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by mwhcvt
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Mobile - Production/Delivery Thread
Replies: 113
Views: 33849

Re: Airbus Mobile - Production/Delivery Thread

Final delivery of the year, #53: Airbus A321 -211 7973 N332DN Delta Air Lines delivery 27dec17 BFM-MSP ex F-WZMZ Future production slots as follows: - MSN 8012 - A320-232 - Spirit Airlines (N653NK, F-WZMB) - MSN 8036 - A321-211 - Delta Air Lines (N335DN, F-WZMC) - MSN 8047 - A321-231 - Spirit Airli...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread
Replies: 119
Views: 16561

Re: Airbus Beluga XL Production Thread

This might be a stupid question but I assume because this is an internal project and would only be used by Airbus crews it will not go though a full flight test program? I’m guessing it will fly under some experimental certificate?

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by mwhcvt
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus delivers the 50th plane built in US
Replies: 9
Views: 3075

Re: Airbus delivers the 50th plane built in US

Tianjin: first to 50th 1 year 11 month ~10 days. Mobile: first to 50th 1 year 7 month ~10 days. I think that tells us that Airbus learnt a few lessons with the opening of the China FAL that they were able to incorporate into the opening and ramp up of the USA FAL But both are impressive the truly i...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retiring a Type while Some are still on order
Replies: 12
Views: 4290

Re: Retiring a Type while Some are still on order

One example I believe BA retired some 757 before there last 757s were delivered

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by mwhcvt
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA sacks cabin crew for drunken behaviour
Replies: 15
Views: 6111

Re: BA sacks cabin crew for drunken behaviour

I suspect this has very little to do with the fact they were drinking well on the lay over but has everything to with the face complaints were received, these crew will not have been sacked for the drinking, but for bringing the company into disrepute, and that will get you the sack pretty much at a...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA "Dreamflight" charity flight replacement aircraft.
Replies: 3
Views: 1589

Re: BA "Dreamflight" charity flight replacement aircraft.

At a guess once the 744 leaves the fleet it will become either a 77W or 35J performing the route I dont see them using an 388 simple because there isn’t the capacity in the 388 fleet to leave one sat in Florida for a week like they do with the current 744 as all the crew work as additional caregiver...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 'Dove' A319s finally getting repainted
Replies: 30
Views: 7684

Re: BA 'Dove' A319s finally getting repainted

(Puts on flameproof suit) I wish BA would come up with either a new livery or refresh the current one. The current livery looked awesome with the "World Tails" 20 years ago, now it would be great to see a change. They are nearly complete with the currently livery refresh, that includes ad...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlander 10 has crashed
Replies: 3
Views: 4887

Re: Airlander 10 has crashed

The boys and girls of the AAIB sure are having a busy weekend in the Home Counties hopefully as suggested damage has been minimised by the auto deflation feature and it looks worse than it actually is

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by mwhcvt
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many daily flights are their between these two city pairs???
Replies: 9
Views: 1864

Re: How many daily flights are their between these two city pairs???

I think 3 x CX 77W 1 x BA 77W 1 x BA 388 and the VS 330 all land at LHR with two hours in the morning from memory a massive number of seats all in a rush

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by mwhcvt
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are some IATA Airport codes named after the city/locale, while others after the Airport name?
Replies: 11
Views: 1903

Re: Why are some IATA Airport codes named after the city/locale, while others after the Airport name?

I’m sure I’ve read in the past but not sure how much truth if any there is to it that in the early days of DXB the management/owners/leaders tried to convince DUB to sell them the right to use that code, as I say this might be some complete BS another that I’ve always like as it’s just perfect is th...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 9752

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

I honestly think it's only a matter of time before IAG go after Wizz, I've believed this for a long time VY covers Western Europe well and Wizz covers Eastern Europe well with remarkably little overlap, they have almost identical fleet statergies so you could merge the two airlines And create a pan-...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?
Replies: 113
Views: 25431

Re: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?

Yes it will, mainly as I believe the prototype has already been built/started certification and actually represents very little additional cost to certify it when put against the costs already paid out on the larger sisters in the family

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by mwhcvt
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6626

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

Trouble is as already mentioned there really isn't all that many tangible assets to buy, the aircraft were all leased and have mostly if not completely been repossessed by the various leasing company's so that they can checked over and put on a new lease ASAP, Monarchs Engineering Side which is prof...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing provided Monarch with $130 million bailout
Replies: 66
Views: 11273

Re: Boeing provided Monarch with $130 million bailout

I very much doubt Airbus will have anything to say about this, a few years back when US was in trouble Airbus did the similar deal, providing a short term cash injection as part of a large refleet deal, same as a few years back in order to secure a deal with U2 to switch from 737 to 320 Airbus did a...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong
Replies: 78
Views: 21657

Re: American Airlines 192 fire in cargo hold in Hong Kong

I was appalled to see the way they kind of dragged that poor man who had to jump for dear life. I hope he didn't sustain serious injuries because of that "help". I also expected a more immediate action against the fire itself. A paramedic friend once told me, that while it's best not to m...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 5998

Re: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019

I wonder having just seen a post by FR24 about the fact that several AB A330 are currently en-route to LDE returning the lessor if this is not going to be a source for frames for this rapid growth?

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by mwhcvt
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5318

Re: Private A350 ?

Well, I don't believe money buys happiness. It can solve a lot life's problems but at the point you can afford a private A or B passenger jet, I would think that enriching the soul would be more effective. As Mr Spock once said "having is not nearly as pleasurable a thing as wanting, it's not ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5318

Re: Private A350 ?

I wonder what it must be like to have enough money that you could buy a 787, A350 or 747-8 for your own personal use. Aside from the cost of the aircraft itself, the ongoing costs to maintain, staff, and fuel it along with landing fees. The "hedonistic Treadmill" knows no end! Must be ama...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5318

Re: Private A350 ?

It's worth remembering that the 787 is a smaller aircraft and thus possibly a little more attractive to the private jet market in the top end of the private market, where are the 350 family is comparable to the 777 and there are very few 777 active in the private market, I think fewer than 10 are us...

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by mwhcvt
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?
Replies: 97
Views: 31162

Re: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?

The thing is there's just not the demand for a shorter range or smaller wide body any more most operators of the type dumped it years ago in favour of NB class aircraft, which at a time when the A310 was popular in the PAX market were not as well developed Airlines would rather use a more capable ai...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Widebody Fleet Plans
Replies: 15
Views: 2690

Re: British Airways Widebody Fleet Plans

As noted about 767 are gone from next year, being replaced by A321 soon widebody will be a thing of the past for BA on short haul although you'll likely still see the occasional WB rotation using the LH fleet as fleet planning and requirements allow for it The 777 fleet will be flown till at least 3...

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by mwhcvt
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN
Replies: 39
Views: 9061

Re: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN

Guessing soon there will be an announcement as to who they have sold their slot portfolio too

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by mwhcvt
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Legal means of changing birth date from 1989 to 1987
Replies: 56
Views: 1964

Re: Legal means of changing birth date from 1989 to 1987

This has to go down on record as one of the all time weirdest threads ever, got to say I'm intrigued

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by mwhcvt
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flight in trouble? G-VIIH
Replies: 36
Views: 9316

Re: BA flight in trouble? G-VIIH

What was the BNLY incident ? Engine failure after takeoff. http://avherald.com/h?article=4ade7515 Thanks for the link. Reading the comments attached to the article, there's a suggestion BA could ferry out another engine, underwing as a 'fifth' on the next 744 flight due in. Is that still practiced ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will there be a 787F?
Replies: 21
Views: 2911

Re: When Will We See 787F?

I'll be honest I don't see there ever being a 787 based freighter, the 767 will be available for at least a couple of decades by virtue USAF tanker contract that could easily pass 400 units and the likelihood that the USDOD will have other derivative needs from the line to replace the other fleets i...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What kind of business jet is this?
Replies: 28
Views: 6209

Re: What kind of business jet is this?

Amazing at 49 years old it's still in operation, I appreciate bizjets see much lower utilisation rates than an commercial jet but even so that has to be one of the oldest bizjets still in operation, any idea what would be the oldest still operational? I don't think it is still operational, my datab...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What kind of business jet is this?
Replies: 28
Views: 6209

Re: What kind of business jet is this?

Amazing at 49 years old it's still in operation, I appreciate bizjets see much lower utilisation rates than an commercial jet but even so that has to be one of the oldest bizjets still in operation, any idea what would be the oldest still operational?

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by mwhcvt
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is WizzAir IAG's next takeover target?
Replies: 14
Views: 3279

Re: Is WizzAir IAG's next takeover target?

This is actually something I suggested a couple of years back and I still believe it would make a lot of sense, Vueling and Wizz are very similar airlines on the face of it both moving towards A321 with the max level of seating, but one serves the West of Europe and the other the East of Europe ther...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink
Replies: 150
Views: 12247

Re: Greenpeace: Schiphol and KLM need to shrink

Thing is it's easy to joke about this and mock their viewpoint but is a little bit of sense to it and some of it is achievable, case in point on a random Wednesday in August KLM have 11 direct flights between LHR and AMS of which for are on KLCH so smaller RJ class aircraft, this number of flights c...

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by mwhcvt
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are there so many airlines in Iran?
Replies: 17
Views: 3823

Re: Why are there so many airlines in Iran?

Look at the UK as a example slightly small country by population but we have British Airways Virgin Atlantic Easy Jet British European (FlyBE) TUI (Britannia Airways) Thomas Cook Monarch Eastern Airways Logan As the British registered ones I can think of operating from the UK and there are bound to ...

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by mwhcvt
Mon May 29, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All MH 777-200ER stored
Replies: 57
Views: 17691

Re: all MH 777-200ER stored

IIRC the retirement of the 777 fleet was planned a couple of years ago as cost cutting move at the same time a number of LH routes were also cut or downgraded to smaller aircraft

As to why they haven't found new homes who knows :(

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by mwhcvt
Sun May 28, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anonymous Delta Employee: PAX and Crew Are in This Together.
Replies: 26
Views: 7127

Re: Anonymous Delta Employee: PAX and Crew R in This Together.

I kind of get frustrated whenever I read complaints about companies making reasonable profits, mainly as people only look at the big numbers the headline grabbers, but don't look at the deep numbers as this is about delta let's take their numbers.. That FY they reported a gross profit of $6.6bn and ...

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by mwhcvt
Thu May 25, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Project Loon Balloons Over Puerto Rico On FR24
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Project Loon Balloons Over Puerto Rico On FR24

Indeed I've seen these for years on FR24 it's sometimes interesting to check them out

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by mwhcvt
Thu May 25, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 68
Views: 15137

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

BA flies two HKG-LHR's 20 minutes apart around midnight. This is one that's always stood out to me as if you look at that route you find actually you've got the following all touching down within about 45 minute window in the morning rush and there is usually a 3rd CX77W not all that far behind wav...

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by mwhcvt
Wed May 24, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A318 and LCY operations
Replies: 58
Views: 15376

Re: British Airways A318 and LCY operations

I regularly see and it's been raised in this thread about a CS100 taking over from the A318 on the route and then being able make the route non stop in both directions, but as range isn't the limiting factor for the a318 on the route but ability to take of with enough fuel out of LCY would a CS100 ...

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by mwhcvt
Tue May 23, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does Aeromexico have both US-registered and Mexican-registered planes?
Replies: 19
Views: 3661

Re: Why does Aeromexico have both US-registered and Mexican-registered planes?

It might also have something to do with local laws on repossession etc in the event of default as not all airlines do this with their leased vs owned aircraft, case in point when BA introduced the 77W into the fleet a few years ago some were purchased others were leased but all are registered on the...

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by mwhcvt
Tue May 23, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A318 and LCY operations
Replies: 58
Views: 15376

Re: British Airways A318 and LCY operations

I regularly see and it's been raised in this thread about a CS100 taking over from the A318 on the route and then being able make the route non stop in both directions, but as range isn't the limiting factor for the a318 on the route but ability to take of with enough fuel out of LCY would a CS100 r...

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by mwhcvt
Sat May 20, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 12274

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

Think people are reading far too much into this statement, basically all he seems to be saying the only way AS have for getting out of paying royalties if for his group to launch a new airline using the Virgin branding, nothing he says in the above quote even remotely suggests he's actually going to...

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by mwhcvt
Sat May 13, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Plane in Air Force One fleet was at risk of catching fire
Replies: 5
Views: 2821

Re: Plane in Air Force One fleet was at risk of catching fire

I'm trying to work out how a maintenance mistake resulting in a fire that occurred while on the ground could some how have resulted in a mid air fire... Let's also remember this is aviation, more over its military aviation where even the most basic of component can get really expensive, really quick...

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by mwhcvt
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Launches A320/321 P2F Program
Replies: 42
Views: 12522

Re: What happened to the A320F / P2F

[photoid][/photoid]How big would the market be for a dedicated single aisle freighter? For even medium hub airports, would there not be enough under-floor capacity in widebodies flying to them to lift the vast majority of cargo? For regional airports, would the cast majority of deliveries not be so...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Mobile - Production/Delivery Thread
Replies: 113
Views: 33849

Re: Airbus Mobile - Production/Delivery Thread

I tend to follow the news for Mobile via the Facebook pages for the GM etc but it's great to see this plant growing well, it's amazing to know that the little bus that when launched was expected to sell a few hundred frames I think initially I read once the ROI was planned at 400 frames is now produ...

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by mwhcvt
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One route aircraft
Replies: 52
Views: 9024

Re: One route aircraft

The 757 and 767 of BA Openskies

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by mwhcvt
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways American Operations
Replies: 82
Views: 16155

Re: British Airways American Operations

Isn't BA maxed out on their slot usage at LHR? And if so, doesn't that mean that any new LHR-XXX flight by BA would have to come at the expense of frequency reductions somewhere else? Thus for BA to add a new destination in North America, it would not only just have to be profitable and/or make goo...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If airlines started to listen to A-netter?
Replies: 46
Views: 2624

Re: If airlines started to listen to A-netter?

There would probably be a lot of bankruptcies ;)

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by mwhcvt
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 3978

Re: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016

scbriml wrote:
mwhcvt wrote:
it's possible I guess that it would have been to return the rugby team home after the autumn internationals but I some how doubt that


Well, I could understand why they'd prefer to leave quietly from STN rather than LHR. :duck:


You're not wrong ;)

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by mwhcvt
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 3978

Re: Question on Qantas 747 VH-OEJ trip to London STN 14-16 december 2016

According to QF Source it was indeed a charter but there's no mention as to why..even with higher than normal loads for the holidays you'd think with 13 x A388 and I think 6-7 x 77W daily on the EK/QF joint venture across the UK the wouldn't need to add a extra flight especially a random one out of ...

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by mwhcvt
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong’s Cathay Dragon plans HK$20b aircraft replacement programme
Replies: 24
Views: 7481

Re: Hong Kong’s Cathay Dragon plans HK$20b aircraft replacement programme

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2054897/hong-kongs-cathay-dragon-plans-hk20b-aircraft-replacement I wonder why KA would want to take in the 737..it basically means that they have to retrain all their pilots.. Also it's not exactly unheard of for manufactures to assist in the retr...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is N707JT getting scrapped?
Replies: 31
Views: 12261

Re: N707JT to be scrapped

They are literally going to junk that immaculate airplane? We are talking about Travolats 707 in Qantas colors right?!? Geez, they wouldn't just rather park that thing somewhere and leave it on display? That thing looks like it rolled off the production line yesterday. Looks can be deceiving, last ...

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by mwhcvt
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Startup to provide by-seat "shared private jet" service on LGA-STN with Gulfstreams starting from Jan 8.
Replies: 25
Views: 9278

Re: Startup to provide by-seat "shared private jet" service on LGA-STN with Gulfstreams starting from Jan 8.

Not being funny but why would they not just take the A318 out of LCY/JFK, the people taking this type of service will have a car/driver waiting for them but why on earth would a business person want to fly in or out of STN I cannot imagine getting into the city on a Monday morning will be quick or c...

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