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by lutfi
Fri Dec 22, 2000 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just Why The World Needs A VLA
Replies: 8
Views: 2778

RE: Just Why The World Needs A VLA

On the other hand, the airlines could just put up the prices and less people would travel...

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by lutfi
Wed Dec 06, 2000 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Union Considering Complaint Against Airbus
Replies: 22
Views: 2612

RE: Union Considering Complaint Against Airbus

100 mil 777's?

Actually, for a big order, Boeing would price around 105m USD for a B777-200.

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by lutfi
Tue Nov 21, 2000 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

RE: Best Engine

For the 777-200ER, the Trent

For the A330, the PW4168

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by lutfi
Sat Nov 18, 2000 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Average Daily Aircraft Usage (SR-case)
Replies: 36
Views: 7388

RE: Average Daily Aircraft Usage (SR-case)

HB-IWC Actually, CX is a bit higher than that. The entire fleet is at over 13 hours now, including the B777/A330 Off the top of my head, the A340 is at about 15.5 - 16 hours, and the B744 about 15 hours. Highest utilisation of the A340 in the world But, no, nothing like SR. My question about switcha...

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by lutfi
Thu Nov 16, 2000 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Average Daily Aircraft Usage (SR-case)
Replies: 36
Views: 7388

RE: Average Daily Aircraft Usage (SR-case)

Good stuff. Over 17 hours is trully exceptional. My guess is that month they had no "heavy" checks on the fleet (C/D checks) or aircraft in the hangar for a reconfiguration? Some of those flights also look like "cover" for the A332 fleet being refitted with new F, I thought THR was usually an Airbus...

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by lutfi
Fri Nov 03, 2000 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cause Of SIA Crash
Replies: 25
Views: 2634

RE: Cause Of SIA Crash

Jaysit,

A typhoon at night, extremely heavy rain. The tower couldn't see the aircraft.

Not sure if ground radar is accurate enough to pinpoint the aircraft position?

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by lutfi
Fri Nov 03, 2000 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI Pilots's Role In The SIA Accident
Replies: 1
Views: 2108

RE: CI Pilots's Role In The SIA Accident

Red Panda, The CI pilots may have thought that the SQ aircraft was returning to the gate, and taking a shortcut across the inactive runway. I bet they now feel extremely guilty, but cannot be blamed. When you are taxing an aircraft in a typhoon, a pilot has a huge amount of work to do, and understan...

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by lutfi
Thu Nov 02, 2000 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?
Replies: 28
Views: 3937

RE: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?

Above in the thread you say Douglas was like BMW, now they are crap? Oh well, good luck to you sir as I said earlier. All I know is that when we were sent a L1011 freighter conversion proposal in the early '90's, when we were one of the world's larger L1011 operators, it was sent round the airline f...

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by lutfi
Thu Nov 02, 2000 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?
Replies: 28
Views: 3937

RE: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?

ceilidh, Those figures were relative to a B747-200B at 100... I wouldn't quote actuals that aren't in the public domain. Late '80's figures. If you think you can run it cheaper than A DC10, then good luck to you and your bank manager. Of course they are cheap to buy, no-one wants the b*[email protected]

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by lutfi
Wed Nov 01, 2000 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NOW More Than EVER- A Dangerous WAY To Fly!
Replies: 21
Views: 680

RE: NOW More Than EVER- A Dangerous WAY To Fly!

Rumor is that a Cathay aircraft scheduled to take off at 22:30 decided not to try, and went back to the bay (from PPRUNE)

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor...

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by lutfi
Wed Nov 01, 2000 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?
Replies: 28
Views: 3937

RE: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?

Guvnor (for it is you I believe?) Based on figures from the late 80's, the overhaul and maintenance costs per block hour (relative) were as follows: (for -22B) L1011 170 747-200 100 DC10 91 A300 57 Yep, the things were more expensive to operate than a 747. They eat maintenance hours, and highly skil...

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by lutfi
Wed Nov 01, 2000 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?
Replies: 28
Views: 3937

RE: Fundamental Differences Between The L10-11&DC-10?

From an 1974 evaluation of the two aircraft: 1. The present aircraft being delivered by Lockheed, being 60-70 down the production line, are 6,600 lbs heavier than identical Douglas aircraft 2. The fuel consumption of the L1011 is 5-6% higher than the DC-10 3. The equipment on the L-1011 is more soph...

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by lutfi
Wed Oct 25, 2000 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA-make Your Pick- Oneworld Or Qualiflyer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1713

RE: AA-make Your Pick- Oneworld Or Qualiflyer?

Cathay would go with AA, not BA, IMHO.

UK can be served by flying to LON and MAN, which Cathay do. The USA cannpt be covered unless you have a US carrier, and Delta is just too far East. AA is stronger on the West Coast.

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by lutfi
Wed Oct 25, 2000 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Serving BOM And HKG
Replies: 18
Views: 2172

RE: Airlines Serving BOM And HKG

Swissair no longer operate BOM-HKG. Depends which place you need to go first, NYC-HKG-BOM return or JFK-BOM-HKG return. If HKG first, then use Cathay, if BOM first then use Air India, otherwise you'll be backtracking Actually I would get a Round The World ticket (usually great value) and go right ro...

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 23, 2000 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Massive Fraud Uncovered At Air India
Replies: 20
Views: 6486

RE: Massive Fraud Uncovered At Air India

But remember its all the fault of those nasty people at BAA who wouldn't give AI their preferred slots. And the nasty mechanics at UA who don't drop everything to work on a AI aircraft. With fuel at 100c plus a gallon, why not just wait for AI to die? The traffic rights belong to the Indian governme...

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 23, 2000 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-17 In Passenger Operations?
Replies: 2
Views: 4394

RE: C-17 In Passenger Operations?

Yes and no. The C-17 has not been certified for civilian use, so no airline can use it. However the USAF can put quick change seats in it to carry military passengers. The USAF can refuel inflight if they want, but inflight refueling of a passenger flight has not been approved by anyone (getting air...

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by lutfi
Fri Oct 20, 2000 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Begs BA To Stay...
Replies: 12
Views: 1942

RE: Malaysia Begs BA To Stay...

MAS777, you hit the nail on the head when you say that it is Scandanavian tourists who will be most inconvenienced. No way can BA make money from carrying tourists STO-LHR-KUL and back. If Malaysia thinks this business if worthwhile (for the tourist dollars it brings in) then put flights into Copenh...

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 16, 2000 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAN Am & Delta From FRA
Replies: 5
Views: 2939

RE: PAN Am & Delta From FRA

Many thanks - I guess ex NRT the US widebodies can justify the inefficiencies better.

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 16, 2000 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAN Am & Delta From FRA
Replies: 5
Views: 2939

PAN Am & Delta From FRA

Does any one have the schedules, or know the traffic rights, that Pan Am & then Delta (who bought the rights) used to operate from Frankfurt? I am interested in why the US carriers have been successful with their NRT hub, but the equivalent in Europe (Frankfurt) seems to have been pulled down to alm...

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by lutfi
Thu Oct 12, 2000 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened To PAN AM?
Replies: 7
Views: 4054

RE: What Happened To PAN AM?

Aduum,

Simple. Pan Am ran out of cash. So they went bankrupt.

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by lutfi
Thu Oct 12, 2000 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Dumps KL.
Replies: 10
Views: 1591

RE: BA Dumps KL.

Not that curious. The ringgit is capped at 3.80 to the US, so sales in Malaysia are at very low yields once you translate into real money. 400 US return to London or so. When I flew MH KUL-LHR, yes the flight was very full, but was mostly traffic to/from Australia. Same for the KUL-MAN flights BA33 ...

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by lutfi
Thu Oct 05, 2000 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty Tricks Inc.
Replies: 28
Views: 2304

RE: Dirty Tricks Inc.

Must admit, I enjoyed competing with AI when I did it, because it was easy. Unlike most airlines, their staff aren't motivated to reach sales or service targets, and aren't fired for incompetence. But they are mostly very pleasant, well educated people, just working the system best they can. Unfortu...

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by lutfi
Wed Oct 04, 2000 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty Tricks Inc.
Replies: 28
Views: 2304

RE: Dirty Tricks Inc.

Tks B747-437, didn't know about the GVA-FCO deal. Yes, Nycank it was maybe negotiated as part of the ASA, but traffic rights belong to countries, not airlines. I can understand a royalty paid to the government (it's called taxation) but a royalty paid to a company is unusual. Saudi sometimes insists...

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by lutfi
Wed Oct 04, 2000 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty Tricks Inc.
Replies: 28
Views: 2304

RE: Dirty Tricks Inc.

B747-437B, what about SR having to pay royalties to AI per BOM-HKG passenger... or foreign carriers having to use a well connected GSA to have any chance of more flights to India. God knows what MH have had to pay. Let's just say the sub-continent can play the game as well as anyone. UA slots at DEL...

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by lutfi
Wed Oct 04, 2000 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA
Replies: 17
Views: 1530

RE: PIA

Didn't PIA recently cut back on some routes? I know that THR is being dropped.

I guess the price of fuel has got so high it is now better for PIA to fly less, despite the inefficiency of leaving aircraft on the ground. Some of those older aircraft are gas guzzlers.

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by lutfi
Wed Oct 04, 2000 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty Tricks Inc.
Replies: 28
Views: 2304

RE: Dirty Tricks Inc.

Look at AI/ Indian government refusing to let Thai fly Bangkok to Bombay for the last fifteen years! Or refusing to let IC take the FRA route... Any time a competitor flies a passenger that could have flown with my airline, that is taking money from my family, because if it happens too much I'm out ...

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by lutfi
Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty Tricks Inc.
Replies: 28
Views: 2304

RE: Dirty Tricks Inc.

BA famously used dirty tricks against Virgin, things like approaching VS upper class passengers pretending to be VS staff, telling them the VS flight was cancelled and offering "kindly" to rebook them on a BA flight. But the staff from Indian carriers I've met seem more interested in getting free t...

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by lutfi
Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Aesthetically Pleasing Airplane
Replies: 69
Views: 3245

RE: Most Aesthetically Pleasing Airplane

Best looking pax jet in production: Any that gets me home safely and on time... But the A330-300 looks nice Ever? Concorde Military (in production) Rafale Ever? Toss up between bubble canopy Spitfire and Mirage series. It was Dassault who said a plane has to look good to fly good. Not true, but he d...

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707's Re-engined With Cfm-56
Replies: 22
Views: 10973

RE: 707's Re-engined With Cfm-56

The DC8 re-engine programme was extremely successful, because the DC-8 (and DC-9) were such solidly built aircraft that at the end of the 70's/ start of the eighties they still had 30 years airframe life. So it was worth putting on the new engines. The 707's had flown the same amount, but the foreca...

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by lutfi
Mon Oct 02, 2000 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's
Replies: 142
Views: 6654

RE: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's

RayChuang, Glad to see some civility on this post. Thankyou. Cathay didn't even bother flying HKG-SFO until 1998, which suggests it is not such a great route. And they use A340 vs UA and SQ 744, and dont do so bad. Ditto the YTO route. CX operate A340 at present, they could use B744 if needed now, s...

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by lutfi
Sun Oct 01, 2000 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's
Replies: 142
Views: 6654

RE: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's

Performance data is available. But you are right, needs to be discounted by 5-8% for marketing hype, and new aircraft performance (AI and Boeing usually quote performance of a brand new aircraft. They deteriorate in service by 4-5% over the first few years as the engines get older, and the airframe ...

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by lutfi
Sat Sep 30, 2000 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL, AA, DL 43XX Orders?
Replies: 26
Views: 2691

RE: UAL, AA, DL 43XX Orders?

Realistic? By 2010 EK 5 SQ 10-25 QF 10-12 Leasing companies 10-15 AF 10 VS 10 FX 15 B747 str CX 4-8 (freighters) BA 12 Atlas 10 Cargolux 8 KE 6 freighters BR 8 freighters After 2010 the numbers change, By then the first B744 will be 22 years old and ready for a change. This is the big gamble, Boeing...

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by lutfi
Sat Sep 30, 2000 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Making Vanity Purchases
Replies: 13
Views: 2208

RE: Airlines Making Vanity Purchases

Other poor purchases have been: Thai's "one of everything" fleet, driven by kickbacks Iberia, also have a dogs breakfast fleet, don't know why. CX buy of 777-200 and A330-300 that do exactly the same mission. (the way that CX operates them both short haul only) Anyone who bought a MD11 pax... or F10...

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by lutfi
Sat Sep 30, 2000 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's
Replies: 142
Views: 6654

RE: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's

PhilB, some comments on your comments, as it were. LH are not a player on the Kangaroo route, I don't even think they are flying to Sydney any more. They are focused on building up a second hub at MUC, which means splitting the l/h traffic. Thus the big order for A340-600 they made (25?) As for traf...

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by lutfi
Sat Sep 30, 2000 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What About The A330-500?
Replies: 13
Views: 2962

RE: What About The A330-500?

Yes, MAC_veteran, I would like to see your predictions for CX! Mine: A330-300 - regional, another 6-8 B777-300 - regional, another 4 A346 - Transpac routes, maybe 8 B777-300ER - European routes, maybe 6 B744 - as present A343 - as present, add a few more second hand B744F - another 6-8 B747 stretch ...

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by lutfi
Sat Sep 30, 2000 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's
Replies: 142
Views: 6654

RE: SQ To Buy Up To 25 A3XX's

Ray, going through your list Emirates Airways (confirmed) Air France NOT confirmed, all they said was that if they got a 500 seater, it would be the A3XX Singapore Airlines (confirmed) Lets not carried away. SQ and Silkair order EVERYTHING (DC10, 757, A310, A300, A320, F70, B737, B727, B777-200/300,...

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by lutfi
Fri Sep 29, 2000 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India, Indian Airlines Privatization
Replies: 21
Views: 5890

RE: Air India, Indian Airlines Privatization

Very interesting thread. Actually, China and Australia allow foreign ownership, with no limit on level. Cathay is British owned, and Virgin was allowed to set up in Australia recently. B747-437B, hats off to your knowledge of AI. Personally I think its a great shame that with all of AI natural advan...

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