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by moa999
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019
Replies: 585
Views: 69527

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2019

Not sure if there are any actual facts in that Horton article.

No doubt the Kangaroo route is tough but QF has a pretty powerful asset in its FF program and corporate contracts

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by moa999
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 29390

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

Why would EY do it?

They've got a midfield extension that opens spoon and plenty of land for further expansion and runways at AUH.

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by moa999
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 294
Views: 64991

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Did QF stopped their A380 maintenance at DXB? Most of the major A380 maintenance over past years has been with Lufthansa in MNL Manilla Emirates in DXB recently did the repaint for 8. Korean Air in BUS Busan has done 1 repaint and will do other 3 Seems as though Etihad in AUH has got the contract f...

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by moa999
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's
Replies: 94
Views: 17523

Re: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's

musman9853 wrote:
Considering how many LCCs operate 788s, I wonder why the a338 isn't as popular with them?
Only AAX and Cebu Pacific have been willing to put 3-3-3 into a 330.
At 2-4-2 versus a 3-3-3 787 is far more competitive.

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by moa999
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's
Replies: 94
Views: 17523

Re: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's

Separate companies (and stock market listings) and books but interrelated. AAX.MK is trading near 5-yr lows and has a MCap of only US$170m according to Bloomberg. Air Asia itself owns 14% and others entities associated with Tony another 17% By comparison the main company Air Asia Berhad 5099.MK is a...

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by moa999
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: QANTAS Domestic Business Class | BNE-SYD | B737-800 | Video Link
Replies: 2
Views: 3486

Re: QANTAS Domestic Business Class | BNE-SYD | B737-800 | Video Link

Nice review and video. Qantas 737 fleet consists of 75 aircraft delivered between 2002 and 2014 (so 5 to 17 years old). The latter 37 have seatback entertainment, of which about 20 have the new Sky Interior. The first 38 rely on the app. Mostly randomly distributed on routes although the seatback IF...

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by moa999
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 29390

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

I don't see a need to keep A380s longer than expected. The local economy depends on the shear volume of people the A380s bring in. EK still has 10+ A380s to be delivered. Beyond that I do expect it to keep some aircraft beyond the typical 12 years.. as otherwise you'd be replacing with 777s which f...

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by moa999
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's
Replies: 94
Views: 17523

Re: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's

zkojq wrote:
Air Asia has multiple operations: Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan. They don't have to all be operated by Air Asia Malaysia.
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Only Malaysia and Thailand have long-haul (or X divisions)

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by moa999
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Asia ordering 12 A330neo and 30 A321xlr instead of previously announced but not confirmed 34 A330neo's
Replies: 94
Views: 17523

Re: AirAsia to firm up A330neos + A321xlr order/conversion

astuteman wrote:
Original order for 66 x A330NEO unchanged.
New order changed from 34 x A330NEO to 12 x A330NEO plus 30 x A321XLR


Still 78 330neos for an airline that presently has 35 330s (24 AAX + 11 TAAX) and is seemingly struggling to find additional profitable routes seems a lot.

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by moa999
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

They paid to use the "Virgin" brand when they I wonder if we will see another airline start domestic operations whilst the Virgin Group are weak... similar to what Virgin did with Ansett? Im sure they'd have to pay to use any Virgin branding.. whether they can get out of the contract alto...

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by moa999
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 74099

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

It's only a couple of hours longer than the existing 787 flights so pax experience is fairly easy to judge (though seats will be a little wider). It's the crew fatigue stuff they need to demonstrate to CASA, but again they have lots of data from the 787s. It's undoubtedly more for publicity/media.. ...

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by moa999
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Agreed - and looks like QF was right to not give Borghetti the top job! Wonder where he will pop up next?. At the time both AJ and JB were appointed, one would have though Borghetti had the easiest job. Take a low cost airline upmarket and expand market share. He's expanded, but seemingly grown cos...

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by moa999
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Also VAH has way too much cash, (1.7 Billion), I wonder if they can repurchase some shares to reduce the complex board structure, yet it will significantly draw up the D/E ratio. ? There's cash and real cash. For a start it offsets the massive amount of debt (not far behind QAN for a much small ope...

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by moa999
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 74099

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Ozair wrote:
If the A380 disappears from the QF fleet by 2025-28 they will have been a worthwhile investment.


With the current investment on c-checks and a full refurb of the your deck (new lounge, J and PE and refresh of F and Y, I'd see flying until 2028-30 as more likely.

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by moa999
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 230
Views: 27200

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

ewt340 wrote:
B787-8 have kill A330-800neo. Airbus need to reclaim the 250 seats market that are dominated by A330-200 back in the day.


321XLR pushes into this territory.
And possible 322 for shorter seatcount.. just don't see the $s in the gap for Airbus.

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by moa999
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/82jlet5by54y ... VNwsa?dl=0
Very selective angles.

The main livery is Atlas Air, including the blue engines.
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CraigAnderson wrote:
QF images of its new B747-8F are at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/82jlet5by54y ... VNwsa?dl=0
Very selective angles.

The main livery is Atlas Air, including the blue engines.

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by moa999
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

We probably see a bit of a decision point in the next couple of years as the leased 777 comes up for renewal (at a guess 2021). The other four 777s are owned. The 330s are younger being leased from 2012-14. Reportedly not a great second hand market for the 777s and P2F conversions not cheap due to s...

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by moa999
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 493
Views: 103167

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Wouldn't believe the Seatguru figures - the QF 330 and 787 are near identical (I'd suspect the 332 figures are from the old 2-2-2 SkyBed MkI, all of which have now been refurbed) It's not just Qantas going 1-2-1 This article gives a good overview of the various designs and the large number of airlin...

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by moa999
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 493
Views: 103167

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Let's just consider widebodies given this thread. The main difference between 2-2-2 and 1-2-1 is all aisle access - so the pax doesn't have to step over someone to go to the bathroom, or be served across someone. 1-2-1 provides more privacy (although some designs provide couples pairings in the cent...

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by moa999
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

VH-OJU retirement flight on 13 Oct 2019 with another points plane SYD-LAX flight.

Bookings close 2 Sep

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by moa999
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Only the 8 domestic configured aircraft (EBA-EBL) are getting WiFi at this point, and in any event the NBN satellite they connect to only covers the Australian mainland. Qantas has said they are waiting for the three ViaSat3 Ka satellites to launch.. these won't be operable until 2022/23 but will de...

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by moa999
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: maintenance mishap causes extensive damage to an Emirates Airbus A380
Replies: 73
Views: 19742

Re: maintenance mishap causes extensive damage to an Emirates Airbus A380

lightsaber wrote:
EK:. We need to order the following doors: L1, L5 and a set of flaps for the A380 and new wing Leading edges.
Airbus: what?!?


Think they'd be used to it. Accidents happen.
Qantas recently got a big parts delivery at LAX - a new leading edge for VH-OQA after plane v truck incident

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by moa999
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 493
Views: 103167

Re: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Latest business being 1-2-1 layout? Sorry but the industry standard is still 2-2-2. The A350 ULR is one generation too early. If I were Joyce I'd either go with the 777-8 or wait until Airbus gets the A350 NEO flying and vie to be the launch customer. . A 1-2-1 stagger is definitely become the stan...

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by moa999
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

But they are getting 321XLRs which could fly some of their current 787 routes.

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by moa999
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 74099

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Very smart.
Give them a good deal on the 777-9, which can then replace 380s down the line as more suitable aircraft become available.

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by moa999
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 74099

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

Surely though it wouldn't be that hard to extrapolate from the existing 787 routes (even if they have to put the crew in a room for a few hours at the end of the flight).

But Qantas likes to get it's free publicity

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by moa999
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Nope they've got 6 on order. 3 for delivery 2019, another 3 in 2020.

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by moa999
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 74099

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

It's not really an announcement. They did LHR-SYD on a 747 delivery 30 years ago, so it's a piece of cake for the 789 But... this is an announcement? They're announcing that they'll test SYD/JFK-LHR on a 787 before revenue flights begin? No they are doing research on impacts of long haul flight. Th...

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by moa999
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 469
Views: 74099

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

It's not really an announcement. They did LHR-SYD on a 747 delivery 30 years ago, so it's a piece of cake for the 789

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by moa999
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 230
Views: 27200

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

count me out on an airplane that doesn't have physical windows that cannot be opened. .. Talk about claustrophobic [emoji38] No different to a typical overnight flight where the FAs ensure all the shutters are down, or set automatically to dark on the 787. Didn't say it would be popular with passen...

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by moa999
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAN, SZX gain renewed impetus to challenge HKG as air hub in Pearl River Delta
Replies: 26
Views: 4155

Re: CAN, SZX gain renewed impetus to challenge HKG as air hub in Pearl River Delta

As someone who is willing to connect in China, I know a lot of people wary of connecting in China and would pay high premium to connect at HKG. But that can change pretty quickly. Despite improvements with the TWOVs etc there are still issues with it that put people off. And the transit experience ...

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by moa999
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 230
Views: 27200

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

I see the next gen possibly being windowless other than doors and emergency exits Replace all the windows with next gen screen strips (a bit like EKs fake window in their new First suites). Enables you to drastically change fuselage design taking out weight and probably giving better noise and tempe...

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by moa999
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

The private ownership of most of our airports doesn't help.. Many of the cheap fares in Europe are driven by subsidies from local/state governments trying to drive investment and tourism (albeit I think many now have got sick of RyanAir etal pulling out once the subsidy ends). Jetstar tried to devel...

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by moa999
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019
Replies: 1334
Views: 183688

Re: Boeing 797 Thread - 2019

The 797 will be nearing the early A330's in term of payload range so they will enter the low end of the sweet spot. To me that's the issue. Boeing seems to keep trying to push the range capability of the 797 and bring it into the low 330/787 range and somehow expand the market. To me that's a mista...

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by moa999
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Still a lot of Qantas FFers not flying to LHR, and it takes time to double back and LHR is an average transit point. If EK moves away, then traffic would naturally flow to QR (assuming it stays in oneworld), and I don't think EK would be keen on that. But a lot could change in the next couple of years

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by moa999
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... rtnership/
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And QF Club members and Elites still have access to EK lounges and vv.

The partnership was extended to 2022
https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... rtnership/

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by moa999
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.
Replies: 51
Views: 10921

Re: Heathrow-JFK is the world's only billion-dollar airline route.

On SYD-MEL, QF has 37 - 45 flights per day in each direction, mostly 738s but some 332s (all scheduled, no US style shuttle) SYD-MEL is 450m/720km.. remember Australia is big. A bit longer than LHR-FRA which also doesn't have any direct high speed rail, best is a change at Brussels but still 5+ hour...

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by moa999
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Switzerland to follow suit with Eco-Tax
Replies: 95
Views: 7799

Re: Switzerland to follow suit with Eco-Tax

And just watch the Swiss drive to an airport outside Switzerland to avoid it

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by moa999
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 177
Views: 40829

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luckin_Coffee )

mi store is interesting as they try and expand the brand
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luckin coffee needs a second glance.
(Wow. From 0 to 3000 stores in under two years
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luckin_Coffee )

mi store is interesting as they try and expand the brand

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by moa999
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

Tend to agree unlikely to be many new routes as the remaining 787s are 747 replacements. Maybe only some shorter routes with a 321XLR. Bigger question is let's say QF does get 8 350/777 by 2024/25 and flies them on SYD/MEL- LHR/JFK. What routes do the 12 A380s fly? Given after the refurb will likely...

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by moa999
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 276552

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

I think it is likely QF will commit to 20-40 HGW / ULR A350-1000s that can each do the required >8000NM with a good margin. . Way too many. Remember QF is an end of line carrier with a relatively small population. Current LH fleet. 12 A380s, 7 747s, 8 787s, 10 333s, 8 332s (so 45 aircraft) - and fo...

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by moa999
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 493
Views: 103167

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I think Airbus might be marketing it along this route too. If they are then it must be keeping it's current seating config or at least slightly below it What does that mean? In seat count the 777-9 will be the closest to the A380. Both have more range. The point of the ULR is opening up additional ...

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by moa999
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 276552

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

But how much of that LF is due to pax who will take SYD-LHR and MEL-LHR instead

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by moa999
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 276552

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

When is the PER airport issue going to be resolved!? As more 789's get delivered they should launch PER-CDG and PER-FRA ASAP. Who knows. I suspect the issue is that the terminal needs $$ invested to support new flights and PER Airport isn't willing (or wants harsh terms) given they want to demolish...

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by moa999
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 276552

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Think QF already has a bunch of pretty cheap 787 options

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by moa999
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019
Replies: 471
Views: 71168

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2019

So ZNI/J/K are all within 10 spots on the Everett production line.

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by moa999
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 493
Views: 103167

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Assuming the aircraft will still need to be premium heavy for Sunrise, not sure if BA would want such a subfleet.

If see better uses for BA in a regular config like MAN-SIN (SQ currently does this on a 35J on the aircraft that flies from IAH)

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