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by SIVB
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1033
Views: 168345

Re: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020

According to this article in Airways Magazine they are stating the government declined to offer more support because DY promised to shrink operations but is now planning on resuming as many routes as possible. It looks like DY may have led the government to believe they would become a small domesti...

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by SIVB
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 423
Views: 65280

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

MCAS was not implemented to make the MAX fly like the NG. It was not an optional fix. It was required to make the MAX comply with the FAR regulations. You’re right, but I didn’t mean to say it was MCAS only purpose. It was a regulatory requirement yes (column force feel), but it was designed to hel...

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by SIVB
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020
Replies: 423
Views: 65280

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q4 2020

On top of that, the plane hasn't physically changed at all, still the same wings, engines, fuselage, tail. The root cause of all the lives lost is still there - the fix is just supposed to be better this time around. The "physical change" of the aircraft was never on the table. We always ...

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by SIVB
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels
Replies: 27
Views: 8775

Re: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels

Max Crosswind demonstrated is 38 kts for the A320 family, gust included. That’s a Certification limitation, so the company can always be more restrictive. Also, if the runway is wet or contaminated that number can go down. The maximum crosswind vs runway condition is in FCOM-LIM Yes I’m aware of th...

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by SIVB
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels
Replies: 27
Views: 8775

Re: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels

787SIN wrote:
My thoughts is that this was a very hard bounced landing followed by nose first on second contact.


I agree, it seems this could be the case.

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by SIVB
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels
Replies: 27
Views: 8775

Re: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels

Considering the reported weather they could have been caught out in the final moments. Maybe we have a few A321 drivers on here who can comment on the crosswind component gusting up to 33 knots. I don't think it's at it's maximum but it is up there. Hard to tell much more at this point. Investigato...

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by SIVB
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?
Replies: 45
Views: 12373

Re: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?

The other is that they got an agreement with the unions that limit the size of Vueling relative to the legacy airlines within the group. Wages at Vueling are lower, but the unions only accept a certain percentage of all staff working against that lower wage. For long haul operations they'd need mor...

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by SIVB
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to close two bases
Replies: 45
Views: 10187

Re: Ryanair to close two bases

I think Ryanair is struggling a bit with the MAX delays. Unfortunately, they cannot keep all routes that were operated in the past or expected to operate in the future. My best guess is that they are just cutting weaker performance bases, even if they turn a profit, to benefit better performing ones...

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by SIVB
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian closes MAD base; cancels ARN, CPH, CTA, DBV, KEF, LPA, PMI, TFN.
Replies: 69
Views: 18862

Re: Norwegian closes MAD base; cancels ARN, CPH, CTA, DBV, KEF, LPA, PMI, TFN.

Vueling will not grow in Madrid in the foreseeable future, the strategy is that MAD belongs to IB, and BCN to VY. It is limited actually because of “scope clauses” in the Iberia’s pilot agreement, that forbid using more than 5% of IB code in VY flights but only from Madrid, in BCN they use IB code ...

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by SIVB
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian closes MAD base; cancels ARN, CPH, CTA, DBV, KEF, LPA, PMI, TFN.
Replies: 69
Views: 18862

Re: Norwegian closes MAD base; cancels ARN, CPH, CTA, DBV, KEF, LPA, PMI, TFN.

Wow... I expected someone would capitalize the gap left by Thomas Cook, Ryanair bases and Norwegian bases at the Canaries, but I certainly didn’t see it being Norwegian doing a U turn. I expected Vueling to shift some production down there so some more European bases (CDG/ORY) could be transferred ...

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by SIVB
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots, good, bad, how well trained
Replies: 67
Views: 11857

Re: Pilots, good, bad, how well trained

The difference between a good crew and an average/bad crew is their ability to manage a situation. It doesn't matter how well you can fly an aircraft with the autopilot switched off if you've ended up making terrible decisions and not thinking/planning ahead. The autopilot is a workload management ...

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by SIVB
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 15312

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

Who cares if they just did it for PR? It's a good thing. As much as people who are inclined to visit aviation forums would like to forget, air travel is terrible for the atmosphere. Taking steps towards optimizing short routes that don't really need a plane is a step forward. I agree, it doesn’t ma...

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by SIVB
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service
Replies: 96
Views: 15312

Re: KLM to replace one daily flight to BRU with Rail service

More like it’s cheaper to put people on a train and use a slot in a severely slot constrained airport for a profitable route. Even if that’s the case, which I think it is, still makes sense towards a future strategy in Europe on reducing short-haul flights by using train feed for long-haul. A combi...

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by SIVB
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer
Replies: 34
Views: 9278

Re: Norwegian cancels all Düsseldorf routes by the end of summer

I keep wondering if Norwegian would have been more successful if they focused on a hub operation once they transitioned to long-haul flying. Having hubs in OSL, CPH & LGW with short-haul feeding transatlantic flights. But anyhow, like a poster said before this could be a smart move, both Germany...

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by SIVB
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 203
Views: 76867

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

Back at my previous airline we had both factory new CEOs and a couple of old A320s (circa 1990 MSN ~140). I remember one of those frames still flying back in 2013, which was bought by Airbus and leased back to the airline on a very good deal (pay by the hour I think) and it was used basically as a s...

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by SIVB
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The relationship between Lufthansa and Eurowings (and other "sister-airlines")
Replies: 11
Views: 2874

Re: The relationship between Lufthansa and Eurowings (and other "sister-airlines")

Well, the LCCs that stick around have something in common: they were independent carriers that were bought by legacies (Vueling, Transavia and to some extent, Germanwings...). I think that in a way they still operate as pretty much separate entities, is not like regional feeders that operate purely ...

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by SIVB
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 72437

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

There is always availability. Look at all these conversion to XLR and suddenly there is at least a hundred slots until 2023 Even with conversions they might be still sold out until later in the production. Or maybe they just don’t want to depend on a single OEM for short haul, or the price was just...

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by SIVB
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much range is too much?
Replies: 45
Views: 6563

Re: How much range is too much?

Interesting topic... I ask myself the same but with narrowbodies. NEOs and MAXs bring so much more range to the table, but at what point stops being efficient if operating only short/medium routes?

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by SIVB
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 72437

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Boeing has the 200 order hole in its production calendar due to Jet Airways departing the scene and Airbus has customers scurrying for slots due to the value that the A321XLR offers. Airbus simply might not be able to match schedule / price / performance. I think you are right. It’s not only a matt...

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by SIVB
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 72437

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I get how these dirt cheap plane going to their LCC like Level and Vueling. Cause they needed it. I mean, look at Ryanair. The MAX problems is the exact same opportunity for many airlines to get heavy discount, just like back in the day during 9/11. I think you’re right on the money. IAG’s structur...

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by SIVB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 106
Views: 13768

Re: European LCC

Volotea was set by the same founders of Vueling so it was born to be sold to IAG. Private equity 101. Back in the day Vueling was an independent carrier born to compete with Clickair (Iberia's low-cost carrier). Iberia purchased Vueling and merge it with Clickair and in the process the original Vue...

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