large logo on the tail is going to look like in real life.

Looks amateur-ish or is it just me?

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by afgeneral
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15025

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

You do realize that on most flights, even those taking place during daylight hours, flight attendants will insist that the window shades stay closed for almost the entire trip so people can sleep and watch the seatback entertainment. So. In a way we're already flying in dark windowless tubes. I've ...

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by afgeneral
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33080

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

MIflyer12 wrote:
RalXWB wrote:
A failed program? You are right, only 600 Sold so far. Boeing is the winner? If it makes you feel better.

Programs that don't make money, yes, are loser programs, irrespective of backlog.


You mean like B787 and B737 MAX?

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by afgeneral
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15025

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

To hell with this. I won't be flying on anything that does not have windows (not screens). Exactly! And we thought 10 across was bad...LOL You do realize that on most flights, even those taking place during daylight hours, flight attendants will insist that the window shades stay closed for almost ...

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by afgeneral
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes
Replies: 159
Views: 21594

Re: British Airways interested in flying US Domestic Routes

maybe they can exchange 9th freedom rights for chlorinated chicken

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by afgeneral
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 147108

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

What is going to prevent the 787 from having a freight model toward the end of this decade? It is not that much larger than a 767, it is and will have the most up to date engines. The wings are a little on the big size for parking (could the tips be folded?). It also is and will be fairly cheaply p...

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by afgeneral
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25539

Re: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread

I asked EK if they'd waive their normal refund fee for flights because of the current circumstances but unfortunately, that was rejected. I have a flight with them soon and they still overfly Iraq most of all their routes from DXB to Western Europe even though Iraq is regarded as the highest level ...

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by afgeneral
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2713
Views: 289372

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

I have one question. Given this was deeply in Iran territory, why would Iran military use some mobile radar and such (according to news, US intelligence detected radar turning on). Shouldn't they have some stationary radars around the country and these would be active all the time. Why use this mob...

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by afgeneral
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2713
Views: 289372

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

I’ve seen the alleged rocket impact video. Well... the bang was very loud, the rocket sound non existing. There needs to be some sort of rocket engine sound prior to the bang. For somebody who has never heard a SAM, the sound, the noise would catch your attention. Especially when out at night in re...

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by afgeneral
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2713
Views: 289372

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

LH600 returning to FRA. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/lh600#2377a7a5 Hello all, I saw LH600 to Tehran making a turnaround above Bucharest airports? Are there any non speculative info as to why they decided on the U turn to FRA? :eek: Thanks. maybe trying to prevent being shot down by s...

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by afgeneral
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 25539

Re: Airlines Suspending Flights to and over entire or parts of Gulf Region Thread

LH600 looks to have made a common sense decision based on information available.

What is actually intriguing is all the Qatar and Emirates planes flying all over Iranian air space. Why would they risk it?

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by afgeneral
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2713
Views: 289372

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

It's still odd that Iran has been so open about the situation, allowing pictures and inviting Ukrainian investigators. Could it be that the communication between Iranian authorities is so bad that they did not know they shot it down in the first few hours after the crash? Maybe the military was supe...

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by afgeneral
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2713
Views: 289372

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

The plane being shot down is an obvious possibility considering the circumstances however it seems like the shameless gas lighting from Boeing fanboys has already begun. If Iran was indeed to blame they could have easily kept absolute secrecy but there are encouraging signs that they are willing to ...

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by afgeneral
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX
Replies: 157
Views: 24637

Re: Ryanair: Passengers won't know if they're getting a MAX

meanwhile you are almost guaranteed to not fly a MAX with EasyJet and Wizz Air

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by afgeneral
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cebu Pacific order 194 seat A320neo & 460 seat A330neo
Replies: 30
Views: 4692

Re: Cebu Air orders 15 A320neo

So how far would an XLR go in full 240 seat Cebu configuration? ~4300nm, or however far they get before Passengers revolt and rather crash their plane. best regards Thomas How is that even relevant in this thread? People can fly with another airlines if they dont like Cebu and their planes. They ca...

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by afgeneral
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737483

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

Interesting quote from a new Bloomberg article on production shut down: The pace of work will be determined supplier by supplier, rather than halted across the board, said the Boeing official, who asked not to be named because discussions are confidential. The company doesn’t want to lose capacity ...

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by afgeneral
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737483

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

if you fit the smaller engines on the frames .... even if they are a little bit larger than the NG variant .... you do not need to move the engines in front and you do not need those problematic 737MAX nacells. The wings and fuselage join up would have been sized for the heavier engines. Lighter en...

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by afgeneral
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737483

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

I wonder why Boeing has not reverted to producing B737NG's and decided to suspend the production entirely. Because Boeing has filled (almost) all orders for NGs and cannot build more MAXes until it has a better understanding of when the return to service can be expected. Please take the time to und...

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by afgeneral
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737483

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

I didn't realize Spirit had gone to a 4-day work week with the grounding: https://leehamnews.com/2019/12/17/minimum-3-6-month-737-max-production-shutdown-seen/ That link notes this is a 3 to 6 month shutdown. The link also notes Boeing hasn't communicated with vendors yet. I suspect Boeing wants to...

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by afgeneral
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No ID check on (German) domestic flights
Replies: 77
Views: 6207

Re: No ID check on (German) domestic flights

Yeah and then terrorists or fugitives are going to board under John Smith names and there is no way of knowing who they really are. Personally, I think that this should stop immediately and that every ID needs to be checked, as required. Ryanair says that they can get fined for 5000 Euro's if a mat...

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by afgeneral
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 737483

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

why are they still producing these aircraft? doesn't make any sense to me

they'll be stuck making modifications and clearing the deliveries backlog for years. and that is IF it ever flies again a

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by afgeneral
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Every Easyjet flight is carbon neutral starting today 19/11/2019
Replies: 25
Views: 3947

Re: Every Easyjet flight is carbon neutral starting today 19/11/2019

carbon offset fees do not reduce carbon emissions, they only ease the guilt by paying a small free of appeasement. if the trend continues to all airlines, there will be this huge fund of goodness and no change to carbon production. That^^^^^^right there. It's money scam. it's a lot like indulgences...

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by afgeneral
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM CEO: betting on sustainable aviation
Replies: 28
Views: 3078

Re: KLM CEO: betting on sustainable aviation

all credibility flew out the window when he mentioned hyperloop Then again they are going to build a full size test track in the near future, Hardt Hyperloop is one of the leading innovators in that business and they are centred in Delft. One of the talked option is a test track in Flevoland combin...

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by afgeneral
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM CEO: betting on sustainable aviation
Replies: 28
Views: 3078

Re: KLM CEO: betting on sustainable aviation

all credibility flew out the window when he mentioned hyperloop

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by afgeneral
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 564
Views: 137288

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

looks like Ryanair had to ground 3 737s due to the issue

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by afgeneral
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 151449

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

Is there any new mid size engine coming up that would make a step change cost improvement possible for a clean sheet small Boeing? Could just a brand new (CFRP?) new small airframe with A220/A321neo-generation engines be cost competitive versus high rate production Airbuses? If Boeing should end th...

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by afgeneral
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 151449

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

Shouldn't this be an easy task for boeing? Make an aircraft the size of B737-800 and B757-200. But combined them into a single family. And then let Embraer took over the 150 seat market with E195-E2. And voila, you got a winner. Boeing hasn't built a clean sheet airplane without running into years ...

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by afgeneral
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tarom seeks US service resumption in 2020; lease widebody
Replies: 82
Views: 16919

Re: Tarom seeks US service resumption in 2020; lease widebody

Blerg wrote:
If RO launches these flights, who stands to lose the most? OS? TK? LH? LO?


I find it odd to see multiple mentions of TK playing a big role in the OTP - USA.

Most westbound long haul offers are from LH, OS, KL, AF

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by afgeneral
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 147108

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

this would be amazing for passengers. 2-3-2 config

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by afgeneral
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 14763

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

BRU and AMS may be the only two major airports in the world which are directly connected by high speed / semi-fast speed rail. I'm not aware of any other. As mentioned further up in the thread CDG has its own HSR station and LYS, although not a "major airport", too. Indeed, seems to be a ...

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by afgeneral
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 14763

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

It would be terribly inefficient to start building check-in facilities at all major train stations within reach of the airport. Sure, KLM could start opening facilities in Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht, The Hague HS and Central, Eindhoven, Groningen, Maastricht, Cologne, Antwerp, Brussels, Paris etc. bu...

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by afgeneral
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 14763

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

There are five daily flights. They’re cutting one flight to leave four. There are few if any O&D passengers going through security to take those flights. They’re filled with connecting passengers. But going from BRU to AMS to connect at AMS, you do have to go through security first before board...

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by afgeneral
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 14763

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

Looks like KLM was serious about its carbon emission reduction aims. It plans to reduce from five daily to four through a partner ship with NS Dutch Railways. Not that serious really. This was easy pickings and passengers have figured it out by themselves ever since the BRU train station opened a f...

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by afgeneral
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Market Surpression within Markets
Replies: 79
Views: 7388

Re: Market Surpression within Markets

I think it's more of an issue of price fixing. US airlines seem to refuse to compete on price and put a lot of effort into matching prices. They almost act as a cartel.

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by afgeneral
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 737 Max Grounding the longest?
Replies: 6
Views: 2311

Re: 737 Max Grounding the longest?

As far as I understand it the Comet does not really count since the original batch of aircraft were either lost or scrapped. The revised Comet was arguably a new plane.

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by afgeneral
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM launches 3x daily LCY-ANR from Sept. 9.
Replies: 40
Views: 10210

Re: KLM launches 3x daily LCY-ANR from Sept. 9.

This is actually ridiculous. Antwerpen - London is prime territory for high speed rail. Goes against the vision of less regional air travel and less flying overall due to CO2. Which KLM has recently preached. Probably less than 10% of EU citizens have such a good access to high speed rail as they ha...

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by afgeneral
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lots of delays and cancellations at Amsterdam due to fuel supply failure
Replies: 47
Views: 10478

Re: Lots of delays and cancellations at Amsterdam due to fuel supply failure

'Europe' doesn't have an extensive HSR network. A few, actually just Germany and France , countries does have a good network, and some have a few lines here and there. But it's not what anybody would label 'extensive'. Spain has the longest HSR network (including U/C with a number of new segments d...

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