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by sf260
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cebu Pacific evaluating A330neo, A350 and 787 to support new long haul flights to the US
Replies: 85
Views: 13009

Re: Cebu Pacific evaluating A330neo, A350 and 787 to support new long haul flights to the US

Or, to what degree does that invalidate his arguement? In your approximation - what's the most likely/accurate projection of real-world, operating performance of say the A338? I am just fascinated by how this works! To get a first order approximation Take what Airbus says: "The new 242-tonne A...

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by sf260
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Pilot strike planned 23Nov.
Replies: 139
Views: 16260

Re: LH Pilot strike planned 23Nov.

A 2-pilot crew is essential for safety, there are a lot of procedures in place that require 2-way interaction and which are not possible in a single pilot operation. That's why aviation is so safe nowadays. Maybe it's a good time to compare the accident rates of single and multi-crew operations? Fli...

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by sf260
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo production and delivery thread - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 239122

Re: A330 NEO Production And Delivery Thread Part 1

Much better looking than the A330ceo (those fancy wingtips make a big difference in the looks-department). When is first flight scheduled?

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by sf260
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planes currently being manufactured in the 20-40 seat range
Replies: 56
Views: 14436

Re: Planes currently being manufactured in the 20-40 seat range

The NC212i, produced by Indonesian Aerospace, is currently in production and can be configured to seat 26-28. It is non-pressurized though, very limited use for scheduled passenger operations.

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by sf260
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?
Replies: 122
Views: 14580

Re: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?

Seat capacity would be up to 350 passengers single class 8 abreast, or up to 400 passengers 9 abreast plus a good load of cargo LD3 containers. I think your numbers are a bit off, 400 passengers AND a good load of cargo AND 5000nm range is kind of A330-900 territory. Even the -300 would struggle to...

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by sf260
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?
Replies: 122
Views: 14580

Re: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?

You are not really reading my posts, aren't you? I never said that shrinking the A330 is a good idea (which it isn't), but rather revisiting the A300.

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by sf260
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?
Replies: 122
Views: 14580

Re: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?

The A300 has an OEW of around 90t, that is 40-45t lower than the A330neo. If airbus would be able to get in that ball park again with an A330=700, it can definitely be an interesting plane, wouldn't you agree?

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by sf260
Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?
Replies: 122
Views: 14580

Re: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?

@Keesje: do you have any numbers for your proposed A330-700? I think the key for this concept is the engine, maybe a PW4000G if Pratt is up for it? How do you see this? It's all a bit academic at this point as I, realistically, do not really see Airbus launching it soon (read: ever). They have the A...

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by sf260
Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?
Replies: 122
Views: 14580

Re: A330NEO : The final A330/340 variants. Or not so fast?

Interesting topic. Imo, the A330neo has it's place below the A350 in the Airbus line-up. Ok, it is not as efficient as the 787 or A350 (only a couple of percent points in fuel efficiency, Airbus says around 4%, but it is expected to do better and only burn 2% more per seat in a comparable lay-out). ...

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by sf260
Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Mulls Cheaper Long-Haul Flights as LCCs Grow
Replies: 15
Views: 5675

Re: Emirates Mulls Cheaper Long-Haul Flights as LCCs Grow

The need to put some pressure on Airbus to finally launch the A380 v2. Apart from increasing seat density, that will be their best (or maybe, only) option to further lower seat cost. They already have a very efficient operation.

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by sf260
Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Brussels Airport
Replies: 19
Views: 4729

Re: Future of Brussels Airport

blueflyer wrote:
Brussels Airlines is rumored to be dedicating its next A330 acquisition to an Indian route.


Mumbai was announced back in August and will be flown 5 weekly as from 6 March 2017.

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by sf260
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH interested in A321LR
Replies: 42
Views: 8503

Re: LH interested in A321LR

I hope LH is not going to fly to Africa with those A321LR and steal passengers from SN. ;) If anything, it could be a nice addition for SN, flying to some West and Central African airports to compliment their A330 ops (which takes the cargo). Cargo is becoming ever more important. Anybody knows what...

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by sf260
Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CAT IIIc ILS approaches
Replies: 27
Views: 8845

Re: CAT IIIc ILS approaches

Do not think that a big of an issue as some make out, even in the worst conditions I have been in I still have some forward visibility. Enough to follow a follow me car 10 meters ahead with yellow flashing lights and on a slant. It wouldn't be fast, but not impossible. How does the driver of the fo...

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by sf260
Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 42367

Re: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?

So we have an apple to banana comparison. Call it what you want, I am sharing real world figures that are used for the whole LH Group (including SN, OS, LX). I don't think it matters which daughter airline the number are for, as these big decisions are controlled from frankfurt anyway. The -900 gai...

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by sf260
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 42367

Re: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?

Well, it's actually figures given by LH to SN for their long haul fleet renewal. It's not exactly the same config, the OEW of 125t and 130t are both for A330-300 with 288 seat lay out (current SN). The A330-900 would have 20 additional economy seats for an OEW of 136t. What's the weight of 20 econom...

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by sf260
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 42367

Re: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?

The 6t increase is 'a fact' as far as it can be for now, that's the figure Airbus gave to Lufthansa. The lay out for the 136t OEW is a 3-class C/Y+/Y for around 304-309 seats (I can't remember the exact seat count anymore).

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by sf260
Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels airlines A330 fleet - Replacement??
Replies: 34
Views: 8724

Re: Brussels airlines A330 fleet - Replacement??

From what I gather, the A330-900 is still a serious contender. Previously it was reported that 7 or 8 A330 will come off lease in 2018-2019, however, I understand that some will be extended into the early '20s to accommodate a smooth transition at a rate of 2 a year to the new long haul fleet.

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by sf260
Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?
Replies: 206
Views: 42367

Re: A330 NEO, disappointing for Airbus so far?

MZFW increases your payload, MTOW increases range. Weight variants for the A339 are in MZFW/MTOW: 181t/238t and 177t/242t (and then some lower MTOW variants to bring operating costs down). Over the past 20 years, empty weight has grown from 125t (early A333) to 130t (current A333) to 136t (A339), so...

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by sf260
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 25284

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016

Yes, I know, that's why I've written 'on the same terms'. Of course we don't know the conditions of the 950k or the 1100k rate, it can be a 6y or 15y contract (and/or whatever additional terms). In your initial post, you also quote a 890k rate for an (I presume, brand new) A330-300. I would be very ...

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by sf260
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 25284

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Fall 2016

Recently I heard about a lease offer for an A330-900 which was in the low $700k's/month (10y contract). (I don't know what a 787-9 or -10 goes for the same terms, it would be interesting though!)

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by sf260
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group announces to buy remaining shares of Brussels Airlines
Replies: 50
Views: 14893

Re: Lufthansa Group announces to buy remaining shares of Brussels Airlines

SN has the lowest operating cost per hour for the A32F of the whole LH Group, could anyone explain me what the benefit is to have SN aircraft replaced by a more expensive Eurowings?

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by sf260
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SN's strategy
Replies: 4
Views: 2360

Re: SN's strategy

SN is what they like to call a "hybrid airline": offering low fares for the price sensitive passenger at one end, offering full service and flexibility on the other end. Basically their European offering offers: Check&Go : cheapest tickets, only hand luggage, not refundable Light&R...

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by sf260
Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does the Lufthansa Group limit expansion of Austrian, Brussels, and Swiss?
Replies: 17
Views: 5750

Re: Does the Lufthansa Group limit expansion of Austrian, Brussels, and Swiss?

While I think SN could have been a good fit for IAG and oneworld, the reality is very different. I think the main focus for SN should be on keeping its identity & future plans while it gets completely integrated within the LH group. Apart from some "optimisations" in the network (I am ...

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by sf260
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 11385

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

ROB - Roberts International Airport
DKR - Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport
NBO - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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by sf260
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airline in Belgium: Air Belgium
Replies: 178
Views: 43602

Re: New Airline in Belgium: Air Belgium

What I heard today is that aim to start their operations from Brussels, but if they can't for one reason or another, they will start from Liege and transfer to Brussels at a later date. I too am sceptical, but I hope they succed, it will increase competition and eventually more options for the trave...

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by sf260
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels airlines A330 fleet - Replacement??
Replies: 34
Views: 8724

Re: Brussels airlines A330 fleet - Replacement??

There is a recent article in aviationweek: http://aviationweek.com/awincommercial/ ... et-renewal Is there anyone with access who can summarise in a few bullet points? I can't access the article, although I have a paper magazine subscription (I guess I'll have to wait a week until I am back home) Fr...

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by sf260
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels airlines A330 fleet - Replacement??
Replies: 34
Views: 8724

Re: Brussels airlines A330 fleet - Replacement??

The first "steering comitee" for long haul fleet renewal was held in May, they are now looking at the various options and the direction should be clear before the end of this year. The replacement will start at the end of 2018. I think the most realistic option is replacing the current A33...

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by sf260
Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports - Report 2016 1st Half Data
Replies: 15
Views: 2931

Re: Airports - Report 2016 1st Half Data

BRU: Passengers: 9,362,700 -13.8% Movements: 102,544 -12,1% Cargo: 230,508% -5,9% Obviously, cargo operations were less affected by the closure of the main terminal after the terrorist attack on March 22nd. BRU airport was closed for almost 2 weeks for all passenger operations, full capacity is avai...

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by sf260
Mon May 30, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2075
Views: 258331

RE: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Does anyone know something about how space x is getting with the reusability of the 2nd stage? Any tests announced, or timeline, or technology to be used (I guess it will be some sort of heat shield to slow down)?

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by sf260
Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Two Closest Airports Served By The Same Airline
Replies: 159
Views: 24465

RE: Two Closest Airports Served By The Same Airlin

Jetairfly serves both BRU and ANR, which are about 32 km apart. (Also in different metropolitan area's)

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by sf260
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bregier: No A380NEO Decision Before End Of The Year
Replies: 423
Views: 32718

RE: Bregier: No A380NEO Decision Before End Of The Year

I can see Airbus launching a neo-version of the A380 in 2016, with EIS in 2020-21. My arguments: There is not much interest in the current A380 anymore, apart from possible Emirates. Bet even then, when the 777X enters service, I cannot see anyone (even Emirates) taking delivery of the current A380 ...

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by sf260
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Retires Another 747-400 (D-ABVK)
Replies: 46
Views: 14779

RE: Lufthansa Retires Another 747-400 (D-ABVK)

Block times include taxi time. Flight time is only airborne time.

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by sf260
Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing's BBJ Nose Cone Modification
Replies: 6
Views: 2036

RE: Boeing's BBJ Nose Cone Modification

I understand it is for a synthetic/enhanced vision system, does anyone know if it lowers DA / MDA in certain cases? If not, what is the operational benefit other than increased situational awareness, and why is it more common to see them on bizjets (as opposed to airliners)?<br><br>[Edited 2015-09-1...

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by sf260
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened To Entrepreneurialism In Aviation?
Replies: 47
Views: 5720

RE: What Happened To Entrepreneurialism In Aviation?

I think it is very hard to compete with the established airlines, practically impossible unless you have unlimited cash for a couple of years. Unless you have to find yourself a decent niche, or take utmost advantage of a sudden law change. It is also very difficult to start your own (efficient, wit...

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by sf260
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Plane Crash At Shoreham Airshow
Replies: 93
Views: 32533

RE: Plane Crash At Shoreham Airshow

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/fvtu134" class="quote" target="_blank">fvtu134</a> (<a href="#81" class="quote">Reply 81</a>):<br/><i>This brings us to the "unplanned" part of ...

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by sf260
Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation # 6
Replies: 152
Views: 44168

RE: BeNeLux Aviation # 6

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/debonair" class="quote" target="_blank">debonair</a> (<a href="#79" class="quote">Reply 79</a>):<br/><i> Just saw today @ <acronym title="Antwer...

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by sf260
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is This A Record For A 777?
Replies: 18
Views: 20677

RE: Is This A Record For A 777?

Mine is about 2200km/h or M2.02   

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by sf260
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries: First "New Engine Option" Offered
Replies: 6
Views: 8707

RE: CSeries: First "New Engine Option" Offered

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/flightglobal" class="quote" target="_blank">flightglobal</a>:<br/><i>P&W is developing the new version of the engine to offer up to 5% highe...

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by sf260
Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Traditional Shaving
Replies: 38
Views: 3608

RE: Traditional Shaving

Haha, I see how you it lasts six months. I am also using cartridges at the moment, they only last 4-5 shaves before it needs a change and I f*cking hate that overpriced stuff. I made up my mind and I am going to buy a double-edge safety razor and, sometime down the road, a straight razor. I just loo...

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by sf260
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380NEO Announced By Airbus - Part 3
Replies: 27
Views: 10535

RE: A380NEO Announced By Airbus - Part 3

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/tortugamon" class="quote" target="_blank">tortugamon</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>Anyone else think there is an opportun...

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by sf260
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)
Replies: 1856
Views: 252353

RE: CSeries - Flight Test And Production (Part 9)

Awesome news! I wonder how much range would have changed without the MTOW increase(s)?
Anybody dares to guesstime how much range a possible "simple stretch" CS500 would have, with current CS300 MTOW? (I reckon still well over 2,000nm?)

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by sf260
Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: F1 2015: Malaysian GP
Replies: 32
Views: 2335

RE: F1 2015: Malaysian GP

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/TristarAtLCA" class="quote" target="_blank">TristarAtLCA</a> (<a href="#20" class="quote">Reply 20</a>):<br/><i>And then lose by less than half ...

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by sf260
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier CS Family
Replies: 26
Views: 8750

RE: Bombardier CS Family

I don't really think the idea of a 6 abreast CSeries is that far fetched. A quick search shows: External fuselage width's: 737: 12,33 feet BAe146/Avro <acronym title="Royal Jordanian">RJ</acronym> : 11,68 feet CSeries: 12,166 feet 737 external fuselage width is only 2 inches more than CSeries. Max i...

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by sf260
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Pauses Learjet 85 Program
Replies: 29
Views: 7090

RE: Bombardier Pauses Learjet 85 Program

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/queb" class="quote" target="_blank">queb</a> (<a href="#17" class="quote">Reply 17</a>):<br/><i>No, they had major structural problem with the m...

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by sf260
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium Airline VLM Airlines Goes SSJ100
Replies: 43
Views: 17858

RE: Belgium Airline VLM Airlines Goes SSJ100

Interesting article: <a href="http://www.hmgaerospace.com/news/show/7751" target="_blank">http://www.hmgaerospace.com/news/show/7751</a> -Dedicated business class layout (12-14C + 74Y) -EASA cert for <acronym title="Lacsa (Costa Rica)">LR</acronym> version Sept/Oct '15 -Winglet (by end of '15?) -450...

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by sf260
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belgium Airline VLM Airlines Goes SSJ100
Replies: 43
Views: 17858

RE: Belgium Airline VLM Airlines Goes SSJ100

Great news. I think a lot of the recent developments at <acronym title="Antwerp - Deurne (ANR / EBAW), Belgium">ANR</acronym> have to do with the road works on the "Krijgsbaan" (east side of airport), which will make the runway effectively 1500m in both ways. Up to now, in one direction (I think 29)...

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by sf260
Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-9i - Can A Simple Stretch Save The 747?
Replies: 50
Views: 27689

RE: 747-9i - Can A Simple Stretch Save The 747?

Boeing is not going to save the 747 at all cost. The 747 as it is produced now (-8), is the last version we will ever see imo, as sad is it sounds. I can see the freighter still being produced for quite some time, longer than the -8i, but when the 777-8FX comes to fruition, that will also be the end...

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by sf260
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Production Thread Part 13
Replies: 261
Views: 79161

RE: A380 Production Thread Part 13

Off the top of my head, <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym>, <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>, <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym>, <acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Hong Kong)">CX</acronym>, <acronym title="Virgin Atlantic Airways (United Kingdom)...

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by sf260
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Buys 100 A320, 2 A380, 6 77W Part 1
Replies: 241
Views: 47047

LH Buys 100 A320, 2 A380, 6 77W Part 1

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/na" class="quote" target="_blank">na</a> (<a href="#223" class="quote">Reply 223</a>):<br/><i>Quoting DALCE (Reply 222): Then don't complain and...

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