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by sofianec
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Fired United FAs awarded $800k+ (Possibly 1.5mil) From Jury
Replies: 66
Views: 9436

Re: 2 Fired United FAs awarded $800k+ (Possibly 1.5mil) From Jury

I simply don't understand what the problem is. FA took some time to check on some photos on iPad, during a flight. Which reminds me of a story by our family lawyer, he passed god bless him. He told me a story of a gypsy King who got caught up with the Police, potentially losing everything asks our l...

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by sofianec
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021
Replies: 212
Views: 34156

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

This is such a black eye for Berlin, now that I think about it they MUST demolish whatever there is to demolish and then plan and execute a grand masterplan to make a new Berlin airport in 3 phases - Main Terminal building with 2 parallel runways - opening capacity 40 million not a soul less to open...

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by sofianec
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 30814

Re: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight

Yet Another United F'd'-up Thread :old: The FA was most likely in the wrong and will likely get fired however I have a very strange feeling about this entire story. I am in no way trying to lay blame to the passenger but has she flown with the dog before? Yes, I question competence with her pet. Pu...

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by sofianec
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle
Replies: 283
Views: 37378

Re: Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle

Airbus in NO WAY needs a new plane to replace the A320neo family anytime soon, it's killing it with the sales and any issues are in PW's remit, nothing major to do with Airbus. The A330neo is actually selling fairly well so far (oh my god I did just go there), it's got 214 orders and hasn't even re...

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by sofianec
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?
Replies: 28
Views: 5875

Re: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?

It's a win-win for Qatar and Italy. The 787-8 order will be used by AirItaly while Qatar will get same number (30) of 787-9. Since commonality is very little between -8 and -9 makes sense for Qatar to keep the -9 and AirItaly to get -8 which smaller size actually is better for Europe/MXP (their larg...

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by sofianec
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle
Replies: 283
Views: 37378

Re: Pressure mounts on Airbus A330 in widebody order battle

So from all programs Airbus is seeing some good and plenty of bad going forward: A320/321neo - the cash cow but GTF engine issues keep popping. A330-800/900neo - the smaller sibling is dead on arrival, larger one still not selling as expected due to simply being too large, too heavy for intended use...

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by sofianec
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doubts about the use of LH long-haul fleet
Replies: 86
Views: 15435

Re: Doubts of the use of Lufthansa long-haul flotation

So why did most of the Airbus A340-300 operators look for replacement so fast? Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss, Iberia, among others, looking for more efficient aircraft? At least Air France has a considerable Boeing 777-200ER fleet and they are still all active after 20 years,...

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by sofianec
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways plans to start airline in India, plans for atleast 100 aircraft
Replies: 29
Views: 4903

Re: Qatar Airways plans to start airline in India, plans for atleast 100 aircraft

Starting yet another Indian airline is insane. They should buy into / back an existing project.

Ideally Qatar could sweep Jet Airways but why not also add Vistara into an Indian Airline Group INAG perhaps also adding other assets such as IA/AI.

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by sofianec
Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 202833

Re: LH introduces revised livery

I really like the new livery however there is still the feeling its is unfinished and makes the plane looks heavy in the back. They could have painted the engines with same dark blue as the tail ... or something.

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by sofianec
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 148
Views: 27913

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

I smell dirty politics here..ala Najib Razak! During his White House visit and the 787 order for MH, he said he will try to get AirAsia to order GE engines! https://www.nst.com.my/business/2017/09/279137/update-malaysia-airlines-orders-16-aircraft-boeing No doubt about it. Politics requires AirAsia...

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by sofianec
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?
Replies: 87
Views: 5545

Re: LHR, CDG, AMS, FRA: Which is the best for connections?

AMS is a nice airport but has certain issues such as: a) frequent security delays - in fact in all cases I had to transfer via AMS or use AMS as an origin/destination airport comparing it to FRA where security checks and time wasted are minimal/non-existent. b) Arrival at FRA including Zoll/Customs,...

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by sofianec
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire the 77L
Replies: 143
Views: 41011

Re: Etihad to retire the 77L

EY should probably join with Emirates and both can focus on DWC as a Universal Hub for UAE. Develop HSR (High Speed Rail)

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by sofianec
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upcoming operators of Airbus A350-1000XWB
Replies: 80
Views: 14338

Re: Upcoming operators of Airbus A350-1000XWB

I see bright future for A350-1000XWB with many airlines but let's not forget that 35K competes for the same contested territory against its rival Boeing's 777-8 and 777-9. Sure A350-900XWB is very popular but its current popularity/fuel burn/attractiveness dominance and size, is sitting way better w...

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by sofianec
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GRU-PTY-HND with a 787-9 possible?
Replies: 51
Views: 4815

Re: GRU-PTY-HND with a 787-9 possible?

Once Ethiopian get more mileage on their A350s they can try NRT-ADD nonstop and on to ADD-GRU nonstop. It will add to trip distance only 1K miles. Not that I would be against NRT-PTY-GRU but if that routing is to be achieved I'd go with CM building a long-haul hub operation on their own metal. PTY h...

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by sofianec
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 195
Views: 41603

Re: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI

The way I see this acquisition is very positive. Lufthansa has too many airlines and sub-brands to have any use for Niki. IAG on the other hand is the perfect owner of Niki’s operation as it aligns perfectly with their Level brand. I see eventually re-branding or simply introducing Level @VIE

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by sofianec
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model
Replies: 991
Views: 199010

Re: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model

I really wish they resurrect A300 and A310. I used to love those planes, now they all so big. :lol:

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by sofianec
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM CEO says legacy carriers underestimated their (LCCs) effect until it was too late
Replies: 16
Views: 6621

Re: KLM CEO says legacy carriers underestimated their (LCCs) effect until it was too late

The reality of Legacy vs LCC is quite evident. I am based in Frankfurt, biggest hub for Lufthansa and trust me flying short-haul on the legacy is an abysmal experience vis-a-vis WizzAir and Ryanair who recently were allowed to use FRA airport. There is literally 0 occasions last 2 years where LH wer...

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by sofianec
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 704772

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

I’m pretty sure BA could use more A380s (only 12) but also big heavy fleet of 747-400s (42 strong). People love the plane. With LHR being swamped with A380s from other carriers BA could use at least 12 more. LH are probably sorry for taking 747-8s instead of more A380s. IB and even AF could use few ...

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by sofianec
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Turkish the new Emirates?
Replies: 41
Views: 6722

Re: Is Turkish the new Emirates?

I don’t think this thread should be buried in Non-Av. There is no way to eliminate any mention of politics since it is so connected to aviation/governmental issues. I believe that TK has great future, hopefully with the opening of the New Istanbul Airport. Politics aside, Erdogan is a businessman li...

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by sofianec
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 8375

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

Back in 2000 Airbus was contemplating making a new A330 with Al-Li body instead of CFRP. If they had gone that way the A330AlLi would have decimated the 787, especially with the neo upgrade later. This move would have given them great flexibility with a larger A350 down the road. A380 was a done dea...

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by sofianec
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't AZ bought new aircraft?
Replies: 41
Views: 7916

Re: Why hasn't AZ bought new aircraft?

Nobody likes FRA! But I do believe most Italians connect via MUC when possible, resorting only to FRA when the destination is not served out of MUC. And MUC, as anybody will tell you, is rather a nice placei to change flights. For the first time ever have I heard of a particular dislike for Frankfu...

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by sofianec
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

I don't believe you for a second. As a society we have been brainwashed we are bunch of cheapos and all corporations are doing us a "favor" by providing service for which we paid. This is our daily life, airline would be the last place to ask for any last minute request. You can see hundr...

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

I rarely have a bad flight. You can turn around a grumpy F/A. I go out of my way to say good morning or hello when boarding. I say please and thank you. Goes a long way. I absolutely agree. I have NEVER had a bad flight. In fact when I used to live in the US I was impressed the most by United. Lite...

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

The problem is actually that American Airlines and all full service Airlines provide pretty much the same service as a LCC nowadays yet they spend tons of money on advertising themselves as premium thus setting expectations that when you pay 10 times over you're going to be treated like a VIP. A pos...

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

scbriml wrote:
Welcome to the club. Now, what are your mental health professional qualifications?


How is your blood sugar level?

But to answer your relevant question ... I have plenty of qualifications spotting fakers.

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

alfa164 wrote:
Maybe because Germans seem to have an unnatural affinity for autocratic and despotic leadership? :roll:


Surely I will be extremely diligent and overly strict in the future while performing my duties especially with the wonderful and very kind passengers from across the pond.

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

scbriml wrote:
Tell me, are you a parent who's endured the stress of travelling with young infants and all that entails?


Yes, i have 4

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

Maybe you need to take yet another look, because much of what is "obvious" to you is simply wrong: 1. You deduce the woman is "faking it" because the baby isn't crying? She was the one who, according to other passengers, was hit by the stroller; the baby was barely missed. Wheth...

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by sofianec
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22454

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

I looked at the video a few times and there are a few things quite obvious: 1. The woman with the baby was totally faking it. Not only because of her very fake wailing but also because her baby was quite calm throughout. I have seen many cases when the mother is genuinely distraught (not faking it) ...

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by sofianec
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 33663

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

The leggings issue is out of hand already. You fly FREE on an employee pass. There is a dress code and rules to follow. Follow it or don't fly. Simple. Let's move on. Please!

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by sofianec
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"
Replies: 184
Views: 23633

Re: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"

I find the livery and concept just plain ugly but if it's cheap noone will care. I find Eurowings livery and font horrendous as well but I fly them cause cheapo.

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by sofianec
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.
Replies: 596
Views: 67792

Re: Airlines interested in Boeing MOM concept.

If Boeing create a 797 similar to 767 but with the materials and engine improvements of the 787 we can have a winner. Same goes for Airbus re-starting the A300/A310neo they have a great chance to keep A330neo as is with A350 as a flagship and re-define short/medium-haul. Many years ago LH were flyin...

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by sofianec
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 82843

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

I think it's a great livery but I really felt like I heard the sound of passing gas once I imagined this finished reading out with the voice of Morgan Freeman: "Our brand new livery evokes the natural beauty and striking landscapes of our great nation." I know nationalistic manifestos are ...

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by sofianec
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY and LH CEO`s holding joint news conference on February 1st, 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 11685

Re: EY and LH CEO`s holding joint news conference on February 1st, 2017

I might give SWISS the benefit of keeping a separate brand but that's it. Why keep the SWISS name, but not Austrian and Brussels? That makes no sense at all to me. Europe is still very divided and people are still proud about their origins. Nationalism has gained momentum in a lot of countries in E...

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by sofianec
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY and LH CEO`s holding joint news conference on February 1st, 2017
Replies: 39
Views: 11685

Re: EY and LH CEO`s holding joint news conference on February 1st, 2017

Airline consolidation is Europe is way overdue imho. Having so many different brands within the very small-sized Western Europe is simply not sustainable. I will probably be blasted but Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines are completely un-necessary and redundant as brands. I might give SWISS th...

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by sofianec
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia to exit FCO to MXP in 1Q17
Replies: 40
Views: 7632

Re: Alitalia To Leave MXP

Another ridiculous move from Alitalia. Abandoning MXP is like LH abandoning MUC. Rome is tourism not J Class fares. Can't they just sell them to LH and be done with.

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by sofianec
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sofia (SOF) - Record 50% Increase in Passenger Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 2499

Re: Sofia (SOF) - Record 50% Increase in Passenger Numbers

Bulgaria Air (FB) is a basket case. They never developed into a real carrier, they charge legacy prices yet both hard and soft products are LCC/Charter grade. Sofia will continue to be dominated by WizzAir and Ryanair as the LCCs are flying to/from places with Bulgarian diasporas. Problem stems from...

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by sofianec
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus
Replies: 262
Views: 55875

Re: Is EK bubble about to burst and what it means for Boeing and Airbus

The demise of EK is again quite exaggerated. Some time is needed in order for the entire network to be calibrated around A380s and 777s. What doesn't help is of course Etihad and Qatar also expanding like crazy but time is on EK side. The strategy has been working and will adjust over time.

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by sofianec
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: New Airliners.net Homepage Preview
Replies: 152
Views: 12918

Re: New Airliners.net Homepage Preview

The new homepage is a vast improvement imho. Great work!

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by sofianec
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin to Become "Premium Carrier"
Replies: 16
Views: 4978

Re: Air Berlin to Become "Premium Carrier"

AirBerlin is a hopeless case. The flying public today is looking to pay less fly more. That's why carriers like Ryanair, WizzAir and Norwegian are thriving like mushrooms. To try to pull a second Lufthansa is comical. And from Berlin? Seriously!

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by sofianec
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021
Replies: 79
Views: 16590

Re: Alitalia could ground 15-20 A320s cut 2000 staff; no profit till 2021

The times of National carriers in Europe is over. Unless Alitalia becomes Lufthansa Italy or part of a new EU-carrier (AirFrance-KLM-Alitalia) it will always bleed money. Now I will play Devil's advocate and suggest Etihad to merge all it's EU carriers under a single umbrella and management (Alitali...

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by sofianec
Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Romanian PM flies Ryanair and files a complaint
Replies: 20
Views: 5485

Re: Romanian PM flies Ryanair and files a complaint

He is absolutely right about Ryanair and their antics. WizzAir accepts both EUR/GBP and local currency on-board (Romanian Leu and Bulgarian Lev respectively) on international flights. Demanding EUR on Romanian domestic flights is literally illegal. I recently visited Bulgaria and on the return fligh...

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by sofianec
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frankfurt new Terminal-3 is 1-year late already; Est 2023 open
Replies: 27
Views: 4576

Re: Frankfurt new Terminal-3 is 1-year late already; Est 2023 open

Frankfurt simply doesn't need Terminal 3. It was just an exercise in forward planning but today Frankfurt is underused with ample space in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Postponing Terminal 3 is a prudent decision unlike Berlin where the issues are completely different.

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by sofianec
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair starting FRA? Will the empire strike back?
Replies: 59
Views: 9227

Re: Ryanair starting FRA? Will the empire strike back?

Most locals in/around Frankfurt cannot afford Lufthansa. Try to fly LH with a family of 6 and you'll see why we've personally taken mostly Ryanair, WizzAir out of far away places such as Hahn or Cologne/Bonn which are 2 - 3 hour away from FRA. The Airport is largely underutilized and there's plenty ...

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by sofianec
Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breaking: Heathrow 3rd Runway approved
Replies: 200
Views: 18951

Re: Breaking: Heathrow 3rd Runway approved

I'm sorry for saying it but that's a dumb move. LGW plan would have been cheaper, delivered way earlier and just as necessary as LHR 3rd runway. Demolishing people's homes, closing M25 and the cost oh my. I also have huge doubts it will ever be built. They should have approved both plans (LGW and LH...

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by sofianec
Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clark: The World Needs More A380's
Replies: 255
Views: 46342

Re: Clark: The World Needs More A380's

[ul][quote="DFW789ER] I would be willing to bet 380 sales will never top 400. If it does, they will likely go to EK. They seem determined to fly one to every city the operate. Otherwise, it is still a niche aircraft, at a time when new twins are most coveted by airlines.[/quote][/ul] You may be...

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by sofianec
Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clark: The World Needs More A380's
Replies: 255
Views: 46342

Re: Clark: The World Needs More A380's

I fail to see how EK is wrong on this one. Public absolutely loves it - I talk daily to Americans that choose LH over any other US major solely for the A380 and absolutely loving it. Too bad US majors are missing on the plane. - Lufthansa would have ordered 16 more A380s if they weren't literally pa...

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by sofianec
Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing mulls further stretch on 777, a 777-10X
Replies: 181
Views: 42215

Re: Boeing mulls further stretch on 777, a 777-10X

I believe now it's time for Airbus to rejuvenate the A300/A310 program. I am certain that it would beat the 767X as it will allow a nice 2/4/2 instead of 2/3/2 and with lighter wing, more efficient engines and all quirks learnt with A350/A380 will make it an unbeatable short and medium-haul workhors...

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by sofianec
Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF To Operate SSJ100
Replies: 27
Views: 18147

RE: AF To Operate SSJ100

I am extremely saddened when I read comments reminiscent of the Cold War. Why is it considered such a taboo a western airline to order and operate a Russian-made airliner. Superjet 100 has proven to be a capable and well-designed aircraft with a very large content of western-built systems and compon...

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