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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malaga Airport loses PAX for the first time in 5 years; ALC, IBZ drop; BCN slows down; MAD booms
Replies: 30
Views: 3999

Re: Malaga Airport loses PAX for the first time in 5 years; ALC, IBZ drop; BCN slows down; MAD booms

I think the biggest issue for Spanish holiday airports this year was that it has been hot and sunny across N. Europe this summer. Yes economy is growing in Madrid and international business is slowly concentrating there. Yet to be seen if there will be a long term Montréal effect from businesses mov...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: foreign airlines that fly & sell U.S. domestic sectors
Replies: 54
Views: 6122

Re: foreign airlines that fly & sell U.S. domestic sectors

If I was a wealthier man traveling from NYC-LA I would book the qantas flight one way and another carrier back, ditching my connection to Australia and simply walking out of the airport after the JFK-LAX flight. What's to stop me from doing that if I choose? The fact that you'd need two one ways an...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: foreign airlines that fly & sell U.S. domestic sectors
Replies: 54
Views: 6122

Re: foreign airlines that fly & sell U.S. domestic sectors

Doesn't Volaris run a DEN-PDX tag?

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?
Replies: 94
Views: 9699

Re: Next Non-US BA Longhaul Destination?

Honestly, I'm kind of shocked they added PIT and not to a country governed by an existing bilateral rather than EU wide agreement as is the case with the US. There is a very real possibility of Bermuda II coming back in 7 months time which would be a disaster for BA. Everyone seems to be discounting...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 96
Views: 13953

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

If this crisis will escalate that air space will be blocked, All Saudi flights to the US will be affected. Saudi Arabia used this act against Qatar and for many years against Israel. Looking at the map (Google maps now has a globe which makes this much easier for those who didn't know). It looks li...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 333
Views: 50916

Re: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT

The buying of shares was just meant to force Norwegian to the table. Norwegian is still clearly not interested so makes sense to offload. They can always go back and do the whole dance over again or just entertain talks without the shares involved at all. I still see this as far from over as I still...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)
Replies: 189
Views: 24029

Re: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)

Will/ Is it commercially feasable for Airbus to change the cookpit layout of CS serious? If yes, their "common control logic" can gain many sales from large airlines as their WB pilots can fly all the way from CS100 to A321. "When announcing the deal, Airbus Chief Executive Officer T...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua
Replies: 63
Views: 13596

Re: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua

Also, MAD isn't slot limited, so while the natural connection to Latin America is there and should be pushed, there's no reason to limit other potential markets. YYZ would be another good TATL get soon (though AC already serves the route). As far as the talk about direct flights to MNL, while there ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua
Replies: 63
Views: 13596

Re: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua

Watch the news next week for Spanish involvement in California's HSR. There's planned to be a big announcement in LA.

I imagine business traffic will be booming.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Spanish F-18 crashes on take off from Torrejón Air Base near Madrid.
Replies: 8
Views: 1712

Spanish F-18 crashes on take off from Torrejón Air Base near Madrid.

https://www.thespainreport.com/articles ... on-airbase

First indications seem to be a loss of power.

It's a bad week for Spanish military aviation.
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https://www.thespainreport.com/articles ... on-airbase

First indications seem to be a loss of power.

It's a bad week for Spanish military aviation.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs
Replies: 136
Views: 21249

Re: Bombardier exploring sale of aircraft programs

IMHO this is a reflection of the fact that BBD is going to run out of cash again in the next 24 months trying to get the C-Series up and running. The problem for the C-Series with both Boeing and Airbus if they bought would be you need to stretch it and then build it at a high rate to keep it price...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain
Replies: 183
Views: 4132

Re: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain

I'm a foreigner that's been living in Madrid a long time, I'm also very pro-union. The way the police acted and charged civilians today was absolutely disgraceful. The state has many mechanisms of power to ensure independence never happens, particularly financial weapons (why use tanks when you can ...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96851

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

So sorry I didn't actually read the whole thread, but my thoughts are that while I get the UAL 737 order wasn't dumping because both are US companies (which seems iffy given how global the aviation business is, but whatever), but wouldn't BBD have a great argument to say Boeing was setting the marke...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: IAG CEO: Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019

No words about AerLingus integration into OW? They should to move to T4 asap in MAD... I wonder how the scheduling works with the non-Schengen end at the south of T4 main. Considering they fly lots to LHR as well as LCY, DUB, ORK, MAN, BHX, and EDI out of there they may need more gates soon. Though...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162358

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

I'd love a U2 hub at TXL. Good way to use some of my Emirates miles and get to avoid SXF.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG's plans for Aer Lingus
Replies: 25
Views: 6934

Re: IAG's plans for Aer Lingus

Weakening sterling vs euro might be hurting pricing of TATL connections for outside London UK passengers... Well from a low of about 1.07 it is back up to 1.13 at the moment. It is still a lot lower than the 1.25 to 1.45 range seen from 2014 to 2016, so I see your point. I am not sure if Aer Lingus...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG's plans for Aer Lingus
Replies: 25
Views: 6934

Re: IAG's plans for Aer Lingus

I think Brexit may be a bigger deal than people are giving credit for here. IAG may have to divest big-time from BA depending on what happens with foreign ownership rules and that could massively change strategies for what to do with EI.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?
Replies: 39
Views: 8188

Re: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?

So, if you expect the airfares to be roughly equivalent to sub-sonic travel (let's generously double the airfare commanded and call that "equivalent"). Concorde was many thousands of pounds for what is essentially a premium economy seat. I think the revenue premium is much higher than tha...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM-AA JV close to be aproved by brazilian autorithies
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: LATAM-AA JV close to be aproved by brazilian autorithies

First, does anyone know why Ecuador and Argentina are excluded? I assume politics. No open skies between those countries and the US, if I remember correctly. I am more than a bit skeptical that those promised benefits for the consumer will materialize. JVs elsewhere seem to be a pretty good deal fo...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?
Replies: 39
Views: 8188

Re: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?

On a side note, does anyone think this project is feasible? I have a friend who recently left Boeing to join this company and has flooded my inbox with opportunities for me to apply. I almost get the sense that this will not ever takeoff and that Boom will either fold, be absorbed, or specialize in...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR
Replies: 26
Views: 3132

Re: A Capella Fella--Drunk Singing Pax Choked Out By Another Pax On FR

Before reading the message, I knew this had to be a Spain-UK or UK-Spain flight Thankfully when flying FR from Spain, when going north on Friday you just get a lot of Spaniards volume control stuck on maximum (mostly students) but very little drunk and rowdy behavior. I suppose it helps that MAD is...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16275

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

I think you are taking an overly simplistic approach to this. MAD is just a line station for BA, if IB were to introduce the 787 a maintenance programme could easily be enacted. I mean, of course they could, but the question is if it would be worth it economically. They would have to add a lot of n...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline
Replies: 12
Views: 1979

Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

I like it and hope it works well, but it does strike me as kind of odd as the countries aren't exactly that near each other. I mean, it's a 2000 mile flight from Kigali to Cotonou.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16275

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

I wouldn't conclude that. IB & EI needed A330's immediately; so NEO was never on the table, as they could not wait. NEO is likely to stay off the table for a while for IB & EI as those A330's are still quite new, but it could be interesting for Level (either directly or indirectly - ie IB g...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brits on Holiday in Romania left stranded due to Wizz Air aircraft that had to undergo "unscheduled" maintenance work
Replies: 5
Views: 1466

Re: Brits on Holiday in Romania left stranded due to Wizz Air aircraft that had to undergo "unscheduled" maintenence wor

It sounds like usual hysterics. They said they were offered a rebooking, but it's not clear what that means. I wouldn't be surprised if the staff available at 1AM aren't capable of handling the full reroute. Seems like the point where you should just go to bed and work it out in the morning. If the ...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 37413

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

ClipperYankee wrote:
Boston? Samuel Adams ads claim they win beer tasting contests in Europe fairly often and there are lots of microbreweries in the area too.


CX serves Boston already, if not I'd have agreed with you.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spanish Airports Route Statistics
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Re: Spanish Airports Route Statistics

That's a huge number for Barajas to Hethrow considering it's only operated by IAG airlines.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Norwegian fly to Canada?
Replies: 34
Views: 8722

Re: Why doesn't Norwegian fly to Canada?

I agree that the issue are the fees in Canada. When the costs are so high, it's harder to compete on costs when you have to charge such a high minimum.

I could see them going for somewhere like YHM, though.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Continues To Evalute 100-seat Aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 16710

Re: United Continues To Evalute 100-seat Aircraft

I think DL + UA both operating CSeries would be enough of a critical mass to guarantee long term maintenance contracts that would make a lot of smaller orders seem a lot more attractive.

I really hope the CSeries stays alive, it's a great aircraft.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB A350's with 348 seats
Replies: 28
Views: 9529

Re: IB A350's with 348 seats

I don't know what the pitch is, but I think people put too much into what is just the pitch number rather than legroom.

Seat thickness and overall form of the seat can make for more reasonable legroom with reduced pitch.

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by LupineChemist
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 949
Views: 71057

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread

There's lots of back and forth but I think in the end IND for BA is basically a matter of time, they are just going to want contracts with Rolls Royce and Cummins at the very least who have strong ties to the UK. And they may try to go for something with Lilly, too.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Summer 2018 Routes News & Base Openings
Replies: 93
Views: 26276

Re: Ryanair Summer 2018 Routes News & Base Openings

Ryanair's business model values incentive payments from airports, tourist boards, regional councils etc. There's precious little money available in cash-strapped Greece to make these payments. Indeed they withdrew entirely from the major tourist island of Kos for this year when the incentive agreem...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Terminal 5 and OW Partners
Replies: 33
Views: 5431

Re: BA Terminal 5 and OW Partners

Yeah, T3 is great.

I'll give you the check-in area feels a bit sub par compared to T5 and it's just kind of weird having it be at ground level. But all in all it's a good terminal.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9736

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Didn't I hear someone say that BA's 787 economy seats are pretty bad BA's EVERY seat is pretty bad..... Club World's hard-product is an absolute JOKE compared to alternatives. I can't believe AA puts its Elites in that, especially compared to the seats its has on its own 787s and 77Ws. :( The Y sea...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa pilots ask airline to suspend CCS
Replies: 31
Views: 7074

Re: Air Europa pilots ask airline to suspend CCS

I heard crews were worried about armed robbery on the road to and from the airport. How do you know and insist they are ok? http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2017/08/10/venezuela-flight-crews-get-robbed-government-loots-checked-luggage/ So basically, just like business as usual in NBO where e...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9736

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Yeah, we don't know the yields, nor do we know the cargo performance.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 15148

Re: Midwest Express 2017

I agree that a revival would work amazingly with a CSeries fleet. Seat technology has advanced enough that you can pack more people in and still have decently sized seats and the 3-2 seating would be perfect.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia New Destinations?
Replies: 64
Views: 10964

Re: Iberia New Destinations?

pabloeing wrote:
¿ORD and BOS first IB A350 destinations like the A330-300 years ago?


ORD maybe in the summer. Though it seems to be doing well since it's a 346 year round now. Though I would really expect them to use it for EZE, SCL, or MEX first to get the most out of the fuel savings over the 340.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR flying A350 to MIA effective 1SEP17-30SEP17
Replies: 22
Views: 3213

Re: QR flying A350 to MIA effective 1SEP17-30SEP17

Not sure what QR's mission rules are but I think Zeke has pointed out that the a359 actually lifts more payload at these extreme ranges than the 77w. But he's not wrong. It usually is payload restricted, especially when it is very hot outside. Same for PHL. These aircraft depart these ULH routes la...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: COPA to withdraw from Venezuela
Replies: 65
Views: 11015

Re: Rumour: COPA to withdraw from Venezuela

Did IB actually resume flights this week? They were temporarily suspended for the constituyente protests and I'm not sure if they've actually sent any aircraft.

I've got the impression that the situation is dangerously close to war.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia New Destinations?
Replies: 64
Views: 10964

Re: Iberia New Destinations?

It's a year now since IB relaunched MAD-JNB...any idea how this is performing? Any chance for this route to be increased from the current 3 weekly? I've had to fly to London and Paris to connect despite the direct because the fares were too high for my corporate policy. So I'm guessing they're sell...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's Next US Destination
Replies: 455
Views: 46545

Re: BA's Next US Destination

I don't see how it's not IND before BNA, honestly. It's where Rolls Royce USA is based, Cummins has a factory in Coventry, Eli Lilly is a ton of corporate traffic all over the place, GE could even reasonably be in the area from Cincinnati. Not to mention 3 universities in the immediate area (and eve...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia New Destinations?
Replies: 64
Views: 10964

Re: Iberia New Destinations?

I think YYZ because IB has a good network for Spain, Italy, N. Africa and TLV With the economy in Spain improving I could also see relaunching IST. And I stand by my CCS statement. The country will be a mess for awhile but there is a LOT of foreign money waiting on the sidelines to rebuild and Spani...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia New Destinations?
Replies: 64
Views: 10964

Re: Iberia New Destinations?

I can't see them trying to compete with CX for HKG when they could just try and deepen a codeshare arrangement. I wouldn't count out BKK. IB seems to be able to make low yielding leisure traffic work and I hear a lot of Spanish on the streets around Asia. Though I'd say to go with KUL to take advant...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA outlines A350 delivery schedule
Replies: 51
Views: 16980

Re: AA outlines A350 delivery schedule

It would make sense to put them on the longest routes possible to get the most out of fuel savings so I'd expect to see them at SYD and HKG first.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A380 US Routes
Replies: 73
Views: 14297

Re: British Airways A380 US Routes

Although the A380 is great to experience (especially for aviation enthusiasts like us) the old BA 772s are a far more comfortable ride in Y... I...uhh..well... REALLY?! On BA? I have to say I not only very much disagree but find that anyone could have that opinion rather baffling. The 772s are a mi...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways reveals A350-1000 layout
Replies: 39
Views: 17186

Re: Qatar Airways reveals A350-1000 layout

I still don't get why QR doesn't start with Premium Economy. The demand is clearly there. Most major airlines have already adopted a full fledged PE product or are in the process of introducing it. QR had the chance when their 787s came online and they now had the chance with the A359 and A351 and ...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to cut A380 production to 8 frames in 2019
Replies: 115
Views: 16331

Re: Airbus to cut A380 production to 8 frames in 2019

I think the extremes people talk about the 380 program are kind of insane. I think it has a very useful niche (high capacity trunk routes and massive amounts on ME3 from the subcontinent), just that that market is clearly less than Airbus originally thought. That said, they are going to be getting t...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Finnair order smaller wide-body jets?
Replies: 43
Views: 7979

Re: Should Finnair order smaller wide-body jets?

What about upgauging the European feeds with 788s in short haul config? I've taken the 321 flight from MAD a few times and it's always packed. Seems like from some of the bigger cities, the limit for getting passengers to HEL is the short haul aircraft. As an aside, IIRC, AY has the longest schedule...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG orders more A330s for Level
Replies: 37
Views: 9947

Re: IAG orders more A330s for Level

In another move to address DY; It is rumoured here in the UK that LEVEL will be selling a block of Y seats on BA's long-haul network from LGW this winter. This will add LGW-JFK, LGW-OAK, LGW-FLL, LGW-MCO & LGW-TPA; (I doubt BA's Caribbean destinations will be 'LEVELLED') Just a rumour but there...

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