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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Social Credit Score Impact on Chinese Air Transportation
Replies: 45
Views: 4927

Re: Social Credit Score Impact on Chinese Air Transportation

I have to say I think its a great idea and frankly, we should look at something like this in the UK - although the snowflakes and bleeding heart liberals will cry all the way to the ECHR about it. We (the Brits) are in a few cases a shockingly poorly behaved race of people abroad on occasion and mor...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

To veer back on topic, do we see BA as a A350-1000ULR customer? If so, on what routes and in what numbers? Unless BA wants to start non-stops to Australia & possibly New Zealand, I don't see any requirement for ULR-specific frames in their fleet, given their current route network . IIRC, their ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai
Replies: 12
Views: 2464

Re: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai

Weak pound really doing it for the Chinese hordes of tourists.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service
Replies: 154
Views: 25529

Re: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service

My reading of it is that they are wisely ceding the ULH sector to Airbus for the A359ULH/A350-1000ULH and putting the money saved into optimizing the 779X into its niche that Airbus has no answer to, and also into the 787-9/10 combo which is dominating the segment it plays in and has an opportunity...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service
Replies: 154
Views: 25529

Re: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service

My reading of it is that they are wisely ceding the ULH sector to Airbus for the A359ULH/A350-1000ULH and putting the money saved into optimizing the 779X into its niche that Airbus has no answer to, and also into the 787-9/10 combo which is dominating the segment it plays in and has an opportunity ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 188
Views: 19996

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

I wonder if perhaps we are all thinking too traditionally and Airbus will perhaps look at a modular solution. The idea is you have a WB twin to replace the A330 series with two different spans of wings with a choice of no wingtip devices or two sizes of sharklets depending on the range profile you n...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 trouble in the future
Replies: 29
Views: 8433

Re: 787 trouble in the future

No I don't see any threat to the 787 here. You'll have the 787-9 continue to be ordered in huge numbers and the 787-10 start to really gain traction with the range bumps it has apparently been given. I think they'll end up lightening the 787-8 too. Thing to remember is many 772/A333s are not quite a...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing rolls out 787-9 in "Dreams take flight" livery
Replies: 55
Views: 11571

Re: Boeing rolls out 787-9 in "Dreams take flight" livery

Great looking bird. Gemini Jets and Phoenix, InFlight etc will be falling over themselves to be knocking this one out.

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 188
Views: 19996

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

It's not exactly a clean sheet, but I think that we are going to see something really weird based on the A380. It will look like an A380, but it won't at the same time and will pave the way for future models. It may not even sell in in numbers or be built from new and just be retrofitted with a bun...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 188
Views: 19996

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

It's not exactly a clean sheet, but I think that we are going to see something really weird based on the A380. It will look like an A380, but it won't at the same time and will pave the way for future models. It may not even sell in in numbers or be built from new and just be retrofitted with a bun...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 188
Views: 19996

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

I think they have the NB and WB sectors cinched in so logic dictates you just close the gaps. I have always felt they were on the right track with the A310. I wonder if we could see an A310-size regional people-mover with the same approx. pax capacity as a 753, able to take LD3s side by side. Aimed ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo
Replies: 24
Views: 7097

Re: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo

TWA772LR wrote:
CHRISBA35X wrote:
I cant believe they are looking at this on EK mainline not flyDubai. This screams flyDubai to me.

Maybe if their 737s had aerial refueling capabilities.



What is flight time? Five and a bit hours? If so their -800Ws can do it easily, let alone their MAXes.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

A twitter account mentioned that the official announcement is expected at Dubai Airshow. aaaaaaaaaaand the pieces begin to fall in to place. Hmm. The EK B777X renegotiate and delay, combined with this news ... I guess it can really make you wonder. Quote "Airbus intend to have the aircraft ava...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 758
Views: 132520

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

The foot-dragging on this from EK starts to make more sense given the rumours surrounding the possibility of an upcoming A350-1000ULR. Taken outside of the 77X discussion the frame looks pretty compelling for EK and one would imagine they are looking seriously at replacing their 77L fleet as is and ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't the B753 sell better?
Replies: 114
Views: 19811

Re: Why didn't the B753 sell better?

I've flown the 753 on TCX a couple of times and couldnt wait to get off. Cramped and a nightmare to deplane if you are sat at the back. I'm sure they are great for the bean-counters but not much fun to fly on and i say that as someone who goes out of his way to take 757s if there is a choice as I lo...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I suspect we might see FrenchBlue look at a few of these to do PPT - CDG non-stop. I know TN said they were looking at it, not sure how good the yield premiums are to go non-stop. FrenchBee (I hope that's what you meant) are a low cost leisure airlines and they fill their aircrafts to the brim with...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

JerseyFlyer wrote:
This development would provide the natural platform for a stretch down the line.


I thought that too. That would be a CASM beast alright.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo
Replies: 24
Views: 7097

Re: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo

I cant believe they are looking at this on EK mainline not flyDubai. This screams flyDubai to me.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Will the A350-1000ULR have its own designation? Its hard to keep track of!

A350-900 - 359
A350-900ULR - 35L
A350-1000 - 35K
A350-1000ULR - ??? 35U?

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Opus99 wrote:
CHRISBA35X wrote:
Opus99 wrote:
When you say CA? Do you mean BA?


No - Air China.

Oh. You didn’t include a BA prediction in your list


I did upthread.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I suspect we might see FrenchBlue look at a few of these to do PPT - CDG non-stop. I know TN said they were looking at it, not sure how good the yield premiums are to go non-stop. Who else? VS - they don't fly anywhere that needs the range. SQ - could definitely see them getting a few of these, has...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I suspect we might see FrenchBlue look at a few of these to do PPT - CDG non-stop. I know TN said they were looking at it, not sure how good the yield premiums are to go non-stop. Who else? VS - they don't fly anywhere that needs the range. SQ - could definitely see them getting a few of these, has ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 419
Views: 74681

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Great to see how both Airbus and Boeing are able to dig out more range incrementally for their flagship twins in their larger iteration. I do wonder whether if this is true we might see some airlines walking away from A359 and 779X orders to go 78J or A35K as they seem to be the most efficient in te...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787-10 Missions in the transpacific market
Replies: 111
Views: 25758

Re: Boeing 787-10 Missions in the transpacific market

All he has done is give generic answers like a typical CEO. He will continue to say they are "looking into the A350" until the day the 787 options are firmed. That is all part of negotiations to get the best price. Next month their widebody fleet will be: 14 787-9's 8 777-200ER's 7 777-30...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions
Replies: 43
Views: 12136

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

A320s, A321NEOLR and 789s.

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Orders/Leasing 2 x 777-300s (unconfirmed) and Converts 789s to 10s (confirmed)
Replies: 75
Views: 12797

Re: KLM Orders/Leasing 2 x 777-300s (unconfirmed) and Converts 789s to 10s (confirmed)

I don't care about noise.

What I do care about is getting on a big beautiful KLM 747 before they are gone. I enjoy the 787 and A350 but they aren't a 747. I try to avoid KL's 777s where possible as they are ten abreast. Their A330s and 787s are much more comfortable.

Price of progress I guess.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Orders/Leasing 2 x 777-300s (unconfirmed) and Converts 789s to 10s (confirmed)
Replies: 75
Views: 12797

Re: KLM Orders 2 x 777-300s and Converts 789s to 10s

I'm flying to JFK next month and my outbound has been changed from 747-400 to 787-9 which i'm not happy about. I wonder if it will be changed again to a 787-10?

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:57 am
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: 95192

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 first...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Tunisair launch flights from Tunis to New York JFK in the near future?
Replies: 10
Views: 1560

Re: Will Tunisair launch flights from Tunis to New York JFK in the near future?

I don't see why a JFK or YUL route a couple of times a week wouldn't work. They have an old but capable and fully paid off A332 with quite a big Y section that could do it no problem and very cheaply. I would imagine there would be quite low yields but it reckon it would do pretty well with bellyhol...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How are Egyptair and Kuwait doing at JFK?
Replies: 22
Views: 5764

Re: How are Egyptair and Kuwait doing at JFK?

I'm not a fan of KU but MS are superb - flown them several times and their hard and soft product is very decent. I don't really care about the lack of booze. The food is great, it is a real source of pride for them. I'd happily do C for 10-14 hours on MS no problem, I think they are a wonderful airl...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11626

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

Are there any hard stand options around T5 to move short haul turns from gates at T5 to remote stands? I wonder if they can free up some space doing that?

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why Anet Is Declining
Replies: 81
Views: 7003

Re: Why Anet Is Declining

I was on here for years and one of the major contributors to Civ-Av, but I left after getting very tired with the agenda on the site - most notably from the mods at the time. I've returned now and can say its similar but a little better. Certainly more civil, less personal.

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Class Declining
Replies: 28
Views: 4426

Re: First Class Declining

Its almost solely a means of retaining frequent flyers - people buying full fare C who are frequent flyers will get upgrades to F to keep them loyal. I'd imagine a lot more F seats are filled with upgrades than with full fare paying F.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport
Replies: 16
Views: 5707

Re: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport

They didn't hit the fence and were slightly low on the approach but touched down on the runway, nobody was hurt, any other airport and that's a perfectly normal landing as there are runoffs etc making it a non-event. AFAIK Skiathos is a Captain only approach and landing and the Captain IC wouldn't h...

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread
Replies: 77
Views: 25204

Re: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread

Cant wait for this. Items to note - 1 - Maverick's own P-51 makes an appearance. 2 - there is a Tomcat after all, right in the end of the trailer. 3 - its mostly filmed and not CGI according to reports I've read so the flying sequences should be incredible 4 - Mav has a high altitude flight suit and...

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 758
Views: 132520

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

I can see EK walking away from a lot of the new orders. I think the sacrificial lamb will be the 77Ws which will be shed off lease early I think. I could also see them getting rid of all but about 30-40 of their A380s and just paying the lease penalties to send them to the desert early. We may see 6...

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 758
Views: 132520

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

Dubai is in dire straits and I think the rumoured EK fleet reorganisation is centred on macro not micro economic issues. 1 - house prices are now at immediate post-2008 levels in Dubai (ie: immediately after the last crash) due to a total lack of control on supply of houses, leading to more villa, a...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit
Replies: 117
Views: 8214

Re: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit

Deary me. So much for the land of the free and the home of the brave. America is going to hell in a handbasket. Absolutely ridiculous. The FA who deboarded her needs to be fired in short order if there are no extenuating circumstances. In the US everyone should be free to be who they want to be, lov...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s
Replies: 46
Views: 12073

Re: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s

It must have been a 777-200 (non-ER) that you flew since ALL the 777-200/ER had PTVs. Only the 6 non-ER 777-200s did not have PTV. It was extremely rare for those Hawaii 777s to go to LHR but it did happen a few times. Especially from LHR range would have been an issue, not to mention to downgrade ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s
Replies: 46
Views: 12073

Re: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s

I flew a UA 772ER LHR-LAX-LHR in 1998 with no PTVs at all in both ways. As I understand it only a handful of the ERs were delivered without PTVs in Y, these were mainly Hawaii birds so I was a bit unlucky to get one both ways on that long sector. It must have been a 777-200 (non-ER) that you flew s...

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s
Replies: 46
Views: 12073

Re: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s

I flew a UA 772ER LHR-LAX-LHR in 1998 with no PTVs at all in both ways. As I understand it only a handful of the ERs were delivered without PTVs in Y, these were mainly Hawaii birds so I was a bit unlucky to get one both ways on that long sector.

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: CH47 and Super Puma Low altitude flying over Rotterdam
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Re: CH47 and Super Puma Low altitude flying over Rotterdam

They do this quite regularly - they are practicising low insertion techniques in built up areas. Its a training thing. I work in Wilhelminaplein so watched the Wokka come past almost at window level on one of the passes. Ramp down, no messing. They've stopped now due to the mad thunderstorm!

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 165
Views: 37762

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

It would be very strange indeed to ever see an A320 in KL livery I have to say.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 165
Views: 37762

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

I think eventually the business sense of replacing the 73G with E195E2s will shine though. All you do is move the mainline routes that do use a 73G over to Cityhopper or upgrade them to 738/9/X capacity. They used to do LHR for example with a mix of Fokker and 737 and I've seen Cityhopper Embraers t...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 165
Views: 37762

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

AFKLM are not generating for shareholders a rate of return which supports new investment. Controlled shrinkage would be a wise move. If IAG were in charge they would likely say "no more investment in anything and particularly no new aeroplanes, until you bunch of clowns get your act together&q...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 165
Views: 37762

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

It seems the KLM E195-E2 order is mainly focussed on replacing the KLM 737-700 fleet.. they already started withdrawing some -700s. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/paris-klm-joins-e2-customer-list-459202/ KLM entered strategic cooperation on MRO with Embraer years ago. From 737-700 to E1...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 165
Views: 37762

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

I'm a loyal KL stalwart after moving to the Netherlands and see the fleet splitting into Embraers for Cityhopper and potentially 195-E2s for mainline to replace the 73Gs, with the mainline NB fleet focusing on working the 738s and 9s to the death and replacing them as they come up it with 739ER and ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 758
Views: 132520

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

They could but why would either of them want to build a new niche plane with a market of less than 300? They would never recoup development costs. In spite of what many here think, they're in business to make money, not to build cool toys to thrill av-geeks. Point taken on the money side (which was...

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 758
Views: 132520

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

You look at the way Boeing and Airbus now use a LOT of subcontracting for parts and components - this would have been unthinkable 30 years ago but its how major programmes are done now. So if Boeing can work with Shorts, Spirit, GE, Zodiac, Mitsubishi, Embraer, Honeywell, Leonardo and Northrop-Grum...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 758
Views: 132520

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

I don't think there is enough market for a ground up 11 or 12 abreast plane. Designing one in cooperation sounds like a recepy for miscommunication, errors and budget and planning overruns, so very unlikely. I think a small stretch to 80m for the 777 is all that is feasible in our lifetime. I think...

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