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by flee
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A339neo to visit Brazil and MIA for airport certification
Replies: 32
Views: 6792

Re: TAP A339neo to visit Brazil and MIA for airport certification

TAP on tour to Asia?? Or just the model, not TP one? Airbus have two prototypes of the A339 flying on test - the TAP aircraft, F-WWKM, is the first production aircraft and has a fully fitted passenger cabin. That is one of the reasons why it is used for the route proving flights - the prototypes ar...

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by flee
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang
Replies: 105
Views: 21143

Re: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang

I was quite surprised by that as well. Why Crete? Any political reasons? They didnt want to ask Angela for permission?? It would have been 500 miles shorter to have gone via ANC, although they would be overflying russia, china and possibly north korea to get there. Must be an optics thing. They mig...

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by flee
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8945

Re: MH to retain A380s

parapente wrote:
Sell 'em to IAG and be done with it.Clean sheet and grow from there.

These whalejets do not belong to MAB - they are leased. To get rid of them, they have to terminate the leases, with penalties.

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by flee
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8945

Re: MH to retain A380s

I suspect the reconfiguration costs are too high to be justified for such low utilisation aircraft. So they may be better off not throwing good money after bad.

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by flee
Sat May 26, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'
Replies: 103
Views: 23296

Re: SilkAir becomes 'Singapore Airlines'

Would be a perfect chance to update the now-(very) dated Singapore livery! It's the last remaining of my pet livery hates, now that the old Lufthansa one is gone. Wishful thinking. The Singapore livery is both timeless and iconic- it holds the same branding value like the logos of Louis Vuitton and...

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by flee
Sat May 26, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines developments
Replies: 12
Views: 3085

Re: Malaysia Airlines developments

So far, the only scheduled routes operated by the A359 fleet (5 aircraft) are to LHR and NRT. They fly the odd mission to BKK when demand dictates. The three A332s are yet to enter regular scheduled service, flying one or two missions to BKK - there seems to be a shortage of A330 crews!

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by flee
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet
Replies: 229
Views: 26680

Re: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet

As I have said a thousand times kill the A330 and push the A350. I think Airbus will do that in due course. Currently, Airbus is unable to build the A350 as cheaply as the A330 - so to cease A330 production would be premature. Once the ramp up of the A350 has stabilised, Airbus will look at it agai...

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by flee
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 15403

Re: Airbus A330 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

ojjunior wrote:
Where are the A330 Neo pics, please!

You will find them on the A330 Neo thread.

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by flee
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet
Replies: 229
Views: 26680

Re: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet

Agree that EGO is the only reason why the 380 program is still around. Don't agree with this 100% - EK needs the A380 and if Airbus doesn't supply it, the nearest suitable aircraft is the B748. Although it may appear to be purely EGO to A.Net, I am sure Airbus knows that it is also defending its VL...

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by flee
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet
Replies: 229
Views: 26680

Re: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet

Agree that EGO is the only reason why the 380 program is still around. Don't agree with this 100% - EK needs the A380 and if Airbus doesn't supply it, the nearest suitable aircraft is the B748. Although it may appear to be purely EGO to A.Net, I am sure Airbus knows that it is also defending its VL...

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by flee
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

Air Asia last quarter revenue was over US$300 million, they will have no difficulty getting finance as they have the cash flow, and that cash flow number is only getting bigger. Yes, Airasia Group also seems to be leasing more aircraft from BoC Aviation - they could be getting favourable terms from...

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by flee
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet
Replies: 229
Views: 26680

Re: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet

We know right now that Airbus is reducing the production rate. They would not have done if they would expect enough orders in the near future to maintain the current rate or even increase it. So we can wait until Farnborough to discuss this, but it's most likely will be giving more reasons why Airb...

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by flee
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing weighs using Dreamlifters to increase 767 output.
Replies: 61
Views: 13831

Re: Boeing weighs using Dreamlifters to increase 767 output.

If an order of that magnitude were to materialize, if there any thought that maybe there's an opportunity to modernize the 767...a NEO with other aerodynamic improvements? The 787 is a great aircraft of somewhat similar size but its ability to fly ultra-long haul makes it less enviable on shorter j...

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by flee
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet
Replies: 229
Views: 26680

Re: Airbus Cuts Production Plans for A330 Jet

bigjku wrote:
Rate was supposed to be 84 to 96 a year out the gate and was touted as being up to 120 a year.

Airbus did achieve a peak production rate of 10 (110 p.a.) just before the A350 began deliveries. IIRC, this was cut to 8 and then to the present day 6.

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by flee
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

I see a wide market for the A330, and also for A350 in the next 10 years. Why should Airbus widebody's days be numbered? There are routes that require planes bigger than an A321 and smaller than an A380. I think 80% of the long range routes necessities can be covered with a 250 / 300 seats plane. I...

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by flee
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

With the Iran order at risk, they just ordered Russian planes today, you need Delta and Air Asia X to take planes relatively quickly but I don’t see them being willing to do so. You have a theoretical delivery rate of 72 a year and a backlog 303 in theory if you include Iran. There are 60-65 more p...

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by flee
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 408
Views: 118526

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

bspc wrote:
And just to make sure people aren't confused...the A321neo with ACF is not necessarily the A321LR, even though the current Test Aircraft (MSN 7877) is both.

Making it a LR is easy - just install the ACTs.

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by flee
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

NZ321 wrote:
From memory they still have A330 classics inbound.

Thai Airasia X has just taken delivery of an ex-China Eastern A333 on an operating lease. A further three leased second hand jets are due this year before the first of the 66 A339's on order from the Airbus factory arrive.

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by flee
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

I won't put much stock into Fernandes' proclamations. He may say one thing, but do another. I guess that means he will be buying the A350, as this thread is about saying he won’t..... With Tony, I'll only believe it when the first plane arrives. Totally agree - He has said many times that D7 will r...

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by flee
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

The Airasia Group's CEO is well known for thinking aloud - throwing ideas out into the public space and getting free feedback. That is his way of doing market research! So don't take everything he says too seriously.

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by flee
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

I have not heard of an airline CEO who said that they ordered the aircraft type for its better passenger comfort. Most of the time, they just talk about lowering costs. I can't see Airasia X ordering the B787 for its whole fleet - it may decide to use the B787 for different markets like Europe and U...

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by flee
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

Sorry, ScootBiz is in no way comparable to Airasia X's Premium Flatbeds. Totally different product.

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by flee
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

Yes, even AirAsia X themselves have gotten 4 used A333s for delivery in 2018. They did not bother asking Airbus if they could expedite A339 deliveries.

With the used A333s, AirAsia X can expand very quickly with no learning curve to master.

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by flee
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Batik Air and Malindo Air
Replies: 4
Views: 760

Re: Batik Air and Malindo Air

Currently, it is Malindo Air that holds the AOC for regulatory purposes. They seem to be using Batik Air Malaysia as a brand of Malindo Air.

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by flee
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

Re: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes

From this Flightglobal report, it would appear that Airasia X will proceed with the A339 order but is now looking at what to do with its A350 order. A decision is needed this year because deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2019. See: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/fernandes-calls-a3...

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by flee
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

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

http://airasiax.com/news.html/id/643671
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juliuswong wrote:
they may take delivery eventually, set up a leasing subsidiary and lease out.

Already established! Please see: http://airasiax.com/news.html/id/643671

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by flee
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

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

Is the 351t A339 able to do KL to Europe without compromises with a full 9-abreast pax load? If not, and assuming they stick with Airbus, there may be an opening for a few A338s amongst the 66 A330s on order. (They ordered a few A332s a few years ago, but did not take them). The 351t A339 would per...

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by flee
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26875

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

We should not discount the fact that EK also has a big advantage now - they have over 100 A380s in the fleet and economies of scale will mean they can operate the A380 at a lower cost than others.

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by flee
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

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

Another huge win for the Dreamliner coming? I kinda hope not. TBH I really get sick of the 787. Too many of them flying around and they're way too over hyped. I've been on them heaps of times and don't really notice a difference between them and other aircraft, or anything they've been advertising ...

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by flee
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

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

seahawk wrote:
Another huge win for the Dreamliner coming?

Only if the price is right. I suspect that Airbus will no longer sit idly this time and will compete strongly with whatever Boeing will be offering Airasia X. This will be a huge order to lose and will also mean that the A330Neo programme may sink!

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by flee
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 301
Views: 39501

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

The A350s were ordered long before the A339 was launched. At the time of the order, the A350 was the logical replacement for the A333. When Airbus launched the A339, Tony Fernandes claimed credit for pushing Airbus into it - at the time of signing the launch order, Fernandes said that it is the airc...

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by flee
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26875

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

If you can fill it then it kicks butt, otherwise its too much plane Doesn't that apply to every airliner? It is just that you need more pax to make the A380 break even and some airlines are not in the league of EK to be able to attract so many pax. An airline operating B738s won't make much money i...

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by flee
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 314
Views: 39897

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

I think Airbus shelving the A320/A321 NEO PLUS program tells us that Boeing's 797 will in fact be a 787-6 and a 787-7...... We are looking at 757-300 - 767-300ER replacement market here..... which many feel the 787-8 and 787-9 were too big and too capable for..... and where the A359 is too big... a...

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by flee
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338
Replies: 123
Views: 16384

Re: Future of the A338

Yes, the A330neo is a tat too late as a response to the 787. A price to pay for concentrating on mass selling A330ceos to take advantage of 787 troubles, not so good a strategy it seems now. The A350 was the response to the B787 and the A330 was supposed to fade away once the A350 ramped up. Howeve...

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by flee
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 49
Views: 9518

Re: Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

frigatebird wrote:
You'd think Airbus would offer it for the A350 first,

Yes, that would be logical but they said it will be offered on the A330 first....

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by flee
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?
Replies: 49
Views: 9518

Lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities - Is this Airbus' way of making the A330 sell better?

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace enter into a partnership for a new lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer ne...

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by flee
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338
Replies: 123
Views: 16384

Re: Future of the A338

Well it took some time for the A321 to bloom, and bloom it did!

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by flee
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338
Replies: 123
Views: 16384

Re: Future of the A338

Also, why did Airbus already build a prototype for testing if it isn't even going to sell at all/what's going to happen to the entire A330neo program now? Airbus had a A330Neo programme and it is a family of two models. They were developed simultaneously. HA's order cancellation came very late in t...

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by flee
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74413

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

Well, this order still means no Africa flying for AA for the next decade. Why do you say that? The 787 can easily make West Africa from MIA, CLT, PHL and JFK. If AA wants to fly to Africa, the 787 can get them there. Remember, 787s are now flying PER-LHR. The 787 has legs. The QF 787s on that route...

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by flee
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74413

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

This is excellent news and a great win for Boeing and its 787 Dreamliner. Airbus has recently been losing several order competitions between the 787 vs. the A330neo/A350. I have noticed that many posters are speculating whether Boeing is selling the 787 at a much lower price now, or if the 787 sudd...

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by flee
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74413

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

I speculate that the recent success in 787 sales is due to combination of 1) projected improvements in manufacturing in the future resulting in lower costs but still a reasonable margin 2) projected bundled maintenance in the future as Boeing brings more work in house and away from third parties 3)...

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by flee
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 74413

Re: AA ORDERS 47 787 FROM BOEING????

Congrats to AA and Boeing. The A330Neo is a bust. Airbus should cut their losses while ahead. Is Boeing selling its aircraft at a loss to make sales? :box: :praise: :stirthepot: Well apparently Boeing made HA an offer Airbus would not be willing to compete on anymore. Don't know if that's the case ...

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by flee
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X to lease 9 second-hand A330s in 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 4337

Re: AirAsia X to lease 9 second-hand A330s in 2018

Yes, I read six A333 in some sources, some states nine. Oh well, let's see what will happen. No problem to source A333 in used market. SQ, MU and CX are offloading many over next few months. Nine seems to be the plan in 2017 news releases but in 2018, six was mentioned a few times. In the past week...

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by flee
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X to lease 9 second-hand A330s in 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 4337

Re: AirAsia X to lease 9 second-hand A330s in 2018

Reviving an old thread: China Eastern Airlines A333 B-6120 is painted in Thai AirAsia X at PVG. First of nine for AirAsia Group in 2018. In 2018 financial year, Malaysia Thai AirAsia X fleet from 22 to 25, Thai AirAsia X will grow from six to 10, and Indonesia AirAsia Extra from two to four. In 201...

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by flee
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Interested in Boeing MOM
Replies: 23
Views: 5170

Re: SQ Interested in Boeing MOM

The CEO did mention that it might not necessarily be for the mainline carrier itself; "We will continue to look at it and explore if it will fit into our plan. It would be not necessarily for Singapore Airlines, but for the group," Goh Choon Phong has said. And seeing as how airlines have...

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by flee
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement
Replies: 40
Views: 7267

Re: What Will Happen To the Airbus Beluga's After Replacement

Perhaps, with the XL, Airbus can divide the workload so that the ST transports mostly narrowbody parts while the XL transports mostly widebody parts? However, the logistics will be complicated by having two types of Beluga.

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by flee
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL order the A321LR?
Replies: 47
Views: 8268

Re: Will DL order the A321LR?

IMHO, Delta will order Boeing MOM. I suppose they could order some 321LRs as a bridge to that if they're concerned about Boeing's timing and/or 757 longevity. MOM doesn't exist and won't exist in a usable form for airlines for a number of years. Uh huh. Delta has 100 757-200s, average age 21.4 year...

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by flee
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific
Replies: 50
Views: 11830

Re: Lufthansa looking to expand in Asia Pacific

one is wondering how CAN or KUL is not working out - really puzzling to me... When LH last operated into KUL, it did not have the right equipment - A343/346 were used. They mentioned that once they have the A350, they will study the possibilities again. Do note that another airline, Condor, are pla...

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by flee
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours
Replies: 188
Views: 30571

Re: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours

Yes Airbus has every right to test its airplanes and tweet certain flights that we may find interesting. There is nothing wrong with it. They are probably not trying to deceive anyone. They did an impressive flight and we are all impressed. So good job Airbus. If the range is over 4000nm for the ai...

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