The industry had a difficult period after 9-11. BA, AF, LH surived because they have big home markets. AZ, SN, SR, IB and others went down or had to be saved by their governments. KLM was quick to respond, has a solid financial basis and is expanding its business ATM and buying new fleet. What would...Jump to post
Looks like it's going in for a maintenance / paint job at Schiphol. The tail is already partly stripped. When it comes out it will be bright fresh blue as before <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=161451" target="_blank"><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva">Click for large ...Jump to post
So if SQ cancels the 340 Boeing will pay the difference in purchasing & operating costs and resell the 340's...
This sounds desperate ....
I flew Aeroflot recently Amsterdam - Moscow on a B734. Their Image still s.cks, but their product is very competitive I must say. Clean aircraft, lots of food, entertainment and legroom in C (4 abreast). I liked the Georgian wine. Crew was not to friendly, but that's cultural I've heard ... Are peop...Jump to post
Is it the ~800 Nm extra range that makes the the A330 the preferred aircraft over the 767-400ER with most airlines ? IMO many markets could be critical in that respect. . California - Western Europe . Western Europe - Japan/ Far East . Western Europe - South Africa . DTW/ORD - Asia . SIN/BKK/KUL - E...Jump to post
I think the B767-200/300/400 (ER) just dont offer the long range possibility´s a A330-200 does. However the A330 is optimized for long range and less efficient for short/medium range. The 767-300/400 is optimized for medium range but too big & needs a radical upgrade (new wings etc) to stay competit...Jump to post
I think NWA, KLM and Virgin installed "airvision" systems in the early 90´s. KL & NWA removed it quickly because very low reliability & high cost. Virgin flew them for I think 10 years, very small screen , a few channels, B&W .. <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=069542" target="_blank"><font color=...Jump to post
<a href="http://paris-cdg.com/transportation.html" target=_blank>http://paris-cdg.com/transportation.html</a> <i> Trains run every 15 minutes (eight minutes in peak periods) and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Line B runs from the TGV station at Terminal 2 to Gare du Nord,</i> hopes this...Jump to post
I think A330 is very different from 777 as well as 767 in terms of capasity & range. However in a few years the 767 design is 30 years old without radical improvements. Buying more is perhaps not feasible. I think with the continued growth in the next ten years by-passing hubs for mid size destinati...Jump to post
Looking at e.g. UAL and BA long haul fleets (made up of "new" B747´s and B777´s and lots of old 767´s) it would not surprice me if they would require a 250-300 seater to keep open/ open up routes were the 777 is just to big. With it´s capasity and 10.000 km range the A330/200 could (apart from repla...Jump to post
GoldenMAS if you have the extra 4 houres available I would take the high speed train. It is a direct connection, and leaves from the airport many times a day. <a href="http://www.thalys.com/" target=_blank>http://www.thalys.com/</a> You´ll sit better, see more etc ... have fun cheers keesjeJump to post
Some of the classics are phased out such as this ex-klm -400 now in use by its creator : <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=152411" target="_blank"><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva">Click for large version<br><IMG SRC="/photos/small/1/1/4/152411.jpg" ALT="Click here for ...Jump to post
Are they replacing the 800 (!!) KC135 (707´s) the US governement bought for the last 40 years ? Then more orders should be coming... Boeing is involved in many big defens projects for ages. Well, it should buy them some time and give money to develop a replacement for the 767 now airlines have concl...Jump to post
Italian government will undoubtly go for a "one time" "final" "restructuring" "modernisation" "efficiency improvement" "more environmental friendly aircraft" "fleet standardisation" Or better said a traditional governement bail-out as shown often by state owned Alitalia, Air France, Olympic and Iber...Jump to post
I think this shows the medium range 200-250 seat gab ..
<i> GREAT another boring white tube design I should start an aircraft cleaning company now, big business ... However if they are taken over by BA, AF, LH, JAL, Swiss, SNBA, CO, Finnair, Cyprus or whatever there is a minimal paint job ... <img src="/discussions/graphics/spin.gif" ALT="Smile/hap...Jump to post
<i>GREAT another boring white tube design I should start an aircraft cleaning company now, big business ... However if there are taken over by BA, AF, LH, JAL, Swiss, SNBA, CO, Finnair or whatever there is a minimal paint job ... </i> <img src="/discussions/graphics/spin.gif" ALT="Smile/happy/...Jump to post
So what wrong with the good old -300 's ? <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=193420" target="_blank"><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva">Click for large version<br><IMG SRC="/photos/small/0/2/4/193420.jpg" ALT="Click here for full size photo!" border="0" width="200" height...Jump to post
It´s like the old Swissair : High Quality sells itself. They put that strategy on Sabena to. Great new aircraft lots of food & crew. I think it is not the culture it takes to survive in this business. A strong network & flexibility to cut back fast in bad times would be more convincing IMO.Jump to post
<i> A 787 project that offers type/cockpit/cabin/systems commonality with 777 would really help both programs</i> That would be my idea, use existing technology ; - ~ B767 body diameter (or a little wider), but lighter/better (8 shape ?), twin aisle, 7/8 abreast (high dens./ long haul) in Y. - Stand...Jump to post
I´m curious what the big old A300/310 users like Lufthansa and American will do.. <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=204172" target="_blank"><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva">Click for large version<br><IMG SRC="/photos/small/2/7/1/204172.jpg" ALT="Click here for full si...Jump to post
I think there is a market niche for 200-250 seat aircraft in the 3000 -5000 Nm range. Longer N/S Americas stretches, North Atlantic flights, intra Asia flights etc. are growing as is demand for short range high capasity aircraft. Airbus is not planning such an aircraft ; the A310 is going out of pro...Jump to post
Easy connections is I think the most important. Lately I´ve been spending a lot of time waiting at the gate for delayed flights, unfortunately.
What´s your favorite "activity" waiting at the gate for 45 minutes ? Does anyone have experience with "gate catering" ?
Great I like corsair. Was the 747-200 a former KL 742 ?
I think Herb is a true inspirator
Going strong over 35 years, changing the worldwide industry
(although sadly very Ill, I believe)
Earlier on (Tuesday) Swiss said a bilateral deal with either American Airlines or Continental Airlines "is a possible solution." Is Continental put on Ice ? <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=208796" target="_blank"><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva">Click for large versi...Jump to post
In passenger surveys across the internet Atlanta, Houston and Dallas come out best. Especially boarding & departure scores are very high. <br><center><a href="/open.file?id=203808" target="_blank"><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva">Click for large version<br><IMG SRC="/ph...Jump to post
Gulf Air & Saudi Airlines are probably also interested in great new Aircraft. They pump up some more money & pay cash. Efficiency & profittability are no real issues here. Splendid, Bright & Proud Brand New Aircraft are more a kind of statement. OK, the our aircraft are half empty and we can't provi...Jump to post
I'm not a photographer but some money for airliners.net for maintaining the site /showing the pics & for you folks to cover (part of ) the costs seems reasonable IMO.