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by SQ317
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus launching A220LR or XLR according to Jon Ostrower
Replies: 78
Views: 15438

Re: Airbus launching A220LR or XLR according to Jon Ostrower

It makes sense, I remember in the thread when the MTOW bump got announced a few months back that the A220 was now fuel capacity limited?

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by SQ317
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 94
Views: 18521

Re: EK supposedly starts A380 retirement

Pleasantly surprised that the right-sized fleet will still be about 90 by 2025. Hard to believe that they're not going to fit the new First class given the fleet will last until at least 2035?

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by SQ317
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 Range HNL-DEN
Replies: 31
Views: 6553

Re: A321 Range HNL-DEN

Here's an airline that believes they can fly DEN to Hawaii with the A321NEO https://onemileatatime.com/frontier-a321xlr/ Note that the XLR merely has more fuel capacity which does nothing to improve takeoff performance from DEN compared to the plain NEO. In fact it should be worse because fully loa...

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by SQ317
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 297
Views: 55402

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

It's been deleted now, but earlier today John Slattery (Embraer CEO) tweeted a picture of an E2 in BA livery to congratulate BA on their centenary..

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by SQ317
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia signs LOI for 4 A330-800's
Replies: 36
Views: 7707

Re: Garuda Indonesia signs LOI for 4 A330-800's

Seems obvious to me that the intention behind this is a subfleet of 4x A338s, alongside the 14x A339s, to rightsize the Europe operation and get CGK-AMS and CGK-LHR on a solid footing. The 787 and A350 LOIs will lapse if they haven't already, so on that basis the only widebodies on order are A330neos

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by SQ317
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747 Max Altitude Changes
Replies: 29
Views: 4150

Re: New queen v old queen max alt

A few months back, when BA flew one of their 744s LHR-DUB for painting into a retro livery, it went straight up to FL450 (for all of about 2 minutes) before descending into DUB..

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by SQ317
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 559
Views: 96616

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

Great news about the A220s - they'll be great for AF mainline as well as the regional stuff. The savings over the A318 and 19 are pretty compelling and it is a much nicer hard product which will help them solidify business yields like Swiss have. Re the A380s I took an AF A380 recently for the firs...

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by SQ317
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 273816

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Either Qantas delays the targeted Project Sunrise debut by two years The 777-8 is two years behind schedule?? No, but if the 777-8 entered into service in 2022 it would not be with Qantas first. If it is delayed by, say one year then Qantas might have to push the Project Sunrise further if they wan...

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by SQ317
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tanzania A220-300 on DAR-BOM (2500 nm)
Replies: 30
Views: 5277

Re: Air Tanzania A220-300 on DAR-BOM (2500 nm)

Hi all, Air Tanzania proudly launched DAR (Dar es Salaam) - BOM (Mumbai) two weeks ago. The flight was operated with the B787-8 (262 seats). Only 147 pax were inside the aircraft during the inaugural flight, so I guess that's the reason why they switched the 6h30-long flight to an A220-300 (or 787 ...

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by SQ317
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.
Replies: 100
Views: 10897

Re: British Airways 747 Route Network of the past.

It might be easier to work out where they didn't fly as the 747 has been British Airways most humorous long-haul aircraft until the late naughties when retirements and 777 deliveries tipped the balance. In the 90’s the 747 dominated BAs network, the Tristar was retired in October 91, the 777 arrive...

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by SQ317
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EK launching MEX via BCN
Replies: 67
Views: 13457

Re: Confirmed: EK launching MEX via BCN

Another question: AM just announced it is cancelling PVG because it is reallocating the aircraft (i.e., 788s) that fly MEX-PVG's to the BCN route. However, it seems BCN will be served with 789s instead of 788s. Wasn't it easier to just cut the crap and accept that PVG is being cancelled because it ...

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by SQ317
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: 3rd new airport for Shanghai to be located in Nantong
Replies: 11
Views: 2972

Re: Rumour: 3rd new airport for Shanghai to be located in Nantong

Pardon my ignorance, but is it necessary to build a new airport given the huge expansion at PVG in recent years? With 2 new runways built and the massive new satellite terminal under construction.. as a side note, per Wikipedia (I know, not a good source), runway 15/33 isn't in operation - is this t...

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by SQ317
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Airlines ceases LAS service
Replies: 58
Views: 14248

Re: Norwegian Airlines ceases LAS service

We have another one. How much of that “£2billion profit” is thanks to the diabolical contracts offered to their newest staff, measly pay rises and continued erosion of employee T&Cs, not to mention the deteriorating passenger experience? Alright, I'll bite. In reality, contracts for new joiners...

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by SQ317
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future British Airways 747 routes
Replies: 24
Views: 4851

Re: Future British Airways 747 routes

Ultimately BA have 2 747 subfleets, the super high J and the mid J. Those super high J also have a decent F demand (JFK, LAX, ORD etc) so the A350 won’t suffice, likely they’ll be some 777 derivative. If anything the A350 will either go onto a route with multiple daily’s where they can still offer ...

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by SQ317
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wizz Air cadet programme
Replies: 3
Views: 1300

Re: Wizz Air cadet programme

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by SQ317
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways looks at A380 lease, service to USA in 2020
Replies: 27
Views: 8317

Re: Bamboo Airways looks at A380 lease, service to USA in 2020

Regardless of economic viability, that's a long way on a very early (overweight and lower MTOW) A380..

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by SQ317
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 887
Views: 207076

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Forgive my ignorance, but I assume there's an option to add an overwing exit to increase the exit capacity to >440? EK already have 77Ws configured to 428 to with the 9 they'd probably want to go above 440 in an equivalent config. The overwing exit has been permanently deleted on the 777-9. Instead...

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by SQ317
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 887
Views: 207076

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

Forgive my ignorance, but I assume there's an option to add an overwing exit to increase the exit capacity to >440? EK already have 77Ws configured to 428 to with the 9 they'd probably want to go above 440 in an equivalent config.

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by SQ317
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR Versus XLR
Replies: 94
Views: 14952

Re: A321LR Versus XLR

How will runway performance be compared to the current A321? Since this is being billed as the true 757 replacement (the XLR) will it be able to use shorter runway airports like KSNA, KMDW, KDCA and high altitude fields like KEGE and be a viable option as a higher capacity aircraft? Or will it stil...

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by SQ317
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 907
Views: 373632

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Sooner787 wrote:
pabloeing wrote:
Gingersnap wrote:

EWR (VS001) is it's inaugural IIRC.

And then ?.....



IIRC.... Virgin is using their A35J's to replace their outgoing B744's

so wherever the queen flies an A35J will follow at some point


And their A346s

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by SQ317
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights
Replies: 42
Views: 7973

Re: Finnair proposes Kathmandu-Helsinki flights

If they could start flying to KTM, I cannot see how KUL does not work for them. But, having been to Finland so many times before and I certainly can see quite a connection to Nepal there. Thai, Indian and Nepalese restaurants are very common even in small cities, but would this shows there are larg...

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by SQ317
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's
Replies: 150
Views: 26551

Re: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's

Are the 10x B78Xs from ALC a new order or placement or the existing order? They already had 25 on order at the end of May.

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by SQ317
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai airways Europe network
Replies: 23
Views: 5749

Re: Thai airways Europe network

MAN-BKK is a big market that's been rumoured for a long time. I wouldn't be surprised to see them add it to their network with an A350.

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by SQ317
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 382
Views: 78207

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Heavy delay for both CX216 today (13/6) from MAN and CX219 on 14/6 from HKG. CX216 left MAN today at 17:30 (more than five hours behind schedule), whilst CX219 is scheduled to arrive at MAN at 14:51 tomorrow, more than eight hours behind schedule. Anyone know the reasons? Is that something to do wi...

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by SQ317
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350-1000 Range Increase
Replies: 110
Views: 19159

Re: a350-1000 range increase

Any information on when this 319t variant is available for delivery? AFAIK, 311t was available at EIS (https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/easa-certifies-higher-weight-a350-1000-444543/), 316t available shortly after (https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a350-1000-gains-performance-boos...

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by SQ317
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 97
Views: 13239

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

The return BA260 yesterday went straight up to a cruise altitude of FL430, never seen that before (the inaugural BA260 went to FL400 and then FL430 over the Caspian). I've only ever really seen this on TUI 788s doing short flights from the UK to the Med and the like. According to History of PIA for...

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by SQ317
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 97
Views: 13239

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

The return BA260 yesterday went straight up to a cruise altitude of FL430, never seen that before (the inaugural BA260 went to FL400 and then FL430 over the Caspian). I've only ever really seen this on TUI 788s doing short flights from the UK to the Med and the like.

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by SQ317
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 273816

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I meant BNE-LHR not JFK, my mistake! My gut instinct is that LHR is the only Sunrise route that BNE could sustain. Agree on MEL-DFW (and SYD-DFW) with 789s, don't know enough about SYD-FRA/CDG/GRU to comment but seems a bit ambitious, although they have flown to FRA and CDG in the past. Agree with ...

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by SQ317
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 273816

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Phase 1 SYD-LHR SYD-JFK MEL-LHR 9+1 frames Phase 2 SYD-ORD (2 frames?) MEL-JFK BNE-JFK 8 frames So the initial order might be for 10 frames and 8 options? I mostly agree with this, except BNE-JFK. I think MEL-DFW, SYD-FRA and SYD-GRU would all take priority over that. If this 6t MTOW increase to th...

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by SQ317
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 273816

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Out of interest where does the “order for 10” come from? Have QF announced this? Or is it a guess? It's a guess. The only 3 routes that AJ has talked of as definites are SYD-LHR SYD JFK and MEL-LHR. For those you'll need 6 frames + 1 for spare. So I would not at all be surprised if the initial orde...

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by SQ317
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 273816

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I am enjoying this thread, reading all the discussions/thoughts about the seat count/mix versus the length of the 'front running' aircraft. Just throw something else into the mix. It is confirmed that there will be a MAIN DECK SEPARATE ZONE 'wellness area' that ALL passengers can use, regardless of...

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by SQ317
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 178
Views: 32819

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

The A330-300s (x10) were sale and leaseback and came online from 2010 IIRC, so it wouldn't surprise me if these were EOL replacements

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by SQ317
Wed May 22, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 288
Views: 61742

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Reportedly the new A380 upstairs layout (posted on AFF) Shows the new lounge in place of CSM station, the blocked off door 3R and an additional toilet behind 3R. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190522/2328b2753f9b99fb3f1801ab3daca542.jpg So the upstairs config has gone from 72J 32W to 64J 35W 30...

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by SQ317
Mon May 20, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans
Replies: 21
Views: 7755

Re: Singapore Airlines 2020 Fleet Plans

What's the current status/plans for the refit of the 14 legacy A380s?

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by SQ317
Mon May 20, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 135236

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

@BARetrojets on Twitter posts schedules a few days in advance too

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by SQ317
Sat May 11, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 29311

Re: East African Aviation Thread - 2019

I definitely see them using the 788. But is it possible for it to do a non-stop from ADD to MEL with ADD's elevation and what will the ETOPS be? Not possible. The weight penalty on take-off at ADD would be too significant for a non-stop ADD-MEL. ADD-MEL would be 1,400 miles longer than the longest ...

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by SQ317
Sat May 11, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 232
Views: 26877

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2019

Once my AF/KL Amex card spends reset to zero (soon) for the next month, tickets with Air Tanzania to JNB will be purchased. Would you suggest to fly in business or economy class in order to publish - if possible/subject to local regulations - a comprehensive trip report in the appropriate section! ...

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by SQ317
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020
Replies: 40
Views: 8975

Re: Air Transat's A321LR scheduled European routes for Summer 2020

Air Transat doesn't have enough seats on board to justify the full complement of exits. They have quite a spacious layout, with 32 inch pitch in economy. Yes, the overwing exits are the 737 style flip up exits. Thank you - I checked with ARKIA and again only 1 OW exit, despite full Economy with 220...

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by SQ317
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 562
Views: 71632

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

Definitely very surprised as well, I was sure it would switch to A35K eventually because of the perceived low First demand. Did not expect the extra 77W capacity with the new deliveries to be going to PHX. The downside of this is, at least initially, PHX won't get the new Club World (at least not ev...

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by SQ317
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is BA ever going to expand its LGW fleet?
Replies: 32
Views: 6248

Re: Is BA ever going to expand its LGW fleet?

My 2 cents... Current BA fleet plans only include 10 A321neo's and they're replacing the 7 B763s so no ceo's to cascade down to LGW. Per IAG's Capital Markets Day 2018 there's 43 "to be decided" (i.e. to be ordered) short haul planes by 2021; therefore it's no secret there'll be more A320n...

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by SQ317
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates further increases Cairo services
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Re: Emirates further increases Cairo services

Can CAI host A380’s? I know EK used to operate out of a terminal with no jetways. Also, perhaps multiple flights a day allow for more diverse connections. O&D traffic is probably a small proportion of the seats availible especially since Egyptair also has frequency to DXB and AUH and low cost c...

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by SQ317
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there no flights from Taipei to London Heathrow?
Replies: 44
Views: 11790

Re: Why are there no flights from Taipei to London Heathrow?

BR flys the route TPE-BKK-LHR, dating back to the days where Taiwanese airlines cannot overfly PRC airspace. Why doesn't EVA AIR operate the TPE-LHR sector as non-stop flights nowadays ? I'm not clear about the layover at BKK at this time. It's not a matter about the range of the 77W for such dista...

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by SQ317
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15649

Re: Last VS A340

jimmy9irons wrote:
What was their total fleet and how many remain?


The peak A340-600 fleet was 19, down to just 6 now. If i recall correctly, they planned to take as many as 25 -600s.
They also had 10 A340-300s, the last of which left the fleet in 2015.

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by SQ317
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B77W
Replies: 42
Views: 8327

Re: British Airways B77W

The 777-300ER is effectively the replacement for the 52-seat Club World 747-400 fleet while the 777-9 will likely become the replacement for the 86-seat Club World fleet. The A350-1000 will then become the 777-200 and 777-200ER replacement. The A35K is the 52J 747 replacement. The B77W were initial...

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by SQ317
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B77W
Replies: 42
Views: 8327

Re: British Airways B77W

Given the recent order of the 77X, does this mean that the B77W isn't working for them? The 777-300ER is effectively the replacement for the 52-seat Club World 747-400 fleet while the 777-9 will likely become the replacement for the 86-seat Club World fleet. The A350-1000 will then become the 777-2...

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by SQ317
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 105091

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

Not adding anything to the discussion, but a terrible shame for passengers. I'm not interested in the A vs B nonsense, the A380 is by far the most comfortable plane I've flown on in all my years. Airbus made a lot of missteps with the programme over the years and it's a pity it didn't work out.

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by SQ317
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 562
Views: 71632

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

Given BA's new A350s won't have First, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them replacing the 747 on mid-J routes w/ low F demand such as this. After all, that is what BA are buying them to replace - see https://www.ausbt.com.au/british-airways-confirms-no-first-class-suites-for-its-airbus-a350-10...

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by SQ317
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates (EK) lack of expansion in recent years
Replies: 83
Views: 12862

Re: Emirates (EK) lack of expansion in recent years

@edealinfo. You just took a good option on the four most useless posts of the month. I'll answer,- respectfully -as so well put by you- about my post. It's not. You can spell it both ways, and I've heard it and saw it both ways throughout the ages. Even if it wasn't, nobody would care, but you. Reg...

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