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by raylee67
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Replies: 41
Views: 9472

Re: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

Actually the delivery of CSeries planes have been notoriously slow. It's not the first time Bombardier is manufacturing a plane. I can't imagine the CSeries is that much difficult to make than a CRJ 1000. Besides P&W that is dragging its feet, is there other hold-ups?

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by raylee67
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Takes Closer Look At Russian Passenger Jet As Airbus And Boeing Deals Face Ongoing Delays
Replies: 45
Views: 7464

Re: Iran Takes Closer Look At Russian Passenger Jet As Airbus And Boeing Deals Face Ongoing Delays

It's not going to happen. Iran has waited for 40 years to buy a new Boeing or Airbus. They are not going to walk away. During the time of sanctions, Iran has looked at Tu-154, Tu-204, An-140 and An-148. it eventually did not get any of those into the mainstream airlines like IranAir or Mahan even du...

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by raylee67
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG could take up to 12 A321LRs for EI
Replies: 83
Views: 16098

Re: IAG could take up to 12 A321LRs for EI

DUB is in a perfect location and timing to become a major trans-Atlantic hub, and will complement LHR well in the IAG group. LHR flights can focus on premium connection traffic and O&D traffic, while other connection passengers are routed thru DUB. Besides DUB's location as the last stop in Euro...

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by raylee67
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tariffs or sanctions against Airbus imports into the US are possible if Airbus loses at the WTO, says Boeing
Replies: 78
Views: 8946

Re: Tariffs or sanctions against Airbus imports into the US are possible if Airbus loses at the WTO, says Boeing

The ultimate trade war: No more Boeings in EU and no more Airbuses in US. I have got to a point that I would love to see this happen and see those pushing for trade restrictions regret what they wanted.

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by raylee67
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New non-stop flights between YVR and Brazil 'imminent' after recent visa changes
Replies: 72
Views: 8221

Re: New non-stop flights between YVR and Brazil 'imminent' after recent visa changes

There will be minimal business O&D demand, but I think people are under-estimating the demand of leisure traffic. There are too many high net worth people living in Vancouver. They are mostly immigrants from Asia or people who have just retired with a pile of money. And they go travel the world....

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by raylee67
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 37
Views: 4830

Re: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying

While Asiana re-focus on long haul, it needs to improve its connectivity with Air Seoul. It has moved many short haul routes to Air Seoul, but it is not possible to buy a ticket on Asiana's website if I want to connect from an Asiana flight to an Air Seoul flight. This would become a problem if it w...

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by raylee67
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is HND Now the Main Airport in Tokyo?
Replies: 44
Views: 7441

Re: Is HND Now the Main Airport in Tokyo?

HND is always the main domestic airport for Tokyo. For international, it is definitely preferred by travelers, especially those going for business. But there are just much less flight options from HND, especially to Asian cities. For long range flights to primary destinations in EU or US, some airli...

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by raylee67
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot orders 50 Irkut MC-21 through leases
Replies: 35
Views: 5130

Re: Aeroflot signs lease agreement for 50 MC-21-300's

KarelXWB wrote:
BWIAirport wrote:
Are these the first firm orders for this model?


No, it already has some 200 firm orders.

But nearly all of the orders are from Russia. Similar situation with C919, where almost all orders come from domestic airline or leasing companies, although it also has hundreds of orders.

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by raylee67
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone
Replies: 188
Views: 22301

Re: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone

This topic never gets any attention from Trump. Want proof? Do you see him tweet about this?

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by raylee67
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 11978

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

For HKG, AI and 9W will get affected most. CX has a stable following for the India routes. Indigo will not be able to compete for connection traffic to North America via HKG, and local business people will continue to prefer CX over any Indian carriers when they travel to India for business. The pro...

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by raylee67
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 356
Views: 38498

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

A surprise, but a pleasant one. Finally checks and balance at work and professionalism prevails. Boeing simply does not have a product to compete. If an airline issue a RFP asking for a plane with a seating capacity of 110 seats, Boeing is not even qualified to submit a bid. I don't see how it "...

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by raylee67
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana - Big hole in their fleet?
Replies: 22
Views: 4388

Re: Asiana - Big hole in their fleet?

The truth is they actually don't need the A380. It's too large for them in most routes. They just get it because it's a prestige thing.

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by raylee67
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 39
Views: 7085

Re: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan

Seychelles is an exotic tourist destination. There is a constant stream of tourists but way less than nearby destinations such as Maldives. Tourist traffic from Europe is dominated by ME3. There is simply no need for regular non-stop to Europe. For Air Seychelles to have a need of international exis...

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by raylee67
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger thinks AirAsia's uniforms are revealing to the point of being 'disgusting
Replies: 90
Views: 14496

Re: Passenger thinks AirAsia's uniforms are revealing to the point of being 'disgusting

This person's favorite airline is probably Taliban era's Ariana Afghan Airlines. Or Air IS, if there is one.

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by raylee67
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Icelandair livery coming
Replies: 71
Views: 14202

Re: New Icelandair livery coming

Where will the 737MAX fly to? Apparently it does not have the range to replace all 757s. Does Icelandair have any plan for the 757s? That plane's capability is the cornerstone of the airline's strategy (and the recent success of the country's tourism)

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by raylee67
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?
Replies: 86
Views: 8570

Re: Why A-380 doesn’t sell in more densely populated countries?

For China and Japan, historically the large planes (such as 747SR and 744D for JAL and ANA) were used in short domestic routes (e.g. HND-CTS, FUK-HND, SHA-PEK, etc.). Those demands are now quickly displaced by the continued expansion of high speed rail. Now high speed rail between Beijing and Shangh...

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by raylee67
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 332
Views: 57059

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

LHR is probably the airport that has most need for A380. BA can easily deploy A380 profitably to routes such as LAX, SFO, HKG, SIN, JNB, PVG, SYD and even MCO, YYZ and YVR seasonally if it decides to make some A380 high-density. And even with the A380, those long range routes can still maintain mult...

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by raylee67
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air outlines CS300 routes
Replies: 33
Views: 6828

Re: Korean Air outlines CS300 routes

Maybe it's just me, but flying low-density jet aircraft on routes that take half an hour at best seems like an inefficient use of assets. I know that it'd be assigned to some longer routings later, but KE might benefit from buying prop planes for domestic shuttle use and rerouting the CSs to expand...

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by raylee67
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 3723

Re: Nearby City Pairs With No Flights

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/ ... -countries
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kbmiflyer wrote:
SCQ83 wrote:
Kiev and Moscow


Anyone have a reason why this route is not served? Are the politics that bad?


No flights between Ukraine and Russia since Oct 2015

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/ ... -countries

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by raylee67
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX to start 777 10-abreast upgrade in March, first 77W retirements to follow
Replies: 88
Views: 17724

Re: CX to start 777 10-abreast upgrade in March, first 77W retirements to follow

I think it is wrong to assume that CX will keep charging a premium price for Economy after they move to 10-abreast. Moving to 10-abreast will allow CX a lot more flexibility in their pricing competitiveness. I remember that after Air Canada moved to 10-abreast on their 77W, they dropped the fare of ...

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by raylee67
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion
Replies: 69
Views: 16617

Re: Additional CX A350-1000 routes: LAX and EWR, plus large A350-900 expansion

Doubt Australia will go all A359. CX has taken delivery of most of its A359 on order already. If so many A359 is going to Australia, where are they going to come from? Besides, SYD is such a busy route that A359 will be too small for it. On the other hand, deploying A351 to North America makes sense...

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by raylee67
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 LH 747-8 sitting on ramp in FRA
Replies: 62
Views: 23659

Re: 10 LH 747-8 sitting on ramp in FRA

Business demand may be low, but there are no premium leisure travel demand? I guess Europe is indeed very different from Asia. I was flying out of HKG on Dec 24 and it's packed with holiday family vacationers. CX's check-in counters are just full of people.

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by raylee67
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened at ICN Dec 23 morning? - massive delays
Replies: 5
Views: 2048

What happened at ICN Dec 23 morning? - massive delays

Does anyone know what happened at Seoul Incheon ICN Dec 23 morning? It seems that almost all flights were delayed by 4 to 6 hrs starting 6:30am. Some flights did depart only about 30 min late though, but those are just about 10% of the flights. And the delays have been propagating into the afternoon...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000
Replies: 77
Views: 21379

Re: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000

also I do not really understand why people want CX to replace 777's with A350;S I would rather they launch new routes, some of the 777's are only 2 years old! I think CX should place the A350-1000 strategically. From the perspective of seat and range capacity, they are identical to the 3-class 77W ...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000
Replies: 77
Views: 21379

Re: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000

Seems that CX likes to test these long range flights with 4/wk flights initially. BCN, DUB, CPH and BOS were all started this way. A350-1000 is a bit of a surprise. CX is very bold to start with the 2nd largest plane in the fleet (330-seat vs. 77W's 340-seat), rather than starting small with A350-90...

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by raylee67
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines to cancel MRJ90 order
Replies: 17
Views: 5239

Re: Swift Air may cancel Eastern Air Lines MRJ-90 order

Meh...at the current pace of MRJ development, there would probably be Eastern 3.0 before the plane fly any scheduled commercial service (and most likely those planes will be retired when BER open). It's not just the pace of the MRJ development, but the complete and total mismanagement reported by s...

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by raylee67
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC877 Strange Route
Replies: 4
Views: 2367

Re: AC877 Strange Route

To practice the post-BREXIT routing where they can't overfly UK any more on European flights.

Sorry. Just kidding. Can't help

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?
Replies: 157
Views: 37066

Re: Is AA going to cancel their A350 order?

AA doesn't need to make that decision any time soon. If they decide to not take the 350, there are many remedies they can choose, e.g. they can swap them to A321NEO. I would imagine that if they cancel 22 A350 and order 50 more A321NEO, Airbus will be totally OK with that. As a large airline and cus...

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by raylee67
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX announces HKG-IAD with A350-1000
Replies: 77
Views: 21379

Re: CX to launch IAD

It would be a nice A359 route. I guess CX is inspired by the success of BOS. IAD will be a heavily premium route as well.

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8694

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

I know. They are my neighbors. Then you should know first hand the 15k a month is utter B/S But I also think that the pilots have to understand that the world have changed, whether they like it or not. No one has that benefit outside your world any more. And when things unravel, the pilots cannot e...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan to further grow US service; codeshare with AS + B6 in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 6513

Re: Hainan to further grow US service; codeshare with AS + B6 in 2018

Can Hainan fly to new US destinations from PEK/PVG/CAN? I thought the Zone 1 frequencies were all spoken for but I may be misunderstanding how the bilateral works and/or how the frequencies are currently allocated. No, but they can fly from places like Tianjin or Shenzhen or Hangzhou, which are eac...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8694

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

DB is definitely an option a lot us live here. I know. They are my neighbors. And I know this is on the mind of a lot of CX pilots lately. I have overheard them talking on the bus. I have heard some of them talking to each other in the gym, one saying he is leaving for Air Canada. At that point, I ...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8694

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

This is very misleading, no pilot is receiving 15k a month. This is a expat housing allowance that goes to the from the company to the landlord, it does not go into the pilots pocket. The pilots however do pay the tax on the money paid to the landlord. . when I was working in HK, that money my comp...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8694

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

People are feeling that this allowance is an "entitlement" because this type of expat benefits are not around any more in other industries. Even Investment Banks don't do this any more, or they are only providing the benefits to the top Managing Directors. In the company I work for, all th...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?
Replies: 38
Views: 10426

Re: Will the Idea of Point to Point and frequency over capacity collapse?

In Asia, most very busy routes are flown by wide-bodies. Take for example HKG - TPE, it isn't flown every 30 mins by a 738 or A320, but every 2 - 3 hrs by CX, BR & CI mostly by wide-bodied planes. So why if this works in Asia doesn't it work elsewhere ? Surely it helps with traffic flows, slot ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

I can see that myself (I'm actually more surprised at the fact that C919 has a lower MTOW than an A319 but with much higher thrust). I believe they're also trying to certify the ARJ21 for "highland operation", but it's not quite there yet. The ARJ21 is not quite anywhere yet. I almost fee...

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by raylee67
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 108
Views: 19424

Re: United ending Xian

The company says route did not mature with forecast corporate traffic and its overall performance was not meeting expectations. UA would have been pretty delusional to expect any material corporate traffic to Xian. To make secondary cities in China work with a US route, you need to fly 788 in a Nor...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

A319neo doesn't have a high thrust version, though (at least not yet). Max thrust on that is 24k lbf I believed. May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major poli...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

A319neo doesn't have a high thrust version, though (at least not yet). Max thrust on that is 24k lbf I believed. May be the C919 will replace the A319 in Tibet airports then. The C919 uses engines with 31k lbf max thrust. If China can deploy the C919 safely to Lhasa routes, it would be a major poli...

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 16492

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

I don't understand why people are so emotional about this. If the government believes the pilots have acted outside of the rules, regulations and laws by refusing to fly those people, they can bring a case against the pilots. It's as simple as that.

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by raylee67
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

757-200 was the usual equipment for Lhasa before the A319 was introduced. And 757 is famous for its take-off performance.

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by raylee67
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL May Push C-Series Order to AM Avoiding Trade Duty
Replies: 116
Views: 29203

Re: DL May Push C-Series Order to AM Avoiding Trade Duty

Here's what should worry Boeing, another airline will be flying the C-Series. That let's be proved on additional missions and open it up to even more business. AM could use these planes on some seasonal routes to expand point to points. Exactly. If Delta really pushes the order to AM, it is a serio...

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 153
Views: 22183

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

Does that mean AA is losing WestJet? What about WestJet's relationship to other OW's partners such as BA and QF?

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada cancels order for 18 Boeing F/A 18 fighter jets
Replies: 3
Views: 2158

Re: Canada cancels order for 18 Boeing F/A 18 fighter jets

I think Boeing would have fully expected this. There is no surprise here. Canada does need to urgently replace the old CF-18. Personally, I think we should go for European products as we build our relationship with our partners across the pond.

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Replies: 41
Views: 10311

Re: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel

kjeld0d wrote:
Riiight...develop an entirely new category of commercial aircraft to charge a small premium over business class and still be profitable? Ain't gonna happen.


Well, we shall see in a few-years time, right?

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by raylee67
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA's airlines miss lease payments
Replies: 57
Views: 16397

Re: HNA's airlines miss lease payments

are they not profitable? or are they wasting their money on useless stuff. It is more like they used asset to finance buying additional asset, then in turn, use those asset to finance more. In another word, they borrow big to spend big. Works until regulator start taking a closer look at their deal...

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by raylee67
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Replies: 41
Views: 10311

Re: Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel

If they can develop a plane that has the range to fly from Tokyo to West Coast with reasonably affordable cost, people will pay a premium to fly to Tokyo-SFO/LAX on SST. Surely, the fare cannot be outrageous like on Concorde, but if they can make it profitable with current business class fare (or a ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ
Replies: 41
Views: 11392

Re: EVA Air wing collided with a pole at YYZ

This is a Chinese article, but it got some nice photos showing the damage to the wing. https://tw.news.appledaily.com/life/realtime/20171202/1252363 Damn, that looks worse than I thought it would. Agreed. Does Canada not install break-away light poles? Those light poles have the bright lights that ...

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by raylee67
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA179 EWR-HKG Easterly Routing
Replies: 23
Views: 5704

Re: UA179 EWR-HKG Easterly Routing

I think it flies east more often than not. I did CX EWR-HKG several times and it flies northeast over Newfoundland, Greenland and northern Norway every time. Whereas ORD-HKG and YYZ-HKG are always, in my experience, straight north over Hudson Bay and Baffin Island or slightly northwestwards over Man...

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by raylee67
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD11 flight test video
Replies: 0
Views: 469

MD11 flight test video

I always think MD11 looks special. Did not get a chance to fly on one, although flew on DC10 many times. Just found a video on youtube showing various FAA certification tests on MD11, including stall, in-flight deployment of reverser, tail strike take-off, etc. Quite interesting. https://www.youtube...

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