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by psimpson
Fri May 24, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread 2019
Replies: 65
Views: 15643

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread 2019

I've noticed that VH-OEJ (QF 747-438ER) hasn't flown in FIVE WEEKS! Went up to Hong Kong on April 17. Anyone know what's up with that? In HKG, it could definitely be maintenance, but that's a long time for a simple A check, and I can't imagine they'd be doing bigger checks on birds scheduled to ret...

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by psimpson
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India 777 fleet usage
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: Air India 777 fleet usage

Air India have very recently returned B77W flights to LHR on the AI131/130 BOM-LHR-BOM rotation.
Its nice to see the AI 777s again at LHR after i think maybe 3 years since they last operated to LHR.

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by psimpson
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair leases two 767s for extra lift during 737MAX grounding
Replies: 86
Views: 17412

Re: Icelandair leases two 767s for extra lift during 737MAX grounding

Anyone know from whom they are leasing the 767s ? Are they a dry lease (ie Icelandair operated) or a wet lease (operated by another airline) ? If the 767s are to be operated by an airline other than Icelandair, and that airline happens to be relatively unusual, I might find myself needing to go to ...

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by psimpson
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aer Lingus' 747s at LHR
Replies: 9
Views: 1999

Re: Aer Lingus' 747s at LHR

Aer Lingus 747s during the 80s always came into LHR during the Christmas period, and Christmas eve was always a guarantee a 747 would turn up. One year Aer Lingus 747 EI-BED turned up in full Lan Chile colours which was very nice.

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by psimpson
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019
Replies: 116
Views: 33482

Re: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019

Another one bites the dust: Update 26th Feb 2019: A340-313 800 3B-NBJ Air Mauritius Ferried 25 Feb19 CDG-LDE, for part-out & scrap ex F-WWJF Source: https://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=2 MSN 800 is one of MK's newly ordered A343 back in 2006. Not sure why they retired h...

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by psimpson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74190

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

User001 wrote:
It’s replacing another KLM B777-200 from the same hangar so not the first one to wear it.


I am curious which other B772 it is as all the others are in operation except PH-BQO which is undergoing maintenance at AMS.

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by psimpson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 363
Views: 74190

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

KLM 777 PH-BQD just arrived from AMS as KLM9871.
Would this be for Air Livery to repaint into the wavy livery, and if so would be the first B772 to wear this livery?

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by psimpson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 167
Views: 20330

Re: Irish 2/19

Skyblue39 wrote:
psimpson wrote:
What going on in Rome today 25 FEB? Aer Lingus are operating 8 flights i.e. 4 A320s, 3 A321s, 1 A330


Returning fans to Ireland after yesterday’s 6 Nations rugby match in Rome.


Thanks skyblue39, That would explain, I had a feeling it was something to do with an event or the Pope.

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by psimpson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 167
Views: 20330

Re: Irish 2/19

What going on in Rome today 25 FEB? Aer Lingus are operating 8 flights i.e. 4 A320s, 3 A321s, 1 A330

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by psimpson
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93312

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

I saw the new Aer Lingus livery for the first time in person at LHR last weekend on A320 EI-CVA, and i must say its nothing special. The basic concept is fine i.e. the green painted tail and engine cowling, but i think billboard Aer Lingus titles on the fuselage would make a massive difference to th...

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by psimpson
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Fleet Plans
Replies: 19
Views: 4651

Re: Icelandair Fleet Plans

All i can say is that Icelandair take real good care of their aircrafts.
The B757 TF-ISZ at Kemble is in mint condition. The only reason to retire it would be because of a upcoming compulsory expensive major check because of the aircraft age.

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by psimpson
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22140

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

I have been following this MD11 safety thread with interest. I remember seeing that Fed Ex Narita crash on the evening news back in 2009, and was horrified seeing the sight of that fireball going down the runway captured on a security camera at the airport. I just could not believe what i was seeing...

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by psimpson
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93312

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

SXDFC wrote:
Aside from Air India (90s) and TAAG (2006) is there any other airlines out there that pulled the plug on a new livery because many disliked it?


Bangladesh Biman come to mind from about 5 or 6 years back, the Green livery.

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by psimpson
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93312

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Regarding Aer Lingus new livery I love the new shamrock on the tail, i think its very elegant looking. The fuselage being white is properly more to do with IAG wanting airlines under its banner to have a similar base livery so aircraft can be interchanged within the group if need be with minimal eff...

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by psimpson
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 93312

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Todays 17th Jan EI109 is showing A332 EI-GEY.

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by psimpson
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that will still be flying the A340 in 2020 and beyond.
Replies: 18
Views: 3049

Re: Airlines that will still be flying the A340 in 2020 and beyond.

Air Mauritius will operate 2 A340s pass 2020 with updated cabins namely 3B-NBD/NBE, they will be replaced in the fleet during 2023 with their final 2 of 6 A350-900s.

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by psimpson
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s
Replies: 70
Views: 11600

Re: El Al after the withdrawal of the 744s

ELAL plan is to operate a maximum of 16 B787s comprising of 12 B789s & 4 B788s. The original order was for 11 B789s & 5 B788s but the carrier recently cancelled a B788 it had on order when it managed to secure the lease of a additional B789 and did not require a fleet of 17 B787s.

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by psimpson
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A340 at LHR CS-TOA
Replies: 18
Views: 4919

Re: TAP A340 at LHR CS-TOA

1999 was the year TAP flew the A340 into LHR daily. I remember because that was when Air Jamaica first flew the A340 into LHR and i remember seeing TAP and Iberia as well, which were regulars back then.

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by psimpson
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no new livery on KL's A330 and 772?
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Re: Why no new livery on KL's A330 and 772?

I was wondering the same thing but the explanation I have is that the 772 and A330 haven't been up for a heavy check (D-check?) which might explain why they haven't received the revised livery yet. Otherwise I wouldn't know why(?) A388 That would make sense, as i always wondered why B744 PH-BFU did...

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by psimpson
Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options
Replies: 97
Views: 19450

Re: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options

MartijnNL wrote:
Where will the four A330's come from? I suppose they will be second hand.

Egyptair 4 A333s will exit their fleet during 2019, so it might be those aircrafts Air Canada get?

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by psimpson
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern & Kuwait Airways 77W's collide on the ground at JFK
Replies: 14
Views: 10016

Re: China Southern & Kuwait Airways 77W's collide on the ground at JFK

Kuwait Airways B777-300ER 9K-AOC underwent a short test flight today 30 April.
This aircraft should shortly be ready to return to service with Kuwait Airways following repairs.

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by psimpson
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/18; Aviating in April
Replies: 209
Views: 21731

Re: Irish 4/18; Aviating in April

EI202 wrote:
I see another Qatar A332 (A7-ACE) arrived in DUB this morning, is it just on return to lessor or is it another one for EI?

I believe this Qatar A332 A7-ACE is in DUB for repaint into Air Italy livery.

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by psimpson
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two AC 77W flying AC7171 YYZ-MCI and AC7173 YYZ-VCV
Replies: 8
Views: 3087

Re: Two AC 77W flying AC7171 YYZ-MCI and AC7173 YYZ-VCV

Air Canada B777-300ER C-FITL has just arrived into YYZ from VCV 25 JAN as ACA7172.
Is this aircraft now repainted into new AC livery?
B777-300ER C-FITU flew out to VCV earlier today for repaint into new AC livery.

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by psimpson
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 138
Views: 34640

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

ELAL B747-400 4X-ELE is now officially retired. It operated it last flight on 28 December 2017 LY82 BKK-TLV. It is to be scrapped. ELAL 4 remaining passenger B747s are scheduled to be phased out later this year 2018 and replaced by smaller. more fuel efficient B787s. One B747 freighter 4X-ELF will r...

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by psimpson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG
Replies: 9
Views: 1693

Re: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG

Egyptair are due sometime in the near future to convert 1 or 2 A332s to freighters.
Maybe that is why this aircraft is wearing white livery?

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by psimpson
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 207
Views: 61374

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

Former Air Berlin A330-200 D-ALPA has just arrived into Manchester this evening 2 Jan 18.
Maybe this aircraft is going to VS?

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by psimpson
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ
Replies: 41
Views: 11902

Re: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ

The damage wing looks similar to the wing on the Egyptair B77W that clipped a Virgin A333 winglet at JFK a few days ago.

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by psimpson
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada new livery update thread
Replies: 120
Views: 28952

Re: Air Canada new livery update

B788 C-GHPV is about to arrive into YYZ from SAT as ACA7166.
Maybe this aircraft now has the new livery?

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by psimpson
Mon May 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on AZ's 77W
Replies: 19
Views: 12635

Re: Alitalia 77W goes into storage

This former Air Austral B777-300ER MSN35783 is still down for delivery to Alitalia next month June 2017. This aircraft was flown to Rome from LDE where it had been stored, for paint into AZ colours. It was then returned to LDE having been painted, for cabin configuration change prior delivery and se...

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by psimpson
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/17
Replies: 153
Views: 19118

Re: Irish 3/17

shamrock321 wrote:
So EI are expecting 2 A330s this year and another 2 next year?


I am only seeing 2 A330-300s on order for Aer Lingus MSN1791 and MSN1817 which are showing for delivery May & August 2017 respectively.

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by psimpson
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's B738 paint job
Replies: 20
Views: 4713

Re: Air Transat's B738 paint job

Interesting topic this vinyl or wrap. I saw photos of the Sri Lanka A333 4R-ALN in a PIA hanger at KHI showing the PIA livery being removed with the original Sri Lanka livery underneath.

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by psimpson
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strobeless in CLT
Replies: 22
Views: 3597

Re: Strobeless in CLT

In the UK i use to see the US Air A333s & A332s at LHR/MAN, and they always use the Airbus Auto strobe position when the aircraft are taking off and landing. As mentioned previously, in the auto position the strobes are on but are disabled when their is weight on the main undercarriage. So basic...

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by psimpson
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways announces major expansion in S17
Replies: 73
Views: 20336

Re: Kuwait Airways announces major expansion in S17

Any idea if they plan to go nonstop to JFK on the west bound route? They currently stop in SNN, which I think was needed with the 77E but it isn't with the 77W. As of 26th March, Kuwait will resume KWI-JFK-KWI with daily B77W. The stop in Shannon is a temporary measure due to the US having security...

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by psimpson
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Mauritius to lease A330neo aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 3429

Re: Air Mauritius to lease A330neo aircraft

Air Mauritius are scheduled to receive 2 A350-900s on lease from AerCap later this year, namely MSN145 3B-NBP & MSN157 3B-NBQ. The carrier which had also ordered 4 A350-900s direct from Airbus for delivery 2 in 2019 and 2 in 2020 have pushed back deliveries of these aircrafts to after 2020. In t...

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by psimpson
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA S17 Planned 77W, 788, 789 Routes?
Replies: 19
Views: 5482

Re: BA S17 Planned 77W, 788, 789 Routes?

The only way you can check which version of the B777 BA is operating is going thru the flights on any given day on the GDS. Sat the 8th April for instance is showing 4 BA flights between LHR-BOS, BA213 B744 BA203 B772 BA215 B77W BA239 B772. 2 flights LHR-SEA BA53 B772 BA49 B744 2 flights LHR-IAH BA1...

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by psimpson
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air First A330-200 EP-IJA
Replies: 123
Views: 37704

Re: Iran Air First A330-200 EP-IJA

TS-IOR wrote:
Are they taking frames 1608 and 1657 as well?


Yes

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by psimpson
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Cargo D-ALCM Status
Replies: 22
Views: 4528

Re: LH Cargo D-ALCM Status

Wow... Talk about a coincidence... Anyway, it is possible that LH will do future repairs on the bird in VCV. Back in 2009 when D-ALCO suffered a hard landing in MEX Lufthansa did minimal repairs there and then flew unpresurized to VCV for future repairs... Let's see what happens with the last deliv...

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by psimpson
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Alitalia B777-2Q8 ER EI-FNI Not Flying?
Replies: 2
Views: 1516

Re: Why is Alitalia B777-2Q8 ER EI-FNI Not Flying?

I read that Alitalia plan to bring this B772 EI-FNI into the operation fleet after the winter 2016/17 season. They also plan to acquire another A332 shortly bringing its fleet up to 15 of the type. Possible source of the A332 is Etihad acquiring one of the ex Jet Airways A332 that will be returned f...

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by psimpson
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM refurbishes A330 fleet
Replies: 59
Views: 20421

Re: KLM refurbishes A330 and phases 2 out

Were the first batch of A332's not mid-2000's builds (or even later, like 2006/2007)? Yep, see https://www.planespotters.net/production-list/search?fleet=KLM-Royal-Dutch-Airlines&manufacturer=Airbus&type=A330 Will they keep the older PH-AOA-F as the 6 A332s to be retained? The 6 A332s that ...

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by psimpson
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 1 and its history from day one to present?
Replies: 5
Views: 2908

Re: BA 1 and its history from day one to present?

The original flight numbers for the British Airways Concorde flights LHR-JFK were Speedbird Concorde 193 for the 10.30 dep and Speedbird Concorde 195 for the 19.00 dep.
The 18.00 arrival into LHR was Speedbird Concorde 192 with Speedbird Concorde 194 for the 22.25 arrival.

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by psimpson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia board approves revised business plan
Replies: 52
Views: 10752

Re: Alitalia board approves revised business plan

Is AZ still considering adding 77W'S? Are they coming from EY or a lessor? I would have thought 789'S or A350'S would be a better option. I have not seen anything about Alitalia getting B77Ws. They still have a B772 in new livery parked in Abu Dhabi reg EI-FNI which i would have thought would be th...

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by psimpson
Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH 470/471 FRA-YYZ Schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 805

Re: LH 470/471 FRA-YYZ Schedule

I just checked the GDS and the LH470/471 FRA-YYZ-FRA is showing 744 equipment for the foreseeable future.
Incidentally the LH470/471 is not operating tomorrow 8th Jan.

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by psimpson
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 13/16: Sixteen, going on seventeen!
Replies: 179
Views: 23977

Re: Irish 13/16: Sixteen, going on seventeen!

Also had A333 EI-DUZ operating this same flight combination last night 17 Dec.

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by psimpson
Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways B777-300ER
Replies: 106
Views: 27544

Re: Kuwait Airways B777-300ER

The KU103 arrival into LHR tomorrow 16 December is showing B773-ER on Expertflyer.

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by psimpson
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 strobes
Replies: 8
Views: 4281

Re: 787 strobes

All i know from observation is that Sharklet A320s/A321s which have the LED anti-collision beacons also have LED wing and tail strobes. The Sharklet A320s/A321s which have the conventional anti-collision beacons have LED wings strobes but conventional tail strobes. I have notice and this has been go...

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by psimpson
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 strobes
Replies: 8
Views: 4281

Re: 787 strobes

In the case of the LED strobes on the sharklet A320s & A321s they are definitely more reliable. I have yet to see a sharklet A320/A321 where the LED double flashing wingtip strobes are only giving single flash on either wing or both due to 1 of the 2 bulbs not working. Airbus make lovely aircraf...

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by psimpson
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When will we see LED Beacon Lights on the 737s?
Replies: 14
Views: 2532

Re: When will we see LED Beacon Lights on the 737s?

The A350 i have notice has the LED red anti collision beacon but the traditional double flashing white wings strobes, i.e.not LEDs like on the sharklet A320s/A321s. Also the tail cone strobe on the A350 is of the traditional type. Incidentally the A350 double flashing white wing strobes are the brig...

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by psimpson
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 strobes
Replies: 8
Views: 4281

Re: 787 strobes

When i was at LHR a week ago, i saw 5/6 British Airways B787-9s and all of them had inoperative LED tail cone strobes. I was thinking maybe BA have done this intentionally as they are maybe having some sort of issues with them? The LED strobes on the wings were working ok so it was not a case of the...

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by psimpson
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AerLingus A330 fire in cargo hold
Replies: 12
Views: 7760

Re: AerLingus A330 fire in cargo hold

This looks very similar to an incident at LHR a couple of years ago involving a Jet Airways B777.

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by psimpson
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/16: Celebrating 80 Years Of Aer Lingus!
Replies: 193
Views: 24289

RE: Irish 8/16: Celebrating 80 Years Of Aer Lingus!

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