That doesn't make much sense. Even if they gave up the 778 (which isn't a foregone conclusion at this point) there's essentially nil reason for them to take an A359ULR when all of their A359s will be 280T capable aircraft. That's essentially what I was saying - the A359 is the ideal 77L/778X replac...Jump to post
Crucially I also think that ends any possibility of seeing the 778X in EK livery now - they'll take a few as ULR options if they need the range to replace the 77Ls. That doesn't make much sense. Even if they gave up the 778 (which isn't a foregone conclusion at this point) there's essentially nil r...Jump to post
I’m expected the Emirates A350 numbers to double and reach 100+. Yes A339 negotiations are ongoing and we’ll wait and see what happens. Maybe let flydubai have the A339’s and EK concentrate on the BIG birds? Lets wait and see what they do with: A339 / 787-10 - could bin off the additional fleet and...Jump to post
Ishrion wrote:Official: AirArabia 120 Airbus A320 family aircraft, including the A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft.
https://twitter.com/LiveFromALounge/sta ... 7951243264
Indeed, it would seem odd to heap praise on the A330neo and then drop it. Those not jumping to conclusions might have their patience rewarded. :wink2: Especially if he is asking for a slightly higher thrust option from Rolls and that is why he's being so specific about the engine needing to meet re...Jump to post
x1234 wrote:With the A350ULR can they make IAH non-stop from SIN!?
Will be interesting to see how this one unfolds. Only this week, Tim Clark went on record as saying the A330-900 was a good fit in the EK fleet, but he wanted more from the engine manufacturers in terms of reliability and maturity. Indeed, it would seem odd to heap praise on the A330neo and then dr...Jump to post
Very sad to see the A339N order go by the wayside if that is indeed what is happening but A359s are probably a more flexible option for EK - you can see why they would take them. I reckon that means a 787-10 in EK livery fairly shortly for their regional stuff. Crucially I also think that ends any p...Jump to post
Will ULR pay its way? Is there sufficient demand for direct flights across this distance for passengers to pay the extra for flying fuel to fly fuel to burn? (and that loop continues!) -- Take say LHR-SYD. What would the demand on a daily direct flight be? What would be the price beyond which passe...Jump to post
Cue lots of frothing Boeing fans all wetting their pants about the sight of an A350 going for scrap. As for SKC my first A380 flight was on her, LHR-SIN way back in 2008. She was an absolute marvel. I couldn't get over how quiet and spacious she was. Probably my all time favourite flight in economy...Jump to post
It's been widely discussed that the A350 is able to slot more economically into airlines' normal operations than the 778 which is heavier. For example it would allow QF to use it on both SYD-LHR and SYD-HKG without much of a hit costwise. The same could be said of BA who could use it on JFK-LHR and...Jump to post
The Google Maps satellite view shows the 2 in the photograph in the original post as well as a third, parked elsewhere. The picture includes many other aircraft, almost all Airbuses. One stand has an A350 and a 777-200, both without engines... https://twitter.com/a350blog/status/863529035095212041 ...Jump to post
KLM doesn't need the full range for Cityhopper. The E295 works in well for them...I could see this also replacing some B737 routes as well with purchase rights. Could this lead to future orders as well for Lufthansa Group or LOT? (This likely means the E175s are gone, and if a 1-for-1 replacement, ...Jump to post
I can totally see AF operating the A220 series obviously so no issue to see KL go E-Jet-E2. In fact it will be a nice looking bird and a bit different. I for one am happy. Airbus will get their pound of flesh too from AF.Jump to post
Some absolutely vintage AvsB straw man posing on this thread. I think the A330 NEO has indeed a great year in 2019 compared to what most on this site were predicting this time last year for the 2019 prospects - ie: that the cheaper, better, lighter, more efficient, prettier, more modern etc 787 woul...Jump to post
I have to say a fleet of: EMB190-E2 EMB195-E2 737-MAX8 737-MAX9 737-MAX10 787-9 787-10 777-300ER ...is pretty efficient. As a loyal KL traveller I applaud them for it, even if I'd have liked to see some A350s in the blue. As a loyal KL traveller myself I certainly don't applaud them for it. I will ...Jump to post
Makes sense - they carry similar payload of 744 but at circa 20% less fuel costs and being fully amortised should be bringing a nice costs saving if replacing the 744s.
Beautiful planes to fly and i'd take them from LHR-BKK over BR or BA etc if they brought it back.
digitalcloud wrote:CHRISBA35X wrote:Little bit of a surprise as they've just finished upgrading them.
Still six years to go!
It makes a lot of sense for long-haul but with the current 737MAX problems plus the 737 pickle fork issues will they still wish to stay with the 737 for short-haul? As Blake Shelton sang, it will be sunny in Seatlle and snowing in New Orleans the day KL walk away from the 737. It would be almost as...Jump to post
Little bit of a surprise as they've just finished upgrading them. I fly them quite often and they are a nice ride, in good condition and not much different to the 787s in terms of in flight experience. I would think the last of the A332s will be last to go and they'll likely go for scrap. A333s will...Jump to post
Reckon we might see the UX fleet carry on as it is and stick with the 73/78 combo. The fleet is large enough and replacing them with Airbuses makes little sense. The 787 is ideal and there isn't much you could replace them with that would be better, and certainly not worth the capex expenditure. I d...Jump to post
I think the A320 as we know it is on its way out. I don't see them doing much more with it. What we'll see in my opinion is the expansion (and production ramp up the important aspect of this) of the A220 to cover the 140-160 seat end of the market, probably with some money already being invested int...Jump to post
I'd get rid of everything save for the newer A333s and 788/789s. Operate the Airbuses regionally and the Dreamliners for long-haul. I'd get rid of First and just focus on a Premium Y and a really excellent C product. I'd cede any route the A333s cant make money on to Thai Smile. I'd buy a load of A2...Jump to post
I've flown: 788 - Qatar, Royal Jordanian, BA, Biman, Royal Brunei. 789 - KLM, BA, Virgin, Norwegian, United, Thai, Qantas, Turkish. A359 - Cathay, Lufthansa, Qatar A35J - Cathay, Qatar I can say with reasonable surety that i dont see anything wrong with the interiors on the two new twins, they dont ...Jump to post
Sickening but not shocking. You wouldn't get me onto a C919 if you paid me.Jump to post
So is it confirmed DL will use refurbed 764ERs on LGWBOS/JFK? Or is that just on the LHR route? If so I wonder what they will use to LGW? You'd think 752/763 but can their A321s do it? Or maybe an A332 displaced by A359s coming into the fleet?Jump to post
I absolutely love it, as I knew I would. I do hold out some hope that one day they might revisit Wunala, Nalanji and Water Dreaming for the A380 or 787. Iconic.Jump to post
^^^ Interesting. Have two trips to Hong Kong coming up for tourism/fun. Haven’t had a single concern or thought once about not going. It’s interesting what scares people these days - or, perhaps, let’s them justify their own fears. Love the city and the food, can’t wait to go back. Exactly my view ...Jump to post
Bankruptcy waiting to happen.Jump to post
worldranger wrote:STC didn’t say capacity would grow 30%....he said ‘fleet’.
The thread title is ‘fleet’ not capacity
Smaller aircraft for larger aircraft - means increased frequencies and destinations.
I don't really see their projections - I think they are maxed out to be honest. Where are they going to add 30% more capacity? Frequencies? Might the 380 be on the way out earlier than we thought? And can DXB even handle 30% more flights? Lastly, given the regional tensions is there even 30% growth...Jump to post
I don't really see their projections - I think they are maxed out to be honest. Where are they going to add 30% more capacity? Frequencies? Might the 380 be on the way out earlier than we thought? And can DXB even handle 30% more flights? Lastly, given the regional tensions is there even 30% growth ...Jump to post
Yes but everyt time i need to fly to certain places, IE: Odessa, the flights go via Ataturk. Ataturk airport has been closed to pax traffic since April. There is a new airport in town :) What you refer to as Ataturk is now ISL ; still serving Cargo and Business jets, the new airport got the old cod...Jump to post
I hope not. IST is a chaotic and very stressful airport to fly through. I've never had a good flight/experience with TK in over a dozen flights with them and will go out of my way to avoid IST if at all possible. Its unbelievably crowded, messy, poorly laid out and way way way over capacity. Sahiba...Jump to post
I hope not. IST is a chaotic and very stressful airport to fly through. I've never had a good flight/experience with TK in over a dozen flights with them and will go out of my way to avoid IST if at all possible. Its unbelievably crowded, messy, poorly laid out and way way way over capacity. Sahiba ...Jump to post
Errr...what? You are aware aircraft don’t actually fly from the gate to 36L at AMS? ;) I would reverse the argument: since the Polderbaan is the most westerly runway actual flying time towards AUS would actually be less. By about 10 seconds.. Just kidding of course. Hahahahaha yeah i live in the Ne...Jump to post
A 10.5hr westbound flight would definitely do well to avoid the Polderbaan departures! Can add another 30 mins to the flight time just getting out there to the runway. Errr...what? You are aware aircraft don’t actually fly from the gate to 36L at AMS? ;) I would reverse the argument: since the Pold...Jump to post
AMS-AUS is a fairly long poke for the slightly older KLM A333s. I'd have thought much more an A332 route, probably they would loft similar payloads in periods of headwinds across the Atlantic. Aren’t the KLM A333’s rated at 233t? Or are they 230? It’s gonna pushing 10hr 30min block westbound. If an...Jump to post
AMS-AUS is a fairly long poke for the slightly older KLM A333s. I'd have thought much more an A332 route, probably they would loft similar payloads in periods of headwinds across the Atlantic. Perhaps they'll downgauge the route to the 332 in the winter months, then? Pure speculation, though. Would...Jump to post
It would need to be a seriously seriously good price for me to take one of the LGW 772s on BA to DXB over the competing EK product. I just don't think they are very nice. Flew their LHR four class cousins a couple of times in WT+ when I was living in DXB and the experience made me go up the road to...Jump to post
It would need to be a seriously seriously good price for me to take one of the LGW 772s on BA to DXB over the competing EK product. I just don't think they are very nice. Flew their LHR four class cousins a couple of times in WT+ when I was living in DXB and the experience made me go up the road to ...Jump to post
Really, really like this livery. I was worried it would go badly as I liked the old livery very much and there have been lots of great liveries falling by the wayside lately - LH, MU, AY, IB and MH to name but a few. Luckily SK got it spot on in my view - very pretty.Jump to post
I have yet to see a livery that doesn't look good on a Dreamliner. She's a good looking bird. the 10 is a little lanky, the 8 is sexy but slightly stubby - but to my tired eyes the 9 is the best looking of the family and I'd suggest well in the running for the best looking "vanilla twin" (...Jump to post