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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: 34
Views: 1570

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: 32
Views: 1426

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: 61
Views: 1923

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: 10788

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: 5269

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: 10788

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: 5269

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: 2718

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 1840

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 11635

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 8667

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: 3437

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: 6386

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 445
Views: 33560

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: 7
Views: 941

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: 957
Views: 140458

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: 957
Views: 140458

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: 7088

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: 957
Views: 140458

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: 6044

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: 2598

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: 5617

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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by steman
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair has submitted non-binding bid for Alitalia
Replies: 11
Views: 870

Re: Alitalia--- What If?

I´ve heard that LH is in talks to buy Alitalia with the sole or main intent of preventing Ryanair from doing it themselves and get a dominant position in one of the biggest European market. Although I am skeptical about this, it woulnd´t be that far fetched, considering that LH is helping preserve A...

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by steman
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 87
Views: 12977

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

Meanwhile, we get a preview of what BER operations will look like: Due to the ongoing renovation works on the SXF south / BER north runway, the BER south runway is currently in use for SXF. Thus, BER curfew rules apply, rather than SXF ones (or lack thereof). Due to thunderstorms in northern German...

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by steman
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Training flight SU-35C on MAKS-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: Training flight SU-35C on MAKS-2017

That is unbelievable!
What is essentially a 1970s design with thrust vectoring nozzles slapped on.
It doesn´t even need the canard of previuos generations anymore.
Russian aircraft design at its finest!

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by steman
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: We may dream: worlds mega projects
Replies: 39
Views: 1709

Re: We may dream: worlds mega projects

I would like to see the invention and development of wormhole technology, not only to try and colonize other solar systems but also to be used here on Earth. Imagine a network of wormholes connecting major cities across the globe and trains running through them. Go from Paris to Los Angeles by train...

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by steman
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Spiegel: Germany, France to develop new combat plane
Replies: 45
Views: 3643

Re: Spiegel: Germany, France to develop new combat plane

2. The Italians have proven time and again that they will do anything to join the next upcoming program and ditch the former one. Sounds like bad news to the F-35 if you ask me. The F-35 FAL in Italy is guaranteed anyway, so they have nothing to lose. What does this exactly mean? When have the Ital...

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by steman
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Spiegel: Germany, France to develop new combat plane
Replies: 45
Views: 3643

Re: Spiegel: Germany, France to develop new combat plane

It´s about time! They finally realised they cannot depend on US Military hardware forever... It's been tough depending on those US-built Rafales, Typhoons and older Mirages and Jaguars all these years! Very funny :-) But what I mean is that they need to start developing the next fighter now if they...

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by steman
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Spiegel: Germany, France to develop new combat plane
Replies: 45
Views: 3643

Re: Spiegel: Germany, France to develop new combat plane

It´s about time! They finally realised they cannot depend on US Military hardware forever and they need to keep the necessary know how and capability to build world class fighters. Considering that both Rafale and Typhoon took about 20 years from first ideas to entry into service, I actually think t...

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by steman
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!
Replies: 87
Views: 12977

Re: Third runway for BER Airport proposed - check-in at BER, runway in distant Sperenberg (29,9 km)!

I don´t see the need to use Sperenberg when south of BER there´s virtually nothing and a third parallel runway can easily be built. As many others pointed out above, before needing a third runway, BER will need more Terminal capacity. Let´s firt open BER, expand its Terminals and then we can talk ab...

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by steman
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German Parliament finally voting on gay marriage
Replies: 44
Views: 1304

Re: German Parliament finally voting on gay marriage

Zaf wrote:
A sad day for Germany. Time to move for all decent families.


Bye Felicia!
You won´t be missed.
;-)

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by steman
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German Parliament finally voting on gay marriage
Replies: 44
Views: 1304

Re: German Parliament finally voting on gay marriage

Although she voted against the law, I have a huge deal or respect for her.
I don´t think she can get caught easily in any Schabowski-moment, she´s too smart for that :-)

Anyway it´s time to celebrate. The upcoming Pride parade in Berlin at the end of July will have a different taste this year :-)

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by steman
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German Parliament finally voting on gay marriage
Replies: 44
Views: 1304

Re: German Parliament finally voting on gay marriage

I am very happy of this outcome but most of all I am extremely surprised of how quick this whole thing has gone. Usually on such themes there are months of discussions, fights, talk shows and specials on tv, political backslash and so on. This one went very quick and relatively smooth. Germany is a ...

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by steman
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin to lease A330neo aircraft
Replies: 20
Views: 8956

Re: Air Berlin to lease A330neo aircraft

...Most leisure routes will go to the newly established Joint Venture with Tuifly, Niki and Ethiad. Unlikely http://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/etihad-tui-joint-venture-plans-cancelled Well, that was the plan months ago. But it didn´t work out, they couldn´t find an agreement to merge the ...

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by steman
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thanks to a LH F/A, a happy ending for Rubio the Dog
Replies: 29
Views: 5449

Re: Thanks to a LH F/A, a happy ending for Rubio

Nice story, but I hope you know Rubio is the name of a politician in the US (a former presidential candidate) and there is a slang meaning for "happy ending" (look it up on urbandictionary.com) that could cause some damage to the reputation of the LH F/A. Maybe the title should be changed...

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by steman
Fri May 19, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 445
Views: 33560

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

. As interim one could consider a new version of the Typhoon, dedicated to strike and air-to-ground roles. Or the Super Hornet..... Well, in that case the whole argument of trying not to rely on US products would be moot. Then better get some F-35s and work on a future generation to replace them in...

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by steman
Fri May 19, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 445
Views: 33560

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I wonder why countries shopping for fighters aren't looking at the F/C-31. At least the frame. Put some F414 engines and electronics of their choice on there, should be a good fighter. Because the Chinese will never let you have their frame and slap your own engine on it. Because the cost of such o...

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by steman
Thu May 18, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 445
Views: 33560

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The Tornado is compatible with US atomic weapons and it´s been so since the beginning. So is the SEAD role. These are not the discriminating factors that will make the F-35 the only option for the Luftwaffe. They are, because with the Tornado the partner nations were all user of US atomic weapons. ...

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by steman
Thu May 18, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 445
Views: 33560

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The Tornado is compatible with US atomic weapons and it´s been so since the beginning. So is the SEAD role. These are not the discriminating factors that will make the F-35 the only option for the Luftwaffe. With Britain and Italy (and Spain as you mention) out of the picture, it will be very hard f...

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by steman
Thu May 18, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 445
Views: 33560

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I hope Germany doesn´t go for the F-35 but decides to develop an indigenous solution (ie European) to maintain know-how and reduce dependence from the US for military hardware. It´s going to cost a lot but if the partner nations are willing to learn from past mistakes, they could make it work. Since...

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by steman
Wed May 17, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest cities with large airports/ hubs
Replies: 51
Views: 5350

Re: Smallest cities with large airports/ hubs

How about Amsterdam? The city is comparatively small even by European standards. AMS moves almost 64 million people. The whole Country of the Netherlands has less than 17 million people. I think that is a good example of a successfull hub system.

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by steman
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why EK doesn't launch TXL?
Replies: 43
Views: 7673

Re: Why EK doesn't launch TXL?

I don't understand why EK hasn't started TXL yet. Berlin is one of the most populated cities in Europe, is the capital of Germany (biggest economy in EU), huge demand, wealthy market, Lot of business, and what's more important, Lack of flights to far east. Seems QR has been eating the Berlin Cake f...

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by steman
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 787-10 Range vs A350-900
Replies: 76
Views: 20275

Re: Boeing 787-10 Range vs A350-900

LH was rumored for a long time as the launch customer of the -10 but decided for the 777X and A350 instead. One reason why they choose the A350 over the -10 was the inferior range of the -10. This replacement was for the a340-300 specifically @ the 359 vs -10. Only that they (LH) went on to replace...

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by steman
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 79
Views: 11181

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

I would add MXP to the list. It had the potential of becoming Italy's main hub but it never really worked out that way.

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