So, with this type of operation for KL between AMS and CAI, do current EU rules/regs allow the flight deck to operate this as a turn, e.g. augmented flight deck? I ask as I'm curious if KL will have crews laying over so long in CAI for such a short stage length. Thanks! The freighter service AMS-CA...Jump to post
zoek34 wrote:(now enroute to STN)
crownvic wrote:So the ones painted in full KLM Cargo colors were never part of the retirement?
The government made clear that it doesn't want to increase the maximum number of movements for these types of flights. As such it will seek ways to change the slot allocation system is uch a way that it can ensure that slot requests which have a low added value for the Dutch economy can be refused....Jump to post
the sole 30 years old 744BDSF must cost a bit to run, I think every flyable 747F is now flying, would the MP livery be back? Minor correction, it’s a BCF (Boeing), not a BDSF (Bedek). Although it lacks a nose door, has less range than an ERF and burns a bit more fuel, PH-MPS seems to be holding its...Jump to post
Yes they do. It’s nearing its max hours/cycles though. MP wanted to replace it with a newer ERF (ex Cargolux) but wasted time on securing the deal. Cargolux already sold it to another. Then they were in talks to acquire an ex Atlas bird and that fell through due to Corona and immediate spending cut...Jump to post
Those B744 freighters are going to be oddballs if KLM is only interested in having two pilot groups by 2025 The KLM 744 freighters are not flown by KLM pilots. And the envisioned 77W cargo conversion is aimed at the high volume, low weight parcel market. KL freighters fly the heavy stuff and they w...Jump to post
PANAMsterdam wrote:Technical question: How can they safely operate her with an empty passenger section and a filled cargo section? How do they balance that out? I'm happy to volunteer as balance
With the winds from the northeast it appears today’s final landing will be on runway 06. Broadcast on the RTV-NoordHolland livestream and linked by Luchtvaartnieuws.nl as well.
ETA for KL686 is now 15:29 local time, parking at E19.
take some cheap 777-300ERs instead, regardless of the French unions. It does not work that way unfortunately. By the way, when was the last time KL got their hands on second hand widebodies? And then there is of course the slot problem at AMS, although the demise of FlyBe today may bring some relie...Jump to post
But I wouldn't be surprised to see some common sense and see KLM acquire say 20 A321. For growth or as a replacement? AMS is politically capped at 500.000 slots, with no relief if sight. So 20 321s for growth only is impossible for at least the near future. And as a replacement for what? The 330s? ...Jump to post
With AMS on lockdown because of the slot fiasco, KL simply has no room to open up new routes that are specifically tailored to the XLR. And from the looks of it, the environmentalists and NIMBY’s seem to be winning the war here in the Low Countries. So prospects for the XLR in KLM-blue are not very ...Jump to post
* Because KLM nor Transavia has ever flown with the A320-series aircraft (maybe a lease once of 1 plane?) they don't have trained pilots so they would need to retrain all of their 737-pilots which also costs a lot of money Well, for a couple more years KL still has a bunch of Airbus rated pilots in...Jump to post
In AMS the wind speed will increase now continuously. Maximum at about 19z with 60 to 65 knots. Indeed. Later today traffic will most likely switch from 18L/C/R to 22, 24 and 27. That’s what the latest TAF points at anyway: AMS FT 091117z 0912/1018 20031G45KT 9999 BKN018 BECMG 0913/0916 21036G52KT ...Jump to post
The RTV Noord-Holland channel is back with a livestream from 18R at AMS. Presently not all too exciting, with winds from 200 degrees with gusts up to 42 knots. https://www.nhnieuws.nl/nieuws/261652/live-vliegtuigen-bij-schiphol-trotseren-rukwinden-van-megastorm-ciara Later this afternoon/evening gus...Jump to post
Looks like the last ever KLM 747-combi flight will be on January 3, 2020 from JFK to AMS as KL644. I guess you meant 2021? ;) Just too bad KL has no intention to compensate the loss of all that main deck capacity with just one or two extra 744F.. It seems the oddsize cargo business is not that impo...Jump to post
My dear FlyingBlue, none of the 3 links provided prove your point.. Let me add one more reason KL will not operate the XLR: it will essentially be a longhaul plane, dealing with typical longhaul issues like ETOPS, more extensive catering, crew rest, WBC, etcetc. I can guarantee you the powerful VNV-...Jump to post
Ben Smith does not want 2 narrowbody types, that’s what I understand from all the posts here. He wants to simplify things. Flying the A321NEO/XLR at mainline and flying the 737 MAX at LCC is part of his plan. Please provide us with a source where BS says he wants ONE type for both AF and KL. Please...Jump to post
The XLR is a no go for KL, mainly considering the slot issues at AMS. On top of that you would need a subfleet with a true WBC product for such a medium-longhaul product. Not going to happen. Also many 5 to 8 hour KL flights are cargo heavy, favoring widebody equipment. IMHO KL will hold on to its 7...Jump to post
The senior unionized crew decides what is an exotic location, basically do they want to spend a night in that city, based on perceived safety, night life ... Your definition may not be the same. Junior/contract/part time crew may be willing to bid on the route, being mainline international route se...Jump to post
PatrickZ80 wrote:a KLM 737 took off from that same taxiway these Transavia pilots attempted to take off from.
In the news today: KLM has ordered 2 E2-series simulators giving off a strong signal that the E-jets are here to stay. First delivery this year, #2 will follow in 2021.
Link (in Dutch): https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/ ... simulators
FlyingBlueKLM wrote:But the A35K has the option to load containers, and I don’t know if the B779 has that.
The thread title is incorrect, slots at AMS can not be sold or bought. They are distributed via an independant slot coordinator. Unless of course the Jet slots were on loan from KL, as had been mentioned here. In case anyone is interested in learning more about the slot system at AMS: https://slotco...Jump to post
KLM says they operate the 772ER since 1997, but the oldest one I can find on airfleets.net is from 2003. Are the ones from 1997 still flying? If they do, and if KLM needs to retire them for environmental reasons and/or for any other reasons, the group can order the A350-900. KLM ordered their first...Jump to post
I should have been more clear. With one type for the longhaul fleet I meant the fact that the KL widebody pilot group will operate the 77/78 combo as a single type. IMHO the 330s will be replaced by more 789s. Very, very efficient. Do I like it from a passenger standpoint? No. But 3-4-3 and 3-3-3 in...Jump to post
Oh, not again.. You are aware that KL actually HAS ordered the 359, but that not long ago it was decided that these aircraft will now to AF. KL wil move to a single (sub)type longhaul division, resulting in enormous efficiency gains regarding flight crew, parts, maintenance and (digital) paperwork. ...Jump to post
Because in the 911 aftermath they got such a good deal from both A and B that they could not resist. Plus the fact that the 772 would be too big to replace KL’s 763 fleet, the 332 was just a better fit. The 333s arrived much later and partially served as replacement for the last MP 767s.Jump to post
"Iranian Revolutionary Guard General takes blame: "I wish I were dead"" Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad just posted an article citing general Amir Ali Hajizadeh admitting on national Iranian TV it was one of his Revolutionary Guard units that shot down the plane. Here's the link...Jump to post
You keep using the words “more modern” and “better”. KL does not care, they will buy/lease whatever makes them more money. And that strategy has made them one of the most profitable airlines in Europe over the past decade. Remember that KL does not have a government behind them like Air France and A...Jump to post
If KLM cares about comfort, and I think they do Yes, and that’s why they fly 10-abreast 777s and 9-abreast 787s. :roll: And along that logic they should go for the 737-8 as it is narrower than the 320 (less frontal area = less drag = less fuel). The 737 is also lighter than then the 320 (=less fuel...Jump to post
Could this be the second write-off for TK this year?Jump to post
The 195e2 will be the largest aircraft flown by KLC ever by far, with a third more seats than the 190. That’s quite an increase. It will fit nicely under the MAX8, MAX9 or whatever MAX KL will order eventually. Like it or not. Having a pilot pool already qualified helps, plus having Europe’s largest...Jump to post
Well said. Over the past decades KL has flown their aircraft to the max. Pretty much the last airline to phase out the passenger MD11, same thing for the 747. No surprise if the same happens with the 737NG. Being used on relatively short sectors (I guess AMS-IST is their longest flight) fuel economy...Jump to post