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by MartijnNL
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 20
Views: 592

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

The total 'grounding cost' of the Boeing 737 MAX is approaching the total development cost of the Airbus A380. :scratchchin:

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by MartijnNL
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 or 737-8 right size post covid?
Replies: 29
Views: 4926

Re: A321 or 737-8 right size post covid?

Sorry, but I'm not buying the story that flights are returning in significant numbers in Europe. Have you tried traveling anywhere recently? It is next to impossible due to an almost complete lack of flights. It takes several days to get to even major cities. (...) This is the same situation as 1 a...

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by MartijnNL
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 or 737-8 right size post covid?
Replies: 29
Views: 4926

Re: A321 or 737-8 right size post covid?

afterburner wrote:
drdisque wrote:
Also, at least in this immediate post COVID period, all the short-haul (intra-continental) traffic is leisure/VFR and there's little to no business demand.

This also makes flight frequency less important than before. Larger aircraft makes more sense.

Bring back the Airbus A380! :highfive:

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by MartijnNL
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of IAG post-pandemic
Replies: 48
Views: 4569

Re: Future of IAG post-pandemic

To me the obvious extra retirements would be the 747. They own them all, so they're easy to retire, and were already going to be retired by 2024 just when demand will start to recover. Isn't it impossible to tell when demand will start to recover? If a vaccin would be available early next year, why...

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by MartijnNL
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 98273

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

(...) Norway has strict entry measures. Citizens from many countries aren't welcome before the 20th of August. No midnight sun in Norway for me this year unfortunately. Too bad, because I am sure it would be safe. It is extended to 20th August now for other European countries ? Damn! I was hoping t...

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by MartijnNL
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest aiports in Europe - after COVID
Replies: 12
Views: 1067

Re: Busiest aiports in Europe - after COVID

Boeing757100 wrote:
SCQ83 wrote:
(...) So my bet from less to more impacted: 1) LHR 2) FRA 3) CDG 4) AMS/MAD.

not to mention the greenpeace airport stampede on may 15.

What do you mean? And did you really have to quote the entire post?

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by MartijnNL
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation - 2020
Replies: 675
Views: 98273

Re: Nordic Aviation - 2020

I thought only people from Denmark, Iceland and Finland can travel to Norway till 20th July? At the moment that is correct, I believe. Norway has strict entry measures. Citizens from many countries aren't welcome before the 20th of August. No midnight sun in Norway for me this year unfortunately. T...

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by MartijnNL
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?

That is simply wrong. (...) is just one of the recent studies that concludes that wearing a mask is relevant to prevention. I'm not going to argue with you, as it appears you've made up your mind, never mind any pesky facts. Maybe you should read part of my previous statement again. Most people usi...

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?

Experts in my country, the Netherlands, have stated many times that face masks don't provide extra security. Nonsense. You are either mis-representing your "experts", or quoting non-experts. The experience of the rest of the world is against your statement. Absolutely not. Our prime minis...

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by MartijnNL
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 2825

Re: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)

IADCA wrote:
Which the OP subsequently clarified, and I acknowledged...

Yes, sorry about that. I only saw it after I had made the reply.

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by MartijnNL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 2825

Re: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)

hoons90 wrote:
For a COVID-19 related example, LX ZRH-KIX inaugurated on March 1st and operated until March 18th. It's possible that this route will return, though.

I was hoping to fly this route, because of the A340. Let's hope ZRH-KIX will return and Swiss will stil operate the type.

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by MartijnNL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 2825

Re: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)

I suspect there are fewer where the airline actually took bookings for the new route and then decided not to start it when it was two weeks away from launching, which seems relevant to what the OP was asking. But sure, you go on and decide what "counts" or not. Shortest time between inaug...

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by MartijnNL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 2825

Re: Shortest Time Between Inauguration and Cancellation (i.e. TPA-SEA 2020)

MIAFLLPBIFlyer wrote:
Northwest, Amsterdam-Bengaluru. I believe cancelled the day it was scheduled to begin.

So no inaugural flight? Then it doesn't count for this thread.

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by MartijnNL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?

Experts in my country, the Netherlands, have stated many times that face masks don't provide extra security. Regular measures, like staying at home when having symptoms, don't shake hands, cough in your elbow, wash hands, are more than enough. Most people using face masks are actually enlarging the ...

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by MartijnNL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?

Masks do in fact make a difference, and I'd want mask wearing to be 100% enforced on an airplane. Every time I see someone wearing a mask, I think to myself what is this person doing here? Is this person ill or contagious? Why is this person travelling and not at home? Masks give me an unsafe feeli...

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by MartijnNL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?

Speaking of methods that would be useful, one very useful one would be to allow sick passengers and companions to cancel or rebook without cost. The current system actively encourages sick people to travel. But we all know airlines aren't going to do that... :checkmark: Indeed. That would be very u...

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by MartijnNL
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Which measures would help you travel with confidence again?

I think I prefer to wait until this is all over. I trust people to not travel when they have symptoms. No need for all this cleaning and face mask mania. These measures don't give me any confidence, they are just annoying.

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by MartijnNL
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus
Replies: 29
Views: 1802

Re: Opinion: Top 5 saddest retirements caused by the virus

KLM Boeing 747-400 (although three of them are still flying)
Delta MD-88 and MD-90
SAS A340 (not officially announced)
Air Canada B767
Other airlines B757 and A340

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16429

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

jhz94 wrote:
It is ridiculous that you for the same price as taking the train or a taxi to the airport can fly from Scandinavia to the Canaries nowadays.

That's indeed ridiculous. Those trains and taxis are much too expensive. The government should do something about it.

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16429

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

It's 4 ½ hours by train from Vienna to Munich while Vienna to Milan takes about 14 hours (change in Switzerland) and Vienna to Berlin about 9 hours, even Vienna to Zurich is the best part of 8 hours. Those are long travel times. The train certainly offers no real competition on the last three route...

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16429

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

And face it, nobody likes being squashed into a turboprop or CRJ for a ridiculous 30 minute flight. The people I met in Norway on 8 min DHC-8 flights seemed happy. And so did the people in Alaska on 10 min B737 flights. Personally I love short flights in small aircraft. Especially when they cross f...

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16429

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Things are changing. "Normal" isn't going to come back. How do you know at this point? Air pollution levels in Paris are almost back to what they used to be. Factories in China are already producing as much as they did before this crisis. Schools in the Netherlands are back to normal. Man...

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16429

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Is the railway system really that competitive in Europe? I remember some years ago I had to travel to northern Netherlands (Franker) and then to the south (Maastricht). Both times I flew into AMS from where I took a train to my final destination. Personally, it was horrible with so many stops, chan...

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by MartijnNL
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16429

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

This will benefit Bratislava. LH might not want to continue with the OS brand. And people will not want to travel to Vienna for a weekend getaway. People will not want to travel to Vienna, because the air fare has a minimum price of 40,00 EUR? What kind of people are we talking about? Poor people o...

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by MartijnNL
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes
Replies: 27
Views: 1232

Re: Airports named after people that died in plane crashes

It's not about what Mr. Bose did during his life. It's how he died. To name an airport after someone who died in an airplane crash can be considered strange. That's the only connection.

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by MartijnNL
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?
Replies: 49
Views: 4708

Re: Scheduled long distance routes with small aircraft (incl stopovers)?

PatrickZ80 wrote:
Surprised nobody mentioned the United Airlines island hopper route from Honolulu to Guam on a 737. HNL-MAJ-KWA-KSA-PNI-TKK-GUM.

The first reply to the opening post mentioned this route.

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by MartijnNL
Mon May 25, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Laudamotion scaling down VIE base to 10 aircraft, from 16
Replies: 168
Views: 19907

Re: Laudamotion closing its VIE base May 29th.

I have never taken a Ryanair flight. I think that will remain the case. Even if they would offer free flights, I'd rather stay home. Lately I have become pretty good at staying at home actually. Up until today I have spent seventy days in a row at less than one kilometre from my house. So far sixtee...

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by MartijnNL
Thu May 21, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 60425

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

(...) With all those 747, 777 and the A380. Now they shrink down to smaller twins in size. Shocking to see this in some way. The sign has been clear since the fall of Berlin Wall. The slow but deep structural change in air transport is on going. This crisis only accelerates some required changes. W...

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by MartijnNL
Mon May 18, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63131

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

MIflyer12 wrote:
They certainly could get 100 MAXs faster than 100 A220s - even recognizing the A220s they have on order.

1. But only the A220 is allowed to fly, the MAX is grounded.
2. The A220 offers more cabin comfort for passengers.
3. Passengers won't trust travelling onboard the MAX.

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by MartijnNL
Sun May 17, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS Allowed to Grow to 540K Movements
Replies: 37
Views: 6110

Re: AMS Allowed to Grow to 540K Movements

VSMUT wrote:
So the Embraer E2s will be used to replace the 737-700s now?

How come?

Some 737-700's were to be replaced by 737-800's.

Why would this news change that?

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by MartijnNL
Sat May 16, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 8939

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

You can start by replacing older relatively low buildings by structures that have twenty to thirty floors. No need for 1,000 foot skyscrapers. How about coming back to us with that opinion when you get a job based in downtown San Francisco (where there's little new space and overwhelming demand for...

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by MartijnNL
Fri May 15, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 70
Views: 3753

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

Reply 8

TUGMASTER wrote:
You CANNOT walk to The LHR central area anymore.

Reply 50

Albert12 wrote:
You CANNOT walk to The LHR central area anymore

Copy-paste anyone?

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by MartijnNL
Fri May 15, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 8939

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

Possibly, it depends. Boston doesn’t need a “serious” skyscraper, anyway. What a weird post. What city needs a serious skyscraper?? If any it would be Boston given how densely populated the city is and lack of land. All you can do is build up. You don't need serious skyscrapers for that. You can st...

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by MartijnNL
Fri May 15, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110604

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

What real aviation geek complains about the 777 sound or just the 777 in general? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone actually say they dislike the sound of the 777, but there’s a first for everything. I remember seeing my first 777 at Amsterdam Airport around 1995/1996. I believe United Airlines w...

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by MartijnNL
Thu May 14, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1117
Views: 306893

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

Was looking at flights and prices at KLM's website yesterday. Came across quite affordable fares to Toronto during autumn. Noticed the operating type listed as Boeing 747M. How is this possible? Why keep this aircraft in the booking engine?

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by MartijnNL
Wed May 13, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 74
Views: 9461

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2020

Not the faltering world trade but the capacity restrictions at Schiphol hold the Dutch air cargo sector in a hold. (...) "Because Lelystad Airport will not be opened in 2020 and airports of Eindhoven and Rotterdam are also reaching their limits..." Not sure what limit we are talking about...

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by MartijnNL
Wed May 13, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 74
Views: 9461

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2020

Where are the passenger statistics of Schiphol for the month of April? Earlier this week I saw terrible figures for the Nordic airports: traffic down to 1 percent. Has Schiphol published its numbers yet?

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by MartijnNL
Wed May 13, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - May 2020
Replies: 184
Views: 24847

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - May 2020

Surprised by the number of KLM flights. KLM announced on 4 May that it would gradually add flights to its reduced European network. From that day KLM offers one daily flight to the following extra destinations: Barcelona, Budapest, Helsinki, Madrid, Milan, Prague, Rome and Warsaw. The flights are o...

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by MartijnNL
Sat May 09, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will more vaccines than just for COVID-19 be required for travel?
Replies: 10
Views: 807

Re: Will more vaccines than just for COVID-19 be required for travel?

After the stories last year about the 6-year old boy in Oregon who got tetanus and ran up an $800K medical bill, I figured it's pretty reasonable to require tetanus vaccinations for travel. I was shocked to find out that some countries like the UK don't routinely give TDaP boosters the way we do in...

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by MartijnNL
Mon May 04, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Remain open until end of October at least
Replies: 99
Views: 17307

Re: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Close from June 1

airhansa wrote:
I've been through a number of airport that have bag checks at the gate such as Schipol.

Schiphol doesn't have that anymore, luckily.

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by MartijnNL
Mon May 04, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Remain open until end of October at least
Replies: 99
Views: 17307

Re: Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Close from June 1

If it was indeed 20 years ago that you visited Berlin Tegel (Summer 2000), your Atlantic flight sector NW68 AMS-DTW was operated by NW B747. You can check the timetable yourself. http://northwestairlineshistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NW-schedule-2000-06-01.pdf Except NW68 operated the other...

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by MartijnNL
Mon May 04, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4695

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

Fair enough. I think all airlines would need to do is not to disclose the aircraft type on booking (which many airlines don't do anyway) and then say '737' on the safety card or something like that. What? I think all airlines should publicly reject the 737 MAX. Personally I never book flights if th...

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by MartijnNL
Sun May 03, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC closure 5-2-20
Replies: 12
Views: 3963

Re: ANC closure 5-2-20

My first thought: what happened in Anchorage on 5 February and why is this newsworthy now?

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by MartijnNL
Sun May 03, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's possible future?
Replies: 153
Views: 27288

Re: EK's possible future?

I see EK as the Pan Am of my time. (...) But the oil crisis swept them off their feet, and many agree that the $530 million order for 25 747's aimed to make Pan Am bigger, was ironically the first nail in their coffin. That sounds like a really good deal, though. Were 747's really that cheap back i...

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by MartijnNL
Sat May 02, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 520
Views: 90281

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

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planecane wrote:
There will be a vaccine in 2 years max.

How do you know?

In 1984 a vaccine against HIV was also expected within 2 years. But after 36 years it still isn't there.

https://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-a ... ose-are-we

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by MartijnNL
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23467

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

I’m Dutch and I honestly don’t know why people here like Pieter Elbers and hate Ben Smith. Ben Smith is working to achieve a IAG-like structure, a good thing in my opinion. I never liked Pieter Elbers, but I do respect him for returning KLM back to profitability. Maybe you should ask the more than ...

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by MartijnNL
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23467

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

FlyingBlueKLM, a question about you signature. KJFK - EGLL: Concorde: 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds Boeing 747: 6 hours, and 45 minutes Flying between JFK and LHR usually takes less than 6 hours and 45 minutes. Why was this Boeing 747 so slow? The current record for the type is 4 hours and 56 ...

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by MartijnNL
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 56667

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, April 2020

Basic flying skills are needed in every aircraft and the pilots that crashed the MAX lacked those. Thrust speed and pitch are 2 basic things to look at, they failed miserably. Those pilots would have crashed any plane that develops a fault. Ridiculous comment. The ET pilot had over 8,000 hours. Oth...

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by MartijnNL
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99054

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

Video of parked SAS, Norwegian and other airlines parked at Copenhagen airport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gl08upuEyY this is just sad to watch ... This reminds me of my planespotting holiday at Copenhagen Airport in 2010. Shortly after landing almost the entire European airspace closed becau...

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by MartijnNL
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1515
Views: 260807

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

This whole "will emerge a smaller airline" is bullshit. (...) 3 years from now, DL will be operating more daily flights than they were prior to this outbreak. We are looking at maybe 5 years to just get back to 2019 levels, This is unprecedented, huge and will change worldwide travel fore...

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