Phosphorus wrote: In Britain, VC-10 specs were tweaked around BOAC demands, AFAIK. To the point where many other airlines were no longer interested, as BOAC wanted performance from hot and high airfields, to the detriment of operational economics. Yes.. seems crazy now BOAC were strong armed into or...Jump to post
Boeing produced the 747-100SR (Short Range) for the Japanese domestic market. Strengthened structure and undercarriage. This was followed later by the 747-400D (Domestic) for Japan Airlines. The VC10 was produced for BOAC and had a thicker high lift wing so it could operate out of hot and high airpo...Jump to post
http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... uns-pilots
Aviation Week is not one for sensationalism... Well worth a read.
and it gets worse ..
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/05/10/poli ... index.html
Some emergency checklists have not been updated since 1967...
I can't imagine this will be a quick fix.. could drag on for many more months ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-10/boeing-fights-to-bring-737-max-back-from-ford-pinto-like-taint Looking grim for the 737MAX. It could be caught up in a tussle between the various worldwide regulators that could go on for many months. Meanwhile Boeing are still pumping out over 40 7...Jump to post
So.. after the blame game is over and the final reports are out.. # what will the 737MAX fix be? Just a software fix? or something more substantial.. adding a third AOA vane? Structural modifications? # so the FAA gets leaned on by the industry and gives a green light, but with what conditions? # th...Jump to post
I recall flying on a BIA 1-11 where we were sat on a rear facing seat but opposite a row of forward facing seats.. next to the emergency exit. Quite strange and uncomfortable.. also as the plane had missed the curfew at Gatwick we were bussed all the way to Luton where it had landed to catch the fli...Jump to post
@EmoticonsAllDay Thanks for the link, so the FAA are calling in additional agencies..it is beginning to look like it is going to take more than a quick software fix to get the 737MAX back in the air. The Australian 60 Minutes programme is also well worth watching. The pilots feel they have been been...Jump to post
I remember them as good to fly on... But I recall they were so noisy they weren’t allowed into Gatwick after a certain time at night. One of the last all British airliners.. although the Ryanair 1-11’s were made in Romania under licence. Looked good in the multi coloured Court Line livery 2774143 an...Jump to post
The two being scrapped were early heavier non standard A380’s.. worth more as parts.
Singapore replaced them with new A380’s at the end of the lease.
I would guess the A380 will be around for another 15 to 20 years.. but nobody knows.. things change.
Warren Buffett — ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.’ The perception is that Boeing has its fingers in its ears humming la la la and after a simple software fix the 737MAX's will be back in the air and it will be...Jump to post
Stansted is probably the only London Airport that has available slots for long haul. The runway at Luton is just too short for the big jets.. and the runways at City and Southend are only for short haul. Heathrow and Gatwick are close to capacity... And its a load of rubbish that people in the City ...Jump to post
Stansted is not in the ‘middle of nowhere’ ! If you live in East London there are regular coaches that run 24 hours plus the train link. Also coaches and rail links from Central London. If you want to drive its right next to a motorway.. so its very well connected to London. . it takes about an hour...Jump to post
The ex-RAF TriStars at Bruntingthorpe have apparently been acquired by Tempus Applied Solutions according to this . . https://www.blogbeforeflight.net/2018/03/tempus-applied-solutions-acquires-raf-tristar-tanker.html They also list them as being in their fleet.. https://www.tempus-as.com/fly.php So ...Jump to post
As far as I know it is possible to pull the fuze on the Cockpit Voice Recorder.. how and why the transponder was turned off adds to the mystery. Also the Cockpit Voice recorder only records for so long then is overwritten. If it did crash into the deep uncharted ocean I would imagine it would have d...Jump to post
The transponder on MH370 stopped working so maybe the plug was pulled on the Cockpit Voice Recorder too? If the wreck was discovered it would bring some closure to the relatives, but would it explain why it went off course and crashed? Looks like it will remain a mystery.. Also makes me wonder why t...Jump to post
I would be quite happy with just a USB port and free wi-fi for short and medium haul flights. Just think of all the weight that it would save and also the amount of room it would free up. If you want to watch a movie just download it to your iPad or tablet before you fly. Norwegian had free wi-fi an...Jump to post
As far as I know the NATS Airspace Explorer is only for iPad . .more info here https://www.nats.aero/ae-home/ I tend to favour Plane Finder as you can upload your own plane photos to it. https://my.pinkfroot.com/ Not sure which one has the best coverage and functionality... I tend to switch between ...Jump to post
Good move by BA. I went along to watch it land at LHR and there must have been a few hundred spotters there, even heard of people driving up from Devon for the occasion. Shame that it started to rain as it arrived... It looks great and BA have had huge amounts of ‘free’ publicity out of it. Its curr...Jump to post
The 732's are popular in Canada as they can be fitted with gravel kits to operate from unpaved airstrips.. often for the mining businesses.. In fact it will be difficult to find a suitable replacement when the 732's finally run of cycles and hours. The engines of the more modern 737's are too close ...Jump to post
The football club have confirmed that he made his own arrangements regarding the flight. Unconfirmed is that the plane made more than one attempt to take off at Nantes.. (weight & balance issues ?) Also that he left some WhatsApp messages while airborne fearing that the plane was going to fall a...Jump to post
I does seem strange that they were flying so low when heading out over the English Channel. There are airfields on Alderney, Jersey and Guernsey so I wonder why it didn't divert if it ran into icing problems. I would have thought the Malibu would have been equipped with an Emergency locator beacon a...Jump to post
Last time I looked their order for 10 A220’s was still listed on the Airbus website.
They did crowdfund quite a lot of capital too.. but I agree it looks like a dead duck.
Any news on this start up.. ?
I see from Companies House that their last set of accounts are overdue for filing.. doesn’t look promising
The rumour said 4 x 747's
Would be great if it were
#BEA with the red wings !
The only other players in the UK regional market I can think of are BA Cityflyer and Cityjet. Then there are the charter operators like Titan and Jota.. I cant imagine any of them being interested in getting involved in Flybe. Maybe an Angel Investor will appear from somewhere.. who knows? Will be i...Jump to post
Of the Airlines mentioned I would have thought TAAG is the only one with a realistic chance of starting direct flights to London. Its not impossible for TAAG to aquire slots at Heathrow, but I would have thought Gatwick or Stansted more likely. Having visited Namibia some time ago I doubt it has the...Jump to post
Niki Lauda has just out of hospital after a lung transplant.
He has done well to stay in the airline business.
https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433 ... transplant
I don’t see the point of some expensive rail line linking up LTN - STN - SEN.. from what I know these are not hub airports.. people are not flying into catch other flights to elsewhere. Heathrow is London’s hub airport for connecting traffic hence the agreement to build the third runway there. Howev...Jump to post
Will never happen.. no hope of building a mega airport in southern England. The rail link from London direct into Luton airport is being constructed. Difficult to expand Luton much further, there is a huge cliff at one end of the runway for a start. You could probably squeeze in another parallel run...Jump to post
Thanks for the link about repainting the fleet.. yes, so it is being done at no extra cost as part of the usual cycle of maintenance... I doubt that the traveling public would take much notice I suppose.. The route map is interesting.. I had no idea they were flying from RAF Valley in Angelsey down ...Jump to post
Seems a strange time to introduce a new livery for their planes.? Maybe purple paint is more expensive. As the article says they are 'sandwiched' between the low cost airlines and the big carriers.. don't seem to have a clear business plan... . . . and I was a bit suprised to see their Q400's flying...Jump to post
The 737 was over the Arabian Sea at 36,000 ft on it way to Dubai when they decided to turn around and divert to Bombay. So lucky that the damage didnt lead to further problems.. surely the crew must have been aware that they used up all the runway at take off? More info & pics here: http://avher...Jump to post
Wow! They have found another sucker?
Surely not..they cannot be that mad to buy into an Airline that has been on life support for decades?
What are Alitalia’s assets.. some landing slots, leased planes and a lot of debt.
It is concerning that the only reason this incident was investigated was that local residents complained to the Police about a low flying 777 skimming over their rooftops!
Neither the pilots nor ATC at LHR raised reports about this near disaster.
There can be some really cheap fares on the LCY - LUX route IF you fly outside of the peak times. Obviously the fares can be outrageous at the peak times for the business people commuting there. A lot of Banks & Fund Managers have offices there, plus NATO, plus the EU. Will be interesting to see...Jump to post
Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) wont be running through London to Heathrow until Autumn 2019 at the earliest.. not that it will make any difference to LCY. Maybe BA Cityflyer should try and compete on the LCY - LUX route.. the Embraers are a much better ride than the Dash Q400’s that Luxair use. Its good...Jump to post
London City Airport can be good for spotting... can be quiet outside of the morning and evening rush.. And dont forget that it is closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, You can get there on the bus or on the Docklands Light Railway British Aerospace BAe-146-200 - Air France (CityJet) | Avi...Jump to post
Crossrail from the City to Heathrow wont be fully operational for a while yet... also cant see why it would make a difference to London City.. The beauty of London City is that you can get off the DLR [Docklands Light Railway] and be in the departure lounge in 10 minutes... plus the aircraft is just...Jump to post
I see that Aer Lingus have signed a deal with CityJet to take over the Dublin to LCY route. Will be using the existing Avro RJ's. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/aer-lingus-to-take-over-cityjet-s-route-to-london-city-airport-1.3610225 So.. will BA Cityflyer continue using i...Jump to post
The A220 could do New York or Boston to London City Airport non-stop. They could probably charge a premium fare for it as well... and still lose money. If they are coming to the UK probably better off looking at secondary airports like Edinburgh, Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast.. still a big ri...Jump to post
I see that the 10 Airbus C220-100 ordered by ODYSSEY AIRLINES LTD are still listed as live orders. Have not seen any sign that this 'paper airline' is going to start flying from London City Airport or if it will ever get off the ground, The website is not a lot of help http://www.flyody.com Anyone h...Jump to post
Most of the Iranian banks are sanctioned so for a start that makes things difficult. The Iranian currency is also fluctuating so again more problems.. The US and EU don’t seem to have a consistent policy.. the US has blocked Boeing from doing business with Iran, meanwhile Airbus (ATR) just delivered...Jump to post
Having flown Ryanair many times I think the system of putting bags in the hold for free worked fine..
Their flights are almost always full.. so there will never be enough room in the overhead lockers for all the cases and bags that people try and drag into the cabin.
The report makes interesting reading ,,, http://dgca.nic.in/accident/reports/incident/VT-JEK.pdf I hate to think what would have happened if there had been a birdstrike or an engine problem,, a 777 ploughing into one of Europes busiest roads.. As mentioned derated thrust take offs are the norm these...Jump to post
After Norwegian ops the Hi-fly A380 is being wet leased to Air Austral.. so it will be busy
http://m.atwonline.com/leasing/air-aust ... -inspected
Guess Hi-fly may take a second A380 ?