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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic mega master for more routes in LHR
Replies: 77
Views: 14324

Re: Virgin Atlantic mega master for more routes in LHR

They still make them?! Perish the thought... Knowing Virgin, I don't think turboprops are the path they are going to choose going forward. They'll likely want a single fleet that can do all things around the 'proposed' European and Domestic network. Manchester on one hand, Lisbon on the other. One ...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 128
Views: 15748

Re: Irish 9/19

I think Loganair and bmi had common owners, which might explain some of it. It’s going to be difficult to make money between Kerry and Edinburgh on an ERJ. The ATR seems like a much more suitable aircraft for Loganair’s flying. I guess the ERJs are cheap to finance though.

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet Heathrow ambitions ..
Replies: 23
Views: 4840

Re: Easyjet Heathrow ambitions ..

Based on the “use it or loose it” policy at LHR I’m not sure what Virgin or easyJet are planning on doing. Do Virgin want a favour? More free slots while they have plenty leased out? They could serve Moscow and NCE already, if they wanted to with IAG remedy slots. easyJet will be keeping a close eye...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAS presenting new livery
Replies: 391
Views: 81425

Re: SAS new livery?

SASViking wrote:
The first A320Neo (SE-ROH) that will recieve the new livery has been rolled out in XFW.


With the foil covering all of the engines it looks like there will be some changes there too.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD90 vs B737 Max
Replies: 49
Views: 7254

Re: MD90 vs B737 Max

Keep in mind, Boeing didn't buy McD for their commercial line. The defense business was the real prize. Boeing didn't buy McD for anything. It was the government who forced it to save McDonnell Douglas' military business. The McDonnell Douglas board pretty much took over Boeings. As Richard Aboulaf...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coffee Spill Forced A330 Diversion
Replies: 67
Views: 11689

Re: Coffee Spill Forced A330 Diversion

VSMUT wrote:
aumaverick wrote:
Cost of diverting a commercial flight due to pilot incompetence for not using a lid - Priceless


I've never seen a lid for hot drinks in any of the planes I ever flew.

Every BoB airline in Europe I can think of has lids for the hot drinks they serve. Thomas Cook UK also has lids for hot drinks.

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 128
Views: 15748

Re: Irish 9/19

Cathay is expected as I mentioned in earlier threads sadly. It is a big blow. Loads have been hit and just looking at some fares CX are €300-400 cheaper compared to the competition on future bookable dates Via HKG. Hopefully with time the situation will resolve. I don't follow HK politics closely, ...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 128
Views: 15748

Re: Irish 9/19

I wonder why Belfast is loosing so much capacity from both FR and EI. Jet2 seem to be doing well, but I wonder if the market is a bit weak? While there is a tendency to blame everything on Brexit, the weak pound at the moment won’t be helping outbound tourism and constant talks about “the border” wo...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca ATR72 hard landing in MZL. (Video)
Replies: 19
Views: 3625

Re: Avianca ATR72 hard landing in MZL. (Video)

Isn’t the ATR 72 tricky to land due to the position of its wheels and stretched fuselage? Especially in crosswinds?

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by BrianDromey
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA281 LHR-LAX frequent cancellations
Replies: 18
Views: 6873

Re: BA281 LHR-LAX frequent cancellations

Its actually the beach fleet 777s at Gatwick (10 abreast Y) and the SuperHi-J 747s that have the latest IFE system, its same as the A350 and better than the system on the 787, 77W and A380s. The 777s are currently being refitted with new J, W and Y seats and IFE along with a smaller 8F cabin for the...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Heathrow terminal renaming
Replies: 62
Views: 10262

Re: Heathrow terminal renaming

Another idea might be renaming or adding a name like in Madrid Barajas with Adolfo Suárez, or in Liverpool with John Lennon. Something like Margaret Thatcher London Heathrow could work. Who is Adolfo Suarez ? Who is Margaret Thatcher to anyone below 40 ? Who even remembers Tony Blair elsewhere ? &q...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 128
Views: 15748

Re: Irish 9/19

Only thing I will say is that No.1 Lounges are more like a restaurant experience. I had a very good experience at the LGW one with menu handed to you as you enter and then order what you want at the bar and its served to you at your table. More lounges should aspire to this. The hot choice was pret...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread
Replies: 355
Views: 96360

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread

There is a percentage of fleet requirement I believe but I can’t remember what percentage has to have the ugly livery. With the 2 Star Alliance A320s only having about 2 weeks left of service they do have at least paint two other planes to replace them so that’s these ones. As far as I can remember...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 128
Views: 15748

Re: Irish 9/19

Couldn't agree more! Had my first BA A320neo experience recently from BHD-LHR. I was very disappointed to say the least. The A320neo at BA is OK up front, but lacks the cocktail table in the B & E seats. It is very quiet up-front and the Pinnacle seats are comfortable and nicely finished. Overa...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 390
Views: 79892

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

Adria are switching their Ljubljana flights from MAN to LPL from May 2020. The new service will increase to twice weekly. That seems like the most random route city pair! Any particular reason? If it can’t be successful from MAN, how can it be from LPL? Maybe lower handling costs and greater subsid...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 138
Views: 4570

Re: Norwegian Air Fights for Survival

IAG reckon that the High Density BA 777 operation has lower costs than Norwegians 787s. BA have made huge efforts to reduce costs. They no longer self-handle at LGW (after the contractor went bust it’s now an IAG company), the cabin crew are paid market rates and the aircraft are paid-off. Sounds pl...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Norwegian offers bondholders security (LGW slots) in exchange for amended bond maturities
Replies: 138
Views: 4570

Re: Norwegian Air Fights for Survival

There were similar rumours as last years summer season drew to a close. They will have been hit hard by the MAX grounding. The 787 engine issues will also have hurt them. Although not an EU261 issue, they still have duty of care and have leased-in widebodies for the summer covering Dublin and Gatwic...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 29857

Re: Irish 8/19

Surely there will be transfer opportunities going the other direction across the Atlantic. Particularly to cities that are not what available as a non stop option from tel Aviv . Other than BDL I don't think there is a city which is not served from a major EU hub one-stop from TLV. Simply put, ther...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 29857

Re: Irish 8/19

Should bring some nice connection traffic via Aer Lingus' now large US network and Star alliance connections with Delta. I can't see El Al bringing all that much to the connections party at DUB. Their product isn't all that great, other than recliners in Business, their reputation is certainly noth...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 29857

Re: Irish 8/19

Look at Austrian Airlines for example. They no longer fly longhaul. Instead all those Austrian branded aircraft have little notices under the cockpit window stating "operated by Tyroleon Airlines". Thats what happens when you dont have scope clauses. Would you expect the union to sit idly...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350 Possible Damage
Replies: 36
Views: 16882

Re: BA A350 Possible Damage

Looks like significant overspeed if the plane got grounded. Normally these events are sorted quickly by maintenance. There’s a ‘gotcha’ an all Airbus a/c during a go-around - if you leave the thrust levers in TOGA detent, the A/THR remains inactive and during a level off the plane will happily acce...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A321 emergency evacuation in Valencia
Replies: 45
Views: 12356

Re: British Airways A321 emergency evacuation in Valencia

The BA safety demonstration is very clear that people should being 'Absolutely nothing with you'...And I mean nothing For those of you who know Joanna Lumley, Gordon Ramsey and Absolutely Fabulous you might get the vaguely comedic reference. I saw some photographs where evacuees brought backpacks wi...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights
Replies: 87
Views: 19405

Re: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights

Thats a strange J class sitting. Is it 1-2-1? Also the colour scheme is different from the renderings and I see they havent removed the plastic protective film of the floor...looks awful and a bit kitsch. Those shots are in the hangar in Dublin where work was done to bring the aircraft to EI standa...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How lucrative is P2P MCO flying for the Legacies?
Replies: 26
Views: 4540

Re: How lucrative is P2P MCO flying for the Legacies?

Holiday routes can be very profitable. Look at Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro, Bodrum, etc in Europe. Virtually zero business demand but multiple flights to every major UK and European airport. Girls can be great too as Passengers will pay for convenience of non-stop on these routes, with children an...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 29857

Re: Irish 8/19

Were they really that short of numbers in the EI 1nn range? If I remember the EInn range used to be BHD but were changed a while back.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 29857

Re: Irish 8/19

The video of the LR looks great, EI have clearly spent some money on the CGI, it looks fantastic. I really like the look of the cabin, particularly Economy. They have moved away from a plain blue or green cover to a more textured grey and I think the lime green is a nice carry through from the stora...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia France
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: Transavia France

That’s a clever strategy, to be fair, I bet their terms and conditions aren’t that much better, but the lure of an AF career must be quite appealing to many French pilots.

I think a lot of FR pilots go to the ME3 and I wonder if this strategy was in the minds of IAG when they ordered the MAX, too.

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

NHS doctors get 1 hour “natural breaks” on a 12 hour shift. 30 minutes at 5 hours and 30 minutes beyond 9 hours. So 30 minutes for a “normal” 8 hour day. The time is not protected and we are expected to manage our workload if we want a break. Crew do much better! EI will charge the same for an A321 ...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

CarbHeatIn wrote:
As expected, EI has rostered the 321LR operation to BDL with only 4 cabin crew.


The 757 had five when it was introduced to service, did that change later on? I remember the number was disputed. Seems with a larger business class cabin on the A321 that service could be impacted negatively.

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

Surprised at the general lack of interest in rhe arrival of the A321Neo! Are we avi- maxed out?? I don't think maxed out, just waiting for more photos or information about the cabin to be released. We know business will be similar to the 757, save an extra row. Sounds like Economy has had a signifi...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says
Replies: 308
Views: 52216

Re: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says

So if Airbus does the A220-500 will it have cockpit commonality with its earlier sibling or with the Airbus fleet above it, namely the A32X series? Or to ask it another way, how extensive does Airbus want to have two narrow body fleets where small carriers dominate? I don’t think replacing the Cock...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says
Replies: 308
Views: 52216

Re: Airbus A220 Developments : more of a match for A320neo than Airbus says

A two class 150 seat aircraft, sufficantly lighter / leaner than the A320s / 737-800s looks tempting for some operations op to 3-4 hours. 28F seems like a very large cabin. I don't think anyone operates an F cabin in the US anywhere near as large? In Europe it is highly unlikely that any large airl...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

Ryanair definitely do use bridges elsewhere. Arrived & departed PMI over Easter using a bridge. Certainly at AGP too, where they self-handle as well. Apparently, AENA insists on the use of jet bridges, where available. I don't think its a Spanish law or regulation, as such. If anyone has been t...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EI flies DUB-ADB?
Replies: 14
Views: 2417

Re: EI flies DUB-ADB?

TryToFlySomeday wrote:
No it wasn’t that obvious, thanks for enlightening me!


If you think EI fly to some 'random' places the Ryanair network will blow your mind...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23458

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

There is more to the order than price. Look at when the aircraft are to be delivered. Right when LHR runway 3 is to be opened, at present. BA and the rest of the IAG family will be launching LHR to any-number-of-places at huge frequency. They will want to grab any slot that they can. A320s alone can...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

I don't think Ryanair have made any secret of being interested in Airbus aircraft for Lauda. It makes sense, as the benefits of scale don't improve by adding more and more 737s. Having them in a separate airline, with a separate brand is probably the right way for Ryanair to do it and keeps things s...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

Oh yeah I've seen it all, literally a competition to see how much they can wreck a cabin. The condition of the cabin after short sectors like Ireland-UK never fails to astonish. Some rows look like the Tasmanian Devil has been swiftly followed by a tropical storm. Is this how people behave at home?...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said the new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland the US. “This is Aer Lingus’ 14th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its 11th new transatlantic route in the past five years. The growth from Dublin over the Atlantic is...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2L/R on 757 and 321... Inefficient Use of Space?
Replies: 30
Views: 6198

Re: 2L/R on 757 and 321... Inefficient Use of Space?

2L boarding was always the exception, rather than the rule on the A321, the door is quite close to the engine by all accounts. bmi and Lufthansa used to use it, but I don’t know of others. The doors do seem to be a poor use of space, without them EI can fit 16 Full-Flat Thomson Vantage and 168Y seat...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manston Airport to Reopen?
Replies: 27
Views: 4475

Re: Manston Airport to Reopen?

Who are these operators going to be, short haul you’ve LCC all the main players have existing well established operations at existing London airports that anyone who is outside of the Kent peninsula serve anyone who might be a target pax north of the Thames target pax have LTN, STN and SEN with mul...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/19
Replies: 277
Views: 32596

Re: Irish 7/19

https://blog.aerlingus.com/minneapolis-st-paul-takes-flight/ Strong connections appear vital to the long term viability of these new routes, Minneapolis is also a new destination in the IAG network. I really like the vintage-style poster they have created for MSP. They could do one for every city i...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 24175

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

Disney is a very conservative company with regard to protecting the brand image. I just can’t see them creating a branded airline product because the damage to the brand resulting from an accident or incident would take years to repair, even if the Disney name is slapped on the side of a charter fl...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 225
Views: 27447

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

LOI or not it is still surprising that a strong brand would associate itself with a flawed product! Then of course BA's brand is not what it used to be! IAG orders aircraft on behalf of the various Op-Co's. How willing BA were to take the 737 we don't know, but the great price likely helped, low ca...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 25041

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

For LH, how many TATL cities are even available out of Germany with the economics to support an A-321XLR vs an A-332? I see it more of a plane they could use East & South of Germany, but again how many new markets or existing markets would benefit from this aircraft enough to buy a sub-fleet fo...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 387892

Re: AA: MAX May Not Fly Until European Regulators Approve It

It would be likely devastating to Airbus and the European aerospace industry if the EU holds this up more than a few days to validate paperwork, typical of past certification processes. EU doesn't want to timely approve the 737Max8. Then, why should the FAA timely approve any new Airbus aircraft or...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN, Update on Fleet Development
Replies: 91
Views: 12883

Re: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN

What will happen to their longhaul flights from DUS? Will Lufthansa continue to operate them under their own brand? No one knows based on the information revealed so far. LH have said commercial responsibility will transfer to “Network Operations”, that could mean SN, for example, would run Eurowin...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN, Update on Fleet Development
Replies: 91
Views: 12883

Re: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN

I have to agree with the above: good to see some common sense FINALLY returning to Lufthansa. They seem to have realised that SN doesn't really fit into the EW picture. They used EW as the brand to fill as much of the Air Berlin capacity as possible, wet-leasing, dry-leasing and purchasing airlines...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 225
Views: 27447

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

My understanding was that the -200s would be slowly phased out in favour of -300/900s, but good GE powered -300s might be hard to find. A lot of the lightly used A330s would have RR engines, which might not be that attractive to EI with their GE powered versions, Qatar would be one of the few sources.

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by BrianDromey
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cebu Pacific order 194 seat A320neo & 460 seat A330neo
Replies: 6
Views: 1655

Cebu Pacific order 194 seat A320neo & 460 seat A330neo

Both Cebu Pacific and Airbus seem proud of their achievements. I haven't seen it discussed, but both are new capacity highs for the types. I guess both are comfort lows too. I can't find any seat maps or proposed layouts of these ultra high density layouts, I cant imagine where an extra row and a ha...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 225
Views: 27447

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

From another Irish forum.... Aer Lingus considering A330neos.... https://twitter.com/FullBatteryStu/status/1141251294302298112 It's been rumoured before, I think someone posted that the two A330s arriving next year are thought to be -900s? If EI wants to expand with factory fresh frames or to repla...

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