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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soviet L1011 TriStars.
Replies: 31
Views: 7226

Re: Soviet L1011 TriStars.

The Russian interest in the L1011 is an interesting page in their aviation history - I understand one of the key reasons they wanted to purchase the type was it's then advanced auto-land facilities, the development of which the USSR lagged behind in and which caused frequent disruption during winter...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: European Widebodies 2019
Replies: 20
Views: 747

Re: European Widebodies 2019

TUI consistently schedule their B788 and B789s on summer leisure routes across Europe.

Jet2 will lease A330 equipment from AirTranker and operate MAN-ACE/ALC/TFS plus AYT in Turkey.

Condor operate their 767-300s to European destinations, as may Eurowings again this year.

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's latest prank advertising
Replies: 19
Views: 4416

Re: Air Transat's latest prank advertising

I've worked for companies with limitless time off and remote working - so long as you can still perform your job. Perfect for me as it meant I could sandwich working days between holiday days and the weekend, and use it to visit family or stay at my vacation home. I work for a tech company and they...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's latest prank advertising
Replies: 19
Views: 4416

Re: Air Transat's latest prank advertising

I've worked for companies with limitless time off and remote working - so long as you can still perform your job.

Perfect for me as it meant I could sandwich working days between holiday days and the weekend, and use it to visit family or stay at my vacation home.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.
Replies: 48
Views: 13305

Re: Family sit on floor during flight, not enough seats.

I have got to question why it's taken so many months for TUI to adequately deal with this situation - in all likelihood, had they just refunded the fares, nobody at the CAA would ever heard about this. Pretty big fail on all fronts. Years ago I flew the domestic Nakchivan airbridge with Azerbaijan A...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?
Replies: 9
Views: 1303

Re: Why is Flybe only valued at £2.2m?

The majority of FlyBe's aircraft are leased, or have finance agreements covering them, so the asset value is not what it seems. They have been progressively selling off as much ground infrastructure as possible, so there is no bonus here either. A big reason why struggling airlines generally sell fo...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

pabloeing wrote:
¿A339 can do BCN-NRT?


Depends on the configuration, as it is well within the published still air range.

In a high density layout BCN-NRT would be marginal, but most likely made possible by favourable winds. The return NRT-BCN sector against prevailing winds would be another story.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14060

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

We will see what Level decides. Buying is likely better for them than leasing and I would assume IAG has fairly strong credit. I still struggle to see them getting the A338 instead of A339. ⋅ The A339 will have enough range to get to the US west coast from Europe. ⋅ A339 and A33...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

Don't know if anyone said anything about this movement between IAG/Vueling and the slots of FlyBe in LGW. http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/news/AN_1547224791003416500/flybe-unit-signs-deal-with-vueling-for-gbp45-million-in-gatwick-slots.aspx I wonder if this could mean any further expansion on low c...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Sharm el-Sheikh: UK should end flight ban.
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: Sharm el-Sheikh: UK should end flight ban.

If the security situation there has been adequately resolved, then yes it should be lifted.

The fact that is hasn't makes me wonder what still needs to be accomplished?

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

If LEVEL is looking at 9Y A330s, that's a different story, but their current 332 product is 8Y. I don't mean to dwell endlessly on this; I just don't see why the 788 wouldn't be considered in this contest or be a reasonable product for these missions. I would be surprised it they are looking at kee...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

Which one is the best options for them to order? The cheapest one. Not exactly. They will chose the option from which the most overall value can be derived, across the fleet's anticipated service life. That equation may ultimately be decided by the cheapest purchase price / finance package, but it ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

Level are already going to be operating BCN-SCL - that's almost 7000 miles and 14h 40m outbound - basically approaching an ULH route. That is well within the capability of the 788. Both the 788 and the 332 have outstanding hot and high performance, and I'd expect the 338 to as well. The 789 is good...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

If the payload requirement is low enough that the 338 is preferable to the 339, why wouldn't the 788 be in the mix as well? Unlike the 338, it has real empty weight savings (mostly as a result of smaller, lighter main gear) compared to big sister 787-9. It has a range deficit compared to the 338, b...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

The list price of the 788 and a338 is nearly identical, IIRC. I would expect the decision to be between the B789 ($281.6m) and A338 ($259.9m). The 788 is actually a fair bit cheaper at $239m, but is not well suited to the LCC market. Good point. I'm surprised the a338 is in discussion as well. Figu...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

I would expect the decision to be between the B789 ($281.6m) and A338 ($259.9m). The 788 is actually a fair bit cheaper at $239m, but is not well suited to the LCC market. Will the 788 be better suited once the 789 features are fully incorporated? I don't know if those will address efficiency, comm...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 3281

Re: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft

In terms of maintenance cost, it's not a huge concern as they also have maintenance agreements spread out to the best vendors, or lessors handle their own maintenance and it doesn't affect the airline's operations. In terms of parts, global parts supply networks are so well established that it's ea...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

Willy once said the 787 is too expensive (purchase) for a LCC. Given that both IB and AerLingus operate A330s I would place my bet on the A330 not the 787. The list price of the 788 and a338 is nearly identical, IIRC. I would expect the decision to be between the B789 ($281.6m) and A338 ($259.9m). ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800
Replies: 103
Views: 17159

Re: LEVEL to order B787 or A330-800

This will be a very interesting sales-battle to watch. There will be commonality within IAG for both aircraft, and both manufacturers are going to be very keen to come out on top.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta’s new A220 narrowbody coming on sale for January debut
Replies: 158
Views: 26940

Re: Delta’s new A220 narrowbody coming on sale for January debut

Looks like something may have changed with their plans to operate on the LGA-BOS shuttle. The A220 had been showing every 4 hours or so in early March, until today when I went to book it, and now I can only see it on one flight early in the morning. Have they switched it to somewhere else, or is the...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair Livery - What would you change?
Replies: 12
Views: 998

Re: Ryanair Livery - What would you change?

No, it's a good scheme which communicates the brand effectively without an overly expensive application process.

So I would leave it the same.

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does WN only fly the 737-700 into SNA?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

Re: Why does WN only fly the 737-700 into SNA?

Wiki says SNA has a 1,738m runway - that's getting pretty short for a 737-800, especially if that's the physical tarmac length and not the declared distances. So what’s the difference for AA, AS, and DL? Weight. Not only do WN have a higher seating density, they also still offer two free checked ba...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TK after new Istanbul airport
Replies: 42
Views: 6641

Re: TK after new Istanbul airport

What prevents starting a one stop service to Australia at present with 77W? Likely insufficient O&D. Why would a passenger choose XYZ-IST-stopover-SYD when they can go XYZ-stopover-SYD on a variety of different airlines. The assumption here is that all passengers have a one stop flight option. ...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does WN only fly the 737-700 into SNA?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

Re: Why does WN only fly the 737-700 into SNA?

Wiki says SNA has a 1,738m runway - that's getting pretty short for a 737-800, especially if that's the physical tarmac length and not the declared distances.

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your best flights of 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1835

Re: Your best flights of 2018

The Yak 42 is awesome - love the BuzzSaw noise! The wins for me: 1. Budapest to Astana. Yes it was WizzAir, yes it was an A320, but it cost under £35 and that value is definitely memorable. 2. Tashkent to Navoi. One of the very last scheduled Il-114 flights with Uzbekistan Airways. 3. Mumbai to Hyde...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aurigny sub-charter A320 for Gatwick - Guernsey
Replies: 4
Views: 1387

Re: Aurigny sub-charter A320 for Gatwick - Guernsey

Not sure of the reason why, but G-POWM operated the GCI-LGW rotations on the 26th, G-POWK has operated to LGW so far today, although I see Aurigny's own 195 is now active at GCI. Whilst it's unusual, on 30 minute hops the A320 doesn't present any serious challenges into GCI - much longer and the wei...

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by PlymSpotter
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest commercial helicopter route?
Replies: 17
Views: 1373

Re: Longest commercial helicopter route?

I would be very surprised if the longest scheduled flight was not in Russia, and not at all surprised if it was flown by UTair or a regional carrier like KrasAvia. Together these operate hundreds of scheduled passenger routes in the Russian interior, flying low frequency Essential Air Service / Publ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?
Replies: 11
Views: 935

Re: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?

Cathay benefit from strong and higher yielding business o/d demand on HKG-MAD, plus Iberia's codeshare with onward connections to South and Central America. Personally I don't see the same premium demand with BKK, which is much lower yielding, but it would be interesting to see figures for premium ...

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with service to all 6 LON airports?
Replies: 42
Views: 3862

Re: Airports with service to all 6 LON airports?

As mentioned, MAH has service to all six. Last year whilst commuting from MAH to LON for work, I managed to fly to each airport within the space of about a month - unintentionally, I only realised whilst waiting for the last flight back to MAH one week.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?
Replies: 11
Views: 935

Re: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?

I think the problem with MAD-BKK is that that route was traditionally targeted to all-inclusive packages to Thailand and some connections to the area. With the ME3 being so aggressive to Thailand and beyond, Thai could not compete. But Cathay has been very successful in HKG-MAD so I can't see why T...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 68098

Re: Gatwick closed because of 2 drones

I live overlooking LGW, I've noticed the police helicopter(s) hovering over several local areas in turn - most likely viewing potential targets for where this thing is being controlled from. What's interesting is that we have noticed several large drones over our land this past summer, and moving ve...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you flown the alphabet?
Replies: 36
Views: 2007

Re: Have you flown the alphabet?

No changes since last time, I think. Still missing the incredibly rare "1" and "X." I've just listed one airline for each letter. Feeling the pain regarding 1 - I actually remembered the same thread from a while back, so I looked up my reply... turns out a while back was 8 years...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?
Replies: 11
Views: 935

Re: Madrid heading to 60 million PAX. What's next?

I'm not convinced about BKK. Thai cut their service to MAD in 2015, partly due to economic issues depressing demand, but equally due to strong competition which became untenable due to their cost base. Relaunching with new generation aircraft may help improve fortunes in a like for like comparison b...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you actually flown on an airline if...
Replies: 26
Views: 1998

Re: Have you actually flown on an airline if...

This is a pretty common dilemma, it's very common to encounter leases like this, or regional operators flying for mainline carriers. I log two pieces of information to reflect this: Organising Airline - who I most likely booked with and whose code the flight is again most likely operating under. Ope...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Polar Express (transpolar circumnavigation trip record attempt with a340-500) canceled>
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: Polar Express (transpolar circumnavigation trip record attempt with a340-500) canceled>

I believe it turned out to be a huge scam and a lot of people are now missing significant sums of money. I think there's an ongoing criminal investigation into what happened. It certainly drew in some very influential people.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ..and then there was one (753 at TCX)
Replies: 17
Views: 6061

Re: ..and then there was one (753 at TCX)

Had some good flights on these birds, shame to see them leaving.

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7285

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

Very good news that the Il-62 is international again. In 2019 - very cool. It could only be the Syrian A340-300 or the Air Koryo Tu-204-300 - the Il-62 is domestic only now. They have flown to Kuwait historically, Damascus is only 600-700km further, so long as the skies are friendly. It's not the sk...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syria, DPRK eyes direct flight
Replies: 49
Views: 7285

Re: Syria, DPRK eyes direct fly

It could only be the Syrian A340-300 or the Air Koryo Tu-204-300 - the Il-62 is domestic only now.

They have flown to Kuwait historically, Damascus is only 600-700km further, so long as the skies are friendly.

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by PlymSpotter
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe up for sale
Replies: 74
Views: 13216

Re: Flybe up for sale

To reiterate, FlyBe has already been offered to everyone you can think of, in Europe and beyond. Rigby, Peel, IAG, Stobart, BMI etc... I'm told that even Hainan were approached. They are out of acceptable options. The company as it stands is worthless, they require a takeover and significant investm...

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by PlymSpotter
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe up for sale
Replies: 74
Views: 13216

Re: Flybe up for sale

Flybe have already done the rounds of IAG, Lufthansa, AF/KL and others in the last six months. None are interested. The announcement is trying to reach a wider audience beyond the obvious, and is only being made after efforts to sort this behind closed doors have proven unsuccessful. ^This. They ha...

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by PlymSpotter
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wizz Air discount tickets.
Replies: 21
Views: 1585

Re: Wizz Air discount tickets.

Ha Ha.... Those AZ tickets were fun.... They were awesome! I also did the NRT trip, back to back with the one I mentioned, so I landed in BRI from SIN, took the next flight to Milan, caught about four hours sleep, then did MXP-FCO-NRT-FCO-BRI. I was destroyed by the time I got back to BRI, somethin...

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by PlymSpotter
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wizz Air discount tickets.
Replies: 21
Views: 1585

Re: Wizz Air discount tickets.

My outright cheapest is from Ryanair, with a series of flights purchased across Europe for between £0.01 and £2.50.

Most spectacular was an infamous Alitalia error fare; MXP-FCO-CDG-SIN-CDG-TRN-BRI for about 80 Euros.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future London to Africa routes...
Replies: 50
Views: 4636

Re: Future London to Africa routes...

Norwegian have aspirations to serve destinations in West Africa from LGW, among other destinations, with the 737-8MAX. I would anticipate easyJet to be considering similar moves with the A321NEO - there are some lucrative markets comfortably within range.

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: GA delays LHR resumption to Dec 2018
Replies: 116
Views: 27005

Re: Garuda shutter LHR

You're demonstrating my point (lol?) They should not compete with the likes of the ME3, or any other carrier. Garuda apparently (if the announcement is to be believed) has something they do not - non-stop flights to Indonesia, and one stop service to multiple regional cities in Indonesia which other...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: GA delays LHR resumption to Dec 2018
Replies: 116
Views: 27005

Re: Garuda shutter LHR

The answer is not more capacity, lower fares or low yielding connecting pax - it just equates to trashed yields. This was the mistake made by many legacy carriers in response to the rise of LCCs. Garuda need to differentiate their product and grow margin. Don't join a race to the bottom and compete ...

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by PlymSpotter
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: GA delays LHR resumption to Dec 2018
Replies: 116
Views: 27005

Re: Garuda shutter LHR

SIN-LHR will be very marginal with the A330-300, slight waft of a headwind en route and you'd going to be dumping pax / cargo or making a fuel stop. LHR-DPS on the return is many hundreds of miles beyond the range of the A330-300 so, unless they have some kind of magic fuel formula, it's going to be...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q400 Program said to be sold to Viking Air
Replies: 93
Views: 15271

Re: Q400 Program said to be sold to Viking Air

The Dash 8 requires more than just a Twotter style NG warm-over to be competitive against new ATRs or the buoyant second hand market for 50 seaters. It's a 35 year old frame, which isn't well optimised to serve the kind of small and remote airports where it has maintained a niche. The -100's perform...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A340 at LHR CS-TOA
Replies: 18
Views: 4774

Re: TAP A340 at LHR CS-TOA

Historically TAP operated a daily LIS-LHR flight with the A343 and, in recent years, (summers only I thought) there has been a regular A332 rotation. Perhaps if it has been operating in the past days it's been made year around. Really ??? When was that out of interest?. I don't recall ever seeing o...

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by PlymSpotter
Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next A330 Neo orders....
Replies: 217
Views: 47096

Re: Next A330 Neo orders....

I can see Delta picking up some A330-800’s. The 800 is the true replacement right now for the 767-300’s and thoughts 767 are getting old. Unless Boeing can get off the pot and get going on there new plane. A338 is way too much plane to be a 767 replacement, I think DL has its eyes on the 797. It re...

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