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by cv990Coronado
Wed May 01, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France - KLM: can only continue if the French abandon power thinking
Replies: 38
Views: 9949

Re: Air France - KLM: can only continue if the French abandon power thinking

This subject for a post seems to keep popping up in a similar way to the ' End of the A380', 'Last Northwest DC-9' and 'Let's restart the 757 line.' I think for better or worse KLM is part of Air France and whether that was a wise decision or not it happened, it's done. It will be very difficult if ...

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 5980

Re: AI completes despatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

Couldn't more fuel be saved safer by having more efficient ground operations?

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

The only control surface change that I could see helping would be a crazy split elevator design so only part of it moves at high speed, high AoA. Good luck engineering that onto the existing 737 and maintaining the same type certificate! I think it is pretty obvious now that the infamous 1M USD pen...

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 737MAX10 fuselage arrives for final assembly
Replies: 96
Views: 17461

Re: First 737MAX10 fuselage arrives for final assembly

The Fuselage length of the 707-320 was 152ft 11ins, I believe the 737 Max10 will be 143ft 8ins, a massive stretch from the 94ft or the original 737-100. The DC-8-63 is 187ft 4 ins compared to 150ft 7 ins of the DC-8 -10/55. The 737 stretch is more in absolute and percentage terms, nearly 50ft, quite...

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by cv990Coronado
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?
Replies: 50
Views: 6259

Re: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?

I remember reading years ago that TWA wasn't allowed to have a coach lounge on int'l flights (probably due to unfair competition). So when the 747s were on overseas flights, first class passengers actually had two lounges at their disposal. This is correct, I used to work for TWA in the early seven...

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 858
Views: 150967

Re: Airbus and Boeing meet Qantas Project Sunrise challenge, RFP to be completed by end of 2019

Because that's the route a lot of customers with the cash for non-stops want to travel. This is purely an opinion, but I do not think it is a viable direct route. Perhaps, but (based on phraseology) it seems you're looking at the route in a vacuum, and not considering the opportunity cost..... i.e....

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Two things to me stand out which will need to be relooked at in a calmer way when things settle.
1 The FAA 's possible lack of independence due to funding and resource limitations.
2 The 'Grandfather clauses and their length, they seem to become great or even great-great-grandfather clauses.

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

AA 191 crashed and killed over 200 -- yet DC10s weren;t grounded until 16 days later after it became known what caused the crash. The difference: people weren't screaming GROUND IT.. Who knows, maybe if they had grounded it after the Turkish crash there never would have an AA191. And in those 16 da...

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by cv990Coronado
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I think it gets easier to count the operators still flying the 737MAX, than those who stopped flying it. List please? :-) Air Canada Air Europa Air Italy American Airlines Corendon Airlines Enter Air Fiji Airways Flydubai Icelandair Jet Airways LOT - Polish Airlines Mauritania Airlines Internationa...

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by cv990Coronado
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15345

Re: Last VS A340

OMAAbound wrote: The last Virgin Atlantic A340 scheduled service will arrive into LHR on 1st November 2019, 2 A340’s will be kept on as ‘Spares’ for a further few months, operating select routes on an adhoc basis. How’s your chance to get out and see these beautiful French ladies for one final time....

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by cv990Coronado
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 255
Views: 47053

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

The map of the seating configuration would be helpful ? Willie announced 8New F 65 new J 46 new W and 296 Y for a total of 325. He also indicated dissatisfaction with Rolls Royce meant taking more GE was not a negative factor for the 777-9 decision Not quite. It's (F8 J65 W46 Y206). I suspect yours...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 156
Views: 16582

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

Good point. How about Delta for partnering instead? If the current issues have escalated to cabinet government level I see no easy way out. Might be time to go separate ways? I agree that's exactly the point I raised in an earlier post. Delta with a 25% share. Their expertise and influence help KLM...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.
Replies: 156
Views: 16582

Re: Dutch government increases stock holding in KL-AF group.

It doesn't give a great impression of harmony within the EU, does it?
I would think KL would be much better off split from AF/KL with Delta owning 25% and KLM the balance.

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by cv990Coronado
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?
Replies: 129
Views: 18593

Re: BA’s 777-200ER replacement?

I think as with the 747 replacement 'like for like' will need to take into account many changes which have occurred over the years. Just as the 747 was ordered in many cases as the only aircraft with sufficient range at the time. The 777 might well have been ordered because it ticked most of the box...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 103805

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

New article from renowned German economy newspaper appeared tonight, reconfirming the decison about the 380 future is coming closer. Article in German language only, but I suppose online translators will help: https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/industrie/airbus-entscheidung-ueber-aus-fuer-a38...

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by cv990Coronado
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 134
Views: 17401

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

My perception from the outside looking in and from the comments in this thread, this merger looks like a marriage made in hell. In contrast to Lufthansa's takeover of LX and OS which doesn't seem to generate venomous comments. Is this a cultural thing of a matter of execution I wonder?

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 880
Views: 137249

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

Operationally EK quite possibly would do very well with a 77X,77W & 787 fleet. But, there are two other points which come to mind, one of which has been mentioned.is the single supplier situation. The other is a political one which has not, to my knowledge. How long will EK enjoy such liberal tr...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18118

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

My first flight ever was on TWA 747 N93104 (l/n20) LHRJFK 27 March 1970. I have since been fortunate to have flown on every version except the -8.
Without a doubt, the 747 is my favourite aircraft and I firmly believe the greatest and most influential commercial aircraft ever built.

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 131840

Re: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

OA940 wrote:
A350 Landor, BOAC 787-10 and BEA A321neo? Pretty solid combo imo. Maybe a BCal too but I doubt they will.


Excellent suggestion and combination.

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by cv990Coronado
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no CPH-JNB?
Replies: 21
Views: 4330

Re: Why no CPH-JNB?

Both SAA and SAS served the route back in the day. SAA dropped CPH in 1998. Also for reference the biggest market in Scandinavia is not Copenhagem but Stockholm. CPH is largely dependent on transit, while ARN generate more local traffic. SAA never flew to CPH. I worked for SAS in JNB in the '70s th...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas CEO dials back on expectations for Project Sunrise Jet
Replies: 144
Views: 31947

Re: Qantas CEO dials back on expectations for Project Sunrise Jet

Other commentators have suggested flying a ULR from SYD-LHR may become uneconomical in a high fuel price environment. From where I sit QF should be focusing their energies on markets that are core to their customer base. I'd suggest these ULR flights only appeal to a very small percentage of QF cus...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 248
Views: 60623

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

The 777X is supposed to be at least 18 inches in 10 across (or at least thats what the plan was) so about as good as a 9 Across A350. With all due respect, this is impossible. The 777X has the same external fuselage width as the current 777. 777 fuselage width is 244 inches / 620 cm. A350 fuselage ...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons
Replies: 114
Views: 20424

Re: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons

What would be your insight on a turnaround plan for SAA? I'm curious to hear what your opinion is on the matter. I do not think network nudges, slight changes in business model or even operational changes will have any impact in the short term because they are not fundamentally the cause of SAA's p...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons
Replies: 114
Views: 20424

Re: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons

Regardless of the fact that SAA got one of the highest prices ever for a slot pair at LHR the point that was being made still implies as ''the money has long gone''. Still not sure what point you're making. You're making a comment regarding it being a poor decision to sell rather than rent even tho...

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by cv990Coronado
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons
Replies: 114
Views: 20424

Re: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons

evanb wrote:
jfk777 wrote:
What happened to the slots from the cancelled second daily flights ? Sold or leased out ?


Leased for 5 years. Rumor is that they were leased to BA.


Well, that was smart, the previous management sold the CPT flight slots to SQ and the money is now long gone.

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by cv990Coronado
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in the race for the route LHR-SYD non stop?
Replies: 45
Views: 10104

Re: ¿BRITISH AIRWAYS in the race for the route LHR-SYD non stop?

I can't see BA doing non-stop, the route was under serious consideration for cancellation before the 77W and mixed fleet saved the day. It's a very different situation for QF where it might well be viable. Posters have raised many reasons all in my opinion valid as to why it won't suit BA. The follo...

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by cv990Coronado
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons
Replies: 114
Views: 20424

Re: SAA considers selling off assets as debt balloons

SAA's problems can be brought down to one main problem, and that is the SA Government:- They interfere with all credible leadership. They don't/won't permit labour reduction/restructure. Their policies have destroyed the SA economy. Their unemployable friends and associates are given jobs at SAA. Th...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth
Replies: 83
Views: 16743

Re: Virgin Atlantic eyes non-stop Perth

anstar wrote:
They'd be better of restarting CPT service.


Now that is a good suggestion especially now there is only BA on the route. There would be good feed from the US on Delta and this would complement DL's ATLJNB service.

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by cv990Coronado
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 595
Views: 92844

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

The 747-400 came before the twin revolution. All significant orders for the PAX version came before 2000, that is before the 777 took to the skies, mostly before the A332 was delivered and mostly before the A330 had an ETOPS 180 certification. So the orders came when the only twin in competition wa...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5
Replies: 47
Views: 9042

Re: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5

The TWA Hotel will be a destination unto itself when all is said and done. I'm looking forward to making the pilgrimage in the future. Be nice to see the inside of the old terminal again. Yes I'm that old. It will indeed, I can remember many hours spent there. Also, the bright red carpets on the je...

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by cv990Coronado
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move
Replies: 19
Views: 5258

Re: Zurich increases slots; LX opposes move

Strange, how the EU was fixated on BA's % of slots at LHR, but 70% for LX/LH at ZRH doesn't.

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18118

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

global2: My only regret is never having been able to sit in the very first row in 1st Class (or any row in the front section) to see how close to a forward view you can get from the first window. You're right.....it is a different experience....back in the 80s I got to travel on seat 1K on a flight...

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by cv990Coronado
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18118

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

My first flight was on a TWA 747 (N93104) in March 1970. I have flown on every type of 747 except the - 8, the airlines would include BA/TW/UA/LH/RG/MH/QF/SA/UT/VS/NW. Some of my best inflight memories were onboard a 747. My worst memory in the air was not on a 747 but, I clearly remember thinking ...

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by cv990Coronado
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18118

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

My first flight was on a TWA 747 (N93104) in March 1970. I have flown on every type of 747 except the - 8, the airlines would include BA/TW/UA/LH/RG/MH/QF/SA/UT/VS/NW. Some of my best inflight memories were onboard a 747. My worst memory in the air was not on a 747 but, I clearly remember thinking a...

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by cv990Coronado
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years
Replies: 76
Views: 12138

Re: London Stansted aims to secure flights to 25 long haul destinations over the next 5 years

Well LGWJNB didn't work, so I have serious doubts about STNJNB, anyway the best of luck to them.

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 20475

Re: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

Lets hope it is not a serious issue, Rolls Royce and the industry in general don't need anymore serious engine problems. The share price will usually drop immediately on the hint of something negative, and as been pointed out,the RR price has been particularly sensitive for obvious reasons.

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 20475

Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

Hopefully, this is not going to be a continuation of the problems experienced on the RR powered 787's. Is the XWB engine very different from the 900/1000 models on the 787? It seems as though to was a New York Madrid flight which diverted to Boston, I would guess it was last night. I can't see anyth...

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can DL's A359's fly ATL-JNB with a full payload?
Replies: 96
Views: 20314

Re: Can DL's A359's fly ATL-JNB with a full payload?

Very interesting calculations by some very knowledgeable members thanks. One thing that doesn't seem to have been mentioned but has been of interest to me. It seems the A359 might take a hit westbound but seems fine eastbound. How would that affect the total viability of the route? It seems as thoug...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Britains First Sharia Airline
Replies: 121
Views: 17353

Re: Britains First Sharia Airline

Well the best of luck to him, I doubt it will be the first choice for the "stag weekend trips"

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: KLM seating issue
Replies: 14
Views: 3770

Re: KLM seating issue

FatCat wrote:
I had this "inconvenient" on a FR flight some two years ago.
I was in the back and my wife in the front.
Best trip of my life.
Slept all the way over.
No blabbering.
No complains.
:rotfl:


Come on now be honest, how much did you pay to be so lucky! :D

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by cv990Coronado
Tue May 29, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Shies Away From 78J/77X For Time Being
Replies: 61
Views: 10764

Re: AA Shies Away From 78J/77X For Time Being

As they were only late customers for the 77W, maybe with frequency adjustments and joint venture partners they can have an all 787 fleet. Boring for us but very efficient I would think. Or as a second option and to keep Boeing honest, about the time of the replacement of the 77W and late model 777ER...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri May 25, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with South African Airways?
Replies: 78
Views: 17599

Re: What's happening with South African Airways?

The proper question is what's happened to South Africa The ANC and everyone that voted for them in 1994. Much too fast of a transition and bad policies like BEE and Affirmative Action, essentially leaving (very) unqualified people in key positions and let corruption run it's course. Its snowballed ...

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by cv990Coronado
Wed May 23, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 56176

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

This is such an interesting discussion, the ultimate route really for normal commercial aviation. How does the recent increase in Oil prices to nearly $80 effect the viability of such a route and perhaps the forthcoming SINNYC route too? Without getting into a discussion of the up and downs of the O...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri May 18, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 156
Views: 32908

Re: Emirates Pilot Shortage

What is this thread actually about? Let's put the title aside. That's what got me interested. But the more I read the more I think it's in danger of becoming a vent machine. A few more facts would be helpful. Do we know precisely the parameters of the announcement? For example, is it really 3 pilot...

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by cv990Coronado
Thu May 10, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?
Replies: 236
Views: 38808

Re: Airbus Claims that A350XWB is quieter than B787, but is it really?

I just flew out on a 787 and back on an A380 and the A380 is way quieter than the 787. Unfortunately, I haven't flown an A350 yet. On the other hand, the 787 is much quieter than a 777 but so are most aircraft.

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by cv990Coronado
Mon May 07, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?
Replies: 74
Views: 12186

Re: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?

I just cannot see the French government letting it happen. They will always find a way, it's just too much prestige for France to let such a thing happen.
As with all politicians, what Macron says and what he is really prepared to do are very different.

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by cv990Coronado
Fri May 04, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies
Replies: 170
Views: 34861

Re: British Airways in talks to order Boeing Widebodies

After just flying on a BA A380 this is what they need from a passenger comfort point of view. Not the very noisy 777 or the very cramped but quietish 787.

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by cv990Coronado
Thu May 03, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 to ORD S18
Replies: 48
Views: 12258

Re: BA A380 to ORD S18

Recently flew on 787 and 380 and they are way quieter than a 777. Not sure if the 380 is also pressurised at a lower altitude but after an 11-hour flight in Y on BA I felt much better than a similar 777 or 747 flight. Admittedly I was in J this time on the 787 but the previous time was in Y+. The 38...

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by cv990Coronado
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is new SAA fleet announcement imminent?
Replies: 51
Views: 6718

Re: Is new SAA fleet announcement imminent?

The 777 and A350 would be too much aircraft. I was also wondering whether the A321LR might be a great aircraft for intra Africa routes that may not be that busy. How would a 777 or A350 be "too much aircraft" given that SAA used to have 747s on the same routes? SAA used 747's on the route...

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by cv990Coronado
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March
Replies: 569
Views: 71227

Re: Inaugural QF MEL-PER-LHR this Saturday 24 March

Perhaps slightly off topic but as far as I can see there is no QF metal flying to DXB anymore. That being so doesn't the QF/EK arrangement seem somewhat one-sided or is there something I am missing? EK is the more powerful partner in the arrangement but the entire point behind this new direct fligh...

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