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by jghealey
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 183
Views: 30679

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020

People travelling in economy class for leisure tend to have a different perspective to those travelling on company expense in premium classes It is worth remembering as well, that Geneva airport is very close to the city centre - under 15 mins by road Surely the vast majority of the traffic via ZRH...

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by jghealey
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 183
Views: 30679

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020

This makes perfect sense practically and ecologically. A 3hr rail trip really isn't so bad considering that you have to arrive at the airport at least an hour or two before - the timing works out about the same. Many people also would probably rather travel by rail due to greater facilities, more vi...

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by jghealey
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways network updates
Replies: 316
Views: 54485

Re: BA to permanently close LGW short-haul ?

They couldn't do Vueling UK as the brand has such an awful reputation while Level has zero recognition. They'd have a tough time competing directly against easyJet which already flies every route under the sun from LGW and has excellent brand recognition. It would be better to create a subsidiary op...

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by jghealey
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 183
Views: 30679

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2020

In June, the Swiss Parliament voted to add a CO2 tax to flights, between CHF 30 and CHF 120 - presumably based on distance flown and possibly also whether one flies business or economy. Does anyone have details as to how this tax would work in practice ? What happens about Basel which is on French ...

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by jghealey
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Jet2 operating air tankers??
Replies: 10
Views: 1984

Re: Is Jet2 operating air tankers??

I believe Jet2 signed an extended lease with them last year. They were going to be painted in the full livery and opeeate for Jet2 year round. In Summer they're mainly used for Spain/Canaries and in the Winter the seasonal service to NYC. Can't find a link so you'll have to go by my word alone!! Hop...

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by jghealey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian airways - proposed new start up from founder of Air Italy
Replies: 29
Views: 6736

Re: Italian airways - proposed new start up from founder of Air Italy

Surely operating E190s out of Bergamo would be suicide? Not least because it's further away, but also because Ryanair will absolutely crush them if they start the same routes. That's assuming there won't be a joint agreement considering that they are essentially now competitors.

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by jghealey
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Aeroflot have the B77W and A330 with sanctions?
Replies: 23
Views: 7936

Re: How does Aeroflot have the B77W and A330 with sanctions?

Most of Aeroflot's aircraft are registered in Bermuda I believe that’s because they’re leased in order to avoid high taxes on imported aircraft. Absolutely not. That's to make them easier to sell on the world market when (if) at some point in the future SU does not want them anymore. Russian import...

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by jghealey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When is Aeroflot going to retrofit their 777s with the new business class (suites)?
Replies: 7
Views: 1687

Re: When is Aeroflot going to retrofit their 777s with the new business class (suites)?

Definitely they have the opportunity to do this now, and I have no idea about their financial situation but I'd guess the Russian government will be willing to fund them, especially if it creates better publicity for the country.

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by jghealey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-10
Replies: 84
Views: 34055

Re: British Airways 787-10

British Airways has begun passenger service with the 787-10 today on BA193 LHR-DFW operated by G-ZBLB. I checked last night, and as expected (assuming ExpertFlyer is right), the loads appeared to be terrible. Around 22 passengers were booked at the time. What's the justification for operating these...

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by jghealey
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH Group to establish new AOC for leisure ops
Replies: 41
Views: 5712

Re: Updated: LH Group to establish new AOC for leisure ops

Why is everyone being so sceptical - the whole purpose of this is to simplify the operations structure. Leisure operations on 4 AOCs was totally ridiculous and this promises to fix that. It's very much needed - and the name 'Ocean' is obviously irrelevant. And no, the EW brand isn't going to go, cha...

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by jghealey
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi announces first destinations from AUH base
Replies: 46
Views: 7585

Re: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi announces first destinations from AUH base

Will the aircraft be UAE-registered? Or still on the Hungary register through some kind of wetlease?

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by jghealey
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?
Replies: 38
Views: 10373

Re: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?

It's the same in Europe, if I remember rightly the high thrust version of the engine is subject to this restriction which is why Swiss always flies their A220s at below 30,000ft (as they have the high thrust option) whereas airBaltic routinely flies above it as they apparently don't. Clearly AC als...

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by jghealey
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?
Replies: 38
Views: 10373

Re: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?

It's the same in Europe, if I remember rightly the high thrust version of the engine is subject to this restriction which is why Swiss always flies their A220s at below 30,000ft (as they have the high thrust option) whereas airBaltic routinely flies above it as they apparently don't. Clearly AC also...

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by jghealey
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to take maximum of 80 new aircraft thru 2023
Replies: 9
Views: 3371

Re: LH to take maximum of 80 new aircraft thru 2023

I think they will defer as many widebodies as possible given that the group fleet is not very old and the widebodies on order are larger than what is currently in the fleet. 787s and 777s will definitely be pushed out as far as possible. Narrowbodies are more interesting. At Swiss I don't think we'l...

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by jghealey
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of IAG post-pandemic
Replies: 55
Views: 6704

Re: Future of IAG post-pandemic

To me the obvious extra retirements would be the 747. They own them all, so they're easy to retire, and were already going to be retired by 2024 just when demand will start to recover. Isn't it impossible to tell when demand will start to recover? If a vaccin would be available early next year, why...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet to close crew bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle
Replies: 46
Views: 8437

Re: easyJet to close Stansted, Southend and Newcastle

Sad it is indeed but I guess not unexpected, closing Stansted totally makes sense - easyJet is a bit of an outcast at STN especially with Ryanair's massive operation there, while SEN and NCL have always been small. Aircraft-wise these bases probably make up just 10 or so of their total fleet. Where...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of IAG post-pandemic
Replies: 55
Views: 6704

Re: Future of IAG post-pandemic

The recovery in frequencies will need to be gradual, there won't be some jump from 2 to 8 frequencies next year, especially not with 747s. I'd say we will probably see an increase of 2 frequencies per year, taking us to 2023 before we reach 8. The frequencies that there are will likely be filled wi...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of IAG post-pandemic
Replies: 55
Views: 6704

Re: Future of IAG post-pandemic

I expect about 10-12 747s to remain. BA has over 25 747s to retire all is a bit of a stretch. The high-Js are being replaced with the 77Ws. 4 expected this year with the first coming in August/September. With 8F/76J I think most routes will remain but major reduced frequencies. Don’t expect more th...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet to close crew bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle
Replies: 46
Views: 8437

Re: easyJet to close Stansted, Southend and Newcastle

Sad it is indeed but I guess not unexpected, closing Stansted totally makes sense - easyJet is a bit of an outcast at STN especially with Ryanair's massive operation there, while SEN and NCL have always been small. Aircraft-wise these bases probably make up just 10 or so of their total fleet. Where'...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 93
Views: 18093

Re: PIA banned from Europe

The right decision, I'm surprised it took this long for this to happen and it's equally shocking how PIA knowingly knew they had unlicensed pilots. Hopefully they will manage to turn around flight safety in Pakistan and leave these issues behind quickly.

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of IAG post-pandemic
Replies: 55
Views: 6704

Re: Future of IAG post-pandemic

To me the obvious extra retirements would be the 747. They own them all, so they're easy to retire, and were already going to be retired by 2024 just when demand will start to recover. Their routes can easily be filled with other aircraft and most likely 777s. I'm sure many of their routes will be a...

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by jghealey
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1459
Views: 2944

Re: Official: Emirates to consider adding narrow body aircraft

As others have said the article literally doesn't even mention anything to do with narrowbodies. You could even interpret it as them referring to the already ordered A350s and 787s which are already substantially smaller than A380/B777. There is no sense in merging Flydubai and Emirates other than i...

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by jghealey
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A333 and A332 New Interiors?
Replies: 26
Views: 5345

Re: Delta A333 and A332 New Interiors?

They can't retrofit the suites from the just retired-777 onto the A330ceo, right? I'd guess that the A330 version would need to be much narrower.

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by jghealey
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Red Wings SSJs -Return with an Amazing Livery
Replies: 22
Views: 4022

Re: Red Wings SSJs -Return with an Amazing Livery

SR380 wrote:
Aeroflot777 wrote:
Literally some red wings on those birds! Cool livery indeed.


Amazing! How many airline beside BEA (red wings) and Balair CTA (yellow wings) had wings painted other colors than grey?

G-EUPJ springs to mind but can't think of any others!

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by jghealey
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Opinion: Launch a Super Lean NB for US Civil Aerospace Now.
Replies: 24
Views: 2644

Re: Opinion: Launch a Super Lean NB for US Civil Aerospace Now.

Order 1000 in weeks? Hmm.... It happened with the NEO in 2010 and XLR last year showed airlines want the slots if value is clear. Well yes, were this to be announced in 2010 or 19, it may well have been getting 1000s in orders very soon after launch. I hate to be a pessimist, but airlines simply do...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United A350 orders
Replies: 29
Views: 5093

Re: United A350 orders

I don't get all this skepticism, the A350 is probably the ideal replacement for 772s due to its size and efficiency, just the fact that UA's already operating the 787 apparently means the order is apparently definitely not going to happen. Many airlines operate many fleet types profitably, and we ha...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United A350 orders
Replies: 29
Views: 5093

Re: United A350 orders

Correct. When United ordered the A321XLR in December, they also pushed the A350 to 2027 in order to "better align with the carrier's operational needs." https://hub.united.com/2019-12-03-united-airlines-sets-a-course-for-the-future-with-order-of-50-airbus-a321xlr-aircraft-2641509684.html ...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

If ba Is not back at gatwick they will increase the presence of level there Wizz is after some gatwick slots I still see Gatwick being a mix of legacy carriers such as Emirates, Qatar, tap, icelandair, turkish etc low cost such as air transat, west jet, easy jet Secondary national carriers such as ...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: German branch of Sunexpress is to be liquidated
Replies: 16
Views: 2961

Re: Updated: German branch of Sunexpress is to be liquidated

What will happen to EUROWINGS long-haul destinations, as those are operated by Sun Express Germany(XG) A330? Also, what ibrings the future for LH, as LH lsd. pre COVID19 B737-800 and A330 (e.g. MUC-BKK) from XG?! :confused: It appears that LH wants to consolidate their operations. If Eurowings long...

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by jghealey
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

If ba Is not back at gatwick they will increase the presence of level there Wizz is after some gatwick slots I still see Gatwick being a mix of legacy carriers such as Emirates, Qatar, tap, icelandair, turkish etc low cost such as air transat, west jet, easy jet Secondary national carriers such as ...

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by jghealey
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

The major issue for Gatwick is its location. It is appallingly placed for most residents of the south east of England. For low cost traveller to Europe the cost of getting to/from the airport is a critical factor. It has the best railway linkage and adequate National Express coaches. It does indeed...

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by jghealey
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

Exactly, and in the meantime, number of travellers is reduced anyway allowing for some element of social distancing. Though you could argue, if you're going to be on the plane centimetres from each other then social distancing at the airport is basically pointless. You also need to ask yourself, wh...

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by jghealey
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

LGW needs to reinvent itself. Possibly to accept the fate of a single runway airport with a brand new terminal to replace the North and South terminal, plus a low cost terminal in where the North terminal is now. The South Terminal today is definitely not designed for post Covid-19 travel with the ...

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by jghealey
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?
Replies: 86
Views: 10036

Re: What is the future of LGW? What will it mean for the other hubs?

Each hub serves different purposes and different airlines. LHR is the premium hub and BA's fortress (with VS as well), LGW has always been mainly home to easyJet, STN is Ryanair, LTN is easyJet and now Wizz Air. All these airlines are large and it would be impossible for them to consolidate their hu...

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by jghealey
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How hard have the Chinese Airlines been hit
Replies: 12
Views: 3154

Re: How hard have the Chinese Airlines been hit

I'm sure their revenues have been hugely affected. But I doubt this is exactly a threat to their existence - with their essentially endless government support. And where other countries are providing privatised airlines state aid, the Chinese government actually owns most of the airlines (whether di...

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by jghealey
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19772

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

So it seems CV19 will be the terminating event for the A340-600 just like 9/11/2001 did in the 747-200 and 727. Those largely went to the desert and never came back. Sure there were some strays but in general they were gone. Covid19 is, unfortunately, worse than 9/11 and so will "simplify"...

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by jghealey
Fri May 29, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines: focus on preserving cash versus acquiring new aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 3667

Re: United Airlines: focus on preserving cash versus acquiring new aircraft

But the A350s aren't due until 2027 (as DCA350 and Polot rightly point out)? Most analysts predict a return to previous demand around 2023... that still leaves 4 years before the A350s arrive. I'm sure if they're cancelled, Covid will be the excuse rather than the actual cause.

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by jghealey
Thu May 14, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 122962

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Could this be part of a buy-back deal with Boeing for the rumoured order of 100 737MAX? Unlikely, but it's quite possible, especially after they spent so much on refurbishing them.

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by jghealey
Sun May 10, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern: Wuhan to London Gatwick. June '20
Replies: 21
Views: 5882

Re: China Southern: Wuhan to London Gatwick. June '20

Did the British govt let flights from Wuhan and London continue through this crisis? If the flights were suspended, and I hope they were, when were they suspended. Reading this thread Today is actually fascinating. They did, but all passengers were screened on arrival at Heathrow, in a special zone...

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by jghealey
Sun May 03, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4748

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

... Fair enough. I think all airlines would need to do is not to disclose the aircraft type on booking (which many airlines don't do anyway) and then say '737' on the safety card or something like that. Even so, the wider 737 family will have taken a significant hit... but, having said that, we did...

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by jghealey
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4748

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

As has been discussed literally millions of times on this forum and elsewhere, passengers will have forgotten about the Max by the time it returns to service, especially now after covid-19 which will have been a huge distraction. It's already over a year since the max was properly in the headlines....

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by jghealey
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4748

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

The 737max is a superior aircraft by every account to the 737ng. Well, it is not superior in safety, which is the most important issue. Passengers will avoid flying in an aircraft that its safety reputation is so bad. You think people forgot these two crashes and the scandel unveiled afterwards? we...

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by jghealey
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4748

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

jghealey, As has been discussed literally millions of times on this forum and elsewhere, passengers will have forgotten about the Max by the time it returns to service , especially now after covid-19 which will have been a huge distraction. It's already over a year since the max was properly in the...

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by jghealey
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4748

Re: If the 737max is killed, will Boeing restart producing the 737NG ?

No. The 737max is a superior aircraft by every account to the 737ng especially now that it is under the most intense scrutiny (and no it is not - or no longer at least - a death trap as I'm sure some will suggest). As has been discussed literally millions of times on this forum and elsewhere, passen...

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by jghealey
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus puts 3 A321neo and 3 A320 made for AirAsia up for sale
Replies: 57
Views: 11734

Re: Reuters: Airbus puts 3 A321neo and 3 A320 made for AirAsia up for sale as crisis deepens

zkojq wrote:
PM wrote:
I rue the day Airbus got into bed with Tony Fernandes.


Why? Even if Air Asia is to collapse tomorrow, Airbus have already delivered thousands of planes to them and I'm sure made billions of dollars.

Thousands of planes? A slight exaggeration.... but yes I'm sure they've made billions of dollars.

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by jghealey
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belavia flights still operating
Replies: 22
Views: 2984

Re: Belavia flights still operating

Geneva flight would have a significant - political and diplomatic element - Those dodgy diplomatic bags and mail gotta be delivered sorted and sent on the comrade Putin somehow ! I agree that GVA is a special destination. The presence of UN office and agencies and the fact it is an important (and s...

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by jghealey
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belavia flights still operating
Replies: 22
Views: 2984

Re: Belavia flights still operating

The larger capitals maybe, but there is literally no sense in keeping flights to smaller destinations like GVA going (which was operating last week). Using the CRJ200LR so probably very little cargo, and presumably very few passengers. Surely there is a clear line between promoting national pride/ma...

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by jghealey
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus puts 3 A321neo and 3 A320 made for AirAsia up for sale
Replies: 57
Views: 11734

Re: Reuters: Airbus puts 3 A321neo and 3 A320 made for AirAsia up for sale as crisis deepens

How can they just 'not take delivery' of them? Aren't they contractually obliged to? Couldn't Airbus take legal action...
I recognise that they want to not take delivery of them but surely it's not as easy as literally refusing to take delivery

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by jghealey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order
Replies: 79
Views: 18825

Re: Icelandair reiterates interest in potential Airbus order

Icelandic business newspaper Viðskiptablaðið has some sources saying that Icelandair may end up cutting its fleet down by more than half, perhaps as small as 12 aircraft. Of course, all long term plans have been severely disrupted at most airlines in the world. I wonder what this means for Ielandai...

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by jghealey
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Mulls Shutting Down or Selling MAS
Replies: 249
Views: 63653

Re: Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines could merge

I agree with everyone else - it would be really hard to carry out. The airlines' business models couldn't be more different, with MAS firmly a hub and spoke carrier and AirAsia point to point - and obviously MAS' more premium focus. The ownership could be unified under a central parent company but i...

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