Longest Narrowbody - S7 Siberian Airlines from Bangkok to Siberia. Was promised A320NEO but on the day flight operated with a A319 configured Ryanair style! AWFUL! Shortest widebody - Indian Airlines A300B4 VT-EHD CCJ to COK - 80 miles! Part of hoppity-scotch routing that began in BOM and ended in C...Jump to post
Tatas are gonna raise 15k crore loans from PSB's, as I had predicted. Private gains, public lossess - https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/tatas-likely-to-raise-up-to-rs-15000-crore-in-loans-to-support-air-india-purchase/articleshow/86915648.cms In essenc...Jump to post
I think Air Inayut in Canada had Dash8-200's with the rear exit on the 2nd to last row.Jump to post
Gotcha. Two things I'd be curious about then: 1. Would you need to have he exit doors in the last row so that there are no dead ends? Recall the discussion about the 748 grandfathering the nose section with the evacuation rules saying you always need two paths in case one is blocked. If you see the...Jump to post
Such a project for forward entry door already exist. There are older models of ATR 72's out there that has front passenger entry doors. This option considerably reduces baggage capacity however as it takes away from the forward baggage hold. As far as I know, this option is only available at the ti...Jump to post
How much effort would it take for ATR to create a flexible Combi aircraft with front loading for passengers? https://i.imgur.com/HwnWXGf.jpg ATR42A - 48seats + Normal size cargo door https://i.imgur.com/cR0127J.jpg ATR42B - 40seats + 108" cargo door https://i.imgur.com/n6qoMA8.jpg ATR42C - 32se...Jump to post
I remember the day like it was yesterday! I was living in an LA suburb back then. On that day i was waiting for my roommate to return from a medical conference and then I had to leave to work. I wasn't watching TV news at the time so didn't know what happened. She called to tell me her flight had be...Jump to post
keesje wrote:The basic version CR929-600 will carry 280 passengers over a 7,500 miles. Planned are a shrink (-500) and a stretch version (-700).
Indian Airlines - 200 Alliance Air - 200 East West (India) - 200 Damania - 200 Jet Airways - 300, 400, 500, 800. 900. Every variant operated by airline except -900ER. US Airways - 200, 300 Southwest - 300, 700 CP/Canadian - 200, 300 Air Northern - 400, 500 Air Inayut - 200 Only Combi variant ever. O...Jump to post
At my club, this would be grounds for a 6 month suspension. At the very Least!
"Margin of Error" is a lesson that was hammered into us in Flying School. When you are down to your reserves you should be thinking of diverting somewhere?
ATR72 Combis configured with 44 seats @32", full galley and an expanded cargo bay. Flying short-medium length flights (upto 3 hours) at very high frequency. Min freq of service would be 3x going up to hourly shuttles on major routes. Each base would have its own catering facility allowing for f...Jump to post
Or you can do "geopolotics on the cheap". If you inflame fundamentalist rhetoric, on both sides of Iran-Afghanistan border, strongly enough -- they'll not get around to cooperate very easily. Fundamentalist Shias and fundamentalist Sunnis are not the best bedfellows (as in "hate each...Jump to post
Withdrawal from Afghanistan was required. But perhaps America should consider a "Forward Policy" - Forward deployment of Airborne Assets surrounding and containing Taliban areas. Bases in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and UAE. Iran wont allow US assets to be deployed on its soil, but pe...Jump to post
The cockpit section would be Home Cockpit running FS2020!
If the fear of the Taliban is spreading militancy throughout the region, the Kashmir is already there, militancy usually looks for a source of existing conflict, that is the main item I see between the Taliban and Pakistan. The Taliban were in charge before and spent more time destroying historical...Jump to post
Why will the world recognize the Taliban. Im sure the Northern Alliance will be propped up in counter soon That is not what we were talking about. China will invest because it is in their interest to do so. The huge rare earths deposits in Afghanistan will be one draw. It will enable China to retai...Jump to post
Do you care about a highway if you can't even afford a moped ? A highway project can bring 1000's of paying jobs. That is 1000's of people out of the unemployed list. 1000's of people not available for recruitment by lynch mobs. There is also the indirect effect of seeding the economy. There is a d...Jump to post
Speaking of India's Hindutva Fascist Govt response to Afghanistan...
India will evacuate (only) Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan
What about Indian Muslims in Afghanistan?
US/UK plan? Dont know yet. They might pump in money and arms to Masoud's sons & brothers fighting in the North. EU plan? Limited engagement with Taliban regime while towing the US line in general. Indian plan? Use the traditional Durand Line hostilities between Afghanistan and Pakistan to play P...Jump to post
Unless its an elected Govt in Afghanistan.... Most democracies will NOT recognize the Taliban regime. I wont be surprised if China offers to set up investments there But next target will be the elimination of the Durand line in a few years time. Oh please! Why should China not invest in Afghanistan...Jump to post
My forecast on Afghan Aviation: - Market will definitely contract. With various ongoing projects suspended, Contractors and their families will have no reason to travel. Tourists will not visit a country with a murderous regime in charge. - Most private carriers will be gone. Some airlines owned by ...Jump to post
Looks like it was called Paramount Airways Limited (not to be confused with the Indian Paramount Airways) and flew MD-83s from Gatwick to Goa during the Winter Season to keep the airframes earning money. The airline only operated for a couple of years in the late 1980s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wik...Jump to post
I'll agree that the US pour gas on a wildfire, but I'll take exception to the US creating the warlord culture. Clannism existed in Afghanistan long before the US was even an idea. Afghanistan, like many other countries in the Muslim CIS, has a tribal culture. Indeed it is present even in the Middle...Jump to post
As i see it, Afghanistan cannot return to normalcy as long as they have this sub-culture of warlordism. On my first and only visit to Afghanistan, we saw this everywhere. Every local goonda acquires a few weapons and then sets up his para-military unit! It is a very profitable business in that count...Jump to post
Late 90's. Indian Airlines A320 from BKK to DEL via Yangon delayed by 2 hours at BKK because of Technical Fault. Angry passengers were told that there was a fault in the aircraft Aircondition system - i think they meant Pressurisation System. Aircraft flew at a very low altitude between BKK and Yang...Jump to post
As a journalist I have one question - What is the point of highlighting "Orthodox" and "Jewish" in the article?
Does that add to the objectivity or help the story in any way?
Loganair often chop and change routes at short notice. Appreciating a degree of good business sense if route not working, it suggests a degree of unstable/unreliability in terms of dependability. It also might suggest not adequate assessment of a route pre launch. I am not a route planner but even ...Jump to post
Does anyone else think its insane that US carriers dont serve meals on flights that are transcontinental? Airlines in Asia regularly serve meals on any flight greater than about an hour and we cant even get two bags of pretzels on a 5 hour flight. Do we think the industry will ever move to complime...Jump to post
Long list - L749/1049 Constellation Boeing 727 Tu-134 Have a bit of bad luck in planning avgeek trips to catch these birds. Planned a trip to Bangladesh just catch the DC10 and Bae ATP. Our BOM-DAC flight was delayed by 24 hours and eventually operated by an A310. The DAC-CGP segment which was to be...Jump to post
Havent really counted but I can confidently say that the 737 is not the aircraft I have flown on most often.
My most flown in order -
1. 777 - (over 50% of total. mostly -200ER followed by -300ER)
2. A320 - Mostly A319.
4. 747 (mostly 400)
I dont think any of these flights listed are unusual. They make perfect commercial sense for a variety of reasons. Flights/Extensions to serve migrant communities JAPAN AIRLINES | JFK - Rio de Janiero KOREAN AIR | Los Angeles - Sao Paolo Ghana Airways | Baltimore - Accra Philippines | Los Angeles - ...Jump to post
The fear has not stop India from purchasing P-8A, CH-47, AH-64 and C-17. In return India has gain valuable manufacturing experience and has wedged itself into Boeing's manufacturing pipeline for both commercial and military hardware, including AH-64 fuselages, P-8A mission racks, CH-47 door ramp. T...Jump to post
India, while having been burnt plenty by Russia, is still a major customer of theirs. With some mending of wounds perhaps Russia can ingratiate themselves with India enough to gain them as customer? Perhaps as partner even as the HAL AMCA project seems to be for a rather similar plane to the rumour...Jump to post
MIA, BKK, HKT.
These look like Winter only flights to Sunny destinations?
Interesting opinions all round. But please explain how expensive Stealth aircraft can help in the India v China context. Also, do the Chinese investments and developments in AI warfare technology neutralise any advantages of Stealth? Defense Experts like Ajai Shukla and Praveen Sawhney have spoken i...Jump to post
China is bringing a whole new paradigm to War. And I believe they are planning to test out this new doctrine against India in the very near future - perhaps even in 2021 itself. It involves use of aircraft, drones and radars interacting and coordinating with each other on a scale that we havent seen...Jump to post
Suppose your India looking at China. Or Pakistan looking at India. Either way your air force probably should spend its entire budget on those fighters needed to combat the larger enemy. Don’t spend money on cheap ground attack aircraft when you cannot get air superiority. For these nations, would y...Jump to post
Hyderabad as Tech Industry base is pure hype. 2 decades ago a young new Governor decided to hardsell a business friendly image and even hired a lobbying firm in the US for $50m a year to hardsell this image to US politicians and big business. Anyone who has worked in the tech industry can tell you t...Jump to post
About half of my intra-north America business travel is on WN, almost exclusively for schedule/frequency reasons, and several of the criticisms in this thread strike me as misguided. Starting with frequency: why would anyone expect WN to match AA, UA, and DL in frequency in a market like CHI-NYC th...Jump to post
If the stories about those mythical DC3's flying in the Amazon jungles are really true, then that wins hands down!Jump to post
I am not a Commercial Pilot but my friend from Flight School did his CPL from Australia and briefly flew for an Australian airline. After burning out flying A320s Commercial, he now flies a mix of Tecnam 8 seaters and Cessna C206 aircraft for a Missionary Service posted at different times in Africa ...Jump to post
I had a similar problem with my old 2002 Suzuki Jimny. Problem was eventually traced to a compromised steering assembly. I had toppled this notoriously unstable car at speed on one offroad adventure and this had caused the issue. Since fix was expensive I dumped the car! Did you ever have an accident?Jump to post
One of the most densely populated countries on earth, Bangladesh is the rising star in the sub-continent. They have successfully kept religious extremists away from state institutions and focused on infra and economy. The results are there for everyone to see. Hope the 2 South Asian brats India and ...Jump to post