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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will happen to Etihads 77L's
Replies: 13
Views: 2487

What will happen to Etihads 77L's

As the thread states, what are peoples opinions on what will happen with them? It seems a waste of aircraft, especially that they own them after the purchase from Air India a few years ago. There hasn't been no statement from them saying anything other than they'll stop using them on scheduled servi...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 353
Views: 116861

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

Hasnt the leasing company already stated that the first few bring returned will likely end up being parted out? There is no market for these, if we all put our sensible heads on for a moment, the only likely (if not a long shot) to take these would be BA, with the contraints at LHR and the extra cap...

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by MiddleEastMike
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysian A380's
Replies: 26
Views: 7054

Re: Malaysian A380's

Having a look at some of the activity of the A380's they have, they seem to be slipping on thr NRT & ICN routes on some days as well. Recently they've also done some Hajj flying to Medina. Wasn't the high density talk about these aircraft started a few years ago? Nothing has come of this, and it...

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by MiddleEastMike
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysian A380's
Replies: 26
Views: 7054

Malaysian A380's

Per Routesonline today, Malaysian will start A350 service to London in Jan 2018. One of the daily LHR flighs will be operated by the A350. In the long run, Malaysian wants to retire their A380 fleet, but by recollection, none of their A380s are older than 5 years old. Will anyone come in for these a...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

A6-EHH is currently in the maintenance hangar having its interior stripped out, that is due to go in the next few weeks. A6-EHD is parked at the southern part of the airport, in the parking area next to 31L. I don't think it's heading to Teruel just yet. I'll find out more today when I head into wo...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

In the company employee magazine, it states the "orders for -900 as 40*, -1000 19." The * stands for "subject to change" so have no idea what that means.

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

I would also like to know what the plans are for the A330-300s. I assume they will be gone once they have enough 3-class 787s? All the 787s being delivered now are 2-class birds. Any idea when the next batch of 3-class will arrive? They want to move the GVA flight from the A330-300s to a 3-class 78...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

Any idea when the first A350s (-900 and -1000) will join the fleet? According to etihad.com, the capacity on their A350s (probably only the -1000...) will be "up to 400". Maybe the rumours about keeping some A340-600s are correct until the 1st A35Js join the fleet. The A350 deliveries are...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

A6-EHH is currently in the maintenance hangar having its interior stripped out, that is due to go in the next few weeks. A6-EHD is parked at the southern part of the airport, in the parking area next to 31L. I don't think it's heading to Teruel just yet. I'll find out more today when I head into wo...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

Is anyone in the know as to when A6-EHJ will be retired, and how long we've got left to try and photograph her? I too hope they place that livery on a Boeing 787-9 but I somehow fear that's the last we'll ever see of it! See my earlier post mate, EHJ/K and possibly L, will be saved for a while, put...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

A6-EHH is currently in the maintenance hangar having its interior stripped out, that is due to go in the next few weeks. A6-EHD is parked at the southern part of the airport, in the parking area next to 31L. I don't think it's heading to Teruel just yet. I'll find out more today when I head into work

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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will be the ME3 next expand in the US?
Replies: 35
Views: 4349

Re: Where will be the ME3 next expand in the US?

Etihad won't be expanding in the US anytime soon, it's quite clear with first the reduction in SFO and now the cancellation of SFO too.

Also, with now AA cutting codeshare ties with EY it'll be difficult for them to receive any feeder traffic and cargo

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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19066

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

The rumours that we heard in the briefing centre a few weeks ago, were the EHJ/K possibly L, were going to be saved, fitted with a higher density cabin, and used predominantly on sub continent flights, similar to what QR have done with their A346's Interestingly, these were only taken on a 10 year l...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair has submitted non-binding bid for Alitalia
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Alitalia--- What If?

There's been much talk over the last year or so about the fate of the beleaguered Italian Carrier, with Etihad now making a non-binding offer to take sole control of the airline. But, what if, Ryanair, Europes favourite Airline, or so they proclaim, were to acquire the remaining 51% of the airline, ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 Year Old 777 Captain Says She's The Youngest
Replies: 42
Views: 17056

Re: 30 Year Old 777 Captain Says She's The Youngest

Wonder if she's paid the same as a typical male at her current point in her career.

I'd wager money she isn't.

But well done on her, more are needed!

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to add DOH-SYD-CBR from 12 Feb 18
Replies: 11
Views: 5005

Re: Qatar Airways increases Sydney frequencies

As a Canberra resident I shouldn't be too surprised, the idea of Qatar flying here was always too good to be true. Basically Qatar are operating SYD-CBR-SYD at a loss just to get the second daily DOH-SYD-DOH frequency. As soon as Australia signs a new bilateral with Qatar you can be sure that CBR w...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 83
Views: 19940

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

It'll be interesting to see the outcome of this scenario. The high ups here will be in the ear of the EU, desperately trying to persuade them to remove, or create a loophole in the non-EU ownership problem so they can pick up the remaining shares. Is it going to happen? It wouldn't surprise me! The ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad A340's
Replies: 5
Views: 3430

Etihad A340's

Good evening everyone With the first departures of A6-EHA (Italian Air Force), A6-EHB & A6-EHE (Both now stored at Teruel, Spain, LETL), A6-EHC was due to leave weeks ago but is still stuck in Al Ain after having corrosion found on its frame. A6-EHD is still out earning, even today (02/07/2017) ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 5375

Which Airline's pilot fly the most different aircraft?

Apologies first off all of the topic title is slightly confusing, But, from what I can work out, here at EY our airbus chaps fly upto 5 different types with the MFF, A332/A333/A33F/A345/A346, which even though they all not to dissimilar, that is 5 different aircraft. Is there any other company's out...

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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK, QR, EY and Crew issues with the Trump travel restrictions
Replies: 1
Views: 671

Re: EK, QR, EY and Crew issues with the Trump travel restrictions

Yes, I've come across a few roster changes over the next few days, and the crew site there has been other changes too. I've been taken off a BNE & PER in favour of a IAD & JFK and banked a few extra days off

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by MiddleEastMike
Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X to relaunch KUL-LGW with 2 777-300ER
Replies: 85
Views: 26555

Re: AirAsia X to relaunch KUL-LGW with 2 777-300ER

When AirAsia X used to run the KUL-STN flight they also used A330-300's for the route. Would it not be possible to use these again instead of leasing 77W's? They used A343s (with, IIRC, 8Y and not 9Y) for the nonstop London flights in the past. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_uT-JprIjNg At 2:10 in t...

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by MiddleEastMike
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X to relaunch KUL-LGW with 2 777-300ER
Replies: 85
Views: 26555

Re: AirAsia X to relaunch KUL-LGW with 2 777-300ER

When AirAsia X used to run the KUL-STN flight they also used A330-300's for the route. Would it not be possible to use these again instead of leasing 77W's? Personally for D7 I imagine it's going to be too much aircraft for them, and it's likely that they're going to flying with a pretty low % as we...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Highest Density by Aircraft type
Replies: 10
Views: 3338

Highest Density by Aircraft type

Hello everyone On arrival into MNL today I noticed a Cebu A330, if sprung to mind that they are in an all economy 436 which is only 4 short of the legal limit of 440 on then A330-300. So brings me round to my question, which companies have the highest density by type. Interested to hear what people ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to return Pakistan this year?
Replies: 21
Views: 10819

Re: British Airways to return Pakistan this year?

As much as posting your own personal opinions, and passing on beautiful images (not that I'm being disrespectful) but personal options don't attract Airlines. The issue I see is that the security situation in Pakistan isn't secure, and the attacks which are happening/happened are very sporadic. Not ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the A380 been a success or failure
Replies: 3
Views: 4452

Has the A380 been a success or failure

Since the A380 production line has now been cut to around 7/8 units per year, and the list of airlines with this is getting ever shorter, does this mean that the A380 has been a success or failure? Emirates has so many that it's to a point where they are sending them to any destination because at th...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kingfisher Long Haul Ops
Replies: 9
Views: 3150

Kingfisher Long Haul Ops

Good evening all If I remember correctly Kingfisher had 5 A330-200's in their fleet which mainly ran BOM/DEL-LHR, along with operating BOM/DEL-HKG/SIN. With such a small fleet how could they manage to run nearly 8 flights per day with only 5 A330's? Along with these, they also had 2 A340-500's on or...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates in Kathmandu?
Replies: 19
Views: 5716

Re: Emirates in Kathmandu?

Aircraft size I believe. Kathmandu is pretty small IIRC, difficult to get a 777-300 or even a 77L in and out which is the smallest aircraft EK has

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Future Routes
Replies: 52
Views: 8106

Re: Jet Airways Future Routes

Well the 777's could make BOM/DEL-EWR quite easily. When AI switched USA nonstops to 77W (after they sold their 77Ls), they have had to severely restrict loads on these flights. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Air-India-flies-Mumbai-to-Newark-non-stop-but-without-baggage/articleshow/...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Future Routes
Replies: 52
Views: 8106

Re: Jet Airways Future Routes

Well the 777's could make BOM/DEL-EWR quite easily, we managed to get the to GRU & SFO quite easily so they don't need reconfiguration. As for expansion, likely they'll start something like a BOM-DEL-EWR would be my bet. Or they may go back to the original plan with the scissor Hub at AMS and la...

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by MiddleEastMike
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arabian aviation thread - 2017
Replies: 389
Views: 47999

Re: Arab Carriers thread.

EY bring forward 787-9 Ops for Manchester, will now start on 23 Jan and run through to Feb 28.

Will run on the EY21/22 service

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by MiddleEastMike
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Thai buy their A340's?
Replies: 4
Views: 883

Did Thai buy their A340's?

I've noticed that many A340 operators have been able to give there A340's back to Airbus, noticebly EK's & SQ's are currently being advertised on Airbus' website. Which in turn brings me to my original question, did Thai buy their A340's and not lease them or able to get a good deal with them wi...

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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ 787 Fleet
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Air NZ 787 Fleet

Quick Question

Looking through the ANZ 787 fleet Reg this evening, and noticed that it starts with NZC through to NZK, but there's no NZA/NZB.

Wondered if there was anyone who could shed light on it?

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 statistics and scale comparison
Replies: 28
Views: 4446

Re: ME3 statistics and scale comparison

We often forget that Etihad was only started in 2003, compared to Emirates of 1985. Perhaps some do, but I'm not among them. In fact, that's one of the key reasons *why* I question the point of starting it: EK was already flying to the likes of HKG and SYD nonstop, and launched NYC shortly thereaft...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 statistics and scale comparison
Replies: 28
Views: 4446

Re: ME3 statistics and scale comparison

LAX772LR wrote:
Thanks for the info.

I often question why EY exists, save for vanity.
This plays toward that.


I often question why many airlines exist. We often forget that Etihad was only started in 2003, compared to Emirates of 1985.

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 789 Greater Range Than 788?
Replies: 10
Views: 2008

Re: 789 Greater Range Than 788?

The MTOW is where the -9 has the advantage. And it's exactly where the -300ER too is better. Basically the extra MTOW, 27T on the 787-9 & 52T on the 777-300ER, gives you the ability to fill the tank up, give you a good payload, turn the wick up and fly for 15+ hours. Hope that answers your quest...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad, AZ and Skyteam?
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Re: Etihad, AZ and Skyteam?

This is old news Etihad and Alitalia have been in alliance for a while now, with AZ aircraft being used on Etihad routes from Italy (Rome & Venice) We've also had an intake of AZ pilots who were made redundant too. Most of the AZ's new cabin crew have been trained by EY staff, along with the the...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forbes: British Airways struggles with BoB
Replies: 96
Views: 20501

Re: Forbes: British Airways struggles with BoB

What constitutes as 'Europe' too? And where do they draw the line? Moscow, (3hr30) is technically in Europe could be classed as a BOB route, but Morocco/Tunisia 2hr30) aren't in Europe!how does one define this too? That's very easy to answer. The products have different names. For flights within wh...

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 9783

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

I certainly will be glad if I never have to step foot on a 737 again in my life!

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by MiddleEastMike
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Forbes: British Airways struggles with BoB
Replies: 96
Views: 20501

Re: Forbes: British Airways struggles with BoB

What constitutes as 'Europe' too? And where do they draw the line?

Moscow, (3hr30) is technically in Europe could be classed as a BOB route, but Morocco/Tunisia 2hr30) aren't in Europe!how does one define this too?

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by MiddleEastMike
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA @ Guam
Replies: 29
Views: 5851

Re: UA @ Guam

Obviously it must make money, but is that the only reason they still operate a base there? Or is there historical reasoning behind it too?

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by MiddleEastMike
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA @ Guam
Replies: 29
Views: 5851

Re: UA @ Guam

Do they run long haul ops from Guam to mainland?

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by MiddleEastMike
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA @ Guam
Replies: 29
Views: 5851

UA @ Guam

Why does UA have such a huge presence in Guam? Do that have a base there?

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by MiddleEastMike
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines
Replies: 52
Views: 8784

Re: Smallest markets directly served by more than 3 airlines

LHR-DXB has 5 different carriers and 13 flights per day. Perhaps Dubai is not a huge market, but more of a transfer market with EK

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by MiddleEastMike
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Jet Airways so bearish with widebodies?
Replies: 47
Views: 7534

Re: Why is Jet Airways so bearish with widebodies?

The 77W's are some of the worse out there. Not only are they the highest emtpy weight 777's built (granite galleys and all) the performance on them as well isn't up to notch either. When we had them at EY, we noticed performance on them were poor and they don't come with the bump rating either. The...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who has the worst 777's?
Replies: 8
Views: 4250

Who has the worst 777's?

I wrote a reply earlier to a question regarding the Jet Airways 777's and how bad/not great they are. So it got me thinking who has the worst 777's in their fleet- Jet Airways 777 are the highest empty weight 777's, coming in at 195T, with 8 F suites weighing nearly 2,000kgs each, granite bar tops, ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst-Timed Commerical Flights
Replies: 109
Views: 16891

Re: Worst-Timed Commerical Flights

Personally for me the flights I hate doing the most (all times in local)

AUH (0225) - SFO (0640)
AUH (0355) - ORD (0900)/YYZ (0830)
AUH (1000/1045) - JFK/IAD (1530/1630)

Any night turns to India/Pakistan are terrible too!

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by MiddleEastMike
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Jet Airways so bearish with widebodies?
Replies: 47
Views: 7534

Re: Why is Jet Airways so bearish with widebodies?

The 77W's are some of the worse out there. Not only are they the highest emtpy weight 777's built (granite galleys and all) the performance on them as well isn't up to notch either. When we had them at EY, we noticed performance on them were poor and they don't come with the bump rating either. The ...

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by MiddleEastMike
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What determines SH, MH. LH & ULH
Replies: 4
Views: 830

What determines SH, MH. LH & ULH

Good evening A.Netters So, as the thread title states what do you people think is Short, Medium, Long & UL Haul? We flew into DUS today with a flight time of 6hr30, on arrival a few pax came to see us. The conversation got flowing onto flight times and how they are getting shorter, or longer, de...

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by MiddleEastMike
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX A350 Rumours
Replies: 37
Views: 11199

Re: CX A350 Rumours

I didn't think CX Has any A343 left in their fleet!?

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by MiddleEastMike
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX A350 Rumours
Replies: 37
Views: 11199

CX A350 Rumours

Good afternoon all

Hearing from a good friend at CX that they are looking at introducing the A350 on the JNB route. A350 will run 4 times weekly with either 77W or A330 the following 3 days.

AMS also likely to receive A350 but weekends only.

Thoughts Gents!?

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