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by flee
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A350 Revnue Flight T-24 Hours and Counting!!
Replies: 88
Views: 17736

Re: First Delta A350 Revnue Flight T-24 Hours and Counting!!

I will see you in a few years when the 777-9 makes it's first flight. If you have the same enthusiasm for that event as you have for this one then maybe you might have a point. But somehow I don't think you will. Actually i am very much looking forward to that too - she will be a beast, and cannot ...

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by flee
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C Series/ Airbus acquisition question?
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: C Series/ Airbus acquisition question?

The CS is a new clean sheet design. The MD90 when Boeing acquired MD was an updated version of a design over 30 years old. It's not really comparable. Yes, Airbus bought itself the replacement for the lower end of the A320 family off the shelf. Now, they can just focus on the above 150 seat size fo...

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by flee
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 fuselage stretch ever considered?
Replies: 123
Views: 15923

Re: A330 fuselage stretch ever considered?

The A340-500 fuselage is probably a good length for a A339 mini stretch. At 251t MTOW, this stretch might enable it to do A333 routes with far superior CASM/CASK.

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by flee
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights
Replies: 25
Views: 3872

Re: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights

My opinion of Air Asia X took a dive with this sentence. Who makes such a public statement without knowing whether it is legally possible? Is it that hard to figure out first? Very odd... "We have to check if there is fifth freedom to do one stop, whether it’s Incheon or Busan,” said Benyamin....

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by flee
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights
Replies: 25
Views: 3872

Re: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights

They do have a Premium Flatbed cabin - please check out the review here: https://www.ausbt.com.au/airasia-x-airbus-a330-premium-flatbed-class-kuala-lumpur-sydney I know Air Asia X has two rows of J class lie flat seats. My observations are about the 3-3-3 coach section on their A330-300 airplanes. ...

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by flee
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights
Replies: 25
Views: 3872

Re: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights

https://www.ausbt.com.au/airasia-x-airb ... pur-sydney
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jfk777 wrote:
Air AsiaX may want to upgrade it offering and have a real premium economy like Scoot or Jetstar.

They do have a Premium Flatbed cabin - please check out the review here:
https://www.ausbt.com.au/airasia-x-airb ... pur-sydney

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by flee
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia Japan: another launch delay?
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Re: AirAsia Japan: another launch delay?

Yes, they have been selling JPY 5 (JPY 315 with taxes) tickets for NGO-CTS flights commencing on 29 October. This is currently their only route - flown twice daily. Next route is rumoured to be NGO-TPE.

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by flee
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to retrofit A380 fleet for Hajj flights
Replies: 190
Views: 35394

Re: Malaysia Airlines to retrofit A380 fleet for Hajj flights

A small update on this: MAS has been saying that for almost a year now, time to put their money where their mouth is. I feel like the closer to the delivery the more we hear about healthy loads on KUL-LHR and the problemd there are with finding a second destination to sent A350s to MH has no proble...

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by flee
Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7
Replies: 2340
Views: 337962

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

Airbus has stated that until the Cseries agreement with Bombardier is completed, nothing changes.

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by flee
Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia Depressurization Incident
Replies: 28
Views: 6214

Re: Air Asia Depressurization Incident

Thai air Asia on the most antiquated 737 with panels coming off the wall and a seat that wouldn’t remain in the upright position. That must have been a long time ago - the last time I saw a Thai Airasia 737 was around 2012! These days, they operate brand new A320Neos and A320Ceos. Their oldest A320...

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by flee
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the A360, the next big Airbus-project, an A310-class-plane?
Replies: 97
Views: 26264

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

So. I think with the CSeries buy, the 320/321 stretch and rewing becomes obvious no? Current backlog runs till 2023. If they launch in 2020, they EIS in 2023. No, it isn't black and white yet - Airbus and Bombardier hopes to complete the transaction by the end of 2018. Until then, nothing will move...

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by flee
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO Peter Bellew leaves MAS, to re-join FR
Replies: 23
Views: 4818

Re: CEO Peter Bellew leaves MAS, to re-join FR

MAS too needs help and is a big challenge. Why leave if you like to help? I suppose Peter Bellew vision doesn't really align with the Malaysian government and found out the task is impossible. Bellew has maintained that he will go home to Ireland after his contract expires - he wasn't going to seek...

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by flee
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 695
Views: 100306

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

We are not talking about a MAX or anything remotely close to a MAX. We are just talking about restarting the B767 passenger production. If a decision is made to go ahead, deliveries should begin in maybe about a year from the go ahead. The joker in the pack is the price of oil - only works if oil st...

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by flee
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th
Replies: 77
Views: 16836

Re: A330neo first flight on Oct 19th

thepinkmachine wrote:
Is that all? I seem to remember that the 320NEO FF had much more coverage...

Cost cutting - no more Youtube coverage. Periscope does not cut it for me....

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by flee
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 30093

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

I believe that the A330 (with centre tank activated) is weight limited rather than volume limited. So it would almost certainly mean that all that additional weight will enable more fuel to be tanked.

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by flee
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo MTOW increase
Replies: 180
Views: 30093

Re: A330neo MTOW increase

Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said Airbus had decided to improve the plane’s maximum take-off weight by around 4 percent to 251 tonnes so the A330neo can serve longer routes such as Kuala Lumpur to London. More: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-a330neo/airbus-a330neo-takes-off-on-...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How about a "737-5 MAX"?
Replies: 20
Views: 3737

Re: How about a "737-5 MAX"?

Boeing are already building four variants of the MAX. To add a substantially different variant will be very complicated and unprofitable.

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

Tony Fernandez did not say the first A339 WILL be delivered in 2018. He said that the 1st one is due in December 2018, but that this date is already slipping because of the known delays. This only means that if they don't change the order the 1st one will be delivered in early 2019. Yes, TAP has al...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

You are trying to move sideways. As it is AirAsia has both A330-900 and A350-900 on order. Tony Fernandes stated in that interview that they will take delivery of their first A330-900 in 2018. Do yo accept that statement? If they will keep to their orders they will of course take delivery of a A350...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia Japan to commence operations soon
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: AirAsia Japan to commence operations soon

Good news - the NGO-CTS route was already featured in their October issue of the inflight magazine, Travel 360.

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

I am not dismissing what Tony Fernandes said in the Bloomberg interview, but he also very clearly stated that they will take delivery of their first A330-900 in 2018. That is a year away. That frame and some more are in pre FAL production, hitting the FAL early next year. I think the comment of per...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 53604

Re: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017

I agree. It offers unrivalled comfort in economy and no noticeable difference in Business to the 787. It won't do routes of the length the 787-9 can do but then the A350 can do that and MH already have A350 on order with delivery imminent. I can see the NEO getting a solid footing in the Malaysia-N...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

Another consideration could be the pending sale of the leasing business. I'd suggest potential buyers would be evaluating the risk associated with a very narrow band of aircraft largely committed to a single customer. Removing the A330NEO from the equation could well make their leasing business a m...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 718
Views: 205546

Re: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread

That will be a big decision to take as it does change the dynamics of the aircraft and its capabilities. It will also require some more investment from both Airbus and RR. I am not sure if we are at that stage yet. Maybe it is still another 2-4 years before Airbus needs to look into this - assuming ...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

I think there is to much weight put in a comment of Tony Fernandes in this interview. There is some difference between what he says and how it is interpreted in the text. Yes they mule the future fleet, but I assume that is done all the time. Yes there is speculation about moving to more A350, but ...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 718
Views: 205546

Re: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread

I know it’s not shiny and new like the 787s but the A330NEO looks fantastic. I just wonder, as the capability is increased, does it make less and less sense to buy an A330 vs the A350? Or even a 787? Can't speak for the 787 but the A350 will be fine. The A330 is about at it's limit now as far as it...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10
Replies: 72
Views: 23511

Re: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10

Some great photos posted in the 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43 : First 787-10 in Singapore Airlines livery has rolled out of paint, 9V-SCB https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL-j-3RU8AA4-N5.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL-kA-6UMAAh-NG.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL-kC67UQAAwtui.jpg https:...

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by flee
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10
Replies: 72
Views: 23511

Re: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10

For comparison, this region, the ASEAN region is a a region of 625 million people. By contrast, the EU is a region with a population of 511 million people, and North America is a region with a population of 565 million people. Still think this is too much for SIA? Statistics can mislead - how many ...

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline
Replies: 25
Views: 4774

Re: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline

A few months ago, the CEO was gushing about prospects in China. MAB will go a long way in China if it had a Chinese airline as its partner/shareholder.

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines to retrofit A380 fleet for Hajj flights
Replies: 190
Views: 35394

Re: Malaysia Airlines to retrofit A380 fleet for Hajj flights

A small update on this: Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew expects to get approval from Khazanah Nasional Bhd to launch the new airline catering to haj pilgrims by year-end. The carrier said it has received overwhelming response from haj pilgrims and that does not have enough seats to accommodate pi...

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline
Replies: 25
Views: 4774

Re: Malaysia Airlines mulls sale to another airline

I would not be surprised if Tony Fernandes would be interested, where he would have MH be the full-service airline with the jewel destinations and AirAsia with a more diverse network, with synergy between the two. Although anything is possible, Airasia is an unlikely candidate. They had a disastrou...

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Air Asia set up Middle Eastern subsidiary?
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: Can Air Asia set up Middle Eastern subsidiary?

ME sub could work to fly to Europe or no? Presently, Airasia Group's planning suggests it is to operate India - Europe and Japan - North America services. But their focus remains on ASEAN (a growing market), North Asia (China , Japan and Korea are huge markets); and, to a lesser extent, Australia/N...

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10
Replies: 72
Views: 23511

Re: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10

https://twitter.com/BoeingAirplanes/sta ... 8236786690

I believe the B787-10 will mostly replace their A330-300s whereas the A350-900s will replace their B777-200ERs.
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Take a look at the finished product here: https://twitter.com/BoeingAirplanes/sta ... 8236786690

I believe the B787-10 will mostly replace their A330-300s whereas the A350-900s will replace their B777-200ERs.

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10
Replies: 72
Views: 23511

Re: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10

For comparison, this region, the ASEAN region is a a region of 625 million people. By contrast, the EU is a region with a population of 511 million people, and North America is a region with a population of 565 million people. Still think this is too much for SIA? Statistics can mislead - how many ...

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by flee
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Air Asia set up Middle Eastern subsidiary?
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: Can Air Asia set up Middle Eastern subsidiary?

Maybe, but currently they have China, Vietnam and Cambodia ventures in the early stages of planning.

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by flee
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

I don't rate Air Asia's chances of being a major player long haul with 9 abreast A330. It's hell in Y class and I think they know it. If their prices are below those of the competition, people will fly them. I keep hearing this line of reasoning. But I have seen no proof of it. Original 330neo list...

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by flee
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

Makes no sense to treat the A350 like a A321, it was not designed for that. I am impressed Air Asia are using the A330 like that. The A350 is not like the L1011s and DC10s of old. I think we need to consider the fact that the B787/A350 have composite fuselages whereas older aircraft designs are mad...

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by flee
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

a) Long term WB fleet plan (till 2025 at least) should be limited to 40 aircraft only covering all the franchise outlets This is the previous fleet plan (Feb 2017) for D7 - you will see that the A350 does not figure in it because at that time, its all about the A330Neo. But the 9+ month delay has c...

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by flee
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

juliuswong wrote:
It is worth noting though AirAsia Group has a high debt gearing

According to the Bursa Malaysia (stock exchange) filing for the period ended June 2017, their net gearing ratio is 1.35X - so it is not excessive.

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by flee
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

Could be a financing issue! Air Asia use a financing model where new aircraft are financed through sale and lease back arrangements. From my understanding the sale price to the lessor / financing body is greater than the purchase price from the OEM resulting in a cash windfall for every aircraft de...

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by flee
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

The A350-1000 wouldn't be any less abused on shorter flights than the A359- remember it is not a straight stretch of the A359. The A350-1000 also currently has the same max pax as the A359 (which Air Asia X would no doubt get close to) too, although that can easily change if Airbus revives the shor...

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by flee
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

fcogafa wrote:
Maybe he is looking for an excuse to delay deliveries further, as the A350 wouldn't be available for several more years

This is not likely as they are currently short on aircraft and are looking to lease about 4-6 used A330s for the near term, pending new aircraft deliveries.

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by flee
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350
Replies: 85
Views: 12922

Re: Air Asia may swap entire a330neo order to a350

Something doesn't add up, for example: AirAsia X will remain focused on routes within four to eight hours’ flying time and would deploy the A350s on those services just as it had aimed to do with the A330s, Fernandes said, adding that a switch wouldn’t indicate a revival of plans to serve Europe. T...

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by flee
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zimbabwe Airways 777 deal in jeopardy over a lack of funding
Replies: 29
Views: 6685

Re: Zimbabwe Airways 777 deal in jeopardy over a lack of funding

I don't think it is a rebrand.

It is a completely new airline with a new AOC. It is a work around those bans and black lists...

Air Zim will die after this new airline is launched.

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by flee
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 718
Views: 205546

Re: Airbus A330neo Production And Delivery Thread

FloViz... yes, that is to check airflow outside the wind tunnel.

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by flee
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia to start direct flights between KUL and CJU
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: Air Asia to start direct flights between KUL and CJU

I have not been paying too much attention to the BKI market. But how many of those are scheduled services? I believe that there are lots of charter flights and B767s and B777s can be seen during peak holiday travel periods. Yes, D7 is dominant on KUL to Korea destinations. Going to CJU direct will s...

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by flee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 40445

Re: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead

[Wow, that is some accusation that you are making. Airbus is lying about the A330 and is using 9-abreast seating for economics but is marketing the aircraft at 8-abreast for comfort. Do I have that right?. Yes. Its the only explanation. The A330 is sold and marketed with 9 abreast. Its CASM advanta...

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by flee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 40445

Re: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead

The downside is the A330 can only realistically use 8 abreast seating. The extra foot in width in the 787 makes 9 abreast acceptable. But not for economy class passengers. I will always prefer 2-4-2 seating over 3-3-3. I go out of my way to book flights on aircraft with that configuration. It is ju...

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