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by Chrisba320
Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 331
Views: 71852

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

Comair/kulula will in all likelihood be liquidated, they failed to raise the funds for the business rescue process. They have been denied access to their aircraft and may not reposition them since they owe the maintenance company too much money. Their assets will likely be sold to pay their debt. W...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 331
Views: 71852

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

Comair/kulula will in all likelihood be liquidated, they failed to raise the funds for the business rescue process. They have been denied access to their aircraft and may not reposition them since they owe the maintenance company too much money. Their assets will likely be sold to pay their debt. Wh...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who's the Princess of the Skies?
Replies: 29
Views: 3010

Re: Who's the Princess of the Skies?

For me the new princess of the skies is undoubtedly the A350. The beautiful wing design, the comfort, the seemingly effortless performance, the quiet and relaxed ride, she’s a babe!

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by Chrisba320
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific fined £500,000 over I.T. failure
Replies: 5
Views: 1371

Re: Cathay Pacific fined £500,000 over I.T. failure

I have a soft spot for Cathay Pacific, they’re a great airline. I can understand the fine, those are serious transgressions. They are going through a very tough period as it is, with the protests in HK and now the corona virus. Not a great time to receive more bad news.

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by Chrisba320
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 331
Views: 71852

Re: SAA shrinks even further

What is the point of keeping SAA around? When was the last time they weren't hemorrhaging money? SAA made a profit of almost R 1B in 2011 despite having inefficient aircraft and some routes that made no sense. But then the looting and mismanagement started which is why they have been hemorrhaging m...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30820

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

My guess at this stage is that they will kill off their domestic operations Why do you think that? I would think that without their domestic ops, they're dead in the water. All their domestic routes are loss making. Supply outstrips demand and our domestic flights are short, no need for a full serv...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 61212

Re: SAA Leasing A350

In 2011 SAA made a very decent profit but unfortunately then the looting, bad management and political interference started. They achieved this despite not having the most efficient aircraft and some routes that could never be profitable. SAA finds itself in its current position as a result of what ...

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by Chrisba320
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30820

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

The local bank financing of 2bn Rand got them through to from 5th December to 19th January, so the DBSA 3.5bn will last until what, the end of March/mid April? Dead parrot. I’m confident SAA will get through this. They are doing all the right things now. Whatever the new SAA looks like it will be v...

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by Chrisba320
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30820

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

I wasn't sure which thread to post this in, but here goes. The business rescue practitioners of South African Airways SOC Ltd (the Practitioners), supported by the Departments of Public Enterprises (DPE) and National Treasury (NT), have been successful in obtaining the balance of the post commencem...

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by Chrisba320
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield
Replies: 57
Views: 15900

Re: Ethiopian B737 opens cockpit window in flight, twice, to clear debris from windshield

This is why *seasoned* African pilots are some of the best in the world. They have seen it all. Where else are you going to run into a biblical plague on final approach? Yet Boeing lobbyists and their ilk love pretending these guys don’t know how to fly, to protect a flawed design I guess I'll join...

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by Chrisba320
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191993

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

Less drama would be fine. There is no big difference between both products and the grandfathering is also not the root cause of the problem. The root cause is the management and work culture at Boeing. A newly designed plane made under the same pressure and with the same goals and strategies would ...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 191993

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

This is probably a bit off topic in terms of the general conversation at this point but I really won’t mind if the Max never flies again. In fact, I still believe it shouldn’t be cleared for service again. I live in a city two hours flying away from where I work and most of my flights are on the 737...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does anyone really think Istanbul will become the world's busiest in the near future?
Replies: 87
Views: 15677

Re: Does anyone really think Istanbul will become the world's busiest in the near future?

It might or it might not..... I love traveling via Istanbul, it is easily one of my favorite cities to spend time in and I stay over on the way somewhere else most of the time. As others mentioned from Istanbul it is easy to connect to just about anywhere. It appeals to me much more than any other h...

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by Chrisba320
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders
Replies: 114
Views: 16807

Re: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders

I am a massive fan of the A320, now that is out of the way. I live in Cape Town and work in Johannesburg, I commute between the two cities weekly. Except for SAA all our domestic airlines operate the 737-800 which is what I fly most of the time. I have plenty of respect for the aircraft, it is a rea...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders
Replies: 114
Views: 16807

Re: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders

This is a major milestone for the brilliant A320 family, well done Airbus! The baby bus keeps going from strength to strength. It was a gamble for Airbus when it was launched, but my god, did that gamble pay off handsomely.

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by Chrisba320
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Fleet Discussion and News Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 7189

Re: Thai Airways A340-600

Gas guzzler or not, after the A350 the A340-600 remains my favorite long haul steed. Quiet, spacious, great 2+4+2 configuration in Economy. Great to see TG will be using them again, wish there were more around. Beats the pants off a 10 abreast 777 or 9 abreast 787.

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by Chrisba320
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 15001

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

This route makes sense to me. Air France can, however, do some strange things at times. I worked for them in Windhoek in the early 90’s and the Windhoek - Paris flight went Windhoek - Gaborone - Johannesburg - Paris. On a Boeing 747-200 Combi at the time. That was a difficult flight to sell, to put ...

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by Chrisba320
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video - Flying the A320
Replies: 28
Views: 7046

Re: Video - Flying the A320

Beautiful video, thanks for posting it! I envy you for making your living this way. As a passenger I love the A320.

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by Chrisba320
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 35888

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15.08.2019 Moscow emergency landing

Well done to the pilots for putting this bird down safely with no casualties on board. I’m sure the A321’s advanced systems also played a major part in this not ending in disaster. Is that what lucks called now ? Sure luck played a part because the corn field was handier than a populated area would...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15 august 2019 Moscow emergency landing
Replies: 191
Views: 35888

Re: Ural Airlines A321 VQ-BOZ 15.08.2019 Moscow emergency landing

Well done to the pilots for putting this bird down safely with no casualties on board. I’m sure the A321’s advanced systems also played a major part in this not ending in disaster.

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by Chrisba320
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 61212

Re: SAA Leasing A350

I live in South Africa and I do have a bit of a soft spot for SAA. Yes, their A340 long haul product is terribly out of date, due to all the political meddling their financial situation is dire, etc. But as a passenger, on the right day with the right aircraft an SAA flight can be a great ride. Thei...

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by Chrisba320
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 64
Views: 7597

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

That's a shame. In non anglo based cultures tattoos can be viewed as entirely the opposite. A big example of that is Polynesian culture. Stuff like tā moko is considered an honorable and expected part of one's life. To get a tā moko is to connect one to one's past and to acknowledge life achievemen...

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by Chrisba320
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6295

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

It might be considered a “non-issue” by some but really, just put this thing out of its misery. What else is going to come out in the wash? How many more people have to be killed before this plane is grounded for good? But then what do I know. As much as I love Boeing this is atrocious.

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by Chrisba320
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?
Replies: 20
Views: 6438

Re: Air Transat Airbus A310 problems?

Engineering issues are not reported to the regulator. There are processes internally for dealing with these. If everyone was reporting engineering problems the regulator would probably have a meltdown. What is the urge to hang on to these pieces of trash. “Trash” is a bit harsh, don’t you think? On...

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by Chrisba320
Wed May 30, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 takes flight
Replies: 43
Views: 6208

Re: Iberia first A350 takes flight

You must be looking at the wrong link. It takes a very special livery to make an A350 in flight look butt ugly, and IB's is one of them. Egads. I’ve been trying for a while now but I fail to see the butt-ugly bit. Looks good enough to me. Stunning plane, the A350. Imagine a 787 in this livery. God,...

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by Chrisba320
Tue May 08, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR
Replies: 45
Views: 9301

Re: British Airways announces 3 weekly LHR-DUR

Finally. A wholly logical add, with connections at the London end. In my view, this is a real no-brainer, no-risk route that should never have been terminated in the first place. The IAG management are so, so conservative. There’s no other description for their strategy. They’re even putting almost...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrow body hot and high performance
Replies: 17
Views: 3570

Narrow body hot and high performance

Hi Guys I’m not very technically minded so what follows is based purely on the experience of a frequent traveler. I live in Cape Town and fly to Johannesburg all the time. Almost all my flights are on the 738 or A319/320. JNB is high above sea level and I’ve had many take-offs in 35 plus degrees cen...

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by Chrisba320
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 773ER vs A346 for private use (yes, another A340 post)
Replies: 11
Views: 1817

Re: 773ER vs A346 for private use (yes, another A340 post)

If I am hypothetically flying myself, then based on what I should do, I should get a 773ER instead of an A346. Because even though I love the A343 and A346: 1. They are gas guzzlers 2. They have 4 engines, which has its pros but also has increased maintenance costs 3. The Trent 500's are out of pro...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8539

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

Utter silence when the delta between the pig and 77W is half as much as the 77W and the A350-1000. Maybe because the readers here to their credit recognize the silliness of comparing planes designed in the last millennium to one that hasn't even flown a paying passenger yet? Firstly 77W is a 2005 a...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8539

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

There's zero market for them. The new A339 251T can fly just as far as the 343 could for significantly less costs and the 346 was a pig compared to even the 777-300ER, much less the A350. Once Airbus stopped building the 343, significant changes were made to remove those additional structures from ...

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by Chrisba320
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A343 and A346 Status?
Replies: 50
Views: 8539

Re: A343 and A346 Status?

I just really wish Airbus are willing to individually build A346's and A343's... possibly off the A330's assembly line? But other than private ACJ-340's, Airbus have almost no intentions to build any more A340 airframes, period. There's zero market for them. The new A339 251T can fly just as far as...

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by Chrisba320
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300
Replies: 77
Views: 19452

Re: Replacement of the Swiss Airbus A340-300

It is probably fair to say the A340-300 gets a lot of criticism in this era of big twins but as a passenger it is one of my favorite (older) long haul planes. I like Swiss, I travelled JNB - ZRH - JNB on Swiss last month. It’s spacious, comfortable, quiet and the 2 + 4 + 2 seating is great when trav...

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by Chrisba320
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 44048

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

Congratulations to Airbus, they keep making the best better, in a big way. This is one good-looking bird! I'm looking forward to seeing how airlines will use this aircraft and what new routes it may open up. Hard not to see a bright future for this aircraft.

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by Chrisba320
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways direct to Cape Town
Replies: 17
Views: 2267

Re: Kenya Airways direct to Cape Town

Good luck when Cape Town runs out of water :-/ What are you talking about?! Cape Town, South Africa is going to become the first major city to run out of water, expected on April 12th. Their supplies are dwindling to a fraction of the normal capacity and political corruption and mismanagement has m...

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by Chrisba320
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 787 loses half of its electrical power
Replies: 16
Views: 5428

Re: Air China 787 loses half of its electrical power

I've worked for one of the major European airlines for several years and I know stuff happens to all aircraft types but I'm sorry, I just don't trust the 787. I've successfully avoided traveling on one so far and I intend keeping it that way. Give me any Airbus widebody or the 777.

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by Chrisba320
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 197
Views: 67019

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

I am really sorry to see fewer and fewer of these planes around but I understand the reasons for that. I've had some fantastic flights on A340's over the years, especially the 346 which was my favorite long-haul plane till the 350 came around. The ones I travelled on were superbly comfortable, quiet...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 190731

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I have no doubt the C-series will be successful and I can't wait for my first flight on one of them. You do because you hate Boeing? John Leahy, Airbus’s master salesman, dismissed the C Series as nothing more than a “cute little plane” offered in a narrow segment of the market where there was no d...

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by Chrisba320
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 190731

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

I read most of the comments to this thread and scanned through the rest and all I can say is wow. Boeing got properly shafted here, I'm sure their butts hurt like hell this morning. Incredible move Airbus, well done for spotting an opportunity and taking it. I have no doubt the C-series will be succ...

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by Chrisba320
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus in better position than Boeing?
Replies: 38
Views: 6387

Airbus in better position than Boeing?

Hi Everyone This is my first post on this forum but I've been lurking for a long time, great place to be! I work in travel and travel-related industries and aviation is and always has been a big part of my life. I am no subject expert on aviation matters but I enjoy the industry and have learned muc...

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