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by Breathe
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"
Replies: 135
Views: 30954

Re: Sir Tim Clark "A380 is OVER"

My 2cents: The A380 should never be deemed a failure, but should be considered a marvel. There are risks to every great invention. This may be the last large, uniquely different, non-derivative concept in the skies for awhile. Next time you see it in its natural habitat, think of it has a living le...

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by Breathe
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters administration
Replies: 21
Views: 7673

Re: Air Mauritius enters administration

https://centreforaviation.com/news/air- ... aa-1006999
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Administrators are taking back the 2 x A350s from SAA according to this article from CAPA:

https://centreforaviation.com/news/air- ... aa-1006999

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by Breathe
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 218
Views: 43935

Re: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff

Headline from this CAPA article states that the administrators Air Mauritius are planning on taking back their 2 x A350s. Its behind a pay-wall, so can't read the article. If someone with access could give us a summary of the article, that would great! https://centreforaviation.com/news/air-mauritiu...

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by Breathe
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports giant Swissport set to halve its UK workforce
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Re: Airports giant Swissport set to halve its UK workforce

Menzies Aviation (another major UK operator) axed a lot of their staff recently too.

Terrible news for the staff of both companies.

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by Breathe
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 9850

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

Seeing as there are only two actual London airports, Heathrow cannot take much more. As for London City airport too short a runway and not enough stands. And before people moan about Heathrow, that airport is near Hounslow which is outer London. And if people want to get pedantic London City is the...

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by Breathe
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 140
Views: 14311

Re: Revisiting MH370

This article was posted by the BBC a few days ago: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53119686 One-fifth of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped The initiative that seeks to galvanise the creation of a full map of the ocean floor says one-fifth of this task has now been completed. When the ...

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by Breathe
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aberdeen ground collision
Replies: 31
Views: 7465

Re: Aberdeen ground collision

JannEejit wrote:
A parting shot from Flybe , after their previous attempts at taking Loganair from 'behind'... :lol:

If it bashed it on the nose, it would have been the airline equivalent of a Glasgow Kiss! :D

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by Breathe
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 12197

Re: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Thanks for the photo. It was a nice touch adding the "goodbye" sign to mark the moment. There's an article about it here, although I'm not sure agree with the quote at the end [img]“This%20is%20an%20aircraft%20that%20brought%20all%20four%20European%20partners%20together%20and%20was%20an%20...

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by Breathe
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aberdeen ground collision
Replies: 31
Views: 7465

Re: Aberdeen ground collision

More photos here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-53076806 https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/0BA8/production/_112948920_plane2.jpg https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/11930/production/_112948917_plane1.jpg

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by Breathe
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus threatens to sue airlines
Replies: 104
Views: 20138

Re: Airbus threatens to sue airlines

It wouldn't surprise me if Airbus and Boeing are talking to each other behind closed doors, as essential they are duopoly when it comes to passenger aircraft in the models the manufacture. So it would be in both their interests to make sure airlines didn't go to far "out of line" for their...

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by Breathe
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 249065

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJn8Pqy42s
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Here's a video of someone on one of the final MD-88 flights. Looks like this flight got a good send off with water canon salutes and the staff all getting involved. From the looks of things, the whole flight was full of aviation enthusiasts :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJn8Pqy42s

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by Breathe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL to acquire 7 A350’s from QR
Replies: 96
Views: 24193

Re: Rumor: DL to acquire 7 A350’s from QR

Good point but I wonder if they would not order the B777X instead gpoing opposite DL's way and consolidating with Boeing. They only ordered the A321XLR because Boeing had nothing to show against and because it was a caveat to be able to get rid of the A350 order. A couple of things: If the A321XLR ...

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by Breathe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?
Replies: 20
Views: 4208

Re: Whatever happened to Air France Vacances?

I remember it and always wondered how they came with that (rather stupid) idea which was creating chaos at the boarding area (not to speak of the logistic of bring the meals there). What was the point of distributing the meal before boarding when they had a full complement of cabin crew (who were s...

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by Breathe
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the MD-80
Replies: 39
Views: 5725

Future of the MD-80

With the retirement of Delta's fleet tomorrow, marking a symbolic moment for the end of scheduled passenger services of the MD-80 I was wondering what the future holds for the remaining operators around the world? By my estimation, they'll still be over 100 variants of the MD-80 flying in far-flung ...

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by Breathe
Thu May 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Czech Airlines returning to LHR
Replies: 29
Views: 5955

Re: OK returning to LHR

Theoretically yes, A321XLR's range is 4 700 nautical miles and PRG-ICN is 4450 nautical miles. But they are definitely meant to fly to the USA/Canada. If OK want to resume ICN, they will likely lease a widebody. The supply of used aircrafts will be plentiful now... Nice to hear some positive news a...

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by Breathe
Sat May 23, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s
Replies: 104
Views: 26125

Re: Rumor: Etihad Considers Retiring A380s and Abandoning A350s

The "United" part comes from when it is a coincidence that each emirate (probably what would be called a 'state' in some other countries) happen to agree on the same thing. Not but agreeing together. Just by coincidence. This is why there are a few airlines with so many destinations withi...

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by Breathe
Sat May 23, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA conducting fleet review, may retire some 777-200ERs
Replies: 53
Views: 11318

Re: Rumor: AA may follow DL and retire 777 fleet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia ... oticeboard
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ILikeTrains wrote:
Simple Flying is cancer.

Yet their articles appear in Google News searches.

If there any Wikipedians on here, perhaps they might want to look at getting them added to the list of unreliable sources on the Wikipedia notice board:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia ... oticeboard

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by Breathe
Wed May 20, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs amid virus crisis
Replies: 0
Views: 307

Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs amid virus crisis

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52723107

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More bad news for workers in the aviation industry. Apparently most job losses will occur in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52723107

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by Breathe
Mon May 18, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020
Replies: 90
Views: 19179

Re: British Airways to take delivery of first 787-10 arriving at LHR around 8am on 21 May 2020

TC957 wrote:
LGW always gets LHR hand-me-downs when it comes to BA.

aka rust buckets. :lol:

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by Breathe
Fri May 15, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planes in boneyards that are never scrapped
Replies: 35
Views: 9744

Re: Planes in boneyards that are never scrapped

Some interesting replies.

Thanks all for your contributions so far.

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by Breathe
Fri May 15, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1514
Views: 259744

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

Gonna find out just how those 350's perform in the DAL network on LAX-SYD & ATL-JNB..... Just to speculate, if these routes are dropped. Could they come back with an A350-900 ULR if needs be? As I understand it, the ULR can be converted back to a "standard" A350-900, but can a current...

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by Breathe
Sun May 10, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planes in boneyards that are never scrapped
Replies: 35
Views: 9744

Planes in boneyards that are never scrapped

With so many airlines retiring fleets of planes, it got me wondering how common it is for decommissioned planes to sit in boneyards for years and never seem to get round to being properly scrapped? Is it not cheaper to scrap the metal into beer cans rather than pay the boneyards to keep the skeleton...

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by Breathe
Sun May 10, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 92
Views: 9170

Re: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2020

Bearing in mind the PHL 757 was never full for the seasonal service last year, what would be the differential seat wise 787 vs 757 in AA config, and would it be at expense of JFK? Seems a lot of aircraft... Are AA reducing their frequency to justify flying a 787? Perhaps the only options were to ei...

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by Breathe
Thu May 07, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: IAG and EY interested in creating a hub at VIE
Replies: 118
Views: 21422

Re: Rumor: IAG and Etihad interest in taking over OS

After the demise of MALEV and Air Berlin, and the massive screw-up they made trying to buy SWISS, IAG/Oneworld don't really have much in the way in partner airlines in Central and Eastern Europe. So perhaps they'd be some logic in acquiring OS, although I'd be pretty pretty surprised to see it happe...

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by Breathe
Thu May 07, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters administration
Replies: 21
Views: 7673

Re: Air Mauritius enters administration

Ethiopian are one of the most competently run African airlines. It wouldn't be a bad partner to have on-board to weather the storm.

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by Breathe
Thu May 07, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling
Replies: 170
Views: 13584

Re: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling

Heathrow Airport has been granted permission to appeal against a block on its plans for a third runway. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52556421 n February the Court of Appeal found the government decision to allow the plans to go ahead was unlawful. At the time the court said the government had...

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by Breathe
Sun May 03, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce 'to cut up to 8,000 jobs'
Replies: 3
Views: 1328

Rolls-Royce 'to cut up to 8,000 jobs'

More bad news for the aviation industry workers! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-52514444 Rolls-Royce could axe up to 8,000 jobs after aircraft manufacturers were forced to cut production during the Covid-19 pandemic. The aeroplane engine maker employs 52,000 people worldwide, with ...

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by Breathe
Fri May 01, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1067
Views: 169577

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2020

Forgive me if I've missed the reply to this question if its already been asked, but if the 757s are to be retired, what will be used to replace them on routes like CMN/KEF/EDI/SNN assuming of course those routes are coming back next year?

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 309
Views: 56294

Re: BA may not reopen at Gatwick

Very sad news for the staff if this is the case. Mainly leisure routes based a LGW, and in the current climate it wouldn't be a surprise to see a lot of them being cut and the profitable ones being moved to LHR. No BA at LGW is something just a few months ago would have been unimaginable. What incre...

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by Breathe
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23332

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

FlyingHonu001 wrote:
Also KL would be kicked out of SkyTeam if they split up, wasn't AF responsible for their membership?

I don't think OneWorld would have any issue welcoming them into their alliance.

Its unlikely to happen, but we do live in strange times now, so who knows...

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by Breathe
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup
Replies: 208
Views: 23332

Re: KL Takes Into Account Possibility of AFKL Breakup

You could see IAG/KLM tie-up happen this time round if the opportunity arose. I'm sure IAG would even be willing to move the corporate headquarters from Madrid to Amsterdam. As a sidenote, Shell, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever & RELX are examples of Anglo-Dutch companies merging and working well. S...

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by Breathe
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 161941

Re: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?

O’Leary just slaughtered Branson in a Sky news interview , he was spot on ... let the tax dodger put his money where his mouth is Indeed! Where's a link to the Sky News article and video of the interview: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-ryanair-boss-accuses-branson-of-trying-to-fleece-the-ta...

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1416
Views: 334995

Re: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

https://www.google.com/amp/s/simpleflying.com/alitalia-skyteam-membership/amp/ According to the above article, AZ could be looking to pursue a partnership with LH. Sounds like another perfect suicide mission. Already one of the largest players into Italy, they will simply reduce AZ into a donestic ...

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 70412

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread

As the old saying goes:

Better late, than never!

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters administration
Replies: 21
Views: 7673

Re: Air Mauritius enters administration

berari wrote:
Maybe Ethiopian will finally be allowed into Mauritius :stirthepot:

Maybe they'll let in Qatar Airways in and let Air Asia X (if they're still around) back in too. :D

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters administration
Replies: 21
Views: 7673

Re: Air Mauritius enters administration

As far as I'm aware, the only aircraft MK directly own are: 2 x A319-100 1 x A330-200 2 x A340-300 2 x A350-900 (currently leased to SAA) 1 x ATR-72-500 I wonder if the Gov is looking to use the Administration as a way to ditch the leased aircraft and pending 2 x A350 orders from Airbus. The A359s ...

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by Breathe
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 424
Views: 70412

Re: BER News and Discussion Thread

BER finally opening at one of the worst times of modern aviation history is almost propheticaly appropriate considering the past decade of blunder! For all the woes and ridicule, I hope that the opening goes smoothly (if it does indeed open!) and the sorry saga of construction can be put into the ac...

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by Breathe
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters administration
Replies: 21
Views: 7673

Re: Air Mauritius enters administration

As far as I'm aware, the only aircraft MK directly own are:

2 x A319-100
1 x A330-200
2 x A340-300
2 x A350-900 (currently leased to SAA)
1 x ATR-72-500

I wonder if the Gov is looking to use the Administration as a way to ditch the leased aircraft and pending 2 x A350 orders from Airbus.

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by Breathe
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters Voluntary Administration
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: Air Mauritius enters Voluntary Administration

Thanks!

I did a search and that thread didn't come up. When I did a search again just now this thread pops up! I really wish the forum software could be updated to something a bit more durable!

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by Breathe
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius enters Voluntary Administration
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Air Mauritius enters Voluntary Administration

Another airline enters administration. As far as I'm aware the only aircraft MK directly own are: 2 x A319-100 1 x A330-200 2 x A340-300 1 x ATR-72-500 The airline is majority owned by the Gov. I'd be surprised if they were they were to let it go to the wall, as politically it wouldn't look good to ...

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by Breathe
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 51360

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Really horrible day for Australian aviation. Hoping there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, I have many friends who are proud VA workers that are incredibly sad to see this happen. It’s not really a horrible day, it’s been expected for the better part of the last decade, eventually the mo...

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by Breathe
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross-border Airline mergers possible post COVID-19?
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Re: Cross-border Airline mergers possible post COVID-19?

I meant as a catalyst to make mergers that probably wouldn't have happened if the circumstances hadn't been so drastic.

I was more thinking along the lines of say, Qantas merging with IAG or Delta purchasing Virgin Atalantic, which currently aren't possible right now.

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 70834

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Obviously, the current crisis will delay. We will see the purchase renegotiated later, the only question, is will Airbus negotiate seriously? But will IAG need that many new planes anyway? Aviation is likely to remain in a slump long after the current C19 crisis is over, and there won't be a shorta...

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross-border Airline mergers possible post COVID-19?
Replies: 5
Views: 1161

Cross-border Airline mergers possible post COVID-19?

Given the dire situation the airlines are in, is there a possibility once we come out of the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic that there would be a possibility of the the relaxation of cross-border airline group mergers say between US and European carriers, Asia-Pacific and European carriers where ...

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by Breathe
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 279
Views: 53268

Re: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion

Given the current crisis and airlines scrambling to save themselves, what chance that this deal still goes ahead in its current form?

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by Breathe
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 70834

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

seahawk wrote:
Delay compensations for a LoI?

That's what I was thinking too. :confused:

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by Breathe
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 70834

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I'd this deal is going to be kicked well into the long grass for quite some time now, and given the climate, perhaps the ball may well never be retrieved.

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic needs government support?
Replies: 1317
Views: 161941

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

Would it be possible to put the company into Administration and for SRB and/or Delta to pick up the assets they want to restart the airline in a new shell company? I would imagine that screw their existing staff/pensions and creditors. So perhaps morally maybe not the best thing to do. But then, I d...

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by Breathe
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline
Replies: 64
Views: 11012

Re: Australian Government Does Not Plan to Bailout Virgin Australia - Could Create New Airline

It looks like Tigerair is done. https://simpleflying.com/virgin-australia-tigerair-pilots/ SQ had three goes at the Australian market through equity and failed dismally at all attempts. They're not the 'so called saviour' as some would think considering SQ's dismal investment record overall, and as...

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