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by kaitak
Sat Sep 25, 1999 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzzzz
Replies: 1
Views: 973

RE: Buzzzzz

How far are European airlines going to go with giving their low cost carriers strange names. Now we have two "big brother" based low cost carriers - Go (BA) and Buzz (KLM) both facing each other down at Stansted. What's next? SAS to set up Smorgasbord? Lufthansa to launch "Achtung" or Iberia's new "...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 25, 1999 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 Steerable Landing Gear...
Replies: 3
Views: 2389

RE: B747 Steerable Landing Gear...

Yes, this is still used and indeed, it was not available on the earliest 747s and a few taxiway runoffs (nothing serious, but enough to get the good people of Seattle thinking) caused Boeing to offer this. There is a "bodygear steering" switch on the pilots' overhead panel (I'm not completely sure a...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 25, 1999 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A340-500
Replies: 14
Views: 2885

RE: A340 And SQ

Before SIA ordered the A340-500, they went through a very detailed analysis of the different competitors, which included the 777 and concluded that this aircraft was its best choice. Therefore, even in the light of its dumping of the -300s, I don't see why it should change its mind. The A340 is unli...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 25, 1999 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 744 Accident At BKK
Replies: 36
Views: 3973

RE: Ansett 743

Gardermoen, I remember that accident well. I think it was due to a large extent to the crew's inexperience, the 747 being very new to AN at that stage. Thankfully, again, non fatal, and the aircraft returned to service. (I'm not entirely sure if the nosegear was locked or even fully down when it lan...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 25, 1999 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: For The Pilots:most Challenging Approaches
Replies: 19
Views: 2770

Need You Ask?!

Kai Tak chequerboard/checkerboard (depending on where you come from) was so called because on the final approach to Runway 13, there was - literally - a red and white checkerboard. Because of the high terrain surrounding the airport, pilots could not make a straight in approach and had to fly what w...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 24, 1999 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 744 Accident At BKK
Replies: 36
Views: 3973

RE: Qantas 744 Accident At BKK

Hello 50c2r, The World aircraft was operating an Aer Lingus flight to Shannon last Saturday morning (18/9) when it ran off the runway; only minor damage, but atrocious weather at the time; all 317 escaped without injury. Apologies to any posters who took my opening line the wrong way. Having flown o...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 24, 1999 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened To The Qantas 744 At Perth?
Replies: 3
Views: 4000

RE: What Happened To The Qantas 744 At Perth?

The aircraft was actually a 747-200B, VH-EBS

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 24, 1999 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Keep The 777?
Replies: 7
Views: 2748

RE: Delta To Keep The 777!

First let me join in the general "yippee" and look forward to seeing these fine aircraft being introduced in greater numbers. Looks like the beginning of the end for the MD11 in Delta's fleet. I was surprised by your comment about Air France pilots assisting in the deal (I don't mean that in a negat...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 24, 1999 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airtours Underfloor Lavs.
Replies: 2
Views: 1102

RE: Airtours Underfloor Lavs.

I don't know exactly where they are, but I believe that they do have some standard lavs, on the main deck. Only the "Premier" section of the aircraft has seatback videos. This amounts to 49 out of 360 seats. It is available at a surcharge. The airline now has 2 A330s, with two more to come in Octobe...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 24, 1999 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas 744 Accident At BKK
Replies: 36
Views: 3973

Qantas 744 Accident At BKK

It's been reported by the BBC that a 747-400 operating Qantas's flight QF 1 from Sydney to LHR (via BKK) has suffered a nosegear failure at BKK, while landing on the shorter of the two runways. The aircraft slithered along the runway and off to the side, ending up with a third of it in the golf cour...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 24, 1999 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Worst Airplane Ever!
Replies: 36
Views: 5020

RE: Worst Airliner Ever

I agree with CV990, you certainly can't consider the 990 a bad aircraft or anywhere near the worst. In terms of quality, it was a fine aircraft, but not the most economical. As for comments about the 737 and A3XX, as a friend of mine would say "don't go there". The 737 is the most successful commerc...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 23, 1999 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: You're Favorite Airline, What's With The Service
Replies: 12
Views: 2810

RE: You're Favorite Airline, What's With The Service

Okay guys, it's time for another Cathay Pacific plug! Basically, I rate Cathay best for cabin crew (obviously most important), but also for general helpfulness at all levels and of course, they always pass the "jump seat" test! BostonLogan, what did Aer Lingus do to you? I am surprised that you foun...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 23, 1999 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: My Flight
Replies: 1
Views: 1183

RE: My Flight

From Stockholm to Heathrow, it should be a 767, more than likely - although a 757 is a possibility. I assume that the flight from Gatwick to Toulouse is just a charter flight for the day, so I don't know what type will operate this. However, I'm surprised to see it is British Midland, as it doesn't ...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 23, 1999 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Or Korean Air?
Replies: 3
Views: 2325

RE: Asiana Or Korean Air?

I can't speak for Asiana, but having read Delta's report on Korean Air's operations and flight standards, I'd be loathe to fly with them. However, if you can still get a cheap fare with CX, you will be flying one of the safest - and best airlines - in the world. And they have a very good passenger e...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 22, 1999 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific
Replies: 7
Views: 1218

RE: Cathay Pacific

Well, there you have it Smokey - six "A" grades" for Cathay and I'll add a seventh. It is a superb airline. Like Thai 747, I was a little cheesed off byb the fact that not all 747-400s (or any of the 777-200s) have been fitted with PTVs, but don't let that put you off what will be a superb experienc...

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 20, 1999 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair
Replies: 1
Views: 920

Ryanair

Greetings from Ireland. I just came home yesterday afternoon, in rather atrocious conditions here at Dublin. Winds were hitting 40+ konts and we had to use Runway 16, which is rarely used here. Flights had been delayed throughout the day and Shannon had been closed until the early afternoon after a...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 17, 1999 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Macau
Replies: 4
Views: 1001

RE: Macau

Although TP has indeed ended its flights to HK, the airport is actually doing quite well and is competing with HK for the China - Taiwan business. Air Macau operates A320/321s and appears to be doing okay. Quite a few Chinese and Taiwanese airlines fly in, as well as SIA and even Air Koryo, the Nort...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 17, 1999 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jumpseat
Replies: 16
Views: 1271

RE: Jumpseat

As someone who has clocked up nearly seventy jump seat landings over the past ten years, there are basically two ways to go about it:- 1) the best way is to go up to the flight during a lull and prove you're interested. 99% of crews are very friendly. Some will quote the rule book, but if the weathe...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 17, 1999 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hats Off To Non-English Forum Participants
Replies: 13
Views: 1564

RE: Hats Off To Non-English Forum Participants

Je vais seconder ceux ci aussi - allez vous en! Joking apart, it is very impressive. I know there are at least two Brazilians and numerous others; it's a credit to you that we would hardly guess that English was not your first language. As you can see from the above, I can only just get my mind arou...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 16, 1999 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Pocket Monsters"Jet
Replies: 1
Views: 942

RE: "Pocket Monsters"Jet

I was there in March and saw the 747-400D. It also has a 767 (can't remmeber if I saw that, oddly enough!).Now, there is a new 747-400D (in a rather attractive turquoise shade, towards the front) and a 747-400 is either repainted or about to be - this will be used on the SFO route, although the temp...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 16, 1999 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Different Planes
Replies: 8
Views: 1297

RE: Different Planes

Okay, Aeroflot and larger airlines, such as American, Northworst, US Airways and United tend to have a large number of different types and when you take into account partner carriers, BA flies more than most - from BN Islanders to 747-400s and of course Concorde: BN2, Jetstream 41, ATP, 146, RJ100, ...

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by kaitak
Thu Sep 16, 1999 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Least Favorite OLD Color Shemes
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

RE: Least Favorite OLD Color Shemes

1. Some recent Ansett schemes have been superb, but in the 70s (it figures, doesn't it!), they had a horrid orange scheme. "Ugh" is the only phrase which adequately describes it. 2. In the early eighties, BA had a fairly bland scheme, with plain British titles. Not quite "ugh" level, but not inspire...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 15, 1999 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britannia 757
Replies: 4
Views: 1129

Britannia 757

Yesterday evening (at about 00.15 local), a Britannia 757, G-BYAG, ran off the runway at Gerona, Spain, in bad weather. Thankfully, all 245 passengers and crew (236 pax, 9 crew) escaped, although about 50 were taken to hospital. Pictures of the aircraft (PPruNet or Yahoo! Aircraft Accidents) show th...

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by kaitak
Wed Sep 15, 1999 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Definitive Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

767

I've always had a soft spot for the 767, not just because it's a fine aircraft, but also because of the impact it has had on what people might regard as "secondary destinations". In your own country, Air Chick, the 767 (as operated by Transbrasil and Varig), the 767 has allowed places such as Manaus...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Back From Switzerland.
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

RE: There's An Easier Way!

Great info from a GREAT airport, CV990, but have you seen the Zurich Airport website? Unbelievable. They have about eight cameras (including one rather pointless one, always pointed at the tower) which YOU can move yourself, focussing on a specific aircraft and log its reg. You can also increase mag...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minimum 747 Landing Distance
Replies: 14
Views: 5914

RE: Wellington NZ

I second Rpwgw's comments. Not only has WLG a very short runway, it is also one of the world's windiest airports. One of the best videos I ever bought was AIRSIDE NEW ZEALND and it has some UNBELIEVABLE footage of 737s and 767s landings in strong winds. If you ever get the chance, GET IT! Not quite ...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: You Can't Take Pictures Up Here
Replies: 9
Views: 2014

RE: You Can't Take Pictures Up Here

This is an issue while really gets my back up - like yourselves! I honestly think you should write to the FAA's Public Affairs Bureau - if they have one (they must) and if that fails, your local representative/senator or other such person. It is very important that you express yourself in a diplomat...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Noisy Aircraft
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

RE: Noisy Aircraft

Hi Air_Chick; where are you writing from? If you are in Brazil (and I've never been there!), a FAB 707 would be quite usual. Where are they based? Maybe they were flying into your airport on a training or VIP mission? From a personal point of view, the BAC111 was the noisiest aircraft I've come acro...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA 767-400s?
Replies: 15
Views: 1470

RE: Loyalty

Just on the subject of loyalty, I don't think it should be an issue for airlines. The airline's responsibility should be to its shareholders and to its customers, not to a manufacturer. Yes, it dumped the MD11, but because the aircraft couldn't do the job. Why should it be lumbered with an aircraft ...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unsafe Asian Pilots?
Replies: 3
Views: 1331

RE: Unsafe Asian Pilots?

I agree with Thai 747; it would not be at all fair to knock the Asian pilots and taking up your point on the pilots landing at Kai Tak, the worst landings were not made exclusively by Asian pilots - Alitalia comes to mind. Indeed, all airlines had some uncomfortable landings there and the Asian Airl...

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by kaitak
Tue Sep 14, 1999 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HS Trident Landing Gear Question?
Replies: 3
Views: 2365

RE: HS Trident Landing Gear Question?

Yes, it was quite odd. I'm not sure about the main gear, but I know that the nosegear went in sideways, rather than forwards as in most aircraft.

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by kaitak
Mon Sep 13, 1999 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena's Business Class Unique In The World...
Replies: 6
Views: 4374

RE: Sabena's Business Class Unique In The World...

No, Sabena doesn't offer First Class service; this new product is along the lines of the Premium Business Class you describe. And yes, great news from Belgium. Isn't wonderful to see Sabena lead the way like this. I know it's not the first airline to offer a Premium Business Class, but it has certai...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 12, 1999 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda And The East Timor Conflict In Australia.
Replies: 9
Views: 2155

RE: Garuda And The East Timor Conflict In Australia.

I read a rather disturbing report on PPruNET, "Rumours & News". It appears that Garuda aircraft are being used to fly East Timorese people to places away from the eyes of the media . . . The people are apparently being forced onto Garuda 747s. There is a report of an eyewitness statement. If this pr...

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by kaitak
Sun Sep 12, 1999 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

RE: High Flying

No idea about AC's fleet planning, although I suspect that it was because the A320's economics were so far ahead of the 727s that a change was justifiable. There was probably nothing around at the time to justify a change from DC9s - until the A319. As for altitudes, the highest I ever got to was 41...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American 727's: The Safest Plane On Earth
Replies: 12
Views: 4669

RE: American 727's: The Safest Plane On Earth

Yes, they have an excellent record. At its peak, the 727 fleet numbered over 170, although of course the older -200s and the -100s are now gone. Out of these, only three were lost - the St. Thomas and CVG accidents have been referred to already, but last year unfortunately, they lost a 727 at O'Hare...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 7:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Airliners
Replies: 14
Views: 1623

Re: Russian Airliners

Personally, if I had a hesitation about flying on a Russian aircraft, it would be more to do with the inflight service than safety. The aircraft are well built, have VERY competent pilots (it stands to reason when you think about it - which is harder to fly, a 767 or an IL62). As for President Yelts...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inflight Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1337

RE: Ansett 767

Hi there, Ansett 767, Just a thought that comes to mind first before anything else, I would have thought that IF you had a medical cert, you wouldn't be allowed to use an emergency exit. Most countries have a requirement that persons sitting at Em. exits are able bodied, i.e. able to open an exit an...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minimum 747 Landing Distance
Replies: 14
Views: 5914

RE: Minimum 747 Landing Distance

I think it would be possible, JUST - and you wouldn't want to make a habit of it. That would probably have been at a fairly low weight (and therefore a low Vref), full autobrakes (as you mentioned) and full reverse. Passengers would be asked to assume the brace positions in a situation like that. Ge...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA 767-400s?
Replies: 15
Views: 1470

RE: SIA 767-400s?

Oh Dannyboy, the pipes* . . . no, sorry . . . Actually, Airbus is currently working on an A330-100 variant, as a possible replacement for A300s. It was in Flight International 2-3 weeks ago. They seem to have a fairly firm design for it and I believe they are already talking to airlines about it. *S...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Orders Airbus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2146

RE: Airbus -v- Boeing

This is getting so repetitive. Ansett, BA, Qantas and now Frontier - all turning into an Airbus -v- Boeing debate. The initial message was that Frontier people had travelled to Toulouse, as well they should. After all, whichever aircraft they choose, they need to be able to tell their shareholders a...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lapa 737
Replies: 0
Views: 910

Lapa 737

The latest AIRCRAFT ILLUSTRATED, October 1999, has a feature on Buenos Aires' domestic airport. On page 77, a LAPA 737-200 is photographed taxiing out. It is LV-MRZ, which crashed last week.

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rate Of Ascent, Angle Of Climb Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 16104

RE: Rate Of Ascent, Angle Of Climb Questions

First climbouts . . . it can vary very much. The heavier the aircraft, the lower the climb angle. A light 747 can climb at about 15 degrees, but with a heavy load, the aircraft might only reach 11 degrees and should an aircraft lose an engine on climbout, the angle would decrease even further. The 7...

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAM A319s
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

RE: TAM A319s

Thank you both very much!

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by kaitak
Sat Sep 11, 1999 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAM A319s
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

TAM A319s

A question for our Brazilian friends! I was just going through the July OAG and a recent flight disk and could not find any flights operated by TAM A319s. The A330-200s are operated on certain domestic routes, such as to Fortaleza, but I thought the 319s were delivered at much the same time? Are the...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 10, 1999 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s
Replies: 11
Views: 7385

RE: What Happened To Aer Lingus 747s

Flyguy, the Aer Lingus 767s were taken on a five year lease and unfortunately didn't have a happy history with the airline - nothing to do with the aircraft. One was leased to TWA (EI-CAM I think) and the other to Aeromexico (EI-CAL). One of them was also leased to Air Aruba, but this fell through a...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 10, 1999 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Engines
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

RE: Engines

I flew on a Cathay 777-300 and I have to say it was probably the sweetest sounding "purr" I've ever heard from an engine (stop me if I'm getting too technical). Joking apart, it was a very quiet engine. Very impressive. I was also very impressed by the IAE V2500 on the MD90 - very quiet as well.

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 10, 1999 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA 767-400s?
Replies: 15
Views: 1470

RE: SIA 767-400s?

The 764 may indeed be LONGER than the A310, but where it matters - cabin width - it is most certainly smaller. It cannot take a proper 2-2-2 First Class and as mentioned in the first post, its six abreast J Class would have to have narrower aisles and seats. An A330-200 would be pretty much the same...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 10, 1999 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA 767-400s?
Replies: 15
Views: 1470

SIA 767-400s?

The thread on SIA's 777s referred to the possibility of SIA buying 767-400s to replace its A310s. Why? Yes, it's a little bigger and it has some element of cockpit commonality, BUT that's as far as it goes. No doubting it's a fine aircraft and hopefully someone else will buy it, but as an A310 repla...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 10, 1999 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines's Contereversal 777 Order.
Replies: 19
Views: 2252

RE: Singapore Airlines's Contereversal 777 Order.

One of SIA's main problem about the A340 was its speed and its ability (or lack of it) to climb quickly. Some in SIA said that the airline would be fitting chicken wire to the back of the engines to stop birdstrikes from behind. Leaving that aside however and although I have immense respect for the ...

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by kaitak
Fri Sep 10, 1999 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Trip
Replies: 2
Views: 841

RE: Changi

Jr, you have probably put your finger on the reason for Singapore's success. Most airports in the world - and probably airlines for that matter - would be more than happy to be number five, out of thousands. But not Singapore, no way. Is there any better recommendation of Changi than this. And I hop...

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