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by mwhcvt
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders
Replies: 164
Views: 39152

Re: Air France - KLM no 737 MAX / A320 NEO orders

It always makes me smile the idea of lines being sold out for years, that’s really not the case just because the manufacturer has an order backlog totalling 7 years that doesn’t mean it will take 7 years to get a first delivery as those existing orders will probably be spread out over 10+ years, the...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Timing of a big order delivery
Replies: 3
Views: 783

Re: Timing of a big order delivery

Put simply there’s no easy way to answer your question, there are two factors, what the manufacturer can supply and what rate the alinine wants to receive their new aircraft, and between the two factors will come the delivery schedule, airlines spread out deliveries over years and the manufacturers ...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A380 “state-sponsored” in the end? Credits might get never paid back...
Replies: 66
Views: 6431

Re: A380 “state-sponsored” in the end? Credits might get never paid back...

It was an investment by the state, one that proved bad, however other investments the state has made into airbus over the years have been repaid many times over, case in point the UK government of the 80s put up money for the then newly proposed A320 family (I’m sure other home governments did too) ...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unidentified/Private A330-200 at IND
Replies: 6
Views: 2144

Re: Unidentified/Private A330-200 at IND

The only A330-200 to arrive into IND was Comlux Aviation Malta flight MLM838 at 4:07pm. Comlux does high-end charter work, though there aren't any aircraft of this type listed in its fleet at the moment. https://comlux.com/aviation/aviation That's definitely it. According to flightaware. It departe...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019
Replies: 108
Views: 39951

Re: HiFly A380 Operations Thread - 2019

So the big bird flew to Dresden this morning, anyone have any insight? I assume its for routine checks/maintenance before heading off on her summer duties? separately, an announcement on her summer home must be imminent surely? I’m sure you are correct that it’s for maintenance, I’m sure Airbus has...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Take On Nepotism
Replies: 21
Views: 1726

Re: YOUR TAKE ON NEPOTISM

How big is the airline, if it’s only a small airline it’s hardly surprising that this could happen when there’s already 3 family members in the flight pool one as a senior position, but also seems quite often it’s a industry that attracts the children of those already in it, but that will happen in ...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA27 A380 having problems currently.
Replies: 53
Views: 14882

Re: BA27 A380 having problems currently.

Slug71 wrote:
Is it not safe to fly with the flaps extended?


The added drag would likely mean they wouldn’t have enough fuel to make it there, stopping on route with a exisitng fault and or ended up tech at and outstation is not something ops would want better to RTB

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by mwhcvt
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA27 A380 having problems currently.
Replies: 53
Views: 14882

Re: BA27 A380 having problems currently.

The plane has been left hand racetracking for 3 hours now. I thought the A380 could dump fuel. Any reason why it hasn't? Purely from a PR perspective I can see an airline would rather not dump fuel unless it’s an emergency warranted it, in the age of social media and environmental activism so as th...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 141838

Re: EK considering 787 cancellation in favor of 777-9

How can you cancel an order that you never finalised, an EK787 order has never appeared on the Boeing order book as far as I can remember or find

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by mwhcvt
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-8 fleet
Replies: 12
Views: 4139

Re: British Airways 787-8 fleet

Are they in for RR engine issues? Yes these frames are affected by the RR engine issues G-ZBJE must have major issues as 11 months is a long time to have been out of service for. You would have thought they would have been sorted by now, Probably more a case of it’s easier to just long term store a...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?
Replies: 2210
Views: 114904

Re: Airbus boss Tom Enders slams handling of Brexit, calls it a "disgrace"

There’s two sides to this story and both have equal culpability IMO I’m a Brit who voted for Brexit and I’m very disappointed in the way things have gone from both sides, out leaders in the UK have been weak and half hearted, but also the complete and utter intransigence of the EU has been just as b...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fire in Upper Deck Economy Cabin BA208 Sunday 20th Jan
Replies: 28
Views: 8230

Re: Fire in Upper Deck Economy Cabin BA208 Sunday 20th Jan

I believe airlines carry run away boxes designed specifically for this kind of occurrence as standard equipment, I should imagine part of having such kit is also a risk assessment to establish if once contained if it’s then required to land or if a continue to destination is appropriate

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size
Replies: 126
Views: 22626

Re: BR Flight Attendant Subjected to Unreasonable Requests by Disabled Pax of Size

I’m a disabled person of size, any you know what I’m horrified at this story, honestly what a horrid subhuman he must be, there are times when personal/intimate assistance is needed hell I’ve needed it myself in the past when hospitalised and it’s properly degrading to need such help, but if this gu...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Peterborough MP convicted, what next?
Replies: 30
Views: 2005

Re: Peterborough MP convicted, what next?

She’s not actually been sentenced yet has she? I was under the impression sentencing will happen later this month, according to the rules of parliament she will only be compelled to step down as an MP if she is sentenced to a custodial sentence with a juration in excess of one year

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Type a/c at SXM now - 2155Z
Replies: 7
Views: 1677

Re: Type a/c at SXM now - 2155Z

Ah the billionaire willy waving contest, you think you’ve got the biggest jet on the island then someone rocks up with a 777 private jet :P

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by mwhcvt
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of PW6000 A318 Fleet?
Replies: 21
Views: 4107

Re: Status of PW6000 A318 Fleet?

. On the other hand, there is no market for them at all, so scrapping is the only option to recover some of the money. Not strictly true, and maybe this is the exception that proves the rule. BA found a home for one of their two A318s, when it was no longer needed for the LCY-JFK run,and sold it to...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals
Replies: 78
Views: 11884

Re: Has BA been too slow with fleet renewals

I don’t really get the obsession with young fleets, if the airline has a solid maintenance department and refurbishment plans to keep the aircraft reliable from and operation standpoint, and fresh from a customer standpoint you have a much more fiscally stable company, airlines that have very new fl...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK - Canada agree on post Brexit Air Service Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 4029

Re: UK - Canada agree on post Brexit Air Service Agreement

Presumably U.K. airlines will no longer be able to fly from 27 other countries to Canada ? Will passengers on flights between U.K. and Canada still be protected by EU 261 rights and compensation? Will Norwegian be able to launch flights from Hamilton to Glasgow or Belfast or will people in Northern...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the story behind this private 747?
Replies: 17
Views: 4210

Re: What is the story behind this private 747?

I do wonder just how much you’ve gotta be willing to lose to get one one of their fleet, that link isn’t even quite their full fleet as that only lists the commercial jets in the fleet, they also have some corporate class jets and I believe even a helicopter or two

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by mwhcvt
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Runway incursion Nov 13th at PVG: DL582 (A359) aborted take off
Replies: 62
Views: 16295

Re: Runway incursion Nov 13th at PVG: DL582 (A359) aborted take off

Replacing a full set of wheels/tyres and breaks plus any airport fees and pax costs is likely going’s to come to a similar cost as excess on insurance, but the question is would it even be covered by insurance? I know this is not the same as your car insurance policy but would they really cover repl...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian A330 HNL-FCO
Replies: 74
Views: 20850

Re: Hawaiian A330 HNL-FCO

I’m going to go out of a limb here and say that the cost of painting far exceeds the cost of the flights meaning the difference in cost is marginal and it’s more about capacity for painting...eg It’s costs £1,000,000 to paint the airframe Flight costs total £50,000 to go to Rome Or £20,000 somewhere...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 Spotted in Toulouse
Replies: 53
Views: 16505

Re: First Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 Spotted in Toulouse

LAX772LR wrote:
ro1960 wrote:
LAX772LR wrote:
First A35K for an airline not based in Asia, no?

First European operator.

That part I'm aware of, but it doesn't really answer the question.


I don’t think that QR can be classed as Asian

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by mwhcvt
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 15156

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

PAN AM Used to own a NYC Hotel for decades I believe, or was that BA??? But even than companies tend to find it better to not go to far afield from their core strengths. Airlines used to own Hotel Chains, Rental Cars and Tour Companies. It was BA and I believe there still have exclusive use of it, ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rumour: New £50 note
Replies: 13
Views: 1491

Re: Rumour: New £50 note

The reason many especially smaller shops will not take them is that should a fake be passed it can mean losing close to £100 thanks to the fake note plus the dispensed change, additionally if it’s a smaller shop they might not have sufficient spare change in the till to dispense change and have suff...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Antitrust Regulator to Investigate AA-BA Atlantic JV
Replies: 20
Views: 4310

Re: UK Antitrust Regulator to Investigate AA-BA Atlantic JV

LHR has to arguably be one of the most competitive markets in the world, I should imagine very few airports can boast such a wide variety of international carriers that serve, yes there will be airports out there that serve more destinations but that will usually be thanks to a massively dominate ho...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline diversions because of POTUS [and others?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1730

Re: Airline diversions because of POTUS [and others?]

I believe that whenever AF1 there is a complete ground stop for a period before arrival and while POTUS is still at he airport and the same goes for departure, ordinarially id guess any arriving aircraft would enter a holding pattern or divert if needed, clearly this time diversion was needed.. This...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement
Replies: 49
Views: 14071

Re: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement

If they need the capacity I really wouldn’t be surprised if they went with a few older A321, I don’t really see them going MAX or NEO within the next 10 years, it’s only in recent years that they have taken anything new off the line, as an airline Jet2 are very conservative in their business model a...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Looking to Offload EuroHawk UAV to Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 2496

Re: Germany Looking to Offload EuroHawk UAV to Canada

I’m struggling to see how they are going to sell them for anything other than spare parts, considering it sounds like they have been stripped of pretty much all control systems How many did Germany receive for that cost, I’ve looked and cannot find a number, for that price I sure hope we are not ta...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Looking to Offload EuroHawk UAV to Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 2496

Re: Germany Looking to Offload EuroHawk UAV to Canada

I’m struggling to see how they are going to sell them for anything other than spare parts, considering it sounds like they have been stripped of pretty much all control systems How many did Germany receive for that cost, I’ve looked and cannot find a number, for that price I sure hope we are not tal...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook paint "gaffe"
Replies: 22
Views: 6472

Re: Thomas Cook paint "gaffe"

The thing is about this one, it’s it’s brilliant if it was deliberate stab for viral marketing, or it total lack of forethought by the marketing department...but also keeping in mind that Thomas Cook are are holiday airline why would they ever expect L2 to be opening, I’d wager the door was opened s...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hiring an aircraft
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: Hiring an aircraft

I’ve often pondered these costs, mainly as many years ago my uncle chartered a BA BAC1-11 on Boxing Day to fly a large number of friends and family from BHX out to I think GVA from memory I was only 7 or 8 at the time of trip it was to celebrate his wife’s 40th with a meal at a very nice restaurant ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you in the middle class?
Replies: 46
Views: 2603

Re: Are you in the middle class?

Income really doesn’t denote class in reality, it’s how you live that denotes class, I know plenty of working class people that live well at the same time I know plenty of middle class people that struggle month to month with money mainly as lifestyle changes if you don’t modify life accordingly you...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa to take charge of LCC Eurowings long haul network
Replies: 11
Views: 4305

Re: Lufthansa to take charge of LCC Eurowings long haul network

LH Group has to be one of the most convoluted aviation groups, it seems to have airlines within airlines within airlines

I know most of the big players have split operations but it seems LHG seems to take it that much further

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by mwhcvt
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 produced heading to a Museum
Replies: 85
Views: 15941

Re: First 777 produced heading to a Museum

Well just checked PIMA out of google earth it’s a while since I’ve done that and found that it’s now also covered by google street view so you can explore the grounds, I shall lose a little time on that in the morning, nice to see an important aircraft be preserved

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by mwhcvt
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Diverted or stranded planes needing help
Replies: 24
Views: 5918

Re: Diverted or stranded planes needing help

I love the idea of airlines MX departments having a large cargo aircraft on the books for when something goes wrong but the reality is it’s just not needed, if something goes wrong to such an extent that a cargo plane is needed to bring in special tools and an engine the reality is that there’s are ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce
Replies: 39
Views: 5397

Re: RyanAir Cheques for Flight Cancellations Bounce

I really cannot stand FR for their tactics and how they deal with customers and employees alike however I’m struggling to feel sorry for someone getting fee’s on their accounts, what kind a moron try’s to bank an incomplete cheque

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by mwhcvt
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 29518

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

Although of course BA on LHR to JFK is the only one on this list that those aircraft are all operating to the same airport eg LHR taking out the oddball of LCY and LGW flights if you include them and call it overall LON then it’s even more impressive, take for example VS at MCO that will be flights ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?
Replies: 16
Views: 4077

Re: Why is Ryanair taking delivery of the 737-Max so late?

Isn’t FRs average sector only a little over an hour, I believe there’s not all that much of a saving on shorter routes so it might just be the case that for FR it didn’t make sense to start taking MAX until there was really no other option

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico 787 during 2017 earthquake
Replies: 6
Views: 2131

Re: Aeromexico 787 during 2017 earthquake

Is it just me or did R1 seem to open of its own accord..it must of have been left ever so slightly ajar either waiting on food service or after that, it’s amazing how much front to back motion there was looked a good 6-12 inches I would have expected the parking break and or chocks to be enough to p...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coulson Flying Tankers 733 in fake Boeing House Colours Livery
Replies: 48
Views: 10097

Re: Coulson Flying Tankers 733 in fake Boeing House Colours Livery

Interesting to see they’ve added to the fleet beyond the MARS

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by mwhcvt
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 113 emergency return
Replies: 18
Views: 6510

Re: BA 113 emergency return

With as much respect to the OP as possible the way your writing your first and only post on here sounds like a journalist looking for inside information, it’s fairly simple while the captain is in the air it’s the captains responsibility, if however it’s later found the captain acted without cause t...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What countries do you rank as having a "Tier One" Military? (JUST FOR FUN)
Replies: 18
Views: 2202

Re: What countries do you rank as having a "Tier One" Military? (JUST FOR FUN)

I should hope the USA is a level above every over nation, hell they should be several levels ahead, the spend more on their military than the next 20+ top spending counties combined, and all but one of them is officially an ally to the USA That said if we are looking to counties with the ability to ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airbus does not believe in continuing deliveries to Iran
Replies: 114
Views: 17804

Re: Airbus does not believe in continuing deliveries to Iran

I don't get why Airbus hasn't tried putting out contracts in the EU for euro - alternatives to components they get from the US. Not just because of Iran, but also because of the uncertainty unfolding in global relations. Conceivably there could be certification issues given that 40% or so component...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: air ferries question
Replies: 2
Views: 911

Re: air ferries question

Another reason against such a dedicated aircraft these days beyond the aforementioned items is the modern wide body aircraft can take most personal vehicles into the cargo holds on car pallets, where as in the 50’s you just didn’t have that option..

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by mwhcvt
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets: HNA Bailout
Replies: 55
Views: 9046

Re: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets

There’s something I cannot help but find mildly amusing, for the last couple of decades there’s been quite a bit made about the use of 8 in aircraft names for the appeal this would have for luck in Far East/Chinese cultures, yet however non of the programmes from that part of the world feature an 8 ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed May 30, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1000th 737 for Southwest
Replies: 9
Views: 3742

Re: 1000th 737 for Southwest

Is that 1000th delivered from Boeing or does it include used 737s they've acquired over the years like the 10 ex-WS birds? AIRFLEETS covers the date of delivery to the airline from whatever source, be that direct from Boeing, from a lessor or other airline, I just selected to order the list in deli...

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by mwhcvt
Tue May 29, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1000th 737 for Southwest
Replies: 9
Views: 3742

Re: 1000th 737 for Southwest

It appears looking at the data from Airfleets that it would be an 800 series delivered on the 14th January this year registered as N8559Q This is based on them having opererated 1020 various family types over the the years and counting back from the most recently listed as delivered so I could be wr...

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by mwhcvt
Tue May 29, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates replacing full A380 landing gear sets
Replies: 21
Views: 7154

Re: Emirates replacing full A380 landing gear sets

It’s a scheduled MX item, used be amazed what gets routinely removed and replaced over the life of an airframe..I believe there do go back to the supplier to be refurbished and recertified for further use, like most things aviation they have a limited life certificate in the case of landing gear it ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed May 23, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?
Replies: 69
Views: 7099

Re: Could UK Government get a 787 / A350 ?

Boris probably wants access to the BA 772ER that has the wiring and modification in place for Royal tours. A private compartment could be fitted for Her Majesty, and the plane had the back cabin and Business Class section for the flunkeys and hangers-on. It's still flying with BA; one of the G-YMM*...

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by mwhcvt
Fri May 18, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights Over Windsor and Royal Wedding
Replies: 33
Views: 6600

Re: Flights Over Windsor and Royal Wedding

I find it hard to believe that they would, if for no other reason than the negative press it could generate, as a general rule the UK royals are quite active in their efforts to minimise their impact on every day life of the general public, as is also the case with senior parliamentarians...you’ll n...

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