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by RickB
Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Babies Flying For Free As Lap Passengers
Replies: 56
Views: 5559

RE: Babies Flying For Free As Lap Passengers

I'm on the children should pay full price side im afraid !! Just because people are short of money shouldn't give them the right to bring an extra passenger onboard regardless of their age. I cant afford a Ferrari so does that mean I should be offered one at a 50% discount because it will help my mo...

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by RickB
Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Idea For Expanding London Capacity
Replies: 22
Views: 3382

RE: Idea For Expanding London Capacity

Always amazes me why they dont simply cover over the M25 by Heathrow and extend LHR westwards - there is plenty of space - no houses - just some reservoirs - they could be moved or covered over too.

RickB

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by RickB
Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO "outraged" At Sale Of UAL LHR Slots To BA
Replies: 52
Views: 9153

RE: CO "outraged" At Sale Of UAL LHR Slots To BA

STT757, Your right - the US domestic market is the largest in the world. Why open it up to European carriers. On the other hand <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> is the glittering prize on the international stage - why open it up to more US carriers? What ...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU Airlines Ordered To Pay For Overbooking
Replies: 13
Views: 5931

RE: EU Airlines Ordered To Pay For Overbooking

I got offered money by SAS many times to take later flights because of overbooking. Usually $200 or $300 in cash. One of the few times I took them up on the offer was a good day - I was booked on a flight from Oslo to Manchester via <acronym title="Copenhagen - Kastrup (CPH / EKCH), Denmark">CPH</ac...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO "outraged" At Sale Of UAL LHR Slots To BA
Replies: 52
Views: 9153

RE: CO "outraged" At Sale Of UAL LHR Slots To BA

Out of interest - was there anything stopping <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> buying the slots from <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> - okay they couldnt use them because of Bermuda <acronym title="Business Air (United Kingdom)">II</acronym> - but could the...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO "outraged" At Sale Of UAL LHR Slots To BA
Replies: 52
Views: 9153

RE: CO "outraged" At Sale Of UAL LHR Slots To BA

Dear Mr Bethune, Life is a bitch aint it  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> Virgin in the UK have a Wine club - maybe Bethune and Branson could create a whiners club. Seriously though - access to <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingd...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question
Replies: 23
Views: 3744

RE: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question

Jacques,

Dont worry dude - I knew what you meant !! Its fine as French-British !!

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Flew The Concorde?
Replies: 17
Views: 4661

RE: Anyone Flew The Concorde?

I flew Concorde last year - I never got round to writing a full trip report - I tagged onto GDB's <a href="http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/25661/" target=_blank>http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/25661/</a> I also posted a small tribute in <a href...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Registration Mistake
Replies: 18
Views: 2690

RE: Concorde Registration Mistake

Harm, As I said in the other thread - this has got to be the best Concorde shot I have seen (why werent you around <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> last year when I was on G-BOAD ?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcast...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question
Replies: 23
Views: 3744

RE: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question

Jacques60, The only problem with your statement about it being initiated by CdG was that the french design at the time was for a much smaller and shorter ranged aircraft. The UK design was for something with transatlantic range - with around 100 passengers - something rather strangely like Concorde....

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question
Replies: 23
Views: 3744

RE: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question

Just watched North West News on BBC - they had an item on Concorde and had comments about an aircraft coming to the Aviation Viewing Park at Manchester - they said nothing has been decided yet but they are optimistic.

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Registration Mistake
Replies: 18
Views: 2690

RE: Concorde Registration Mistake

SA006,

There is no G-BOAK im afraid (at least not as a Concorde) - the aircraft was G-BOAE

Sorry dude !!

RickB

[Edited 2003-10-15 23:30:02]

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New A-380
Replies: 47
Views: 19185

RE: The New A-380

Bongo,

Airbus list the range with maximum passengers (no metion of cargo) as 8000nm

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing May Launch 7E7 Jetliner With.......
Replies: 48
Views: 6489

RE: Boeing May Launch 7E7 Jetliner With.......

To be honest - im not entirely convinced <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> will be a customer for the 7e7. Mainly because in the past <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> have been reluctant to fly larger aircraft out of anywhere other than <acronym title="London - Gatwick (LGW ...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question
Replies: 23
Views: 3744

RE: Concorde's Retirement Places + Question

Nice to see the last flight of Concorde is to her home !!

G-BOAF


Just a pity that G-BOAD - the aircraft that I flew on is going to be retired so far away - fortunately its only 20 minutes drive to see G-BOAC if the list is accurate !!

RickB

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by RickB
Thu Oct 16, 2003 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Instant Concorde Classic
Replies: 3
Views: 1803

RE: Instant Concorde Classic

Probably the best photo of Concorde I have seen - excellent !!!

Many thanks to the photographer (Harm Rutten) for that one !!

RickB

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by RickB
Wed Oct 15, 2003 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Airline Has The Best F Class?
Replies: 18
Views: 6330

RE: Which Airline Has The Best F Class?

BA by a long way - the semi-private cabins are in a different league to SQ !!

RickB

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by RickB
Tue Oct 14, 2003 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst UK & Ireland Airline?
Replies: 23
Views: 3693

RE: Worst UK & Ireland Airline?

767Lover - no problem with the aircraft going tech - it happens to all airlines at some point. However at least the <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> passengers got a bus, last time I had a <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> aircraft go tech they rebooked me on SAA (<acronym t...

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by RickB
Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia May Be Interested In The 7E7
Replies: 23
Views: 5945

RE: Alitalia May Be Interested In The 7E7

If the 7e7 produces the performances stated by Boeing then its going to be a red hot seller. As far as I can see the only drawbacks at present are the 'vapourware' aspects of it. If Boeing are prepared to accept orders and provide performance guarantee's then it can't help but be a success. The only...

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by RickB
Tue Oct 14, 2003 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Taxis To LHR Gate With One Tyre Flat!
Replies: 22
Views: 6292

RE: Concorde Taxis To LHR Gate With One Tyre Flat!

CPH-R,

The backup aircraft is parked to the left of the prime aircraft as you look out of the terminal from the Concorde lounge at Heathrow.

From the Concorde lounge you get a great view of two Concordes !!

RickB

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by RickB
Tue Oct 14, 2003 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Tribute
Replies: 8
Views: 2445

RE: Concorde Tribute

20 years ago I took my first flight - at the time it was special, even though it was only a 2 hour charter flight. Since then I have flown more times than I can count, certainly up into the thousands. Flying has become normal, distinctly average, even to the point where I consider flying as no more ...

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by RickB
Tue Oct 14, 2003 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 773ER To Be Tested Under ETOPS330!
Replies: 13
Views: 3657

RE: 773ER To Be Tested Under ETOPS330!

Just out of interest will the test flights be made 330 minutes away from the nearest suitable airport - or will it just simulate the conditions by flying around in circles near a suitable airport?

Just wondering if they where prepared to put their money where their mouth is?

RickB

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by RickB
Tue Oct 14, 2003 12:04 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Why Won't Screeners Correct This?
Replies: 16
Views: 1795

RE: Why Won't Screeners Correct This?

Yup - have to agree - definately a 767 - not a 777 !!

The registration is N667UA - a 767-322ER - delivered 31/08/98.

Cheers

RickB

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?
Replies: 48
Views: 4660

RE: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?

Skymonster, Half the problem with getting a potentially airworthy frame back into the skies is because it has stopped being airworthy and now requires spare parts and serious maintenance etc. to get it back to airworthiness in some cases spares are not available and have to be fabricated. The last V...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Clubs Aftyer Concorde
Replies: 5
Views: 1867

RE: Concorde Clubs Aftyer Concorde

The Concorde lounge at Heathrow is not dedicated to just Concorde passengers (the one thing that I found annoying - the lounge gets rather full of passengers from other flights which removes some of the shine from the Concorde Experience). I guess this is because with only a single flight per day it...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?
Replies: 48
Views: 4660

RE: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?

Cedarjet, The important difference is that many of these old aircraft are maintained by enthusiasts rather than by people trained on the aircraft. In the case of <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> - they have the experience and also the spare parts - they have a current spares inventory w...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Taxis To LHR Gate With One Tyre Flat!
Replies: 22
Views: 6292

RE: Concorde Taxis To LHR Gate With One Tyre Flat!

Singapore_Air,

I do hope your being sarcastic about this being a media revelation !!  Wink/being sarcastic

RickB

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Servic On BMI?
Replies: 7
Views: 2236

RE: Servic On BMI?

BMI Longhaul is excellent at least in business class - whilst the seats lag behind <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> club - the service certainly doesn't. The few flights I have made on <acronym title="Bloomington / Normal - Central Illinois Regional (BMI / KBMI), USA - Illinois">BMI</ac...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 773ER To Be Tested Under ETOPS330!
Replies: 13
Views: 3657

RE: 773ER To Be Tested Under ETOPS330!

I have no problem with flying twins long haul - but even I get a little nervous at the idea of being 330 minutes away from a suitable landing site on a twin. Engines suffer failures primarily during high stress situations (i.e. taking off), if your relying on a single engine working at a high thrust...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst UK & Ireland Airline?
Replies: 23
Views: 3693

RE: Worst UK & Ireland Airline?

Dont know if its a silly topic - but Ryanair get my vote - nice of them to leave me stranded in Dublin a couple of years back thanks to an aircraft going tech. 'Dont worry sir - you will get a refund' !! Yeah that helps me a lot in my current circumstances - I get my £56 back but how exactly do I cr...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737-900 V. A321
Replies: 33
Views: 8337

RE: B737-900 V. A321

Strange because in my experience, having crossed the North sea around 100 times with SAS - landings in Copenhagen are always a little rough - and in those circumstances the 737 came off noticeable worse than the MD80 - turbulence always seemed to be more pronounced on the 737 than on the MD80. Only ...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Service On BA
Replies: 15
Views: 2690

RE: Service On BA

DoorsToManual, I know - and kudos to you for saying it !! But in this instance - with regards to any of the competing airlines on the route BMIA330 wants to fly - <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> is the only airline with a noticeably better seat pitch. All of the rest have the s...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Service On BA
Replies: 15
Views: 2690

RE: Service On BA

Never had a bad flight on <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> - IMHO the F/A's are amonst the best in the industry including those from Gatwick. I have tried most of the alternatives, UAL, <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym>, <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?
Replies: 48
Views: 4660

RE: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?

Simon, Your absolutely right - but how many clubs keeping a spitfire in the air have another 6 aircraft they can use for spare parts ?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> Its definately not going to be cheap - but if <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acr...

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by RickB
Mon Oct 13, 2003 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?
Replies: 48
Views: 4660

RE: BA Keeping One Concorde Operational?

Guys, The world is full of aircraft not supported by the manufacturer anymore - how many Spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes, Buffalo's, B17's, Gloucestor Meteors, etc. are still flying ? Where there is the will there is the way !!! RickB P.s. I appreciate the extra complexity of Concorde - its an extra...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 12, 2003 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Concorde Ever Come Back?
Replies: 21
Views: 5197

RE: Will Concorde Ever Come Back?

Cedarjet, I would rather hope that G-BOAD will find a home in the UK - afterall she currently holds a number of records not least the one saying she is the only supersonic airliner I have crossed the Atlantic on !! Given the antithesis shown by the US for Concorde in the early years - the idea that ...

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by RickB
Sun Oct 12, 2003 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 7E7 Pretty Or Ugly?
Replies: 60
Views: 7140

RE: 7E7 Pretty Or Ugly?

Looks like a rabid BAe 146 has mated with an A320 !!

RickB

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by RickB
Sun Oct 12, 2003 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Concorde Ever Come Back?
Replies: 21
Views: 5197

RE: Will Concorde Ever Come Back?

GDB,

I take it that means that once the 24th October comes - there will be (very shortly after) no airworthy Concorde's ? Infact going further their will be none even in a condition to restore to airworthiness?

RickB?

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by RickB
Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rat Onboard Grounds Air India 747
Replies: 5
Views: 3306

RE: Rat Onboard Grounds Air India 747

I would of thought they would of been quicker to alert their catering department rather than pest control !!

JOKE before I get flamed to death !!

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN
Replies: 4
Views: 3158

RE: Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN

David,

Any idea on the source for the 767's?

Would be nice to see a new operator out of Manchester - but they have less than a couple of months before services start - would of thought we would of heard more about it by now - after all - they have to get the passengers from somewhere !!

RickB

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by RickB
Sat Oct 11, 2003 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Concorde Ever Come Back?
Replies: 21
Views: 5197

RE: Will Concorde Ever Come Back?

The only hope we had left was that some agreement could of been reached about flights at airshows etc. without passengers. However this looks like it has come to nothing. Sadly in 2 weeks time, supersonic flight for anyone outside of the military will end. Even then, Mach 2.0 will remain nothing mor...

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by RickB
Fri Oct 10, 2003 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would You Pay Per View On PTV?
Replies: 15
Views: 3107

RE: Would You Pay Per View On PTV?

Look at it this way - last time I flew United <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> > <acronym title="Honolulu - International / Hickam AFB (HNL / HIK / PHNL / PHIK), USA - Hawaii">HNL</acronym> > <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / ...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 09, 2003 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Or BA Longhaul?
Replies: 22
Views: 4135

RE: Virgin Or BA Longhaul?

Have to say that economy on Virgin has gone to the dogs lately !! Drinks are dispensed from large bottles rather than the individual ones you get on <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> (i.e. if you ask for a coke - you get virgin cola from a 2 litre bottle poured into a beaker rather than ...

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by RickB
Thu Oct 09, 2003 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Use 7E7 Technology In New 747
Replies: 36
Views: 8664

RE: Boeing To Use 7E7 Technology In New 747

One question - if Boeing can modify the 747 to use the engines and other technologies of the 7e7 - what is to stop anyone else using those engines on an existing airframe albeit modified in the same way ?

RickB

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by RickB
Wed Oct 08, 2003 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will VS Really Take The 777?
Replies: 82
Views: 10645

RE: Will VS Really Take The 777?

Dynkrisolo, Airbus was able to undercut Boeing for precisely the reasons I listed - they had more margin to play with - yet you stick to your accusation that : - 'Airbus lost money on the 35 or so new and second-hand 342/3s that they had placed with various airlines when Airbus had to compete with B...

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by RickB
Wed Oct 08, 2003 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Truly Scary Aircraft?
Replies: 64
Views: 12248

RE: A Truly Scary Aircraft?

A few years ago - we booked a fly drive through a company called Travelcity - from <acronym title="Manchester - International (Ringway) (MAN / EGCC), United Kingdom">MAN</acronym> to <acronym title="Orlando - International (McCoy) (MCO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO</acronym>. We were flying on ATA on ...

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by RickB
Wed Oct 08, 2003 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will VS Really Take The 777?
Replies: 82
Views: 10645

RE: Will VS Really Take The 777?

Ka, My point exactly - people make sweeping statements saying 'Airbus lost lots of money on 35 aircraft' or vice versa yet they have no idea about the actual numbers involved but they take their own opinion as a gospel fact and are totally unprepared to hear anything that deviates from their own opi...

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by RickB
Wed Oct 08, 2003 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will VS Really Take The 777?
Replies: 82
Views: 10645

RE: Will VS Really Take The 777?

Dynkrisolo,

Thanks mate - you made my point excellently 'Why don't you go talk to a businessman and see if anyone will pay original purchase price + margins for a used equipment'

Why do you think Boeing have had the A340's for so long !!!

You finally figured out my point !!!

RickB

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by RickB
Wed Oct 08, 2003 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will VS Really Take The 777?
Replies: 82
Views: 10645

RE: Will VS Really Take The 777?

Dynkrisolo,

So whilst I have to take you on your word - you wont accept anyone elses word? hmm....

I have proven my point - if you cant grasp basic maths - thats your lookout.

RickB

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by RickB
Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will VS Really Take The 777?
Replies: 82
Views: 10645

RE: Will VS Really Take The 777?

Dynkrisolo, Again you have no facts to back up your opinion. What is it with the anti-airbus crowd - you make sweeping statements based on a whim and seemingly little more. Airbus made healthy profits over the duration it sold the 35 aircraft you mention making the scenario where it was forced to se...

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