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by flee
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus formally list 251t A330neo
Replies: 95
Views: 14989

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: 19900

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
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How about a "737-5 MAX"?
Replies: 20
Views: 3885

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 659

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 266
Views: 59895

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: 148
Views: 28255

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 - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234658

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: 148
Views: 28255

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 - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234658

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: 27475

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: 27475

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: 5017

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: 35934

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: 5017

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: 1119

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: 27475

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: 27475

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: 1119

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: 148
Views: 28255

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: acquired two.
Replies: 33
Views: 8604

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 - 2016-2017
Replies: 759
Views: 234658

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: 852

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: 44891

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: 44891

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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by flee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 44891

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

Delivery slots, better pricing and a delayed A330NEO which seems to have a larger performance delta to the 787 than expected. You seem to be making a lot of assumptions. The aerodynamics of the A330neo can only be confirmed during test flying, and the Trent 7000 is fully up to spec as has been conf...

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by flee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 44891

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

On the 787 you have an engine choice, so even in case RR fumbles, you have an option, with the GTF problems fresh in the minds of airlines, this is a topic again. I think that the days of having engine choices for lower volume production aircraft are gone due to economies of scale. Only the B737 an...

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by flee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 44891

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

The delay has surely not fuelled confidence. I doubt the delays are a serious issue as the Trent 1000 TEN was the main cause of the delay. Trent 7000 is just a bleed air version of the Trent 1000 TEN and B787 versions with this engine are also similarly delayed. Delivery slots are more important to...

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by flee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 44891

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

What more leverage does HA need? When Airbus (effectively) cancelled the A350-800, HA could have walked away right there and ordered the 787. Instead, they ordered more A330-200s and launched the A330-800. I expect they received some exceptionally good pricing from Airbus to do so and Leeham.net sa...

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by flee
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 44891

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

As the 787 backlog decreases and Boeing becoming more opportunistic in 787 sales. The 787-9 might be HAL's best option for HNL-Europe however would it be worth the cost? It is ironic, isn't it - the 787-9 plays in the same ballpark at the A350-900? Had Hawaiian switched from the A350-800 to A350-90...

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by flee
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines having second thoughts on A330neos, could order 787's instead
Replies: 273
Views: 44891

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

They'd be the ones who failed to deliver a product, not once but twice and in the process they've gained a new A320 series customer. When was the second time they failed to deliver? I think Airbus won't be too concerned about any cancellation for the A338. It is a very low cost development for both...

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by flee
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96879

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

I wonder how much this decision will hurt the US aerospace manufacturing industry. The C-series is made up of many components that are sourced from the US - e.g. PW engines, cabin interior components like seats and galley equipment, etc. As a result, Delta will have to pay more for their capital equ...

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by flee
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus in better position than Boeing?
Replies: 38
Views: 6046

Re: Airbus in better position than Boeing?

For Airbus the A400M has been a major financial disaster and it appears will continue to be so. I am not aware of a single Boeing Military project that has lost enough money for anyone to ever notice much. Well, Boeing is also having considerable cost overruns on the KC-46 tanker programme. Being a...

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by flee
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo family production thread - 2015-2017 (part 7)
Replies: 2436
Views: 393762

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production Thread - Part 7

Yes, it is a predominantly white themed design....

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by flee
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malindo Air ends 737 MAX operations
Replies: 15
Views: 6655

Re: Malindo Air ends 737 MAX operations

I suspect that it is the aircraft's single economy class configurations that is causing a few problems. In the early days of operations, Malindo Air used the aircraft on its routes usually served by B738s that have business class seats. When business class passengers checked in for their flights, th...

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by flee
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-8-73(F) brought back into service in 2017
Replies: 78
Views: 20816

Re: DC-8-73(F) brought back into service in 2017

This is a re-engined (with CFM56) DC-8 and it may make economic sense if the costs are sufficiently low.

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by flee
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X flights to Beirut
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: Air Asia X flights to Beirut

I think Istanbul would be about 10 hours. The thing about Istanbul is that it would connect the whole of Europe plus North Africa, Russia, the eastern Med (Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus etc). The key is that no visa is required for most nationalities, which makes it a much better connection point than an...

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by flee
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X flights to Beirut
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: Air Asia X flights to Beirut

The final XAX681/682 flights for 2017 will operate today.

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by flee
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 266
Views: 59895

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

Nah, MH will never return to US. PB stated so many times, the boat has sailed long ago for them. MH commands little brand recognition on trans Pacific routes, it will be a struggle to build the brand from scratch. In PB, they have a CEO who is an aviation professional. If they do silly things, we c...

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