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by travelhound
Tue May 22, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options
Replies: 24
Views: 4200

Re: AC Makes A Pass On Their B787 Options

Qantas did it too. Just like AC a big A330 operator. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/qantas-holds-line-on-firming-787-options-446113/ Maybe we should launch "In a fresh blow to Boeing 787, Air Canada and Qantas dropped ...." header somewhere. Just joking :wink2: . It's probably...

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by travelhound
Mon May 21, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration
Replies: 87
Views: 20874

Re: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration

The A320 and 737-8 both have quicker turn around times when compared to their bigger cousins. Where an A320 maybe to fly 7 500-750nm stages in a 14 hour period, an A321 may only be able to fly 5. As such any economic advantage won with the larger aircraft is lost when trying to disembark and board ...

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by travelhound
Mon May 21, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration
Replies: 87
Views: 20874

Re: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration

To expand the argument even further LCC's typically have turn times in the 30 minute range. Legacy carriers in the 50 minute range. Aircraft cleaning practices, loading of carts, etc all have an effect on turn times. The more passengers you put in the more meals, cleaning, etc. that needs to be done...

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by travelhound
Sun May 20, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration
Replies: 87
Views: 20874

Re: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration

The A320 and 737-8 both have quicker turn around times when compared to their bigger cousins. Where an A320 maybe to fly 7 500-750nm stages in a 14 hour period, an A321 may only be able to fly 5. As such any economic advantage won with the larger aircraft is lost when trying to disembark and board p...

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by travelhound
Sun May 20, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration
Replies: 87
Views: 20874

Re: 737-10 Reaches Firm Configuration

Let the record show I'm saying the exact opposite. When the last MAX and NEO roll off the assembly line, the 737-8 and A320neo will have outsold their larger siblings by 2:1. There is a distinct local optimum at 150-175 seats. If I'm wrong, you're welcome to track me down in 2030s and collect a fre...

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by travelhound
Thu May 17, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s
Replies: 113
Views: 30066

Re: HiFly NOT adding second hand A380s?

Does all this now not fit together somehow? Was the (330) NEO commitment somehow linked to this deal actually coming together (Power by the hour for the 380??) . Again, Hifly are not as stupid as many people think and the dear ´German Doctor´ had few - if any options. I also doubt Airbus liked the ...

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by travelhound
Mon May 14, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 2529

Re: Japan Airlines to start new Long Haul Low Cost airline

I would have thought the Jetstar Brand would have been well positioned to fill this market for JAL. Could be: 1) JAL want more control of the airline 2) The Jetstar model has some commercial / investment shortcomes. 3) QANTAS has other priorities and would not be willing to make the investment requi...

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by travelhound
Mon May 14, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 160
Views: 19077

Re: 777-10 to be Boeing's 747 replacement?

The 779 is already a "747" replacement. It will have essentially the same seating capacity as the 744 in similar configurations. Boeing has confirmed that a simple stretch 777-10X (probably a 3,5 m stretch for 40 more Y class seats) is technically feasible, but I don't think they would be...

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by travelhound
Mon May 14, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24788

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

I'd suggest aircraft are priced by the number of seats and CASM

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by travelhound
Mon May 14, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A350 so expensive?
Replies: 141
Views: 24788

Re: Why is the A350 so expensive?

A good indicator of the 'right' price for an airliner, would be dollars pr. kilo. Examples (using 2017 average list prices): B737M9: 110M, 82.000kg = 745 USD/kg A320neo: 108M, 79.000kg = 731 USD/kg B787-10: 306M, 254.000kg = 830 USD/kg A350-900 311M, 280.000kg = 900 USD/kg So, yes, the A350-900 is ...

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by travelhound
Sun May 13, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)
Replies: 91
Views: 17178

Re: 1st Aircraft in Lufthansa updated Livery. D-ABVM (B744)

It's a copy cat of the QANTAS livery. One of the world's most recognised

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by travelhound
Sun May 06, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will the strategy of replacing the Boeing 747 in the fleet of Qantas be?
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Re: How will the strategy of replacing the Boeing 747 in the fleet of Qantas be?

Remember, Jetstar will use the A321NEO instead of the 787-8 on short haul routes freeing up three aircraft.

Maybe the capacity loss will be filled by re-prioritised Jetstar 787-8's.

Just a thought!

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by travelhound
Fri May 04, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska swaps 737 Max 8 orders for larger Max 9
Replies: 23
Views: 4157

Re: Alaska swaps 737 Max 8 orders for larger Max 9

Alaska have deferred aircraft deliveries. Growth for this year is planned at 6.5% and the following years 4.5%. Cash (liquidity) is down 10%, although at the same time debt is down 18%. I suspect Alaska have hit a VX merger operational hurdle and are currently trying to conserve cash. Remember they ...

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by travelhound
Wed May 02, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23664

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

Qantas current schedule for July 2018 Origin Code Destination Code Airline Code Alliance Equipment Code Flights Seats BNE LAX QF oneworld 744 7 2,548 SYD HND QF oneworld 744 7 2,537 SYD JNB QF oneworld 744 7 2,515 SYD LAX QF oneworld 744 1 364 SYD SCL QF oneworld 744 4 1,456 SYD SFO QF oneworld 744...

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by travelhound
Wed May 02, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23664

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

They had 15 Options and 30 Purchase Rights, so they have exercised 14 of those options which should leave 1 more plus the 30 rights. Not to pick nits, but #61 above ( @jeffrey0032j ) says one option lapsed in January not taken up. Thanks for filling us in on the remaining 30 Purchase Rights. The op...

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by travelhound
Wed May 02, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date
Replies: 135
Views: 23664

Re: Qantas orders additional 787s, sets 747 retirement date

I think this order gives QF plenty of opportunity to adjust their fleet to market conditions. I suspect we will see a follow on order for 787-10 aircraft in the not too distant future. If not they can simply decide to keep the 747's for an extra year or two. Market share is not like aeroplanes. The ...

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further
Replies: 30
Views: 7208

Re: Profits at ANA soar as JAL sinks further

If I remember correctly the government banned JAL from international.growth due to their bankruptcy. This ban was recently removed. If we consider the size of the two airlines, JAL has a fleet size of 161 aircraft where ANA has a fleet size of 219 aircraft. In reality, until such time JAL start rece...

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by travelhound
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates starts storing the A380
Replies: 124
Views: 36619

Re: Emirates starts storing the A380

EK has 100+ A380's and nearly 150 777's. As such we are witnessing 5℅ of the airlines fleet being temporarily stored. If we consider airlines like QF use one one of their twelve or 8℅ of the A380' fleet as an operational spare we have some perspective on the situation. If we also consider EK typical...

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 134
Views: 29867

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

Pre-rusted parts save the contractor the time required to apply rust at the job site! :duck: Usually you'd expect segments to be fully surface coated except for the field joints. On the other hand: these autoclaves will never "live" in a difficult environment. this may obviate the protect...

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by travelhound
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

I think there could be a few more changes for QF, afaik the 744 fleet will remain at 10 for now meaning there is still be some slack. The 744’s at different times have gone to BKK/PVG over the peak season. BNE-SIN was mentioned about more capacity sometime back, is this still on the cards? I’d say ...

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by travelhound
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The schedule season ends at the end of March 2019. I wouldn't be surprised to see the B744s continue to serve HNL with the A330s deployed elsewhere Considering the 744's will remain with the older business product, I suspect these aircraft will eventually be relegated to secondary markets such as H...

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems
Replies: 133
Views: 25362

Re: Rolls Royce having more 787 problems

Just read this article from Aviation Week. commercial-aviation/analytics-establishing-its-place-airlines What surprised me about the T1000 issues was the state of the engine Blades when the problems were discovered. Of more interest the responses of the airlines to the issues. If analytics help redu...

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality
Replies: 34
Views: 8071

Re: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality

The Sections 44, 46,11 and the Wings have significant differences on the 8 when compared to those on the 9/10 because of the body side of join wing interfaces, correct? I thought this was completely reworked for 9, but those changes did not become part of the 8 build processes. (perhaps the WIng Bo...

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by travelhound
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality
Replies: 34
Views: 8071

Re: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality

What does this do for the reported MOM? Nothing most likely if deliveries are only going to start in 2025 or later as there is still 7 years until then. Then again if they already have an aircraft in this space that is cheap and has the right capacity, does that make the business case more or less ...

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by travelhound
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Is Adelaide performing better? For the two months that both cities have had 5 weekly flights (December and January) Perth has had more passengers. Yields I have no idea though. I guess you're inference is based on no reduction to the ADL service being announced. Perth is a tricky one, partially bec...

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39249

Re: Air Asia X cancels A350. Decision on fleet expected later this year.

Given that their 350s were going to be 10 abreast I don't think any passenger will be crying over it. And the A330 is 9 abreast so not much better. The only time passengers will be pleased about the comfort of a 9 abreast B787. :rotfl: :stirthepot: If AirAsia can put nine across seating in an aircr...

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

VA to increase flights to NZ SYD-AKL to go 3 daily on weekdays, 2 daily on weekends MEL-AKL increases from 11 weekly to double daily BNE-AKL 2 daily except Saturday’s, third flight will operate Monday mornings one way and Friday evenings the other way MEL-CHC goes from 4 weekly to a daily service M...

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by travelhound
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Since when does the A330neo have better performance than the 787?
Replies: 67
Views: 10868

Re: Since when does the A330neo have better performance than the 787?

Comparison of 8 and 9 seat across cabin densities with different load factors: 75% load factor 8 across: 2.passengers with vacant seats next to them 9 across: 4.5 passengers with seats vacant next to them. 85% load factor 8 across: 1.passengers with vacant seats next to them 9 across: 2.5 passengers...

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by travelhound
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Since when does the A330neo have better performance than the 787?
Replies: 67
Views: 10868

Re: Since when does the A330neo have better performance than the 787?

I'd suggest, in general terms, with all else being equal, and no other considerations taken into account, a 787 would be cheaper and more profitable to operate over a 20-year life cycle in comparison to an A330NEO. In contrast, again in general terms the A330NEO's availability, lower CAPEX cost, abi...

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by travelhound
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

The average New Zealander that has flown VA under the Tasman, has often perceived that Virgin is horrible and outdate product which they happily with share with friends when they get home. I just came back from an AKL-MEL-HBA trip on VA, and I think I'm a pretty average NZer. I did note that there ...

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Safe airlines around Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia?
Replies: 29
Views: 3019

Re: Safe airlines around Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia?

A common term for an expat in this region is "long leg, no hair". I hope you enjoy your time in Cambodia.

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Safe airlines around Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia?
Replies: 29
Views: 3019

Re: Safe airlines around Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia?

When Vietnam first opened up to the west (1994) I travelled through the country. I was looking forward to travelling on their old Russian Jets. Unfortunately, they retired the Russian Jets on mass and replaced them with Boeing jets at the first opportunity. Such is life. They still have plenty of ol...

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by travelhound
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 299
Views: 42815

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

The huge asterisks * to the “owner” aircraft is that they are leveraged to the hilt. They all are pledged as collateral for loans to the keep the lights on. Yeah, they "own" about half of their fleet but all of those owned is collateral for loans. I think they own even one pen, which is n...

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by travelhound
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 299
Views: 42815

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Norwegian, if sold will go for a premium. It has scale, a strong presence in key growth markets, a very competive cost base and a strong mix of good quality aircraft. It would take years for an airline to create an airline of this size Funny how you left out the fact that Norwegian is not generatin...

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by travelhound
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 299
Views: 42815

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Norwegian, if sold will go for a premium. It has scale, a strong presence in key growth markets, a very competive cost base and a strong mix of good quality aircraft. It would take years for an airline to create an airline of this size

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by travelhound
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 219
Views: 51860

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

I can think of 30 A380 still in the backlog but not in the delivery plan. Shouldn't they be removed from backlog? Not according to the mentioned standards. But we’ll, maybe they can just do it because of your opinion, of course. How brave is ignorance. There is no courage in ignorance of the facts....

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by travelhound
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 219
Views: 51860

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

I suspect there would be ways to write a contract to in part solve any issues with how orders are treated under the new accounting practices.

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 110
Views: 20814

Re: The future of Etihad

Using the QANTAS $2 billion + loss as an example, the business generated cash in the year the loss was reported and the subsequent following years. It was essentially a write down on the book value of assets. EY's situation is different. It's losses are mainly attributed to bad investments in other ...

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by travelhound
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2275
Views: 286456

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

To add further to the discussion QANTAS recently added wide body (A330) capacity into the New Zealand market. This was in direct response to Air New Zealand adding wide body (787) capacity into the Australian market. Both of these airlines can serve 95% of the trans-Tasman market with their narrow b...

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders
Replies: 219
Views: 51860

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2018 Orders

...... plus QANTAS options mature this year and AJ is on record saying they will be taken up

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Etihad
Replies: 110
Views: 20814

Re: The future of Etihad

I'm not as negative about EY's future prospects as some on here. Even thought their loss of $1+ billion was significant, for an airline carrying 18 million passengers per year and turning over $9 billion in revenues these losses should be manageable over the longer term. Even though there are valid ...

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 73998

Re: AA ORDERS 47 78 hi7 FROM BOEING????

konrad wrote:
paparrucho wrote:
AA ORDERS 47 787 FROM BOEING????


It would be strange if they ordered them from AIRBUS.


If I remember correctly Delta ordered their E190's from Boeing.

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by travelhound
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash
Replies: 32
Views: 7414

Re: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash

Criminal negligence!

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by travelhound
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2275
Views: 286456

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The reality is we don't know exactly what a MOM will and up being. As some have stated it could be oval shaped, round like the 767, carry 10 tonne of cargo over the stated range or carry none. As such we are still discussing an aircraft that is still to be defined. In contrast, we have a fair amount...

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by travelhound
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s
Replies: 113
Views: 30066

Re: HiFly NOT adding second hand A380s?

With that European tail Paul Stoddard might be involved. Atconexstagexhe had an arrangement with BA to covervtgeircexcess flying with his old 747-200's

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by travelhound
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 5058

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

There have been other indicators as well. Air New Zealand has been doing their own advertising, promotions, etc in Australia for quite a while now. They have been promoting their brand, moreso than their destinations. This suggests they have been looking st expanding their Australian presence for qu...

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by travelhound
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct
Replies: 48
Views: 5058

Re: NZ and VA end JV across the Tasman - Oct

I just read the SMH article on the matter. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/air-new-zealand-ends-alliance-with-virgin-australia-20180404-p4z7qm.html Just putting some back of the envelope numbers together for a very basic analysis of the situation. Air New Zealand are on record that they wi...

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by travelhound
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018
Replies: 643
Views: 54422

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2018

Presumably we'll see NZ BNE-WLG flights reinstated and more VA WLG-AU flights beyond their current BNE services. Not necessarily. VA will be by far the smallest operator on the Tasman so I'd expect them to concentrate on business services while allowing Tiger to grow into the market to cover off le...

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by travelhound
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2275
Views: 286456

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

flipdewaf wrote: The 321NEOLR require ACTs to achieve its range figures of 4000nm which is stated by airbus as being with 206 pax I believe. The article to which you linked even stated that jetstar configure their 321s with 232 seats which should give you some clue as to why the headline figure of ...

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by travelhound
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2275
Views: 286456

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Keesje, QANTAS have already stated the A321LR in a Jetstar configuration (I assume 220-240 seats) will be at its limits on Melbourne - Bali flights. The stage length for this route is 2363nm. I suspect in comparing the A321NEO with a 797 aircraft, we are overstating the range capability of the A321N...

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