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by Channex757
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?
Replies: 31
Views: 7459

Re: B787-9 Dreamliner, built from the ground up or converted into?

The difference between the lengths of the -8 and -9 lie in the lengths of the 41 and 46 fuselage sections. These are the body sections before and after the wing box. Each of these section skin is fabricated in one continuous fiber placed barrel with no slices. So to convert from one to the other yo...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat
Replies: 56
Views: 11756

Re: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat

Sounds to me like they were planning on expanding on in-seat messaging with a software update, so you can see the person you are messaging. Ideal for families or couples who have been split up.

Could even be for a paid video messaging service. Doesn't need to be woo woo and tinfoil hat time.

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "after hours" air service
Replies: 17
Views: 3219

Re: "after hours" air service

One other way round is the QC system. Allocate an airport a certain number of QC points per year; each aircraft type a QC rating and deduct each movement inside curfew hours from that total. There can be a ban on aircraft with excessive QC ratings and also severe enforcement of noise abatement where...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 113
Views: 19100

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

I really hope EK locked in finance for the A380s it is receiving over the next 2-3 years otherwise they may find their decision to cancel their future A380 orders comes with blowback. Were you asleep when we were discussing Islamic financing earlier? This is just the kind of deal that would fund an...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower
Replies: 224
Views: 45024

Re: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower

Sizing the Ultra Fan will be interesting process. It has been said many times on this site that the 777-9 is missing the sweet spot and has poor sales prospects since it is too big.. If this is the case, why would RR size the Ultra Fan at the A350-2000 end of the market? Wouldn't it make sense for ...

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Engine Alliance as end of A388 looms
Replies: 31
Views: 7090

Re: Future of Engine Alliance as end of A388 looms

EA when formed was not supposed to supply engines for the A380. The GP 7000 was first intended for the canceled 747X project, that was announced in 1996. There has also been talk of it being used on a stretch version of the MD-11, called the MD-12 at the time. At Boeing it was mooted as a possible ...

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by Channex757
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 143
Views: 22205

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

Still too many comparisons on here of the 350 v the 787. The 787 is closer the 330. The 350 more towards the 777. They are quite different machines. See your point, but the 787 is a vastly different machine to the 747. And that doesn’t seem to stop airlines using the 787 as a replacement (Qantas, B...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 24837

Re: Trouble at BMI?

TheDBCooper wrote:
What a shame, I hoped they'd be able to continue flying. Any word on what effect this will have on Loganair?

Separate company, apparently. They may have had the same ownership in AIL but the two brands were retained as standalone units with different business profiles.

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 162
Views: 24837

Re: FlyBmi ceases operations.

That would explain the transfer of two aircraft to Loganair that BM were internally leasing to them. A sad day nonetheless, but Embraer 145s and 135s are hard to make money with as a standalone fleet.

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Lineup Circa 2025 - Where do they go next
Replies: 42
Views: 7006

Re: Airbus Lineup Circa 2025 - Where do they go next

The next generation of aircraft will be more to do with propulsion than anything else. As the OEMs are risk-averse nowadays then the tube-and-two design will be around for a long time yet. That means engine developments will pace what happens. For Airbus, a substantial PIP on the Pratt powered A32X ...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 143
Views: 22205

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

BA is nicely positioned to take the Ultrafan engined A350NEO in the middle of the next decade. The GE engined 772ERs will be the next batch to leave and they have got life in them yet.

The three oddball 772A aircraft are being replaced by 773ERs incoming and shuffling of the fleet.

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:47 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: 141995

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

That early delivery date for the 339s is the reason I think they will actually take them. But I still wonder how they'll be financed and how long they'll last. EK was never in love with its 332s. Now that is just making things up. EK was built on the back of the A332 fleet for midhaul sectors. The ...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 140270

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

I am curious whether the 747 that will have the Negus livery will get "British airways" or just "British" titles. Since the 70s I have been puzzled by those 'British' titles. Does anyone know what the idea behind this was? Was this a later version of the Negus livery? At the tim...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buying a replacement......what would you do?
Replies: 13
Views: 772

Re: Buying a replacement......what would you do?

Definitely B as batteries are increasingly becoming transparent in use. No memory effects and longer service life meaning they are just not a consideration any longer. Cut your losses and bin the piece of crap you mistakenly bought in the first place, then replace it with something that's simple and...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Standard Class Type
Replies: 11
Views: 989

Re: Standard Class Type

At launch, Virgin Atlantic had Upper Class and down the back would be Riff Raff. That was not adopted in the end as it was considered slightly insulting.

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13945

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

There are accountancy benefits from dismantling and destroying tooling. That's why Boeing did it with the 757 line and also why Airbus will do it with the A380 tooling. It's to do with writedowns of assets and taxation benefits (I'm no accountant but that is why Boeing did it and why Airbus will too...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380’s end of production affect on current operators ?
Replies: 21
Views: 4201

Re: A380’s end of production affect on current operators ?

The A380 will have delivered roughly the same number of units as the TriStar. How long did Lockheed continue supporting that? TriStars were on the civil fleet until fairly recently.

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 113
Views: 19100

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

One thought...maybe now they will actually turn a profit. Emirates has been consistently profitable since their first year of operation, and also finances aircraft on commercial terms or with Islamic financing. What is "Islamic financing"? Basic explanation is that Islam does not allow fo...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 113
Views: 19100

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

okie73 wrote:
One thought...maybe now they will actually turn a profit.

Emirates has been consistently profitable since their first year of operation, and also finances aircraft on commercial terms or with Islamic financing.

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there be a 787F?
Replies: 47
Views: 6054

Re: Will there be a 787F?

The barrel construction might cause problems, especially with cabin floors needing to be strengthened and converted. However the correct answer for your question is "eventually". A custom built B787-9F would be interesting at the right price so later in the aircraft's production cycle. Tha...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of future Quad Engine passenger planes
Replies: 59
Views: 6653

Re: Potential of future Quad Engine passenger planes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETOPS
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Ziyulu wrote:
In the 80s, wasn't there a regulation that required trans-Pacific flights to have at least 3 engines or more?

That was tied up with the beginning of ETOPS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETOPS

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?
Replies: 113
Views: 19100

Re: Emirates' Business Model without the A380?

I'm sure in 10 years time Boeing will put new engines on the 747-8. Emirates could easily be launch customer. Emirates replaces their aircraft after 15 years on average. So the bulk the A380's will be starting to retire around 2030. So if a quarter of the A380 fleet got replaced by 747-8 NEO's then...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower
Replies: 224
Views: 45024

Re: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower

Ah, but Boeing can also stretch the 779 to a 777-10Max and the game continues. Stop trolling for a moment, go away and Google "Pavement loading". The 773ER has always been a tarmac ripper and you want Boeing to double stretch it with the same number of tyres as well as heavier engines? Go...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Etihad restructures aircraft orders
Replies: 83
Views: 14265

Re: Etihad restructures aircraft orders

Whilst counting who has what is fun, another factor is important here. EY flies a lot of empty seats, especially on longhaul routes. Trimming available seats will push up yield if done right. I've seen disastrous reports of loads on A380 flights, for instance. Their ultra lavish suites classes are a...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Cathay Pacific order the 787?
Replies: 42
Views: 8949

Re: Why didn't Cathay Pacific order the 787?

CX Group could equally follow SQ and EI and order the A350 Regional. A lower MTOW and derated version which would offer commonality with the longhaul fleet.

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EK cancels 380's, orders 330neo and 350.
Replies: 214
Views: 35456

Re: Confirmed: EK cancels 380's, orders 330neo and 350.

2024 for A350 is very close to 2025 with upgraded engines. Is this the start for A350-2000 with new engines? I would not be surprised if the contract contains conversion rights. On top of that EK could go with a larger order as launch operator for the A350-2000. The contracts are confidential thoug...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Etihad restructures aircraft orders
Replies: 83
Views: 14265

Re: Etihad restructures aircraft orders

Finally some sanity at EY. They now have a chance to try and get into profit with a better balance of aircraft. All this willy-waving had to end in tears; this is a much better solution than keep borrowing and taking planes and eventually hitting the brick wall of the Emir turning the cash taps off ...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower
Replies: 224
Views: 45024

Re: Airbus A350 to have RR Ultrafan Engines from ~2025, Ostrower

And anyone who bets their farm on yet another RR miracle engine, delivered on time, is smoking something good. I expect all sorts of PW-like teething issues, plus lots of Brexit headaches. The timetable for UltraFan will be more 2025-2030 than 2025. For those who need reliable capacity and efficien...

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 108733

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

And how long ago was that? Leahy is no longer with Airbus since 2017. There was an initial logjam possibly due to production startup, but there isn't now, which is probably the reason why they haven't made up their mind whether to increase production rates. The logjam is having sufficient flexibili...

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Analyst: QR Announces A380 To Be Retired After 10 Years; 777X Will Be Initial Replacement
Replies: 53
Views: 15121

Re: QR Announces A380 To Be Retired After 10 Years; 777X Will Be Initial Replacement

I wouldn't take this story as gospel truth. Al Baker said similar things (actually much more negatively) about the A346 which he wanted rid of, but ended up finding a niche to operate them in. They didn't get parked. He is the CEO but he isn't the owner after all. He has bosses and they have to agre...

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by Channex757
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 108733

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Some not too unexpected news from Reuters. While this has been discussed in several other threads, I think it deserves its own thread. Mods, please close this thread if there are any duplication. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-a380/airbus-hit-by-jet-cancellations-as-a380-shutdown-looms-i...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18736

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

I see a lot of you have your dancing shoes out to perform a tango on its grave. That is your right. I had always hoped that if this project was built it would connect all of California at a deeper level, but Amtrak and Amtrak buses will have to suffice. What should be mourned is what it would have ...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HondaJet HA-420 with GE Honda HF120, Have similar integrations existed?
Replies: 9
Views: 1307

Re: HondaJet HA-420 with GE Honda HF120, Have similar integrations existed?

Lots of material available online about the companies. De Havilland made a few inter-war civilian props with their own engines too. Here's a gem of a story https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Type_223 which was an early proposal for an SST with the Bristol Olympus engine. It was merged into Concor...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18736

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

For $77 billion both Airbus and Boeing could come up with hyper-efficient electric short range planes and still have money left over. Sorry if this triggers any of our Luddite tendency hereabouts, but that much cash could fund both OEMs and engine makers to do a clean sheet project. Rechargeable hyb...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EL AL...MCO official announcement
Replies: 84
Views: 10599

Re: EL AL...MCO official announcement

LAS and MCO make a lot of sense. As well as business traffic and VFR, there are vacation possibilities both ways. Israelis want their holidays in reliably secure locations and the USA ticks those boxes. It's great to see LY moving outside of its prior niche of trunk routes and developing new markets.

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 108733

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Problems are that the A380 is just not an efficient use of capital. The same goes for the engines. RR won't spend a bath of cash to scrape a tiny improvement on SFC and anything worth having is going to require major surgery. The Trent 900 has given up all the low hanging fruit on economy so anythin...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 108733

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Some not too unexpected news from Reuters. While this has been discussed in several other threads, I think it deserves its own thread. Mods, please close this thread if there are any duplication. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-a380/airbus-hit-by-jet-cancellations-as-a380-shutdown-looms-i...

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by Channex757
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HondaJet HA-420 with GE Honda HF120, Have similar integrations existed?
Replies: 9
Views: 1307

Re: HondaJet HA-420 with GE Honda HF120, Have similar integrations existed?

If you mean things such as Boeing and Pratt being the same company way back, then yes. Otherwise there are examples such as De Havilland making aircraft and the engines that power them (the Comet being a famous example with the Ghost engine). Nowadays there may be other examples in places like China...

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by Channex757
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 141995

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

Why can I smell BS on the wild claims over engines above? Let's consider RR engines in the sand pit. EK,EY and SV operate Trent 700s quite happily with seemingly no major issues. EY, QR and EK have flown the Trent 500 which has some commonality with the bigger T900 engines. At multiple thrust rating...

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by Channex757
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train
Replies: 39
Views: 1671

Re: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

Another possibility is forking the technology that came from the Shuttle, or rather from scientists who worked for NASA on fuel cells. https://www.bloomenergy.com/ These fuel cells are currently fixed but there is no reason why they couldn't be put onto trains. They were a mobile power concept after...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train
Replies: 39
Views: 1671

Re: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

Hyundai are working down a promising avenue of building long distance passenger buses with fuel cell technology. Batteries would work well in cities, with the fuel cells providing range extension out on highways for those inter-city long routes.

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train
Replies: 39
Views: 1671

Re: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

Combined with battery storage, the fuel cell train can also save huge amounts of energy. Instead of using traction motor braking and then just discharging that energy through load banks on the roof, the energy from braking can be captured in a battery in the same way electric cars do. There is also ...

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by Channex757
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”
Replies: 65
Views: 14253

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”

This could equally be an accountancy exercise to see if there is an investor appetite for spinning the airline off as a separate entity. That would mean cash available to Thomas Cook for their investment plans as well as freeing the airline up to start rolling over older aircraft. They would just be...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates is looking at Etihad, Norwegian and Hong Kong Airlines for Pilots
Replies: 22
Views: 5659

Re: Emirates is looking at Etihad, Norwegian and Hong Kong Airlines for Pilots

HX would presumably subcontract the crews, as pilot bonding would potentially be an issue. That or do a deal where EK picks up the bond and settles with HX in cash for any balance outstanding. Redundancies are different as they would be clear of any debt and are the type of direct recruitment EK wou...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct Motown song
Replies: 21
Views: 2036

Re: The correct Motown song

Diana Ross and the Supremes - Love Child.

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”
Replies: 65
Views: 14253

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”

While the overall group result worsened in 2018, the airline division improved its underlying operating profit by 37% to reach £129 million. This was based on revenue of £3.5 billion for the year. The group's airline division operates 103 aircraft, of which a quarter serve long-haul destinations, an...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”
Replies: 65
Views: 14253

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines “strategic review”

We had this discussion recently. MT is in flux at the moment with Condor being an expensive problem coming down the road (767 fleet age). I can see a TUI-style merging of brands under one title (Condor UK etc) to enable aircraft sharing that is more flexible, and a reduction in the costs of operatin...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 216
Views: 38316

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

There is a third party to both deals that has so far said nothing. QF has a contract with Rolls Royce for engines on the A380 which will need to be negotiated away, and could even be moved across to an A350 purchase. It isn't as simple as an Airbus-QF deal and all three need to be singing from the ...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 216
Views: 38316

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

If it is related to Project Sunrise then it is IMHO likely that Boeing has won the order. I reiterate that I think these are unrelated decisions, but if there was a connection between this announcement and Project Sunrise you would think that they'd mention the cancellation of the A380s in a footno...

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by Channex757
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are fashion companies' traditional fashion calendars hurting department stores?
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: Are fashion companies' traditional fashion calendars hurting department stores?

More importantly, the recent rise of the phenomenon of drop shipping is going to cripple the bricks and mortar clothing retailers even further. The ability to buy direct from the factory and have your choices mailed directly to you, cutting out all middlemen entirely. Why go to a posh city centre st...

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