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by Channex757
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet A319s out of storage
Replies: 10
Views: 4639

Re: Easyjet A319s out of storage

It makes financial sense for EZY to have retained a few. They do sale/leaseback on a lot of the fleet but own quite a few too. As secondhand values are poo at the moment, it's a problem when an aircraft has a value on their books due to its age. So it's a compromise; they store the aircraft as opera...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If the internet shut down for 2 weeks........
Replies: 27
Views: 709

Re: If the internet shut down for 2 weeks........

A lot, lot worse than you might think. Many TV channels now send broadcasts via fibre optic networks, ones that also carry internet traffic. This could mean radio and TV being turned off as well. There has been so much convergence between networks and broadcast media that without the Internet, broad...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ambitions
Replies: 26
Views: 2237

Re: RR Ambitions

I wonder of breaking up IAE can be seen as a stroke of brilliance, looking back. Yeah, I am sure RR is thrilled they are shut out of the narrowbody market for the foreseeable future. This was Pratt and Whitney's decision. They did not want to share the geared fan on the basis of IAE, so Rolls Royce...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.
Replies: 66
Views: 17081

Re: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jun/14/rolls-royce-cut-jobs-britain In the news today, Rolls Royce to cut 4,600 jobs worldwide, primarily out of managerial and administrative roles in the UK. Which begs the question, how will RR expediently resolve the Boeing 787 RR engine issues with a n...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ambitions
Replies: 26
Views: 2237

Re: RR Ambitions

Why not? PW are out of the widebody game so it's just RR and General Evil. As RR has exclusivity on the A330NEO and A350, that helps counter GE on the 777 and their lead on the 787. RR must be getting towards that 50% share. As for job cuts, that 4500 is part of Warren East's plan to cut the fat. Th...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet in historic summit
Replies: 372
Views: 9273

Re: Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet in historic summit

Kim is just doing what his father and grandfather did. Play the nice guy, do some importing and take the aid, then as soon as the bills come due (such as cutting up the nukes) up goes the barricade again. It's the North Korea Show. Watch and enjoy as Kim or his silly newscasters start frothing over ...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 6399

Re: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017

Bricktop wrote:
I don't know why for example they are running double daily A388's into JFK (some days EY101 is a B77W, it is true) at the same time QR is sending a B77W and an A359. That doesn't even include EK's A388 flights, but they aren't EK.

Apparently one of the JFK flights is an early victim of the cuts

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 6399

Re: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017

How much of these losses are attributable to the nonsensical approach to save idiocies such as AZ, AB and such like ? At this stage, the only thing that counts is not throwing good money after bad. Etihad Airways has to start making money. Etihad Aviation Group needs to show profitability as well. ...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas “nosedive” on Sunday...
Replies: 37
Views: 12930

Re: Qantas “nosedive” on Sunday...

Disappointing for a tabloid report. No orphanages run by nuns for disabled children missed by a matter of inches. Must be silly season for news if this is as good as it gets

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017
Replies: 42
Views: 6399

Re: Etihad reports $1.52bn in losses for 2017

Hubris can be a terrible thing for a business. Right-sizing and concentrating on yield is the only way out for them. This unfortunately does mean their orderbook will be untenable. The 777X looks to be favourite for the chop, with the A350 at least partially behind it. The A359 looks redundant, with...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I buy just the engine of a plane?
Replies: 29
Views: 2506

Re: How do I buy just the engine of a plane?

Having watched the videos of the jet engine guys, I'd say that a complete jet engine for a new enthusiast is going to be a step too far and might even end up as an expensive hole in a wall. Why not consider going about it properly and consider an APU first? These are small jet engines after all and ...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 15609

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

Lots of reasons why it is worth preserving. Importantly it was Boeing's first fully fly-by-wire airliner, the technology that now defines future airliners. It's hard to emphasise just how important that step-change in avionics is. I agree though. If it is being put into a museum then ideally a pair ...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no LCC service BRU-LON?
Replies: 35
Views: 4102

Re: Why no LCC service BRU-LON?

It takes longer to fly than it does on the Eurostar. That's another killer as well. Look how long it would take from central London out to LGW, check-in and wait for your flight, then fly. Add on time spent in baggage reclaim and a customs queue, then the ride into Brussels. Where is the benefit of ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?
Replies: 119
Views: 9376

Re: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?

It depends on the eternal engineers versus bean counters battle that rages in most modern companies. Boeing is having a hard case closing the business case on the aircraft. Where to put it in the market, and how much to charge for it. There is apparently a gap between what the airlines think is a fa...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?
Replies: 54
Views: 11186

Re: Air Italy - poised to become Italy's new flag carrier?

The future for Europe is clearly more consolidation of big EU3. IG seems prime to be picked up by IAG so while they are separate airlines, strategies are clearly aligned to avoid competition internally within the groups. Though I have no idea if Italy has many important bilaterals that matter enoug...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet in Birmingham
Replies: 15
Views: 2266

Re: EasyJet in Birmingham

U2 also consider BHX to be a bit too close to LTN, their important North of London base. Bit odd really when you consider MAN and LPL coexist. LTN also has good connections to the Midlands by road and the East Midlands by rail. Jet2 have gone into Birmingham recently and also have a healthy EMA pres...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 35328

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

Revelation's note to look at post 110 for the windows caused me to relook at the assembly picture on Post 101.. what is puzzling is the missing crown skin on at least one and maybe two fuselage sections (42 and 43). I think the red pieces in the background are stability rods .. Never seen Boeing jo...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Carbon capture hits vital goal
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Carbon capture hits vital goal

A Canadian firm with Bill Gates amongst its backers has hit the critical goal of $100 per tonne for extracting carbon from the air. The carbon dioxide being captured is then being combined with hydrogen generated from renewable sources to produce liquid fuels. Making carbon capture cheap enough is t...

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 2749

Re: A330 Operators - Europe to Australia with One Stop - Possible?

I know it's a bit off-topic but QF and Airbus have done delivery flights nonstop in the A330. They would be gruelling down the back!

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by Channex757
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 322
Views: 25995

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

QANTAS maintenance policies catch engine pylon cracking in a 744ER. QF have halved the period recommended by the manufacturer and this caught a serious problem well before it became a safety risk https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/closer-inspection-interval-detected-cracking-on-747-449241/ ...

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by Channex757
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018
Replies: 322
Views: 25995

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2018

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... 47-449241/
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QANTAS maintenance policies catch engine pylon cracking in a 744ER. QF have halved the period recommended by the manufacturer and this caught a serious problem well before it became a safety risk

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... 47-449241/

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by Channex757
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26218

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

The proof of the A330NEO will be shown as A330CEO aircraft start coming off their 20 year leases in bulk. Just like the 787 benefitted from the 767 reaching its full maturity. For this reason I don't think it is too early. By the time those A330CEO start their final lap, the A330NEO should be in ser...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 7847

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

I just wanted all the money coming back from the banks to go towards investing in a new airport. Somewhere between BHX and LHR, connected to High Speed 2 and the M40. Heathrow could then be closed and the colossal land value of West London real estate it sits on, realised. That alone would repay a g...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do You Believe In Aliens
Replies: 88
Views: 2094

Re: Do You Believe In Aliens

Why not? We study things, we also got in boats thousands of years ago and went looking for new lands, why wouldn’t an advanced civilisation study us and explore our world like we have done?? My point is, the size of the known and unknown universe, argues against an alien civilization even finding u...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do You Believe In Aliens
Replies: 88
Views: 2094

Re: Do You Believe In Aliens

Now, have we been visited? I doubt it. It seems that the only folks ever visited are folks in rural America, who are unable to provide any evidence to support the claim. Do people from other countries claim to have been visited, or is that a uniquely American experience? Hooooo boy have we got news...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 12547

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

I know the people you mean. Unfortunately they tend to work with engines where there are plenty of spares sources available, mainly ex-military. It would be finding the suitable parts for the Olympus 593 that would be the problem. There just isn't the storehouse of parts built up by Air Force overha...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do You Believe In Aliens
Replies: 88
Views: 2094

Re: Do You Believe In Aliens

You can take this up a notch too. We apparently inhabit a multiverse. Myriad different universes. In how many of those universes does life of some kind or other exist? Then....in those universes has life advanced sufficiently that it has developed technology top cross into other universes? Those uni...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Estimates 18 Billion Pounds Of Fuel Saved By Dreamliner
Replies: 26
Views: 4488

Re: Boeing Estimates 18 Billion Pounds Of Fuel Saved By Dreamliner

Unless there is going to be a nuclear reactor on board, electric drive isn't coming to aviation any time in the foreseeable future. The batteries are just too heavy for the energy they can store. They also lose capacity as they age. In the automotive industry, Tesla has had the best success with ca...

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by Channex757
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Estimates 18 Billion Pounds Of Fuel Saved By Dreamliner
Replies: 26
Views: 4488

Re: Boeing Estimates 18 Billion Pounds Of Fuel Saved By Dreamliner

My take on it.... The 787 (and the A350 as it is broadly similar) isn't actually a game changer. It's more of a John the Baptist aircraft in that it is incredibly important, but only as a herald and pointer to what's coming down the pike. The real game changer is going to be akin to when turbines su...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 12547

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

I'd rather see a VC-10 flying again. Concorde would cost north of a billion to get one flying again. VC10s meanwhile...... I costed this out ages ago in this very forum. Without Airbus participation the costs to certify and rebuild would be horrendous, and then there are engines. Anyone got four Oly...

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by Channex757
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court Rules on the Colorado Cake Case
Replies: 260
Views: 4959

Re: Supreme Court Rules on the Colorado Cake Case

It's historic as it represents one of the first large and important victories for those who are fighting to preserve natural marriage. What exactly is "natural marriage" and how does one "preserve" it? Methinks you're talking nonsense. :crazy: If we want to pull the fancy books ...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vistara reported to have ordered 6 787s
Replies: 24
Views: 4653

Re: Vistara reported to have ordered 6 787s

The 789 would be a good starter airliner for Vistara. Engine selection would be worth watching too. My money is in the Trent 1000-TEN as partner/parent Singapore Airlines is a user of the powerplant already. It also has overhaul facilities for various RR engines so probably will favour the Trent for...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets: HNA Bailout
Replies: 48
Views: 5972

Re: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets

Pressure and price. The pressure to comply with China's political policies going into the next 20 years, as well as the chance to acquire aircraft at China pricing. The ARJ-21 hasn't been flying around the world for nothing. Lessors will have been taking a quiet look at it. If its problems and finis...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are Ghosts a myth? Post your experiences here!
Replies: 41
Views: 1608

Re: Are Ghosts a myth? Post your experiences here!

June 2014 I had my cat Pat put to sleep at the age of 22. She was more like my little sister than a pet and helped me through convalescence following Sepsis by laying on the bed with me day after day. Ever since we see her now and again, round the house where she lived most of her life so she's atta...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 1499
Views: 35834

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Meanwhile at the remain camp, we were sold all the costs and none of the benefits. If I may. You already made that argument, but that´s actually not one. Remain was the baseline, it had nothing to sell, all known. It´s obviously only the Brexit camp that needs to deliver any kind of project, and st...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Condor order the A321LR ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2056

Re: Woll Condor order the A321LR ?

The 757-200 is long gone. Condor operates a relatively young fleet of 757-300 which have possibly a good ten years left in them. Their CASM is excellent over the shorter Med routes they fly. No need to contemplate replacement just yet, which will be done as part of the Thomas Cook group anyway. In t...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force 1 trip to Singapore flight plan
Replies: 17
Views: 3850

Re: Air Force 1 trip to Singapore flight plan

Is AF1 ever refuelled inflight when the President is on board? No Refuelling is practiced in the E-4B as well. The mechanism on the AF1 jets might be in working order but it remains practically unused since new. IIRC apart from the obvious risk to the VC-25 there is also the risk of scratching the ...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 1499
Views: 35834

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

I am quite happy to push onwards in order to stop the biggest mistake Britain has made since Neville Chamberlain and appeasement. Funny you should mention that, because your antidemocratic neo-fascist agenda bears a lot of resemblance to the Zeitgeist of the 30s. Really? Where in my statement does ...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 1499
Views: 35834

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

I pray every night that Theresa May grows a spine and has a Night of the Long Knives. Every Brexiteer sacked from Government posts. We could then have a Grand Coalition, a Government of National Unity. This could then ram through a bill stating that Brexit is too difficult, too dangerous to busines...

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by Channex757
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 452
Views: 80175

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

Virgin were left with an impossible task (to them). Cancellation for the genuine reasons would cost them hugely in PR and reputation. However, VS was worth (at the time of the SQ sale to Delta) around half a billion pounds. That's not much compared to the cost of A380s and how much of a strain it w...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 452
Views: 80175

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

Superjumbo can destroy the 777x on revenue even if CASM is higher **IF** you can fill it to yield. If not, you're just discounting to fill seats that you don't need. And before anyone jumps to the knee-jerk reaction of "it's London," ask yourselves: if that makes it so easy, then why didn...

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by Channex757
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brick and mortar store online orders shipping from unusual locations
Replies: 20
Views: 738

Re: Brick and mortar store online orders shipping from unusual locations

When I buy from Amazon, it can come from literally anywhere in the UK. I get parcels from Scotland, the English Midlands, South Wales and (very rarely) even Amsterdam. It just seems like you put the order in and the computer allocates it to the location with the most stock. I suppose it helps with ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 1499
Views: 35834

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

I was envisioning Boris as PM. You need a new crystal ball, yours is broken. BoJo as PM is a ship that sailed shortly after Cameron resigned and back-stabber Gove did his thing. I pray every night that Theresa May grows a spine and has a Night of the Long Knives. Every Brexiteer sacked from Governm...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brick and mortar store online orders shipping from unusual locations
Replies: 20
Views: 738

Re: Brick and mortar store online orders shipping from unusual locations

When I buy from Amazon, it can come from literally anywhere in the UK. I get parcels from Scotland, the English Midlands, South Wales and (very rarely) even Amsterdam. It just seems like you put the order in and the computer allocates it to the location with the most stock. I suppose it helps with t...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 452
Views: 80175

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

Standard negotiation tactic. IAG walks away. Now they are sat waiting for that moment where Airbus calls and says "Come back. What it we did this or changed that" IAG is after the carrot, having had the stick of Airbus being tough on pricing. Rolls Royce would be involved too. I can see a ...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating
Replies: 50
Views: 9759

Re: Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating

Never underestimate China. In their automobile industry they have gone from rickshaws and tuk-tuk type vehicles to plugin hybrid Polestar cars that will compete with the very best European cars. All in 40 years or so. Every iteration is an improvement. They have cost control on their side as well as...

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by Channex757
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Towing the 747
Replies: 20
Views: 2853

Re: Towing the 747

This is going to be more a function of the tug than the aircraft. Only a low height tug could do it. I've see the A346 handled like this but can't recall it being regular practice. It also needs sufficient clearance of the aircraft's belly. A low height wheel pickup tug would be the best solution. T...

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by Channex757
Thu May 31, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets
Replies: 224
Views: 7072

Re: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets

Er....Spartanburg etc..? What happens to them?

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by Channex757
Thu May 31, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The A380 from a Part-Out perspective.
Replies: 33
Views: 5043

Re: The A380 from a Part-Out perspective.

EK 380 fleet is big enough to cope with a down for maintenance plane. Most of the other users aren't. A simple (or simplistic?) solution would be for the other users and Airbus to have generic 380s spotted around the globe as spares - somewhere between 2 and 5 would likely be enough. Those not very...

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by Channex757
Thu May 31, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brick and mortar store online orders shipping from unusual locations
Replies: 20
Views: 738

Re: Brick and mortar store online orders shipping from unusual locations

It may be just as simple as your purchase was shipped from the location with the most stock on hand. Computers are fiendishly effective at such things. if your local branch has ten and this other branch has fifty, then it'll ship from the one with fifty to ensure your local branch retains sufficient...

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