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...Jump to post
Administrators are taking back the 2 x A350s from SAA according to this article from CAPA:
https://centreforaviation.com/news/air- ... aa-1006999
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...Jump to post
Menzies Aviation (another major UK operator) axed a lot of their staff recently too.
Terrible news for the staff of both companies.
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.jpgJump to post
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...Jump to post
The deal is done:
https://www.flightglobal.com/airframers ... 29.article
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
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
ILikeTrains wrote:Simple Flying is cancer.
More bad news for workers in the aviation industry. Apparently most job losses will occur in the UK:
TC957 wrote:LGW always gets LHR hand-me-downs when it comes to BA.
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
FlyingHonu001 wrote:Also KL would be kicked out of SkyTeam if they split up, wasn't AF responsible for their membership?
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post