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by vfw614
Thu May 27, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft codes FKF and FJF
Replies: 5
Views: 1811

Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

I have come across the aircraft codes "FKF" and "FJF" in some French timetables from the 1980s for what must have been aircraft of the Fokker 27 / Fokker 28 families or aircraft. They also appear in some more recent documents by Aéroports de Parts alongside the aircraft codes F27...

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by vfw614
Thu May 27, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clermont-Ferrand Airport
Replies: 16
Views: 2791

Re: Clermont-Ferrand Airport

I guess with at most half a dozen daly flights by one airline - which will require just one gate -, most of the rather large terminal must be mothballed:: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/Aeroport_clermont_ferrand_auvergne_va.jpg/1280px-Aeroport_clermont_ferrand_auvergne_va....

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by vfw614
Thu May 27, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clermont-Ferrand Airport
Replies: 16
Views: 2791

Re: Clermont-Ferrand Airport

Even if there is next to none business demand other than for a hub link to Paris, I am really surprised about the total lack of inbound leisure oriented flights, given the large number of rather exotic routes from the UK and the Benelux countries to regional French airports that serve second home ow...

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by vfw614
Wed May 26, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clermont-Ferrand Airport
Replies: 16
Views: 2791

Clermont-Ferrand Airport

As many of you will remember, Clermont-Ferrand (CFE) airport was an importnt regional hub 20 years ago in the heyday of Régional Airlines. It had 30 or so destinations, more than 1m passengers annually and a relatively large terminal (that still exists today). Nowadays, as far as I know, Paris is th...

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by vfw614
Wed May 26, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air and Air Baltic (and other airlines) plan to fly around Belarusian airspace
Replies: 90
Views: 14325

Re: Wizz Air and Air Baltic (and other airlines) plan to fly around Belarusian airspace

One thing I have learned looking at FR24 for the last couple of days is that Sharm-el-Sheikh must be full of Belorussians...

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by vfw614
Wed May 26, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air and Air Baltic (and other airlines) plan to fly around Belarusian airspace
Replies: 90
Views: 14325

Re: Wizz Air and Air Baltic (and other airlines) plan to fly around Belarusian airspace

It is probaby still a county-by-country instead of an EU-wide thing as BRU895 has just made it into Polish airspace en rout to WAW and BRU868 has just finished crossing Polish airspace en route to MSQ.

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by vfw614
Tue May 25, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air and Air Baltic (and other airlines) plan to fly around Belarusian airspace
Replies: 90
Views: 14325

Re: Wizz Air and Air Baltic (and other airlines) plan to fly around Belarusian airspace

A Cyprus Airways flight to DME briefly passed through Belarussian airspace in the Gomel area, so apparently they are not following the EU proposals (yet).

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by vfw614
Sat May 22, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EU / UN "government fleets" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2210

Re: EU / UN "government fleets" ?

Regarding the UN, the tend to lease the aircraft they need from different airlines. The UNHAS (United Nations Humanitarian Air Service) is provided by different companies and different aircraft types, depending on the needs of the specific mission. I am aware of these UN aircraft, but their are not...

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by vfw614
Fri May 21, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: EU / UN "government fleets" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2210

EU / UN "government fleets" ?

How are the travel needs of the heads of suprantional organizations like the UN the EU (e.g. the UN general secretary, the president of the EU Council, the president of the EU Commission or the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs) covered? I have not come across any "government aircraft&...

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by vfw614
Tue May 11, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetfuel shortage at CLT/Southeast
Replies: 52
Views: 11952

Re: Jetfuel shortage at CLT

Thanks for all the great explanations. Fascinating.

I guess it is for a reason that I have not become an engineer....

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by vfw614
Tue May 11, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetfuel shortage at CLT/Southeast
Replies: 52
Views: 11952

Re: Jetfuel shortage at CLT

My excuses for the - most likely pretty dumb - question, but how does it work to deliver jet fuel through a pipeline? As per wikipedia, there is "one [line] primarily devoted to gasoline and the other carrying distillate products such as jet fuel, Diesel fuel, and home heating oil." How ca...

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by vfw614
Fri May 07, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9
Replies: 283
Views: 59202

Re: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9

I am surprised about this speculation about LX getting the 787-9s. It has been explicitly stated that the five 787-9 will operate with Lufthansa and that Swiss will reduce its long-haul fleet from 31 to 26 aircraft. The 787-9 is a step below the A350-900. The 787-10 is the same size as the A350-900....

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by vfw614
Thu May 06, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 226
Views: 50393

Re: Relaunch of the Dornier 328

First flight pushed back to 2023/4. EIS still planned for 2025. Article about the project in ERA magazine: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EzBLIqMW8AQ22jC?format=jpg&name=large Deutsche Aircraft have also published an analysis that turboprop aircraft have been the most resilient aircraft category in...

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by vfw614
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer E2 Sales Campaign Thread - 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 3630

Re: Embraer E2 Sales Campaign Thread - 2021

Some good news for Embraer: https://embraer.com/global/en/news?slug=1206851-embraer-earnings-results-1st-quarter-2021 “ On April 23, the Company signed a firm order for 30 E195-E2 jets with an undisclosed customer, with deliveries starting in 2022. The 30 firm orders will be included in Embraer’s s...

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by vfw614
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN - A220 vs MAX "Never A Competition"
Replies: 101
Views: 16288

Re: WN - A220 vs MAX "Never A Competition"

I would agree with the "excellent analysis" observation if the fact that WN had a massive claim for damages up its sleeve against Boeing because of the MAX8 delays would be considered in this thread. Alas, everybody seems to be obsessed with aspects such as single fleet, manufacturing capa...

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by vfw614
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When a hub is no longer a hub
Replies: 115
Views: 13783

Re: When a hub is no longer a hub

When I passed through DAY some years ago it was such a quiet place that I could hardly believe that it was a Piedmont hub in the 1980s (although admittedly, never a massive one).

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by vfw614
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unusual delivery flights - thread
Replies: 17
Views: 3737

Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

For those of you on Twitter, I recommend following Steve Giordano (https://twitter.com/JTTsteve), one of the owners of JTT Jet Test & Transport, a company that does worldwide delivery and recovery of aircraft. The guy is rated on nine different passenger aircraft types ranging from the DHC8 to t...

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by vfw614
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees
Replies: 22
Views: 4295

Re: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees

Given the exorbitant costs to park a car for passengers at airports. how does it work for employees? Are employee parking lots generally free or do they attract hefty costs for employees? Is there are general rule or does it depend on the type of employer and aspects such as availability of public t...

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by vfw614
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 226
Views: 50393

Re: Relaunch of the Dornier 328

According to an interview with German-language Aerotelegraph, German Airways (the former WDL) is in talks not only with ATR, but also with Deutsche Aircraft about adding a turboprop subfleet of 5-7 aircraft as the ACMI-specialist envisages a renaissance of turborpop operations in the post-pandemic e...

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by vfw614
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN - A220 vs MAX "Never A Competition"
Replies: 101
Views: 16288

Re: WN - A220 vs MAX "Never A Competition"

Surprised that this has gone almost unnoticed:

Southwest said the order was an outgrowth of talks with Boeing for compensation due to the 20-month grounding of the MAX.


Pretty straightforward explanation why only the 737MAX was considered.

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any Hope Left for a 747-400 Flight Deck Access?
Replies: 16
Views: 1789

Re: Any Hope Left for a 747-400 Flight Deck Access?

Should you travel to Australia one day, give the Historical Aviation Restoration Society museum at Illawarra Regional Airport at Wollongong, NSW a try. They have a Qantas 747 preserved and are a really friendly bunch of people You can tour the facility with volunteers in very small groups, they are ...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Jon Proctor has "flown west"
Replies: 16
Views: 9103

Re: Jon Proctor has "flown west"

I think I have all of his books, a geat writer.

Looking for some more information, I noticed that his father - an AA DC6 Captain - was the first US airline pilot who had to retire because of reaching the grand old age of 60 years- that was back in 1950.

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 44332

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

Quite honestly, the long-term success or failure of the Airbus A220 will not be defined by the decision of an airline than in its 50+ years of existence has never purchased anything else than Boeing 737s. Airbus probably had better chances selling Airbus A300/310 to Aeroflot in the 1980s than Airbus...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 44332

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

The 737/A32X aircraft are desgined in a way that for single class carriers they will be configured slightly below the 150 / 200 seat mark, not slighty above. There are a few exceptions where carriers have crammed in more, but these are few. I think there is a reason why the 737-300 sold in massive n...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tecnam, Rollys-Royce & Wideroe to develop all-electric P-Volt aircraft for EIS 2026
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Tecnam, Rollys-Royce & Wideroe to develop all-electric P-Volt aircraft for EIS 2026

Tecnam, Rollys-Royce & Wideroe have joined forces to develop an all-electric P-Volt aircraft which is planned to go into service with Wideroe in 2026, based on the Tecnam 2012 Traveller. Will be an interesting development for Wideroe as the P Volt will have just 11 seats and Wideroe has long mov...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 44332

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

There have been plenty of U.S. carrier configs in the range of 156-162 seats. One can't automatically rule out the 4th FA to seat 160. (What WN wants to offer as seat pitch is a slightly different question.) Sure, but not in a Y160 configuration at maximum density. Which usually only makes sense fo...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 44332

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

One has to wonder if Airbus will in the future do the math if the investment in sales campaigns with the likes of Ryanair and Southwest is worth the lower profits Boeing will make on its sale with a nominal competitor in the picture... I seem to remember that Airbus refused to participate in US mili...

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by vfw614
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

WK A330-300 will be handed over to Eurowings Discover No, that is not what the article says. It says that WK will end A330-300 operations (which has been know for some time) and adds that the A330--300s may end up with Eurowings Discover. This is pure speculation at this point, based on the fact th...

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by vfw614
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 145
Views: 21266

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2021

Just came across a Mount Cook Airline timetable from the 1980s. Back then, there were regular flights into Te Anau, Mount Cook with HS748 (plus Alexandra, Milford Sound with Islanders). What is the reason that those flights disappeared? Has tourism in the area shifted away from high-end to more budg...

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by vfw614
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French shipping group CMA CGM buys four used A330-200F freighter
Replies: 39
Views: 11368

Re: French shipping group CMA CGM buys four used A330-200F freighter

Evergreen are a huge shipping company in Taiwan and formed EVA Air. Pretty sure MAERSK had an airline at one point too. Congrats to Air Belgium and CMA CGM getting this going. They had Maersk Air, a passenger airline, and still own Star Air who fly 767s out of Köln for UPS. Wamos Air in Spain is a ...

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by vfw614
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron announces end of production for King Air 90 & Citation Sovereign
Replies: 24
Views: 3513

Re: Textron announces end of production for King Air 90 & Citation Sovereign

Pardon my ignorance concerning the King Air range - does the C90 differ significantly from the 200/300? Wondering why they don't see fit to still produce it if someone is interested, given that the King Air line will stay in place.

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings to create Berlin base
Replies: 7
Views: 1996

Re: Eurowings to create Berlin base

Yes. But does it make a difference for anyone except for spotters? Both are a Lufthansa group airline offering the same product. Must be a pretty desperate marketing day when the marketing guy has to distinguish between EW and 4U and between TXL and BER to stay clear of the fact that Lufthansa is re...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings to create Berlin base
Replies: 7
Views: 1996

Re: Eurowings to create Berlin base

They had a base at TXL from 2012 onwards (moving there from SXF because of the delays of the BER opening). So it is not exactly breaking new ground.

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

Orders and deliveries have dried up. Pretty much nobody is ordering newly-built 787-8s anymore, that's what I said. I did not say nobody is using 787-8s anymore. Which is hardly surprising given the superior economics of the 787-9. Unless they have better range than the larger sibling (which the 787...

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by vfw614
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

Pure trip costs are less than 10% different (most numbers point to around 5-8% more for the 787-9), but the 787-9 offers more extra capacity. So if you can fill both the cost per seat mile is better for the -9. The price is a matter of negotiation, but with the 787-8 being a bit "special"...

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by vfw614
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

As Lufthansa operates the A330/350 under a common type rating, it is not really two different types in every regard. Having an all-Airbus longhaul feet at one hub (MUC) might have some advantages. I guess it will come down to how much Airbus can lower the price for the A330-900 if faced with a loomi...

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by vfw614
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

They are using the A330-300/A340-300 but not the A330-200. Same size as the 787-8 and the 787-9. Apparently they do not see a place for an aircraft of that size in their network. If the 787-9 does not work for OS, I expect Lufthansa to axe OS longhaul service instead of adding a few 787-8s.

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by vfw614
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

So no need to cite twitter for evidence that LH is planning a permanent phase-out of the A380 and A346. It's explicitly stated in the annual report.


What was discussed were statements by the Lufthansa CEO about the future of the A380 which followed the publication of the report. .

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by vfw614
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dornier 328eco News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 226
Views: 50393

Re: Relaunch of the Dornier 328

Having said all that I really hope the 328 works out for Dornier I've always wondered if they had gotten the 328TP, 328J, 428TP and 428J off the ground if they'd have done better, there was a whole generation of stretches of 30 seater aircraft in that era that besides for the Saab2000, never got of...

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by vfw614
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

If you have both models in the inventory and both are written down, sure...

If you have to acquire the A320s first while you have A319s written down, things may be different.

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by vfw614
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

Sure. But the 787-9 were never intended to replace the A330s, they are replacing A340-300/A340-600/767-300s. That does not necessarily mean that they are the better fit when it comes to replacing the A330-300, depending on pricing (I guess when it comes to replacing the A330-300Xs, Airbus will price...

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by vfw614
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis visit to Iraq
Replies: 35
Views: 8249

Re: Pope Francis visit to Irak

There have been numerous occasions on which the Pope returned on Alitalia when the host nation could not provide a suitable aircraft / airline. Even if, the Pope will not travel on any aircraft / airline just to be polite. The issue of return travel is sometimes subject to public discussions. I reme...

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by vfw614
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

I don't think operation is planned that way. Cityline's A319s operate throughout the LH network. I have not really spotted specific patterns that would distinguish them from LH's own A319s.

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by vfw614
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

I think Lufthansa would be stupid to put something on a slide that has not been, but might be ordered at some point, so I would not read too much into the A330NEO not being included in the slide show. The slides do not reflect Lufthansa's fleet planning for the next two decades. It is a snapshot. Th...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 470
Views: 111563

Re: Lufthansa Group Fleet Thread - 2021

The Austrian A319s will not go to Mainline, but to Cityline. Maybe the lower cost structure at Cityline makes them feasible there.

Cityline only has a small fleet of E190s left - I guess mostly to be able to operate into LCY. The rest has been moved to Austrian.

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

To me the interesting thing is Spaeth is a professional, experienced journalist as opposed to a newbie blogger, he has not deleted the tweet, and he absolutely used quotation marks in his tweet. If this was not a direct quote he is making the kind of mistake I would think an experienced journalist ...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

Are you saying this because you listened to the conference? Yes, I did. Maybe I missed the other quote which must have been around 40min into the press conference, based on the time of the Tweet. The quote I reported was the answer by Carsten Spohr to an explicit question by a journalist later duri...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General Atomics Takes Over Dornier 228NG Programme From RUAG And Launches Dornier 228NXT
Replies: 21
Views: 5166

Re: General Atomics Takes Over Dornier 228NG Programme From RUAG And Launches Dornier 228NXT

To me the most interesting take-away is: - plans to develop a prototype with the option for manned or unmanned operations by the end of 2023 So we have the world's most experienced drone maker buying a manufacturer of commercial aircraft, saying their goal is to produce an optionally unmanned aircr...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

That's not what Spohr said and @SpaethFlies has corrected his earlier Tweet by quoting what Spohr actually said (see my initial post). Ok, yet I just went to his twitter page and the old quote has not been deleted and I don't see any comment correcting it. If you have a direct link to the correctio...

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by vfw614
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference
Replies: 81
Views: 11147

Re: Takeaways from Lufthansa Group's Annual Press Conference

I'd say it is "we are not turning them in coke cans yet and will wait and see". But with the Boeing 747-8 featuring somewhat prominently visually in today's presentation and his talk about 747-8s taking over A380 routes, the way ahead appears rather clear.

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