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Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks
Replies: 50
Views: 11143

Re: Kenya Airways faces repossession of aircraft by banks

Where did they go wrong? They and SAA used to be the premier African airlines. Times change, eh? Sad.

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Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17
Replies: 3851
Views: 1243650

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

KarelXWB wrote:


That's interesting. No, not the hike. It's interesting that this is dated 5th October. It's the 4th where I am (Africa) and, I believe even where Pacific Islanders are. Wonder how they did that...

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Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who flies planes owned by engine manufacturers?
Replies: 10
Views: 2222

Re: Who flies planes owned by engine manufacturers?

aca36 wrote:
Air Canada uses some GECAS planes and leases all their engines from GE.

Including the Trents on their A330s?

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Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Laker Skytrain 40th Anniversary
Replies: 20
Views: 2638

Re: Laker Skytrain 40th Anniversary

My first trip to the US was in October 1978 on a Laker DC-10. My only regret is that I didn't take the registration. :(

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Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 53210

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

KarelXWB wrote:
The airline said it has had very attractive offers from bankrupt European airlines.


Air Berlin for one, I assume.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 53210

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

flee wrote:
PM wrote:
flee wrote:
MAB does not seem to have a very good relationship with RR
Why would you say that?

From their experience dealing with RR on the A380s.

Which has been what? I'm not arguing. I just wasn't aware there was an issue.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 53210

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

JerseyFlyer wrote:
It also strangely says the Malaysian govt will try to persuade Air Asia to use GE engines!



A couple of years back Air Asia X did order GE CF6 on a handful (3?) of A330-200s. That order was later swallowed up into a big A330neo order with, of course, RR.

But something dodgy was going on.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to place order for 25 widebodies by end of 2017
Replies: 253
Views: 53210

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

flee wrote:
MAB does not seem to have a very good relationship with RR
Why would you say that?

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Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 35091

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

fcogafa wrote:
Is 45 x 900s worth the same as 35 x 1000s? If so, not much gain for Airbus
But surely very good news for RR - 90 engines vs. 70!

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Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt's $10 billion bet stumbles as buyers turn to CFM jet engine
Replies: 66
Views: 11730

Re: Pratt's $10 billion bet stumbles as buyers turn to CFM jet engine

Pratt & Whitney's $10 billion bet on a new jet engine is faltering after a troubled rollout, and buyers are rushing to a General Electric model instead. The GE turbine has won 10 times as many orders this year to power a narrow-body Airbus plane on which the two suppliers compete head to head. ...

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 2165
Views: 292003

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

berari wrote:
Ethiopian's 787-9 is going to have the following seat configuration:

2-3-2 in business with a total 28 seats



Disappointing. I've flown 2-3-2 on EK's A330s and it's an insult. Even for regional routes they should do better.

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Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17
Replies: 3851
Views: 1243650

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

I'm told by a reliable source (within the airline) that QR are delaying plans to go daily to WDH (where I live) because of shortage of frames. I suppose that's not incompatible with cancelling four planes down the line but I still don't get it.

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Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman: Emirates to place 787 or A350 order by end of the year
Replies: 318
Views: 36660

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

Is it still EK's intention to hang RR engines on the 787 if it's the chosen frame?

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Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17
Replies: 3851
Views: 1243650

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

MSN 121 CI #7 got special decals applied after delivery: https://imagr.eu/up/c63ei_20347252_247255125788229_7324016316061319168_n.jpg https://www.instagram.com/p/BXF3YugD1m2/ https://imagr.eu/up/4pbmE_N170728931.jpg http://www.wingtips.tw/news_detail.asp?UID=84 I went to Taiwan just to see that bir...

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Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saint Helena Government and Airlink Announce JNB–WDH–HLE (& ASI)
Replies: 24
Views: 5727

Re: Saint Helena Government and Airlink Announce JNB–WDH–HLE (& ASI)

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I live in Windhoek and I can't wait to do this flight to St. Helena. Bring it on!

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Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 13096

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N3J6fE-0JI

Hasn't France just passed a law about minimum bmi for models? At least the BA video has real people.
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jasoncrh wrote:
this is horrible. does not hold a candle to the splendid air France safety video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N3J6fE-0JI

Hasn't France just passed a law about minimum bmi for models? At least the BA video has real people.

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Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA releases worst safety video ever?
Replies: 115
Views: 13096

Re: BA releases worst safety video ever?

I dunno what your problem is. I loved it. But then I am British. Very.

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 10861

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

I recently flew JNB-CDG-MAN and back on AF. Changing planes at CDG (which I was dreading) ended up being very easy. But the AF lounge was a shambles. It was completely overwhelmed. For hours there was NO food. They'd bring out, say, a plate of cold meat (that's all) and it was scoffed in 90 seconds....

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Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: EK to fly to Vic Falls via Windoek
Replies: 13
Views: 4422

Re: Rumor: EK to fly to Vic Falls via Windoek

6 passengers in C or 6 passengers on the whole aircraft? A couple of years ago WDH only saw widebody service from DE and SW. I was convinced then it could use one or two additional airlines servicing WDH, the tourist potential is there in Namibia. QR, ET and KL (as a tag-on from LAD) indeed filled ...

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Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: EK to fly to Vic Falls via Windoek
Replies: 13
Views: 4422

Re: Rumor: EK to fly to Vic Falls via Windoek

Last week I flew out of WDH on QR. I was in C. There were six (6) passengers. My inward flight (DOH-WDH) on the 19th has been cancelled so I'll get home on the 21st. Is this QR suffering as a result of the blockade or (with KLM, ET, QR, DE, SW all competing) is the market saturated? Will EK do any b...

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing
Replies: 1257
Views: 206131

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

Shouldn't be much of a problem to get PW4000s if desired since Pratt won the KC-46 contract and will have a steady stream of orders to fill. The availability isn't the problem. It's the demand that seems to be missing. Two A330s delivered this year (with no more on order), four last year, seven in ...

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Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing
Replies: 1257
Views: 206131

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

KarelXWB wrote:

For the moment no further PW4000 A330s have been allocated to the production line.

And it is more than three years since an airline (China Southern) ordered A330s with PW. Though I suppose some of the orders placed by leasing companies could be PW.

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Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing
Replies: 1257
Views: 206131

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

KarelXWB wrote:
Next delivery:

Airbus A330 -323 1793 B-8360 China Southern delivery 12jul17 TLS-CAN ex F-WWKI
Would I be correct in noting that this will be the last ever A330 with PW?

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Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IndiGo to go longhaul!!
Replies: 51
Views: 10302

Re: IndiGo to go longhaul!!

Much my favourite Indian airline. Good luck to them!

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Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 2165
Views: 292003

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

frigatebird wrote:
DY789 wrote:
Surely ET can't be taking delivery of many more 787's? Everytime I check this thread, ET seem to have another one!

They will lease a 4 more 787-9's from Aercap. First one to be delivered at the end of this year according to NYC787's tables.


Moreover, they will have RR engines, not GE...

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Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor's future airplanes
Replies: 33
Views: 8106

Re: Condor's future airplanes

They have 16 x 767 with an average age of 22. These are not young aeroplanes. They should really be thinking about a replacement now. Ordering new builds probably won't get them any frames in the near future so I'm guessing they will lease planes. So, 787s or A330s or ... A350s?!

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On
Replies: 80
Views: 8719

Re: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On

"Notorious"? "Marketing disaster"?

I actually prefer "original", "innovative", "provocative", "mould breaking". It was a great idea, in my opinion.

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Sat May 27, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Etihad Essentially A Failure?
Replies: 32
Views: 11536

Re: Is Etihad Essentially A Failure?

Didn't Al Baker say some time ago that there would only be two ME carriers sooner or later? Was he predicting a merger of Emirates and Etihad? How would that work?

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Thu May 18, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved
Replies: 78
Views: 10084

Re: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved

TC957 wrote:
Some aviation enthusiast you are then...


There is a bit more at stake in this election than aviation.

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Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing
Replies: 1257
Views: 206131

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

KarelXWB wrote:
That must be one of the last A330F in the order book.

As best I can tell there are three more to come for MNG and one for Turkish.

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Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RR Prepares T1000-TEN First Flight
Replies: 101
Views: 18611

Re: RE: First Flight Of T1000-ten

lightsaber wrote:
RR is doing well enough on the 787.

Lightsaber


Roughly, GE have 60% and RR 40%. I wish it were the other way around but, to put it in context, RR will soon have sold as many engines on the 787 as GE and PW combined did on the A330.

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Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330F available with choice of engines?
Replies: 10
Views: 2066

Re: A330F available with choice of engines?

The T700 appears to be the engine of choice on the MRTT too. (Even the French chose it!)

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Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlink to replace its Avro RJ85s with new Embraer E170s and E190s
Replies: 10
Views: 1496

Re: Airlink to replace its Avro RJ85s with new Embraer E170s and E190s

Bugger. I'm flying from Johannesburg to Antananarivo in July (and back). I hope the Jumbelinos are still around then. Two more flights and I'll be up to 80 on the 146/ARJ.

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Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad, Lufthansa in talks to merge airlines: Report
Replies: 45
Views: 10756

Re: Etihad, Lufthansa in talks to merge airlines: Report

readytotaxi wrote:
And queue the pilots strike, again.

cue...

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Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air A330s
Replies: 35
Views: 15434

Re: Iran Air A330s

TheGeordielad wrote:
I think Business will be in a 2-2-2 and economy 2-4-2.


Virtually every A330 (and A340) has 2-4-2 in economy. It would be surprising if Iran Air did anything else.

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Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders
Replies: 729
Views: 80074

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders

Not that I particularly want to get into the argument about who sold or delivered more, but in terms of deliveries Boeing was WAY ahead of Airbus in terms of widebodies in 2016 - they delivered two for every one Airbus delivered.

And they were almost as far ahead in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders
Replies: 729
Views: 80074

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders

CX747 wrote:


Today is 1/11/17.

Or even 11/1/17 in most countries... :wave:

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Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines in Africa
Replies: 18
Views: 3571

Re: Airlines in Africa

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-ea ... holding-it
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Africa is a big and diverse place. Be a little cautious of generalisations.

Still, here's one reason why the market isn't as developed as it should be.

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-ea ... holding-it

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Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17
Replies: 3851
Views: 1243650

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

KarelXWB wrote:
With MSN 52 and 55 included Airbus arrived at 49 deliveries for the year.

Will these be included in the 2016 deliveries total? Maybe I missed it but I didn't see any official announcement of delivery.

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Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing
Replies: 1257
Views: 206131

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

...an average of 6 aircraft per month. But look at the distribution! Just 2 in July and 3 in each of May and September but 7 in each of August and November and, as you say, 13 in December. Anyway, I make it 2 x MRTT, 3 x A330F, 19 x A330-200 and 42 x A330-300. Or, put another way, 4 x PW, 22 x GE a...

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Sun Dec 25, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A321 for Iran Air
Replies: 72
Views: 13409

Re: First A321 for Iran Air

ahj2000 wrote:
Etîhad might have a great modern livery, for example

It might.

But it doesn't. :shakehead:

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Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing
Replies: 1257
Views: 206131

Re: Official A330 Production/Flight Testing

audidudi wrote:
I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but the cockpit windows appear to have the same "racoon" design as on the A350!

And it makes her look MEAN, doesn't it?!

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Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders
Replies: 729
Views: 80074

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders - Part 2

But those frames are AFAIK already delivered from Airbus to Synergy (Avianca) and will not count as a new order for Airbus Indeed. They certainly won't be new orders. (Or if they're counted as such, there will need to be corresponding cancellations elsewhere.) That's one reason I'm trying to count ...

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Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders
Replies: 729
Views: 80074

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders - Part 2

While true, keep in mind that one of the reasons why Airbus have already almost completed some of the aircraft in the order is because those frames were originally built for other customers (namely Avianca) but not taken up. It is also speculated that IranAir will be taking the AV A330s that were n...

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Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders
Replies: 729
Views: 80074

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders - Part 2

http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press- ... -deal.aspx
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A restrained response from RR. Do we assume they'll get the business for the A330ceo aircraft too?

http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press- ... -deal.aspx

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Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17
Replies: 3851
Views: 1243650

Re: A350 Production And Delivery Thread Part 17

Lindegaard wrote:
Delivery flight for D-AIXA, Lufthansa' second A350


D-AIXA is their first. The second hasn't flown yet

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Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Namibia Return To The UK?
Replies: 11
Views: 2139

Re: Will Air Namibia Return To The UK?

atal17 wrote:
PM wrote:
factsonly wrote:


- WDH-ADD on ET 4x weekly B738



Has this started yet? (There's also a rumour that Turkish are coming...)


Has commenced since 4th October.

Wow. I'm out of touch. And I live here! Thanks.

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Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Air Namibia Return To The UK?
Replies: 11
Views: 2139

Re: Will Air Namibia Return To The UK?

factsonly wrote:


- WDH-ADD on ET 4x weekly B738



Has this started yet? (There's also a rumour that Turkish are coming...)

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