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by DWC
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 27320

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

This isn't just about London. It is about a push by QF to replace one-stop long services with non-stop point to point as the basis for its long-haul strategy. We are talking about a fleet which in time is likely to have 20+ frames. the economics are extremely marginal. QF have obviously calculated ...

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by DWC
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 27320

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

This isn't just about London. It is about a push by QF to replace one-stop long services with non-stop point to point as the basis for its long-haul strategy. We are talking about a fleet which in time is likely to have 20+ frames. the economics are extremely marginal. QF have obviously calculated ...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

Whoa....."Boeing Monopoly?????" Did Boeing hold a gun to SW's head? SW walked right into a pretty good pricing deal eyes wide open it would seem...blame SW for getting stuck in the lurch with a single vendor.......not Boeing. If you quote me & take up my time, make sure next time it i...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

1) for starters, you'd have 100 planes flying, 400 grounded, instead of 500 grounded. That a BIG difference, No it's not. If you have a fleet of 500 planes and 400 get grounded, your network is done. You have a schedule, bookings, and overhead for 500 planes. Not to mention virtually every connecti...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

I just don't see how, for instance, having lets say 100 A220's would make any difference at all at WN if the 737 were grounded. 1) for starters, you'd have 100 planes flying, 400 grounded, instead of 500 grounded. That a BIG difference, 100 sized fleet is a large company by any other world standard...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

I wonder if airlines can buy business insurance for catastrophic risk. They are, that is how they survive them & families paid something. But no insurance can bring people back from death, which is what all bean counters overlook. Suppose that all airline & OEM management lifes were tied to...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

The risk of being held hostage to one model, one company or one externality is so high that in retrospect it is appalling that big airlines like SW, FR, FZ, U2 still confuse simple with simplistic maths, business is never that simple. With such fleet sizes, diversification is marginally more expens...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

True. Something is cooking at SW.
And with that, at other airlines.
Possibly at Airbus too.
The next years will tell.

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

It seems to me this is a measure they have taken in case the MAX grounding goes on longer than planned. If the contract with the union is updated, Southwest can introduce leased aircraft of another type as a temporary solution with regards to the MAX grounding. It's a fair possibility, yes, does ma...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31211

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

Southwest [...] the largest customer of the 737 MAX [...] proposed new language in the contract with its flight-attendants union that would grant it the flexibility “to fly more narrowbody aircraft types [...] the ability to operate aircraft other than the 737 "would give us the flexibility .....

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by DWC
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74937

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Boeing & Airbus are not just industrial entities, but also financial players. With B's & A's line-up streamlined, we now have a better view of their pawns on the chessboard. Specifically, with the demise of the A380 & perhaps that of the 778, A have every incentive to dent into the 77X, ...

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by DWC
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74937

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

TK & SQ have been mentionned as other possible buyers Can someone explain to me why BA wouldn't want to fly LHR-SYD non-stop on their own metal ? Or why leave it all to QF ? BA surely has public enough to tap into & get back market share away from the ME3+TK LH, as Europe's largest airline m...

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by DWC
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SU / KL IL-62
Replies: 39
Views: 7405

Re: SU / KL IL-62

This thread has been very interesting ! I remember flying several IL-62, both on Lot & Aeroflot in the 1980s, across the Atlantic & within the USSR, my memories are hazy as to what belongs to which, but I do vividly remember two odd things : 1) On aeroflot, the FA counted the metal cuttlery ...

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by DWC
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018

All that is indeed well documented. The US did everything to counter Concorde & Airbus, until AB played the smart game with Eastern to break the ice & bias, Boeing cried their lungs out "FOUL" as if they played by the rules : the 767Tanker & C-series are just the latest despica...

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by DWC
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29803

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

Just an observation on above. Skytrax takes nothing about finances or the economics of an airline into consideration. So what is the point? Fleet size, revenue, passengers, profit, etc, the US3 dominate, significantly. As for the OEMs, the story on China or someone else entering the fray is same st...

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by DWC
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29803

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

but I do know you never majored in Economics or Game Theory I actually did major in economics and at (biased opinion of course) the best economics school in the world. In graduate and undergraduate programs I've worked with Nobel-winning economists, including on game theory. But let's leave the per...

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by DWC
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29803

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

We already had this conversation Matt. Some will understand what I posted, others won't, but I do know you never majored in Economics or Game Theory, anyone thoroughly trained in them would be smiling at you. You do seem however to be a skilled engineer, you designed a two holer mini-A380 on your ow...

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by DWC
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29803

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

The 380 is the baby of the Edsel and the 1011. It was technically advanced but no one wanted it because the economics weren't there. To make matters worse Airbus keeps it on life support at a run rate that makes every frame breakeven or worse coming out of the factory. Tying up space and man power ...

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by DWC
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: Hifly A380 Operating LGW-JFK

Dude chill out it’s 2 frames. And it’s a RR issue not Boeing. And all these airlines they are subbing for keep buying 787 not a380 Plus the 787 is a series of problems, delays, batteries, financial sink hole & the RR is only the latest glitch. Financial sink hole? How ironic the aircraft doing ...

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by DWC
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: Hifly A380 Operating LGW-JFK

Honestly. Has any aircraft ever garnered as many threads on anet as the A380? :lol: Excellent point ! It is in the air ! Started wondering about this the day I chose a whale as profile pic. From this it follows there will other threads - mark my word ;) Hi-Fly proved everyone wrong. And does anyone...

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by DWC
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 years to go: Japanese carriers are making moves for Tokyo Olympic Games
Replies: 3
Views: 1772

Re: 2 years to go: Japanese carriers are making moves for Tokyo Olympic Games

Excellent post.
JAL will be launching its new LCC by 2020.
I also just flew with them, excellent service, they will get stronger & better still by that date.

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by DWC
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: Hifly A380 Operating LGW-JFK

Honestly. Has any aircraft ever garnered as many threads on anet as the A380? :lol: Excellent point ! It is in the air ! Started wondering about this the day I chose a whale as profile pic. From this it follows there will other threads - mark my word ;) Hi-Fly proved everyone wrong. And does anyone...

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by DWC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: Hifly A380 Operating LGW-JFK

We already have 2 Hi-Fly threads, one too many, this is the 3rd ;)

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by DWC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

It appears that Air Austral will also be leasing the A380 this fall to replace a 787 going in for its' engine inspection as part of the ongoing RR troubles. Does anyone see the IRONY ? On top of Norwegian leasing the A380 for the same reason ? The A380 helping out airlines because of the RRepeated ...

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by DWC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation services : Airbus & Boeing sniff a USD7 trillion market
Replies: 0
Views: 403

Aviation services : Airbus & Boeing sniff a USD7 trillion market

Actually the 7 trillion figure is an average between two different figures by Airbus (2016) & Boeing (2018), somehow reminiscent of their VLA forecast difference. The article needs to read in full to have a sound discussion. Here's CAPA's summary served as appetizer : Airbus forecasts that the w...

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by DWC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Why is one of the biggest airports in the world (JFK) not able to simply handle an aircraft without a glitch more than 10 years after its market entry ? Terminal 1 only has a couple of A380 gates I believe and yet has to handle LH, AF and KE A380 flights. Norwegian operate out of T1, the only other...

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by DWC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: A Hifly Airbus 380 landed on OSL today

On-topic: wow! I always knew the A380 had oodles of pent-up potential obscured by conservative airline strategies - but my goodness, this thing is being worked hard! It was only making its public debut at Farnborough a couple of weeks ago and no-one here believed it would immediately be in constant...

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by DWC
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

As this is the only A380 flying between London and JFK, a huge OD city pair, I am sure it will be a huge success. But I admit, I hadnt believed it was Norwegian who was the customer. I wonder, if it will be a huge success, and Norwegian gets one more from HiFly, what will BA do then? Or the America...

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by DWC
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: A Hifly Airbus 380 landed on OSL today

The mountain came to Mohammed... ;)

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by DWC
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL plans high-density Dreamliners for new long-haul LCC
Replies: 50
Views: 1805

Re: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020

Wild idea : suppose that LCC hired one of Hi-Fly's whalejet to compete with NH onto Hawaii ? Joke aside, CAPA has an article on JAL & its projected LCC, behind paywall though, perhaps someone with access to it could summarize the salient points for us ? https://centreforaviation.com/analysis/rep...

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by DWC
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

No, but they have a 'premium' section. I'm guessing the 'premium' folks will be put in business on the A380. They might see it as a nice upgrade given the inconvenience of the interruption to their travel plans. Which can be a double-edged sword with observative PAX who may flee any sardine cans th...

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by DWC
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

The configuration is 12 First / 60 Business / 399 Economy... I guess four passengers will have a big grin on their face... ;-) As far as I know Thomas Cook does not have a proper business class. No, but they have a 'premium' section. I'm guessing the 'premium' folks will be put in business on the A...

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by DWC
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Hi-Fly must have a number of signed contracts in hand or at least a long-term one or I don't see how they would have jumped into acquiring an A380- Same goes for the second frame. Which also means that short-cycle legs need to be compensated with longer ones ( like EK or TG do ) or the frames will w...

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by DWC
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bangkok Airports
Replies: 6
Views: 1531

Re: Bangkok Airports

Actually all of Bangkok are aiming for 200 million PAX annually. - Utapao albeit far to is a good option for the many that flock principally to the beaches from Patthaya southwards & then left east to the Cambodian border. - DMK is Bangkok's old airport, initially scheduled to close but re-opene...

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by DWC
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 44944

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

My unknowledgeable guess, UU and/or LX :
UU wet leasing one frame has to be for a small airline externalizing the risks in that handsome fashion.
LX because of the points in post 151

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by DWC
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future
Replies: 217
Views: 29803

Re: A380 - Two VERY Different Views of the Future

China has policy options for dealing with airport congestion that the West simply does not share. They are putting an economically unreasonable amount of money into high speed rail, and have the ability to condemn land for the project, essentially with impunity. Through joint ventures, much of the ...

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by DWC
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 630760

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Interesting link from the a321xlr thread... http://atwonline.com/farnborough-airshow-2018/airbus-pushes-a321lr-upgrade-middle-market On Airbus’ other widebody, the A350-1000, Faury declined to confirm that the company is working on another increase of its maximum take-off weight beyond the recently...

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by DWC
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 101
Views: 10348

Re: Skytrax: Airline of the year is 'Singapore Airlines'

We all know Skytrax is skewed & biased if paid for.
I have not flown ANA, but I have all the others, including, JAL, TG & LH : if LH is on any list, JAL should be higher still.
Otherwise put, in my experience all 10 best Airlines in the world are Asian, regardless of the order therein.

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by DWC
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are the advantages and disadvantages of airlines having flagship planes?
Replies: 37
Views: 6602

Re: What are the advantages and disadvantages of airlines having flagship planes?

Flagship is always your largest aircraft Then you believe that when both British and Air France flew Concorde, Concorde was not their flagship, but rather the 744 was? Correct, it is not just about size but essentially about AURA, BUZZ, PRESTIGE, or in one word, ICONIC. And usually means not many f...

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by DWC
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 217
Views: 50904

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

In theory all healthy A330ceo operators could be considered unless they have stated or ordered otherwise. But to see clearer into this, does anyone know how much Airbus are now selling the A330Neo ? its production cost given the lower volume ? and likewise how much is Boeing selling its 787 now that...

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by DWC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11378

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

Akbar has apologized for his remarks regarding women as airline CEOs https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-airlines-iata-capa-qatar/qatar-airways-boss-apologizes-for-remarks-on-women-ceos-idUKKCN1J134X Considering the uproar... As if apologies denied anything he said or thought. Odd how a small PR work...

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by DWC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11378

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

So ... you realize you're outing yourself as a bigot? No, you and AAB just stated a stereotype, an obviously sexist stereotype. It is symptomatic & pathological so that Anglosaxons tag every small hint a genders as sexism. I did say I think women could run an airline, but evidence is plain for ...

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by DWC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11378

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

AAB, I did not know you were here with us on A.net ! Impressive! Glad to know you are in touch with what women "want to do with their lives" , and that they want "lovely" ! Smack.My.Head. The kind of comments Trump would make :duck: But I am not impressed, it's Psychology 101. R...

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by DWC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11378

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

Judging by the audiences reaction, and his own backpedaling, yeah, it's pretty safe to say these comments were very unnecessary. The whole thread was unnecessary, only the immature public will hop on it as a "sexist" comment. Frankly, how many CEO women do we know running big airlines ? N...

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by DWC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 27341

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

Strategy wise I believe the most important thing for the A330neo to do was to hold down 787 sales so it doesn’t scale to the point that it hurts the A350 by simply being much cheaper. That is where the A330neo has really failed and where the Airbus conundrum lies. They can’t pull the 787 approach a...

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by DWC
Thu May 31, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 104
Views: 9027

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

TU160, by a long shot : http://nationalinterest.org/files/styles/main_image_on_posts/public/main_images/tu-160.jpg?itok=kK1JeiZ4 http://www.gtainside.com/downloads/picr/2015-05/1430778822_tu.jpg https://spanish.almanar.com.lb/framework/includes/uploads/2017/11/manar-00936190015097113489.jpg

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by DWC
Sun May 20, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 26637

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

Boeing seems to react to Airbus comparing models. Airbus might be following Boeing when it come to some technology Boeing have a number of landmark models : 747, 777 & 787, all magnifiscent aircrafts. Boeing are very very conservative but they have done really remarkably well with that stance. ...

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by DWC
Sun May 20, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 142
Views: 26637

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

767(All Varients): 1,106 through December 2017 A300/310: 561/255 Total=816 I'd say that the 767 was more successful. That is a very skewed & ignorant comment. 1. 816 is more than the DC10/MD10 & L1011 combined 2. You did not take into account how the US did everything to smother the A300/A3...

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by DWC
Thu May 17, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8886

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

Lorenzo’s merger management was a disaster that is true but after he bailed out and new management came in under Gordon Bethune there was a complete turn around We became the airline with the best service in the US and our financial results reflected that I second that, as someone based in the old ...

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by DWC
Tue May 15, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to add new routes after agreement with ME3
Replies: 194
Views: 23035

Re: DL to add new routes after agreement with ME3

WOW Air has an introductory fare of $199 BOS-DEL ($398 r/t). :shock: But, to be fair, WOW is subsidized by...(wait thinking of something, uhhhhh...) Icelandic North Sea oil money!!!! How about that? That sounds good. Yikes! :eek: Their fare didn't even show up, as I only looked 3days out. But yeah,...

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