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by JetBuddy
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 50
Views: 8725

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

I flew the LHR-DAR route back in 2010. Was a 767 and it was packed heading south. Was about 60% full on the return a month later. I believe BA operated twice weekly back then.

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by JetBuddy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s
Replies: 104
Views: 24582

Re: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s

aerotransport.org is reporting in this weeks newsletter that Hi-Fly will take 3 ex SQ A380: MSN #3, #5 and #6 That would be excellent news. Hoping it's true. There was talk about up to 6 A380s for HiFly in the longer run. If they already have customers lined up, I wouldn't be surprised if they took...

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by JetBuddy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Having Problems with Airbus Aircraft
Replies: 76
Views: 16959

Re: Alaska Having Problems with Airbus Aircraft

So the problems are the engines, which is no surprise - and cabin functionality and wear issues on the A321neo? Do these neos have the "Cabin Flex" option?

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by JetBuddy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X won't buy "too expensive" Airbus A350: Tony Fernandes
Replies: 135
Views: 18897

Re: Air Asia X cancels A350. Decision on fleet expected later this year.

Excellent, this almost certainly means more A330neo.

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by JetBuddy
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 211
Views: 23644

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

So we have various theories on why Airbus made this change. We know they want to increase production and are focusing resources on that. 1. One theory is that Boeing is getting cold feet about the MOM - and Airbus decides to delay their Plus/Plus-Plus project and focus on ramping on production of ex...

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by JetBuddy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 50629

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

One more A330-300 to SAS. To replace Tr A340-300 LN-RKP that will be scrapped next year https://www.sasgroup.net/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/04/sas-sas-orders-one-airbus-a330e-to-replace-one-airbus-a340-180412.pdf According to Flightglobal, SAS will get another A330 to replace on A340. https...

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by JetBuddy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 227
Views: 27966

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

This acquisition would result in various benefits for IAG: - Access to brand new aircraft - both widebody and narrowbody - Elimination of LCC TATL competition, meaning increased revenue on existing long haul network which is the bread and butter for IAG - Establishing a foothold in the lucrative Sca...

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by JetBuddy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 227
Views: 27966

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

Surprising news for sure.

If the acquisition goes through, I believe the long haul branch would be dismantled and aircraft moved to BA.

The short haul network would stay intact together with the Norwegian brand, helping fight Ryanair.

But those are just guesses.

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by JetBuddy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 to have newer cabins.
Replies: 14
Views: 3835

Re: Emirates A380 to have newer cabins.

A new order for the A380 might be on the horizon. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-airline/emirates-to-exercise-airbus-a380-options-sooner-rather-than-later-idUSKBN1HI272 Wow that is huge news and probably deserves it's own thread. Awesome if it turns out to be true, which I believe it is.

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by JetBuddy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS places order for 50 A320neo
Replies: 74
Views: 13158

Re: SAS places order for 50 A320neo

Good move, can they use 321lr to expand tatl routes. If they can this could be a really good move. Anyone know how much commonality exists between the 321 now and lr models? I guess there must be s thread that discusses all that so if someone could point me too it, much appreciated. I don't know of...

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by JetBuddy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 50629

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

SAS placed order for 50 additional A320neo aircraft. Deliveries from spring 2019 to 2023 and will replace Boeing 737 and A320 aircraft. Thus, SAS fleet will consist of A320neo, A330-300, A340-300 and A350-900 aircraft in the future. news.cision.com Great news! But I'm a bit disappointed that there ...

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by JetBuddy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS places order for 50 A320neo
Replies: 74
Views: 13158

Re: SAS places order for 50 A320neo

Congratulations SAS and Airbus. This was expected, but great news. Solid results for A320 program, but does this deal boost the chance of a SK CSeries deal or decrease it? I don't think we'll see the C-Series in SAS colors unless CityJet or another partner starts operating them. SAS is heading towar...

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by JetBuddy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 211
Views: 23644

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

I think some people are missing the essence of the article. The programs have been shelved. That does not mean they have been cancelled. The amount of R&D that has gone into this is not wasted. The first program was nearing presentation to customers. Airbus has chosen to divert resources to ramp...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s
Replies: 104
Views: 24582

Re: HiFly adding second hand A380s?

Why does this thread still have a questionmark in the topic? I'm certain there would be a lot more discussion and interest in this thread if it wasn't a question, but a statement. The HiFly A380 saga has gone from maybe to certain, to uncertain, to probably not, to certainly not.. to for sure. Anyon...

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by JetBuddy
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: HiFly adding second hand A380s
Replies: 104
Views: 24582

Re: HiFly adding second hand A380s?

Congrats HiFly! That is quite the achievement. I was still hoping this would come true - and it did.

Excellent news for the whole A380 "ecosystem".

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by JetBuddy
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting article about a DL workhorse: the 717!
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Re: Interesting article about a DL workhorse: the 717!

A very good read indeed. The 717 remains one of my favorite aircraft - mostly because of it's DC-9 heritage.

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by JetBuddy
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

No fancy pants landing on this one either? Are they expending the last of the Block 3 boosters that won't be upgraded? And if so, why are they launching them with landing legs and gridfins (expensive), only to do a simulated re-entry procedure? Why not land them? In the stream it was said they were...

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by JetBuddy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

No fancy pants landing on this one either?

Are they expending the last of the Block 3 boosters that won't be upgraded? And if so, why are they launching them with landing legs and gridfins (expensive), only to do a simulated re-entry procedure? Why not land them?

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by JetBuddy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPQHG-LevZM
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Everyone ready for Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS 14 today?

Launch from Cape Canaveral at 4:30 PM EDT / 20:30 GMT.

Live coverage here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPQHG-LevZM

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by JetBuddy
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff
Replies: 62
Views: 5182

Re: Cathay Pacific ends skirts-only rule for female staff

Why is that a shame?! Pathetic. Finally CX joins the rest of the world. I wonder if we’ll ever see SQ, GA, D7 or MH etc do the same? I prefer the more feminine look of the classic skirt and fitted jacket. No not in some boorish, male chauvinistic, sexist way, so please don't respond in that way. I ...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours
Replies: 188
Views: 29957

Re: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours

11 hrs and 4,750 nm is something that is over the design goal, isn't it? Maybe they were trying to test its endurance with the flight and push it to the limit. Perhaps this is the maximum. Perhaps, there is more to come? It was not 4750nm . It was 4750NAM = 4750 miles = 4130nm NAM = North american ...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Due to restrictions from NOAA, SpaceX is interrupting the live broadcast and will resume for Iridium sats placement. US Law (National and Commercial Space Programs Act) requires that remote sensing space systems (of which NOAA defines the second stage camera as being) requires a license and said li...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours
Replies: 188
Views: 29957

Re: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours

The actual route flown was 7994km or 4316nm. However, per Airbus, they flew an extra 10% air distance due to headwinds. Apparently it equates to 4,750 nm without wind. Even if it's without bags that's pretty awesome, and suggests to me that city pairs up to 3800nm apart should be realistic contende...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Launch successful, second stage separated and on its way. Due to restrictions from NOAA, SpaceX is interrupting the live broadcast and will resume for Iridium sats placement. Does anyone know what that is about? See also https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/status/979720608492683264 It's tinfoil hat time...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours
Replies: 188
Views: 29957

Re: Airbus A321LR Seychelles to Toulouse Non-Stop 11 hours

I have never heard the expression North American miles. There are statute miles (as used in UK and USA) and nautical miles. I thought everything in America was measured in either Olympic Swimming Pools, School Buses or Football Fields. But seriously, another milestone reached for Airbus. Impressive...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0TW8vkCLg
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Falcon 9 launch today at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Iridium Next 41-50 mission.

Will be streamed live here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0TW8vkCLg

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by JetBuddy
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020

The James Webb telescope is like an intricate piece of origami that needs to be folded correctly while i'ts in space. And the last space vehicle built by Northrop Grumman didn't fare so well, at least that's the rumor. They better get it right.

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by JetBuddy
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 793

James Webb Telescope Launch Delayed Until 2020

According to Space.com, the James Webb telescope launch will be delayed by nearly another year due to the need for more testing. Congress awarded $8 Billion to the project back in 2001. The telescope is being built by Northrop Grumman and will be launched onboard an Airbus Defence and Space Ariane 5...

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by JetBuddy
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 17784

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

And on top of this, oil prices are going up and up. At the end of January, JPMorgan put the average price per barrel at 70USD for 2018. Goldman Sachs is predicting 82,50USD for Brent per barrel in 6 months. That's close to the 2011 record high. I've not been one of those predicting Norwegian to go u...

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by JetBuddy
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

SpaceX sure keeps busy! Looks like they intend to build the BFR in LA/Long Beach: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/spacex-indicates-it-will-manufacture-the-bfr-rocket-in-los-angeles/ Tugg Interesting. With BFR production in California, engine manifacture and testing in Texas, and launches in...

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by JetBuddy
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Fun little article on SpaceX and the mindset at it. I like part about replacing a $3,000,000.00 custom AC system for the fairing satellite cooling system with a $6,000.00 commercial system. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-trouble-book-20180316-story.html Tugg That was a good read. I kn...

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by JetBuddy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RocketLab nearly launches to orbit from NZ
Replies: 24
Views: 2861

Re: RocketLab nearly launches to orbit from NZ

Excellent stuff. Really hope they succeed with their first commercial launch.

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to retire 45 737-800's
Replies: 112
Views: 24611

Re: AA to retire 45 737-800's

SAS will also be retiring their similar vintage 737NGs in the coming years. Should be a steady stream of well maintained 737s available on the used market for parts and freighter conversions.

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by JetBuddy
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USS Lexington shipwreck found
Replies: 13
Views: 2027

Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

That is remarkable. Very interesting video.

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by JetBuddy
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Italian F-35 plans in danger after the election
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: Italian F-35 plans in danger after the election

The Italian election results are interesting, and in line with the "populist" political wave going over Europe at this time. I don't think the F-35 plans are in jeopardy though, as Italy is one of three places where the F-35 is being produced (as far as I know). The program provides a lot ...

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by JetBuddy
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 17
Views: 953

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Maybe we should have a common space launch thread for ULA, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin, Orbital ATK, Stratolaunch and so on?

Maybe even with Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian launch vehicles?

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by JetBuddy
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1412
Views: 132363

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

It was a good launch. I wonder if they tried to catch the fairing this time?

Also, they didn't recover booster. I've heard various reasons, everything from bad weather to having to spend all the fuel due to the heavy payload. What's correct?

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by JetBuddy
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am at Oslo
Replies: 37
Views: 3880

Re: Pan Am at Oslo

Pan Am even flew to Bergen (BGO), not sure if it was via another destination.

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by JetBuddy
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Size of US-Europe market
Replies: 59
Views: 5616

Re: Size of US-Europe market

Just saying, the traditional boundaries are culturally defined, and I've found Russia and Turkey to increasingly reject European culture. I agree with that. I believe Samuel Huntington pretty much nailed it with regards to various cultures. If you look at North America, the US and Canada have prett...

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by JetBuddy
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Size of US-Europe market
Replies: 59
Views: 5616

Re: Size of US-Europe market

Europe as a continent includes Russia west of the Ural mountain range, north of the Caucasus mountains as well as Turkey west of the Bosphorus strait, where Istanbul's historical city center is, as well as 2/3 of Istanbul's population. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Europe_conti...

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by JetBuddy
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe
Replies: 33
Views: 4665

Re: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe

Short DC-9 with modified cockpit windows, CF34 engines, Tupolev designed wings - made with McDonnell Douglas tooling left in China.

Interesting aircraft.

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by JetBuddy
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New weapon. Russia.
Replies: 78
Views: 4474

Re: New weapon. Russia.

Interesting article in the Barents Observer - stating that mysterious radioactivity in the air around Scandinavia could be from these nuclear powered missiles. A nuclear powered cruise missile with near unlimited range worries me a bit. In Norway and Finland, radioactive isotopes were discovered at ...

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by JetBuddy
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2147
Views: 271135

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

In FG: Boeing sees 'big opportunity' in new midsize aircraft: McAllister , BCA CEO McAllister is quoted: "There is an opportunity between the single-aisle and twin-aisle [aircraft]" Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Kevin McAllister says on 1 March. "That opportunity is [fo...

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by JetBuddy
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production
Replies: 140
Views: 31883

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

I agree with Max Q here. The weakest point of this design is the centre wing. With enough force being applied on each fuselage independently of each other, that's where this thing would break apart. Flexibility is absolutely necessary for this design, but not enough structural integrity is also a pr...

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by JetBuddy
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New weapon. Russia.
Replies: 78
Views: 4474

Re: New weapon. Russia.

Russia has been complaining about the West's missile defense systems for years. And they've stated multiple times that since they can't build anything similar themselves, they'll improve the offensive capabilities instead. And this is the result.

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by JetBuddy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue
Replies: 250
Views: 38570

Re: Embraer pitches E195-E2 at JetBlue

The E190-E2 stopped by Bodø, Norway a few days ago as well. Widerøe is the launch customer.

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by JetBuddy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 196
Views: 40755

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

any chance of this plane be used to transport passengers? If you read back through the thread you'll find out that a passenger version is being considered. Anyways, the comment on this being a DC-3 replacement is really quite interesting. A bulletproof, cheap to run, cargo plane would make a huge a...

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by JetBuddy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 2x Russian SU-57 PAK-FA show up in Syria
Replies: 106
Views: 6862

Re: 2x Russian SU-57 PAK-FA show up in Syria

Here's a front line assessment on the F-up by the Russian backed forces: http://www.newsweek.com/total-f-russian-mercenaries-syria-lament-us-strike-killed-dozens-818073 Tugg Geeze, that is the most tragic thing I've read in a long time. The Russians weren't prepared at all. The thing is though, it ...

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by JetBuddy
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330neo for the Lufthansa Group?
Replies: 43
Views: 9347

Re: A330neo for the Lufthansa Group

I know at least one airline that prefer the A330neo over the A350, but the financing options aren't as good because of the investor/financier's lack of trust in the A330neo program.

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by JetBuddy
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL and UA cut ties with NRA
Replies: 65
Views: 8153

Re: DL and UA cut ties with NRA

This virtue signalling from Delta and United is not a smart move. If they had done nothing, only a small minority would even care or know about these discounts. But now they've angered not only the 5 million NRA members, not only the nearly 40% of households that own guns - they're pushing away the ...

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