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by lightsaber
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 192
Views: 21250

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Air Berlin declares 'insolvency' in a peak summer month !! August sees the highest cash flow...... this clearly indicates its financial position = pretty desperate. Most airlines fold in February or March, at the end of a long winter........ when cash flow is at its lowest. (we are obliged to indic...

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet and Delta Airline Are Parting Ways
Replies: 3
Views: 1184

Re: ExpressJet and Delta Airline Are Parting Ways

Please add commentary and do not just post links.

It sounds like mutually agreeable deal.

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Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus increase capacity and frequencies to YYZ during W17/18
Replies: 16
Views: 3461

Re: Aer Lingus increase capacity and frequencies to YYZ during W17/18

To put it in perspective, 92% of E-190/195 are flying, 95% of E-170/175. http://www.airfleets.net/exploit/production-e190.htm Not a horrible in service rate. But the type will have an issue when a quantity of C-series and MRJs are in service. However,not as tough as the CR2 and E-140/145. But it wil...

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by lightsaber
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Legacy Carriers 737 MAX TATL?
Replies: 22
Views: 3644

Re: US Legacy Carriers 737 MAX TATL?

A lot will depend on the seating configuration on board. If any equip the front cabin with a handful of layflats, then it's more likely. If using the standard domestic F seat, then only opportunity would be to VFR markets. There have been some rubblings at UA about equipping some of the Max fleet w...

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Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record
Replies: 114
Views: 26818

Re: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record

How many 737-300s have been parked by WN? In July? In Aug.

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Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korean Commercial Aviation in the New Era
Replies: 34
Views: 5305

Re: North Korean Commercial Aviation in the New Era

Discuss the topic, not other users.

The scenario is what/how commercial air service would transition.

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did B6 market themselves initially?
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: How did B6 market themselves initially?

JetBlue had incredible, Apple like, word of mouth at the start. There name recognition spread faster than the route network.

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Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudia issues new dress codes
Replies: 2
Views: 614

Re: Saudia issues new dress codes

If true, this ensures no Western wife wants their hubby acquiring frequent flier miles on Saudi. I don't travel in shorts as I've I get treated better dressed business like on a flight. But many choose to dress so... Eh... Saudi has struggled to gain connecting travel anyway. Too many road warriors ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 10181

Re: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier

Wow... Much angst over the only 737 fleet. The MAX will add many new markets: Hawaii Norwegian flies across the Atlantic. A few PIPs and WN will join. I expect many more markets thanks to MAX range. WN expanded with the 737 which added about a third more range than the classics. The MAX right now on...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Prepares T1000-TEN First Flight
Replies: 99
Views: 17464

Re: RE: RR Prepares T1000-TEN First Flight

I'm curious about how these engines are flight-tested. Especially since this one is so close to the ground. I'm assuming all four engines are started up normally prior to commencing the take-off roll. The three 744 engines are run up to full T/O thrust while the engine being tested is left at idle,...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 107
Views: 12113

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

Doesn't matter if B6 has 20 flights within 30 min of the curfew, they are certainly within their rights to schedule and fly those planes. Of course it matters that they schedule five flights within 30 minutes of the curfew, particularly when two of those flights are arrivals from JFK & BOS! B6 ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 107
Views: 12113

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

B6 should pull out of LGB and reinforce LAX and BUR to capacity. The City of Long Beach is business prohibitive and the airport should be razed. Having a community of fanatical NIMBY's surrounding an airport that has been there before well before most of these people and their parents, it's amazing...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 23585

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

Lessons AI learned from B787 fiasco, 1) Never buy early builds even if you get a sweet deal. They could be morbidly overweight, terrible teen/prolonged adolescent lemons. 2) Never buy new design engines, PBH is the way to go Here is the hypocrisy in aviation. If A320NEO has an engine problem it is ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 23585

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

I can only imagine the comments here if the roles were reversed and a US aircraft were not allowed to depart DEL due to worn seatbelt tags. That should have been a warning... The PR is horrible. I have no doubt AI differs maintenance, but worn seat belt tags are a lame reason to suspend a flight. L...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 77
Views: 20898

Re: Delta Stores MD-90 N902DA

There is an extensive thread about it from a few months ago. The aircraft is parked in storage until sometime later this year when another set of engines comes out of overhaul, reported by those more in the know. There is concern about the overhaul costs for the IAE V2500 engines used on the MD-90 ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: More range for A321LR?
Replies: 59
Views: 10212

Re: More range for A321LR?

Maybe instead of adding power & wing lift ability, they could reduce weight (to leave more fuel capacity)? One of the shortcomings I understand for CRFP in short haul jets is that the weight saving is not worth the fuel burn improvement on typical short haul missions. Perhaps in context of the ...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are airlines getting rid of their E190's prematurely?
Replies: 68
Views: 16611

Re: Why are airlines getting rid of their E190's prematurely?

Extremely high costs for C and D checks, and engine mx costs. I would be interested in knowing why the costs are so much higher for this particular aircraft. There is a relatively small population of CF34-10E engines. Poor economies of scale. Edit: typo. It isn't just poor economies of scale. The C...

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by lightsaber
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 23585

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

I can only imagine the comments here if the roles were reversed and a US aircraft were not allowed to depart DEL due to worn seatbelt tags. That should have been a warning... The PR is horrible. I have no doubt AI differs maintenance, but worn seat belt tags are a lame reason to suspend a flight. L...

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by lightsaber
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 6838

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

I wonder where exactly they are planning to get paying passengers for those flights if one day nearly everything is automatized and human employees are gone. Then very few can afford to fly, at least if governments don't start paying their citizen decent money for doing nothing. We live in an autom...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 2108
Views: 250001

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

Pratt is promising the engine fix by September: https://seekingalpha.com/news/3285436-reuters-pratt-and-whitney-tells-india-will-fix-engine-issues-september Did I miss the post that Pratt is now paying out compensation? Interesting side note, Indigo will be buying the NEOs with cash instead of sale/...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 5512

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

Delaying one-month staff cost of $20M is not going to make a dent in the $8B debt. . Serious question, is this because of the GST implimentation? http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2017/jul/14/india-inc-chips-in-to-clear-the-air-about-gst-for-clients-vendors-1628424.html Is it possible India'...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 5512

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

As I said in another thread, AI is dysfunctional and may broke as well. Their relationship with major vendors has been on the rocks for sometime and doesn't appear to getting better any time soon. Missing a payroll is a BIG Deal for what ever reason. I've heard about vendor issues, but I know of no...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 5512

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

I'm curious onto the timing... It doesn't cross a quarter by any way? Does AI keep Jan-Mar, Apr-June, Jul-Sept, and Oct-Dec quarters, or do they do something different? If July is the end of the quarter, it shows they needed help with the books... Lightsaber It's not an accounting issue as pay due ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 5512

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

We all suspected they were trying to inflate their numbers to improve their sale prospects at our expense, but obviously that's a difficult thing to prove. I'm not saying that's what AI is doing here, but they are trying to sell at least a portion of the shares, and I'm sure they're doing everythin...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 65
Views: 9137

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

Retiring the A340 only makes sense. Due to low quantities of the A340-600, the maintenance bills must be climbing. there is a typo. Abu Dhabi instead of Abu Dubai :) Hell, they should just build a massive airport between AUH and DXB and name it that...and while they're at it, merge the airlines to b...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 35140

Re: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year

So you know what frame(s) EK will pick? Various media reports say the 78J, 359, and 789 are all being considered. Price will obviously be a significant factor that is considered. If that doesn't make sense let me know. :smile: I 100% agree the decision is in work. EK must keep negotiating to reduce...

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by lightsaber
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 5512

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

This does warrant its own thread, and despite the feelings of some, this isn't just some minor thing. Sporadic payroll issues (e.g. people not being paid correctly, some people not being paid on time) are an everyday occurrence, but for a company with more than 20,000 employees to have gone a month...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AerCap: planned narrowbody production rates are unrealistic
Replies: 57
Views: 8103

Re: RE: AerCap: High Single Aisle Output Is Unrealistic

Quoting polot (Reply 8):At some point Airbus is going to say nope, we don't want to make and sell lower margin ceos anymore. We need the production space/slots for higher margin neos. Their engine manufacturers and suppliers will also want to switch completely to the new product as well. Actually n...

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by lightsaber
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 35140

Re: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year

All these fuel burn comparisons between the 78J and A359 may be somewhat moot. The global petroleum situation is oversupply and low prices for a long time to come barring geopolitical events -- which usually are only quick oil price spikes. Two or three percent fuel burn advantage is not the likely...

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by lightsaber
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 35140

Re: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year

Polot, thanks for defending me. Zeke appears to be completely unwilling to acknowledge that the 787-10 will fit more seats in it than an A350-900 despite it having a longer passenger cabin. He also won't admit that the 787-10 is expected to weigh less. There is no point arguing. Both of these facto...

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by lightsaber
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa post strong mid-year results
Replies: 20
Views: 4386

Re: Lufthansa post strong mid-year results

5% operating margin? Not every market can be as uncompetitive as the US one. Yeah, because only having 4 global carriers with over 1,000 planes each and the world's largest LCC along with a number of other smaller but equally impressive national carriers simply isn't competitive enough. Good thing ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 35140

Re: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year

Wow... Strong opinions. It will come down to economics. Purchase price Maintenance costs (incl. Parts) Payload and expected yeild (including belly cargo) Take off performance Possibly range. But what matters is EK's decision point of 114F, 600 foot barrometric altitude (low pressure day) and what mi...

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by lightsaber
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?
Replies: 32
Views: 3882

Re: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?

You are comparing DXB to CVG? Bwahahahahahah. I suggest you take a flight to Dubai. You clearly haven't been there. DXB is about 40% local. About the same as ATL. Having said that, of course they can't keep expanding from DXB, there isn't the space at the airport and eventually they will serve all ...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9074

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

Total debt is $8B Aircraft related $3B (We know the rates are somewhere between 4%-5%) Working Capital $5B ($1B from global, $4B from Indian PSU Banks) AI is paying $935 Million interest on $8B debt. You do the math. The only additional borrowing is $155M for 3xVVIP B773s this year and $325M next y...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)
Replies: 1625
Views: 160275

Re: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)

Bombardier says it sticks with its delivery guidance, with the bulk of the deliveries scheduled at the end of the year. I wish I knew more, but Bombardier is being consistent with repeating 30 to 35 in 2017. Here is a link from mid-June: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2017-06-...

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by lightsaber
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways reveals A350-1000 layout
Replies: 39
Views: 13498

Re: Qatar Airways reveals A350-1000 layout

Midwestindy wrote:
business class has come a long way...

And people wonder why customers who want First class are most likely to just charter their own jet.

That is a First class product 15 years ago.


I'm curious how well QR will do.

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by lightsaber
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption
Replies: 91
Views: 21364

Re: Antonov 225 Mriya, production resumption

I think we'll see a new Spruce Goose before we see a new Sino-Ukranian-Russian AN-225. To me it seems to be an exercise in vanity and an enormous waste of resources. Why not put your energy into building something the world really needs? This is obviously a military project. It will allow China to ...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9074

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

How can AI be brought to break even? Most airlines need to spend 6% to 8% of revenue above operating expenses to break even. e.g., pay for the headquarters staff, advertising, and other corporate overhead. I've yet to see the plan to get to break even. Are the losses really under-reported? http://ww...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO Calls Out PW on Engine Issues
Replies: 80
Views: 13392

Re: Airbus CEO Calls Out PW on Engine Issues

I have a question to the engine makers and the airline industry. What good is investing years of research and billions in a 15% fuel saving when fuel prices can vary by the same ratio over less than 3 months? At current fuel prices, what do these new engines have to offer versus previous engines? T...

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by lightsaber
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hyperloop - Possible Implications for Aviation Industry?
Replies: 84
Views: 9249

Re: Hyperloop - Possible Implications for Aviation Industry?

Where is the peoplemover? All these promises were made before for the peoplemover. I'm sad it is no loner running at Disneyland, but I really enjoyed riding it at DisneyWorld. Building the multitude of access the hyperloop requires is exactly like the video before the peoplemover. Heck, most of the ...

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by lightsaber
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to cut A380 production to 8 frames in 2019
Replies: 115
Views: 13148

Re: Airbus to cut A380 production to 8 frames in 2019

Are we sure A is losing money at the 8 frame rate? Any hard #'s ? If substantial losses are occurring, wouldn't it be better toanohncr eol, gain some new orders, mothball the tooling and upgrade if and when the market needs the capabilities. In light of all the game changing technologies that are o...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta is quitting Venezuela... too
Replies: 38
Views: 8647

Re: Delta is quitting Venezuela... too

Only one seat left on DL's Sunday flight: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=37006&stc=1&d=1501280213 Will we soon see a last flight out situation? The country has collapsed. It is a question of what event places the gravestone. This is very sad. No people deserve th...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian 4th 787 engine shutdown in 2 months
Replies: 29
Views: 3850

Re: Norwegian 4th 787 engine shutdown in 2 months

I would imagine that this does not make them less accountable to IFSD rates and the problems that with that? I think one of these was a flight that departed SFO and went as far as YYC before shutting an engine down, and then if the reporting is.was correct, returned to SFO. That is over the top and...

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by lightsaber
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian 4th 787 engine shutdown in 2 months
Replies: 29
Views: 3850

Re: Norwegian 4th 787 engine shutdown in 2 months

Sounds like nothing to me. This happens to other 787-operators too every once in a while, it's not just Norwegian. Only because it's Norwegian it's being highlighted. If it happens on a legacy you hear nothing about it. Since Norwegian had gold care on the airframe, I assume the engine vendor is ta...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to cut A380 production to 8 frames in 2019
Replies: 115
Views: 13148

Re: Airbus to cut A380 production to 8 frames in 2019

Dying swan. :( Maybe, maybe not....... We've just had a debate here about how and why the A321 is flourishing in the USA, when that was a 'dying swan' there 10 years ago. 20 years ago who would have foreseen the growth of the ME3 to what they are today, or a company from Norway would be flying long...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to discontinue flights to Venezuela
Replies: 6
Views: 891

Re: AA to discontinue flights to Venezuela?

Link? I have added a question mark to the title as I found no source. Please provide a link/source.

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by lightsaber
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair has submitted non-binding bid for Alitalia
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: Alitalia--- What If?

There's been much talk over the last year or so about the fate of the beleaguered Italian Carrier, with Etihad now making a non-binding offer to take sole control of the airline. I'm resurrecting the Etihad/AZ thing in light of Etihad's recent huge loss >$1 billion, as reported in another thread. W...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic
Replies: 111
Views: 17823

Re: 5 DY 737's currently over the Atlantic

I see many arguments for flying widebodies. The same arguments I saw in 1990 for coast to coast widebodies that have almost faded away (certainly not the quantity flying today as back then). We need to accept as PIPs roll out, more and more narrowbodies will fly the Atlantic. This is to the benefit ...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?
Replies: 112
Views: 9074

Re: Would an AI IndiGo merger produce a global Giant?

The Air India name is for sure more recognized internationally, but it is also not a name that international passengers linked with good services. May not be a bad idea to restart with the Indigo name internationally. On the other hand, the Indian government may not like the Air India name gone. Mo...

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by lightsaber
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease
Replies: 46
Views: 7162

Re: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease

Most 777s built before 2000 will likely end up on the scrapyard. Sadly, I must agree. Although I would move that date to 2004 for EIS of the 777-300ER. At this point, I do not see the other models of the 777 having resale. For shorter missions, the 787 and A330 have better economics than any 777-20...

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