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by Channex757
Wed May 22, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?

Similarly, a US citizen applying for a visa for the UK (over six months) is required to pay £400 or £300 for students per annum. This seems to be payable up front so a 5 year visa would require a £2000 payment. That gets you access to the NHS. All of it, not just emergency care.https://www.gov.uk/he...

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by Channex757
Tue May 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 56
Views: 5435

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

Boeing produced the 747-100SR (Short Range) for the Japanese domestic market. Strengthened structure and undercarriage. This was followed later by the 747-400D (Domestic) for Japan Airlines. The VC10 was produced for BOAC and had a thicker high lift wing so it could operate out of hot and high airp...

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by Channex757
Sat May 18, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?
Replies: 16
Views: 3751

Re: Are Airbus and Boeing closer than we think?

Come at this from another direction.... I'm convinced that they share fireside chats about just where they can do business together. One day a SSTO spaceplane will be required for the commercial market. I can honestly see Boeing sharing the cost with Airbus as there won't be much State aid available...

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by Channex757
Fri May 17, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Goodbye to my dear Mother
Replies: 23
Views: 1577

Re: Goodbye to my dear Mother

We really should reconsider death and loss in our society. Think of it instead that the last page of your mother's story has been written and now it can be passed down the generations as the book of a life well lived. Loss isn't the removal of goods or services, it's someone moving into memories whe...

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by Channex757
Wed May 15, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?
Replies: 21
Views: 1461

Re: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?

Again, security. In this modern world of portable missile systems a Royal Yacht is a floating target that can't do more than around thirty knots. In the Firm itself, Betty is in her nineties now so won't use it. Charles is mad and will probably step aside in favour of William. So it's William who wi...

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by Channex757
Tue May 14, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2500

Re: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?

Is it not just common sense to have insurance on place before any trip to cover such possibilities? No matter where you are going. I agree with that but I wonder how many people actually do it, especially in these times of cheap flights meaning you can take several trips a year, do you really think...

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 74
Views: 8147

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

Boeing Commercial uses the 7-7 format so why change a formula that works? 7A7,7B7,7C7 etc. Nope. Boeing Commercial uses XX7 format, beginning with model 207. Therefore, 8x7 after 797 makes the most sense. One more time with feeling... They use the 7-7 format for Boeing Commercial jet aircraft. So w...

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 74
Views: 8147

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

Boeing Commercial uses the 7-7 format so why change a formula that works?

7A7,7B7,7C7 etc.

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?
Replies: 21
Views: 1461

Re: Will there ever be a new British Royal yacht?

Security nightmare as well. Personally, I can't see William standing for it and he's got a lot of clout in the Firm nowadays.

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by Channex757
Mon May 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 227
Views: 29934

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

With this in mind, Indigo Partners (the only ones so far who’ve openly bid for the whole lot) seems the most likely option, surely. But they can only buy 49% of it? I don't recall (sorry, not been paying attention) MT changing their sale policy of being open to accepting bids for some or all of the...

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by Channex757
Mon May 06, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?
Replies: 32
Views: 4514

Re: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?

The BA ones could easily see another 20 years in service if they are operated to the same standards as the 744. My take is, airlines that operate from dawn to dusk and sell to dismantlers will do the same with at least some of their A380 fleet so BA and maybe LH will be the last players in town unle...

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by Channex757
Sat May 04, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric Trolley Buses
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: Electric Trolley Buses

I think it was 20 years ago, I spent a week in Vancouver. I rode a trolley bus from PNE through Chinatown. It was very very old and smelled like a garage. I also remember in the late 1990s when RVTD in Medford, Oregon tried using CNG buses and they were constantly breaking down. They had 1970s GM d...

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by Channex757
Sat May 04, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the A359ULR ever publicly offered to other airlines?
Replies: 6
Views: 2245

Re: Was the A359ULR ever publicly offered to other airlines?

I can't imagine Airbus turning down any legitimate offer. It's hardly a good business practice to turn away potential customers. That said, the -ULR has some disadvantages (decreased total allowed payload). It's a minimal modification on the base A359 (some extra pumps and plumbing), so it's no ext...

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by Channex757
Sat May 04, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electric Trolley Buses
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: Electric Trolley Buses

There has been a 21st century redo of this idea for long distance freight haulage, Whether it gets any uptake is a different matter as it would be expensive but could work in a high-cost fuel scenario. Instead of twin trolley poles, the lorries would have twin pantographs. Not full width ones, but t...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair to launch EMA to BRU/INV
Replies: 8
Views: 1383

Re: Loganair to launch EMA to BRU/INV

I expect this was all to do with costs at BM driving them into bankruptcy. Loganair were there waiting to take on leases on the aircraft and in the process some debt might have been jettisoned. Loganair can cast itself as the saviour here, giving jobs to BMI pilots and also taking on fairly unpopula...

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by Channex757
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists
Replies: 38
Views: 3246

Re: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists

Erasure-The innocents
REM - Accelerate (80s band but recent album)
Thompson Twins - Best of
The Hit Factory compilation (don't judge me!!!)

Most of my listening is in the car so those are the three I've got on play at the moment plus that PWL crime against music

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by Channex757
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists
Replies: 38
Views: 3246

Re: 80's Bands Currently Circulating on Your Playlists

Air Supply Erasure Expose New Order Erasure have always been on my playlist. I went to the last concert of the "Wild!" tour at Milton Keynes Bowl and got blown away. That cemented me as a loyal fan. That concert is on YouTube with Radio One simulcast audio.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9149

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

It isn’t about haters or cheerleaders. It’s just reality. People move on. News cycles move on. Sure, you’ll get the occasional dementia patient who is acutely aware of the MAX issues, but by and large most people will simply move on. That is completely separate from Boeing’s corporate culpability. ...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9149

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

People can wish this will go away quickly, but the reality is that investigations into the FAA, the MAX's certification, Boeing's engineering of MCAS as well as the crashes themselves are going to drag on for years. All the Boeing cheerleaders are missing the biggest factor of all. The MEDIA. Do yo...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15342

Re: Last VS A340

SEPilot wrote:
Does engine maintenance have anything to do with A346s being retired before 744s?

It will be a factor, but VS went down the GE path with the 744 thanks to some sweetheart deals on offer at the time. Still easy enough to get those worked on outside of manufacturer shops too.

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by Channex757
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust
Replies: 32
Views: 1745

Re: The Smell Of Jet Exhaust

Mere babes in arms. For the full-on effect, get behind a 737-200 or BAC 1-11. Soot is mandatory to get the smell just right.

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by Channex757
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: Shutdown
Replies: 1111
Views: 116256

Re: Jet Airways: Shutdown

Whilst many here seem to be quite happy selling things that don't belong to Jet, it really isn't a great week for GECAS either. They are doing a repo on Jet aircraft and also Avianca Brazil. That's a big chunk of money down the drain as they can't re-lease them for factory new rates. In both countri...

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by Channex757
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement
Replies: 48
Views: 10280

Re: Jet2 757 Fleet Replacement

The winter New York trips were dreamt up as they had spare aircraft in the low season which could operate it. I doubt they will base any fleet decision too much on what is a dozen round trips per year. They know what their bread and butter is, and will base their fleet decision on hauling package t...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two SIA 787s grounded owing to Trent 1000 TEN HPT issue
Replies: 65
Views: 17674

Re: SQ grounds part of 787-10 fleet

RR is already testing an enhanced HPT blade to increase durability. Their statement seems to imply that the working environment on the 787-10 is causing premature wear. That would seem to be an indication that the engine is being worked harder on the 78K and some weakness has shown up. Well the 787...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 120
Views: 18790

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Bkl7Kr-Ko
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skipness1E wrote:
Meaningless until they have their first obese transgender bearded image, with big tits.

I'm booked in with the photographer tomorrow.

FFS can't people enjoy it for what it is; a traditional joke? The FRA one with the Alpaca Lounge is pretty good too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Bkl7Kr-Ko

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two SIA 787s grounded owing to Trent 1000 TEN HPT issue
Replies: 65
Views: 17674

Re: SQ grounds part of 787-10 fleet

Somehow I doubt SQ is likely to order the Ultrafan on a promised NEO A350 anytime soon in that program, once launched/as promised (for 2025). Why? They have the Trent XWB in service and running reliably. Same with the Trent 900, Trent 800 and Trent 700. The XWB is powering the longest commercial fl...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two SIA 787s grounded owing to Trent 1000 TEN HPT issue
Replies: 65
Views: 17674

Re: SQ grounds part of 787-10 fleet

A less hysterical read of the situation https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/two-sia-787s-grounded-owing-to-trent-1000-ten-hpt-i-457105/ RR is already testing an enhanced HPT blade to increase durability. Their statement seems to imply that the working environment on the 787-10 is causing prem...

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady
Replies: 120
Views: 18790

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Flying Lady

Why have they got Jimmy Page in rainbow shorts (discreetly turned to avoid displaying willyage)....?

Are Led Zeppelin fans now a minority?

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by Channex757
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 G-POWI @Jet2Jj
Replies: 3
Views: 1193

Re: A321 G-POWI @Jet2Jj

Just a summer lease. For the last couple of years it was MAN based; this summer the Stansted base will be seeing the A321. Makes sense really for the crews who will be Titan STN based.

MAN gets a second A330 instead this summer.

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by Channex757
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't Alaska Airlines ordered more A320NEOs and A321NEOS?
Replies: 46
Views: 8664

Re: Why hasn't Alaska Airlines ordered more A320NEOs and A321NEOS?

Nobody seems to be considering the money angle. VX leased all its planes and incoming aircraft are to be financed by GECAS and others. When AS bought out VX, the contracts could not just be ditched without a legal nightmare. Similarly all existing planes are leased meaning AS would need to break lea...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 34833

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Or maybe the real competition here is the A22X. Seems way too tempting for Airbus not to offer a sweet deal on it or a A22X/A32X combo. Maybe. I can also see Lufthansa going for the Bobby MAX too. A rare creature from the Pacific Northwest, with a technical name 737-7MAX. Enough silliness...however...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year
Replies: 211
Views: 34833

Re: LH to order 100 B737MAX or A320NEO next year

Haha. Why would they order MAX. That is a laugh. NMA I can see... Lufthansa has a policy of shorthaul at FRA and MUC being mainline and everything else done by Eurowings. That creates distinct subfleets. Same reason they ordered the A320NEO with Pratts and the next with CFM. They can. It's such a l...

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by Channex757
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US posts largest monthly budget deficit in history
Replies: 67
Views: 4363

Re: US posts largest monthly budget deficit in history

Trump is whistling past the graveyard. The real story will be if OPEC and others start pricing and selling oil in Renminbi. Cue the indignant squawks of right-wing US contributors, but it is entirely possible if the world decides to switch reserve currencies. Running such a massive deficit is one wa...

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by Channex757
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Streisand goes full crazy re Michael Jackson
Replies: 18
Views: 1725

Re: Streisand goes full crazy re Michael Jackson

I get the feeling that Macaulay Culkin does not wish to be defined by whatever went on, so has remained quiet over the years. I can appreciate that. It's his business and his alone so leave it in the past.

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by Channex757
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supercars and Hypercars Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1939

Re: Supercars and Hypercars Thread

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The McLaren Senna. Everything that is good about the 720S, dialed up to maximum and then some. The successor to the P1 as McLaren's halo car.

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by Channex757
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?
Replies: 250
Views: 31269

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

Otherwise, we should be mourning the dead. We should be thankful that their sacrifice means regulatory processes are being examined for the safety of millions. But none of us should take some childish joy in the demise of a company or brand as some are indeed doing. You are absolutely right (for on...

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
Replies: 106
Views: 17617

Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

Luke1994 wrote:
Oh my. It looks like a whorehouse. Not that I would know what one looks like...

You, sir, just won the Internet for the day

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unions. As relevant as ever?
Replies: 41
Views: 2607

Re: Unions. As relevant as ever?

One thing the OP mentions is that he was brought up in the Seventies in Britain (as was I, born 1963). That time was pretty poisonous and represented a low point in both politics and Trade Unionism. Balanced against this is the good unions have done and continue to do. A good union should be constan...

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s
Replies: 96
Views: 9252

Re: Confirmed: StarLux orders 17 A350s

Let's think shall we.... Aircraft are not cars. You don't go down the dealers and sign up for a new plane on Hire Purchase. The plans for this airline will have been gone over with a fine toothcomb, as somewhere finance houses have put their money on the line for this new airline. Suppliers will be ...

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by Channex757
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?
Replies: 250
Views: 31269

Re: Boeing 777-8/-9 Grandfathering Certification, 777X or 7X7?

I think people need to grow out of this FAA-only bubble kind of mentality. Thank god there are other certifying bodies who are not only better funded and more technically apt, but to a large degree far more independent than the FAA. Cue the UK CAA and EASA. I trust that these bodies will both give ...

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by Channex757
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The folding wings of the B777-9
Replies: 92
Views: 18266

Re: The folding wings of the B777-9

You might be referring to the original pictures of what ultimately became the B777-200. Outer wing sections folding to enable parking at narrow gates. The simple truth was airlines considered it too heavy and too expensive an option. Engineers can usually solve most requirements, but at a price. Whe...

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by Channex757
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad announces another loss; margins up
Replies: 4
Views: 1828

Re: Etihad announces another loss; margins up

Whilst the figures are ghastly, a deep dive might yield a different picture. What percentage of this is one-off costs and writeoffs? Change costs money. Cancellations also do not come cheap and the numbers might be reflecting losses in ongoing payments and deposits. The next quarter will be one to w...

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704621

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

"Ethiopia will ask European experts to analyze black boxes from a crashed Boeing 737 Max jet in a sign U.S. authorities aren’t trusted to determine the cause of the disaster" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-13/ethiopia-to-send-737-s-black-boxes-to-europe-in-snub-to-u-s Nas...

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus
Replies: 351
Views: 53636

Re: LH orders 20 B789 and 20 additional A350; Will sell 6 A380s back to Airbus

Regarding engine choice: They stated that engine type will be decided later, but interestingly they attached a RR Trent factsheet and the rendering shows the Trent aswell.... On the other hand, Lufthansa already has the GENx in service on the 748i. This order is anyone's and will probably come down...

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by Channex757
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air without embargo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1759

Re: Iran Air without embargo?

A further fascinating thought - what if history really played out differently, meaning Iran Air's major competition was now Iraqi Airways and Saudia. A somewhat different ME3. The alternative universe ME3 would be Iran Air, Gulf Air and MEA. All had the kind of reputation Emirates et al were aiming...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Returning jets from the graveyard after a fleet grounding
Replies: 33
Views: 10441

Re: Returning jets from the graveyard after a fleet grounding

Might be difficult to bring back aircraft from storage if they’ve been stripped. Any planned retirements will likely be delayed though. If it's being stripped by a reclamation company it's already toast most likely... once it's sold to such a company the airworthiness certificate is usually cancele...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air without embargo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1759

Re: Iran Air without embargo?

Iran Air was always a Boeing shop. Had there been no embargo I could see them with a fleet of 737NG aircraft, and at this time they would be looking to retire their 767-386ER GE-powered fleet. Their flagship planes would definitely be the 777-386ER. Iran Air Engineering would have gone from strength...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704621

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Also something must have come out of some of the investigations if authorities in the UK for instance took inititive and banned them from their airspace. I love that expression "abundance of caution". It's the bedrock of safety culture in aviation and always should be. In some ways there ...

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by Channex757
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Returning jets from the graveyard after a fleet grounding
Replies: 33
Views: 10441

Re: Returning jets from the graveyard after a fleet grounding

It's worth assuming from the start that any grounding will only be short term. Massaging schedules and combining flights would help offset lost capacity, especially as the northern summer and peak flying season has yet to begin. If, should there be a situation where they need to ground the aircraft ...

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