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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 219981

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

You'd be nuts to invest in this end of the market these days - not premium or efficient enough to fight the scheduled carriers on scheduled routes and not cheap enough to fight the LoCos on the LoCo routes. Package holiday market dead as everyone books online deals these days through price matching ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: LX A220 GTF IFSD on September 16th, 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 22686

Re: Confirmed: LX A220 GTF IFSD on September 16th, 2019

I have the sense a few folks from that side of the Atlantic will be keen to see a grounding here - sad really. Fingers crossed its not a major issue.

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 70
Views: 25969

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

It does make me laugh when it was mentioned upthread that "BA reckon it will cost 30m to bring the aircraft to BA standard" - you mean fitting inferior hard products than the ones they are retired with will cost that much? A standard does not need to be higher. Yes but imagine spending al...

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 70
Views: 25969

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

It does make me laugh when it was mentioned upthread that "BA reckon it will cost 30m to bring the aircraft to BA standard" - you mean fitting inferior hard products than the ones they are retired with will cost that much?

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32451

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

Yet in the end he projects A380s will still be in the fleet till the mid 2030s, but they won't be getting the new first class cabins as previously suggested. I very much doubt the A380s will be on property by 2030 if they arent getting new F/C/Y+ etc. They'll need nose to tail revamps in the coming...

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 32451

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

Why didn't they start on the D-index tails? why start on the Echoes?

The Deltas will be older and coming up for more C/D checks, they have older fittings are a lot more tired than the Echoes. I guess it must be a lessor thing?

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China A330 fire @ Beijing Airport
Replies: 44
Views: 15694

Re: Air China A330 fire @ Beijing Airport

Misdeclared DG cargo no doubt. thank God it didn't happen in the air.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA
Replies: 93
Views: 17992

Re: Rumour: Alex Cruz & Klaus Goresch leaving BA

Cruz leaving would be a major step in the right direction. Enough with the Ryanair stuff, we want our full service flag carrier back.

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)
Replies: 63
Views: 13216

Re: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)

RIP Captain. A true hero of aviation and a great man to boot.

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 298
Views: 65527

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

As an aside I always wondered why BA Mainline didn't have some sort of arrangement with BACF for rotating the E-jets through LGW/LHR at weekends. Right now they do places like Skiathos, Ibiza etc at weekends from LCY and I am not sure how profitable they are - looks like placeholding for utilisation...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 298
Views: 65527

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

I think LCY-JFK will go the way of the dinosaurs once Crossrail opens next year and LHR is brought much closer to The City in travelling time. At that point the value of A220 vs 190-E2s starts to diminish as a key advantage would be being able to op -100s to do long-haul J only flights to places lik...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 53843

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

A vast 12 abreast megatwin with 10% better fuel burn as a 779X but 25-30% more floorspace and similar range. That is how the next VLA will come about. Whether Airbus or Boeing (or COMAC?) build it, i guess we'll find out. I thought 11 abreast (3x5x3) was the most densely permitted under FAA regulat...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Social Credit Score Impact on Chinese Air Transportation
Replies: 45
Views: 6700

Re: Social Credit Score Impact on Chinese Air Transportation

I have to say I think its a great idea and frankly, we should look at something like this in the UK - although the snowflakes and bleeding heart liberals will cry all the way to the ECHR about it. We (the Brits) are in a few cases a shockingly poorly behaved race of people abroad on occasion and mor...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

To veer back on topic, do we see BA as a A350-1000ULR customer? If so, on what routes and in what numbers? Unless BA wants to start non-stops to Australia & possibly New Zealand, I don't see any requirement for ULR-specific frames in their fleet, given their current route network . IIRC, their ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai
Replies: 12
Views: 3093

Re: Air China launching Gatwick to Shanghai

Weak pound really doing it for the Chinese hordes of tourists.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service
Replies: 154
Views: 31030

Re: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service

My reading of it is that they are wisely ceding the ULH sector to Airbus for the A359ULH/A350-1000ULH and putting the money saved into optimizing the 779X into its niche that Airbus has no answer to, and also into the 787-9/10 combo which is dominating the segment it plays in and has an opportunity...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service
Replies: 154
Views: 31030

Re: Boeing delays 777-8X entry into service

My reading of it is that they are wisely ceding the ULH sector to Airbus for the A359ULH/A350-1000ULH and putting the money saved into optimizing the 779X into its niche that Airbus has no answer to, and also into the 787-9/10 combo which is dominating the segment it plays in and has an opportunity ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 53843

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

I wonder if perhaps we are all thinking too traditionally and Airbus will perhaps look at a modular solution. The idea is you have a WB twin to replace the A330 series with two different spans of wings with a choice of no wingtip devices or two sizes of sharklets depending on the range profile you n...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Trouble in the Future?
Replies: 82
Views: 20870

Re: 787 trouble in the future

No I don't see any threat to the 787 here. You'll have the 787-9 continue to be ordered in huge numbers and the 787-10 start to really gain traction with the range bumps it has apparently been given. I think they'll end up lightening the 787-8 too. Thing to remember is many 772/A333s are not quite a...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing rolls out 787-9 in "Dreams take flight" livery
Replies: 55
Views: 14669

Re: Boeing rolls out 787-9 in "Dreams take flight" livery

Great looking bird. Gemini Jets and Phoenix, InFlight etc will be falling over themselves to be knocking this one out.

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 53843

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

It's not exactly a clean sheet, but I think that we are going to see something really weird based on the A380. It will look like an A380, but it won't at the same time and will pave the way for future models. It may not even sell in in numbers or be built from new and just be retrofitted with a bun...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 53843

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

It's not exactly a clean sheet, but I think that we are going to see something really weird based on the A380. It will look like an A380, but it won't at the same time and will pave the way for future models. It may not even sell in in numbers or be built from new and just be retrofitted with a bun...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 53843

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

I think they have the NB and WB sectors cinched in so logic dictates you just close the gaps. I have always felt they were on the right track with the A310. I wonder if we could see an A310-size regional people-mover with the same approx. pax capacity as a 753, able to take LD3s side by side. Aimed ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo

TWA772LR wrote:
CHRISBA35X wrote:
I cant believe they are looking at this on EK mainline not flyDubai. This screams flyDubai to me.

Maybe if their 737s had aerial refueling capabilities.



What is flight time? Five and a bit hours? If so their -800Ws can do it easily, let alone their MAXes.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

A twitter account mentioned that the official announcement is expected at Dubai Airshow. aaaaaaaaaaand the pieces begin to fall in to place. Hmm. The EK B777X renegotiate and delay, combined with this news ... I guess it can really make you wonder. Quote "Airbus intend to have the aircraft ava...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 759
Views: 156169

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

The foot-dragging on this from EK starts to make more sense given the rumours surrounding the possibility of an upcoming A350-1000ULR. Taken outside of the 77X discussion the frame looks pretty compelling for EK and one would imagine they are looking seriously at replacing their 77L fleet as is and ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't the B753 sell better?
Replies: 136
Views: 27862

Re: Why didn't the B753 sell better?

I've flown the 753 on TCX a couple of times and couldnt wait to get off. Cramped and a nightmare to deplane if you are sat at the back. I'm sure they are great for the bean-counters but not much fun to fly on and i say that as someone who goes out of his way to take 757s if there is a choice as I lo...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I suspect we might see FrenchBlue look at a few of these to do PPT - CDG non-stop. I know TN said they were looking at it, not sure how good the yield premiums are to go non-stop. FrenchBee (I hope that's what you meant) are a low cost leisure airlines and they fill their aircrafts to the brim with...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

JerseyFlyer wrote:
This development would provide the natural platform for a stretch down the line.


I thought that too. That would be a CASM beast alright.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo
Replies: 24
Views: 7862

Re: Rumor: Emirates to launch Antananarivo

I cant believe they are looking at this on EK mainline not flyDubai. This screams flyDubai to me.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Will the A350-1000ULR have its own designation? Its hard to keep track of!

A350-900 - 359
A350-900ULR - 35L
A350-1000 - 35K
A350-1000ULR - ??? 35U?

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Opus99 wrote:
CHRISBA35X wrote:
Opus99 wrote:
When you say CA? Do you mean BA?


No - Air China.

Oh. You didn’t include a BA prediction in your list


I did upthread.

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I suspect we might see FrenchBlue look at a few of these to do PPT - CDG non-stop. I know TN said they were looking at it, not sure how good the yield premiums are to go non-stop. Who else? VS - they don't fly anywhere that needs the range. SQ - could definitely see them getting a few of these, has...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

I suspect we might see FrenchBlue look at a few of these to do PPT - CDG non-stop. I know TN said they were looking at it, not sure how good the yield premiums are to go non-stop. Who else? VS - they don't fly anywhere that needs the range. SQ - could definitely see them getting a few of these, has ...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR
Replies: 540
Views: 126899

Re: Rumor: Airbus to launch A350-1000ULR

Great to see how both Airbus and Boeing are able to dig out more range incrementally for their flagship twins in their larger iteration. I do wonder whether if this is true we might see some airlines walking away from A359 and 779X orders to go 78J or A35K as they seem to be the most efficient in te...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787-10 Missions in the transpacific market
Replies: 148
Views: 39813

Re: Boeing 787-10 Missions in the transpacific market

All he has done is give generic answers like a typical CEO. He will continue to say they are "looking into the A350" until the day the 787 options are firmed. That is all part of negotiations to get the best price. Next month their widebody fleet will be: 14 787-9's 8 777-200ER's 7 777-30...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways Fleet Discussion and News Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 7116

Re: Thai government approves TG fleet acquisitions

A320s, A321NEOLR and 789s.

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: KLM Orders/Leasing 2 x 777-300s and Converts 789s to 10s
Replies: 127
Views: 24542

Re: KLM Orders/Leasing 2 x 777-300s (unconfirmed) and Converts 789s to 10s (confirmed)

I don't care about noise.

What I do care about is getting on a big beautiful KLM 747 before they are gone. I enjoy the 787 and A350 but they aren't a 747. I try to avoid KL's 777s where possible as they are ten abreast. Their A330s and 787s are much more comfortable.

Price of progress I guess.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: KLM Orders/Leasing 2 x 777-300s and Converts 789s to 10s
Replies: 127
Views: 24542

Re: KLM Orders 2 x 777-300s and Converts 789s to 10s

I'm flying to JFK next month and my outbound has been changed from 747-400 to 787-9 which i'm not happy about. I wonder if it will be changed again to a 787-10?

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: AF firms order for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 577
Views: 119213

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

Great news about the A220s - they'll be great for AF mainline as well as the regional stuff. The savings over the A318 and 19 are pretty compelling and it is a much nicer hard product which will help them solidify business yields like Swiss have. Re the A380s I took an AF A380 recently for the first...

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by CHRISBA35X
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Tunisair launch flights from Tunis to New York JFK in the near future?
Replies: 13
Views: 3027

Re: Will Tunisair launch flights from Tunis to New York JFK in the near future?

I don't see why a JFK or YUL route a couple of times a week wouldn't work. They have an old but capable and fully paid off A332 with quite a big Y section that could do it no problem and very cheaply. I would imagine there would be quite low yields but it reckon it would do pretty well with bellyhol...

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How are Egyptair and Kuwait doing at JFK?
Replies: 22
Views: 6134

Re: How are Egyptair and Kuwait doing at JFK?

I'm not a fan of KU but MS are superb - flown them several times and their hard and soft product is very decent. I don't really care about the lack of booze. The food is great, it is a real source of pride for them. I'd happily do C for 10-14 hours on MS no problem, I think they are a wonderful airl...

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by CHRISBA35X
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 13627

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

Are there any hard stand options around T5 to move short haul turns from gates at T5 to remote stands? I wonder if they can free up some space doing that?

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why Anet Is Declining
Replies: 81
Views: 21064

Re: Why Anet Is Declining

I was on here for years and one of the major contributors to Civ-Av, but I left after getting very tired with the agenda on the site - most notably from the mods at the time. I've returned now and can say its similar but a little better. Certainly more civil, less personal.

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Class Declining
Replies: 28
Views: 5662

Re: First Class Declining

Its almost solely a means of retaining frequent flyers - people buying full fare C who are frequent flyers will get upgrades to F to keep them loyal. I'd imagine a lot more F seats are filled with upgrades than with full fare paying F.

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by CHRISBA35X
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport
Replies: 16
Views: 5966

Re: VERY close shave with BA at Skiathos airport

They didn't hit the fence and were slightly low on the approach but touched down on the runway, nobody was hurt, any other airport and that's a perfectly normal landing as there are runoffs etc making it a non-event. AFAIK Skiathos is a Captain only approach and landing and the Captain IC wouldn't h...

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by CHRISBA35X
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread
Replies: 77
Views: 27731

Re: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread

Cant wait for this. Items to note - 1 - Maverick's own P-51 makes an appearance. 2 - there is a Tomcat after all, right in the end of the trailer. 3 - its mostly filmed and not CGI according to reports I've read so the flying sequences should be incredible 4 - Mav has a high altitude flight suit and...

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by CHRISBA35X
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 759
Views: 156169

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

I can see EK walking away from a lot of the new orders. I think the sacrificial lamb will be the 77Ws which will be shed off lease early I think. I could also see them getting rid of all but about 30-40 of their A380s and just paying the lease penalties to send them to the desert early. We may see 6...

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