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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 775
Views: 137739

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

1) I have no idea how the Project Sunrise A350 differs from SQ’s A350-900ULH aircraft. 2) See above. As far as I know, neither manufacturer has made public the detail of how they will modify their respective designs to meet Project Sunrise. 3) No, of course not. I didn’t write that at all. Not sure...

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 775
Views: 137739

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

Huh? The A350 proposed by Airbus to Qantas for Project Sunrise is a highly modified version and doesn’t exist yet. BA’s A350s don’t/won’t have these modifications, therefore cannot operate nonstop LHR <> SYD. Am I missing something? It is me that is missing a few things 1) how highly modified of an...

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by vhtje
Tue May 07, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 775
Views: 137739

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

Also if QF did go with the 777, BA could steal their thunder an operate the A350 over the route offering faster flight times. If people are taking the flight for the faster times, any improvement would have to have some tangible value to the same passengers. Huh? The A350 proposed by Airbus to Qant...

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by vhtje
Sun May 05, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 87807

Re: Boeing 777X Testing Thread - 2019

LAX772LR wrote:
Meh. Seems like every time they roll out a significant new variant, the "House Theme" colors change..... 77W, 77L, 748, 787s, 7Mx, etc.


I'm struggling to see your problem with Boeing updating its in-house livery. Its not like Boeing is releasing a new model every week...?

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 223
Views: 28605

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

I thought VS would be the most obvious choice for their UK long haul operation out of MAN in particular, but also LGW and GLA? Wouldn't that lead to competition issues? It amuses and confuses me that whenever an EU airline is mooted for sale, we hear a chorus of "Can't be IAG/AF-KLM/LF, becaus...

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 223
Views: 28605

Re: Thomas Cook set deadline for interest in Airline.

I thought VS would be the most obvious choice for their UK long haul operation out of MAN in particular, but also LGW and GLA? Wouldn't that lead to competition issues? It amuses and confuses me that whenever an EU airline is mooted for sale, we hear a chorus of "Can't be IAG/AF-KLM/LF, becaus...

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by vhtje
Thu May 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s
Replies: 76
Views: 14818

Re: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
Hong Kong Airlines NTUs. DAE purchasing them is my guess as they are already partly built.


Would they have been sold at a discount? Presumably HK Airlines paid a penalty?

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1072
Views: 111653

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Boeing CFO says the outstanding orders of Jet Airways (MAX+787) have been removed from backlog. Wow, that was hasty! Usually, orders remain until the dust settles....so the potential buyer has no slots of MAX production either... The financing has probably been withdrawn, and Boeing notified of thi...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 8977

Re: Cathay Pacific flight attendants caught stealing

I have seen several BA captains with bags of soft drinks and booze on Heathrow T5 arrivals train. I can understand cabin crew do that, but a captain t the salary of 100,000 pounds a year is truly puzzling to me. I, as a Club Passenger, have been given re-corked wine from First Class on BA, where ba...

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?
Replies: 18
Views: 3940

Re: 'Lowest mileage' classic airliners?

Ought you not also be taking into account the number of cycles, as well as hours?

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by vhtje
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz
Replies: 173
Views: 30389

Re: Package of new/used A380's pitched to BA was uncompetitive: Cruz

Interior mod prices for the A380 are being exagerated. It should be the same pro rata as any other airliner, airlines have just been using this as an excuse. The fact is that BA is doing fine for now, but they are setup for a dwindling future. LHR will progressively lose relevance as other London a...

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by vhtje
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 382981

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Looks like a Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER has been seized at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport Source - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/aircraft-supposed-to-operate-jets-amsterdam-mumbai-flight-seized-passengers-stuck-at-schiphol/articleshow/68812919.cms?utm_medium=referral&a...

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by vhtje
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet Europe new callsign
Replies: 28
Views: 7525

Re: easyJet Europe new callsign

FlapsOne wrote:
Anyways, they say 'blue and green should never be seen' but LEVEL'S branding works. I like it.



Please..... LEVEL’s livery is what you get when you rely on someone using Microsoft Paint(TM) 1994 edition to design your livery.

You can literally see how much IAG saved on design overheads.

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by vhtje
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK
Replies: 140
Views: 21231

Re: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK

I still maintain that one if my best, and most memorable, TATL crossings was in Y on an AA 763 from DUS to ORD. And it was in Y. Being oneworld Emerald the check-in put me in the front window seat of Y and blocked the seat next to me. I remember the crew member was superb - friendly, helpful and my ...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 382981

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

I don't understand what is exactly left for EY to bid on? With the pilots leaving, and aircraft repossessed, what remains that is of interest to EY? Or any other carrier, for that matter?

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 8361

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

Going right now to Seatguru to check what's up with 56F I'm going to bet it's some person that travels frequently on this route that always picks 56F and binges every conceivable series every time they fly. There's nothing special about the seat. 100 hrs over 9000hrs is not statistically significan...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 8361

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

It’s nit-picking, I know, but it’s 80% of lounge users are using the Yoga Studio, not 80% of all passengers - since only a subset of passengers get lounge access, the distinction (and presumably difference) is significant. But thank you for posting. Absolutely fascinating. I wonder why 56F watches ...

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by vhtje
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 20862

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

I wonder if privatisation of airports is a factor? I note US has not privatised its airports, with the majority owned by the city/county. Europe, on the other hand, has privatised the vast majority of its airports. Privatisation focuses the operator’s attention on revenue. Revenue is increased (one ...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 8361

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

80% of passengers using the Yoga studio in PER, which is way higher than expected It’s nit-picking, I know, but it’s 80% of lounge users are using the Yoga Studio, not 80% of all passengers - since only a subset of passengers get lounge access, the distinction (and presumably difference) is signifi...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 964
Views: 153040

Re: WOW Financial Discussion Thread

I never liked WOW, they seemed way too ambitious and arrogant about who they were and what they were doing. As if aviation was an easy game and as if we've been all waiting for them to come along and rescue us from mean legacy carriers. Yes, sure, we would all like to fly across the Atlantic for €1...

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by vhtje
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates further increases Cairo services
Replies: 4
Views: 1449

Re: Emirates further increases Cairo services

There are a lot of expat Egyptians in the UAE and, indeed, elsewhere around the Gulf. I have flown CAI <> DXB on MS. MS were significantly cheaper then EK. I think I bagged a J fare for less than £400 GBP return. Not that MS came close to EK’s level of service, but it was okay for a short flight. St...

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by vhtje
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23689

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

Regarding the catering, BA recently revealed that all longhaul catering ex LHR will eventually be provided by Do&Co with the first few routes already swapping over. Anyone who has flown BA to JFK over the last 4 or so years may already be familiar with the far better catering that they provide ...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: British Airways release new ClubWorld seat
Replies: 122
Views: 23689

Re: British Airways tease new ClubWorld seat on social media

I understand it is the same seat as on the AC 77W.

We shall see shortly.

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by vhtje
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 166
Views: 33549

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

Just flew SFO > MEL > SFO on the 787-9. Fabulous flights - great crew, great service, very comfortable aircraft. Outbound was in W and the inbound was J. Even the W seat was comfortable and I got a reasonable amount of sleep. I was surprised that the 787s were not WiFi-equipped. Is the WiFi rollout ...

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by vhtje
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 85
Views: 14862

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Why should Australian put any money into anything which doesn't concern nor effect. IF it was a legal requirement that we fund a search which isn't in our territory , they should change the law. It concerns/effects Australia because: 1) There were Australians onboard the aircraft 2) Australia is cl...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8484

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Strange comment Sloppily dressed crew are likely to be lax on procedures and rules too Attention to detail usually follows through on all aspects of a persons life Absolute nonsense. I work in IT. I meet sloppily (by my standards) dressed individuals constantly. That does not stop them from being s...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 85
Views: 14862

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

I personally don't want another dime of taxpayer funds spent on this search . I wasn’t aware any US Taxpayers’ “dimes” had been spent on this search. Assuming I am correct - that is, you are a US taxpayer and no US taxes were spent on this search - your view is fairly offensive to those whose taxes...

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by vhtje
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew
Replies: 55
Views: 8484

Re: Observed today: the perfect dress/style of an Asian flight crew

Strange comment Sloppily dressed crew are likely to be lax on procedures and rules too Attention to detail usually follows through on all aspects of a persons life Absolute nonsense. I work in IT. I meet sloppily (by my standards) dressed individuals constantly. That does not stop them from being s...

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by vhtje
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 382981

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

Latest grounding count looks like below B737 33 ATR 10 B777 1 A330 1 Total 45 Thats 38% of the fleet Credit: https://twitter.com/khabri_lal/status/1102098356250144768 How can an airline operate its planned schedule with 38% of its fleet grounded? I realise 9W have cancelled some routes, but still, ...

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by vhtje
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Calls for SNA to be Renamed
Replies: 92
Views: 8195

Re: Calls for SNA to be Renamed

It's a tricky one. One doesn't want to judge an historical figure by today's (changing) standards and values, as repugnant as their historical values may be to us in 2019. For example: my Grandmother, who was born in 1904, in the very early 1970s when I was three gave me a golliwog. Obviously today ...

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by vhtje
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat
Replies: 56
Views: 11444

Re: SQ's IFE Has a Camera Possibly Watching in Every Seat

I think people dumbly assume with all of this that they are recording EVERYBODY. They would likely target particular people based upon the work they do or their position. This recent travel warning from the U.S. State Dept (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/world/asia/china-travel-advisory.html) w...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aviation in time of racial segregation
Replies: 29
Views: 4002

Re: Aviation in time of racial segregation

If you read biographies of American entertainers who are black and who made it big in those horrid times, the common theme seems to be, ‘when money is no object, neither is colour’ We can extrapolate from those books that air travel was not restricted - I have only read of entertainers taking flight...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments
Replies: 19
Views: 3876

Re: BKK - SYD Route - Future Developments

I travel between LHR and SYD frequently, and have done for many years. Thankfully these days it is at the front of the aircraft. However I remember one trip years ago sitting in a window seat at the back of a very full QF1 (B744), which in those days stopped at BKK. The man next to whom I was seated...

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No airline interested in a morning MIA-LHR departure?
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: No airline interested in a morning MIA-LHR departure?

I wonder how much of BA/AA’s traffic on MIA/LHR is connecting from AA’s South and Central American flights? If it is high, it might explain why there is no AM departure back to Heathrow.

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Y+ to J Airport Upgrade - High price, but low load?
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: BA Y+ to J Airport Upgrade - High price, but low load?

I personally would have paid £520 in a heartbeat. Seems a bargain to me, when NYC J fares on BA can be well over £1000. BA have set fares for airport upgrade promotions on each route. Some are admittedly better value than others. Flyertalk has a airport upgrade cost tracking thread that show you wha...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA in hot water after sexist FA skit at FF event
Replies: 20
Views: 2458

Re: AA in hot water after sexist FA skit at FF event

Oh for heaven's sake. It's parody - as such, it is meant to amuse through exaggeration, whilst at the same time, make a point. As Ben points out in his article, Pam Ann has been doing exactly this for years. I guess by your logic, blackface is just parody. No, of course not. That's quite the leap, ...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA in hot water after sexist FA skit at FF event
Replies: 20
Views: 2458

Re: AA in hot water after sexist FA skit at FF event

Oh for heaven's sake. It's parody - as such, it is meant to amuse through exaggeration, whilst at the same time, make a point. As Ben points out in his article, Pam Ann has been doing exactly this for years. The difference is Pam Ann, in her comedy, is pointing out and laughing at the subtle absurdi...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 131743

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

BOAC 747s were never grey on the underside, they were bare metal, only the wing root fairings were grey. Wha...? That photo from 1973 in my post clearly shows a grey-painted underside! I think as Skipness is correct that some 747-136s were delivered with polished undersides, but they were later pai...

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 131743

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

skipness1E wrote:
How long before they swap a white nose on and she has blue engine panels lol?


One week, tops.

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 131743

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

JannEejit wrote:
Should the bottom half be polished metal or not ? Similar thing with the Lufthansa retro 748i...


No. BA are recreating the final 1970-1974 BOAC livery, ie the livery worn by 747s. It was grey, not polished.

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 661
Views: 131743

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

KICT wrote:
Please tell me they're doing a landor...


They are. They are doing 3 x 744s - one BOAC, one Landor, one Negus and Negus/ "fag packet".

They are also doing an A320 in a BEA livery, but I am not sure if it is the Red Square or or the Speedjack. I suspect it will be the Speedjack though.

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by vhtje
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 166
Views: 33549

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

bjwonline wrote:
[With OJS going/gone this also means there is only 1 RR powered 744 left in the fleet now. When thinking about the size of the RR numbers that QF once had the end is now very near :(


Um what about the A380s? No retirement date is set for them yet...

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by vhtje
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019
Replies: 166
Views: 33549

Re: Qantas Fleet Thread - 2019

EK413 wrote:
For those interested tomorrow (18FEB) VH-OJS (Hamilton Island) will operate her final commercial service as QF73 SYD-SFO after serving QF for 19 years.
Sad :( having to witness another magnificent aircraft retired.

EK413


For some reason, -OJS is my most oft-flown QF 744. Sad day, indeed.

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by vhtje
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU clears AF/KL/DL/Virgin Group deal
Replies: 52
Views: 9060

Re: EU clears air-france-klm-delta-virgin-group-deal

J if Virgin Atlantic buys Flybe and wants to start connecting short haul feed Cannot be much feed, at least not from London. Flybe go to: From LHR - ABZ, EDI and, from 31/03/2019, Newquay. From LGW: nowhere, after Newquay transfers to LHR at the end of March. It's looking better from Manchester wit...

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO
Replies: 134
Views: 17399

Re: Air France-KLM Wants to Change KL CEO

The last time I compared the market cap of the Lufthansa Group, IAG and AF-KL it was pretty clear which one the investors didn't like, didn't believe in and didn't think would make money. Excellent point. The market capitalisation of these three as at 12/02/2019 is as follows: IAG: £13.014B GBP > ~...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37377

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

I think Qantas cancelled a long time ago but Airbus still wanted to show them as orders for PR/marketing reasons. I am pretty sure that the deposits would have been rolled into subsequent orders for other Airbus products. Now that Airbus is tidying up their final production run orders and are clean...

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by vhtje
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 217
Views: 37377

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

If it is related to Project Sunrise then it is IMHO likely that Boeing has won the order. I reiterate that I think these are unrelated decisions, but if there was a connection between this announcement and Project Sunrise you would think that they'd mention the cancellation of the A380s in a footno...

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by vhtje
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Brexit affect layovers at UK airports?
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: Will Brexit affect layovers at UK airports?

Thesre is no deal yet, so we can't know. Assuming worst case, a total hard break (looking more and more likely), yes it would. You could end up needing a visa prior to leaving the airport, and the way several major UK airports are laid out, you sometimes can't connect without going groundside. This...

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