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by flee
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's
Replies: 86
Views: 13461

Re: Kuwait Airways signs agreement to purchase 8 A330-800neo's

Sadly, this thread has degenerated to A vs B once more.....

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by flee
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"
Replies: 35
Views: 8147

Re: MAS restructuring "deemed a failure"

They should have sold CX the A380s when they had the chance. They still can, but at a huge discount because the big maintenance checks are going to be coming soon AFAIK, the big maintenance checks were completed in 2017 - so there are a few more years before another heavy maintenance programme is n...

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by flee
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus , just stretch the A320NEO a few rows, 200 seats.
Replies: 77
Views: 11652

Re: Airbus , just stretch the A320NEO a few rows, 200 seats.

The A319Neo is not selling because many airlines have now deemed it to be too small. Those who need that kind of capacity prefer to go for the A220. The A320Neo is now effectively at the bottom of the A320 family while the A321 is at the top of the family. So, something in between makes sense if Air...

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by flee
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes
Replies: 19
Views: 6864

Re: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes

For a small country, they sure have a lot of VIP/government aircraft!

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by flee
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses
Replies: 28
Views: 5676

Re: MAS 787 MOU with Boeing lapses

Ditch the A380... lol as if they haven't tried... Yes, they have tried to dispose the A380s but there were no buyers. So they have to make the best use of the aircraft while it is still in their fleet. Right now it is used on higher yielding routes like NRT and ICN. It is also used on Haj/Umrah cha...

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by flee
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: what camera do i use to take photos
Replies: 28
Views: 1235

Re: what camera do i use to take photos

You mentioned you have two photos in the queue - what equipment did you use to photograph them?

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by flee
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia drops plans for Chinese JV, posts $78 million 2Q net profit
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: AirAsia drops plans for Chinese JV, posts $78 million 2Q net profit

Will there be any effect on the a339 purchase? The financial results were announced for the AirAsia Group Berhad - they are different from AirAsia X Berhad, the company that ordered the A339. AirAsia X Berhad (another publicly listed company) has also released is 2018 Q2 financial results and have ...

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by flee
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Penang - medium and long-haul potential
Replies: 24
Views: 2223

Re: Penang - medium and long-haul potential

QR launched direct flights to PEN earlier this year. The Malaysian govt. is considering building a low cost carrier terminal to supplement the current terminal. Penang also reasonable cruise ship traffic - so, I am not sure if more long haul flights will be well accepted. I think that with Visit Mal...

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by flee
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo
Replies: 119
Views: 19647

Re: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo

Ruscoe wrote:
In a nutshell it appears to me that the NEO does little to make itself attractive in the short and medium range, which was it's strength.

Yes, it would appear that the significantly heavier and probably less aerodynamic Trent 7000s have a negative impact on shorter flights.

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by flee
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reduction of 787 deferred production cost slows.
Replies: 288
Views: 20766

Re: Reduction of 787 deferred production cost slows.

There is a distinction between sunk costs that have been charged to the Profit and Loss account and those that merely moved from the bank account (asset) to the Deferred Production Costs account (asset). These "sunk costs" were never charged (expensed via the profit and loss) in previous y...

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by flee
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaysia Aviation Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Malaysia Aviation Thread

FR24's tracking has gone haywire. 9M-FSL flying for MH is actually 9M-MTW.

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by flee
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AirAsia X orders 34 more A330neo
Replies: 164
Views: 29968

Re: Air Asia to order more Airbus aircraft?

I think both Airbus and Boeing are also wary of Trump's trade wars and both are still adopting a wait and see attitude. They have to wait for clear signals before they can plan something major. As for Airasia/Airasia X's order at Farnborough, Airbus can kiss it goodbye as Fernandes has no plans to ...

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by flee
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AirAsia X orders 34 more A330neo
Replies: 164
Views: 29968

Re: Air Asia to order more Airbus aircraft?

I think both Airbus and Boeing are also wary of Trump's trade wars and both are still adopting a wait and see attitude. They have to wait for clear signals before they can plan something major. As for Airasia/Airasia X's order at Farnborough, Airbus can kiss it goodbye as Fernandes has no plans to b...

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by flee
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AirAsia X orders 34 more A330neo
Replies: 164
Views: 29968

Re: Air Asia to order more Airbus aircraft?

It really depends on how tough Airbus wants to be in fighting the competition from Boeing. Airasia X could be offered 2 or 3 A350s at very, very special prices right now so that it can relaunch its KUL-LGW route. The A339 can do the EU routes - so there is no need for the A350 for these. All should ...

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by flee
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 5179

Re: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?

Now let's get back to Air Asia. It's true a large part of their demand is in the UK, but like I said it's scattered across the country. They don't cover that by flying into one airport, they need feeder flights to get the people from other places to that one airport. And as they got feeder flights ...

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by flee
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 5179

Re: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?

Frankfurt "was" certainly not their main focus. The result is that Condor has taken the opportunity on FRA-KUL. Since MH has pulled out of that route it lay dormant for a while. Now that Condor (DE) has operated the route for a while it shows that "there is no sufficient market"...

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by flee
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 5179

Re: Will Air Asia X ever fly back to Europe?

Let us look at what happened the last time Airasia X (D7) was in Europe. Two A340-300 were deployed, performing 10 weekly return flights to London and Paris. The aircraft were more or less flying all the time, on the ground for turnarounds only. Promotion fares were about two thirds of what its main...

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by flee
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Undisclosed Order for 10 A330NEOs and 10 A350s
Replies: 107
Views: 17547

Re: Undisclosed Order for 10 A330NEOs and 10 A350s

We might get the answers at Farnborough in a week or so's time. Maybe that is why they are undisclosed.

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by flee
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AirAsia X orders 34 more A330neo
Replies: 164
Views: 29968

Re: Air Asia to order more Airbus aircraft?

So it looks like they may be changing the A339 order to the 251t variant - but I wonder how many aircraft will be involved. They don't really need the 251t version for their Asian routes but may want some for their US routes. Meanwhile, they are leasing cheap A333s pending the arrival of the A339.

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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: 38
Views: 8296

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: 21513

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: 9121

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: 9121

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: 23587

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: 3144

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: 27013

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: 78
Views: 25010

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: 27013

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: 27013

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: 39894

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: 27013

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: 13970

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: 27013

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 647
Views: 179356

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 790

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 39894

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: 27105

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: 39894

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: 39894

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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