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by alancostello
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 162
Views: 16891

Re: Irish 7/19

There are whispers going around that American may not renew all of their new-for-2019 transatlantic routes next year. Any sense as to how DFW-DUB is performing? It seems to have fairly full loads up front, but the back of the bus is often going out a bit light. According to ExpertFlyer over the nex...

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by alancostello
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin Livery
Replies: 8
Views: 2137

Re: Air Berlin Livery

With a number of carriers changing their liveries in the last few years there's been a global shortage of painting slots, so an ex-Air Berlin aircraft isn't high on the priority if it is otherwise in fine working order. Planes going in for D checks have to have their paint stripped for a thorough hu...

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by alancostello
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 162
Views: 16891

Re: Irish 7/19

It costs the airlines more to use contact stands (Airbridges) than contactless ones, hence why Ryanair fit the optional airstairs to their 737s, the extra fuel penalty of the added weight is less costly than the extra charges of paying for airbridges. Ryanair probably make up a good 90 odd percent ...

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by alancostello
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Southwest 737-300 en route to Tampa
Replies: 22
Views: 6115

Re: Southwest 737-300 en route to Tampa

Runway28L wrote:
My last trip to TPA, I saw a former BA B734 parked out by one of their hangars.


Was it in the full livery still? If so it was likely a Comair bird, there haven't been any British BA 734s around in 5+ years now.

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by alancostello
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 162
Views: 16891

Re: Irish 7/19

I see the Lufthansa A330 that came in today was again put at the furthest gate possible from Terminal 1. And you can expect it to be there for the rest of the summer unless a more favourable stand is available at the allocated time. It's a once a week temporary service adjustment, what do you expect?

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by alancostello
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330 Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 46
Views: 13548

Re: Airbus A330 Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

Are those 2x UFOs MSN 1950 and 1951 for Aer Lingus?

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by alancostello
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 162
Views: 16891

Re: Irish 7/19

I don't think that was ever the plan. As far as I know, the last masterplan publication showed revamping and extending out the existing piers 2 and 3 and then adding a pier 5 to the east of pier 4. Can't find it online now which is annoying. I remember seeing that a good while ago but thought it ha...

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by alancostello
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 162
Views: 16891

Re: Irish 7/19

Adding a few piers to the 100s stands that are closest to terminal 1 would definitely help. They really need to get more pier space built though, I think a cut and cover tunnel with travellators to a remote pier parrallel to the new runway would be very possible from an engineering point of view (a...

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by alancostello
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 5781

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

Any progress on the possibility of AA starting SBN-PHL? Thought it would have been announced by now if it was happening.

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by alancostello
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 162
Views: 16891

Re: Irish 7/19

Oh yeah I've seen it all, literally a competition to see how much they can wreck a cabin. The condition of the cabin after short sectors like Ireland-UK never fails to astonish. Some rows look like the Tasmanian Devil has been swiftly followed by a tropical storm. Is this how people behave at home?...

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by alancostello
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Taking Delivery Of First A321NEO
Replies: 39
Views: 9028

Re: JetBlue Taking Delivery Of First A321NEO

Does anyone know the layout of this aircraft? Considering it removed door 2 and added the overwing exits I assume it’s a different layout then the current B6 a321 layouts. L1, both overwing exits, L3, and L4 are all activated. But B6 only boards through L1 anyway. Essentially nobody boards through ...

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by alancostello
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17570

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

For what it's worth, Cruz being cheap is irrelevant, he isn't the decider here, Willie Walsh is. BA might make a business case for or against the acquisition, but if WW gets the price he wants, BA will get the A380s and say thank you.

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by alancostello
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17570

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

Waterbomber2 wrote:
As for the airlines who now operate the A380, they better think twice before selling them. It's like selling your heaviest weapons to your enemies.


Pretty sure some airlines would consider them a noose not a weapon.

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by alancostello
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Today, MUC - DUB was diverted to Belfast, resulting in my DUB - MUC delayed by close to 4 hours, when onboard pilot said heavy traffic inbound to DUB, also a bird strike, and then they hadn't enough fuel to maintain a hold over the airport, so decided to divert to Belfast to re fuel. Seems odd, sur...

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by alancostello
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Stobart Air to increase seat capacity on Leeds-Dublin route for the start of the Winter season Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus regional routes, will increase seat capacity by 20% on its Leeds-Dublin service, beginning 28 October 2019. Flights will benefit UK and Irish business customers in part...

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by alancostello
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential Heathrow expansion revealed
Replies: 19
Views: 6994

Re: Potential Heathrow expansion revealed

Third runway added, and terminals A4, A3044, and a new terminal over by the current Star Alliance terminal. Thoughts? The A4 and A3044 are roads not terminals. It appears that T5 will gain a new building in front of the current T5 plus the remote concourse between the two runways. T3 will go and T2...

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by alancostello
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

If Dublin looses Hainan, wouldn't another airline have to apply for a licence to operate from China? I can't see anyone else giving it a go, if the loads are as bad as reported. Someone might be more willing to give it a go with a direct routing or to a more desirable city, maybe even just seasonal...

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by alancostello
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Nice to see perhaps, nice to fly is another matter altogether Why? Nothing wrong with the Boeing 737 MAX or no MAX. AFAIK the real issue with the MAX is the engine placement. That can't be fixed with MCAS or any other software. I've flown the MAX a few times, including transatlantic with Norwegian ...

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by alancostello
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA agrees to order 50 Airbus A321XLR's
Replies: 325
Views: 52859

Re: Updated: American ordered A321xLR

Any configuration speculation? JonNYC was also hinting at all-aisle access J cabin. I'm really curious if it gets a PE cabin as well. Not sure exactly how the floor area works out, but would like to see something like 10J/12W/24Y+/~130Y American's international PE seat is the same as domestic F, so...

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by alancostello
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Never mind the XLR, will some of those Max’s be seen in an EI livery? Entirely possible, you'd think. They could change out the entire Airbus A320 fleet for the Boeing 737MAX order that IAG has just placed. However... one question. IAG will assign them to BA at Gatwick, but not at LHR, as T5 can on...

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by alancostello
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Order 200 -Boeing 737MAX
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: IAG Order 200 -Boeing 737MAX

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by alancostello
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Just to clarify for future posts, it's XLR (Xtra Long Range), not LRX.

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by alancostello
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Either aviation matters to the country or it does not. It us time the Pratt who is minister for transport called the DAA, the IAA, the regulator and the two prominent airlines to his office and basically says wtf? It us all beyond pathetic! With ever increasing passenger numbers and increased retai...

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by alancostello
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 226
Views: 26899

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

The inaugural AA flight out of Dallas to Dublin AA132 leaves DFW tonight, arriving tomorrow Friday into DUB at 13:50 and departing back to Dallas at 15:45. Looking forward to being on this direct service in early August! Doesn't get in to DFW until 7:25, seems pretty late, any delays might be probl...

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by alancostello
Fri May 31, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF ex-JOON A340 to CPT replacement
Replies: 29
Views: 6043

Re: AF ex-JOON A340 to CPT replacement

eta unknown wrote:
At 42 you are older than a millennial, but from your posts you seem to be acting like one lol


How does one act like a millennial? Ripped jeans and concern for the climate?

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by alancostello
Tue May 28, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25685

Re: Re:

BrianDromey wrote:
No option for a forward door on A321LR. The new ACF layout is the production standard on all A321neo. The old 8 door layout is no more.


Not all A321neo, ACF is the base of the A321LR, and an option otherwise until it becomes standard sometime in 2020. There are plenty of 8 door A321neo out there.

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by alancostello
Tue May 21, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25685

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Does anyone happen to remember a flight from Dublin to a destination in South Africa? Can't find anything online but have been told it used to exist.

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by alancostello
Tue May 14, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25685

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

'Exciting times' as Waterford Airport runway extension moves a step closer Minister for Transport Shane Ross has signed off on a Government memo that paves the way for €5 million in exchequer funding to extend Waterford Airport’s runway. The runway extension will cost €12 million in total, with the...

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by alancostello
Mon May 13, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9218

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

I wonder will we start to see three-class narrow bodies with J, W, and Y on A321LRs as they pick up transatlantic routes.

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by alancostello
Mon May 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25685

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

No, that's quite rare - nice catch! I think they've only brought in a 77L on two or three occasions before. The 77L is back again tonight One runway in DXB is closed for resurfacing until May 30th. While it’s had little affect on the DUB route, the EK schedule is reduced by about 25%, and overall D...

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by alancostello
Fri May 10, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 5781

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

A little news out of SBN in regard to AA. The AA flights into SBN are no longer flow thru's. The DFW flights are operated by Skywest and the CLT flights are operated by PSA. I think this was done to improve the reliability of the CLT flights. Also CLT flights should get better as AA gets more gates...

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by alancostello
Thu May 02, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR to withdraw its A346 fleet
Replies: 38
Views: 11889

Re: QR to withdraw its A346 fleet

Slash787 wrote:
What aircraft is being deployed on the A346 routes?

A330 or A350?


Well KUL is currently 2x 77W and 1x A333.

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by alancostello
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest domestic flights
Replies: 38
Views: 4195

Re: Shortest domestic flights

SBN-ORD is a fun run of 84 miles, thanks to the time zone change you land before you ever took off, usually flight time of about 22/23 minutes.

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by alancostello
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20810

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

I guess it’s a bit early to launch 2020 summer destinations. There might not be many LR destinations, depending how EI time the 757 replacement. So far we can assume YUL, MSP, BDL, SNN-JFK and BOS. They will still need at least one 757, unless some of the 2020 deliveries are in the first few months...

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by alancostello
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Finnair Got It Wrong in China
Replies: 13
Views: 5824

Re: How Finnair Got It Wrong in China

Isn't this exactly what happened with BA and Chengdu? 77W down to 787 and then scrapped altogether. If you can't make a direct flight to London from a city of 14 million work it's not the route that's the problem.

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by alancostello
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20810

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Also, are they definitely putting the 'ski mask' design on the cockpit windows of the A321neo's? Some neo operators have gone for it but most have not. I saw a rendering which looked cool but not sure if it was official. It would look great if this was applied to the entire fleet. The ski mask was ...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Adds New Routes
Replies: 94
Views: 16323

Re: AA Adds New Routes

Hoping for PHL-SBN soon, CLT and DFW have been performing well but I imagine PHL will do great if it's timed well to connect transatlantic.

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by alancostello
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20810

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Virgin Atlantic are replacing their 747 on the Belfast to Orlando flights with an A332, anyone know if this is due to their 747's being phased out or just less demand on the route? Possibly both. They’re also still struggling with RR engine problems and have had to consolidate some flights or use s...

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by alancostello
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20810

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Does anyone know if the Particular Evelop airlines A330 being used as a sub for the Norwegian flights from Dublin has seat back IFE? EC-MII is the reg. Edit: it does. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1372013 It may not be in use however, I'm pretty sure that when Norwegian leased the...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A321LR delivered to TAP
Replies: 81
Views: 21414

Re: First A321LR delivered to TAP

dfpinto wrote:
Just a pity there are only 4 thrones in C. But great cabin, the game changer is finally here.


I mean it's two more than the A330s have…

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus
Replies: 52
Views: 13250

Re: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus

I'd love it too. And even IB on MAD-Africa routes. There are now 4x321 flying long-haul. By end 2019, there will be 4 321-NEO LR and by 2018 there will be 8 in total. So 12x321 for Long Haul missions. Given, these will have to replace the 4 757 flying under the ASL contract, yes. They are too few T...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus
Replies: 52
Views: 13250

Re: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus

Would love to see an additional order of 20/30 extra A321LR for EI ... it’s a real game changer ..... especially now that Wow is out of the market. I'd love it too. And even IB on MAD-Africa routes. There are now 4x321 flying long-haul. By end 2019, there will be 4 321-NEO LR and by 2018 there will...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20810

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Are Lingus seem to have no intention of taking any A350s at the moment. Surprusing that they havent ordered the A330NEO yet. As much as I would love the see the A350 at EI, I can see why it isn't coming for the next while. The A330 has served EI incredibly well, can perform all current routes, and ...

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by alancostello
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 120
Views: 19092

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

Why is it that the people who claim "PC gone mad" are often the ones most offended by anything.

This is essentially nothing, they're changing a logo which they have every right to do, nobody was offended by the original flying lady, this is just them showing a bit of diversity.

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by alancostello
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: March 31 DL78 LAX-AMS Diverted to ATL
Replies: 14
Views: 4030

Re: March 31 DL78 LAX-AMS Diverted to ATL

I am quite surprised an Airbus A330-302 can do the LAX-AMS route. One of the longer routes out of Amsterdam. Aeroflot has deployed their A333s on the SVO-LAX route in the past; it is currently flown by the A332s. EI regularly fly their 242t A333 to SFO and LAX as well, not too much further to get t...

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by alancostello
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24105

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

With the collapse of WOW, how likely do you think Aer Lingus will enter the DUB-DTW market? Would they be able to run alongside Icelandair? I honestly don't think WOW serving DTW was ever really a factor in Are Lingus not serving it. I can only imagine it'll be coming with the A321LRs, they have to...

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by alancostello
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24105

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

With the SSJs being returned, cityjet will have to go looking for another type to replace the aging Avros. The CRJ is probably capable of filling most of that role. It definitely seems to be going that way with CRJs operating with Cimber and the SAS/Hop! operations. They can't do LCY though, so unl...

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by alancostello
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 21339

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

I disembarked from an A340-600 by stairs at DOH, and then used stairs two hours later to board a 787-8, it's a spectacular feeling to be so close to such large planes and really take in their size.

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by alancostello
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Timing of a big order delivery
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Re: Timing of a big order delivery

Realistically, it depends on what they want and what the manufacturer can provide. From the time an order is confirmed it could be anything from a couple of months to a couple of years, there are a number of factors that would dictate this: Does the airline want or need them straight away, are they ...

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by alancostello
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EK cancels 380's, orders 330neo and 350.
Replies: 214
Views: 34285

Re: Confirmed: EK cancels 380's, orders 330neo and 350.

EK's current J seat on the A380 is upstairs, roughly equivalent width to the A330, and I'd argue the A380 seat at 1-2-1 is far superior to the 777 seat at 2-3-2. Not hard to imagine that seats coming off retiring A380s will get refreshed and put in the A330, in which case the A330 would also have a...

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