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by Melbourne
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 14351

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

[quote="Blerg"][quote="Melbourne"][quote="Blerg"] I guess there wasn't as much demand from ORD because the stop in New York wasn't making it very practical, there was no difference between flying on OA or BA, KL, AF...[/quote] World of difference as the OA services was ...

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by Melbourne
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 14351

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

Definitely right about the untapped market, the last time ORD was connected to ATH was in the mid 1990s with OA operating 747-200s on ATH-JFK-ORD. Suprising to me though that BOS lasted longer and was operated up-to the A340s as a tag also onto JFK. For ORD, the routing was ORD-JFK-ATH. Most of the...

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by Melbourne
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 14351

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

I guess it's easier for them to route all of their passengers through LH Group hubs in Europe, especially MUC and FRA. UA could really profit from Aegean's domestic network in addition to their regional one. I think AA was extremely smart to smart ORD, that's a massive untapped market right there. ...

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by Melbourne
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 14351

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

It's a shame UA and A3 don't have a better relationship. UA could launch either LAX or SFO and make the most of Aegean's regional network, especially to the Middle East and to places such as Georgia or Armenia. Agree, although IAD (and possibly ORD) would be added before the West Coast. I'm still s...

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by Melbourne
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug and their A310s
Replies: 52
Views: 9837

Re: Interflug and their A310s

Ty SheikhDjbouti for the info. Surprised that those relativity young IL's did not find homes with CU or JS Maybe the fact that CU has Il-62Ms that were basically the same age as the Interflug frames. JS Il-62Ms were at the exact time basically new with the eldest being 9 years old by 1989 and the n...

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by Melbourne
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments
Replies: 20
Views: 4128

Re: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments

A route served for years just pulled completely. Qantas' non-stops to London may have to do with this. More and more places are getting easier to reach and a two stop to London makes no sense. A person flying from SYD to LHR would still be stopping the same amount of times with QF, only thing it is...

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by Melbourne
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Vanuatu orders 4 A220
Replies: 43
Views: 9583

Re: Air Vanuatu orders 4 A220

Virgin/Qantas and others all have service to Vanuatu, so, I imagine they see their lunch being eaten, and want to expand. QF/JQ do not fly to Vanuatu at all and VA only has a limited service from BNE. ^^^ Qantas code shares with Air Vanuatu... :roll: Flights are bookable on Qantas.com Virgin Austra...

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by Melbourne
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments
Replies: 20
Views: 4128

Re: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments

Would it be viable for VA or EY to launch BKK-SYD to fill up the gap? The reason EK is leaving and other airlines are reducing capacity is because this market is drying up = hence there will be no "gap" to be filled. The route is being "right-sized" A route served for years just...

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by Melbourne
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments
Replies: 20
Views: 4128

Re: BKK-SYD route

I think more chance of QF replacing JQ on MEL-BKK and JQ use the spare 787 flying to add services to Vietnam which is seeing good growth. In order for this to happen though QF would need to take more A330 flying off domestic. There is still sufficient demand to fly the A330 from SYD-MEL and SYD and...

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by Melbourne
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al future
Replies: 51
Views: 6252

Re: El Al future

ORDfan101 wrote:
Hi

Does anyone think that one day eilat will become a major airport and have many intra Europe routes and maybe some long haul flights like to NYC. This is only hypothetical but would be cool to see


Well intra-European flights from a city that is in the Middle East, how's that possible?

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by Melbourne
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October
Replies: 91
Views: 18115

Re: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October

When the UA flights on SYD-LAX get reduced there will still be to LAX: 31 weekly flights from SYD on 5 carriers 21 weekly flights from MEL on 3 carriers 16 weekly flights from BNE on 2 carriers So that's still 68 weekly flights from Australia just to LAX per week. Also noting that UA actually stepp...

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by Melbourne
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October
Replies: 91
Views: 18115

Re: UA Reducing IAH-SYD and LAX-SYD March to October

alfa164 wrote:
jbs2886 wrote:
September11 wrote:
What is the problem?

A 737-900 doesn't fly SFO-SYD.


Sure it does. With a stop in Honolulu... the Christmas Island... then Fiji...

;)



Honolulu to Christmas Island then back to Fiji for Sydney. Christmas Island is off Java on the other side of Australia :bouncy:

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by Melbourne
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 176
Views: 23120

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

From a pure statistics point of view I'll agree with the red highlighting and therefore don't see how any amount of rationalizing the MD-11's quirks makes flying in that type as safe as other similar aircraft. This is where I am too. I admitted before and I'll admit again that I'm not qualified to ...

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by Melbourne
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egyptian Aviation in trouble?
Replies: 2
Views: 1240

Re: Egyptian Aviation in trouble?

Air Leisure had their A330s leased out to AtlasGlobal as well. It will most likely have a knock on effect in terms of wet lease market in the Eastern Mediterranean v

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by Melbourne
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7782

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

It was lauded as complete nonsense/propaganda at the time. A heavier than commercial VIP outfit won't explain it either. Yeltsin went to Washington in 1994 in his VIP outfitted Il-62, a flight of a few thousand kilometers more. Looking at aircraft accidents with the Il-62, many of these list the fl...

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by Melbourne
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7782

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

This is what was on the news at the time this was news, it didn't make sense to me either. It was lauded as complete nonsense/propaganda at the time. A heavier than commercial VIP outfit won't explain it either. Yeltsin went to Washington in 1994 in his VIP outfitted Il-62, a flight of a few thousa...

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by Melbourne
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7782

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

Yes the Il-62M and Tu-154B-2 are once again allowed in Russian air space.

Most likely Tu-204-300/100B with a stop in Urumqi or Tehran would work well

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by Melbourne
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aegean Selects Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to power 62 A320NEO Family Aircraft.
Replies: 5
Views: 1447

Re: Aegean Selects Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to power 62 A320NEO Family Aircraft.

Most of these will be replacing the older A320CEO that were either bought as old stock ie-Ex Olympic air frames, the A319 and early delivery factory new A320s (2007)

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by Melbourne
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two 747-200F reactivated after 17 years (!) storage
Replies: 41
Views: 22498

Re: Two 747-200F reactivated after 17 years (!) storage

These 747s along with a number of Il-76 freighters that operate for the revolutionary guard corps. The strangest thing is that Iran Air has a purpose build nose loading 747-200F stored at THR that for some reason has not been active in many years

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by Melbourne
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda enter freighter biz - ATR & 777
Replies: 5
Views: 1854

Re: Garuda enter freighter biz - ATR & 777

Interesting, quite a few local freighter outfits already operating cargo ops, good to see GA getting into new feilds. Athough not quite so how well it will pan out considering SIN and KUL are within an hour and a half flying time ex CGK with Fedex, SIA cargo hubs

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by Melbourne
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad special livery on the B787-9?
Replies: 39
Views: 11877

Re: Etihad special livery on the B787-9?

Etihad had that stunning F1 livery on one of their A346s, hopefully this will be a match to that beautiful bird.

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by Melbourne
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug and their A310s
Replies: 52
Views: 9837

Re: Interflug and their A310s

Well it wasn't totally out of the ordinary as LOT and Malev had ordered Boeing aircraft before the end of Communist rule and not to mention TAROM operated 707s for a number of years. Yes, but it was East Germany, the place where idealized communist proaganda was displayed, hence my surprise regardi...

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by Melbourne
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug and their A310s
Replies: 52
Views: 9837

Re: Interflug and their A310s

Well it wasn't totally out of the ordinary as LOT and Malev had ordered Boeing aircraft before the end of Communist rule and not to mention TAROM operated 707s for a number of years.

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by Melbourne
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20362

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Nothing will match the effect the B747 had on aviation and the awe the aircraft gives as the Queen of the skies. Flights for me: OA 747-200B : ATH-BKK-MEL OA 747-200B : ATH-BK-SYD-MEL OA 747-200B : MEL-BKK-ATH OA 747-200B : ATH-YUL-YYZ OA 747-200B : YYZ-ATH QF 747-300 MEL-PER QF 747-300 PER-MEL

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by Melbourne
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar 2022 World Cup - Impact of current blockade on commercial aviation
Replies: 14
Views: 3626

Re: Qatar 2022 World Cup

sibibom wrote:
Don't think EY will be around in 2022 in their current form anyway. :duck:

There are far more bigger issues about 2022 world cup, airline logistic is the least of them. But this ain't no place to discuss that


There are other airlines that fly to DOH besides QR

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by Melbourne
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oman Air adds ATH with the 737 MAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2154

Re: Oman Air adds ATH with the 737 MAX

Great news, bound to happen at some stage as Greece will now now have connections to all the GCC nations with this addition.

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by Melbourne
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egyptair MS3100 CAI-BEG suffers multiple burst tires on landing
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

Re: Egyptair MS3100 CAI-BEG suffers multiple burst tires on landing

Tough day for BEG, disabled runway at a single runway airport.

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by Melbourne
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: All Fifth Freedom Traffic on the North Atlantic -- Ever!
Replies: 53
Views: 4444

Re: All Fifth Freedom Traffic on the North Atlantic -- Ever!

Didn't SQ operate SIN-DME-IAH?

Also OA flew:
ATH-ORY-JFK 707
ATH-YUL-ORD 742

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by Melbourne
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas inaugural MEL-SFO today
Replies: 41
Views: 11310

Re: Qantas inaugural MEL-SFO today

Good to see some real expansion by QF out of MEL recently.

I recall QF operated services to SFO from MEL around 10 years or so ago onboard 744s not sure if it was via SYD.

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by Melbourne
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 29
Views: 6263

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

While I do not deny any of what you have stated, my fears in the reliability of Irkut (to produce to scale), especially to an "ally"'s carrier that has a severely diminished ability to repay their debts - and we arrive at a position that is un-enviable, as it is perhaps necessary, for the...

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by Melbourne
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Albania (TIA), situation and prospects
Replies: 18
Views: 3021

Re: Albania (TIA), situation and prospects

TIA needs to wake up. TGD which is not that far away has been attracting lowcost carriers and both Ryanair and Wizz Air have been rather successful. Government in FYROM is planning on expanding OHD in the near future and I think the airport has a lot of potential, despite Wizz Air discontinuing OHD...

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by Melbourne
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Albania (TIA), situation and prospects
Replies: 18
Views: 3021

Re: Albania (TIA), situation and prospects

TIA needs to wake up. TGD which is not that far away has been attracting lowcost carriers and both Ryanair and Wizz Air have been rather successful. Government in FYROM is planning on expanding OHD in the near future and I think the airport has a lot of potential, despite Wizz Air discontinuing OHD...

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by Melbourne
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SKG Proposed new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 5774

Re: SKG Proposed new routes

And US carriers are generally ignorant and narrow-minded, when it comes to assessing the USA-Greece market. Also known as "they don't want to lose money." Ignorant? Delta flies twice daily A330-300s during the peak season, American daily A330-200 and United daily 767-400ER. Basically neve...

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by Melbourne
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Albania (TIA), situation and prospects
Replies: 18
Views: 3021

Re: Albania (TIA), situation and prospects

Air Albania is about to launch. First aircraft just got painted at IST. They should start service soon with two leased A319 aircraft. Air Albania is a TK initiative itself. Tirana has many services to Italy service diaspora along with connections to regional hubs like Athens via Aegean Airlines, IS...

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by Melbourne
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SKG Proposed new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 5774

Re: SKG Proposed new routes

JFK was served with 707s via Paris Orly initially in the 70s. currently it is not possible to operate Trans Atlantic operations from SKG due to runway length restrictions which are planned to be extended in the future. SKG has seen growth enough in my opinion for now, A3 operates a good regional and...

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by Melbourne
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 29
Views: 6263

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

Syria as a whole is totally reliant on Russia and Iran. Russia has provided Syria with major hardware and personal through our the war and prior to that also, Syrian operated many Russian built aircraft such as Tu-154, Tu-134, Yak-40 aircraft. A dozen or so new aircraft wouldn't be beyond the scope...

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by Melbourne
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 29
Views: 6263

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

There are serious costs ahead, and for such a desperate and tiny airline - the true question is not if the airline will survive with, but rather - on, the type. The airline will now have dedicate crew (and train them specifically for the type), maintenance (both in-house, and for the major work, re...

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by Melbourne
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 29
Views: 6263

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

Isn't there a lot of US/EU technology in this plane? How are they allowed to sell it to Syria? No, there isn't. It's so little that it doesn't fall under sanctions. From what I understood, this plane was designed with Air Koryo as a potential customer in mind. Of course since then the sanctions aga...

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by Melbourne
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 29
Views: 6263

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

It’s not like the whole country blew up. Damascus, Latakia etc have been spared and have operational airports. Actually Damascus airport was heavily damaged. Early on in the war the opposition back by US actually cut the main road between Damascus and the international airport. Later it was fired u...

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by Melbourne
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zambia Airways Is Considering Airbus Widebodies
Replies: 33
Views: 5396

Re: Zambia Airways Is Considering Airbus Widebodies

It's amazing to witness this sudden rush by several African countries lately of either expansion with their current airlines, resurrecting former flag carriers, announcing new flag carriers, airlines coming off the EU blacklist, airlines ordering wide bodies, the growth of Ethiopian and it's involv...

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by Melbourne
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: State Owned Airlines in Dictatorships
Replies: 27
Views: 3444

Re: State Owned Airlines in Dictatorships

Depends what you classify as a dictatorship. North Korea is a particularly exaggerated example, but just have a look at Saudia. There, the carrier is seen as part of the political body. Their routes regularly exist as a symbolic statement of relations between Saudi Arabia and another county. I beli...

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by Melbourne
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OA at ORD?
Replies: 14
Views: 2712

Re: OA at ORD?

They started ORD along with BOS in the very early 90s. I want to say right around 91 or 92. OR went away fairly quickly, but BOS hung around through the mid 90s, if not even later. I can't quite recall if the A340 flew to BOS or not. ORD was featured as far back as 1971, check the summer '71 timeta...

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by Melbourne
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OA at ORD?
Replies: 14
Views: 2712

Re: OA at ORD?

ORD was served by B707 operations and we're definitely a tag on YUL operations, North American services began in 1966 to JFK via ORY.

Later on, the tags went via JFK so ATH-JFK- ORD/BOS/YYZ/YUL.

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by Melbourne
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why arent Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia popular with carriers?
Replies: 75
Views: 11241

Re: Why arent Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia popular with carriers?

CIS - Aeroflot flew A330-200s between DPS and SVO in the past not sure of the current state, Orenair, Transaero in the past also.

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by Melbourne
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAROM future fleet
Replies: 34
Views: 6913

Re: TAROM future fleet

The ATR fleet is essential to TAROM for both domestic and regional operations to cities that are within a stone's throw of Bucharest ie. SOF, SKG, BEG. Like all the larger carriers of the Balkan region, a turbo prop fleet plays a key role (Air Serbia, Croatia, Aegean/Olympic). Having said so I'd as...

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by Melbourne
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAROM future fleet
Replies: 34
Views: 6913

Re: TAROM future fleet

The A220 or E195E2 would be a good replacement for the A318. I think TAROM should not be adding more fleet type, after getting rid of A318. As much as we aviation fans appreciate diversity, TAROM is too small of an airline to support fleet diversity. Consolidating their fleet on B737 and ATR makes ...

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by Melbourne
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114
Replies: 17
Views: 2643

Re: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114

northstardc4m wrote:
No more ATPski? :(

So the IL-96 is the last Ilyushin Paxliner left flying?


There are Tu-154, Tu-134, An-24, An-26, An-140, An-148, An-158, Tu-204/214, Yak-40, Yak-42 still flying.

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by Melbourne
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114
Replies: 17
Views: 2643

Re: Uzbekistan Airways retires last IL-114

northstardc4m wrote:
No more ATPski? :(

So the IL-96 is the last Ilyushin Paxliner left flying?


There are Tu-154, Tu-134, An-24, An-26, An-140, An-148, An-158, Tu-284/214, Yak-40, Yak-42 still flying.

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by Melbourne
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SA2950 JNB - HAV
Replies: 3
Views: 1476

Re: SA2950 JNB - HAV

Charter flights between JNB and HAV existed for a while, TAAG from not so far away Luanda serves HAV weekly also. These particular charters are transporting students who have been studying medicine in Cuba. https://www.enca.com/south-africa/watch-spanish-cuban-cusine-sa-medical-students-thrive-in-cuba

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by Melbourne
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Armenia Airways takes ex Tarom A310s
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

Re: Armenia Airways takes ex Tarom A310s

My guess is it's another front company for Iranian carriers like Mahan who have done this countless times in the past.

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