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by steman
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde and Air Force One at SXM (video)
Replies: 25
Views: 5666

Re: Concorde and Air Force One at SXM (video)

Thanks for the video, brilliant! This was on December 16th 1989, AF100F bringing in President Mitterand for a meeting with President Bush. F-BVFF was the aircraft involved flying non-stop from Paris CDG in 3 hours and 55 minutes with 3 hours and 22 minutes of this at supersonic speed. The return fl...

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by steman
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Planetary exploration, exploitation, and habiation... oh...and contamination
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Planetary exploration, exploitation, and habiation... oh...and contamination

I really don´t see the risk of contaminating the other celestial corps of the Solar System. They are lifeless rocks. I am all for the exploitation of resources in the Asteroid Belt, Mars and other rocky bodies in our neighborhood if it eases the pressure we are applying on Earth´s resources. Imagine...

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by steman
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 193155

Re: LH introduces revised livery

Having seen D-ABYA in person I must say that there are several details I like about the new livery: 1. all-white wings: unique among airlines, and it will make LH planes even more recognizable from the ground than the "Spiegelei" did. I never understood why airlines do not treat the wings...

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by steman
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 40566

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

Congratulations to Airbus. It will probably be a game changer as others have said. But from a purely aviation enthusiast point of view.....it just looks like any another A321. The Leap1 engines aren´t even visually much bigger than the CFM-56. The different door configuration is hardly noticeable. M...

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by steman
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Boeing ceded the 777-200 / 300 replacement to Airbus ?
Replies: 270
Views: 29661

Re: Why has Boeing ceded the 777-200 / 300 replacement to Airbus ?

Allenia built... pizzas and mandolinas. Ignoring the poor attempt at comedy, apparently you don´t know that Alenia (now Leonardo) comes from Aeritalia, formerly FIAT Aviazione, which has been involved in every major Italian aerospace project since WW2. And that Aeritalia has been a supplier of part...

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by steman
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 161
Views: 11467

Re: Origin of Airline Names

Alitalia is a portmanteau that loosely means ‘wings of Italy’. Ali d’Italia. I´m not 100% sure but I think the name comes from ALI Aerolinee Italiane (Italian Air Lines) and has nothing to do with the word ALI meaning wings, although I assume the founders liked that. It was merged with another ital...

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by steman
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VERY confused about A319/B737/E190/CS. Please help
Replies: 7
Views: 2091

Re: VERY confused about A319/B737/E190/CS. Please help

They also take twice the number of passengers and fly them twice the distance. You sure about that? I don´t think a A319 or B737-700 can take twice the number of pax of a CS100 or E190. A319s and 73G are optimised around 130/150 seats. Just like the CS300. CS100 and E195E-2 are optimised at a sligh...

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by steman
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 193155

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

No offense but none of the amateur designs that have been posted here look like anything Lufthansa would want to put on their planes of years to come. The newest one looks like the plane has got a rash on it's face or a beard or whatever. And that is true for almost every thread about an airline ge...

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by steman
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 193155

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

No offense but none of the amateur designs that have been posted here look like anything Lufthansa would want to put on their planes of years to come. The newest one looks like the plane has got a rash on it's face or a beard or whatever. And that is true for almost every thread about an airline ge...

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by steman
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 193155

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Would it be a new design, or just a refresh of the current livery? I have read in several places (german and italian aviation forums among others) that it is going to be an update of the current livery, sort of an evolution. I heard of the Kranich being in silver instead of yellow, the yellow disap...

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by steman
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1079
Views: 193155

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

I have heard that it's just going to be a variation of the current one. The yellow of the logo will disappear and be replaced by silver, much like the logo of their business class lounge. Official presentation should be on February 8th or 9th

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by steman
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel
Replies: 34
Views: 6535

Re: EasyJet announces routes from Berlin-Tegel

Great news. U2 back on the Berlin-Rome market. This route went from 5 airlines to 2 in the past few months. I´m curious to see whether FR will move its CIA ops from SXF to TXL and if EW will come back on the route.

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by steman
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December
Replies: 71
Views: 22069

Re: Updated: LH to operate Boeing 747-400 roundtrips between Frankfurt and Berlin in November and December

I wonder if this "experiment" might become regular, at least in certain busier times of the year. I mean, LH is clearly having a lot of success on these 747 rotation to TXL. The planes fly the route during the downtime between long haul flights. I have no idea of the economics involved but...

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by steman
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel
Replies: 47
Views: 10828

Re: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel

Why doesn't that surprise me? LH paid 210 Mio, U2 paid 40 Mio and FR pays nothng to pick up some pieces from broken AB. They should get Slots, but between 9 and 11 pm. Outbound. It doesn´t surprise me mostly because FR never made a secret of wanting to get slots at TXL even before the air berline d...

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by steman
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel
Replies: 47
Views: 10828

Re: Ryanair Applies For Slots To Base 9 Aircraft At Berlin Tegel

Ryanair have no fear of Easyjet. They can undercut them on any route due to their lower cost per seat. Invisible barriers to trade are more of a worry for Ryanair. I´m afraid that is true. And easyjet, who still has to start ops in TXL might retreat from routes where FR competes. It happend in SXF ...

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by steman
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot to start Singapore-Berlin
Replies: 43
Views: 12818

Re: Scoot to start Singapore-Berlin

What does Scoot fly now? 787-9? This will also be the first regular 787 in Berlin. I expect other long haul low cost airlines to open routes from Berlin to Asia. I think Eurowings will open up something, maybe Phuket or Bangkok. The same could be done by Norwegian. Berlin could very well become a Lo...

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by steman
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens team up for hybrid-electric flight demonstrator
Replies: 110
Views: 41211

Re: Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens team up for hybrid-electric flight demonstrator

Amiga500 wrote:
EfanX? Is that equivalent to Efan 10?

Why the f do PR idiots feel the need to attach an "X" to everything.


maybe because it´s eXperimental?
The use of X in aviation predates the current fashion of naming electronic gadgets X something.

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by steman
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin
Replies: 17
Views: 2965

Re: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin

Terminal C, on the other hand, was extremely quiet even with a full load of passengers waiting to board LH's 744 to FRA. Is Terminal C now used by anyone else than Lufthansa and their widebodies? I´ve seen S7 Airlines and Vueling there last week. Not sure who else uses it now. Maybe Alitalia, since...

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by steman
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin
Replies: 17
Views: 2965

Re: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin

Maybe another airline like IAG may need to consider opening an hub in TXL after AB ceased operation. IAG already has a pretty good presence with several daily flights from BA, BA Cityline, IB, IB Express, Vueling and Aer Lingus to all of IAG hubs. I don´t see why they should set up a hub in TXL. Ma...

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by steman
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin
Replies: 17
Views: 2965

Re: Berlin-Tegel after Air Berlin

These are definitely interesting times for TXL. LH is operating several runs to FRA with 747-400, till December 21st. Air France will be replaced by Joon. It´s not there yet. I´ve flown TXL-CDG with AF last week. It´s really weird to be at TXL and not have the sea of red Air Berlin tails anymore. Th...

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by steman
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - 2016-2017 (Part 17)
Replies: 4439
Views: 1508202

Re: Airbus A350 Production And Delivery Thread - Part 17

Does anyone know what appears to be a very small unpainted part near the top of the rudder? All A350s have this. It's very visible in the pic of the HX and SQ A350s above. If you mean the silver stripe on the vertical tailplane leading edge, that´s the anti ice system, a stripe of bare metal that g...

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by steman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?
Replies: 41
Views: 4927

Re: 748 or A380 Bomber Aircraft?

The current B-2 and the proposed B-21 have already a very long range which can be extended with air refuelling and they carry a heavy load of weapons. But they are relatively small, the B-2 being only about 20 meters long. I doubt there will ever be the need for a bomber the size of a 747 or a A380....

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by steman
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most iconic MD-80 operators
Replies: 43
Views: 2575

Re: Most iconic MD-80 operators

Alitalia was the largest operator of the MD80 outside of the US with a total of 90 examples received between the early 80s and 1996. I have flown on them on several occasions. The best flights were on the first rows, so far away from the engines that the only noise was coming from the wind. There us...

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by steman
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: R u s s i a
Replies: 150
Views: 5673

Re: R u s s i a

A couple of years ago I´ve read a book about Geography and how it influences human matters: The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan. On the chapter about Russia, the thesis was that the geography of that Country brings it to be intrinsecally vulnerable, with no easy access to southers seas (Ind...

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by steman
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 11166

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

Why do some people here keep on saying that the name Meridiana has something to do with the Mediterranean? The words are completely different in their roots. Meridiana has to do with Meridian (Greenwich Meridian anyone?) or Sundial (which is has to do with the north-south orientation of meridians) o...

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by steman
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do LCCs have such small market share in Germany?
Replies: 52
Views: 5452

Re: Why do LCCs have such small market share in Germany?

On top of what airbazar has said,
in Germany there is still a tax on air transport on top of all other taxes applied on a ticket and this might make more difficult for LCC to keep their fares low enough to be competitive with the likes of LH

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by steman
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 11166

Re: Meridiana to be renamed Air Italy

As Fly-K mentioned, Air Italy is already part of the Meridiana group. It was an independent small charter airline that Meridiana bought some years ago (or it was the other way round) but the new company decided to keep the Meridiana livery and name, which I personally like better. There might still ...

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by steman
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do LCCs have such small market share in Germany?
Replies: 52
Views: 5452

Re: Why do LCCs have such small market share in Germany?

It could also be that Countries where LCC have a larger quote of the markets have weaker national (legacy) carriers, whereas in Germany Lufthansa is very strong and established. I am thinking of Italy, where Ryanair is actually the biggest domestic airline, also thanks to the intrinsic weakness of A...

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by steman
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa to enter Inter Island Canary routes market from October 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2776

Re: Air Europa to enter Inter Island Canary routes market from October 2017

I´ve flown ACE-LPA on Canaryfly last June and it cost me 40 Euros one way with a 23kg hold luggage included. And I´m not a resident. Fares for non residents are already pretty low and competitive even with ferries. I hope Air Europa won't force Canaryfly out of business.

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by steman
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I say the F-35 is too expensive as an interim solution to replace the Tornado till a new program is developed. I say that Europe must be fully independent when it comes to design and develop 5th or 6th generation platforms. So my preferred solution to the problem at hand is to field a current genera...

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by steman
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Stevan, you just made my point. You’d rather Germany buy obsolete( AC that are only useful after 5 th gen AC establish air dominance and take down the air defense net) European equipment because, despite your hopes you know very well that you rely on the US in case the worst happens. You assume tha...

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by steman
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia takes delivery of it's first Boeing 777-300ER
Replies: 2
Views: 2110

Re: Alitalia takes delivery of it's first Boeing 777-300ER

Are you sure about that? This plane has been painted in AZ colours many months ago but it´s still not in service. It was supposed to do the FCO-EZE on alternate days (the other days flown by a 777-200ER) but it has yet to fly for AZ.

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by steman
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Let’s see if I can summarize the arguments made by our European friends: There are no threats to warrant spending money Then, in response to arguments that argue for planning for the worst, supposed Russian counter stealth capabilities are put forth against the F35. In short the risks don’t warrant...

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by steman
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet to pay 40 million EUR for 25 A 320 of airberlin to start TXL operations
Replies: 49
Views: 14434

Re: EasyJet to pay 40 million EUR for 25 A 320 of airberlin to start TXL operations

This is good news. With AB gone we really need more alternatives in Berlin, especially in TXL. My personal example is the route from Berlin to Rome, which I fly up to three times a year. Till few months ago we had airberlin and Alitalia in code share with multiple flights a day from TXL to FCO. On t...

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by steman
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

But since the formation of NATO there has been one major conflict, in the Balkans. So, the one time since 1945, that Europe takes point on a major foreign policy issue, w/i two years we are right back into concentration camp dynamics. Dispute all you want but the data does not support your assertio...

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by steman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH makes formal offer for parts of Alitalia
Replies: 41
Views: 8794

Re: LH makes formal offer for parts of Alitalia

Stay away from AZ if you don't want to get burned, Alitalia is still a state run airline (although officially private) , a reservoir of votes and favours and the political toy of many subject who have their own particular interests at heart and not those of the airline or the Country. I really hope ...

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by steman
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Lufthansa way - snap up your competition
Replies: 11
Views: 3511

Re: The Lufthansa way - snap up your competition

If you refer to only the PAX side of the Business (Lufthansa Passage) than this is pretty much correct. I think Brussels Airlines is now 100% owned too. But the LH Group includes also Lufthansa Cargo and 50% of AeroLogic, the other 50% being in the hands of DHL. JetBlue was a financial investment, n...

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by steman
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways to place A330s, 787s at Meridiana
Replies: 15
Views: 6616

Re: Qatar Airways to place A330s, 787s at Meridiana

It is a huge risk that QR is taking with Meridiana, not unlike the one Etihad took with AZ and we all know how it has paid off: it hasn´t! Although Italy is one of the biggest aviation markets in Europe, there has never been a truly succesful Italian airline, with the exception of Air Dolomiti, whic...

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by steman
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

According to what Ozair reported, I honestly don´t see the rationale behind the interest in the F-15/F-18. Just get more Typhoons, you also get to build them in Germany preserving German and European jobs and keeping the IM-EX balance positive.

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by steman
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

A Rafale would be a bad idea given the Luftwaffe already operates a fleet of Eurofighters. Rafale offers little if any capability improvement while introducing a whole additional type to the fleet that has no commonality with current aircraft nor the weapons Germany operates. Isn´t the Rafale compa...

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by steman
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 676
Views: 59870

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

If the Luftwaffe is really considering an interim model to replace the Tornado till the new project with France becomes available, why not considering the Rafale too? It can certainly do the same things an F-18 or F-15 can do and I doubt it will be more expensive. It is a proven a/g platform and it ...

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by steman
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German Aviation Thread - Part 2
Replies: 8
Views: 1184

Re: German Aviation Thread - Part 4

Even though it's not the answer this is a German aviation thread so I'll add Air Berlin will end all long Haul ops by October 15th,very sad to see a airline crumbling like this. Yes it´s very sad, especially for Berlin. We´re losing our "flag carrier". But at least it´s crumbling in a con...

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by steman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 959
Views: 157161

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

The LH service is only temporary until EW takes over. So it´s probably because EW does not have any spare A330s to put on these routes? Funny...air berlin used to have 17 of them and now most are stored and looking for a new home. Initially, when air berlin declared insolvency, LH claimed to be int...

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by steman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 959
Views: 157161

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

DUS will really lose a lot of US connections from this event. AFAIK the only DUS-USA that will still operate (and is not AB) is DL DUS-ATL. UA and AA don't operate there. However, I wouldn't be surprised if we see UA/AA start JFK/EWR/ORD-DUS soon. LH will still fly EWR-DUS. I'm hoping LH/UA will br...

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by steman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7170

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

The city and region of Berlin could sustain two airports, at least in terms of traffic, but I doubt they will ever have the money to fully develop, maintain, modernise two airports. They would already struggle with one, let alone two. Moreover there´s the risk that what happened to MXP will happen t...

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by steman
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 959
Views: 157161

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Condor themselves will be waist-deep in poo now that Ryanair is going after them at Frankfurt.... Most people see the Ryanair expansion at Frankfurt (10 aircraft in 2018) in relation to Lufthansa, but the Ryanair network should really cause more headache for Condor than for Lufthansa. So nit sure i...

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by steman
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair outlines intial 737MAX8 routes
Replies: 15
Views: 6078

Re: Icelandair outlines intial 737MAX8 routes

TXL is new I think.
They don´t currently fly to Berlin. Only WOW Air operates from SXF to KEF. I guess they will fill the void left by Air Berlin.

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by steman
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branding on Wings
Replies: 17
Views: 2658

Re: Branding on Wings

Maybe one day in the future the once "no go" wing surface will match the rest of a livery and be fully colored as the belly- like dark blue, etc??? Lufthansa paints the wings white, the upper surface at least, matching the white fuselage, while the lower surface is painted grey like the b...

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by steman
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did airlines love their 3 engine wide body aircraft?
Replies: 44
Views: 5745

Re: Did airlines love their 3 engine wide body aircraft?

They were certainly successful designs (more or less) but not all airlines loved them. The DC10 image was heavily impacted by some high ranked accidents (not always a fault of the plane, but public perception of the model was damaged). Some Airlines decided to get rid of their DC10 fleet rather quic...

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